Some NBA players are expected to take part in an exhibition game at the Langley Events Centre.
Scheduled for Aug. 6 at the LEC’s centre court, organizer Ekam Nagra said the game has been in the works for just under a year.
“This is to give the city something that has been missing,” he said about the fact Vancouver has not had an NBA team since the Grizzlies left following the 2001 NBA season.
Nagra is the founder of Ball Don’t Stop, a basketball devoted website.
The game will feature a team of Seattle-area pro players — expected to be highlighted by Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers — against a team made up of high-level players from the Lower Mainland and Canada. The local roster will also have three imports.
“It is going to be epic,” Nagra said.
The courtside seats are apparently already sold out (at $70 per ticket) but general admission tickets at $30 remain. The court holds about 2,200 people.
While rosters are still being finalized, the Seattle team could feature Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics), Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Spencer Hawes (Charlotte Hornets).
Nagra said the local team could potentially feature Metta World Peace — formerly Ron Artest — who apparently has ties to Vancouver.