SUMMER LEAGUE v3.0 EYE CANDY
Eye Candy at summer league
Don't get too excited just yet. Summer League in Las Vegas os the biggest sports melting pot in the world. There are 23 NBA teams represented from every corner of the country and every one of them has their cadre of fans. *Las Vegas is a Lakers town but the Sacramento Kings are well represented due to the Maloofs and their (sic!) Palms Casino.
Fans from Boston are different from Chicago fans who are very separate from Spurs, Kings and Clipper fans. *Clipper fans are a bit like us Kings fans were in 1998 when the team took a major upturn. Every fan group seems to prefer different drinks and snaks too. *At any moment in the food court area between Cox Pavilion and Thomas & Mack one can see T-shirts from 10-12 different NBA teams and frequently see several Euro team shirts.
This is Las Vegas and show girls have to do something in their off hours. They tend to be easy to spot: high heels, short shorts, halter tops, a scarf here and there, you get the idea. *And most of them are 5-10 to 6-2. Laker games are a good bet. Try not to be too obvious in your appreciation of the arts, like everyone else.
Walking thru the food court this week you rub elbows with coaches , GM's, scouts, players, front office staff, ESPN anchors, NBA writers, dozens of folk you've seen on TV. *This is the ultimate eye candy for the basketball junkie. For over the hill ballers like yours truly, I prefer to support the Arts.
Cox Pavilion is the preferred venue for watching summer league with a big high school gym feel, seating only on the sides in about 20 rows. The first row is about a yardstick behind the player benches so up close and personal is easy. *After every game the NBA sets up an autograph table and one of the top name draftees from the game sign autographs for a limited time. Two years ago bajaden and I stood chatting with Cousins mother watching while he was doing autograph booth duty. Gavin Maloof joined the conversation and Geoff Petrie ambled by admiring his latest draftee.