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NBA Vegas Summer League Returning With Later Date Due To Condensed Season

The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas “will be back at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center from July 13 through July 22, with 23 teams expected to participate,” according to Steve Carp of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Summer League Exec Dir Warren LeGarie said, "We're excited to be back. Sometimes you take things for granted, and not having the summer league last year was tough for us and the fans. We really missed it." The NBA on Monday “was finalizing teams and ticket prices,” and LeGarie said that both the Lakers and the Clippers “have committed.” The Summer League, which skipped '11 due to the lockout, “has become an important event on the league calendar.” The owners “schedule their summer meetings at the Palms in conjunction with the league.” Carp noted the “biggest change is the date.” In previous years, play began right after the July 4 holiday. But this year the Summer League “pushed back its start by a week because of the NBA's condensed season and the need to give drafted players time to assimilate with their new teams, along with the fact that USA Basketball will be practicing at the adjacent Mendenhall Center during the earlier dates” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/10).
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