While David Stern and the NBA owners toil away in mediation with their union, the league’s stars are putting the final details for a two-week, six-game, four-continent super tour!
The participants sound like an All-Star game roster; Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce and Kevin Love are some of the players expected to participate. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett, are also on the list of players in discussions to join the tour.
Atlanta business mogul Calvin Darden has been putting the tour together with the players’ agents for nearly three months. He has already obtained signed contracts from Bryant, Wade, Bosh, Griffin, Rondo and Pierce. Sources say he’s hoping to complete the rest of the agreements, along with insurance requirements, over the next few days.
The tour would begin on Oct. 30th and end Nov. 9th. Planned stops include Puerto Rico, London, Macau, and Australia. Each game will be held in an arena that holds at least 15,000 fans. Two games each will be played in London and Australia.
Darden is naturally hoping to broadcast the games in as many international markets as possible and perhaps in the United States too.
Players will be paid salaries ranging from six figures up to $1 million, sources said. Some of the money generated by the tour will be donated to charity.