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Iverson’s Vegas showcase game postponed due to lockout progress

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We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense.

Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the why that is interesting.

Iverson says discussions to end the NBA lockout were the reason the tournament was postponed.

You may want to take that with a grain of salt. I can think of a lot of other reasons it may have been postponed as well.

That said, if a handshake agreement between the NBA owners and players is reached in the next 48 hours or so team facilities would be re-opened to the players soon after. Players will be flocking to work out with teammates and coaches trying to get ready for the season on a very condensed schedule. The players want to practice.

Ironically, Iverson’s event may be cancelled because of practice. We’re talking about practice.

An NBA labor deal will mean the end of the string of charity games that have been taking place through the summer and fall.

And while those have been entertaining, I’m good with that.

Allen Iverson has lined up some big names for Vegas game

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UPDATE 9:51 pm: The format for this weekend has now been announced.

All the players will be broken out into four teams. There will be two games on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Thomas and Mack off the strip in Vegas (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Then on Saturday night all the players will watch the Pacquiao-Marquez fight and party afterwards. (That is not on the official itinerary, but it might as well be.)

On Sunday, the two teams that won Saturday will play for the right to win $100,000. So there is some cash and reason to be motivated. Might make for an interesting show.

If they solve the lockout before then all bets are off. Even in Vegas.

2:59 pm: Allen Iverson is still a draw.

Current players look on him as a trend setter, as authentic. So when he started to put together a big exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas for the Nov. 11-12 weekend, he has got a lot of big names to sign up.

Here is the latest list, via the Commercial Appeal.

Confirmed players include: Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings), Lou Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Hakim Warrick (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (New York Knicks), Al Harrington (Denver Nuggets), Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors), Monte Ellis (Golden State Warriors), Corey Maggette (Charlotte Bobcats), Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Lakers), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Ryan Hollins (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets).

iLinkSports.com, a web-based sports network connecting sports and athletes globally, will stream the game live.

Tony Allen also will be part of it.

This is where we are now in the lockout — Iverson will battle Dwight Howard for players, as Howard wanted to do a game in Orlando that weekend. We’ve got more charity games than we know what to do with.

What would make me happy? To see all these games fall apart because the lockout has ended and training camps are starting. Wishful thinking, I know.