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in 2021, Two Rochestarians Will Play Against Each Other In The NBA

Written by on December 7, 2020

For the first time in their NBA careers, Rochester natives Thomas Bryant and Isaiah Stewart will be playing against each other — an event 60 years in the making.

On Friday the first half of the 2021 NBA schedule was released and it showed the first of three Wizards vs Pistons matchups.

The last time two athletes from Rochester played in the same game was March 13, 1963, during which Al Butler of the New York Knicks battled against Walter Dukes of the Detroit Pistons. Dukes’ Pistons won the game 112-89. Dukes had 7 points while Butler had 12.

The Pistons and Wizards will also play preseason games twice later this month. The Wizards will host the Pistons on Thursday, December 17th and Saturday, December 19th.

Anthony Lamb is from Rochester too and could also play in those matchups. Lamb signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Pistons as a free agent. He’s on the Pistons’ training camp roster.

Rochestarian Quinton Rose signed with the Sacramento Kings as a free agent, too, but the first half of the schedule doesn’t feature any Kings’ games vs the Pistons or Wizards.


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