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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz FREE LIVE STREAM (09/07/24): How to watch the Salt Lake City Summer League online

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz FREE LIVE STREAM (09/07/24): How to watch the Salt Lake City Summer League online

The Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Utah Jazz in an NBA Summer League matchup on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 (9/7/24) at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Here’s how you can watch: Fans can watch the game for free through a trial of fuboTV or DirecTV Stream, or through a subscription to Sling, which offers $25 off the first month. These services broadcast ESPN2.

What you need to know:

What: NBA Summer League

WHO: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz

When: Tuesday, July 9, 2024 (9.7.24)

Where: Delta Center

Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN2

Live broadcast: (DirecTV Stream, free trial) (fuboTV, free trial)

Station finder: Verizon Fios, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.

Here is a recent AP story about the NBA:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After making a layup in the second quarter and finally scoring his first NBA points after three missed shots, Bronny James was able to breathe a sigh of relief and everything began to calm down.

He has little expectation of being perfect at this early stage of his professional career, and every touch and possession will provide him with an opportunity to grow and learn.

He certainly felt the love and support on Saturday, even though he was playing in the Bay Area, which is dominated by Stephen Curry and the Warriors.

“The atmosphere was better than I expected,” James said with a grin. “It’s a big game for me, but I didn’t know the Golden State people would come and support me. So that was pretty nice to see.”

With oversized headphones on his ears and dressed all in Lakers gold as he prepared for his NBA Summer League debut on Saturday, the rookie looked so much like his famous father LeBron that some at Chase Center did a double take.

Right down to their familiar mannerisms, facial expressions, and the way they run or back away on defense. Bronny James took his place in the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup and his professional career officially began. Numerous scouts were in the building to witness it as he wore the number 9 jersey – not to be confused with his father’s former number 6, which he wore before switching to number 23.

“Every first game, when I get to the next level, I get butterflies in my stomach, but once the ball bounces and we’re down a couple of times, it all goes away and I’m just playing basketball,” he said. “The butterflies will always be there, but I have to get through it.”

The younger James shot 2-of-9 for four points, missing all three of his 3-pointers, and had two assists, two rebounds and a steal in just under 22 minutes of playing time — 21:43 to be exact — as the Lakers lost 108-94 to the Sacramento Kings.

James missed his first two shots despite playing nearly six minutes in his first outing — he grabbed a defensive rebound 1 minute, 20 seconds into the game and missed a 21-foot jump shot moments later. He missed a 26-foot three-point attempt at 4:23 of the first quarter before getting a breather.

There were cheers and a warm ovation when James returned to the court at 8:17 of the second quarter. With 7:23 left, he was initially denied his first career foul on a three-point attempt by Sacramento’s Xavier Sneed on the right wing, and James protested briefly before the play was replayed and canceled. James missed a three-pointer from the top of the three-point arc at the front rim at 7:04.

Then James finally scored his first NBA points with a layup 5:51 minutes before halftime.

“Moments like that can slow the game down, especially because I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be before,” he said. “… I couldn’t drop the three, but with reps it’s getting more fluid.”

James missed two free throws on his first trip to the free throw line at 4:43 of the third period.

At one point during his warm-up, the 6-foot-2 guard stood with his hands on his hips in a position similar to his father. And during the game, the son leaned forward toward the 3-point corner at the baseline, hugging his knees and waiting for the offense to begin.

The younger James was selected by the Lakers 55th in the second round out of the University of Southern California.

He will get another chance to play on Sunday when the Lakers return to Chase Center to face the Warriors. Coach Dane Johnson plans to give James plenty of opportunities in the coming days and weeks to settle in and gain valuable experience.

“Hopefully he will play all the games, we will see how it goes,” said Johnson. “We will try to integrate him and get him as many appearances as possible. He needs more game experience.”

Johnson praised James’ strong understanding of the game, noting, “We all know he already has good instincts. So he’s going to develop consistency in those instincts as we continue in the summer league and into the upcoming season. His instincts are there, we just need to continue to develop habits.”

If everything goes according to plan, 19-year-old James and his father would be the first father-son pair to play in the NBA at the same time – and on the same team.

“What he does in the California Classic and Summer League doesn’t matter if he plays well or not,” LeBron James said at USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas. “I just want him to continue to grow, train, film, do his individual workouts. As far as statistics go, you can’t take anything from the California Classic and Summer League and carry it over into the season. The only thing that matters is that he gets better and gets days.”

Bronny is the eldest son of LeBron, the NBA’s career-leading scorer. He survived a cardiac arrest during an informal team practice at USC on July 24 last year and was later found to have a congenital heart defect. The younger James signed a four-year contract that will pay him $7.9 million.

He will always remind himself to stay aggressive and “believe in myself because I know I can make a difference for myself and my teammates.”

“It’s really good for me to look at my mistakes and look at what I did right,” James said. “But I also grow in confidence from game to game when I play my game. I think that’s a big reason why I come here and take these reps.”

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