Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight will be in Winnipeg on Monday for an autograph session in advance of the 2012 NBA Canada Series.
Knight will be on the roster of players at MTS Centre on Wednesday, October 24 when the Pistons take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 20-year-old Miami native will sign autographs in the atrium of the arena from noon to 1 p.m. A one-day discount ticket offer is also in effect tomorrow, where fans can save $10 off the $29.50 ticket price at the MTS Centre box office only between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Twenty youth basketball players from the Spence Neighbourhood will also attend Knight’s autograph signing.
Later in the afternoon, Knight will take part in a basketball camp with 50 youth as part of the Mini-U Summer Camp at the University of Manitoba.
True North Sports and Entertainment and the NBA announced Tuesday a scheduled pre-season NBA game will happen in Winnipeg October 24 at the MTS Centre. The game will be between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Detroit Pistons.
Representatives said tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster on Friday. Prices start at $19.95 and will go on sale at 10 a.m.
A free interactive basketball festival is touring Canada this summer and will stop in Winnipeg from August 13-14.
The two-day NBA Jam Session at The Forks is visiting six cities for the 3-on-3 all ages tournament.
“Jam Session’s inaugural tour last year attracted a large number of basketball fans and we are excited to bring the event back as we look to further grow basketball in Canada,” said Dan MacKenzie, GM of NBA Canada.
Registration is now open for players aged 13 and older. Finalists in the 19+ category in each city will compete against each other in the Canadian National Finals at the last tour stop in Halifax.
Young basketball players of all skill levels tried their hand at dunking, dribbling and making trick shots Saturday in the NBA Jam Session.
The two-day event at The Forks attracted Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers, Buckets Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters and talented dancers from the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak.
Teams will hit the court today in the 19+ division 3-on-3 tournament to compete for a spot in the National Finals in Toronto. The top two teams will end up being showcased during a pre-season Raptors game during half-time at Air Canada Centre.
A free interactive basketball festival and 3-on-3 tournament put on by the NBA will have players dunking at The Forks this weekend.
Saturday’s NBA Jam Session will include Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers, a performance by Buckets Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters and dance moves from the Raptors Dance Pak. Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, players in the 19+ division will compete in a 3-on-3 tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a berth in the National Finals in Toronto. The top two teams will be showcased at half-time of a Toronto Raptors pre-season game at Air Canada Centre.
An interactive basketball festival is touring six Canadian cities this fall, including a stop in Winnipeg.
NBA Jam Session will travel the country bringing free basketball activities to fans of all ages and skill levels. From August 21 to October 10, the festival will travel from Halifax to Vancouver and will include appearances by NBA players, legends and mascots.
The festival will be in Winnipeg Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 at The Forks.
Saturday’s activities include a performance by a world famous Harlem Globetrotter, a free photo for each fan with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, a NBA Fit clinic to teach attendees how to get in shape, dancing instruction from NBA dancers and a measure up stations that give fans a chance to compare height, hand size and shoe size with NBA players
Sunday will bring a full day 3-on-3 tournament. There is a $60 entry fee per team and fans can register on the NBA Jam Session website. There will be four age divisions: Under 12 will be co-ed, followed by separate male and female divisions for players ages 13-15, 16-18 and 19 and over. The winners of the 19 and over tournament will win a trip to Toronto for the National Finals at Air Canada Centre during a pre-season Toronto Raptors game.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis and will open July 23 at 9 a.m. CT
Other stops on the Canadian tour include Halifax, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.