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Tyrese Haliburton on board for the NBA's latest launch: NBA Con at Summer League
This is right up the alley for the Pacers guard — fashion, music, cuisine, art and technology overlapping with a basketball event in Las Vegas, July 7-9.
There continues to be even more of Tyrese Haliburton.
He’s the face of the Pacers, has frequently been at the team facility for offseason work with coaches, represented the team at the NBA Draft Lottery, will be hosting a youth basketball camp in July and has multiple AAU teams.
Haliburton’s two favorite hobbies, however, outside of basketball are fashion and gaming. (He even has his own channel on Twitch.) He’s also into NFTs. As much as he’s obsessed with basketball, it’s good that he has other passions and good outlets to spend his free time.
So what better way for him to mix it all together than to be one of the headliners at something new the NBA is trying?
It’s NBA Con, coming the first week at Las Vegas Summer League. It will debut at debut at Mandalay Bay July 7-9 and one-day general admission tickets are $60.
It’s more than Haliburton. The league already has 2023 NBA Draft picks Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson committed as well.
Details from the NBA:
NBA Con will bring together the fashion, music, cuisine, art and technology that make the NBA a cultural phenomenon into a three-day event, highlighted by the game’s brightest stars and biggest personalities. Appearances will include legends and current NBA stars like six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Mike Conley, Indiana Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton, New Orleans Pelicans’ CJ McCollum, Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, and 2023 NBA Draft prospects Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, among many other names to be announced.
NBA Con tips off the opening weekend of NBA 2K24 Summer League which begins 10 days of NBA action on Friday, July 7. NBA 2K24 Summer League will showcase the league’s top young players, many of whom are taking the floor for the first time in an NBA uniform. The event features a footprint at Mandalay Bay that is nearly 400,000 square feet and is twice the size of the NBA Crossover fan event held during NBA All-Star 2023 that welcomed more than 50,000 fans.
“NBA Con is for every fan,” said Joey Graziano, Head of Event Strategy and Development, NBA. “It combines our players’ and fans’ passion for the game with their authentic off-court interests to create unique experiences that could only come to life through NBA fandom.”
At NBA Con, fans will be able to transcend the boundaries of the court with a variety of exclusive live experiences that align with their own personal interests, including through:
The latest trends in NBA fashion and sneakers, with NBA players showcasing their own unique styles, alongside exclusive drops of limited-edition apparel and accessories.
Live entertainment performances by chart-topping artists, with a focus on those who share a love of basketball.
Exclusive shoppable NBA Con and NBA product drops, from limited-edition apparel to rare collectibles and everything in between.
Interactive brand experiences that unite the worlds of basketball and technology, including augmented and virtual reality games, and more.
Appearances and meet-and-greets, giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with NBA players and personalities.
Live podcasts, conversations, and creator studios featuring athletes, creators, artists and media personalities sharing a stage to discuss a range of topics related to NBA culture and to break news that fans at NBA Con will hear first.
The Park, a basketball-centric exhibition with various courts where fans can shoot around, watch open practices, or participate in open runs.
As usual, I will be in Las Vegas for summer league and look forward to checking this out. Already, summer league is essentially a giant NBA convention. This idea only adds to that belief.