Big crowd may derail Ball-Williamson showcase

LAS VEGAS — In a chaotic scene, officials and police officers at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, where the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships started Wednesday, blocked doors and ordered a police barricade outside due to fire code concerns an hour before LaVar Ball’s Big Baller squad, led by elite 2019 recruit LaMelo Ball, was scheduled to face top recruit Zion Williamson and SC Supreme.

The game, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. local time, could be canceled, according to police at the scene. Fans stood six and seven rows deep hours before LaMelo Ball, the youngest brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, and Williamson were scheduled to play.

“We may shut it down,” a law enforcement official told ESPN.com.

Dozens of people were waiting to get into the building when event officials and officers stopped everyone at the door and banned anyone else from entering the building an hour prior to tipoff.

“Unreal. Never seen anything like it,” Kansas coach Bill Self, who was on hand for the game, told ESPN.

An officer also ordered the garage door between the hospitality room for coaches and the courts to be closed. “Put it down!” the officer yelled as coaches tried to show their credentials and gain entry but were denied.

“They oversold this,” a law enforcement official told ESPN.com. “Way oversold.”

Information from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello was used in this report.

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