Hakim Warrick is nothing if not prideful about the city he grew up in, Philadelphia, so you can imagine how excited he must be after Team Philly took down Team Melo 131-122 in a charity exhibition dubbed “The Battle for I-95″ in the Palestra Sunday night.
The game was the creation of Warrick, with the idea being to pit the best players from Philly against the best from Baltimore, where Carmelo grew up. Carmelo’s team also included stars such as LeBron James and Chris Paul.
“I know how passionate the city of Philadelphia is about basketball,” Warrick told the USA Today. “Me and Melo been having the argument, who has the best city for basketball, Baltimore or Philadelphia, since we were in college.”
According to Sports Illustrated, “A sellout crowd of 8,722 packed the corners of the gym on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania — with dozens more lining the doorways and plunking down in the aisles” to watch this star-studded exhibition.
Warrick scored 19 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Philly squad, which also got a team-high 34 from Kyle Lowry and 31 from Lou Williams. LeBron went for 43 and Carmelo 31 for the losing squad.
Philly native and Suns rookie Markieff Morris, originally slated to play, ended up missing out due to a alumni game in Kansas.
Players from both teams wore warmup shirts stating “Basketball never stops,” which is true although games likes this do little to make anyone forget about actual NBA play.
For now, Warrick can relish playing for the best team of the summer circuit, at least in his mind.
“After beating that team, I mean we’ve got to be the champs,” Warrick told The Associated Press. “We’re taking on all challengers, but they’ve got to come through Philly. So whoever’s next, they’ve got to come through us.”
Two Time vs. Hope Solo
Steve Nash takes on US women’s soccer star in FIFA Soccer 12 in another EA Sports promo that goes much like all of Two Time’s EA Sports spots.
Also, I missed this when it was first published, but The Toronto Sun’s Steve Buffery took Nash to task for not playing for Team Canada in Olympic qualifying games this summer, which must be why the Suns’ star recently tweeted that he chose to give up playing for the national team after coming to the Suns to stay healthy.
I’ve got to disagree with Buffery on this one since Nash gave so many good years to Team Canada when he was younger and since playing extra games without the Suns’ training staff at his age sounds like a recipe for disaster for the Suns.
NBA cancels first round of preseason games
As you most surely know by now, the NBA has postponed training camps that were scheduled to open on Oct. 3 and cancelled all preseason games from Oct. 9-15.
For the Suns, that means they will miss a home game against the Clippers and a road game against the Blazers.
“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”
As ESPN’s Marc Stein wrote, we still have another week or so before we must worry about regular season games being missed.
Sports Illustrated misses the Suns’ social consciousness
Sports Illustrated revealed the top 20 things its writers will and won’t miss about the NBA with the lockout still in effect, and the social consciousness of the Suns made the miss list at No. 20.
“With so many athletes and teams content to retreat into their bubbles, the Phoenix Suns take bold, sometimes risky stands, individually and collectively,” Alexander Wolff writes. “… The Suns go far beyond merely adopting the movement of the moment. They’re out front, leading.”
Dudley chats on SportsNation
Suns guard Jared Dudley took some questions from fans on SportsNation last week.
He discusses the lockout, why he won’t play overseas and what the Suns need to do to become a championship contender, among other topics.