Former Cats to converge on Tucson

Arizona welcomes a number of their great basketball players back to Tucson for the Arizona All-Star weekend which tips off the Men's Basketball Centenial Celebration. The weekend events culminates with an All-Star game, which has attracted a number of Wildcat greats back to the Old Pueblo.

Some of the luminaries making an appearance are Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott, Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, Judd Buechler, Pete Williams, Anthony Cook, Tom Tolbert and many more.

Mike Bibby and Richard Jefferson are in Puerto Rico with Team USA and won't be able to make it. They tried to arrange a charter flight to make it for the event, but were unable to make the arrangements.

Reggie Geary will be a no-show as well. He and his wife Candy are expecting a baby and have chosen to remain in France where Geary played professionally last season.

Kevin Flanagan and his wife Alex, who works as a sideline correspondent for ESPN, are expecting their first child (a girl) on Nov. 23. Flanagan had committed to attend the weekend events but his company is sponsoring an environmental fundraiser this weekend and he's committed to that event.

The weekend events includes The Lute Olson Roast on Friday Night, The Wildcat Dream Invitational Golf Tournament Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday.

To get the weekend started Cat Tracks Magazine and Fox Sports Radio 1290 are teaming for a live radio broadcast from the Foothills Mall. The show will air from noon - 3 p.m. Friday from the Ross Court at Foothills Mall.

Kerr will co-host the show along with Cat Tracks publisher Doug Carr and editor Brad Allis. A number of past players will be in attendance. The guest list includes Miles Simon, Matt Othick, Joe McLean, John Edgar, Eddie Smith, Williams and Terry. The public is invited to join us Foothills Mall.

While coordinating the remote we were able to catch up with many of the former Wildcats and see what they are up to.

Buechler has moved back to Southern California after being "forced" to live last year in Florida for tax purposes. Buechler had to sit out the season in order to collect his salary from the Orlando Magic. He chose to remain in Florida, which has no state income tax.

Matt Othick just got married in Maui this past June at the ripe old age of 34. "I held out as long as I could," laughed the former Wildcat guard.

Kenny Lofton is trying to make it. The former Wildcat hoop star is the starting center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs play the Diamondbacks in Phoenix this weekend.

Gilbert Arenas just signed his big free agent contract with Washington and is expected to be here for the event. Loren Woods recently signed with the Miami Heat.

Gene Edgerson is in Phoenix trying out for the Harlem Globetrotters, but should be in town in time for the event.

Miles Simon will be in town, but his knee injury will prevent him from playing.

Two recent Wildcats are weighing offers to play overseas. Jason Gardner, who will have his jersey retired this weekend, is weighing an offer from a German team and expects to get another offer from a French team. The point guard turned down an offer from a Russian club. Forward Ricky Anderson has offers from teams in Turkey, Greece and a pair of Italian teams.

Following the radio remote the event officially kicks off with The Lute Olson Roast at Ventana Canyon. Saturday sees Kerr hosting the annual Bank of Tucson Wildcat Dream Invitational golf outing at Arizona National Golf Club. Of course the event concludes with the Lute Olson All-Star Classic at McKale Center Sunday afternoon.

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