Organizers for Tuesday’s star-studded exhibition in Baltimore featuring LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant have found a new venue to possibly meet the high demand of a rapidly planned event. Morgan State University has agreed to host the game at 7 p.m. at Talmadge Hill Field House, which has a capacity of about 4,500 people.
The game originally was scheduled at St. Frances Academy, but Kurk Lee, the athletic director of Anthony’s Melo Center in Baltimore and head of the summer pro-am in his name, had concerns that the 1,000-seat facility may have been too small to accommodate the expected crowd.
When 100 $28 tickets were made available last week, they were sold out in less than a day. To cut down on the risk of people selling counterfeit tickets, people will be allowed to pay admission when the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at a first-come-first-serve basis for $40 for general admission and $100 for floor seats. Proceeds will go towards various charities, Lee said.
Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore, will play on a stacked team that features his friends James and Paul, San Antonio guard Gary Neal, Sacramento forward Donte Greene, Memphis guard Josh Selby, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and former New York and Chicago big man Eddy Curry.
Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls assembled the opposing team, with Durant, Boston forward Jeff Green, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins, Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings, Denver guard Ty Lawson, Wizards forward Trevor Booker, Detroit forward Austin Daye, Lakers second round pick Ater Majok, former Syracuse big man Arinze Onuaku, Anthony “Gumby” Williams and Omar Weaver. Rawls hadn’t heard the reports that Michael Beasley broke his wrist while in China, but if Beasley is healthy, he expects him to suit up. Lawson will be able to get in one more intense scrimmage before leaving for Lithuania on Thursday.