Chris Paul to Host Homecoming Tour Game in New Orleans

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Published: November 21, 2011

((42 sense: The date for this, which was the 4th, not the 7th, has been changed to the 3rd, likely to avoid a conflict with the Saints-Lions game on the 4th.

Who: NBPA folks, including New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul

What: A charity exhibition game

When: December 3rd, noon

Where: UNO Lakefront Arena

Why: CP3 Foundation, various New Orleans children’s programs

How: Ticketmaster, Tuesday, 10 a.m. (local time), $59 – $316.50

Or UNO Lakefront Arena Box Office, Tuesday, 10 a.m. (local time), $48 – $298

Thanks to Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune for the complete info. Enjoy.))

New Orleans is finally going to get some of that sweet exhibition action that we’ve been hearing about. Chris Paul is set to host a game on December 7th at a New Orleans location. It’s going to be part of a four game “Homecoming Tour” hosted by Paul, LeBron, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Proceeds will go toward charitable organizations.

While I don’t care much for the overly offensive oriented style that exhibitions typically bring out of otherwise competitive players, the potential to watch Paul and his three amigos show me their stuff live is a pretty solid medicine for the NBA withdrawal I go through daily. Additional players expected to participate are Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh.

Paul will also host an education themed event and a basketball clinic in New Orleans on December 2nd.

“Being able to play the game I love alongside my friends … as well as raising money for charity is a win-win situation,” Paul said.

I’ve contracted CAA for more information and I’ll be sure to pass along whatever it is that I hear back. Also, we will of course be attending and covering the game.

17 comments
edbballin504
edbballin504

Will this now be canceled? I already bought tix but I'd take a refund...haha.

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

Some of you are pathetic. Boycott a charity event that our star PG felt could be successful in our city. Way to go. How about the fact that CP3 got to pick a spot and out of 4 events these guys are doing, New Orleans is one of them! There is no better time to show CP3 why he fell in love with our city in the first place and reward him for his faith in choosing our city for his event. Spread your unproductive hate elsewhere please. Everyone else, see you there.

James Online
James Online

Yeah, right, CP3 is "in love" with NO! Enjoy the circus, especially the little clown who has you fooled!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I also thought the players were under instructions (since they're in the courts now) to not say anything about the labor situation so chances are they aren't talking about free agencies either. So actually, any interviews will probably be meaningless anyways. They'll all probably talk about the foundations they're trying to support and the game they love to play. That's your interview right there.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Ha. I don't care what he says... I just want him to grant an interview. He should be engaged here regardless of if he answers the questions we most want answered. I have no preference on him staying here or not, frankly. In either case, he can dignify the NBA fans here with regular media contact.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Dwight gives great interviews. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Whether there will be NBA basketball played this season remains to be seen. But in the meantime, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard gave Orlando fans something to watch Sunday night with an exhibition game featuring current and former Magic stars. Howard deflected all questions about the current NBA labor dispute and ongoing intrigue about whether he will seek free agency in the summer of 2012. Players could be back to work as soon as December if they accept a current Collective Bargaining Agreement this week contract offered by the league's owners. Instead Sunday, Howard focused all his comments on the Old School vs. New School exhibition game he said was staged as a way to uplift and better the city where he has spent his entire NBA career. http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7232616/dwight-howard-hosts-nba-stars-orlando-charity-game&w_cid=widgets:team:nba:www.hornets247.com

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

Thanks for that, buddy! Did it on my phone earlier. First time posting from there. Struggle.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Struggle is the right word. We'll be looking for better mobile support with coming upgrade. Plus, these so-called organizers are far from organized.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

I'll be in the dome. They can keep their tour and self-indulgence antics in game similitude (poor). I will take a Chris Paul interview. Let's see if we get one. Dwight seems to give them to Orlando, along with straight answers.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Why do you need an interview? It's not like anyone is going to believe anything CP3 says anyway right? If you're not worrying about the game don't worry about CP3 or his interviews. I mean why worry about any of it? Really. Why even care? LOL! Forget the charity part of it too. Just don't worry about it.

paul
paul

No...I feel Paul has already left NO. In my opinion, the behind the scene dicussions are what this player union not accepting the latest offer is all about. These BIG stars just want to play where they determine they want to play. NBA be damned. Fans be damned. If they have friends in high places, they want to get there. If you think Paul cares anything at all about New Orleans...you need to lay off the cool-aid. He could not care less. All these events mean more to their tax accountants than they want us to know.

QueenBee
QueenBee

I guess what I'm saying is Hornets fans on these forums have already traded Chris Paul to the Knicks or to wherever so we don't really need an interview do we? Are the Magic fans hanging on to Dwight's every word?

James Online
James Online

Boycott this and all similar events. Now is not the time for fans to cave in. Why reward the co-perpetrators of a crime against humanity? Stop the emotion-driven hero worship, please.

cmac81
cmac81

Or go watch what might be the only chance to see NBA players this season?

James Online
James Online

This is NOT the NBA...it's Cirque du Soleil wannabee.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Greg Miller then tweeted this... GregInUtah Greg Miller Speculation of the Jazz being sold is unfortunate & irresponsible. Thanks to unprecedented fan & sponsor support the Jazz is solid as ever. 22 minutes ago As for the All Star game, I'm guessing it'll be an early one since the Saints are playing later in the evening.