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James and Wade headline all-star basketball exhibition

posted 9 Oct 2011, 03:31 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 9 Oct 2011, 03:32 ]

Amid labour dispute NBA stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade host all-star basketball exhibition.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES. (OCTOBER 8, 2011)  REUTERS - With NBA labour troubles forcing preseason game cancellations some of basketball's biggest names, including Miami Heat stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, gathered for an exhibition game Saturday (October 8) night at Florida International University (FIU).

James, Wade, and Bosh headlined the 'South Florida All-Star Classic', a game that featured several players who took part in last season's NBA Finals in which the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Heat.

Five thousand fans paid between $50 and $100 for tickets that sold out in little more than an hour with some fans paying $1000 or more to sit court-side with the money going to charities chosen by the players. Former NBA great Isiah Thomas who now coaches at FIU, helped organize the game.

In what amounted to an all-star game, LeBron james was the captain of a team which also included Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Damon Jones, Rajon Rondo, Louis Williams, Jamal Crawford and Jonny Flynn.

They took on Dwyane Wade's team which featured Caron Butler, Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Eddy Curry, John Wall and Wesley Matthews.

NBA owners and commissioner David Stern told the players union that the owners refuse to continue negotiations until the players agree to a 50-50 split of basketball revenue. The players union responded that they would not go below a 53-47 split in their favor but are reported to have called for meetings on Monday to discuss the issue.

Stern has said if significant progress on labor issues is not made by Monday (October 10) that he would be forced to begin canceling regular season games.