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April 24, 2012 Updates
April 20, 2012 Updates

Mayor Kevin Johnson flew to Las Vegas today, in an apparent attempt to revive talks with the Sacramento Kings' ownership on a downtown arena. After a week of trading accusations about the collapse of the arena project, the mayor arrived at the Palms Casino, whose chairman is Kings co-owner George Maloof. A Maloof spokesman confirmed the meeting. Eric Rose said the mayor showed up this afternoon unannounced at the Palms Hotel. "George graciously accepted his meeting," Rose said. "They are meeting right now." Sacramento Bee

Maloof and the mayor traded text messages the past two days about holding a meeting but couldn't coordinate their schedules. So, the source said, Johnson arrived at the Palms unannounced and was ushered into Maloof's office. Sacramento Bee

April 19, 2012 Updates

Nearing the end of his third NBA season, Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews said he plans on playing for the Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League, a rare commitment for such an accomplished player. “I’m playing. I’m playing. Dead serious,’’ Matthews said after Wednesday’s home finale, a 112-91 loss to Utah. Oregonian

The Detroit Pistons plan to participate in the Orlando Magic Summer League this year, vice president of basketball operations Scott Perry said before tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks. The July 9-13 event typically features prospects from about eight NBA teams. Most teams play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which was announced last week for July 13-21, and the Pistons traditionally have gone there. Booth Newspapers

April 15, 2012 Updates

Casey sees an opportunity for him to make bigger strides this summer. He says he is going to insist Davis not only play on the Raptors summer league team in Las Vegas but expects he will be the focal point of it with Valanciunas likely tied up with his national team duties for Lithuania. “This summer is doing to be big for him,” Casey said. “He has to get his body where it’s stronger, physically mature because a lot of his (trouble) right now is strength-based and getting knocked off his mark. If he can get a good base and get his strength, he can make a move. The problem he has right now is when he goes up against a strong guy like a (Kevin) Garnett who knows how to push and shove and get him off his leverage point. That’s where he has to learn, and the only way to learn that is to get strong enough so you can take those blows and still make your move.” Toronto Sun

April 13, 2012 Updates
April 12, 2012 Updates

Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris didn't get a chance to participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last year because it was canceled in the wake of the lockout, but the rookie guards could be headed there when it resumes July 13-22. "We haven't really thought of summer league yet," Brown said. "Naturally, Goudelock and Morris (would be candidates). I don't know about anybody else. Obviously, for the two rookies, it would be great for them." Los Angeles Daily News

April 11, 2012 Updates

The NBA announced the Las Vegas Summer League would be held July 13-22 after it was canceled last summer because of the lockout. Asked which of his players he wanted to see in Las Vegas, Smart joked, "All of them are going except for (veterans) John (Salmons), Chuck (Hayes) and Francisco Garcia." Smart said he wants to see all his players continue their development over the summer and is encouraging them to bond with the newcomers from June's draft. Sacramento Bee

April 10, 2012 Updates
February 22, 2012 Updates

Raymond Felton is headed to Las Vegas for the All-Star break. "I'm going to go work out, stay on top of everything but at the same time I'm going to have some fun and enjoy myself, enjoy my time off... I'm going to Vegas, work out with my trainer there, have some fun and enjoy myself. Just be ready to come back." Sulia

February 9, 2012 Updates

Excerpts from The Salt Lake Tribune's interview with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Monday at the league office in New York. Expansion into markets such as Seattle, Kansas City or Las Vegas: I don't see it, honestly. There are franchises that might turn out to be candidates for moving through relocation. I won't rule it out because the owners always consider it. But we don't consider that we need to have an even number [of teams]. We had 23. But, really, economically given our prospects — which are very bright — for a new television contract, significant digital revenues and expanded international operations, what we end up doing is we take in cash but we give away a lot of our revenue stream. And so that would be looked at very, very intensely and I'm not sure there's a majority of owners that would want to go for expansion in the near future. Salt Lake Tribune

February 2, 2012 Updates
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December 8, 2011 Updates

Former Boston Celtics three-time All-Star Antoine Walker didn’t pay his gambling debts in Las Vegas and now he is paying a hefty price. Walker was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay $770,050 restitution for debts he incurred between 2008 and 2009 at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Casino Resort, according an Associated Press report. Walker, 35, could face a year of prison if he violates his probation. But prosecutor Samuel Bateman told reporters the felony charges can be dismissed if Walker completely satisfies his debt. Walker had no comment after the proceedings. BET

December 6, 2011 Updates

Former NBA basketball player Antoine Walker was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $750,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. Walker, 35, pleaded guilty in June to felony bad check charges after he failed to pay back gambling debts from 2009 at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort. Las Vegas Sun

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