Bring back the Long Beach Summer Pro League.
It’s sad whats happened to the Summer Pro League held every summer in Cal State Long Beach. This was the place to be every year to see the newly drafted NBA players play their first games. Past players in the SPL included such NBA superstars as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce, Amare Stoudemire, Andrew Bynum and many more. Though I’m not old enough, I heard even NBA legends like Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas even played there before. What’s sad is that the SPL is no longer there, because last year the Lakers who played there for 37 seasons left for the more popular NBA Las Vegas summer league. The Las Vegas summer league has taken away the NBA teams including the Lakers and Clippers, they have 21 teams that’s almost the whole league. For the last couple of years, the SPL which had many NBA teams in the past come, slowly was reduced to four teams then to two teams only. Until finally last year, after the Lakers left the SPL, they had no NBA teams. This year SPL’s website is gone as well, and i’m guessing that there will be no SPL again. How could the NBA just let this happen? Doesn’t history mean anything to them!!!! A lot of people do not have enough money to afford NBA tickets to watch games so they go to the Summer Pro League. At the Summer Pro League, poor people actually have the chance to sit in the front rows, looking up close at the players, an opportunity most people will never be able to have in their lives. People finally got the chance to be like Jack Nicholson for a couple of minutes. People might see a young player like Carmelo Anthony for example, up close and say that they did see him up close and have memories about it, because they will never see Anthony up close again unless they watch a television screen, because he is now famous. Another sad part about this, is that if you actually went to the Summer Pro League and saw the people coming, you would see so many little kids coming. Future NBA fans. You see so many dads and sons together coming, and with the SPL closing you ruin that. The saddest part about the SPL closing down, is that the people that come to watch the SPL are usually die-hard NBA fans because they know that the are watching low-grade players playing, new drafted NBA rookies. Players that will become future D-leaguers. Players that will never make an NBA roster playing and yet these fans still come out and cheer. We don’t even need so many teams like Las Vegas has, we can be like Utah’s Rocky Mountain Revenue and have a few teams come. Or I was thinking, maybe we can schedule the games later on in the summer, so teams will come to the SPL. Please bring back the SPL!!! If you’re listening, Gino Kwok, Lakers, Jerry Buss, Mitch Kupchak, Magic Johnson, David Stern anybody. Please comment, if you understand what I’m saying in hopes of maybe somebody important reading this, who might do something about it.
Created by Oscar Yea.