The best part of NBA Summer League is getting up close with players and coaches in the intimate setups of Cox Pavillion and the Thomas & Mack Center. While the $25 regular-admission ticket is a perfectly serviceable way to see the games, if you want to maximize those interactions you can upgrade to one of Fandeavor.com’s VIP experiences. The two-year-old VegasTechFund portfolio company offers unique game-day experiences and let me come sample the courtside treatment.
It was sick. L.A. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni sat right next to me. When he got up, the chair was nearly on fire. Houston’s Carrick Felix nearly jumped into my lap trying to save an out-of-bounds-bound loose ball. When a player I dislike from a team I despise walked by, I posed a snarky rhetorical question, “Who the hell is Jackson?” at a volume that was surely audible from his position four feet away. (Player name altered to spare his humiliation.)
The NBA Summer League is alive and well in Las Vegas. It attracts an athletic combination of raw NBA talent and young aspiring professionals, plus a handful of coaches, executives and superstar observers in the stands. In case you think this is just a glorified NBA Development League summer camp, consider that NBA Summer League alumni include LeBron James (2003), Kobe Bryant (1996), Kevin Durant (2007), Russell Westbrook (2008), Chris Paul (2005), James Harden (2009) and Dwight Howard (2004) just to name a handful of notables.
Whether you want to see up-and-comers and big names or just get close enough to heckle, here are the available VIP Experiences from Fandeavor.
Suite Experience – $60 per person
Comes with suite seats for 10, meet and greet with an NBA player, coach or legend and official NBA Summer League merchandise.
6Th Man Package – $149 per person
Premium tickets (first 10 rows), hospitality package (food and drinks) and official NBA Summer League merchandise.
All-Star Package – $349 per person
All the above but with VIP tickets (first five rows) and picture with an NBA TV talent (like Reggie Miller or Steve Kerr).
Hall of Fame Package – $799 per person
All the above but with courtside seats and a chance to present the game ball, have a an exclusive meet and greet with an NBA player, coach or legend and tour the TV production truck, plus transportation to and from hotel.