Listen: Basketball, Summer League, Connor Laterna discussed on Warriors Off-Court
"Hey, so before we turn the page on summer lake couple of shoutouts that I wanna give one I'm hosting the warriors off court podcast because our hardest working beat writer Connor Laterna is actually taking some time off this summer. Well deserved. I know you were at right out there with them during the the playoff run. So I'll tell you nobody hours Connor. I agree. So we're keeping the seat warm for you, Connor ready when you come back and the second bit is you know, again when we're talking about summer league. And it's I think it's still going on through the end of this week into next as well. And I don't know if you know, the background of this Scott, but summer league was actually started essentially by Warren la-, Gary who's a San Francisco based agent. So we have a strong bay area connection here. But Warren, you know, it's interesting. I you could call him a powerbroker or whatnot. He's a he's a great guy. We share a love of food and wine to be fair. But he made his niche kind of representing coaches, including Mike Brown now with the warriors and Rick Harlan Dallas, and he is representing European players. And so, you know, kind of the he had the in a sense the foresight to see that. Hey, this the NBA off season if you kind of United it right into event where players wanna be where people have, you know. I it's not a hard sell. Hey, come to Vegas, right? I mean, you have the heat in the summer, but people like going to a lot of the players have offseason homes there, but you know, turning turning something in event that you bring the basketball world because I I would say it's the epicenter of basketball every year now during the summer and. Yeah. And I think they said I was looking at some stats. I think over one hundred thousand fans were there this year. So, you know, that's that's my spiel in terms of I would say the same thing for spring training. Like we were talking. It's a for fans. It's it's great to, you know, get head out there. Get a trip away. You know, the tickets are infinitely less expensive than going to an actual game. A very different experience. And you know, who knows who you'll see walking by because you are guaranteed to see bigger name guys coming through. And also I'd say a word about. Really targeting them up. But but I think it's worthwhile. I'd say worried about the quality of play. I think some people have the impression that is just basically schoolyard games where everybody's at score fifty points in in jiving, your or something like that. And I know there's some of that the guys have to show what they can do. But the basketball in India's become sophisticated of it. You gotta do more than score. If you can go out there, and what scouts and manager manager managing coast wanna see guys who could play basketball not just guys who can Jack up twenty or thirty shots in the game. Right. You see you see some legitimate basketball. They run plays the team every day. And so they their actual teams. They're not just a bunch of guys together. The last second like in school yard right teams. They run plays that the warriors run the same kind of offense that real warriors run guys worked the ball. You know, they have a feeling each other. And it's a high quality ball. Does. These guys are also young and hungry treating the guys. They're just trying. To sleep their way through sneak welterweight to spring training. They tried to shed the weight all of that. That's a good point. But in the summer league, he's desperate rates in the intensity and level of of of just the the play. And and because we sit near the basket you get to see the stuff and to watch these like eighteen nineteen twenty year old guys just out of the gym just playing hard quicken and fast. Let it can basketball players. It's good show. Right. Right. And it's family friendly. Lot of you know, are I I've seen lots of kids around there.."