NBA players expected to play in summer basketball game at UFV in Abbotsford

Jul 10 2017, 11:00 pm

Get ready for some high-caliber basketball, Abbotsford.

The Battle at the Border, presented by Ball Don’t Stop, returns on July 22nd for its second-annual summer game.

Last year’s game was the biggest pro-am basketball game in Canadian history according to organizers. The game featured a number of stars, including three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner Jamal Crawford.

While league rules preclude events like this from releasing the names of NBA participants, Daily Hive has learned that Crawford, who is expected to sign a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, is confirmed for this year’s game yet again. The Seattle-born guard is expected to be joined by some other NBA talent, as the game moves to the Envision Athletic Centre at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Crawford will head up the Seattle All-Stars team, who will play a team representing Vancouver.

Also confirmed according to a source is three-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson, former NBA first round draft pick Terrence Williams, as well as a number of D-League players and NBA prospects.

Other players that Daily Hive has learned are likely to attend include Spencer Hawes (Milwaukee Bucks), Avery Bradley (Detroit Pistons), and Bobby Brown (Houston Rockets).

There could be other surprise appearances as well, as there was last year when PK Subban suited up.

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Battle at the Border

  • What: Pro-am basketball game
  • When: July 22, 2017
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Envision Athletic Centre,
    1395 McKenzie Road
  • Tickets: $40-80