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Red Bull Midnight Run coming to Philly on Saturday

Red Bull Midnight Run will take the top 100 players from nine major metropolitan areas and have them compete to represent their city in a final showdown at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Red Bull Midnight Run coming to Philly on Saturday

Participants compete at Red Bull Midnight Run in Chicago. (Mike Killion/Red Bull Content Pool)
Participants compete at Red Bull Midnight Run in Chicago. (Mike Killion/Red Bull Content Pool)

Which city produces the best basketball players in the nation?

New York, Philly, Chicago, and others will all argue that their city is tops, and each may have a valid point. Never, however, is there an answer that can't be debated, scrutinized, and even defended. There's no way to tell - without actually playing the game.

But Red Bull is here to put an end to all that with their Midnight Run tournament, which will take the top 100 players from nine major metropolitan areas - Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. - and have them compete to represent their city in a final showdown at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This isn't your typical pick-up game at the park, however.

This weekend, the Midnight Run will stop in Philly, with the areas top 100 players - NBA D-League stars, former college standouts, overseas players, and even local street ball legends - competing to be part of the eight-man team that will represent the City of Brotherly Love at the finals in Brooklyn.

Appropriately, the game will be played at Simon Gratz High School, which has produced several NBA players, including Rasheed Wallace and Aaron McKie. The festivities start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

UPDATE: There has been a location change for Saturday night's game. It will now be held at Girard College (2101 S. College Ave.)

Recent stops included Atlanta, Chicago, and D.C., and here are some highlight videos of those events so you know what to look forward to. (Hint: I expect a lot of really fun basketball)

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