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NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

Posted on: June 17, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 7:13 pm
The NBA has officially cancelled the 2011 Las Vegas Summer League. Posted by Ben Golliver. adam-silver

The clock is ticking on the NBA's labor negotiations, and the word is on Friday that the league has run out of time for one major annual event.'s Ken Berger reports from New York City that NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that the league has axed plans to hold the 2011 Las Vegas Summer League.

"We also told the union at the conclusion of today’s session that we would be canceling the Las Vegas Summer League this weekend and we made clear to the union it was purely a function of the calendar and drop-dead dates with hotels and the arena," Silver said. "No intent to send signals of any kind to the players, but it was an unfortunate consequence that, at this late date, we still do not have a deal beginning July 1."

The league's annual Summer League pits draft picks, second-year players, D-League players and unsigned free agents in a round-robin style format that typically brings the league's basketball executives and national media together in the desert.

Summer League has grown in popularity in recent years, and games are regularly televised on NBA TV. The event serves as both a first-chance look at lottery prospects for fans and as an excellent swap meet for executives looking to fill out their rosters.

This decision was widely anticipated and had been rumored for months. The league's Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire July 1, and Las Vegas Summer League typically runs through the second and third weeks of July. With games set to start less than a month from now and no major progress to report in the CBA negotiations, there's not much point for the NBA to continue delaying the inevitable cancellation announcement.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 1:47 am

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

SUPER LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:53 am

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

I agree with you that this is a message by the owners to the NBA players union even though they are sugar coating it for all of us.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:55 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

The NBA is basically sending its first shot across the bow. They are already digging in and perfectly happy to let this ride for a while, especially since most sports fans will be distracted by the NFL lock out and how dangerously close to pre-season this situation is heading. The perfect storm for the owners is that the NFL lockout goes into late August (sucks for us), and then the mad scramble for some semblance of a season. College football will take even greater precedent, and then all of a sudden, it is November and no hoop.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:59 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

We still have millionaires and billionaires arguing about a few nickels and dimes while the fans are getting less than what is expected.

They cancelled the annual Las Vegas games where you would normally see one year players and rookies that are trying to make the teams that drafted them or show other teams the talent they have.

I use to drive from Long Beach to Vegas, spend the week there to watch these players and the games. The Lakers would normally have a team playing which was good for me, because our former coach had very little use for rookies. That was the only way to see a rookie that would be drafted by the Lakers perform, except in practice at El Segundo.
I am reevaluating my devotion to basketball and paying money to see a sport that obviously don’t have the fans at heart.

Since I no longer reside in the Los Angeles area I would not be going this year any way. There are, however, many fathers that would take their sons to watch the young players playing this sort of development league.

Some high school coaches would take their teams to watch these games. Before moving to Las Vegas this league was in Long Beach at Long Beach State. That is how I got hooked on the league. The same apply to the local Long Beach high school coaches.

The league, oh well, what can be said?  


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:41 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

Damn you NBA! I had my bags packed, my savings account emptied and my wife convinced that it was an absolute must for me and my posse to descend on Vegas for a week of mayhem and debauchery. But NO: you blow this trip out of the water with this announcement. I could care less about seeing a bunch of scrubs, NBA scouts and exucutives congregate @ some high school gym in the desert, but I was able to convince the Mrs. that it was a must-see event. She was already on a high for seeing the Heat flame out and had given the needed approval for this jaunt to Nevada for me and my buds. Thanks a lot Silver and next time, wear a damn tie!

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:34 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

It'll be back bro. They are just taking a Vegas hangover break.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 7:37 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League


Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 7:25 pm

NBA officially cancels Las Vegas Summer League

And we care why??

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