The Las Vegas Summer League is usually something worth ignoring if you’re a Lakers fan. They haven’t had a high draft pick play summer league in years because they haven’t had a high draft pick in years. But the games at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion are fun to watch even if they are a little disjointed and feature a lot of players who’ll never play a minute in the NBA. The Lakers’ summer league team, including newly re-signed center Robert Sacre, plus swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts, forward Lazar Hayward and draft pick Ryan Kelly, begins play Friday. Kelly isn’t playing, but is working out after undergoing surgery on his right foot following his last season at Duke.
Dan D’Antoni is the summer league coach and former Lakers supersub Mark Madsen is one of the assistant coaches.
Here’s the Lakers’ schedule:
Friday, July 12: vs. Cleveland, 5 p.m., Cox Pavilion.
Sunday, July 14: vs. Portland, 3:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center.
Monday, July 15: vs. Clippers, 5 p.m., Cox Pavilion.
All games are on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and NBA TV. Tickets are available by calling 702-739-FANS or at UNLVtickets.com or at the box office. Parking is free. Or it has been every time I’ve covered the summer league.