NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will run the first three miles of the New York City Marathon on Sunday as part of a 24-person relay of basketball luminaries.Dikembe Mutombo will cross the finish line for the group, which is trying to encourage kids to exercise.Silver said Monday that he will run over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn then pass a baton to Chris Mullin, the Brooklyn native who starred at St. Johns in Queens before a Hall of Fame NBA career.Mullin, now an executive with the Sacramento Kings, will be followed by a long list of big-name players to cover the 26.2 miles.Most also have local ties, including Bronx native and fellow Hall of Famer Nate Tiny Archibald; Knicks greats Charles Oakley, Bernard King and Allan Houston; the Nets Darryl Dawkins; Brooklyn native Sam Perkins; and New York City high school legends Felipe Lopez and Albert King.Also running is Jason Collins, who made history last season with the Nets as the first openly gay player in the four major North American pro sports leagues.WNBA stars Swin Cash, Teresa Edwards, Ruth Riley and Katie Smith are on the relay along with players-turned-NBA TV analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Smith.Rounding out the group are executives from the league, Knicks and Nets and broadcaster Mike Breen.Each celebrity will be joined on his or her one-mile leg with a local student who takes part in marathon organizer New York Road Runners youth programs. Silver will run alongside Lauren Pitarresi, a 14 year-old from Staten Island, who Im concerned is going to smoke me, he joked.Silver is an avid runner who has twice completed the NYC Marathon, finishing in just under four hours in both 2002 and 2010. He competed in track and cross country — and not basketball — in high school in Rye, New York, where he was a quarter- and half-miler.The 52-year-old Silver hasnt been running as much since he became commissioner in February. He still gets in four or five workouts a week, often taking two laps around the reservoir in Central Park for just over three miles.Hes not in good enough shape to do the full race Sunday, though its a strange sensation as a marathoner to stop after only a few miles.I felt awkward running only a leg of the marathon and not the entire marathon, having remembered some famous New York stories of people who started and didnt necessarily finish, Silver said.Plans for the relay began in the early spring. New York is home to this seasons NBA All-Star weekend, with events at the Nets Brooklyn arena and the game at Madison Square Garden.The league is seeking to reach a half-million youngsters in the five boroughs through fitness programs in conjunction with hosting the festivities.Silver will start just after Wave 1 on Sunday. He needs to be ready to leave his home on Manhattans West Side at 6 a.m. to get to Staten Island, though he said hes negotiating a later pick-up.Other participants will gather at a hotel in Manhattan or another in Brooklyn to be ferried to their baton-passing points, which will take place at mile-markers.Twenty-seven vehicles will be required to get everybody to the proper places, with co-ordination from the New York Police Department to ensure they can be transported through the crowded streets.Marathon officials expect the relay to take more than five hours. Air Jordan Shoes Wholesale . 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Inter Milan ended its five-match winless streak in all competitions by beating 10-man Bologna 3-1 on new manager Claudio Ranieris debut, while injury-plagued AC Milan edged Cesena 1-0 with an early goal from Clarence Seedorf.ROME -- Mario Balotelli has expressed astonishment at the reaction to an argument he had with some Italian football pundits after a game on Friday. Following AC Milans 2-0 loss to Roma, Balotelli had a tense exchange with the Sky Italia TV studio hosts. Balotelli said: "When Milan wins Mario is great, when it loses Mario is bad." Told by one studio host that he doesnt move enough on the pitch, Balotelli responded: "You dont know anything about football. Trust me." His comments provoked plenty of reaction both supportive and critical, and Balotelli responded on Twitter around 4 a.m. local time on Saturday morning, saying in Italian: "Mamma mia I divide Italy in 2! Wow! While nearly everyone abroad is united with me!" Then he added in English: "What a strange game." Balotelli, whose career had been littered with controversies and clashes with both coaches and teammates, was largely ineffective against Roma and he was substituted in the 69th minute. As Balotelli walked off, he appeared to question coach Clarence Seedorfs decision to remove him. "I didnt understand my substitution," Balotelli said in the interview. Told that he doesnt criticize himsself enough, Balotelli said "Im a very normal player.dddddddddddd Its you who says Im a standout." Balotelli is having a strong season and set a personal record last week with his 14th goal of the campaign. "I chose to take off Balotelli, but when he came off he didnt say anything special to me," Seedorf said. "We shouldnt always analyze every detail, when there is something negative to say about Balo, you are always ready. There are things said and done in the heat of the moment, but then its talked about and resolved. 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