NBA Summer League to return to Las Vegas

Vegas, baby, Vegas.

After a one-year hiatus due to the lockout, the NBA Summer League will return to Las Vegas in July, the league announced Tuesday.

The league will be held July 13-22 on the UNLV campus in the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion. Tickets go on sale June 1 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or visiting UNLVtickets.com.

Participating teams and game and broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date. Games will be shown on NBA TV and streamed on NBA.com.

The NBA’s release called the Summer League “the Strip’s hottest summer event.” That’s a stretch, but there are many worse things to do in Las Vegas in July, when its 108 in the shade.

The league began in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League with six teams – Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix and Washington – playing 13 games.

In 2007, the NBA began teaming up with event organizers and have made the league much more prominent. In 2010, 22 teams played a 58-game schedule. Among the players was Jeremy Lin.

Five of the last six Rookies of the Year began their pro careers in the Las Vegas Summer League. In 2007, the Chinese national team was entered, and the D-League’s select team participated in 2009 and 2010.

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