Las Vegas Rumors
Rick Bonnell: With Orlando summer league no more, the @Charlotte Hornets will go back to Las Vegas next summer, according to GM Rich Cho. The attraction of Orlando was a lower-key setting (games not open to the public, tight playing schedule) that coach Steve Clifford preferred. No longer an option.
Bennett spent his summer at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, training twice a day with NBA players like New York’s Kyle O’Quinn and Philadelphia’s Amir Johnson. He was looking for a chance in the NBA. “I was trying to go to the Suns,” Bennett explained. “There was just a whole bunch of injuries at the wrong time. I felt nice with hard work during the summer. I felt like I was ready to go but just at the time everything just kind of hit me. It was my back, my ankle, just a lot of things I couldn’t really push through.”
The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday night that the Orlando Magic is discontinuing its annual professional summer league to play in the Las Vegas Pro Summer League that’s become a mainstay on the NBA’s off-season calendar. “It’s disappointing,” Van Gundy said before the Pistons faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said in advance of Sunday’s game against the Pacers that the Heat have not thought about starting a replacement summer league in place of the cancelled Orlando league. “I think the thought with the league is the Las Vegas Summer League is getting bigger,” Spoelstra said. “The majority of the teams go out there like us and you end up having close to two weeks of games there anyway. So we’ll just try to maximize that and see if we can get some more games. And I don’t know if we’ll be able to match the amount of games that we’ve had by doing both [Orlando and Las Vegas], but there are pros and cons.”