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Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 8:26 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliverjohn-wall-dance

About two weeks ago, we brought you early word of an informal league being launched by Impact Basketball, a well-known training facility frequented by NBA players, in Las Vegas. The premise behind the league was simple, but surprisingly foreign: provide a structured, non-NBA environment for professional basketball players to compete during the ongoing lockout.

The New York Times reports that all systems are go for the league, which plans to begin a two-week slate of games on Sept. 12.
The site will be the Impact Basketball gymnasium, about two miles from the Strip. The unofficial commissioner will be Joe Abunassar, a longtime trainer of N.B.A. players. More than 40 players, locked out of N.B.A. facilities because of a labor standoff, have committed to play. Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Zach Randolph and Stephen Jackson will be among the headliners.

“This is an effort on our part to get these guys as ready for training camp as they can get, without going to training camp,” Abunassar said in a phone interview. “That’s the allure of it.”

The tournament has been named the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series.
The league plans to sell a limited number of tickets to the general public and to provide live video streams of the games online. The Times reports that the following players also plan to participate: Shawne Williams, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Lowry, Chuck Hayes, Chase Budinger, Courtney Lee, Mo Williams, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Hickson, Eric Maynor, Al Harrington, Jermaine O'Neal and Jared Dudley.

This league sounds like a noble and well-thought out attempt at getting professional basketball off the ground during the lockout, but it doesn't particularly sound like a made-for-TV event (aside from the presence of Wall, who is always made-for-TV, whether he's balling or dancing). The focus seems to be on staying in shape and skill development with a secondary emphasis on building chemistry between teammates. This league will likely have more in common with recent exhibition games or maybe the Las Vegas Summer League rather than an NBA game. The scope will be narrower and the sideshows will likely be non-existent. 

For hardcore hoop heads, that won't matter. But the casual fan likely won't pay this league any mind. Unless, of course, some bigger stars throw their hats in the ring.
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:53 am
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Mr. Noles506. It's time to call off the dogs on you my man. It's common knowledge that Fast Times @ Ridgemont High is a CBSSportsline classic with some classic lines such as "What's your problem dude?" which Sean Penn delivers on Mr. Hand. I notice your scores are getting a bit higher but I still think you should go" get your shinebox" rook. Still wondering how your reputation took such a fall that even Tiger Woods would be jealous of.



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

This is just the type of thing the NBA needs to see so they can stop being so greedy.  These owners are not losing as much money as their respective city bars and pubs will lose if there's no season.  The players want to play.  If the owners aren't making the money they want to make or hoped to make, they should sell the team to an owner thats not as money hungry.  A league full of Mark Cuban and Michael Jordan owners would be pretty interesting.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:26 am
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Neels504; calm down bro. I'd love to hear the true story how you dropped like a rock in a New Brunswick harbor from super to rook. Bro; it's all about the journey, so have a nice,sweet,long ride back up to average. You must have said some real nasty things about the Yanks or the Sox to get ratted on by fellow Cbssportsline members. Dude, I saw your take on that NHL guy taking his own life and I find it incredulous that you would dare comment on another man's misery and torture. Rook; carry my jock til the NBA season begins again.
It wasn't a story, you made a comment, I countered with why it is what it is...

Who is Neels504? where is New Brunswick harbor?

Sounds like someone has a whole lot of time on there hands and does a fair bit of I guess what you CBS members would call "trolling". I comment on a lot of articles , happy reading :)


The way you keep calling me "bro" should have you concerned, this isn't Fast Times At Ridgemont High.Learn how to speak english.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:02 am
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Bro; check out Ben Golliver's article on todays sportsline and get back to me how these NBA guys are pilars of the community. My man, I genuinely like you folks from up north, but you have me a bit concerned.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Neels504; calm down bro. I'd love to hear the true story how you dropped like a rock in a New Brunswick harbor from super to rook. Bro; it's all about the journey, so have a nice,sweet,long ride back up to average. You must have said some real nasty things about the Yanks or the Sox to get ratted on by fellow Cbssportsline members. Dude, I saw your take on that NHL guy taking his own life and I find it incredulous that you would dare comment on another man's misery and torture. Rook; carry my jock til the NBA season begins again.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Hey Niles06. Son; the PacMan had his infamous strip club fiasco in Vegas on the fateful NBA All-Star weekend. Some poor dude was shot if you recall and the Vegas area was overrun by gang-bangers from SoCal. Rookie, get your facts straight and recognize sarcasm if you even know what that is. I guess you're really going to be down in the dumps with no NBA this season. Either you're a stooge for David Stern or just simply a fool, but either way, you may be the last dude that thinks these NBA clowns are worth watching.

Uh, so to insult me you call me a rookie, referring to my CBS ranking, and you mis pronounce my name..ouch, that hurts. Is that how you judge people on here? because of a stupid ranking? I have been on here longer than you, I had my rating knocked bad over some moronic (much like yourself) baseball fans in gamecenters getting all emotional and reporting me.

Enjoy your college football there "All Star" and it's brilliant set of ethics and examples. Next time you choose to attack people, at least use facts like you preach to me, someone getting shot in a major American city isn't really shocking to me, or anyone else who doesn't live on a farm in the middle of nowhere, damn..even there it wouldn't be a surprise.We do have satellite TV now a days and the internet. I didn't realize that NBA players were Gang Bangers? Maybe again you should use these facts you claim to have, all I see now is one idiots opinion.

Bye Bye All Star, this rookie just took you to task, not once..but twice... LOL @ at a grown men judging someone over  a website rating!!!! shame on you All Star. Put me in coach, Im ready to play..is your fave saying.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Hey Niles06. Son; the PacMan had his infamous strip club fiasco in Vegas on the fateful NBA All-Star weekend. Some poor dude was shot if you recall and the Vegas area was overrun by gang-bangers from SoCal. Rookie, get your facts straight and recognize sarcasm if you even know what that is. I guess you're really going to be down in the dumps with no NBA this season. Either you're a stooge for David Stern or just simply a fool, but either way, you may be the last dude that thinks these NBA clowns are worth watching.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

"Colorful personalities?" You got that right Coach! There a virtual who's who of nut jobs, strip club regulars, gun enthusiasts,drunks and other various forms of raunchy low-lifes, but boy they can play some ball. Vegas may never be the same after these cats spend a few weeks in the desert. Just think back to the NBA All-Star weekend that almost brought down Sin City and made the PacMan the dude that he is. "Making it rain" became a household phrase after that epic 3 day debacle.

I see 2 guys on that list of players who have been in trouble in the past. Zach Randolph & Stephen Jackson.

Your a moron..not much else needs to be said. "Pac Man" plays in the NFL, or did..not sure what he's up to these days, he's not in the NBA.



Getting sick of all these CBS douchebags slamming on the NBA all the time calling it a thug league and making stupid jokes like this idiot....The NHL is no better, nor is the NFL (probably worse) , MLB is no better with all the steroid crap that went on.

Idiots like this guy commenting shouldn't even be allowed near a computer.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Pro basketball league takes shape in Las Vegas

Heat fans--now is your chance. LeDung might actually be able to lead the stooges to victory in a legue like this

Get ready for another pre-season victory party


mauerskucci
Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:16 pm
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