Chaotic scene in Vegas for LaMelo vs Zion.
The Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada was a complete madhouse last night as swarms of basketball fans, including some NBA stars, came out to watch the showdown between LaVar and LaMelo Ball's Big Baller Brand vs Zion Williamson's SC Supreme.
The atmosphere at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game was described by Kansas Jayhawks coach, Bill Self, as being "unreal."
"Unreal. Never seen anything like it," Kansas coach Bill Self, who was on hand for the game, told ESPN.
"It reminds me a little bit of LeBron games," Gonzaga coach Mark Few told ESPN.
Among the NBA stars in attendance were Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Eric Gordon, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray and, of course, LaMelo's older brother Lonzo. In total, Adidas reportedly estimates that between 3,000-4,000 people were at the game, with an additional 1,500 waiting outside.
In fact, the gym was so overcrowded and the scene was so chaotic that LeBron James was told not to come inside the building.
As for the actual game, Zion's SC Supreme defeated LaMelo's Big Ballers by the final of 104-92. Both players filled the stat sheets, as Zion went for 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, while LaMelo recorded 36 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
According to Rivals.com, Zion Williamson ranks #2 in the class of 2018, and LaMelo, who has already committed to UCLA, #18 in the class of 2019.
Check out some of the reactions, as well as the game highlights, below.
Adidas legit had to pause the game at halftime here of Mass Rivals-Team Loaded because the crowd is overflowing before Zion-LaVar-LaMelo.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) July 27, 2017
Been coming to summer events for years. Never seen anything like the scene tonight at Cashman when LaVar Ball walked in. Cameras everywhere.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 27, 2017
dear lord Zion going for the Twitter trending topic dunk 😳 pic.twitter.com/zlS2qpKm3y— LaRob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) July 27, 2017
I'm upstairs with LaMelo Ball. And there is a crowd of kids trying to barge up just to see him. They're chanting "Melo! Melo!" Nutty scene. pic.twitter.com/JoQ1YR8DAD— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 27, 2017
Watching Zion and LaMelo play made me realize how BAD basketball is being played in AAU right now! Wow! We're not helping these kids!— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 27, 2017
lollllll LaMelo pulling up from Mars pic.twitter.com/VFFRemJv3J— LaRob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) July 27, 2017