John Wall was among the first to commit when Joe Abunassar, the founder and head trainer at Impact Basketball, announced that he was going to create an unprecedented two-week training session of competitive games for NBA players in Las Vegas. And now, it appears several of his teammates will follow suit.
Chauncey Billups, Stephen Curry, Zach Randolph, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson Jermaine O’Neal, Mo Williams, Kenyon Martin, DeMar DeRozan, Jared Dudley, Wesley Matthews, Tony Allen and Kawhi Leonard are among the players who have committed.
Only current and former players will compete in the games, which really is an extension of the regular workout sessions that Impact Basketball runs each summer. Abunassar decided to expand them as a result of the NBA lockout. The league and the players’ union met two times this week and are expected to have another negotiating session next week. National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher said the union would meet with players in Las Vegas next Thursday.
Former Wizards Roger Mason Jr., Jared Jeffries and Larry Hughes will also play. The rosters could change, but Abunassar said he wanted to keep the number of participants limited so that the teams would feature just seven to eight players.
The IBCTS – which Abunassar refused to call a league – will include morning training sessions, followed by games that will be open to the public. The first week will be from Monday through Thursday, and the second week will be held from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23. Games are scheduled to be played at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A limited number of seats are available at the facility, located east of the Las Vegas strip and near McCarran International Airport.