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    Jonathan Bender launches National Solo Basketball League

    The former Pacers player is combining hoops and UFC in his new professional one-on-one league.

    Former Pacers swingman, Jonathan Bender has developed a variety of ways to make big money off the court after his NBA career was cut short by injury. Now he's returning to the court and sinking some of that money into a venture that involves basketball.

    Bender recently announced a new professional one-on-one basketball league called the National Solo Basketball Associations (NSBA). The idea is to follow a UFC model but instead of having combatants step inside the octagon, players will take the hardwood to battle for buckets.

    “The mano-a-mano, skill vs. skill format will revolutionize the game,” predicts Bender.

    The league will begin with Elimination events where players are divided into divisions and then battle for a cash prize and championship belt which they will then be able to take to bigger events against other belt holders. Here are the details explained by the NSBA:

    Open to males 18-35, players compete in one of three divisions based on their size: Point Guard Division, II/III Hybrid Division or IV/V Hybrid Division. Each division’s duos will go one-on-one for four, six-minute quarters with the winners advancing through the bracket-style tournament. The final two players in each division earn a trip to the Main Event, and NSBA Main Event winners are awarded a Championship Belt; qualifying them to compete against other belt holders around the country. Modeled after the UFC, Bender’s goal is for players to be able to earn six-figures in one night.
    The games do have a 15-second shot clock so players can't sit on a lead in the timed one-on-one games. Also, the Elimination entry costs $200 so players who think they have what it takes will have to put their money where their mouth is initially, which should also help cover the early prize money.

    The first event, billed as a #SoloFlight Elimination Round will be in Indianapolis on June 3 and 4. If you think you have the game to hang, register at www.NSBA.co.

    Oh, and if you think this won't work, consider the massive success of The Basketball Tournament which started from similar humble beginnings and has become a huge summer event with television coverage and increasing prize money every year.

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    Sounds like a great idea...

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    One of my favorite non Celtics ever. Hope it works out

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    Is this full court or half court? Anyone know?
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    Is this full court or half court? Anyone know?
    It's 1 on 1. It's not gonna be full court.

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    Excuse me for asking such a dumb question.
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    "The mano-a-mano, skill vs. skill format will revilutionize the game," predicts Bender.

    Just like how Bender revolutionized the PF position.


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    One of my favorite non Celtics ever.
    What in the....

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    Oh, and if you think this won't work, consider the massive success of The Basketball Tournament which started from similar humble beginnings and has become a huge summer event with television coverage and increasing prize money every year.
    Considered. Between this and JB's other gimmicky equipment endeavors...stop bilking your investors my guy.

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    What in the....
    You know we have a few fans of other teams, we just have a better message board!

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    You know we have a few fans of other teams, we just have a better message board!
    I know we have fans of other teams. What stunned me is that anyone would ever say that Bender of all people was one of their favorite non-favorite team players ever.

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    That honestly sounds sweet. Good luck with it
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    I know we have fans of other teams. What stunned me is that anyone would ever say that Bender of all people was one of their favorite non-favorite team players ever.
    Can't explain it. Bought into the hype. Should have been more. Take the injuries away and put him in 2017... special talent.

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    Bender needed to make the National Practice Basketball League so he could put himself in the hall of fame...heard all the stories about how amazing he was in non-game action.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    I'm curious if they will play "make it take it" in this league. Also in Ice Cube's 3 on 3 league. Hopefully not. That's garbage playground rules/non-basketball in my opinion

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    I may be crazy, but I kind of agree with Ryan. I would never say Bender was my favorite, but I saw flashes. I remember one game where he was just making crazy athletic plays and I said to my friend "He could be great. If only he wasnt made of glass". Of course, I think the next game (or sometime soon after) he was hurt again.

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    Waiting for the next Al Harrington thread. Loved that guy too

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    Waiting for the next Al Harrington thread. Loved that guy too
    I liked Al, but my favorite was Best and Rose (favorite behind Reggie of course).

    It was funny, I found PD in like 06 or 07 and I was baffled at how folks didnt like Best. I used to try to be Travis Best on the playground (along with all the other guys. I just loved those teams. Reggie, Big Smooth, Jalen Rose, Mullin, Travis Best, David brothers, Rik Smits, etc)

    Cue Bball coming in here and asking me if I just dribbled the ball for 45 seconds then threw up a jump shot with the clock winding down

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