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Carmelo and fellow stars plan a barnstorming tour; includes New York

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks looks

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Carmelo Anthony said in October that he was planning a star-studded basketball game for New York City and it appears this effort will be part of a four-game series of the NBA's Superfriends in December.

Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have worked together to create this barnstorming "Homecoming Tour," which will begin in -- of all places -- James' hometown of Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 1. The group will then move to New Orleans, Paul's NBA home (for the time being, at least) on Dec. 4 and then to Chicago, where Wade is from, on Dec. 7.

The tour ends Dec. 10 in New York, well, the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., to reflect Carmelo's Gotham roots and reconnection to the city as a Knick. As a result of the ongoing NBA lockout, players can not use NBA arenas, which is why Anthony could not use Madison Square Garden and was instead left to chose the Izod Center, which is the former home of the Nets.

Proceeds from the tour, according to the Associated Press, will benefit the headliners' charities. The tour's sponsor, Google Plus, will live steam the games. 

Tickets for the game at the Izod Center will go on sale Wednesday, AP reported.

"I am so excited to have this opportunity to participate in this tour," Anthony said in the press release for the tour. "To couple two of the things I love to do -- play basketball and give back -- is special. This is just the beginning of a movement to facilitate change in our communities and I am happy to be part of a group of guys willing to lead the charge."

Tags: NBA , Carmelo Anthony , LeBron James , Dwyane Wade , Chris Paul , Izod Center , Knicks , lockout

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