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Alumni Game or Wizards vs. Pelicans: Pros and Cons of Attending Each



Can’t decide on whether to attend the upcoming 2010 vs. 2012 UK Alumni Game, or the Wizards vs. Pelicans exhibition game at Rupp Arena? Have no fear, I will do my best to assist you with debating your options:

UK Alumni Game: Monday, September 9th at 8:00 pm

Pros of attending:

  1. You don’t have to wait as long for September 9th to get here. If you’re in Lexington and traveling is not an issue, and it’s probably better than anything else you’d be doing on a Monday night.
  2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Patrick Patterson and other UK stars do not play for the Washington Wizards or the New Orleans Pelicans. Why go to a game to watch three UK stars when you can see 10+ at the Alumni Game?
  3. Ticket prices have not been announced, but my guess is that you will be able to sit  closer to the court for a much more affordable price than the NBA exhibition (prices for lower level sideline seats to NBA exhibition are between $83.95 to $263.05…yikes).
  4. Regardless of what prices may be, proceeds will go to charity.
  5. DeMarcus Cousins vs. Anthony Davis. Enough said.
  6. Josh Harrelson (UK can’t confirm any of these players, but here’s hoping)
  7. If you want to see a spirited, competitive, fun and fast-paced game, this will be the better game to attend.

Wizards vs. Pelicans NBA Preseason game: Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 pm

Pros of attending:

  1. It won’t interfere with UK football. The Cats play on Thursday night on the 17th at Mississippi State.
  2. If you are outside of Lexington, it will make for a great weekend trip: Big Blue Madness is the evening before.
  3. It will be the first NBA exhibition game at Rupp since Oct. 17, 2000.
  4. Of course Wall, Davis and Miller will be there, but it’s also a chance to give a warm welcome to Duke’s Austin Rivers
  5. Come watch Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, Tyreke Evans and more non-UK stars in a rare appearance in Lexington.
  6. Maybe John Wall will try to imitate Eric Bledsoe when Al-Farouq Aminu is guarding him? That would be cool to see.
  7. The Alumni game honestly may be more spirited and competitive, but if you are a fan of x’s and o’s and like seeing players execute offensive plays, you’ll see more of that here in an NBA exhibition as two teams prepare for their regular season.

The Breakdown: if you have to choose one, which game to you go to?

Convenience: The NBA exhibition is easier to attend on a Saturday for those from out of town, plus it makes for a great weekend with Big Blue Madness being held the evening before. Also, the Alumni Game is scheduled for September 9th, which is the first night of Monday Night Football this season. Chip Kelly makes his debut with the Eagles vs. the Redskins, with or without RGIII. If you do go to the Alumni Game though, you’ll be home in time to watch the second MNF game of the night: Texans vs. Chargers.

Advantage: Wizards vs. Pelicans

Price: This isn’t completely fair to compare, since the Alumni Game prices have not been released yet, but $83.95 for the last row in the lower arena parallel to the sideline of the court is pretty expensive for the NBA exhibition. It should be noted that you can sit in the upper arena for a reasonable $15.40 to watch the Wizards vs. Pelicans. If you want to sit up close and not pay a fortune, the Alumni Game may be your best bet. And remember, the Alumni Game proceeds go to charity anyways.

Advantage: Alumni Game

Quality: I think you can make a strong argument either way for either event to be a better overall experience. The atmosphere will probably be a lot better for the Alumni Game as we welcome home and honor two very beloved UK teams. The players will have fun at the Alumni Game, but it will also be competitive, especially for the 2010 guys who may feel they have something to prove. However, I do think that the Alumni Game could be sloppy. There will not be “real” coaching or real x’s and o’s drawn up, and if you are interested in seeing well-played, fundamental basketball, than go to the Wizards vs. Pelicans game.

Advantage: Even


The headline of this post was misleading. There really are not any cons to attending either game, but there are reasons why going to one may be better than going to the other. Luckily, a lot of you will not be faced with having to make a decision about attending only one of the two games. By all means, if you are able to attend both events, take advantage of the opportunity to attend each of them. But as Cal says, be careful with your finances. He doesn’t want you to spend all your cigarette money on tickets!

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

5 Comments for Alumni Game or Wizards vs. Pelicans: Pros and Cons of Attending Each

  1. old man
    8:17 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll pass on both. A glorified scrimmage similar to an aau environment or an nba preseason game. Yawn. I can watch a dunkfest at the local park in pickup games. And the only thing worse than an nba game between two bad teams is a preseason game between two bad teams.

  2. Rei
    8:37 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I like Drake and all but he looks so goofy next to big buff athletes.

  3. Catlogic15
    9:51 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #1. You are so wrong. I’ve attented two of the last three NBA Summer Leagues in Las Vegas. John Wall has a legitimate teammate in Bradley Beal.

    Archie looked like a different player for Phoenix ( I was shocked and pleased). Cody Zeller (yuck) looked legit. Kyle could never achieve the foot speed these guys possess.

    I could go on but the NBA is a collection of the best athletes in the world.

    You would have more appreciation if you saw these guys up close.

  4. Bobbum man
    12:14 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    Alumni game by a longshor IMO

  5. Bobby Knight
    1:22 am August 1, 2013 Permalink

    The story is correct. There will be a few pros and a few cons there.