According to Frank Hughes of Sports Illustrated (and formerly the Tacoma News-Tribune), a group of NBA players with ties to the area are campaigning to host a charity game in Seattle’s Key Arena.
The idea was conceived by former Sonics guard Ray Allen, and was contrived as a way to give back to the city of Seattle, as well as help the NBA realize that this market needs a professional basketball team once again.
Allen has recruited an All-Star list of talent to help him with the charity game. Players already on board with the plan include: Jason Terry (from Seattle’s Franklin High School), Brandon Roy (Garfield High School and the University of Washington), Jamal Crawford (Rainier Beach High School), and Aaron Brooks (Franklin High School). Current and former pros linked to the event include: Lenny Wilkens, Paul Silas, Detlef Schrempf, and Gary Payton. One would have to figure that a handful of others with ties to the area (Shawn Kemp, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, Nate Robinson, Marvin Williams, Martell Webster, Luke Ridnour, Will Conroy, Rashard Lewis, just off the top of my head) would likewise be interested.
There are any number of caveats as to why this game can’t happen. But there are so many other reasons why it can and should take place.
Check out the article and spread the word. Let’s hope this goes down.