While NBA commissioner David Stern and players’ union executive Billy Hunter meet with a federal mediator in hopes of saving the NBA season, the league’s top players are finalizing plans for a two-week exhibition tour during what would have been the first two weeks of the regular season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
While the final details are still being worked out, more than a dozen of the league’s best players are working to join forces on what would be a two-week, six-game, four-continent blockbuster tour, sources said.
In a trip that could resemble Team USA’s takeover of the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Games,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 Pierceand Kevin Love are among the players expected to participate. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett, among a few others, are also contemplating joining the tour.
Tyson Chandler also has agreed to participate in the tour, a source close to Chandler told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.
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