Spencer Hawes may have been enough on his own, at least for the most ardent of Kings fans.
The Purple Politician will be at Las Vegas summer league again showing off whatever new skills he's been honing in these offseason months, with his progress so directly tied to the forward movement of the franchise itself. But there's more. Much more.
Quincy Douby, Shelden Williams, Jason Thompson, Sean Singletary, Patrick Ewing Jr. will take part as well, with Kevin Martin likely to be watching from the sidelines as he awaits his time with the Olympic select team that comes directly after summer league. Beyond the Kings, it's 21 teams in all and six of the recent top 10 draft picks expected to take part (Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Gordon, Joe Alexander, D.J. Augustin).
As I've said before, summer league is a must-see for the fanatical types. Games are played in UNLV's Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center, and the scene is a who's who of NBA types that you can't get anywhere else. GMs, coaches, scouts and veteran players are mixed among the fans, with the floors filled all day long while the action around the action never stops either.
Free agent deals are discussed by GMs and agents up in the bleachers. Fans have little problem grabbing an autograph or a picture after their respective favorites are off the clock. A good time had by all. Anyhow, anyone looking to go should lock up that flight soon since the first tipoff is July 11. The schedule was recently released (click here for the entire sked), with the Kings set to play five games. For ticket info, go here.
July 12 - Kings vs. Raptors, 1 p.m.
July 15 - Kings vs. Blazers, 7 p.m.
July 16 - Kings vs. Mavericks, 3 p.m.
July 18 - Kings vs. Warriors, 7 p.m.
July 20 - Kings vs. Rockets, 5:30 p.m.
* Schedule subject to change - Sam Amick