Summer leagues have drawn quite a bit of attention this offseason as the NBA lockout looks to cost fans real live pro basketball in the United States for the foreseeable future. That's spurred Las Vegas-based gym Impact Basketball, led by popular trainer Joe Abunassar, to host a league for two weeks in September, reports Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy.
Impact's league will draw on the gym's hefty client base and be limited to pros only (unlike the more common summer leagues like Goodman in Washington, D.C., Drew in Los Angeles, Melo in Baltimore and Rucker in New York). No players have committed, it seems, but Abunassar says that the league will feature two games a day and be played according to NBA rules.
It's being billed as a cross between a promotional vehicle for players who want to be on the court and a preparation for a season that might not start on time, if at all. We'll see if it has the desired effects.