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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 11:55 am  |  41 responses

Retired NBA Players to Launch a New League


Great news: you’ll be able to watch old basketball players limp up and down the court next summer! From ThePostGame: “The USPA, a sports and marketing business built around ex-athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, is an opportunity for now-retired athletes to continue their involvement in the sports world in different, unique ways. Its goal, as CEO Carl George said, is ‘to extend the careers of professional athletes.’ One particular method of doing this is the USPA Extension Basketball League, which is set to launch in the summer of 2014. The league will be home to former NBA players who are one to four years removed from the sport, and will give those players a chance to not only keep doing what they love, but stay connected with fans, the community, and increase their own profile in the process. The USPA has a relationship with the NBA Players Association as well as the Retired Players Association. There’s no direct connection with the NBA. But they have worked with NBA Television on a deal to have their games broadcast in July and August. Players involved in the Extension League will be compensated per appearance, which includes the opportunities for additional marketing and basketball events as well as the games themselves. An integral part of the USPA is the way that the opportunities are split into all different age levels. In this summer basketball league, for example, the players will be the younger guys just out of the league, but there will also be coaching opportunities for those who have been retired for a bit longer. One notable coach is former Knicks star John Starks, who will be leading the league’s New York team next summer. [...] The league — which George stresses is a ‘compatible’ league that takes place during the summer as to avoid any conflict whatsoever with the NBA’s schedule — will be broken up into two divisions with eight teams in each division. They will play 14 games in July and August, seven home and seven away, with a championship tournament in September. The markets are New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco. George says he expects 5,000-6,000 fans at a home game in a city like New York, which will play its games at locations such as St. John’s and Rutgers.”

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  • Dfrance

    “The league — which George stresses is a ‘compatible’ league that takes place during the summer because these old fogies joints don’t flex in the winter…”

  • TR

    Kobe’s thinking about skipping this season and going for #6 somewhere he has a chance..

  • Yknot

    Won’t this interfere with the Legends tour of China? Lol..

  • VanCityBBall

    Conveniently the year following AI’s retirement… awesome timing!

  • D

    This league’s gonna need more doctors than players

  • bike

    Hopefully, they will include footage of training camp. The first drill will be basic pool work where the players will strap on arm floatees and hop up and down in the shallow end.

  • LLC#12

    If I had retired from the NBA and felt I could still play, I’d much rather play in an actual professional league elsewhere in the world, than in some gimmicky old man league.
    Although, I guess I can understand that players might want to spend more time with their family, so playing overseas might not appeal to them. But purely from a basketball/financial/self-respect standpoint….

  • retrobat

    Actually I’m pretty down w/this. It’d be cool to see guys like TMac and AI run the floor again. Sure they won’t be doing Oops or anything but could still be pretty entertaining.

  • spit hot fiyah

    check out the chinese league, u might like it. washed up nba guys that are not as good as they used to be

  • retrobat

    Yeah but I’d rather see them play against each other. The competition in China would seem to be inferior, although not actually having watched it, I am only speculating.

  • Caboose

    Didn’t they try this at the All-Star game one time? What were the results of that?

  • spit hot fiyah

    then check out the knicks against the nets

  • retrobat

    Ok, THAT was funny!

  • Anthony

    LONG LIVE IVERSON!!!!

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I see you John Starks…..Ektio’s for everyone!!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    CEO Carl George? Everything about this sounds backwards!!!

  • That Dude

    Just an all-round terrible terrible idea.

  • north

    ZING!

  • Ugh

    And with the number one pick, the Florida Geritols select ALLEN IVERSON!

  • Ugh

    The veterans game was on before the Rookie Game was introduced to replace it. Now it’s the celebrity game, with Scottie Pippen outplaying Justin Beiber. Weird.

  • The Philosopher

    Brilliant idea.
    In my opinion.

  • BugEyes

    Starting point guard out of Villanova Allan ray lol

  • K_HOLIDAY

    My guy A Ray isn’t retired yet. He’s overseas killin. That’s family right there. He’d average 40 in this league!

  • BugEyes

    Yea I know it was the only backwards name I could think of. loved him and foye in nova. what league he in? Yea I’m surprised he is not in the league, the jazz could use him

  • davidR

    turnovers all day, nobody could fit their jerseys, and lots of oxygen tanks

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Ahhhh, I see what you did there lol lol. He’s out in Croatia now. He and Nolan Smith from Duke are on the same team out there!

  • Daniel Noel

    this is very true

  • Tony Taylor

    Jordan will find a way to get in this lol

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Moses Malone was in that…. Barkley made some comment that he would gave been the 20th best centre in the league the way he was sweating hard and posting up down low..

  • Will Lee

    better than WNBA

  • Clems

    USPA??? Fraud
    POLO?

  • Respect

    If he plays Im watching!

  • Mike From Spain

    Iverson in traning camp…. hah

  • spit hot fiyah

    a lot of injuries. those guys were really old though i think

  • Gary

    PRACTICE?!?!

  • drdoorma

    Yes. It was part of the All-Star festivities. It was brutal to watch.

  • CoronaMassacre

    If AI plays, that would be great, he will literally be breaking guys ankles with his crossovers.

  • bb91103

    I hope they don’t get hurt. I remember waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the days they did not have the Rookie vs Sophmores at the All-Star game but instead had the Legends Game. A couple of players got hurt really bad to they stopped it.

  • Darryl Green

    Wow that is something! You NBA fans be sure to visit my NBA blog please http://nbaball.net

  • Gregory Maye

    Micheal jordan gonna win a championship lol

  • Jamie Decourley

    You’re right everyone knows once ya use’em up you should just throw’em away..I think it’s an intresting idea. guys who are injury prone probably wouldn’t want or even be cleared to play. I think it should be available for guys 40-52 and don’t for one sec think it wouldn’t be competetive. Especially with only 16 teams which would concentrate the talent.on display. Love it #TMACLIVES.

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