Nothing tops Vegas and hoops

How on earth did Bill Simmons miss the first three years of the NBA Summer League in Vegas?

Updated: July 19, 2007, 3:17 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This column appears in the July 23 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

When the NBA moved its annual Summer League to Vegas, on paper the combination of basketball and gambling was right in my wheelhouse. I should have been sleeping outside the Thomas & Mack Center waiting for the first game, right? Nope. I missed the first three years ('04, '05 and '06) and would have missed 2007 if I hadn't needed a column idea. Heading to Vegas without a definitive angle, I was like a poker ...

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