NBA announces Summer League games will resume after earthquake
On one of the wildest nights in NBA history (in which only Summer League games were played), the NBA world literally experienced seismic news.
On top of the figuratively seismic news of Kawhi Leonard signing with the LA Clippers and bringing Paul George with him, Summer League games had to be canceled due to a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in California that sent aftershocks all the way to Las Vegas.
However, according to Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds, Summer League games will return as normally scheduled on Saturday, July 6:
Official word from NBA: "After a thorough survey was completed this morning by two separate independent structural engineers, Thomas & Mack and Cox have both been deemed safe to open. … NBA Summer League will resume today, 7/6, as scheduled at 3pm ET."
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 6, 2019
As you can see, two independent structural engineers took a gander at the two arenas in which Summer League games are being played and decided that no structural problems remained, which means… play ball!
The true marquee matchup occurs later on in the day at 5:30 p.m. EST, however. The Philadelphia 76ers, coming off a triumphantly entertaining game against the Bucks Summer League squad on Friday, face off against the young core of the Boston Celtics, which will feature all four of the team’s 2019 draft picks: Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters – as well as 7-foot-7 big man Tacko Fall and second-year lob master Robert Williams.
After that, the newly rekindled Clippers/Lakers rivalry takes center stage at 7:30 p.m. EST. The New Orleans Pelicans are slated to play the Wizards at 10:00 p.m. EST, but Zion Williamson will not play after injuring his knee against the Knicks on Friday night.