That wasn’t Zion Williamson coming down from a dunk, that was an earthquake that caused a delay in the New York Knicks’ summer league game.
The NBA world descended upon Las Vegas for summer basketball and to see Zion Williamson‘s first game as a professional. However, what was happening on the court became a secondary storyline in the second half of the New York Knicks-New Orleans Pelicans game.
An earthquake interrupted the contest and caused significant delays.
The Knicks-Pelicans Summer League game ends in an Earthquake. pic.twitter.com/A03gBNloMh
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) July 6, 2019
This was no minor tremor. This was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that had the jumbotron and its speakers swaying from side-to-side. The players were evacuated to the locker room to let the building settle after this massive quake.
And another earthquake in Vegas, even bigger! Wow. Also felt in Santa Barbara. People came out of their rooms and were freaked out. But where we were everyone’s ok. pic.twitter.com/M50TgokC9c
— Andy Howell (@d_a_howell) July 6, 2019
On consecutive days, the west coast was hit by sizeable earthquakes. This is scary stuff and the first priority should be the safety of everyone in the building.
The ESPN broadcast team, Mark Jones and Doris Burke, were visibly shaken by the ordeal. According to Jones and Burke, as soon as they felt the tremors they could see fans rushing towards the exits.
The game was postponed and the Suns-Nuggets game set to take place afterward will be re-scheduled as well. Obviously, it’s the right move from the NBA to push these games back. There’s no need to push ahead in what is essentially a meaningless game.
Everyone in Thomas & Mack arena kept their cool through the ordeal, but they weren’t the only ones who felt the earthquake. A few NBA stars were in their hotel rooms when the quake occurred
I can hardly believe what I just felt. Wow. I had just woke up from a nap.. and… the entire hotel was swaying back and forth. That was actually crazy.
— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard11) July 6, 2019
Just experienced my first earthquake while being on the 21st floor of a hotel. Talk about scary
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) July 6, 2019
Ive never got dressed so fast in my life
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) July 6, 2019