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July 13, 2006
See ya, Vegas, in 7 months

In seven months, they’ll do it all over again.
Professional basketball players will be scattered about Sin City, with fans and media on hand to capture it all while the normal Las Vegas goings on coincide with the special hoops event.
But comparing the NBA’s summer league to its Vegas All-Star game in February is like having a Margarita at your house and calling it Mardi Gras. And if there’s one conclusion to come to after this “preview” for the NBA’s midseason party, it’s that the city isn’t even close to being ready for the scene to come.
Vegas is a crammed city to begin with, nowhere moreso than the flashy parking lot that is the Las Vegas strip. When the Kings and Lakers played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center – site of the 2007 All-Star game - last preseason, traffic was a nightmare, too. So what will happen when the players aren’t rookies and roster fillers, but the game’s biggest stars? The proximity to L.A. means there will be plenty of Hollywood types and a huge hip-hop draw, luring in the E! Channels, MTVs and Entertainment Tonights that will join the ESPNs and endless other sports media. Hotel rates across town have already been set at absurd rates, a clear indicator that greed will rein when the demand far outweighs supply. In a word, chaos will define the spectacle. And I just might rent a mo-ped to get around.
– Sam Amick

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