The Trail Blazers are playing in Portland again.
Just not in NBA uniforms.
On Sunday, Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge will host the Rip City Basketball Classic, an event in which teammates and other NBA players — including Thunder star Kevin Durant — will play in a charity game at the University Portland’s Chiles Center.
Other participants include Blazers players Brandon Roy, Wesley Matthews, Raymond Felton and Jeff Pendergraph, along with the former Blazer Steve Blake, Pacers guard T.J. Ford, Hawks guard Jamal Crawford and Wizards forward Josh Howard.
Tickets for the event go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chiles Center box office, and on the web at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50 for lower level sideline seats, $40 for upper level sideline seats, $25 for upper level end zone bleacher seats, and $100 for courtside seats. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. while tip off is slated for 7:30.
Among the organizations benefiting from the Rip City Basketball Classic are: Breast Cancer Awareness, Providence/St. Vincent’s Cardio Vascular Institute, and New Avenues for Youth.
Aldridge expressed delight in having the opportunity to serve the community.
“Portland has been my home for over five years and I really enjoy giving back to the community whenever I can,” said Aldridge in a press release. “The Rip City Basketball Classic allows me to support my favorite local causes, while also giving fans an exciting night of basketball.”