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No All-Stars showed up for Michael Beasley’s All-Star Classic

Oct 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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From the department of “Aw, sad panda” comes this element regarding Wolves forward Michael Beasley. Beasley had organized a charity event in Minnesota, billing it as the “All-Star Classic,” promoting it as including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love along with John Wall and No.2 overall Timberwolves pick Derrick Williams.

One problem.

They didn’t show.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Organizers originally priced tickets at between $60 and $300, then changed them to $40 general admission, $100 for VIP reserve and $300 for court seats when it became clear Durant, Love, Wall and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams wouldn’t play.

Net proceeds will go to St. Jude’s and three Twin Cities area charities.

Organizers estimated the audience at 1,200 fans, which might have been a bit generous. Those fans watched the six Wolves players, Golden State’s Wright, former WNBA player Tamara Moore and a smattering of summer-league players run and shoot until the Beasleys prevailed over the Visitors 179-170.

via Wolves storm the gym for charity, not salary |

You know what, though? Beasley can’t direct those kinds of things. He can’t make those guys play. And the Minnesota fans at least got to see most of the Wolves play. Granted, not Williams, Love, Williams or Rubio, four starters, but still. And it’s for charity. Any effort counts. So it would be easy to dig at Beasley for not being able to deliver, but he made the effort to put together a basketball game for charity.

That’s more than a lot of people do.

Kinda funny, though.

  1. shivablast - Oct 23, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    ” Granted, not Williams, Love, Williams or Rubio, four starters, but still.”

    What the Hell am I reading?

  2. Josh - Oct 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    It was announced that Love and Durant canceled the same day that the “barnstorming tour” was announced. My guess is that the cancellation was not their choice.

  3. skids003 - Oct 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Proceeds to St. Jude’s. What a shame these millionaires can’t give back to the communitty. Then again, they are entitled to be worshipped and highly paid by us (the fans). Why help the poor out?

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Oct 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    It was originally billed as the All-Star Classic featuring Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, John Wall and Derrick Williams. Even counting the guys that didn’t show up, wouldn’t the “All” in All Star somewhat indicate “all” the players were stars? Lets see, Durant was a starter in last year’s All Star game and Kevin Love was added as a replacement player by Stern because Yao was out. The other guys ”watched” last year’s All Star game. And somebody thought people would pay as much as $300 a seat to watch those guys play a pickup game? In THIS ECONOMY? Somebody is way out of touch with how regular people spend their money.

    It should have been billed as the “One All Star, One replacement guy, and a bunch of guys who watched last year’s All Star Game – Classic”.

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