MIAMI — LeBron James is poised to take his talents to Baltimore.
Amid the recent flurry of face-offs between leading pro-am leagues during the NBA lockout, the Miami Heat forward has said he will join a group of NBA stars that Tuesday will represent the Baltimore-based Melo League and take on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and a group of stars from the Washington-based Goodman League.
"I'm in," he told the Associated Press on Sunday.
The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan State University's Hill Field House, follows an Aug. 8 game at St. Frances that featured Durant and fellow NBA players Brandon Jennings and Josh Selby (Lake Clifton). Tuesday's game was moved to Morgan from St. Frances to accommodate a larger crowd.
James is scheduled to play alongside New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, with the Goodman League team to feature Durant, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, among others.
"With the lockout, it was a very good idea for us to do this, because a lot of NBA players are looking to play basketball," Kurk Lee, head of the Melo League and a former Towson State star, told The Washington Post. "They can't be on practice facilities. They are looking to play summer-league ball."
It's very good for kids and sports fans in Baltimore, too, St. Frances athletic director Nick Myles told The Baltimore Sun.
"It's tremendous for them to have the chance to see players of this caliber come and compete," Myles said.
Tickets for the game, which was scheduled for Sunday but postponed because of Hurricane Irene, can be purchased at St. Frances, Lee told The Post. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Morgan State. General-admission tickets cost $40, while floor seats are $100.
There are no television or webcast plans currently in place.
Baltimore Sun reporter Steve Gould contributed to this article.
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