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A World Tour of NBA Stars Is Reportedly Set

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 08: Carmelo Anthony reacts to a leg cramp during the South Florida All Star Classic at Florida International University on October 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Carmelo Anthony, at an exhibition game in South Florida earlier this month.

Even with the NBA players locked out, at least fans in some cities have gotten the chance to see certain star players compete in games of basketball. Take Carmelo Anthony, for instance. Fans in Baltimore could have seen him play for the "Melo Squad" in an exhibition game in late August. Last month, folks in Philadelphia could have seen him play in an exhibition for "Carmelo Anthony's All-Stars". And then this month, fans in South Florida could have seen him suit up for "Team Wade" in a game at Florida International University, while those in Oklahoma City could have seen him play for the "Blue Team" in a game at the city's Cox Convention Center. And there are more exhibition games coming: According to ESPN, details have been finalized for a tour that will involve a number of NBA All-Stars. Just a heads up, though. You're going to have to travel a lot further than Philadelphia if you'd like to see one of them in person.

ESPN reports that the tour will include six games on four continents over a two-week span. It'll reportedly begin in San Juan this Sunday, followed by two games in London on November 1 and 3. It'll then head to Macau on November 6, and wrap up in Melbourne on November 8 and 9. The report says that Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Durant will headline the roster of players, and that the remaining participants will be announced today. Both Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are among the candidates to take part.

As for a game in New York, Anthony talked last week about putting something together in the area, possibly at New Jersey's Izod Center. Said Anthony then, via the Post: “I don’t think we can hold it at a 4,000-, 5,000-seat arena. Maybe we may have to go to Jersey and hold it at the Izod Center or one of those places that hold 18,000 to 20,000. Because everybody is going to want to come to that game.’’

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Photo: Mike Ehrmann/2011 Getty Images