National Basketball Retired Players Association To Celebrate 25th Anniversary In New Orleans For 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend
NEW ORLEANS – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official Association comprised of NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters, will mark its 25th anniversary at the NBRPA’s 18th annual NBA All-Star weekend celebration in New Orleans, Feb. 17-19.
The All-Star Weekend has grown into an incredible mid-season fan opportunity and sporting event featuring the league’s top rising players, NBRPA reps said. This year’s event will honor the 25th anniversary of the founding of the NBRPA, which helped former players gain important pension, healthcare and other benefits.
"I look forward to once again welcoming the NBRPA family to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend 2017,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. "The City of New Orleans will always hold a special place in my and our organization’s heart and we look forward to hosting a number of fun and enjoyable events.”
Throughout the weekend, the NBRPA will be headquartered at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Canal St., and will host a Legends Lounge at the hotel where former stars will convene for special activities and fan opportunities.
Also featured during the All-Star Weekend will be an exclusive Legends of Basketball Opening Reception at Harrah’s Casino to officially open the Legends All-Star Weekend on Feb. 17. On Feb. 18, the NBRPA will host a special Legends Breakfast and All-Star Saturday Night Watch Party at BB King’s Blues Club. The NBRPA’s signature All-Star Weekend event, the 18th Annual Legends Brunch, will take place on All-Star Sunday, Feb. 19, at the New Orleans Convention Center and will be televised on NBA TV.
Legends scheduled to appear include: Victor Alexander, Nate Archibald, Darrell Armstrong, Anthony Avent, NBRPA Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vin Baker, Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Kenny Battle, Quacy Barnes-Timmons, Dr. Dick Barnett, NBRPA Founder Dave Bing, Otis Birdsong, Brad Branson, Ronald Brewer, Emmette Bryant, Willie Burton, Mitch Butler, Mack Calvin, Mark Campanaro, Stretch Campbell, Sonia Chase, NBRPA Founder Archie Clark, Ron Cole, NBRPA Founder Dave Cowens, Mel Daniels, Rick Darnell, NBRPA Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Johnny Davis, Willie Davis, Reggie Dixon, James Donaldson, Charles Dudley, Jeff Eakins, Bob Elliott, Dale Ellis, Julius Erving, Barbara Farris, Matt Fish, Eddie Gill, Mike Glenn, Adrienne Goodson, Jim Grandholm, Jeff Grayer, Peter Gudmundsson, Kym Hampton, Jerry Harkness, Steve Hayes, Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood, Tom Hoover, Stephen Howard, Bobby Hunter, Geoff Huston, Erv Inniger, Aaron James, Ferguson Jenkins, Alfonso Buck Johnson, Reginald Johnson, Leslie Johnson, Ernie Jones, Major Jones, Wali Jones, Harold Keeling, Arvesta Kelly, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, Earl Lloyd, Rick Mahorn, LaRue Martin Jr., Danielle McCulley, Glenn McDonald, Jack Marin, Vernon Maxwell, Chasity Melvin, Sidney Moncrief, Carolyn Moos, Mamadou N’diaye, Lewis Nelson, David Naves, Johnny Newman, Norm Nixon, Willie Norwood, Clifton Pondexter, Theo Ratliff, Michael Ray, New Orleans native Eldridge Recasner, Robert Reid, Larry Rivers, Joe Roberts, NBRPA Founder Oscar Robertson, Bruce Seals, Charles “Choo” Smith, Howard Smith, Ollie Taylor, Tom Thacker, LaSalle Thompson, Otis Thorpe, Sedric Toney, Tiffany Travis, Jayson Williams, Adrian Williams-Strong, Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, John Francis Williams and more.
*Legends subject to change