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NBA Lockout Ends, But (Some) Charitable Efforts Will Go On

By Bryan Toporek — November 29, 2011 1 min read

Last Monday, NBA superstars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony announced their intention to host a four-game “Homecoming Tour” in each of their four hometowns in early December, to give NBA fans a taste of professional basketball in the midst of a contentious lockout.

Proceeds from the tour were supposed to benefit a charity of each superstar’s choosing. Along with the exhibition games, the superstars were planning on hosting at least one charitable or educational event in each city.

But now that NBA players and owners have reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout early Saturday morning, the Homecoming Tour has been cancelled.

“We are thrilled that a tentative agreement has been reached and are looking forward to getting back to work and playing basketball,” said Wade in a statement. “We all want to reconnect with our teams to make sure we hit the ground running when training camps are expected to open on December 9. Our commitment to helping children and the communities doesn’t stop, and the daily work of our foundations to do just this will continue, as always.”

To prove Wade’s point: Despite the cancellation of the tour, all four superstars are expected to be in Brooklyn today to supply 800 meals to families as part of an event held by Feed the Children and The Boys and Girls Club of America, according to the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.