The King, Duke and Duchess Tip NBA Game at Barclays

The roundball will be regal in Barclays Center tonight.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Prince Phillip and Kate Middleton – will attend their first NBA game as The King, LeBron James, leads the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Brooklyn Nets.

The couple will be celebrating the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife and Coach Core programs and the league’s NBA Cares global social responsibility program. The partnership will raise awareness about the importance of international wildlife conservation, develop the next generation of conservation leaders, and grow the game of basketball. 

Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and two-time All-Star Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks have been named United for Wildlife Ambassadors.  They are joined by fellow ambassadors from the world of sports such as David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and NBA legend Yao Ming, they will support United for Wildlife’s effort, led by the Duke of Cambridge, to rally the world’s leading wildlife charities around a common goal: to create a global movement for change and to preserve nature.

Additionally, the NBA will work with the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core program, an initiative that helps young people acquire the skills, experience and confidence to join the next generation of inspirational coaches.  The NBA will support Coach Core in developing young, motivated and talented new basketball coaches through coaching experience and logistical support.  As part of this cooperation, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will participate in a Coach Core graduation event on Jan. 14 while in London for NBA Global Games London 2015, when the New York Knicks will play the Milwaukee Bucks at the O2. 

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was set up by the princes in September 2009 to enable them to take forward their charitable ambitions. Along with The Duchess of Cambridge, who is also a patron, they intend to use the Foundation as the main vehicle for their philanthropic activities.