Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 6/25/12


Last summer, a plethora of NBA players took to the charity circuit, organizing an abundance of barnstorming games to benefit various causes. As these athletes pondered their own futures while enduring the NBA lockout, they still gave back to those who needed it most.

This summer, players like the Spurs' Danny Green are aiming to make such goodwill a tradition of sorts.

Green will return to his hometown of Long Island this summer, ready to hit the hardwood at Adelphi University for the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game on Saturday, July 28th. Approaching its second annual contest, the MMBG honors Michael Mulhall, as well as Jamie and Paige Malone, all of whom lost their lives in a car accident in 2010. All three spent honorable time helping kids with special needs at Camp ANCHOR.

Proceeds from the game will be donated to the "Jamie & Paige Malone Foundation" and "Michael Mulhall Univeristy of Scranton Scholarship."

Supporting the worthy cause, Green served as a headlining attraction for last year's inaugural event. He will once again do so this summer, coming off a breakout season in the NBA. The young guard averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and shot 44% from downtown in 66 contests (38 starts) for San Antonio.

Among those expected to join Green at the MMBG include former Golden State Warriors forward Chris Taft, as well as St. John's Red Storm alums Justin Burrell and Paris Horne.

Taft, who played his high ball at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, last donned an NBA uniform during the 2005-06 season before succumbing to injuries. Hitting the comeback trail, he played in the NBA D-League this past season. Burrell and Horne (both of whom participated in last year's game) will reunite after leading St. John's during March Madness last season. Both went on to play professionally overseas this past year.

A couple of NBA notables are expected to be named head coaches for the benefit game as well. Last year, Knicks Journal caught up with MSG and ESPN commentator Mike Breen, who acted as a head coach for one of the squads. For more on his thoughts on the cause and the game itself, you can read his interview here.

The MMBG not only serves as an exciting and entertaining opportunity to watch some young and upcoming talent during the NBA offseason, but also a chance to support a great cause and honor three fantastic individuals. You can find out more about this year's event by clicking here or simply follow the organizers on Twitter @MaloneMulhallBG. 

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