DeRozan to organize charity game in TO?
Old 11-16-2011, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DeMar DeRozan was on Sportsnet 590 earlier today with Paul Jones and me and he broke the news that he has been considering the possibility of organizing a charity game in Toronto at some point in the next month.

Details are limited at this point, but DeRozan told us that he and Raptors teammate, Amir Johnson, recently discussed the idea and they are meeting tomorrow or Friday to figure out the details and determine if this event could fly or not.

Basketball fans in and around Toronto will remember how successful Vince Carter was when he held charity games at Air Canada Centre for a few summers in the early years of last decade. But DeRozan and Johnson would likely not be able to host their game at the ACC given the fact that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment owns the building and the Raptors (conflict of interest RE: the ongoing Lockout). Ditto for Ricoh Coliseum. So a DeRozan-Johnson venture would likely tip off at somewhere like Ryerson or U of T.

DeRozan mentioned in the interview that he has been doing a lot of work in the off-season with NBA players like Corey Maggette and Matt Barnes so you could probably expect those guys to show up for a charity game in T.O. IF it went down. Brandon Jennings is a close friend to DeRozan too And all-star Kevin Durant has shown up for pretty-much every charity game that teammates and fellow ballers have put on this summer and fall. But his participation is purely speculative at this point (as is the game itself for that matter).

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Been to a couple Vince Carter charity games when he used to host them and I did enjoy it. Saw Drew Gooden drop 50 in one of them, Jalen Rose with a triple double in 3 quarters, insane dunks from Iguodala (before he played a single game in the NBA), etc. I'd consider attending this game if it were to go down.
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would he have it at the ACC? I'd look into a smaller venue as i would question the overall interest in such an event. just my $0.02.
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would he have it at the ACC? I'd look into a smaller venue as i would question the overall interest in such an event. just my $0.02.

I would disagree there. Carter used to sell those out every year, even his last couple years when we stunk. I don't think Derozan would sell it out or even come that close but he'd do fine imo. Besides, where else are they gonna go, Hoopdome? Lol
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The difference is that at the time Vince Carter was the most popular player in the NBA or close to it. As for the venue, i dunno.. maybe Ricoh? Hershey centre?
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would he have it at the ACC? I'd look into a smaller venue as i would question the overall interest in such an event. just my $0.02.
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I would disagree there. Carter used to sell those out every year, even his last couple years when we stunk. I don't think Derozan would sell it out or even come that close but he'd do fine imo. Besides, where else are they gonna go, Hoopdome? Lol
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i don't know. Maybe Ricoh? Hershey centre?
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But DeRozan and Johnson would likely not be able to host their game at the ACC given the fact that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment owns the building and the Raptors (conflict of interest RE: the ongoing Lockout). Ditto for Ricoh Coliseum. So a DeRozan-Johnson venture would likely tip off at somewhere like Ryerson or U of T.
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I would really consider going for this
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The difference is that at the time Vince Carter was the most popular player in the NBA or close to it. As for the venue, i dunno.. maybe Ricoh? Hershey centre?

Which is why I said he wouldn't come close to selling it out. But I still say he gets 8-10,000. And Ricoh is a shit arena, people don't even go there to watch hockey. How many seats at the Hershey centre? Never been there.
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I would as well. I miss basketball and would be all over this.
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Which is why I said he wouldn't come close to selling it out. But I still say he gets 8-10,000. And Ricoh is a shit arena, people don't even go there to watch hockey. How many seats at the Hershey centre? Never been there.
about 5500 at Hershey. Nice little arena
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