27 Oct 2011

NBA's down under tour reportedly confirmed

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The world's best basketballers are reportedly heading down under in a fortnight.

ESPN reports that NBA all-stars Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade have all confirmed their availability for the super tour to take place in the next fortnight while the NBA lockout drags on.

Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena will host the final two exhibition matches on November 8th and 9th, with the tour starting in Puerto Rico on October 30th before heading for two games in London and another in Macau.

The tour will lure 18 NBA all-star players to Australia, with Miami Heat powerhouse LeBron James an obvious drawcard if he confirms his place on the trip as expected.

Each player will receive a salary of up to $US1 million for the exhibition matches, with much of the proceeds to go towards charity.

An official announcement is expected today.