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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.

Video: Highlights from day 6 of Impact Vegas “lockout league”

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We already showed you that Rudy Gay looked plenty healthy Tuesday at the Impact Competitive Training Series (the “lockout league”) in Las Vegas.

But there was other stuff worth seeing. For example, not only does Chauncey Billup’s knee look good, so does his jumper. And John Wall has serious handles (but you probably knew that).

Video via BallisLife.com.

Video: Highlights from first day of Vegas Impact series

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We already told you who looked good at Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas.

But why not see for yourself.

BallisLife.com has your video highlights of Day 1. Watch and enjoy. But remember, this is an exhibition and any results here should not be confused or equated with future success in the NBA.

Two-week NBA pro league plans September run in Vegas

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The NBA players are learning that the marketing machine that is the NBA is not so easy to replace.

While there has been Grassroots buzz about all the pro-am events this summer, that has not seeped into the national sports consciousness. Not in a meaningful way. (There are people criticizing the lack of marketing around the Goodman vs. Drew showdown last weekend, and there could have been a bigger profile, but that sort of misses the point of the Goodman League. That should have been a grassroots event for the people, and it was.)

Now Impact Basketball — one of the biggest off-season workout and training facilities in the nation — is trying to organize a two-week run in Las Vegas for pros, reports Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

Joe Abunassar, the founder and head trainer of Impact Basketball, confirmed that the league will kick off in mid-September, likely during the week following Labor Day. Two games will be played each day and the league is expected to last at least two weeks long. There is a possibility that the games will be streamed online.

“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.”

No doubt Impact has the player connections — John Wall, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Monta Ellis, Tyreke Evans and a ton of other NBA players have worked out at Impact.

But can Impact get those players to come to Vegas and play for a couple weeks? The bigger question for players trying to gain leverage in negotiations with owners — if we are just hearing about this a couple weeks before it starts (and without a lot of details), can you get people to attend? Can you really market it? Would it even match the buzz of NBA Summer League? If the games “may” be streamed online I have doubts about that end of it.

And if they start this Vegas run right as the NFL and college football start up, will anyone notice or care?