Originally published August 22, 2011 at 04:32p.m., updated August 23, 2011 at 01:14a.m.

Paul Pierce to headline Legends of the Phog all-star game

Boston’s Paul Pierce celebrates a basket by his Celtics teammates in this file photo. Pierce will be returning to Allen Fieldhouse for the Legends of the Phog exhibition game on Sept. 24.

Boston’s Paul Pierce celebrates a basket by his Celtics teammates in this file photo. Pierce will be returning to Allen Fieldhouse for the Legends of the Phog exhibition game on Sept. 24.


Past Event

Legends of the Phog all-star game

  • Saturday, September 24, 2011, 4 p.m.
  • Allen Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Drive, Lawrence
  • Not available / $10 - $20


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Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce, who last visited Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse for his jersey-retirement ceremony in January of 2003, will be back again Sept. 24.

This time, he won’t be wearing a suit and tie, but his old KU No. 34 when he competes in an exhibition game in the Jayhawks’ tradition-rich building.

“It will be great coming back to Lawrence and catching up with some old friends and meeting the current players,” Pierce said Monday in response to KU announcing plans for a 4 p.m. all-star game involving former KU players, most currently in the NBA.

“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,” added Pierce, who will be playing for a team led by one of two former KU coaches — Larry Brown or Ted Owens.

“The University of Kansas has meant so much to me,” Hall of Famer Brown said. “I have a lot of fond memories of my time in Lawrence, and coming back for this event will be great. I look forward to visiting with current staff, the old coaches and players and friends.”

Most of KU’s current NBA players are expected to attend — and compete. KU’s current pros are: Pierce, Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City), Darrell Arthur (Memphis), Mario Chalmers (Miami), Nick Collison (OKC), Drew Gooden (Milwaukee), Xavier Henry (Memphis), Kirk Hinrich (Atlanta), Darnell Jackson (Sacramento), Marcus Morris (Houston), Markieff Morris (Phoenix), Brandon Rush (Indiana), Josh Selby (Memphis) and Julian Wright (Toronto).

Other KU greats such as Danny Manning, Wayne Simien and Darnell Valentine will be on hand, possibly even playing for a minute or two.

“It’s going to be a spectacular event,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Not very often can you spin a negative into a positive, but we get an opportunity to do so with the NBA lockout. There have been numerous times we’d like to get all these guys back at the same time, but it’s always been hard for the current NBA players to come back because their schedules run similar to ours.

“On September 24th we are going to have a KU alumni game, which is basically a legends game, in which many of our most recent KU greats are going to come back, allowing them a chance to run out of the tunnel one more time and play a game, hopefully in front of a packed house.

“We have many committed,” Self added, “the majority being recent guys who have played (under Self), and several of Roy’s (Williams) players will be here as well, including NBA all-star Paul Pierce, who is coming back for the first time in a long time. We’ve asked coach Brown and coach Owens to be the honorary coaches. Much of the proceeds will go to the memory of (former KU assistant coach) Neil Dougherty, who lost his life tragically this summer due to a heart attack. We’re working with Neil’s family to find a cause that will definitely give Neil a lasting legacy in an area of his life that was very dear to him.”

Tickets for Legends of the Phog will be $20 for adults and $10 for students and youth. KU students and Williams Fund members in the Hall of Fame, Champion and All-American membership level may order tickets starting Wednesday. All remaining Williams Fund membership levels may order tickets starting Aug. 29. The public may purchase tickets starting Sept. 6. Tickets may be ordered via the KU Tickets Office online or by calling 800-34-HAWKS. Parking is free.

“This is big,” said Self, who likely will have several top recruits in town for the event. “We’ll put 16,000 in the fieldhouse for sure. Ticket prices are unbelievable. How many people can come back and see Paul Pierce play for $20 or students can come to a game for $10? Think of all the videos that’ll be going on and the introductions and how cool this could possibly be.”

As far as donating to a cause for former KU assistant Dougherty, Self noted: “That’s something we really wanted to do. He’s a guy that loved KU and spent a lot of time here. We want to do something to allow him to have a legacy to benefit youth in our area.”

In addition, KU will donate some of the proceeds to one of Dougherty’s favorite local charities — the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Self indicated several KU players who are playing overseas, such as Sherron Collins, Sasha Kaun and Keith Langford, want to attend if possible. Their commitments to their teams may prevent that from happening, however. He noted players such as Jeff Boschee, Billy Thomas, Greg Ostertag, Ryan Robertson and Jacque Vaughn hopefully will be in the fieldhouse, maybe even playing a few minutes if the NBA teams need players.

“We’ll try to get as many players as we can who are currently professionals,” Self said.


Isaiah Lewis, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound junior point guard from Christ the King High in Brooklyn, N.Y., has narrowed his list of schools to six: KU, Florida, North Carolina, Memphis, Georgia Tech and Miami. The No. 43-ranked player in the Class of 2013 will attend the Oct. 14 Late Night in the Phog. He tells that KU is his leader.


kusayzone 10 years, 2 months ago

Just like Late Night....a wild time in Larrytown

100 10 years, 2 months ago

Why stop at the internet? Why not get ESPN involved?

Why not display the rules?

How about a speech from Jo Jo & Pierce, two excellent spokesmen for Kansas basketball with 3 or 4 NBA finals MVPS & 3 or 4 NBA championship rings between them?

There could be a bunch of NBA championship rings out there between all of the other Jayhawks too, why not display them at least on the TV screen if not in person?

waywardJay 10 years, 2 months ago

I recommend we name the teams... The Legends and the Leaders..... And group players by eastern and western affliation....

West Team.....

Aaron Miles Mario Chalmers Paul Pierce Drew Gooden Cole Aldrich

East Team

Russ Rob Kirk Hinrich Marcus Morris Nick Collison Markieff Morris

Any thoughts ?

waywardJay 10 years, 2 months ago

West Coast Benchies....

Jacque Vaughn Michael Lee Darnell Jackson Keith Langford Sasha Kaun ( extremely westy )

East Coast Benchies.....

Julian Wright Wayne SImien Tyrel Reed Jeff Boschee Mario Little

waywardJay 10 years, 2 months ago

Though it appears Tomsk, Russia appears to be about equidistant from Lawrence Kansas.....

Stonewall711 10 years, 2 months ago

Pretty sure Jacque Vaughn gets the start over Aaron Miles

Ashtin Meerpohl 10 years, 2 months ago

Aaron Miles is the ALL-TIME assist leader. Can't argue with that.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 2 months ago

I think I would change Raef for Gooden based on his career at KU but all solid choices.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 2 months ago

The Legends and the Leaders? Are we auditioning for the Big 10?

Ross Hartley 10 years, 2 months ago

Yes, yes, yes. All of us Wyoming Jayhawks want to see this game.

Chris Nieto 10 years, 2 months ago

We should get some official and unofficial visits in for this date

Ashtin Meerpohl 10 years, 2 months ago

No Joke! This would be an awesome recruiting tool.

100 10 years, 2 months ago

Great job getting this together by the athletic department.

Perhaps we can get a rim rocker or two for the ESPN top 10...

(or a Paul Pierce 40 footer at the buzzer).

Kentucky did a horrible job of getting national attention for their scrummages they put together a couple weeks ago at Rupp & Louisville's new arena.

We have the star power to make this into a great marketing tool. Hopefully our athletic department has learned how not to market by seeing the two legend debacles that went on in Louisville & Lexington.

Of course part of UK's problem was the only true legends playing were actually on the foreign team and they were both ex-Louisville Cardinals, making the PR failure even more comical. On top of that Kentucky's "legends" averaged the ripe age of 19 1/2 years per player.... Worse yet, they got whooped twice by a country that hung their first peachbasket at the beginning of the summer...

If we're gonna do it, let's do it right; I'm back to Jaybate's original idea.... The rules need to be placed, at least for this game, directly under center court under a bullet proof plexiglass surface.

To start the game, we need to hire an actor with the longest arms on the planet & put him on big stilts dressed in Wilt Chamberlain Kansas gear from the 50's.... The game does not begin until Wilt wins the tip & floats it to a 45 year old 6'11" man on a ladder under the basket, Danny Manning....

beware0fph0g 10 years, 2 months ago

They need to get Paul Rudd or similar to MC this thing.

Will Ferrell dressed in his Semi-Pro gear?

Rob Riggle icessantly screaming at people?

Make it happen KU marketing. Make it happen.

texashawk10 10 years, 2 months ago

I would go with Jason Sudeikis who is a die-hard KU fan and from OP if they were going to have a host for an event like this.

d_prowess 10 years, 2 months ago

Where do you go to get tickets? KU Athletics? Are they reserved seats or GA?

5DecadeHawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Students need to camp out for this one.

KU fans need to pack the house. There is no excuse for this not being a sellout.

Will Shannon be returning behind the bench too? This is supposed to be a Legends game, right?

pb88 10 years, 2 months ago

i have been waiting for something like this for years.

PhogAdvisory 10 years, 2 months ago

And of course this had to happen TWO MONTHS after I move away from Lawrence. Ah, well. Hopefully it'll be on the Interwebs. I would so happily watch.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 2 months ago

Please tell me it will be on TV or the internet somewhere!!!!! I would love to go to this game but it probably will not happen. Crossing my fingers on this one.

Alohahawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Put on the earmuffs because the Phog will be absolutely rocking with "every" intro announced on the PA system. My congratulations to the entire staff for making this possible.

For all of us Jayhawk faithful "out of towners", this will be the most frustrating missed game I could ever imagine. I doubt very much that any of the networks, sports related or otherwise, will be willing to show favoritism for any school, but if any were to do so, this game would be right at the top. This event would cancel anything and everything that conflicted with it on my schedule. Oh, to be able to attend :(

If the athletic department is smart, they will make a video of the entire event: Before, during and after the game - Interviews, entire game, highlights and perhaps even a walkthrough featuring the fieldhouse. I think it would sell like hotcakes, and could probably even be used as a recruiting tool (Send a copy to everyone to whom we offer a scholar.)

Mike Kendall 10 years, 2 months ago

I would buy a copy of the DVD at Dillons if they made one!

lee3022 10 years, 2 months ago

Alohahawk you are right on target with the video. Either sell a DVD for $20 mailed or download it directly for $10. They would get my money. I wonder why KU cannot do that with every game? Broadcast partners would likely own the rights and refuse to release them.

HAWK47 10 years, 2 months ago

Makes you wish we had a "Jayhawks Network" to air this on. C'mon athletics department, don't be left in the mud waiting for a Big 12 network.

lee3022 10 years, 2 months ago

Yes, a Big XII (9?) network is not shown out of the area. But KU fans are everywhere. Owning all of the games to be released over Internet a week after broadcast would still be a great benefit.

Lest I be called out for not attributing, the word Internet comes to us courtesy of its inventor, Al Gore (what he said?).

tis4tim 10 years, 2 months ago

Heck, do it as a pay-per-view. There are probably many of us who would order the game and it would raise even more proceeds for Neil's cause.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 2 months ago

Nice work Resor! That 3/4 one handed lead pass from Aaron Miles to CJ Giles was simply unreal! He made it look so easy!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 2 months ago

I think it's safe to say that Isiah Lewis has technically narrowed his list down to 5 schools. No way will he be attending Miami. That would be career suicide at the moment.

jaycard 10 years, 2 months ago

Is it just me or does it seem KU is the first choice of a lot of these 2013 recruits? Hey, I'm not complaining, but we have to be able to "close". RCJH!!!!!

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure we can assume KU is the first choice simply because they are printed first on the list of schools. It's possible the LJW puts KU first since that's what their readers are looking for in the list. But I agree that it's great that we are on so many of the lists.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 2 months ago

Too bad they couldn't have bumped it another week to make it part of Homecoming, but none-the-less, a great event:

1] Gather every possible recruit you can muster and sit them behind these Jayhawks. 2] Announce the plans for the the Naismith Rules Display. 3] Introduce the 2011-2012 Squad..informally, of course!! 4] Let Paul Pearce give his Senior Speech since he left a year early. 5] What the heck, let each one talk to the crowd after the scrimmage. 6] Set up an autograph table ala what was down with Wilt and let the people see them.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 2 months ago

I've had the chance to see Paul at the Garden a few times..Without doubt one of my favorite all-time Jayhawks. I think he is a Hall of Fame player but I;m biased. I'm pretty sure Jo Jo White isn't in the HOF so who the hell knows.

zsn 10 years, 2 months ago

Where's Pollard? He should be worth a few minutes, still.......May be Raef can be an assistant coach - with all his surgeries, I am surprised he can even walk these days!!

Wish I was near Lawrence.....will there be TV??

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 2 months ago

Agreed....I would like to see Rex Walters and Adonis Jordan, maybe the Big O, Randall, Billy Thomas also around for the event

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 2 months ago

Nice to hear Billy Thomas get a mention... I guess you can meet his hustle but not surpass it.

jgkojak 10 years, 2 months ago

Can you imagine the cheer when Danny is put in the line-up?

They need to do TV - even if its for a replay later or available on DVD.

jgkojak 10 years, 2 months ago

Now... if they do TV - they HAVE TO have Max doing the commentary!

Alohahawk 10 years, 2 months ago

I was thinking about that as I was falling asleep last night, so you read my mind. Max was a permanent fixture during all but the last few seasons. His presence is almost a must, with or without TV coverage.

jhawk9195 10 years, 2 months ago

+100. Someone who knows Bob Davis or Bill Self needs to get this ball rolling.

BigAl 10 years, 2 months ago

I kind of think Roy should be invited. It has been long enough. Why not? Any opinions?

justinryman 10 years, 2 months ago

I got no issues with Roy coming back. If they are letting Larry Brown coach after he gave KU a year of missing the tourny due to his recruiting process, then Roy, who went home, is welcome back in my eyes.

David Lara 10 years, 2 months ago

Besides, half the legends returning were coached by Roy. That would be special for them as well.

zsn 10 years, 2 months ago

Wish the two rival coaches had been Larry and Roy. Perhaps Bill and Ted could have been one of the honorary coaches or something (Title the whole event "Bill and Ted's Excellent Basketball Extravaganza" :) )

Anyway, Roy could have coached all of Bill's alums and Larry can coach Roy's Alums, just to mix it up!!

They should also get alumni who are coaches: Turg, Guiot, Walters, et al and divvy them up on the teams, as coaches.

Bill Skeet 10 years, 2 months ago

I would be happy with Roy returning for this, but I'm sure he's got the opportunity to put together a similar shindig at UNC.

Best ideas contributed so far: 1) Showcasing The Rules at this event. 2) Get Max to do the broadcast 3) Add Assistant Coaches: Turgeon (With Brown) and Boyle or Walters (With Owens)

Chris Shaw 10 years, 2 months ago

Did Tarc just sign with KU because I felt a rumbling underneath my feet that I've never felt before! Wait, that was just largest earthquake since 1897 to hit Virginia that I felt a little while ago. Come on Tarc, all signs point to KU!

lionhawkward 10 years, 2 months ago

Should be great, awesome , fantastic should help the Big 9 as well. Danny can still play but very much about giving the facetime to others. Visited with Max months ago and seemed very much able and willing to do the game if offered. Everyone near should take this one in and get that chicken skin going during intros.... RCJH

lionhawkward 10 years, 2 months ago

Should be great, awesome , fantastic should help the Big 9 as well. Danny can still play but very much about giving the facetime to others. Visited with Max months ago and seemed very much able and willing to do the game if offered. Everyone near should take this one in and get that chicken skin going during intros.... RCJH

Proud_As_A_Jayhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

What about Rex Walters & Adonis Jordan? Though their NBA careers were short lived, they are certainly KU legends. And what about Jerod Haase for playing with that broken wrist. Was he not invited b/c he's an Assistant Coach at UNC with Roy? That seems shady.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 2 months ago

Nope! Don't need Jerod Haase or CB Mcgrath trolling Lawrence while they are wearing Carolina Blue. I don't see Roy letting up on the recruiting circuit like he did with Dean Smith so until the day retire or they become Jayhawks again................they can stay where they are.

lee3022 10 years, 2 months ago

This game is a bonus for KU fans. I have waited a long time (8 years apparently) for Paul to show up on campus. I am glad he is this time. Paul could be a great recruiting tool for us, a finals MVP!

I echo the call to put this on a DVD or download from the Internet. I would be glad to pay $20 to see it. As K-State goes to an Internet-based network this year KU should be able to do the same. The costs of production are relatively high if we cannot get a feed from the national broadcast partners but enough KU fans are shut out around the world from watching that the costs should quickly be covered and revenue for the AD department will help the school.

FarSideHawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Although I would love to see all the KU alums suit up and play, the game will be much more exciting and competitive if only the active players played.

Players that have been retired for a while and/or no longer in playing shape would be fun to watch for nostalgic reasons, but won't be great competition wise.

Perhaps a double header, then? One with the retired players as a lead-in, then the real one with active NBA/professional players.

pea 10 years, 2 months ago

Question: will alcohol be served at this? I want to bring my little nephew but his ma is worried about bad, drunken behavior.

ObiWan 10 years, 2 months ago

I think you have Allen Fieldhouse confused with Arrowhead Stadium. The strongest drink you'll find in the Phog is lemonade. You should be proud to take your nephew there, and he'll remember it forever.

Gil Ek 10 years, 2 months ago

Before the game and introductions, turn out the lights, play the video of Wilt giving his speech at centercourt when he returned to have his jersey retired.

Jared Grillot 10 years, 2 months ago

Gotta go, gotta go, gotta, go... good Lord, gotta go.

REHawk 10 years, 2 months ago

WOW! What a fantastic list of suggestions from bloggers today. Obviously, the Sept. 24 game will be a huge occasion for the Jayhawk Nation and any prospective high schoolers who are considering a move to Lawrence. This could and should be the classiest such reunion of professional players to be held anywhere in the world of college hoops.

quigley 10 years, 2 months ago

How long do you think before Duke/North Carolina/Kentucky annouce the date to their "legends" game?

sportjunky 10 years, 2 months ago

It's too bad that Lynette Woodard won't be there as an assistant coach or in some other capacity? At least not that I've heard...

Lesta 10 years, 2 months ago

This screams ESPN U all over the place...I would hope conversations with KUAD and Bristol, CT, have been taking place already...

wtarush 10 years, 2 months ago

...4 weeks in Idaho, bear hunting orrrrrrr the legends game.......legends game--month-long vacation. 28 days without a care in the world---shaking the foundation of the mighty Allen Field House???????? CRAP! crapcrapCRAP!!!

road_to_nowhere 10 years, 2 months ago

they shouldn't just showcase the naismith rules...they should play by the rules

fikeasaurus 10 years, 2 months ago

Bring back #13, Jeff Boschee! One of the most popular players in the last decade or so. Would like to see him stroke the three again at the Fieldhouse. Sounds like he could get a few minutes of p-t.

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