Posts Tagged ‘Warren LeGarie’

Summer league returns to Salt Lake City


VIDEO: The Jazz top the Celtics in their Summer League opener

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz Summer League began Monday night with four teams at EnergySolutions Arena as the second such event of the offseason, but actually more as an extension of the grandest of all, the Las Vegas session.

The return of Summer League to Salt Lake City, after several years away, is the result of the Jazz initially approaching Warren LeGarie, the executive director of the Las Vegas gathering, four years ago. The conversations not only led to LeGarie also running the Utah schedule, but also with Salt Lake City purposely linked to Sin City: the four teams here were also required to be there, the games here would be directly before the games there to help logistics and promotion, and the locations are only about a 75-minute flight.

“I think Utah’s always had a desire to continue with Summer League,” LeGarie said. “When our league [in Las Vegas] grew exponentially, it sort of got in the way of this one, which was unfortunate. … At this point, they’re here to stay. As long as its viable, it’ll continue.”

The Celtics, 76ers, Spurs and host Jazz are here for doubleheaders Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, before they head to Las Vegas for the start there Friday with a schedule that includes 23 NBA teams and a D-League Select squad. Meanwhile, the Orlando event — not run by LeGarie — began Saturday and continues through Friday with 10 teams, including two from the host Magic.

“We’ll never knock out Orlando because there’s a certain number of teams that prefer that atmosphere,” LeGarie said. “And as long as certain coaches and management have houses there, Orlando will continue. So we’re not looking to knock out Orlando, we’re trying to serve the basketball community. And clearly there is a strong basketball community [in Salt Lake City.]”

The difference is atmosphere in that the Orlando event is closed to the public and held in the Magic’s practice gym, while the Utah games are played in the home of the Jazz and the Las Vegas schedule in the arena that hosts UNLV and a smaller adjacent facility as well. The “certain coaches and management” is a dig at Doc Rivers, a Central Florida resident who pulled the Clippers out of Las Vegas and joined the Orlando summer league.

Rivers said he prefers Orlando as more of a businesslike setting.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 92) Championship Or Buss …




HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Mike Brown out. Mike D’Antoni in. Phil Jackson still on the sidelines. And (Jim and) the Buss family in the crosshairs until further notice. Those are the main plotlines for this week’s episode of  “As The Los Angeles Lakers Turn.”

We’ve gathered our own panel of experts, insiders and observers of the situation to try to help you make sense of it all on Episode 92 of The Hang Time Podcast, featuring super agent Warren LeGarie (who represents both Brown and D’Antoni) and Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times (who had an afro when the first Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant/Phil Jackson era began, and currently sports a skin-tight dome these days after 17 years of drama).

We broke down the situation from every angle and ended up in the same place as everyone else — totally confused at how this all went down and convinced, as our resident Lakers expert put it, that this season is “Championship or Buss” for these Lakers.

Check out all that and more on Episode 92 of the Hang Time Podcast, with your hosts Sekou Smith, Lang Whitaker and Rick Fox.

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine, Sekou Smith of NBA.com and Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 86) With Warren LeGarie and Jerry Colangelo

LAS VEGAS — For at least a few more days, this sweltering city will serve as the center of the basketball universe, with a small satellite in Orlando orbiting the action here.

With USA Basketball training camp in full swing at UNLV, complete with Thursday night’s exhibition opener against the Dominican Republic, and 24 NBA teams converging upon the Las Vegas Strip for Summer League action that kicks off Friday, there are no basketball needs that can’t be satisfied here.

Two of basketball’s biggest power brokers, Summer League co-owner Warren LeGarie and USA Basketball chairman and managing director Jerry Colangelo, the two men most responsible for all of the attention focused here right now, joined us on Episode 86 of the Hang Time Podcast to talk Summer League, USA Basketball, the upcoming London Olympic Games and more.

When we say “more” we’re talking Day 200 of the Dwight Howard watch (don’t get excited, he still hasn’t been traded), the open of the free agent signing period and the day The Deron Williams Brooklyn Experience officially began and the day two-time MVP and Phoenix Suns icon Steve Nash joined the dark side in Los Angeles.

Check out all that and more on Episode 86 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Las Vegas Summer League czar Warren LeGarie and USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo (who actually joined us from courtside at the Olympic team’s Wednesday morning workout, as you’ll hear in the background).

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.