Las Vegas Rumors
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he has a relationship with former Cleveland player and first-year Lakers coach Luke Walton, and it revolves around “craps table No. 6” at undisclosed Vegas casinos. The two apparently meet at the same table every night during the annual NBA Summer League tournament out there to toss some dice. “Every night at nine o’clock,” Lue said Friday after Cavs practice. Lue will see Walton Saturday when Cleveland hosts the Lakers at 7:30 p.m. “We meet there every night during Summer League,” Lue continued. “Me, him and (Cavs forward Richard Jefferson). But R.J. is terrible, so we keep him away. He’s not serious enough. Me and Luke are pretty serious about it.”
Is Las Vegas flirting with adding another major league sports team as a long-term resident? One casino executive on the Strip said he wants it to happen. In an interview set to air on radio station KNPR, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said he is actively pursuing bringing an NBA team to Southern Nevada via relocation. Murren, in the same interview, did not comment on which team he is pursuing.
Murren also did not express for sure whether the prospective NBA team would be housed at T-Mobile Arena. In the midst of Murren’s hoop dreams, the NFL’s Raiders are actively trying to sell the league’s team owners to approve relocation to Las Vegas. Earlier this month, Nevada lawmakers approved public funding for the state’s share in a $1.9 billion stadium to be built somewhere in Clark County.
“Over time, I’ve come to accept the notion that a properly run gambling operation, or gaming as we like to say in Las Vegas, is protective and not deleterious to the health of sports,” Stern said. Stern has a slightly different view from the association on how to move ahead, suggesting that PASPA should be amended, not repealed. He proposes a national framework to keep consistent policy, but allow each state to monitor, regulate and tax it. Such a move also would likely cut down on compliance costs.
“Early on, we realized that this idea that gambling is bad — it’s a Nevada-regulated industry — and that it’s going to lead to bad things got to be an outdated notion as we learned more about illegal gaming and the size of the market,” Stern said in a question-and-answer format with Freeman. “That’s why we said ‘Let’s not talk as much as the leagues do about the evils of gambling and what’s going to happen,’ because we could really take care of ourselves.