USC: Cedric Ceballos

Ex-NBA players rise to Challenge at Galen

February, 19, 2011
2/19/11
8:03
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LOS ANGELES -- The following list of names may shock you.

Isaiah Rider. Keith Closs. Penny Hardaway.

Former Jazz and Laker guard Bryon Russell, former Clipper and Rocket guard Cuttino Mobley and ex-Pacer and now-ESPN analyst Jalen Rose. Former Pacer point guard Travis Best, former Raptor/Laker/Bullet/Wizard/Blazer forward Tracy Murray and ex-Celtic and now-Basketball Wives star Eric Williams.

Bonzi Wells, even. Cedric Ceballos entertained the crowd for a time.

Now what was the occasion for the appearances?

The inaugural 3-on-3 Legends Challenge, a new venture by former NBA player Dale Davis intended to connect fans and former players across the United States. Davis eventually plans to have a touring Legends League, where teams of fans compete with teams of former players, but the kick-off of the concept was held Saturday.

The official count had 34 former NBA players in attendance, with more than 20 taking part in the 3-on-3 action. Six teams played double elimination basketball in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred fans -- admission was free -- on the upstairs tournament courts at USC's Galen Center.

The final matchup? Russell, Mobley, Davis and Rose versus Murray, Williams, Corey Benjamin and ex-Clipper Sean Rooks. Playing by street-ball rules up to 15, Mobley led his squad to the victory, 15-12, with an array of to-the-basket drives past older, slower defenders and his signature lefty 3-point stroke.

Rose hit the game-winner from 20 feet out when he quick-started a possession and immediately pulled up for the jumper just after stepping inside the 3-point line.

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