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October 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Washington holds private scrimmage against NBA alumni

Washington’s ballyhooed scrimmage against NBA alumni that was supposedly canceled, took place this afternoon later than originally planned and without fans and media in attendance.
The Huskies wanted to open the Edmundson Pavilion doors to the public, but inadvertently put themselves in jeopardy of breaking a NCAA rule when coach Lorenzo Romar spoke about the scrimmage and players invited fans via twitter.
The school positioned ushers in Hec Ed and closed the curtains around the main floor to keep the scrimmage private.
Still several former UW stars were spotted in the building and on the floor including, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter, Will Conroy and Isaiah Thomas.
Ex-Husky Mike Jensen was also scheduled to appear.
The former players wore their old jerseys. Robinson and Thomas each had No. 2.


Romar said today’s scrimmage will probably be the best team UW faces this season.
“We’re trying to put the things that we’ve been doing up to this point after 11 practices, just kind of get our guys together and let them compete against someone else that’s going to push them,” he said. “That’s one side of it. The other side of it is to give a lot of those guys that helped make us who we are in the last 10 years come back and interact with those guys. The older guys, they’ll get some conditioning in to go out and compete and have a little fun with the lockout going on. I’m sure they’re looking for opportunities like this.”
The scrimmage also was a rare chance for Romar to watch his former players compete against his current squad.
“It’s fun to see,” he said. “I love watching families interact together when they’re all grown. And I love seeing these guys interact, the old and the new, interact with each other. They pull for each other during the seasons.
“It’s fun to see that. I just love when you see that family type of environment. That’s what it’s going to be. It’s family. Family against family.”

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