Hakim Warrick is nothing if not prideful about the city he grew up in, Philadelphia, so you can imagine how excited he must be after Team Philly took down Team Melo 131-122 in a charity exhibition...

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Team Philly VS Team Melo.

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The "game" is just starting and I thought we could use a game day thread for it.  Why not right?  

"The exhibition game featuring LeBron JamesCarmelo AnthonyKevin Durant and Chris Paul as teammates will be streamed online by Sports Illustrated.

 

The game between Melo's All-Stars and Team Philly on Sunday night in Philadelphia is being called the "Battle of I-95.'' The four NBA stars will play for the Melo team, based in Baltimore. The Philly team is led by former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans of Sacramento and Hakim Warrick of Phoenix."

 

Team Philly, has assembled a roster that includes 76ers guard Lou Williams and Pennsylvania-bred pros Hakim Warrick, John Salmons, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Wayne Ellington, Jason Thompson, Ronald Murray and Tyreke Evans.

 

Link to the stream:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/?eref=sinav


For now, Jared Dudley clowning with Kyle Lowry in the Impact tournament is the closest we'll get to Suns basketball.

No surprise here. After NBA labor talks hit a major roadbloack last week and made no reported progress this week, the league will announce today the postponement of the first two weeks of training camps and preseason games, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

{Update 09/23/11 11:00AM PDT: One week of preseason games (October 9-15), a total of 43 games were cancelled and training camps are postponed "indefinitely", as per The New York Times.}

This doesn't necessarily mean that the regular season, scheduled to start on November 1, won't begin on time but commissioner David Stern assumed the role of Mr. Obvious by saying, "the calendar is not our friend."

While the official word (read: the posturing of Stern and NBPA President Derek Fisher) is all doom and gloom and that the sides are still far from a settlement, there are rumblings that there is progress being made under the surface and out of the limelight. ESPN's Ric Bucher tweeted last night that:

@RicBucher: For all the gloom the postponement of training camp inspired, amazing no. of NBA industry peeps are convinced a full season will happen.

Clippers center and all-around unique human being Chris Kaman chipped in with this:

@ChrisKaman: So I heard from the inside that we might actually have a full season still and some low key meetings r going on right now!

What to believe? It's hard to know right now, and probably best to take both the "sky is falling" posturing (never mind that the sky actually is falling) and the unsupported optimism with a grain of salt. The deadline for settlement that was just missed is a minor one. No reason for panic. In negotiations like this, things don't get done until the absolute last minute, and we're not there yet.


For now, Jared Dudley clowning with Kyle Lowry in the Impact tournament is the closest we'll get to Suns basketball.

No surprise here. After NBA labor talks hit a major roadblock last week and made no reported progress this week, the league will announce today the postponement of the first two weeks of training camps and preseason games, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

{Update 09/23/11 11:00AM PDT: One week of preseason games (October 9-15), a total of 43 games, were cancelled and training camps are postponed "indefinitely", as per The New York Times.}

This doesn't necessarily mean that the regular season, scheduled to start on November 1, won't begin on time but commissioner David Stern assumed the role of Mr. Obvious by saying, "the calendar is not our friend."

While the official word (read: the posturing of Stern and NBPA President Derek Fisher) is all doom and gloom and that the sides are still far from a settlement, there are rumblings that there is progress being made under the surface and out of the limelight. ESPN's Ric Bucher tweeted last night that:

@RicBucher: For all the gloom the postponement of training camp inspired, amazing no. of NBA industry peeps are convinced a full season will happen.

Clippers center and all-around unique human being Chris Kaman chipped in with this:

@ChrisKaman: So I heard from the inside that we might actually have a full season still and some low key meetings r going on right now!

What to believe? It's hard to know right now, and probably best to take both the "sky is falling" posturing (never mind that the sky actually is falling) and the unsupported optimism with a grain of salt. The deadline for settlement that was just missed is a minor one. No reason for panic. In negotiations like this, things don't get done until the absolute last minute, and we're not there yet.


Let's see what Keef can do.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Lockout happened and the traditional Summer League was canceled, but that hasn't stopped new NBA players like Josh Selby or Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker from playing in leagues and exhibition games of their own. In fact, even veterans like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and our own Jared Dudley and Hakim Warrick have been instrumental in organizing and playing in games all across the country.

Hakim Warrick has helped organize what will be an exhibition game this Sunday the 25th where Warrick, a Philadelphia native, along with a team comprised of fellow NBA Philly-natives is slated to take on Team Melo. Team Melo is a star-studded team thrown together by Carmelo Anthony boasting Chris Paul, Kevin Durant (Who will show up for the game late due to a previous engagement) LeBron James and others on the roster. Headlining the Philly team is Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, Warrick and um... Kyle Lowry? Yeah, the game looks like it might be a laugher... Unless there is some truth to the rumors that Warrick has Kobe Bryant (also a Philly native) coming in as a surprise.

Besides all that - the biggest take-away here for Suns fans is that the Morris twins are a big part of team Philly - that means we will actually get to watch our 1st round draft pick Markieff Morris play in an actual game against legitimate NBA talent. I'm excited about that and you should be too.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on SI.com this Sunday at 3:00 pm Arizona time (6 EST)

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