The Washington Times - September 12, 2011, 12:17PM

About 60 NBA players have committed to playing in a training and competition series with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas from September 12 through September 23. The series is being hosted by the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino.

Games will be played Monday through Thursday the first week, and Friday through Monday the second week. In the morning, players will participate in daily skills and performance workouts, followed by games at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30. The games will be streamed live on InternetTV Worldwide.


“Never before in the off-season have so many great players come together to train and play. I am thrilled to be able to provide our world-class training environment and system to so many great players,” said Joe Abunassar, founder of Impact Basketball, in a released statement.

Some of the players who have committed to play in the Impact Basketball series are:

Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Rashard Lewis, Mo Williams, Kyle Lowry, Jermaine O’Neal, Corey Maggette, Zach Randolph, Stephen Jackson, and draft picks Derrick Williams, Iman Shumpert and Kawhi Leonard.

“This will be an amazing two weeks for all of us NBA players who have been working and training hard all summer to get together and have a chance to really get after it on the court against some of the best players in the league.”

“I have trained with Joe for fourteen years and Impact continues to be the world’s elite place to train and improve your game. This will be a great two weeks for everyone” said Chauncey Billups in a release issued by Impact Basketball.

In addition to Wall and Lewis, other Wizards who will participate include Nick Young, Jordan Crawford, Larry Owens and draft pick Shelvin Mack.

This will be an experience of a lifetime for our Impact Academy students. Everything we do at Impact is built from our experiences of training great pros and all-stars over the past fifteen years,” Abunassar said.

“This will certainly enhance our entire program for all of our athletes.”