Davis hopes to lure Big Three to charity game

While Kevin Garnett won't be joining Baron Davis with the Golden State Warriors, Davis hopes to play basketball with Garnett and his fellow Boston Celtics stars Sunday in Los Angeles.

Davis, Celtics star Paul Pierce and Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas are hosting the second annual L.A. Stars Celebrity Charity Weekend, benefiting at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area, this weekend. Davis said Tuesday that Pierce hopes to convince new Celtics teammates Garnett and Ray Allen to play in the charity game at the University of Southern California's Galen Center on Sunday night. The Celtics acquired Garnett from Minnesota in a blockbuster trade on Tuesday. While Davis promoted the charity game Tuesday in Los Angeles, Pierce attended a Garnett introductory press conference in Boston.

"I'm extremely happy for [Pierce]," said Davis, whose Warriors flirted with acquiring Garnett, in a phone interview. "[Pierce], Ray Allen and K.G. are three guys that work so hard and have been asked to do so much for their teams and they haven't complained. And they all have each other now and that will be a great thing to see."

When asked if the Celtics were now the Eastern Conference's top team, "You can't count out what Cleveland did. Detroit is still there. Chicago is still young. But I think Boston has got a lot stronger and has definitely put themselves into one of the elite teams."

The L.A. Stars Celebrity Game, which includes the likes of Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg, will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at the Galen Center. The L.A. Stars pro game, which pits L.A. stars against the rest of the NBA, will also include the likes of Jason Kidd, Lamar Odom and Jermaine O'Neal at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Davis and Pierce took over the longtime summer charity event in Los Angeles last year from former NBA great Magic Johnson.

"I am a lot more excited this year getting another year under my belt and the kinks out," Davis said. "It's still a work in progress. We want to work this event to perfection because we want to make this what NBA All-Star [Weekend] is."

Marc J. Spears covers the Denver Nuggets and the NBA for The Denver Post. For more information on the L.A. Stars Celebrity weekend access www.lastars.net.