Lockout or not, Impact Basketball could be tradition

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Lockout or not, Impact Basketball could be tradition

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn LAS VEGAS One of the reasons the Impact Basketball Training Series -- aka, the Lockout League -- came about was because of the labor stalemate between the NBA's owners and the players union.

But even after the two sides reach a new deal, you can expect to see a similar league next summer.

"I think we'll do it every year, no question," Joe Abunassar, founder of Impact Basketball, told CSNNE.com. "A two-week span right toward the end of the training session would be perfect. Maybe the week before or the week after Labor Day. We invite guys to Vegas, they train, we play. I think it would be very good."

The key to this league's success will be timing.

The lockout obviously helped, as well as the location being in Las Vegas -- a popular spot for players during the offseason.

When you throw in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz fight on Saturday, it made it even more enticing for players to participate.

But the thrust of the league will be preparing guys for the upcoming NBA season -- whenever that is.

"The guys that have been doing individual training all summer, they're probably tired of that by now," Abunassar said. "It's difficult being in a gym with one, two, three guys all summer, lifting weights. So it's time to play."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes

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Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process. 

And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
 
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
 
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
 
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
 
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.