A new professional men’s summer basketball league, akin to The Drew League, is set to debut this upcoming summer in 2017 and has a bevy of former NBA players joining the ranks.

Called the Champions Basketball League, this pro-league is strictly for players who have played in the NBA and has a host of teams across the country, from Los Angeles to Dallas to Boston. There are 16 teams set to play and rosters are going to be announced periodically for each of them.

The roster for the New York-based team, called the Gotham Ballers, was recently released and features quite a few recognizable names. Among these names are Kenyon Martin, Shawn Marion, Al Harrington, Eddy Curry, Jamal Tinsley, and many more.

This is a fan oriented league designed to really involve the spectators with meet-and-greets after games, athletes in the audience, and even shootarounds with the players.

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More information about this is available via Champions Basketball League.

New York fan favorites are at the center of Champions Basketball New York team. The Gotham Ballers front office includes Walt Frazier, NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, is the New York team’s summer league President, NBA great and former New York Knicks/ Baltimore Bullets star Earl Monroe as General Manager, and leading the team as Coach is former New York Knicks player and Syracuse University standout, John Wallace. The Gotham Ballers player roster includes: Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin, Shawn Marion, Eddy Curry, Kareem Rush, Tyshawn Taylor, Jamaal Tinsley, Terrence Williams, Josh Childress, Daniel Gibson, and Renaldo Balkman.

“We’re thrilled to announce this powerful team lineup – these great talents, players straight out the NBA are passionate about the game and have ties to the region,” said Mark Aguirre, President of Basketball for Champions Basketball League. “Ultimately we are creating highly competitive play and connecting fans to these exciting games and athletes they love. We want everyone to have fun and interact with their favorite players and sports heroes in our exhibition games, and there’s even more excitement as we hit the hardwood next summer in 16 markets across the U.S.”


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