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Melo envisions NYC star-studded showcase

10/10/2011

The extended NBA offseason has witnessed superstar showcases in Philadelphia, Winston-Salem and most recently Miami on Saturday, headlined by frequent participants Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul.

Could New York City steal the thunder on the East Coast? On Saturday, Anthony tweeted "BTW working on an #Epic exhibition/charity game in NYC......Showtime!!!!!! #NP "I'm Comin Home."

According to the New York Post, Melo believes he, James, Paul and Dwyane Wade and other friends will join forces in the Big Apple, especially because he doesn't see the lockout being resolved today. If that's the case, the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled.

"I don't think anything is going to happen between now and Monday," Anthony said on Saturday in Miami. "So we've just got to be prepared for that, be prepared for the lockout for the first two weeks and see where all this is going.

"It's sad all the way across. It's [sad] for us as players. It's sad for the owners. It's sad for the fans of the NBA." ... "If they want to lock us out [longer tan two weeks], we're sticking together."

Sticking together by keeping the sold-out All-Star tour going.

Even Roger Mason Jr. is planning to capitalize on the trend. If the lockout continues, he'll be organizing a charity game on Oct. 29 at his alma mater's gym, University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, where former ACC stars, who are now in the NBA, will face an NBA-select team featuring Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay and John Wall. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity Mason Jr. is involved with, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

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