I went to watch NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this year. I've never been to Summer League before, but after spying my friend Mandy's pictures I decided I wanted to join in the fun.
I checked in the newly renovated Hard Rock Hotel and explored the new HRH Tower and pool during my "down time". My room over looked the main pool and the Sunday Rehab party.
I watched various Summer League games and the final game between the NBDL Select team and the LA Clippers. I was sitting courtside and saw the buzzer beater that put the NBDL team over the Clippers for the win.
For anyone who's never been to Summer League and is interested in scouting new NBA talent, I highly recommend taking the trip. It is an international event and there are scouts, coaches, players, reporters and everyone is incredibly accessible. Trust me. In 2 days I sat behind Vlade Divac and played craps with Bill Laimbeer. How random is that?
Lithuanian fan in front of me
For about $25 you can get a ticket for the day's events. Games were held at both the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center.
UNLV retired jerseys
For you Ohioans out there, you might recognize the name Mike Gansey. He's a hard worker and plays tough. I had to look him up after watching him play, and yes - I might just have a little bit of a crush. He's super cute!