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Latest NBA player exhibition game: North Carolina vs. Duke

Nov 7, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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We’ve had seemingly every other kind of pro-am and charity game featuring NBA players during the lockout, why not go back to some classic college rivalry games.

Like North Carolina alumni vs. Duke alumni.

It’s happening, according to Blue Devil Nation (via Dime). It’s called the “Kings of Tobacco Road” game and is set for Nov. 17. Clearly both schools have a lot of NBA pedigree players to role out, so this one could be interesting. Here are the rosters as of now (from Dime):

Duke: Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, Corey Maggette, Chris Duhon, Elton Brand, Gerald Henderson, and coached by Jay Williams

UNC: Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Raymond Felton, Shammond Williams, Donald Williams, and coached by Phil Ford

That could be pretty entertaining. And the fans will take it all too seriously. Which would be sweet.

What would make this more fun is if we could mix in Austin Rivers and Harrison Barnes and some other guys actually in school now. But alas, that’s not going to happen.

  1. sepl12 - Nov 7, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Would be nice to see deng, reddick, and boozer in the game

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Donald Williams…really? As great as he was in the Final Four that was forever ago. I wonder if Dante Calabria wasn’t available.

  3. camnellum - Nov 7, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I really like UNC in this one, Duke has no depth, Elton Brand is their only bigman.

  4. goforthanddie - Nov 7, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    They might even play defense in this one.

  5. pellypell - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    I see lots of injuries and lots of flopping in this one.

  6. smashmouthrb25 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Can we get G. Hill and Dunleavy in on the action?

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I say Duke wins but only if they are allowed to stand directly under the basket to take charges.

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