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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  22 responses

Nearly 70 NBA Players to Join Las Vegas Pro League


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

In light of the sobering realization that watching NBA basketball on time (if at all) next season is little more than fantasy at this point, agents, fans and media have thought of different ways that players could continue to play the game in organized, and lucrative ways.

Most solutions so far involve hastily-organized exhibition games here and abroad, streetball duels, and for some players, joining overseas teams on a temporary basis.

The latest idea comes from Impact Basketball, based out of Las Vegas, which is organizing a league comprised entirely of hoops pros. Nearly 70 NBA players are expected to participate.

Hoopsworld reports:

Impact Basketball, one of the premier basketball training sites in the world, will launch their own league in September. Unlike this summer’s popular pro-am leagues that featured a few NBA players on each roster, the teams competing in Impact’s league will be made up solely of professionals. Nearly 70 NBA players will compete in the league and plenty of stars will participate.

Rosters are still being assembled, but Impact has relationships with many notable players, which means this league has the potential to be very entertaining. Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Paul Pierce, Al Harrington, Corey Maggette, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, J.J. Hickson, Austin Daye, Jared Dudley, Dahntay Jones, Jermaine O’Neal, Craig Brackins, Marreese Speights, Eric Bledsoe, Matt Barnes and Manny Harris are among the players that have worked out at Impact’s two locations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles this summer.

Joe Abunassar, the founder and head trainer of Impact Basketball, confirmed that the league will kick off in mid-September, likely during the week following Labor Day. Two games will be played each day and the league is expected to last at least two weeks long. There is a possibility that the games will be streamed online.

This is obviously not a suitable replacement for nightly NBA hoops, and further underscores just how important the League’s marketing machine, TV deals, arena facilities, etc. are.

But it will give basketball fans a chance to quench their thirst while the lockout drags on.

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  • BRAVO

    Demar derozan boiii

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    “Plenty of stars”? I can name only one probably two chaps out of that group that can be considered a star.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “Rosters are still being assembled”

  • marc

    This league seems like its going to be cool but for how long? lol

  • DieselMechanic

    I see a picture of Blake Griffin.

  • marc

    and if you really want to quench your thirst for basketball just watch college basketball.

  • http://www.glidehoyas.blogspot.com Kent

    Drew League Kobe is not from LA he’s from the Philly the East Coast! You feel me! Let’s keep it real! Bring him on doe! lol

  • http://www.glidehoyas.blogspot.com Kent

    my bad wrong article lol but true

  • BE.water

    Kent – Kobe IS L.A. now.

  • AQWORD

    BEwater : u positive ? HIV ?

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    AQWORD; you douche? Bag?

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Co-sign @marc. College ball is always more entertaining. But how hard will they go without an NBA to inpress? Ah Ha..that is the key. Duke looked dudu against China too.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    This could be a fun league to watch (for however long it last). A bunch of pros playing more like streetball than NBA format. Could be nice to watch NBA teammates go against each other etc.

  • reign

    2k12 anybody

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Needs some more stars and they have a legitimate league.

  • MLK4Life

    Sales for 2K12 will be through the roof. I’d also like to say that college and NBA are two different games. In my opinion, nothing is better than the playoffs in the NBA. Especially with two evenly matched teams. There’s never a Butler vs. UConn game in the playoffs where the teams combine for barely over 100 points.

  • hiphopcop

    I’ll watch it to quench my thirst, kind of moved on to Football anyway, but if they can get my boys Odom, Kobe and Rubio in some of the games, I’m GAME!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    I hate the offseason.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Im on my football tip too. Ready to watch my Vikings take tha NFC North this year. Green Bay and Detroit will be tougher thou. But we have tha best team in tha division hands down

  • jrodmc

    college ball is for fantasy geeks and frat nerds who never wanted to graduate. Which is why anyone halfway decent jumps to the pros in a heartbeat.

    Show me the money!

  • http://theSlam Joe White

    Sounds like a good idea. It looks like a chance for lower tier play-
    ers to get some PT and keep in shape. I’ll watch as much as possible be-
    cause I’m a B’ball junky.

  • Sean D.

    If any games get televised I’ll definitely watch. I’m still hoping that these coming talks will result in some actual results! Let’s just all hope for the season to start on time! Oh yea, and also, Go Bulls!!!!

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