Even though the Vegas Summer League is an opportunity for players to impress NBA clubs, Mitchell Creek of the Minnesota Timberwolves was more interested in talking about his team.
Head coaches usually delegate Summer League duties to an assistant or two, but the 34-year-old Jenkins immersed himself in his new team — hoping to create the championship culture that Memphis is eager to restore after triggering a rebuild by trading cornerstones Marc Gasol and Mike Conley earlier this year.
Off the bounce of a strong opening, the Vegas Summer League reached some notable highs. The 15th version of the even ended Monday with Memphis’ 95-92 victory over Minnesota in the title game.
In Las Vegas for the Summer League, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla took time to offer advice for those seeking jobs as NBA coaches or scouts.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie center Naz Reid doesn’t lament being passed over in this year’s NBA draft.
Several older players, at least by Vegas Summer League standards, helped the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans to advance to the title game. They will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall thought the fans would behind him at the Vegas Summer League, but was surprised by how much support he received.
NBA Summer League is crucial for the various brands to establish connections with players, their managers and agents. Most of the dealings are done away from courts inside Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, allowing for more authentic, personal interaction.