HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose aren't exactly coming to a theater near you, but they are coming to an old barn, and if you live in Houston, it's in your back yard.
At 5 p.m., Nov. 20, John Lucas is hosting a charity game between NBA players looking for somewhere to get a game in during the lockout. He's holding it at Delmar Fieldhouse, a 5,000-seat arena that in the 1960s played home to the University of Houston's games and is now operated by the Houston Independent School District.
Lucas wanted the game to have a local flavor.
"It's the old barn that everybody that's played in Houston has played in at some time before," he said.
Durant will be the game's biggest attraction, in part because Rose is planning to attend but not play. But Lucas also is expecting Johnny Flynn, Kendrick Perkins, T.J. Ford, Damion James, Rashard Lewis, Mike James, Jordan Hill and Chandler Parsons, among others. Blake Griffin originally was committed, but backed out. The rosters are subject to change, Lucas said, but he says this is for real.
"It won't be a celebrity game," Lucas said. "It's going to be a real game."
Coaches will be Robert Horry and Moses Malone.
Tickets are 25 and on sale now, through www.johnlucasenterprises.com, the Web site for The John Lucas Foundation, which operates youth basketball camps and counseling services. Players receive no compensation for their participation. Proceeds benefit the foundation.
This plan is contingent on the continuation of the NBA lockout. Lucas is somewhat plugged in to the negotiations, but declined to comment on specifics of what was happening. A miracle resolution would mean Lucas' event would be canceled.
"Let's hope for a miracle resolution," he said, "a little later."
Lucas also would love it if a secondary result of this event was that certain players fell for Houston. He is hoping he can expose new players to the city he moved to in 1976 when he was drafted by the Houston Rockets.
"As good as our team is now, we want to get some more stars," he said.
Johnny Flynn is not exactly a star at this point, but he is one of the newest Rockets. Traded from Minnesota during the draft, Flynn is still new to Houston, but has taken to Lucas.
"It means a lot to help out a guy like John Lucas," Flynn said. "He's done a lot for me this summer, as a person and as a basketball player, and to show the people of Houston (my) first time out here playing, a new Houston Rocket, it's going to be exciting for me."
Flynn has played in similar events in other cities already, a professional basketball player looking for a game.
"It gets kind of boring playing this waiting game," he said. "To get out here with some of your peers and get the feel of the NBA and put something on for the city, a loving sports town, a town loving basketball and to put a smile on people's faces and put on a good show is fun."