LONG BEACH, Calif. -- No one's lying to these guys. They're lying to themselves. It's the price of admission, and they pay it willingly.
We're down at Long Beach State in the big blue Pyramid. Twenty-six teams have entered this year's 15-day summer league. Ten of them are from bona fide NBA franchises -- Lakers, Clippers, Kings, etc. The league provides playing time for the young bench guys like Luke Walton and Chris Wilcox, plus it lets coaches and scouts get a look at some prospects.