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  • 5 Biggest Brain-Farts in Modern NBA History

    Bleacher Report "Every NBA fan knows the feeling. You've jumped off the couch, maybe spilling a beverage in the process. Your hands are on your head. Your mouth is open—either stuck in disbelief or still bellowing out, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" You've just seen a mental..." May 31

  • Clyde Drexler reveals why he hasn’t watched ‘The Last Dance’

    USA Today "An average of nearly 5.6 million people watched "The Last Dance" documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Former NBA star Clyde Drexler was not one of them. "I didn't watch it. I lived it," Drexler told USA TODAY Sports with a..." May 31

  • Damian Lillard advocates for NBA to adopt play-in tournament

    The Sports Daily "There are many theories being floated for how the NBA should handle its playoff format, and one of the league’s players recently weighed in on the hot topic. It’s been said that the NBA will likely resume play for the 2019-20 season on July 31. However, it remains to be..." May 30

  • NBA board of governors expected to approve Adam Silver's restart plan Thursday

    ESPN "The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the league's board of governors -- with owners expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver's recommendation on a format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been examining several plans for a return..." May 30

  • NBA players react to Donald Trump’s comments about Minnesota protest, CNN reporter arrest

    Clutch Points "A bevy of NBA players have reacted to the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the consequent Twitter comments from President Donald Trump, which have drawn plenty of ire. Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, took major issue with..." May 29

  • NBA owners to approve return-to-play plan on Thursday; 22 teams may be invited

    Yardbarker "On Friday afternoon, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the NBA was targeting July 31 as its return-to-play date amid the coronavirus pandemic, and also that it was unlikely all 30 teams would participate in the season's completion.  ESPN's Adrian..." May 29

  • Players Oppose Going Straight To Postseason When Play Resumes

    Hoops Rumors "Appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday (video link), Ramona Shelburne reported that NBA players she has spoken to are opposed to the idea of advancing directly to the postseason when the league resumes play. “The one thing that they really don’t want to do is go..." May 29

  • NBA Discussed 4 Restart Scenarios on Board of Governors Call

    Bleacher Report "The NBA Board of Governors reportedly discussed four return-to-play scenarios during a conference call Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported details. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also informed owners the league is targeting..." May 29

  • How NBA can play out season at Disney sports complex in Florida

    USA Today "It may be a small world after all for the NBA if it is going to resume play this summer. The league is finalizing plans to play out the 2019-20 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in late..." May 29

  • NBA targeting July 31 return

    The Score "In a conference call with the NBA's board of governors on Friday, commissioner Adam Silver informed teams that July 31 is a target date for a return to play, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. The NBA season has been on hiatus since March 11 due to the COVID-19..." May 29

  • Vast majority of NBA General managers want expanded playoff format

    Sportsnaut "The NBA Board of Governors is expected to meet at some point Friday. While a final determination on the resumption of the 2019-20 season is not expected until next week, this is a big first step. The season has been suspended since all the way back on March 11 after..." May 29

  • Coronavirus exposes NBA’s late-season tanking wasteland

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Knicks won one game – one game! – in all of March 2019. So, they certainly proved their losing bona fides entering an April Fool’s Day matchup with the Bulls. But Chicago had a perfect counter: A starting lineup of Walt Lemon, Wayne Selden, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot..." May 29

  • Could Carmelo Anthony be a candidate to return to the Knicks in free agency?

    Sportsnaut "Future Hall of Fame forward Carmelo Anthony was enjoying a career resurrection with the Portland Trail Blazers prior to the 2019-20 season being suspended back in March. It’s not yet known whether Anthony, 36, will play another game in a Blazers uniform after signing a..." May 29

  • 75% of NBA GMs Prefer Play-in Tournament over World Cup-Style Format

    Bleacher Report "The vast majority of NBA general managers reportedly favor a "playoffs-plus" format featuring a play-in tournament by teams near the bottom of the postseason picture instead of a World Cup-style group stage. According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer,..." May 29

  • Board of governors to propose moving free agency ahead of NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "As the NBA grapples with how best to resume the 2019-20 season, it is also concerned with how the coronavirus pandemic will impact next year. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the draft is expected to be held sometime in September. Pompey also..." May 28

  • Dan Orlovsky Got Bodybagged by Damian Lillard on Twitter Because He Decided to Weigh in on the NBA

    12 Up "Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard raised concerns about the NBA potentially either skipping right to the playoffs or changing the playoff format in their post-coronavirus restart. Lillard has mentioned that he might sit out if the NBA is considering going..." May 28

  • No perfect solution to structure potential NBA restart

    TSN "The NBA should have its hands full in the coming days. As the league progresses towards a plan to resume the 2019-20 season – likely at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, beginning late July or early August – they’ve got the unenviable task of trying to..." May 28

  • NBA owners won't vote on season return on Friday's league call

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has informed teams that there will not be a formal vote on any plan to resume the 2019-20 season during Friday's scheduled conference call with the league's board of governors, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. There appears to be..." May 28

  • Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry says NBA could decide on reopening by next week

    CNBC "The National Basketball Association could reach a decision about resuming its suspended season by next week, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry told CNBC on Thursday. The billionaire co-founder of Avenue Capital said on CNBC’s “Halftime” that NBA commissioner Adam..." May 28

  • Inside the excitement and uncertainty as NBA players return to facilities

    ESPN "DAMIAN LILLARD HAS never entered the Portland Trail Blazers' training center through the media entrance, but there's nothing natural about May 8, the first time he walks into the facility since the NBA shuttered it March 20 because of the coronavirus..." May 28

  • The NBA Should Return, But Should It Crown a Champion?

    SI "The NBA is coming back, with league and union officials in constant contact these days, furiously making plans to move ahead during the current pandemic. Union boss Michele Roberts has been briefing teams via conference call, per ESPN, as players decide what to fight for in this new..." May 28

  • How coronavirus could hurt influx of overseas talent in the NBA

    Hoops Hype "The NBA’s biggest priority at the moment is figuring out whether they can resume their season and crown a 2020 champion. However, the NBA’s shifting schedule has a wide-ranging impact that creates some unintended consequences.  For example, when the NBA schedule is..." May 28

  • The 10 Best NBA Seasons on Bargain-Bin Contracts of the Past 30 Years

    Bleacher Report "It takes a perfect blend of circumstances to score a bargain with an NBA superstar. Some players fly under the radar because of perceptions tied to size, injury history or draft status. Others sign deals that may appear lucrative only to dissolve as the years soldier..." May 28

  • NBA documentaries that should be made like ‘The Last Dance’

    Larry Brown Sports "Sports fans were able to satisfy their desperate hunger for competition while the NBA remains on hiatus by watching ESPN’s 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance.” Iconic NBA documentaries can function almost as a time machine, guiding the viewer through a notable part of the..." May 28

  • Disney World reopening will have 'no impact' on hosting NBA

    Yardbarker "Walt Disney World announced its plans to reopen in July with the resorts Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom set to open on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios opening on July 15. While some were concerned about how the NBA would be impacted by this news, Yahoo's Keith Smith..." May 28

  • 8 NBA stars who could be traded after the season

    MSN.com "The 2019-20 NBA season is likely going to resume at some point in July after it was suspended back on March 11 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the offseason likely won’t get going until some time in October with a targeted Christmas opening..." May 28

  • NBA group stage could include 24 teams

    Pro Basketball Talk "The initial report on the NBA resuming with a group stage presented a 20-team scenario. There’d be four groups with five teams each – one from each tier of the current standings: Tier 1: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers Tier 2: Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz,..." May 28

  • Meaningless NBA games would be a total disaster

    New York Post "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is in agony trying to figure out the season restart without a road map and without a way to satisfy everyone. All roads lead to Orlando, but Silver will have a conference call Thursday with GMs, then another one Friday with NBA owners, to possibly finalize..." May 28

  • Carmelo Anthony announces scholarships for 32 Jordan Brand Wings Scholars

    Clutch Points "Over the year, Portland Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony has become renowned for not only his prolific scoring ability, but for how much he has given back to the community. Even with the 2019-20 NBA campaign in limbo, Anthony is continuing to live up to that..." May 27

  • Damian Lillard clarifies comments about sitting out: Play-in 'would be perfect'

    The Score "Damian Lillard clarified Wednesday that he's not against playing non-playoff games once the NBA returns to action, so long as his Portland Trail Blazers can earn a shot at the postseason. "I mean, I felt like the way the story was written, it was taken out of..." May 27

  • Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony pushed to 2021

    ESPN "Count the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the latest institution to have its best-laid plans felled by the coronavirus. Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of the governors for the Hall, told ESPN on Wednesday that enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of 2020, one..." May 27

  • NBA sued for missing rent but business was closed

    Yahoo! Sports "Making rent during the COVID-19 is a real concern for people around the world. And the NBA, apparently. The owners of the New York City building that houses the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue filed a lawsuit against NBA Media Ventures on Wednesday seeking more than..." May 27

  • Damian Lillard: LeBron James Should Be 2019-20 NBA MVP

    Bleacher Report "It's unlikely LeBron James will add a fifth MVP to his mantle this season, with Giannis Antetokounmpo widely expected to take home his second straight award. If Damian Lillard had a vote, though, it would go to LeBron. "This season, I think..." May 27

  • The top forgotten players of the 1990s

    NBA.com "This week on NBA.com, we're taking a closer look at each decade in NBA history. Today's focus? The 1990s. While we will spend the day looking at the best players, teams and biggest storylines from the decade, we also wanted to shine a light on the players from the..." May 27

  • Clyde Drexler: 'Blasphemy at best' to dub Michael Jordan or LeBron James the GOAT

    The Score "Michael Jordan took a bit of a swipe at Clyde Drexler in "The Last Dance," saying that while Drexler was a threat to the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s, he "took offense" to being compared to him at the time. Almost three decades later, Drexler has his own..." May 27

  • What the new version of the NBA playoffs should look like

    ESPN "The NBA's cleanest method of resuming its season is to bring the 16 current playoff teams to its designated "campus," seed them as they are now -- eight East, eight West -- and play the NBA's normal postseason. Sticking to 16 limits the number of bodies, which cuts..." May 27

  • NBPA head losing optimism over NBA finishing its 2019-20 season?

    Yardbarker "For a piece that hit airwaves on Tuesday, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke about the..." May 27

  • NBA, NBPA discuss plan to allow for limited family members to join players

    ESPN "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are progressing on a plan that would allow for a limited number of family members to join the players for the season's resumption inside an Orlando bubble environment, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Conversations have centered..." May 27

  • NBA Hopes To Resume Season In July Or August

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s current projection has games resuming in late July or early August, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). The league is working on multi-phase protocols involving medical and safety concerns, Charania adds. Teams are expected to hold training..." May 27

  • 7 Trade Ideas to Get Stars New Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "The trade machine's presence has grown exponentially in the modern era of social media discourse, almost to a satirical degree. But with the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 salary cap amid the coronavirus pandemic, the trading block will be many teams' most valuable tool for..." May 27

  • 10 Blockbuster NBA Trades That We Want To See This Summer

    Fadeaway World "NBA trade rumors are still going strong even if the season is currently suspended. After all, teams are always on the lookout for improving their roster and eventually creating a championship team. Even top contenders for the NBA championship are looking for ways to improve their..." May 27

  • NBA not expected to finalize plan for resumption in Friday meeting

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA fans who are hoping for a plan to be finalized this week for the resumption of the 2019-20 season may wind up disappointed. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is scheduled to meet with the league’s Board of Governors on Friday, and there has been talk that the goal is to have a..." May 27

  • NBA referee Scott Foster worried about officiating in empty arena

    Bleacher Report "The NBA will surely play games without fans when and if it returns to finish the 2019-20 season following a hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and referee Scott Foster opened up about how "unique" officiating games in such a scenario will be for those in his..." May 27

  • NBA games could resume in August, not July

    Pro Basketball Talk "A week ago, the NBA was looking to resume games in July at Disney World. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: In fact, there’s a possibility the first games played in Orlando could be in August, not July, sources said. " May 26

  • New NHL Playoff Format Could Be Blueprint For NBA

    The Big Lead "Today, the NHL announced its plan to resume play should circumstances dictate it is safe to do so. The regular season is now over, and the league will launch right into a 24-team playoff from the get-go when it resumes play. Seeds five through 12 in each conference will play a..." May 26

  • NBA won't be able to please everyone as it faces tough decisions on resuming season

    USA Today "The words not only captured the brutal honesty from an NBA superstar. They also reflected what other players might feel about resuming the NBA season. “If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and..." May 26

  • Mark Cuban Shares Proposal For Return To Play

    Hoops Rumors "As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed earlier today, the format for the NBA’s potential return to play this summer is a topic of much debate within the league right now. Teams at the top of the standings will have different motivations than bottom-feeding clubs or those on..." May 26

  • NBA Considering 20-Team Group Stage To Resume Season Instead Of Traditional First Round

    The Ringer "Adam Silver isn’t shy about trying new things. Late Friday night, the league office sent a survey to all 30 general managers asking for their feedback on several different formats to restart the season. One proposal is to replace the first round of the playoffs with a “group..." May 26

  • NBA Group Stage Idea is Fun, But Has Flaws

    The Big Lead "The NBA is considering using a World Cup-style group stage in place of the traditional first round of the playoffs. That idea has some people very excited. While I have to admit the idea is fun, it also carries with it some serious flaws, including the erosion..." May 26

  • NBA Draft Could Move to Late September with Free Agency Opening Oct. 1

    Bleacher Report "As the NBA calendar remains in a state of flux because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 draft and free agency reportedly could be moved back. Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, some teams are expecting the draft will be held in September and free..." May 26