2013 NBA Summer League: Final Wrap-Up from Las Vegas
For the last time this summer, welcome back to the Summer League. With more than 60 games in less than two weeks, this rapid pace took its toll on everyone involved.
The inaugural title game was a matchup of undefeated Pacific Division foes: the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors came away with the trophy.
Thomas & Mack
The Thomas & Mack Arena. For the 10th and final day, it prepares to host some diehard NBA fans.
These fans were packed outside in the heat for hours for a chance to get a marginally better view of some fringe NBA talents and the Morris (Markieff and Marcus) twins. These are real fans.
Jim Buss and Dennis Schröder
Jim Buss and Dennis Schröder taking in the final. You basically need to remove these guys from their seats with a crowbar.
Most Valanciunas Player
No big shock here: Jonas Valanciunas is your Summer League MVP. For the first time since Vince Carter, I'm really excited to watch the Toronto Raptors.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports and ESPN's Fred Katz are two of the media members still sticking it out till the end.
Mike Conley Jr.
Mike Conley Jr. sighting. I'm not sure why there weren't more Team USA Select guys in attendance.
The Warriors Summer League coach, Darren Erman, got a Gatorade bath. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson set him up by asking him to pose for an iPhone photo, while the players crept up behind with the good stuff.
David Aldridge emceed the championship ceremony.
Ian Clark won the finals MVP on the strength of his 33 points in the game.
Kent Bazemore made the All-Summer League Team with his stellar play all week.
He would go on to recreate Michael Jordan's famous pose from 1991 with the championship trophy. That pretty much summed up the Summer League.
Klay Thompson was in town for the Team USA minicamp and sat on the bench with the Warriors the whole game.
Stay classy, Las Vegas.
Has this trophy been named yet? The Nate Robinson Trophy?
Mark Jackson and Greg Anthony
Two old school guys, ex-teammates Mark Jackson and (Las Vegas' own) Greg Anthony, chat it up. Greg knows the building well, having won UNLV a championship 23 years ago as the Runnin' Rebels starting point guard.
The Morris Twins
The Morris twins don't look too broken up over losing in the championship game.
The beast of the Orlando Summer League, Andre Drummond, makes a buzzer-beating appearance.
That's it; the 11-day odyssey is over. Players, fans, executives, media and I poured our hearts and souls into this experience, and now it's over.
In 90 days or so, the NBA will return, and we can all see our favorite ballers back in action. If you're Jay-Z or someone on that level, you can interact with owners and GMs, sit courtside and casually chat up players. For the rest of us, it has to wait another year.
Until 2014 NBA Summer League. It's been real.