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Video: Top 10 plays from Las Vegas Summer League

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PBT brought you a whole lot of original content from the Las Vegas Summer league, both I and Scott Schroeder were out there (he was there the whole time), and you got daily updates and player stories. If you want to just know who stood out, we’ve got you covered.

And now, here are the highlight plays from 10 days in the Vegas sun. Enjoy.

Vegas, we’ll see you again next year.

Here’s your roster of guys playing in Vegas Impact Series

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We’ve been telling you about the Impact Competitive Training Series — don’t you dare call it a league — which kicks off next week. And if you’re in Vegas, you can attend it.

Impact Basketball, the training facility putting on the event, released to official list of participants. They will form teams, trying to keep players paired with guys on their same NBA team. We pass that along to you below with this note — expect a few guys to drop in and other guys to drop out. That’s the way these things roll.

Here’s the list:

Chauncey Billups, Al Harrington, Kyle Lowry. Dahntay Jones, James Anderson, Marresse Speights, Melvin Ely, Jermaine O’Neal, Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson, Austin Daye, JJ Hickson, John Wall, Zach Randolph Wesley Matthews, Shelvin Mack, Stephen Jackson, Iman Shumpert, Derek Caracter, Shawne Williams, Jimmy Butler, Mo Williams, Roger Mason, Travis Leslie, Josh Selby, Sebastian Telfair, CJ Watson, Armon Johnson, Avery Bradley, Jared Jeffries, Demar Derozen, Jamaal Tinsley, Jordan Williams, Malcolm Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Bonzi Wells, Al farouq Aminu, Xavier Silas, Desmond Farmer, Corey Stokes, Larry Owens, Hakim Warrick, Courtney Lee, Morris Peterson, Channing Frye, Damon Jones, Terrico White, Steph Curry, Ryan Hollins, TJ Ford, Manny Harris, Rashard Lewis, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Hughes, Jordan Hamilton, Willie Warren, Dorell Wright, Paul George, Corey Maggette, Brandon Rush, Jordan Crawford, Nick Young, Kenyon Martin, Josh Harrelson, Dominque Jones, Martell Webster, Jared Bayless, Tony Allen, Kawhi Leonard, and Jeremy Evans.

Other pro-am league showdowns popping up now

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There’s a lot of buzz about the East Coast vs. West Coast showdown Saturday in Washington D.C. — the Drew League vs. the Goodman League. L.A. vs. D.C. It’s about as close to NBA action — Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and others — as you are going to get for a while.

But it’s not the only all-star game on the map anymore, tweets Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.

The Melo League All-Stars will play the Rucker Park All-Stars (Saturday) at St. Frances in Baltimore. Josh Selby, Donte Greene, Gary Neal and Marcus Hatten will be among the players representing the Melo League.

The game you can’t miss: Melo League vs. Goodman League on August 28. Baltimore vs. DC.

With no Summer League or organized team games this summer, a lot of top-flight talent has been dropping in on the rec leagues around the nation. Durant, LeBron James, Brandon Jennings, Baron Davis and a host of others have gotten in some run. Even Kobe Bryant played at the Drew League (in the most Kobe of ways).

The All-Star games are capitalizing on that. But this is a chance for people who couldn’t afford to sit close to an NBA court to get a chance to see the stars up close and in person. And that is all good.

Looming NBA lockout wipes out Summer League

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Despite the 111-degree temperatures (in the shade), ball-hogging guards and utter lack of help defense, there is something uniquely compelling about the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

It was the hope of rookies, the hustle of guys trying to impress scouts, a chance to fall in love with the guys who will be at the end of the bench come the regular season, an intimate atmosphere, guys proving they deserved to get paid to play (in the USA or Europe), and it is like an NBA convention. Everyone is there.

Well, not this summer. Damn lockout.

Because of the NBA shutting down business come July 1 the league has scrapped plans for Summer League, the New York Daily News reports what everyone suspected. The league itself denied that this decision has been made, but you can bet if it’s not official yet it will be soon.

(As we’ve said, there is going to be a lockout this summer, the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement would need to be in place by now to avoid it and the two sides are barely talking.)

Another sign of the impending lockout — no teams are traveling to Europe or anywhere outside the United States for preseason games next year. That has been a standard burden on some teams for years and years in an effort to broaden the NBA’s appeal.

Get a comfortable chair and have a seat, this lockout is going to be long and ugly.

Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.


david-kahn.jpgDavid Kahn is the king of unintentional comedy.

Remember back during Summer League, when Kahn sat down for an in-game interview with NBA TV and Chris Webber? And Kahn defended his signing of Darko Milicic by comparing him with Webber and asking Webber how long it took him to find his game in the NBA? That would be 17 and 9, Rookie of the Year Chris Webber. And it just got weirder from there. Ahh, good times.

That video became a bit of a sensation among basketball fans and was passed among friends at Summer League. Kahn went on ESPN 1500 Twin Cities today and this is what he said about Webber (as transcribed by the Star Tribune).

“He’s kind of a schmuck, isn’t he? Methinks that he spent a lot of time on NBA TV with a former Timberwolves person and he seemed to come into the interview with an agenda. Tough questions are fine, but I felt like was a little defensive about some of the things.”

Webber was the schmuck? Webber was defensive? Does Kahn realize which one he was in the interview? Did Kahn really use “methinks” in an interview? Wow. I bet the sky is a really pretty shade of purple in Kahn’s world. Personally, I thought Webber was pretty controlled through all of that.

Best part is, this wasn’t even the craziest thing he said in that same interview. He’s this funny, and he’s not even trying.