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

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Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

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WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.