I must admit, I've been sober for over two months now...and damnit, I'm gonna relapse once again. I'm speaking of my NBA addiction, of course. And come September, my fix will be here.
According to Hoopsworld, a new league will be created by Impact Basketball, a top-notch basketball training site. Due to their relation with many NBA players, they have compiled nearly 70 players to join this league. Among the players who may join are:
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.
They might play in the league, along with other veterans that have been training at Impact for years such as Kevin Garnett, Rudy Gay, Baron Davis, Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince, Monta Ellis, Tyreke Evans, Mo Williams, Josh Smith, Ron Artest, Yi Jianlian, Glen Davis, Sebastian Telfair, Al Thornton and many others.
Some of the rookies that worked out in Las Vegas during the pre-draft process could also return including Alec Burks, Kawhi Leonard, Jordan Williams, Josh Selby, Darius Morris, Isaiah Thomas, Malcolm Lee, Greg Smith, Xavier Silas and Jon Diebler.
With 70 players, you could field about nine teams with about eight players on each squad. The difference with this league is it's not a Pro-AM league. All players involved are pros. In some instances, actual NBA team rosters may be assembled. Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns added:
"It will start in September, with two games a day," Jared Dudley told HOOPSWORLD. "There will be a blend of all-stars, veterans and rookies. We'll play by NBA rules - have a 24-second shot clock and everything. You heard of the Drew League and Goodman League, but the difference with this league is that it's not a pro-am. There will just be NBA pros. It really gets guys ready for the NBA season. I'm excited every summer because at Impact, you only can get better. Now, the games are there to put what you learn into action on the court."
The games may also be streamed online. This is definitely a great look for the players and its fans. The NBA Summer League was something I looked forward to every offseason. But the amount of league in this league surpasses that easily, which makes it all the better. It's about time we get to see real basketball. And making the already-fun trek to Las Vegas even more entertaining.
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