With the NBA on lockdown, basketball players have a lot of time on their hands.
It has been now agreed that former North Carolina NBA players will play Duke's former players in a game dubbed the"Kings of Tobacco Road."
Bragging rights are to abound in this game. Who hasn't had the argument about the best players to pass through their program playing the best of their rivals?
According to The Chronicle, these players will be included in the Duke Squad:
Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, Corey Maggette, Chris Duhon, Elton Brand, Gerald Henderson and J.J. Redick.
And this is the list of players for the North Carolina Squad:
Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Raymond Felton and Donald and Shammond Williams.
One can't help but notice that the bulk of the UNC players are in their later thirties.
What happened to Tyler Hansbrough? Surely no ultimate game between both schools can be played without Psycho T! Or Ty Lawson?
The game will be on November 17, so by then we should know the full squad.
My ultimate starting five for the Duke team for this matchup would be Brand, Boozer, Battier, Redick and Irving (Jay Williams will be coaching). My Bench would be Mike Dunleavy Jr., Nolan Smith, Shelden Williams, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Grant Hill and Josh McRoberts.
As for UNC, the starters should be Ty Lawson, Vince Carter, Tyler Hansbrough, Jerry Stackhouse and Brendan Haywood (Wallace is certainly deserving to start, but he became a glorified brick layer his last days for Boston Celtics).
The bench would consist of Marvin Williams, Wallace, Jamison, Felton (toss up who starts between him and Lawson, as they are both NCAA champions and potential NBA All-Stars), Ed Davis and Wayne Ellington.
Kyle Singler is playing abroad at the moment, so we can't count on him to turn up.
Not all the required players can be expected to be available, but this should be a fun game.
The Tar Heels are expected to be coached by Phil Ford in the game played at McDougald Gym at N.C. Central.