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Whether in shape or out of it, we do know that Joe Abunassar is going to hold a one-week boot camp at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada next week, and that should help some veterans get themselves back into playing shape. HoopsWorld

October 27, 2011 Updates

Mr. Stoudemire, a star Knicks forward, said this month that he has had discussions with other players about starting another league if the lockout lasts beyond this year. "It's a matter of us strategically coming together with a plan," he said then. Mr. Tilliss said a new league would be "not even remotely feasible" because of the decades of infrastructure the NBA has built up, including arenas and TV deals. The first case study in NBA lockout leagues was the Las Vegas-based Impact Basketball League, which ran for two weeks in September and featured stars such as Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies and John Wall of the Washington Wizards. Wall Street Journal

The Impact financial model was different because the league was made up of players already training at Impact's facility. Joe Abunassar, a trainer who ran the Impact league, said its players weren't paid. Mr. Abunassar said he put $30,000 in expenses into the effort and "just about broke even." He said, however, that he thinks he could have solicited additional sponsors—the initial run had two—and an Internet TV deal that could have paid the players a "good chunk of money for a weekend of games." Mr. Abunassar said that if the lockout drags on, he could tack on another week of games with more promotion and revenue in mind. Wall Street Journal

September 28, 2011 Updates

Sebastian Telfair has received plenty of interest from teams overseas, but he’s not considering signing abroad at the moment. Telfair turned down several offers from European teams last week and he’s also passed on offers from Chinese teams. Rather than play overseas, he’ll continue to work out at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas for the duration of the lockout. Telfair has been working out twice a day, seven days a week as he prepares for free agency. HoopsWorld

September 22, 2011 Updates

Michael Lee: Rudy Gay is looking much better today @impactbball. He's knocking down pullup jumpers, not as winded & had a vicious lefty dunk in the lane Twitter

Brian Mahoney: Seems from Twitter that every player is playing great in Vegas. You can tell writers are happy to see ball again. Or happy to be in Vegas. Twitter

September 21, 2011 Updates

Of course, Abunassar's "Lockout League" is not without problems. Many games are blowouts, which results in the second half turning into little more than a glorified pickup game. There is little passing -- if the nearby casinos listed the over/under for number of passes per possession, it would be 1 1/2 -- and even less defense. Worse, no one can see it. The original plan was to broadcast the games on YouTube but escalating production costs -- between $70,000 and $100,000, according to Abunassar -- forced Abunassar to scrap it at the last minute. "Everyone wanted the content," Abunassar said. "But we put this thing together so quickly, there just wasn't enough time to find ways to pay for it." SI.com

Michael Lee: John Wall is destroying cats @impactbball. He had 47 pts on Tues., giving him a 3-game total of 130 (or 43.3 pts per game) #wizards Twitter

September 20, 2011 Updates
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Anyone who saw Melvin Ely kick a full tub of Powerade all over the floor Wednesday, or saw Pacers guard Dahntay Jones and third-year Pistons small forward Austin Daye engage in an extended and entertaining trash-talking session on Thursday, might have thought the CTS was a step removed from the NBA playoffs in competitiveness. But Ely -- a journeyman big man who was most recently with Denver and plans to play in China this season -- was simply reacting to an eye poke that left him in serious pain (and wearing a bandage later). Jones and Daye were apparently tired of seeing each other's faces every day. These outbursts, however, hardly symbolized the intensity level on display during the first week of CTS play. SI.com

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