HoopsHype Las Vegas rumors

July 15, 2012 Updates
July 13, 2012 Updates

Temptation comes in all forms in the city of sin. If you have a vice, Las Vegas will be sure to expose it. Maybe that’s why the gambling capital of the world is the perfect place to find out just how committed these NBA youngsters and hopefuls are. “You’re going to Vegas,” said big man Darnell Jackson, who’s back with the Kings after a stint overseas last year in Ukraine. “You’ve got gambling, you’ve got clubs, partying, beautiful women around and its open to the public.” Cowbell Kingdom

As one of the elder statesmen on this Kings Summer League squad, Jackson is taking it upon himself to hold his younger teammates accountable. He plans on reminding them that the next week is about business if they hope to make their hoop dreams come true. “Everybody’s out auditioning,” said the 26-year-old power forward. “You’re auditioning not just for the Kings, you’re auditioning for every team in the NBA. So you have to be respectful, on the court and off the court. Just be professional whatever you’re doing.” Taking on that leadership role means probably becoming the resident killjoy. But Jackson seems to not mind and is willing to nag teammates when necessary. “At the end of the day, everybody’s a human being (and) everybody makes mistakes,” Jackson said. “You’ve just got to tell them. Some guys are stubborn, some guys listen.” Cowbell Kingdom

July 6, 2012 Updates

PBT will have you covered. I will be there for the opening half (I’m in Vegas before for part of USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics just before) and Scott Schroeder will be there for almost every minute of the action. If you can’t get out to melt in the desert in the middle of July, NBA TV will show all 60 games (39 live) and some other networks will carry specific teams (MSG will have some Knicks games, for example). Below is the schedule, so you know when to set your DVR (the first Anthony Davis/Hornets game is Sunday night). The games are spread out across adjoining buildings (COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack) and run simultaneously at points. NBCSports.com

The New Orleans Hornets will conduct a mini-camp for their Las Vegas summer league team on July 11-13 at the Alario Center. The workouts will include draft picks Austin Rivers (10th overall) and Darius Miller (46th overall), along with four players from the 2011-12 Hornets end-of-season roster (Al-Farouq Aminu, Jerome Dyson, Xavier Henry, and Darryl Watkins) are scheduled to participate. New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 2, 2012 Updates
June 25, 2012 Updates

Continuing in the city’s tradition of one-off sporting events — such as boxing title fights or the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2007 — and a knack for marketing, a one-night only preseason game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets will be Oct. 6 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the Clippers announced Monday. It will open the NBA’s preseason and will be the first regular or preseason game on the Strip for the league. The game will be played at the casino’s events center, which seats 12,000. Dime

June 16, 2012 Updates

Edwin Ubiles: "I could play the Las Vegas Summer League with the Bulls. I'm not sure if I will even go to Las Vegas. I could play the Orlando Summer League." El Nuevo Dia

June 14, 2012 Updates
May 21, 2012 Updates

Featuring nine players owning USA Basketball experience, including the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up John Wall, USA Basketball today announced 13 players for the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team that will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev. USA Basketball

May 3, 2012 Updates

The final details have not been worked out, but when the list of teams is released for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this summer, expect the Wizards to be on it, according to two league sources with knowledge of the situation. The event will be held from July 13 to 22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. The Wizards were among the participants in the inaugural Las Vegas summer league in 2004 and made the trip every year until the NBA canceled the summer league last year because of the lockout. Washington Post

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

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