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Gauging the possible return of NBA Summer League

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The NBA moneymaker can’t miss another year

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Last year’s pandemic saw many changes throughout the world and within the NBA. As we all remember, the league shutdown after the first cases of coronavirus were reported affecting players. The playing resumed in the Orlando bubble and the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned the champions of an otherwise lost season.

The NBA Draft was postponed. The following season was shortened. And, most egregiously, Summer League was canceled.

There is hope as the pandemic numbers improve that a full season will ensue for 2021-2022. Although many facets of the NBA’s year have been announced (the draft, free agency) the dates have been set further back than normal.

It has been rumored that the Las Vegas Summer League will fan it resplendent feathers and strut like a peacock once again.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN reported the possible return of NBA Summer League. Arena fan count, restrictions, and other limitations have yet to be determined.

The NBA is also working toward resumption of its annual Summer League in Las Vegas sometime in early to mid-August, though specifics are still being ironed out, sources told ESPN.

The event, which draws all 30 teams of newly drafted rookies, some second-year players, undrafted players, and a few veterans trying to work their way back into the league has become a convention of sorts packing arenas with fans hoping to get their first glimpse of the next Zion Williamson or Lonzo Ball.

Even though the games are all televised, fans are afforded close opportunities to mingle with head coaches, GMs, and star athletes who are enjoying the games.

Summer League is also an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent, bond with their future teammates, and condition for the rigor of the upcoming NBA season. Many of this year’s players did not have the chance to step onto the court as ready as they could have been.

Here’s to hoping the Summer League (even a shortened, delayed Summer League) makes it on the books for the NBA.


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