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James, Anthony and friends pack house for exhibition

Associated Press / August 31, 2011

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Even during a lockout, the NBA still packs plenty of drawing power.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul starred in a hastily arranged summer league game last night that drew an overflow crowd at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The big question is: Will these stars and their peers get the opportunity to perform in the NBA this year?

The owners and players union are expected to meet this week. Until a settlement is reached, fans with a thirst for professional basketball will have to settle for exhibitions.

The Morgan State arena holds 4,500, but there were hundreds of fans surrounding the court to watch the collection of stars in a rare performance in Anthony’s hometown.

Reason for retaliation Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who is accused of shooting an Atlanta woman to death, appeared to be retaliating for being robbed of $55,000 worth of jewelry, police said.

Crittenton, who was suspended from the NBA along with his ex-teammate Gilbert Arenas for having guns in a locker room, was arrested late Monday at a Southern California airport. He has been charged with murder in the Aug. 19 shooting death of Jullian Jones outside her house in Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Crittenton told police he and a friend were leaving a barbershop around 10:50 p.m. April 21 when two teenagers surprised them as they returned to their car, according to police report released to the AP.

One teenager held Crittenton at gunpoint and ordered him to “give me what you got,’’ he told police. He said he handed over a $25,000 black diamond necklace, a $30,000 black diamond watch, an iPhone and $25 cash, according to the report.

Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said prosecutors expect to charge Crittenton today with being a fugitive from justice and he may be arraigned later that day.

An Atlanta police spokeswoman said the timetable for Crittenton’s return depends on whether he waives extradition.

Jones, a 23-year-old mother of four, was outside her house with 18-year-old Trontavious Stephens when a black Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid pulled up and opened fire. Authorities have said they don’t believe Jones was the intended target, but they haven’t said who they think the gunman was after.

Stephens told the AP he had never met Crittenton and wasn’t involved in the robbery.

Another Adelman visit Rick Adelman traveled to Minnesota to meet with the Timberwolves again, the second time this month that he has visited from his home in Oregon to talk about the team’s vacant head coaching position. Adelman arrived in the Twin Cities yesterday to meet with owner Glen Taylor and other Timberwolves officials, a person with knowledge of the discussions said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side is commenting publicly on the process. Adelman also traveled to Minnesota on Aug. 23 to talk about replacing the fired Kurt Rambis.

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