As reported by Laker Nation's Serena Winters, the July 8th Summer League matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics was the most-watched Summer League game ever, with roughly 1.1 million views on ESPN. The Lakers also played in six of the seven most viewed games on ESPN in Summer League history:
ESPN sent out a release with their seven most-watched NBA Summer League games ever. Notice anything?
(Lakers are 6 of the 7 games). pic.twitter.com/iRuPmCyrGR
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 19, 2017
It makes sense why this Lakers squad was the most viewed team to ever play in Summer League. They were led by Lonzo Ball, a potential superstar big bodied point guard that has the best hype-man in the world in his father Lavar.
Additionally, it makes even more sense that it was the most viewed game in NBA Summer League History due to the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Boston had its own talented squad as well, headlined by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The July 8th game between the Laker and Celtics, coupled with the multi-part 30 for 30 documentary series on the historic rivalry between the two franchises, could indicate that the rivalry may be back between both squads. With Los Angeles led by Ball and Boston with its king's ransom of talented forwards, the oldest rivalry in professional basketball is in good shape for the foreseeable future.