NBA Lockout Tour Will Feature Kobe, Kevin Durant After Losing LeBron James And Derrick Rose

A star-laden global exhibition tour is losing some of its luster as LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and others have dropped out in advance of Saturday's debut in Puerto Rico.

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant Headline World All-Star Classic In Puerto Rico

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have rarely been able to be considered consolation prizes during their stellar basketball careers, but that's exactly how some are looking at the two All-Stars while discussing the "World All-Star Classic" tour that several NBA stars are taking part in during the NBA lockout. The tour is scheduled to on Sunday in Puerto Rico.

The "World All-Star Classic" has stops scheduled in London, Macau and Melbourne, Australia after the Puerto Rico stop, but the fans are a bit disappointed that several NBA stars have pulled out after previously saying they would play. Among the stars to pull out so far are LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, but the new batch of players included doesn't include any slouches.

According to a press release received by the Associated Press, the World All-Star Classic will feature Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Chris Kaman, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler along with the aforementioned Bryant and Durant.

So yes, a bit of the luster was lost, that certainly is not a bad roster to spread goodwill across the world.


NBA Lockout World Tour Loses LeBron James, Derrick Rose And More

The NBA lockout tour slated to begin in Puerto Rico on Saturday is dropping All-Stars quickly. On Tuesday, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook pulled out of the global tour. On Wednesday, Chris Broussard reported that LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul would also pull out.

Ric Bucher reported that Kevin Durant was considering backing out of the tour as well. Yahoo!'s Marc Spears reported that, for now, Durant remains in.

The tour apparently still has Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard in tow, but it's unclear how the star power of James, Rose and potentially Durant will be replaced. Players were set to earn a good chunk of change from the tour, which has plans for games on multiple continents.

The tour was scheduled to take place over what would have been the first week of the regular season. The season was slated to begin on November 1 with the Chicago Bulls taking on the Dallas Mavericks. As a result of the NBA lockout, David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the season, some 100 games.


NBA Lockout Tour's Date In Puerto Rico Reportedly In Jeopardy

The NBA lockout tour set to feature Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and others during the first week of what would have been the regular season might not go off as planned. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the tour's stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is in jeopardy as the tour's organizers have not yet provided contracts to arena promoters.

The San Juan game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. Wojnarowski reports that the arena promoters have not received paperwork assuring that all 18 players promised for the game will attend. Without that, the promoters won't sell tickets out of fear of falsely advertising stars who never show up.

It still remains unclear whether the games will appear on television or via streaming web access in the United States. Broadcast sponsorship figures to play a major role in the tour's finances. Wojnarowski reports that the tour is being organized by investor Cal Darden Sr. of Atlanta. 

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