The Miami Heat's star-studded Big Three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will host and play in a charity game dubbed The South Florida All-Star Classic, according to ESPN.com. The game will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida International University, where Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is coach. All proceeds will benefit a charity supporting South Florida's educational community.
The game adds to the number of exhibitions that NBA players are playing in this offseason during the N.B.A. lockout. James himself has appeared in a handful, including one on Sunday in Philadelphia. It will be the first time he, Wade and Bosh take the court together since last season's NBA finals when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
About 20 NBA players will join the Big Three-they include fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, the Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson, the Washington Wizards' John Wall, the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, the Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, the Houston Rockets' Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Bledsoe, the Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.
ESPN.com also notes that Cleveland Cavaliers' first-round picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson also are possible participants in the game.
The two teams will be divided by those who endorse Nike, such as James and Bosh, and those who endorse Brand Jordan, such as Wade and Anthony. Miami-based rapper Rick Ross is expected to coach the Nike team, while comedian Kevin Hart, who has appeared in Brand Jordan commercials with Wade, is expected to coach the Jordan team.