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November 8, 2011
Greene preps for Goon Squad Classic

Just got off the phone with Donte' Greene who is getting ready for the 2011 Goon Squad Classic at UC Davis Pavilion.

With the NBA locked out players have hosted several exhibition games around the country to give the fans some basketball to watch and raise funds for charity.

The idea that began on Twitter is now reality.

"I just kind of ran with it," Greene said. "Just making phone calls. I've played in a lot of games this summer and I've had a chance to run into a lot of NBA players."

Greene said another game in Houston has already cost him Chandler Parsons and Jonny Flynn, but several Kings are slated to play.

Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Hassan Whiteside along with draft picks Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas.

Washington guard John Wall is due in town for the game along with New Orleans' Quincy Pondexter and former King Spencer Hawes.

The biggest name - Kevin Durant - is still slated to play barring a change in schedule, Greene said.

Tickets go on sale Thursday with proceeds benefiting several local charities.



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