Kevin Durant is unlikely to attend Bobby Maze event

Looks like No. 35 might not be coming to the 865.

Kevin Durant’s scheduled appearance for Saturday’s BMaze Celebrity Game at Hardin Valley Academy is apparently off. The Oklahoma City Thunder star will instead be in Los Angeles filming a Nike commercial on the day of the event, according to James Clawson of Allegiant Athletic Agency, the Knoxville-based sports agency presenting the charity event.

“He’s trying to move the date, but it’s a long shot,” Clawson said Thursday.

The gym will still be crowded with household names for the event that starts at 3 p.m. In addition to Maze, a former standout point guard at Tennessee, confirmed players are Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley and Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson and forward Quincy Miller.

Former UT standout Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic is also scheduled to play along with former Vols Chris Lofton, JaJuan Smith, Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism.

The game is being played in honor of Jamar Board, a friend of Maze’s who died in September, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

According to Clawson, roughly 1,700 tickets have been sold for the game and less than 400 remain.

Maze told the News Sentinel two weeks ago that only an unforeseen Nike obligation could keep Durant from visiting Knoxville for the game. The three-time NBA scoring champion holds a five-year contract worth $86 million with the company.

Celebrity coaching staffs for Maze’s game will consist of former UT men’s coaches Bruce Pearl and Tony Jones going against current women’s coaches Holly Warlick and Dean Lockwood.

Judges for the halftime dunk and 3-point shooting contests will include UT men’s coach Cuonzo Martin, former UT star Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, former NBA player Steve Francis and reality television personality Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Comments » 6

alfrizzle097 writes:

Darn. I really wanted Lofton and Durant to duel again. Durant is the most skilled athlete i have ever seen play in person, but that 35 foot three that Lofton hit over Durant's extended hand was incredible.

chattabluetick writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Darn. I really wanted Lofton and Durant to duel again. Durant is the most skilled athlete i have ever seen play in person, but that 35 foot three that Lofton hit over Durant's extended hand was incredible.

The shot that turned Texas from orange to burnt orange!

keepitreal4vols writes:

Durant gets $88 million from Nike?

dcap8424 writes:

Well since most of the tickets have been sold, I guess now is the appropriate time to tell everyone he's probably not going to be there. On a related note I think Michael Jordan is now scheduled to appear. Let's sell those remaining 400 tickets. Also, expect a cancellation from Jordan tomorrow morning.

Westknoxdude writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Well since most of the tickets have been sold, I guess now is the appropriate time to tell everyone he's probably not going to be there. On a related note I think Michael Jordan is now scheduled to appear. Let's sell those remaining 400 tickets. Also, expect a cancellation from Jordan tomorrow morning.

Durant had always said that he would attend provided that his sponsor didn't have him doing something like this. He has no reason to lie.

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Well since most of the tickets have been sold, I guess now is the appropriate time to tell everyone he's probably not going to be there. On a related note I think Michael Jordan is now scheduled to appear. Let's sell those remaining 400 tickets. Also, expect a cancellation from Jordan tomorrow morning.

That's some bitter whine. Sour grapes?

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