By Diego Quezada
The ongoing NBA lockout, which threatens to cancel the league’s marquee Christmas Day games and possibly the entire 2011-12 season, will not stop the Miami Heat players from playing against the best competition the world has to offer.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – along with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony – will host a four-game “Homecoming Tour” next month. The tour will begin with a game in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio Dec. 1, then move to New Orleans Dec. 4 before traveling to Wade’s hometown of Chicago Dec. 7. The tour ends with a Dec. 10 game in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
All four superstars will play in the four games. The tour will also include community outreach programs in each city, and proceeds from the traveling event will benefit each player’s respective charitable foundation. Google+ will stream each game live.
The four headlines have collaborated with Heat players Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem to set up a training camp in Oregon for players under the representation of Creative Artists Agency, which contains agents representing all six players. Bosh is also expected to play in all four games. The rest of the rosters are subject to change, as James will help coordinate the Akron game, as will Wade in Chicago, Paul in New Orleans and Anthony in East Rutherford.
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