NBA Summer League to return to Las Vegas on August 8

The world is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy, with numerous states starting to roll back restrictions amid vaccination numbers climbing. 

With an improved outlook on the future, major events that have been sidelined for the past year are also planning on making their returns. 

One of those major events planning its return is the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.

According to Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the NBA has plans to hold Summer League from August 8 -17 in Las Vegas. 

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Due to COVID-19, there was no Summer League last season. Instead, the entire NBA was on pause and finalizing plans for the NBA Bubble in Orlando. 

The return of the Las Vegas Summer League is a big deal. Alongside free agency and the NBA Draft, the Las Vegas Summer League has become a premier offseason event for the NBA. In addition, various overseas basketball tryouts are held around the city during this time.

Over the years, the Las Vegas Summer League has set numerous attendance records. A record of 139,972 fans attended the event in 2018, and in 2019 they set an average attendance record with 12,199 fans attending per day.

A chance to see the NBA’s future stars start their careers out is hard to pass up for any fan. 

It’s unclear how many fans will be in attendance in 2021, but it is worth noting that Clark County, which houses Las Vegas, plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on June 1 and return to pre-pandemic guidelines. This includes a lift on all capacity restrictions. 

This also opens the door for several other events as well. Most notably, the Court Side basketball pro tryouts traditionally held in Las Vegas simultaneously with the NBA summer league.

Fingers crossed things go well for Clark Country, and fans can return in droves to Thomas and Mack Center to enjoy Summer League in a few months. 

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