Rupp to host NBA exhibition game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The NBA’s Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans will play a pre-season game in Rupp Arena on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The game will feature three former UK players – Anthony Davis and Darius Miller from the Pelicans; and John Wall of the Wizards.

“This game will be an exciting weekend of basketball for Kentucky fans. They can start off the weekend with Big Blue Madness on Friday and an NBA game on Saturday,” stated Maury Hanks, President of Global Sports Management, one of the sponsors of the game.

“We are excited to partner with Global Sports Management to bring this unique event to Rupp Arena,” said Terry Johnson, Executive Director for the BSC. “It will bring thousands of fans to central Kentucky and be a terrific addition to our sports calendar.”

Tickets range in price from $10 - $250 and go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 2 at 8:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, or

The last NBA exhibition game played in Rupp Arena was on Oct. 17, 2000, when Milwaukee defeated Denver, 95-38.

Anthony Davis – Pelican’s star and former Wildcat great
“I am very excited to return to Rupp and compete with two of the BBN’s finest and members of the Wildcat family, John Wall and my teammate, Darius Miller,” said Pelican’s star, Anthony Davis.

Dell Demps – General Manager, New Orleans Pelicans
“We look forward to playing a preseason game at the University of Kentucky, that has such a great basketball tradition, and look forward to the opportunity to play in front of their fans that are so passionate about the game,” said Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “It’s an additional treat for UK alums Anthony Davis and Darius Miller to play against John Wall, and allow them to reconnect with the Kentucky fans and community.”

Ernie Grunfeld – President, Washington Wizards
"We look forward to bringing the Wizards to Lexington and having John Wall back at Rupp Arena," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. "As a former SEC player, I know the passion, enthusiasm and excitement of the Kentucky fans will provide a great atmosphere for the game."

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