NBA stars to play in charity game at Nassau Coliseum

While the NBA players and owners can’t seem to agree on a deal to end the league’s current lockout, it won’t stop some of the game’s premier players from playing pick-up games for charity.

One of these games will be played Friday, Dec. 2, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale to benefit the Sports Athletic Enterprise (SAE) “Kidz into Action” Foundation. This foundation provides financial support to children and their families while also organizing structured sports programs.

Reigning NBA scoring champion and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will highlight an impressive lineup of players. Los Angeles Lakers 12-year veteran Ron Artest, Denver Nuggets forward Gary Forbes, 2011 No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and 2011 NCAA champion Kemba Walker are also expected to play in the game.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will be one of several prominent NBA players who will play in the "Kidz into Action" charity game Dec. 2 at Nassau Coliseum.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will be one of several prominent NBA players who will play in the "Kidz into Action" charity game Dec. 2 at Nassau Coliseum.

The following NBA players will round out the rosters: Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe, Los Angeles Clippers forward Ryan Gomes, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, New Jersey Nets forward Jordan Williams and Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby and forward Sam Young.

This game marks the return of professional basketball to Long Island. Julius “Dr. J” Erving and the American Basketball Association’s New York Nets called the Nassau Coliseum home from 1972-77.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or the Nassau Coliseum box office.

For more information, contact SAE’s founder and president Isaac Daniel at 646-626-9137.

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