Matt Terl
Thursday October 27th, 2011

NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Chris Paul have elected to bow out of the six-game World All-Star Classic, according to a report on ESPN.com.

According to the report, the three NBA All-Stars made their decision in consultation with one another to "use the lockout to spend more time with their families," according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, but the report also indicates that this turn of events might be a positive sign for the ongoing NBA lockout. Broussard's sources say the players are "somewhat hopeful" a season can start "shortly".

The tour was slated to begin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and feature stops in London, Macau, and Australia, which is currently slated to continue as planned. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Amare Stoudemire have not changed their plans to participate, unless this latest departure causes a disruption to the entire tour. Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook had previously backed out of the World All-Star Classic, according to the ESPN report.

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