HoopsHype Las Vegas rumors

April 7, 2014 Updates

Sources with knowledge of the situation suggest that the NBL are set to announce a new & exciting partnership with the NBA. The opportunity will consist of the NBL staging an exposure camp for potential imports in Las Vegas during the 2014 NBA Summer League. It is understood that every NBL team will attend the camp, sending along their coaches along with two players each. This is an exciting step forward for the NBL in establishing closer ties with the NBA & shows just how far the league has come under the new administration. AndTheFoul.net

March 1, 2014 Updates
January 28, 2014 Updates

The 2011 labor talks were a masterpiece for Stern, despite the fact he was no longer the absolute ruler he had been for 20 years, when Bulls/White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a force behind the scenes in baseball, didn’t attend NBA meetings, saying everything was already decided. Two sources in the room described an exchange between Stern and the Clippers' Donald Sterling at an owners meeting in Las Vegas in the run-up to the lockout. Pressed by Stern for his opinion, Sterling demurred, then blurted, “I would fire you. You're great at marketing but you're not tough enough with the union.” Forbes.com

December 25, 2013 Updates

A former NBA player says he wants to build a $1.3 billion arena and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas basketball player and businessman Jackie Robinson announced the project this week. It's tentatively called the All Net Arena and Resort, and would be built on the site of a former water park near the renovated SLS Las Vegas hotel-casino and the Fontainebleau tower. Robinson says the project is privately funded. He says construction could begin next spring and be completed in 2016. The 22,000-seat stadium would be the second new arena on the tourist corridor. MGM Resorts International is partnering with sports and entertainment promoter AEG on another arena on the other side of the Strip. ESPN.com

November 8, 2013 Updates

Nevada regulators have recommended that Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert be allowed to purchase interest in a Caesars Entertainment affiliate. The company, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, operates an online real-money poker site in the state and is applying for the right to run an on-line site in New Jersey. Gilbert and his company, Rock Gaming, paid $60 million for interest in Caesars Interactive Entertainment in May 2012 and loaned the company another $19 million last November, reports Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Both the payment and loan would be converted into equity, giving Gilbert 5.45 percent of the company and Rock 9.9 percent. Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 21, 2013 Updates

Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal didn’t come down on either side of the NBA debate of a team in Las Vegas when we asked him about it during his weekend appearance at Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo. We asked if he thought our town could in reality support an NBA franchise. His answer: “I would say yes and no. From the NBA business side, you don’t want to support gambling on sports. That’s what most people are afraid of. It happens in Vegas because it’s legal in Vegas, but we don’t want people doing that so much. “The other thing on the NBA side is this is such a touristy town. All the Vegas people don’t live on the Strip; they live out. So once you have three or four marquee names who can support an arena, who can get people to not want to gamble, not do day parties, not go here and go to the game I think would be beneficial to any owner who owns a team. Las Vegas Sun

August 12, 2013 Updates
July 23, 2013 Updates

The Warriors are your first-ever Las Vegas Summer League champions. Golden State defeated Phoenix 91-77 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Monday night, completing a perfect 7-0 run over the last 11 days. SI.com

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was officially named All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League MVP on Monday. Valanciunas was The Point Forward’s pick for MVP earlier this week after he averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Joining Valanciunas on the All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League team were Bazemore, Bobcats guard Jeff Taylor, Bobcats forward Cody Zeller and Bucks forward John Henson. SI.com

July 19, 2013 Updates

No, the NBA isn’t moving to Las Vegas just yet. But commissioner David Stern didn’t seem averse to the idea, which is a radical departure from his stance in 1999 when then-Mayor Oscar Goodman visited Stern at his New York office and was told it never would happen. “I think Las Vegas is in the NBA history books, and with the discussions now, it seems that there is an arena that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions,” Stern said Thursday at a news conference at Wynn Las Vegas following the league’s Board of Governors summer meeting. “And that should make it interesting as well.” Las Vegas Review Journal

Adam Silver, the league’s deputy commissioner who will succeed Stern, said there are no plans to expand beyond the current 30 clubs. Seattle, which lost its bid to replace the SuperSonics with the Sacramento Kings, is still very much on the NBA’s radar for future expansion. “No predictions in Las Vegas today from me,” Silver said. “There is no ongoing dialogue at the moment. We’re very focused on building and rebuilding the franchise in Sacramento, building a new arena there.” Las Vegas Review Journal

July 18, 2013 Updates

"It seems that there's an arena (in Las Vegas) that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions, and that should make it interesting," Stern said. Moments later, after declining to predict whether the league might expand anytime soon by declaring that his crystal ball had already retired, Stern said, "It wouldn't surprise me if Commissioner Silver was looking at strong applications from Las Vegas and Seattle in the coming years. I'm going to enjoy watching it." USA Today Sports

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July 11, 2013 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have named Taylor Jenkins as an assistant coach, Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer announced today. Jenkins most recently served as the head coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Jenkins led the Toros to a 27-23 (.540) record during the 2012-13 season and a first round playoff victory over the Bakersfield Jam before falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the semifinals. Prior to serving as head coach, Jenkins had served as an assistant coach with the Toros the previous four seasons, including their championship season in 2012 and back-to-back playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was selected as an assistant coach with the NBA D-League Select Team during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League and was part of the 2009 and 2012 NBA D-League Western Conference All-Star coaching staff. Last summer, he served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs summer league team. NBA.com

July 8, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat MVP LeBron James hosted a party Saturday night at Tao in The Venetian to celebrate his NBA team’s back-to-back championship. Before James arrived at The Heat Repeat Championship Party in a leather Miami Heat cap, he dined at Tao with a large group that included NBA players Damon Jones and Juwan Howard. The party enjoyed signatures off the menu, while James requested blackened salmon with asparagus before heading upstairs to the nightclub. Las Vegas Sun

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