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Thunder's Kevin Durant to host charity basketball game in Oklahoma City with LeBron James, Blake Griffin

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 11, 2011
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Durant has explained his involvement in the exhibitions by saying he wants to give back to fans. Durant also has said the competition of the games is a good way to get better.

“Playing against NBA players around this time is really going to help,” Durant told The Oklahoman last month. “So it's just a matter of me just going out there and hooping and enjoying it. I just do it for the love of the game, really.”

Tickets for the game will go on sale at noon on Monday, October 17, and will start at $29. Tickets can be purchased at the Cox Convention Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including area Homeland stores, online at CoxConventionCenter.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For last Saturday's event in Miami, fans gobbled up 4,000 tickets ranging from $50 to $100 for upper and lower bowl sections. When the secondary ticket market began scalping tickets for more than 10 times the face value, FIU released last-minute courtside seats for $1,000 to satisfy the high-end ticket market and ensure the big bucks went back to charity. In Oklahoma City, the demand is expected to be high. The Thunder sold out 35 of 41 regular-season home games last season, as well as all nine of its home playoff games. The Thunder finished with a 99.7 percent capacity rate, tying the franchise with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth best mark in the 30-league team.

Bryan Mathews, 24, of Oklahoma City, described himself as “very excited” upon learning of the event.

“I would pay good money to go watch this game,” Mathews said.

The lingering lockout, however, has stained some fans' passion.

Brad Valentine, 35, labeled himself a “frustrated season ticket holder” who can't wait for a deal to get done. Valentine, an Oklahoma City resident, has no plans to attend the game.

“Charity for who?” Valentine asked. “The out-of-work players? It's not real basketball. I could care less.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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