NBA Summer League 2017: Friday Game Times, Full Las Vegas Schedule and Rosters

JULY 7, 2017

Some Summer League years hold more intrigue than others, and it’s safe to say following this year’s NBA draft that the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League rosters are packed with must-watch players.

From this year’s No. 1 overall draft selection, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz, to the Boston Celtics’ selection at No. 3, Jayson Tatum, there are plenty of high-profile names set to take the court on this summer’s schedule, which will feature a record 24 NBA teams, per

On Friday, the action in Las Vegas will get kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET in the Cox Pavilion as the Toronto Raptors take on the New Orleans Pelicans. But there are six games in total to catch on Friday to open up the tournament.

We’ll break down some of the players fans can look forward to seeing on the first day—No. 4 overall pick Josh Jackson, anyone?—but first, let’s look at the full Las Vegas schedule for Friday’s games.

The entire Summer League schedule can be found at

The marquee matchup on Friday is definitely the showdown between crosstown rivals the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers; in fact, it’s the only game on Friday that will be broadcast on


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The real place to chill out in Vegas: tea time. These hotels offer classic services that go way beyond scones

Jay Jones

Can a hot cup of tea cool you down on a scorching afternoon in the desert? Several studies say it can, which means elegant afternoon tea services at some of Las Vegas’ classiest hotels are perfect for chilling out.

Wynn Las Vegas is the latest resort to offer a calming afternoon tea, a British tradition that typically includes sweet pastries, petite sandwiches and plentiful pots of tea.

Guests can indulge in sweet and savory offerings at Wynn’s recently opened Terrace Lounge, located near the main entrance. The menu includes sandwiches that merge curried chicken salad with red grapes, plus freshly baked scones. (In keeping with the British custom, diners should first cover the scone with jam and then top it with clotted cream.)

The tea service is offered daily from 12 to 4 p.m. It’s priced at $47 per person, with optional Champagne pairings at an additional cost.

Tea-infused cocktails are also available a la carte. The Tea-jito, for instance, combines Cruzan rum infused with herbal citrus-mint white tea, lime juice and club soda.

Reservations: Wynn Las Vegas, (702) 770-7000

Afternoon tea is a long-standing tradition at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. For $35 (or $50 with champagne), guests enjoy tea service at Verandah from 3 to 4 p.m.

There are organic black, green and herbal teas to sip while noshing on bites such as a sandwich of cucumber, grilled artichoke and olive tapenade on sourdough bread, plus pastries such as fig upside-down cake.

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Info: Four Seasons Las Vegas, (702) 632-5000

There are seatings for tea from 11:45 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Guests are sure to be tempted by savoring offerings such as chicken curry, trumpet mushroom and Asian pear served in a sesame cone.

The service, priced at $40 (more with Champagne), comes with stunning views of the Strip.

Reservations: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, (888) 881 9367


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Las Vegas chefs celebrate Spam’s 80th birthday

July 5, 2017 – 9:52 am
Updated July 5, 2017 – 9:59 am

It’s one of those things we love to hate — so vehemently its name is more commonly linked to the internet junk-mail scourge.

Yet it’s difficult to argue the success of Spam, which has survived for 80 years (the official anniversary is today) and sold more than 8 billion units. It’s downright beloved in Hawaii, and Las Vegas’ unofficial status as the Ninth Island means it has a particularly high profile here, even in some restaurants.

“It’s on our menus,” said Ben Gries, executive chef of the California Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. “Spam and eggs in the morning, that’s the big one. In our Noodle House we have Spam fried rice. We also have Hawaiians who work at the Cal, so we have it in our team-member dining room.”

Gries, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, said he grew up eating Spam with his father.

“When you open it and take it out of the can you look at it and go, ‘OK,’ ” he said. “But when you grill it, it looks pretty good.”

Does Gries eat it himself?

“Not a lot,” he said. “But once in a while you get a craving for it.”

Maybe the common denominator is downtown, which has a high proportion of Hawaiian visitors, but Jeff Martell, executive chef at the Plaza, said he likes Spam as well.

“It’s very versatile,” Martell said. “You can do a lot of things with it — appetizers, sandwiches, as an entree.”


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Golden Knights roster unveiled at Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury from Penguins, Nate Schmidt from Capitals complete list of 30 selections

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / Senior Writer

June 21st, 2017

LAS VEGAS — And finally, the Vegas Golden Knights have a team.

The Golden Knights made their 30 selections in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday and added seven more players and 10 draft picks acquired through 10 trades.

Here is a look at the 30 players and an analysis of Vegas’ picks, trades and what it all means:

Colorado Avalanche: Calvin Pickard, G — Pickard, 25, had 15 wins, two shutouts, a 2.98 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 50 games (48 starts) this season.

Vancouver Canucks: Luca Sbisa, D — Sbisa, 27, had 13 points in 82 games this season and has 88 points in 465 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Canucks.

Arizona Coyotes: Teemu Pulkkinen, F — Pulkkinen, 25, had two goals in 13 games split between the Coyotes and Minnesota Wild this season, and has 13 goals and 22 points in 83 NHL games, including 70 games with the Detroit Red Wings.

New Jersey Devils: Jon Merrill, D — Merrill, 25, had six points in 51 games this season and has 36 points in 216 NHL games with New Jersey.

Buffalo Sabres: William Carrier, F — Carrier, 22, had eight points in 41 games this season, his first in the NHL.

Detroit Red Wings: Tomas Nosek, F — Nosek, 24, has one goal in 17 games with the Red Wings the past two seasons and this season helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup as American Hockey League champion, scoring 22 points in 19 playoff games after scoring 41 points in 51 regular-season games.

Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, F — Eakin, a 26-year-old center who was drafted in 2009 by Vegas general manager George McPhee when he was the GM of the Washington Capitals, had 12 points in 60 games this season but averaged 17 goals, 36 points and 80 games played in each of the previous three seasons with Dallas.

Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault, F — Marchessault, 26, scored 30 goals for the first time this season, one of 26 NHL players who scored at least that many.

Los Angeles Kings: Brayden McNabb, D — McNabb, 26, had four points in 49 games this season and has 50 points in 238 NHL games.

New York Islanders: Jean-Francois Berube, G — Berube, 25, has 13 wins, a 3.11 GAA and .900 save percentage in 21 NHL games, including 14 with the Islanders this season, when he won seven games and had a 3.42 GAA and .889 save percentage.

Nashville Predators: James Neal, F — Neal, 29, who has one year remaining on his contract, scored 23 goals this season and six in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has 238 goals and 451 points in 632 NHL regular-season games.

Calgary Flames: Deryk Engelland, D — Engelland, 35, who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, scored four goals and 16 points in 81 games this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brendan Leipsic, F — Leipsic, 23, played six games for the Maple Leafs last season and spent this season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies, scoring 51 points in 49 games and five points in 11 playoff games.

Boston Bruins: Colin Miller, D — Miller, 24, had 13 points in 61 games this season after scoring 16 points in 42 games last season when he was a rookie.

Ottawa Senators: Marc Methot, D — Methot, 32, who has one year left on his contract, played on the Senators’ top defense pair with Erik Karlsson this season and had 12 assists in 68 games before scoring four points, including two goals, in 18 playoff games.

San Jose Sharks: David Schlemko, D — Schlemko, 30, who has three years left on his contract, had 18 points in 62 games this season and has 87 points in 360 NHL games.

St. Louis Blues: David Perron, F — Perron, 29, who has one year left on his contract, had 18 goals and 46 points in 82 games this season and has 159 goals and 378 points in 652 NHL games.

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New York Rangers: Oscar Lindberg, F — Lindberg, 25, had 20 points in 65 games this season playing primarily as the Rangers’ fourth-line center after he recovered from offseason hip surgery.

Edmonton Oilers: Griffin Reinhart, D — Reinhart, 23, has two assists in 37 NHL games since being selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He spent this season in the AHL until May 7, when he played in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks.

Montreal Canadiens: Alexei Emelin, D — Emelin, 31, who has one year left on his contract, has 72 points in 380 NHL games, all with Montreal, after getting 10 in 76 games this season.

Anaheim Ducks: Clayton Stoner, D — Stoner, 32, a stay-at-home defenseman who has one year left on his contract, played 14 games for the Ducks this season after appearing in 50 last season.

Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula, F — Haula, a 26-year-old center, scored an NHL career-high 15 goals, part of his 26 points in 72 games this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson, F — Karlsson, 24, had NHL career highs in assists (19) and points (25) in 81 games this season after getting 20 points in 81 games last season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riemsdyk, D — Van Riemsdyk, who turns 26 on July 24, had an NHL career-high 16 points and a plus-17 rating in 58 games this season and was a Stanley Cup champion with Chicago two years ago.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury, G — Fleury, 32 and with two years left on his contract, is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins and has 375 regular-season NHL wins and 62 in the playoffs.

Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt, D — Schmidt, 25, had an NHL career-high 17 points in 60 games this season and has 43 points in 200 games with Washington.




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Will Las Vegas have enough workers for major construction projects?

Southern Nevada has seen many boom periods in its history. Another boom is now unfolding across Southern Nevada, with planned, proposed and construction projects underway totaling as much as $15 billion, according to Jeremy Aguero, a principal at Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis.

Laborers Union Local 872 workers regularly rally at Las Vegas Stadium Authority meetings, offering a can-do spirit. They say they will absolutely be able to complete the stadium project by the beginning of the 2020 football season.

But data suggests Nevada does not have enough construction workers to accommodate the timing needs of the stadium along with several existing and future major construction projects, including a Strip megaresort, two highway projects and a manufacturing plant.

10,000 construction workers short

“We’re about 25 percent above the national average for construction workers,” said Bob Potts, research director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “But, our growth is exceeding that 25 percent. That means we don’t have enough of those workers for the current demand that exists.”

How short is Southern Nevada?

Aguero estimates Southern Nevada will be about 10,000 construction workers short of planned projects in the pipeline.

Construction industry professionals have said the most acute shortage may occur among professionals and specialists, such as architects and engineers.

On the rebound

Construction is currently the second-fastest growing industry as it rebounds from the major hit the industry took during the recession.

“Construction is dependent on growth that comes from a primary industry,” Potts said, referring to hospitality or manufacturing.

Likewise, its decline also depends on a primary industry.

While the hospitality industry lost 30,100 jobs between 2007 and 2010, the construction industry shed 75,400 jobs, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.



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Secret Las Vegas: 35 Insider Tips From The Locals

Think you know Las Vegas? Think again. There’s so much more to this city than fountains and gambling tables and star-studded concerts. And no matter how many times you’ve been, there’s a hidden Vegas that the residents keep to themselves. I tapped into a handful of in-the-know experts and convinced these lady bosses to share their favorite secret finds. From places where artists go for inspiration to secret celebrity shopping spots to the coolest off-the-Strip gems, this is the Las Vegas list you need to have. (For more amazing Vegas addresses, check out “Best Las Vegas Restaurants: 25 Secret Spots Where The Locals Eat.”)

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This James Turrell installation is hidden away in a shop.

What: A Secret Light Show

Recommended By: Jessica Galindo, fine artist, leatherwear designer and owner of Leather Couture in Summerlin

What: One of artist James Turrell’s most dazzling installations, Akhob, is tucked away inside a Louis Vuitton store. It’s exquisitely executed and such an experience that you must have a reservation to see it, no shoes, only a few people at a time. You are escorted by an exhibit representative who explains the magnitude of the experience. Yes — it’s more an experience than a visual art show. If you allow it, it takes you out of Las Vegas and out of your own thoughts. An amazing must-see. In fact, the permanent installation is so exciting that it has inspired Vegas to install other permanent art fixtures around the city. Reservations book up a month out, so call ahead.

What: Landscapes Worth the Drive

Recommended By: Dorit Schwartz, a Vegas-based artistwhose work is carried at The Wynn and is currently on exhibit at Delano Las Vegas

Where: I love going to the Valley of Fire, which feels like a work of art. It is roughly a 40-minute scenic drive from Las Vegas. White Domes is one of my favorite sections: This is where you will see fiery red rocks and sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors of white, lavender and purple. Aside from the visual aspect, people enjoy coming to this park for the spiritual aspect, using the area to meditate and connect with their inner selves. There’s a purity and serenity that surrounds this desert wilderness.

What: Top Golfing

Recommended By: Denise Valdez, 8 News Now anchor (follow her on Twitter and Facebook)

Where: There are only so many shows, slot machines and clubs you can take before you need some sunshine and fresh air. Topgolf is a four-level sporting and entertainment complex at the MGM Grand. Grab a climate controlled bay on the third floor for the best views of the enormous TV screens and driving range. Hackers to competitors will enjoy swinging clubs and hitting targets with balls that score themselves. You can take a dip in the sexy swimming pool or settle in to watch sports on one of the hundreds of HDTV’s. Topgolf is a fun spot for a corporate event or with family — everyone will find something to enjoy here.

helicopter over Las Vegas

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Soaring over the Vegas skyline.

What: Once-in-a-Lifetime Views 

Recommended By: Amy Rossetti, founder and CEO, Rossetti Public Relations

Where: Las Vegas is surrounded by many must-see natural wonders, such as the grandiose Grand Canyon, red sandstone-brimming Valley of Fire and post-volcanic Fortification Hill, as well as structures like the Hoover Dam and the beautiful resorts of the Strip. So what better way to experience it all than with a bird’s-eye view on Maverick Helicopters’ Dream Catcher Sunset Tour, which takes guests across Nevada and Arizona in four hours. For a unique experience, guests can request their preferred music by speaking with their pilot, which really personalizes the trip. I can’t tell you how much I loved flying over the Strip at sunset while listening to Frank Sinatra — it was truly breathtaking. (Another place to get a great view: a terrace from a room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, located in the heart of the Strip.)


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Under the big top in Vegas: Absinthe.

What: The Show You Must See 

Recommended By: Shannon McBeath, co-founder of The Ride, premium indoor cycling studio; and Jessica Galindo, fine artist, leatherwear designer and owner of Leather Couture in Summerlin

Where: Shannon McBeathAbsinthe is my pick for best show on the Strip and my go-to when friends are in town. Circus-style entertainment (think Cirque du Soleil) with breathtaking acts combined with incredibly funny and provocative humor in an intimate setting. Love the tableside VIP champagne tables.

Jessica Galindo: Favorite show to date. Smushed into a cozy, almost too-close-for-comfort seating arrangement inside a tent in the back of Caesars hotel, this show is ballsy, scary, thrilling, jaw-dropping and badass. I recommend everyone see it once, and I feel like it’s a show that locals can see over and over again and not be bored of it. It’s a bit brass, but the acts are just incredible. Once isn’t enough.




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Las Vegas’ Neon Museum Expanding With Grant From City of Las Vegas

Feb 17, 2017  Joe Kleiman


For the first time since opening, the Neon Museum has purchased additional land to allow for its first significant expansion. The purchase of the parcel, which occupies .27 acres adjacent to the existing Neon Boneyard and La Concha visitor’s center, was made possible thanks in part to a $425,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas. Once construction is complete later this year, the new outdoor exhibit area and events center will host a variety of private events and public programs.

The expanded Neon Museum space will house 30 signs not currently on view, including those from the Las Vegas Club, Spearmint Rhino, Longhorn Casino, Sahara Saloon, Opera House Saloon and Riviera. Many of these signs have been held in the museum’s storage facility due to lack of available space at the existing Neon Boneyard.

SH Architecture designed the new enclosed, open-air exhibit and events space to be constructed on the new parcel. Incorporating Midcentury Modern design motifs such as a cantilevered roof, decorative concrete block and stacked stone, the space will integrate seamlessly with the adjacent Googie architecture of the La Concha motel lobby, which houses the museum’s visitor’s center and store. In addition to a space to display additional signs, the new construction will add a large covered patio canopied by a modern, solar-paneled shade structure.


Gadget Show: Annual CES Tech Show Opens in Las Vegas


TVs, drones, robots and a slew of other gadgets will showcase the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.

CES is one of the world’s largest trade shows and is the forum for many tech companies and startups to unveil their plans for the year. Its influence has waned over the years, given that many leading companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft hold their own events. But the CES show still draws a lot of attention.

The event starts Tuesday with two days of company announcements on new products and services. The show floor itself opens on Thursday.



What you need to know for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas


Here’s a list of some of the most common questions about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.

When will the fireworks on Las Vegas Strip start: 11:59:50
How long will the show last: 8 minutes and 11 seconds
How many fireworks: More than 80,000
Where will the fireworks be set off: Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian
Is there a theme for the show: The theme is “Vegas Rocks” and will feature songs by Lionel Richie, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Luke Bryan, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Bowie, Clint Holmes, Prince and Celine Dion.
Who is it produced by: New York-based Fireworks by Grucci
How many people will be in town: Approximately 320,000
How many police officers will be on duty New Year’s Eve: Almost all of them. The National Guard will also be stationed at the airport.
What if I see something suspicious: Call 702-828-7777
What is banned on the Las Vegas Strip: Backpacks, large bags and purses, luggage, coolers, glass bottles (6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday). Masks and weapons are also banned, obviously.
What should I wear: Warm clothing and comfortable shoes
How cold will it be: Mid 40s
Will it rain: There is a very small chance of rain. Winds between 5 and 10 mph are expected.
When will the road closures begin: Approximately 4 p.m. for downtown area and 5 p.m. for Strip area. More info here.
Where should I park if I go to Strip: Try to get into a hotel garage closest to your destination. They will fill up fast though. You need to get there early. Or, choose alternative transportation.
When will Las Vegas Strip be open to foot traffic: Approximately 6:45 p.m.
Can I take a break inside of a hotel while on the Strip: Not necessarily. Many of the hotels limit access to guests on New Year’s Eve.
When will roads reopen near Strip: Scheduled to reopen around 3:30 a.m.
What if I don’t want to drive on NYE: All buses on all routes around the valley are free.



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