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Cameron to host NBA exhibition

From staff reports

Professional basketball will make its debut in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Halloween this fall when the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Jersey Nets square off in an NBA preseason game on Duke's hallowed hardwood.

Ex-Duke men's basketball players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis play for the Timberwolves and former Duke assistant coach Chuck Daly is the head coach of the Nets.

Laettner, a member of the NBA's all-rookie team in 1993, was selected as the third overall pick by Minnesota in the 1992 NBA draft. Davis, who was Laettner's roommate while at Duke, was taken in the second round of the same draft by the Phoenix Suns, but did not end up making the team. Davis signed a free agent contract with Minnesota during the summer.

Laettner and Davis played together on Duke's back-to-back national championship team of 1991-92. Daly coached the NBA's Detroit Pistons to consecutive world titles in 1989-90, and will be in his second year at the helm of the Nets.

The game will take place at 1:35 p.m., Sunday, October 31, the day after the football team's homecoming game against Georgia Tech.

Although the game will be played in Cameron, Duke students will not be able to attend simply by displaying their Duke Cards like at regular season Duke games. Students must buy tickets.

The public ticket sale begins Sept. 3. All tickets are reserved seats and are priced at $20 or $25 each. All tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster outlets in North Carolina and not through the Duke Ticket Office.

The Ticketmaster phone centers accept Mastercard, VISA, Discover and American Express. Public walk-up sales will also begin on Sept. 3 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Outlets in Durham are Tracks at Northgate and South Square, and they will accept cash only.

All Iron Duke and Varsity Club members may purchase priority tickets until Sept. 2 by calling Ticketmaster at 919-834-4000 in Raleigh, 919-852-1100 in Greensboro and 704-522-6500 in Charlotte.

A portion of the net proceeds is to benefit the Duke Children's Hospital.

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