Las Vegas has become a major destination for basketball training camps and summer play.
The NBA Summer League was here in July and had record-breaking attendance at its games. This year’s event featured 22 participating teams that contained eight of the top 10 selections from the 2013 NBA draft. These teams even vied for an inaugural championship title, which was claimed by the Golden State Warriors.
USA Basketball also returned to Las Vegas at the end of last month. This association is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of U.S. teams that contend in international basketball competitions (like the Olympic Games), as well as some national competitions. USA Basketball ran a full slate of activities here, including a men’s National Team mini-camp and the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, which featured a Blue/White intra-squad game held at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 25.
And the sport is continuing to gain momentum in Sin City.
Yesterday, Wynn Las Vegas announced the arrival of a special collection of basketball memorabilia. An assortment of treasured items from USA Basketball and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championships is on loan to the resort through October 2013.
Some of the things you’ll discover on display include Team USA’s Olympic gold medals from Beijing 2008 and London 2012. There are also autographed basketballs from the 2012 and 2013 USA Basketball teams, an autographed 2012 USA Basketball team jersey and autographed 2008 and 2012 USA Basketball team photos. Plus, you can check out the shoes worn by such legendary players as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
The collection is located across from Wynn’s Tower Suites lobby.
Even if you’re not a lifelong basketball fan, this attraction still makes for a fantastic activity for everyone. Not only is it free, but it also inspires national pride and may captivate young athletes who are just being introduced to one of the world’s most popular sports.