With the NBA lockout still in full effect, more NBA players appears to be interested in participating in some summer league games. After the Goodman League defeated Drew League last weekend in Washington, they were soon being dubbed the best summer league in the US.
However, many other regions that didn’t get a chance to compete disagreed with that sentiment and wanted their shot against Goodman’s finest. (via hoopsworld.com)
On August 30, one league will have that opportunity. The Melo League is located in Baltimore and has had many NBA players in their gym throughout the course of the summer. They’ve been one of the more competitive pro-am leagues in the nation over the last few years and want to see if their All-Stars can take down the group from D.C.
Entering this game, the Melo League is the likely favorite because they’ll have home court advantage in Baltimore and have a star-studded group that is sure to attract plenty of attention.
The Melo League will be represented by Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, San Antonio Spurs Gary Neal and Donte Greene.
The Goodman League will be represented by Kevin Durant, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, DeMarcus Cousins and Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones.
Last week, it was reported that Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard may join some NBA players heading to Las Vegas to participate in another summer league, Impact Basketball.
While the rosters are still being assembled for Impact, plenty of players are already reserving their spots.
Among them are, Chauncey Billups, Corey Maggette, Al Harrington, J.J. Hickson, Austin Daye, Jared Dudley, Marreese Speights, Dahntay Jones and Spurs James Anderson.
Impact has also received commitments from John Wall, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry and Zach Randolph.
Blake Griffin and Mo Williams haven’t yet committed, but they seem very interested in playing. They were actually trying to organize team workouts at Impact prior to the league’s formation, so it appears they’ll bring their other members of the Los Angeles Clippers as well.
Jones has been in contact with his Indiana Pacers’ teammates about holding a similar minicamp for the team. Danny Granger and Paul George are among the players interested in participating in the league.
Nazr Mohammed, who has worked out at Impact in the past, has reached out to his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates about playing in Las Vegas as well. Kevin Durant appears to be interested.
Brandon Jennings has also been in touch with organizers and expressed interest in the league. ISpurs Kawhi Leonard
The official rosters will be released on September 6 and the games will begin on September 12.