The Wizards may be on hold for now, but several players who plan to wear their uniform when the lockout ends will be playing in Las Vegas the next two weeks under the simple, one-letter name, G. John Wall, Nick Young, Jordan Crawford, Shelvin Mack, Rashard Lewis and Larry Owens have all committed to participating in trainer Joe Abunassar’s Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series, which gets underway on Monday afternoon.
Lewis is expected to join the G team next week, but the rest of the squad will be filled out by New Orleans Hornets guard Marcus Banks, Detroit Pistons guard Terrico White and former NBA player Desmon Farmer. They will play the B team, which features Baltimore native and Memphis draft pick Josh Selby, at 6:30 p.m. All games will be streamed live on Abunassar’s Web site, www.impactbball.com.
More than 60 NBA players committed to play in the training session, which has been called “the lockout league.” Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Jermaine O’Neal, Corey Maggette, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, DeMar DeRozan, Tony Allen, Kawhi Leonard and J.J. Hickson have also committed to play. Former Wizards Roger Mason and Larry Hughes will also participate. The Wizards tied the Los Angeles Clippers for the most players from the same team.
The G team will play four times this week, taking on the A team featuring Hughes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday; a Clippers-loaded E team with Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and a C team led by Dudley and Frye at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. They will play four more times next week, followed by playoffs on Sept. 22 and a championship game on Sept. 23.