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Tim Hardaway, presented by Isiah Thomas (’00), Mitch Richmond (‘14), Chris Mullin (‘11), Yolanda Griffith (‘21), Nate Archibald (‘91) Manu Ginobili, presented by Tim Duncan (’20) Lindsay Whalen, presented by Dawn Staley (‘13), Charles Barkley (’06) Swin Cash, presented by Tamika Catchings (‘20), Teresa Weatherspoon (‘19), Tina Thompson (‘18), Isiah Thomas (’00), Geno Auriemma (‘06) Bob Huggins, presented by Jerry West (‘80), Rod Thorn (‘18) George Karl, presented by Roy Williams (‘07), Gary Payton (‘13), Bobby Jones (‘19)
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“We call heads,” said Thorn. A pause. “OK, gentlemen, here we go,” boomed the deep voice of O’Brien. “The coin’s in the air.” Another pause. Another pause. Another pause. “Tails it is!” O’Brien said. Hearn let out a triumphant whoop. “I was playing basketball at Venice Beach,” said Pat O’Brien, at the time a reporter for KNXT-TV in Los Angeles. “The news came over a transistor radio, and people started screaming. ‘Yes! Yes! We’re getting Magic! We’re getting Magic!’ ”
LeGarie pitched former NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Rod Thorn on doing just that in the late 1990s, but the idea was shot down by the league. The league viewed the Las Vegas Strip as nothing but trouble with its gambling-based economy and tempting nightlife. “It just seemed to suggest more problems than solutions,” LeGarie said. “Initially, it was a hard no.” LeGarie didn’t give up, however. He and his business partner Albert Hall had been attending various NBA summer leagues for years and, while they believed they were good places to do business, they thought they could be improved. That led to the idea to create their own, and they found themselves continuing to come back to Vegas as the destination for it.
In its first year, Las Vegas Summer League only drew about 1,700 fans total. Its most recent showcase in 2019 averaged 12,199 fans per day. That increase includes people from all over, but many of the attendees remain Vegas locals. “The Summer League is homegrown,” LeGarie said. “The people in Vegas, I think when you bring it up there, there’s a source of pride that this is one of their own. It isn’t an event that they bought or had to pay a rights fee to come in; this is something that they initially helped create and sustain. And look, a good portion of the fans are Vegas fans; they’re from Vegas. That part has been terrific for us.”
ESPN’s recently aired documentary series “The Last Dance,” chronicling Michael Jordan’s final championship season with the Chicago Bulls, rekindled interest in Jordan’s long-running feud with Isiah Thomas, including how the Pistons’ star was left off the 1992 Dream Team that won Olympic gold in Barcelona. Author Jack McCallum addressed the controversy in the most recent episode of his “The Dream Team Tapes” podcast series. McCallum said Jordan brought up the issue of Thomas himself in a 2011 interview. “When they called me and asked me to play — Rod Thorn called me. I said ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team,’” Jordan said on the recording that McCallum played during the podcast.
Despite Jordan’s denials, an audio recording released by Jack McCallum on “The Dream Team Tapes” podcast seems to confirm His Airness was a big reason for Thomas’ omission. Jordan is heard on tape saying he would not play if Thomas were on the team, which won gold at the 1992 Olympics. “Rod Thorn called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team.’”