"This puts Baltimore back on the map, as far as basketball goes."-Carmelo Anthony
"This is a great town for basketball." -Kevin Durant
I will use the occasion of last night's all-star dunktacular at Morgan State, organized as a benefit for Carmelo Anthony's Melo Foundation, to gripe once again about the fact that Baltimore doesn't have an NBA team. Alright, so it's not THAT impressive that we were able to pack the gym at Morgan State to see such hoops luminares as Anthony, Durant, LeBron James, and Chris Paul (it would've said more about us if we HADN'T been able to fill the 4,500 seat house). But the enthusiasm, from both the players and the fans, was palpable, just from watching these ESPN clips. (I wasn't able to attend the exhibition myself.)
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