As expected, Celtics captain Paul Pierce has confirmed his participation in the University of Kansas alumni Legends of the Phog exhibition game on Sept. 24 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., according to The Topeka Capital-Journal. Pierce reportedly has rarely returned to the campus after entering the NBA draft following his junior year.
"It will be great coming back to Lawrence and catching up with some old friends and meeting the current players," Pierce told The Capital-Journal. "No place compares to Allen Fieldhouse and the rich tradition that is Kansas basketball. When you are a Jayhawk, you're a Jayhawk for life."
Former Kansas coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens will serve as coaches in the game, named for longtime coach Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen. Brown, of course, coached the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship and has been rumored as a possible assistant coach target for Doc Rivers and the Celtics. Other potential participants in the game include Grizzlies Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry and Josh Selby; the Thunder's Cole Aldrich and Nick Collison; Mario Chalmers (Heat); Drew Gooden (Bucks); Kirk Hinrich (Hawks); Darnell Jackson (Kings); Marcus Morris (Rockets); Markieff Morris (Suns); Brandon Rush (Pacers); and Julian Wright (Raptors).
Pierce is currently traveling in China for the U.S. All-Star team as part of the Continental Club Basketball Championships until Aug. 28.
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