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  • Damian Lillard ties Portland Trail Blazers’ franchise record for 3-pointers

    Oregonian "Damian Lillard’s dominant Thursday night performance against the Denver Nuggets wasn’t just his best in the NBA bubble — it was historic. The Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star point guard finished with 45 points and 12 assists and..." August 07

  • NBA players are using anonymous hotline to file complaints

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA players may be averse to being regarded as snitches, but that is not stopping them from using the anonymous tip hotline in the bubble, according to a report. Chris B. Haynes reported on TNT Thursday that multiple players have been using the hotline. " August 07

  • Jusuf Nurkic posterizes Bol Bol and social media goes nuts!

    NBC Sports Northwest "Jusuf Nurkic has said many times that playing against his former team the Denver Nuggets is just like any other game. Buttttt, this Nurkic throw down says otherwise… At the 3:02 mark of the second quarter Thursday night, the Bosnian Beast unleashed on former Oregon..." August 06

  • Charles Barkley hilariously still confused by how virtual fans work

    Clutch Points "Hall of Fame NBA forward and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley is having a hard time understanding the concept of virtual fans. Chuck had a hilarious back-and-forth with the other members of “Inside the NBA” as they chided him for failing to understand the functionality..." August 06

  • China gets the NBA to shut up and dribble

    Orlando Sentinel "When National Hockey League games used to turn into brawls, the joke was “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” Now you can tune into a social justice protest and a Chinese Basketball Association game might break out. It’s actually the National..." August 06

  • Inside the NBA bubble's unofficial wine club

    ESPN "IN THE DAYS leading up to the NBA's Florida reboot, New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick contemplated what provisions to bring for a stay in the Orlando bubble that would last at least five weeks. He initially focused only on the necessities and packed light. Then..." August 06

  • NBA owners pledge $300M to support economic empowerment in Black communities

    Fox Business "The NBA has pledged $300 million toward a new foundation that aims to support economic development and career opportunities within the Black community, the league announced Wednesday. The $300 million commitment stems from $30 million in contributions from the..." August 05

  • Donald Trump: 'Disgraceful' for NBA players to kneel during national anthem

    The Score "President Donald Trump took aim at NBA players who have regularly been kneeling during the national anthem. "I think it's disgraceful," Trump said during his appearance on Fox and Friends on Wednesday. "We worked with (the NBA), we worked with them very..." August 05

  • NBA extends streak of spotless COVID-19 testing in Orlando

    ESPN "The NBA said it has had no positive test results for coronavirus from any of its players in the Orlando bubble since July 29. It was the third straight time the NBA has said it has had no positive tests of the 343 players tested on its campus dating to when the league announced its..." August 05

  • The Race For the Western Conference Eighth Seed is Going to Come Down to the Wire

    The Big Lead "When the idea of an NBA bubble to host the playoffs was initially floated all those long months ago, some thought it might provide an opportunity for the league to try out some unconventional playoff formats and methods. No better time to experiment than in what will be the weirdest..." August 05

  • Will Carmelo Anthony end up in the Hall of Fame?

    ESPN "As the first question came his way, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic squirmed in his chair. "He's right there," he said with an uncomfortable smile. "I don't know if I can talk." Carmelo Anthony was standing by..." August 05

  • Should Trail Blazers’ Gary Trent Jr. start against small, but explosive Houston Rockets?

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers’ game Tuesday night against Houston could call for Gary Trent Jr. to start in place of Zach Collins. The return of Collins and Jusuf Nurkic has certainly paid off for Portland, but the smaller Rockets with their relentless..." August 04

  • Can We Get an NBA Fan Cam For Owners At Bubble Games?

    The Big Lead "The NBA broadcast experience has been solid so far. The pumped-in fan noise feels natural at times as the league and its broadcast partners managed to balance the audio out after some trial-and-error during the scrimmages. We still can't hear the players talk trash, but that was..." August 04

  • White NBA players discuss responsibility to Black teammates: ‘It’s a continuous fight’

    The Undefeated "While Alex Caruso takes pride in wearing the popular Los Angeles Lakers name across his chest, it’s the words on the back of his jersey that he wants to talk about. Caruso, who is white, has chosen to wear “Black Lives Matter” on his jersey in Orlando, Florida, to..." August 04

  • 3 Realistic And 3 Unrealistic Destinations For Bradley Beal This Summer

    Fadeaway World "Bradley Beal is having a sensational season this year, averaging 30.5 PPG and 6.1 APG for the Washington Wizards. He signed a two-year deal before the season started, committing himself to the Wizards at least temporarily. It is unclear whether the Wizards want to continue with the Wall and..." August 04

  • Bubble rumblings: Damian Lillard focused on long Disney stay

    Yahoo! Sports "After the first two games at the Disney restart, the Portland Trail Blazers are 1-1 and positioned ninth in the Western Conference standings, two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who currently occupy the final playoff spot. The Trail Blazers are fighting for their..." August 04

  • Top 5 Best Targets For The Rockets This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "The Rockets are title contenders, even without a prototypical center in the rotation. The Rockets went small by trading Clint Capela and will try to shoot their way to an NBA title. This may be a risky strategy since their defense and rebounding might take a hit in the..." August 04

  • Three Things to Know: Haven’t we learned by now not to bet against the Spurs?

    Pro Basketball Talk "1) As Pelicans and Trail Blazers stumble, shorthanded Spurs win again to become nine seed in West. You’d think we’d all have learned by now not to bet against the San Antonio Spurs? The Spurs have made the playoffs for 22 straight seasons, a legendary run that..." August 03

  • NBA makes crucial changes to COVID-19 testing protocols

    Clutch Points "The NBA is making crucial changes, adjusting its protocol for players who return inconclusive tests for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The new protocol will allow for a potentially quicker return to game action. After entering quarantine, if a..." August 03

  • Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic makes costly mistake in loss to Celtics

    Clutch Points "The Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers dueled back and forth in a thrilling matchup on Sunday afternoon, with Portland erasing a a 24-point deficit to tie the game down the stretch. Unfortunately, the game ended in rather anticlimactic..." August 02

  • NBA reminds teams of mask protocols, says suspensions possible

    The Score "The NBA notified teams in a memo Sunday to re-emphasize the use of masks and face coverings by everyone inside the league's Florida bubble, sources told The New York Times' Marc Stein. Clubs were also told to utilize a portion of their next team meeting to reiterate the importance..." August 02

  • Predicting NBA's Most Active Teams on the Trade Market This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Nobody knows what the 2020 NBA offseason will look like, but it's bound to be an even less eventful free-agency period than anticipated.  The coronavirus pandemic has already caused massive financial losses throughout the league, and the 2020-21 season doesn't..." August 02

  • J. Cole Seriously Training for NBA Career, Says Master P

    TMZ "J. Cole is currently training his ass off in hopes of getting a shot to make an NBA roster ... so says Master P, who offered the rap star some pretty sound advice. First, let's talk J. Cole -- the "No Role Models" rapper was a solid hooper back in high..." August 01

  • Aussie Rules Star Nic Naitanui Warns NBA, Bubble Life Takes Mental Health Toll

    TMZ "Nic Naitanui -- Aussie Rules football's biggest star -- successfully completed 5 weeks in a bubble environment Down Under ... but cautions the mental health side of things is a real concern for athletes. FYI, the Australian Football League (AFL) is currently running a hub..." August 01

  • Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic claims he has watched video of his gruesome injury ‘a thousand times’

    Clutch Points "During an interview with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic admitted something shocking about the gruesome leg injury he suffered during the 2018-19 season. Nurkic, who has recovered from the devastating injury and is playing for the..." July 31

  • ‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

    New York Times "Amid all the uncertainties saddling the resumption of sports in the shadow of the coronavirus, this much seems clear: Bubbles work. How long they will remain in use is another question. While a spreading coronavirus outbreak has threatened to derail the abbreviated season in..." July 31

  • LeBron: 'Pretty cool' to have Melo, CP3 in stands for Lakers-Clippers

    The Score "The NBA rediscovered a bit of normalcy Thursday night at its Walt Disney World campus. First, the Utah Jazz eked out a win over the upstart New Orleans Pelicans in the restart opener, followed by the main event - the final regular-season matchup between the Los Angeles..." July 31

  • Top 10 Most Likable Players In The NBA Right Now

    Fadeaway World "NBA players often divide fans to a wide extent. Either fans hate them or they love them, and this is what adds to the excitement of the best league in the world. Especially for the NBAs superstars, they seem to polarize fans at a very high level. But there are also players that..." July 31

  • The Perfect Blockbuster: Damian Lillard And CJ McCollum For Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown And Three Future Picks

    Fadeaway World "The Boston Celtics are primed for a deep playoff run this year. With a deep squad including the likes of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker, the team is stacked with top tier talent and excellent coaching. The Celtics should feel confident that they can reach the Eastern..." July 30

  • NBA Players Found Workaround Disney Bubble Rules By Hiring Hot Massage Therapists

    Total Pro Sports "Bubble or not bubble, NBA athletes are determined to hot a hot woman around them at some point. Players aren’t allowed to have their wives and girlfriends visit the NBA bubble in Orlando, but they are allowed to have trainers and massage therapists. The..." July 30

  • NBA, NBPA Reach Agreements On Disability Insurance, Salary Withholding

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and NBPA have reached an agreement on a revamped insurance benefit for players who suffer career-ending injuries, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. According to Wojnarowski, the new disability policy will pay players $2.5MM in the event of a career-ending injury sustained on..." July 30

  • NBA announces changes to sideline border, team benches ahead of restart

    Sportsnet "Ahead of Thursday night’s tip-off of the NBA’s restart to the 2019-20 season, the league has announced a series of “new elements and enhancements to existing policies and procedures in Basketball Operations, Referee Operations and other areas” to help adapt to an..." July 30

  • As the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, more than $1 billion is at stake

    Sportsnaut "The 2019-20 NBA season will resume at Walt Disney World in Orlando Thursday. It will consist of two games with the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Utah Jazz in the opening half of a doubleheader and the Lakers going up against the Clippers to close things out. It’s been more..." July 30

  • Trouble in NBA China: Witnesses saw repeated player abuse

    Yahoo! Sports "A fateful tweet about a free Hong Kong reportedly wasn’t the beginning of the NBA’s trouble with China in recent years. Before Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sparked a firestorm in the NBA’s most lucrative international market, the league had..." July 29

  • NBA extends community testing program as part of 2019-20 season restart "NEW YORK, July 29, 2020 - The NBA announced today a new community testing program providing thousands of no-cost COVID-19 PCR tests in Orlando, Fla. and team markets nationwide. The program, which is a part of NBA Together, the league's global community and social engagement campaign that..." July 29

  • Zach Lowe Places Damian Lillard on All-NBA Second Team

    Blazer's Edge "Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is due to receive some recognition on the NBA awards ballot for his career year during the 2019-20 season. After voting Lillard fourth in the MVP race, ESPN’s Zach Lowe explained why he has Lillard on the..." July 29

  • Latest NBA COVID-19 test results return zero positive tests "Of the 344 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 20, zero have returned confirmed positive tests.   " July 29

  • The Best Destinations For Michael Jordan If He Wants To Return Right Now

    Fadeaway World "There’s a wide consensus that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Naturally, there are always rumors and hope that we will be blessed with his presence on the court again. Although unlikely, MJ is a player that could possibly get it done. A recent video..." July 29

  • No wall for these five NBA rookies as league restart tips-off

    Pro Basketball Talk "Forget hitting a rookie wall or stumbling into the playoffs exhausted and banged-up. The NBA’s break because of the coronavirus pandemic gave rookies an offseason within a season. They’ve had the chance to heal up, study film and gain some much-needed pounds to better..." July 29

  • Adam Silver respects peaceful protest, but won't say what NBA will do if players kneel for anthem

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA is finally returning on Thursday, and while that’s a welcome relief for many sports fans, there’s uncertainty about what players will do during the national anthem — and how the NBA will react to that. Commissioner Adam Silver spoke to Robin Roberts..." July 29

  • Why Lakers vs. Trail Blazers would make for a surprisingly intriguing playoff series

    Larry Brown Sports "This season the Los Angeles Lakers hold a 17-2 record against the six teams competing in Orlando for the right to inevitably lose to them in the first round of the playoffs. It remains no secret that the basketball world yearns to see LeBron James and Zion Williamson square off in a ceremonious..." July 29

  • Players debuting in bubble eligible for 2021 Rookie of the Year

    ESPN "The NBA has decided that players who make their NBA debut in the bubble -- a group most notably led by Denver Nuggets forward Bol Bol -- will remain eligible for the Rookie of the Year award for the 2020-21 season, league sources told ESPN. Bol, a 7-foot-2 forward..." July 29

  • Inside the NBA bubble: Announcers preparing for game broadcasts unlike any seen before

    USA Today "Thank goodness that play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan has become the lead voice for the NBA2K video game series. If not, he would have less to draw from as he prepares for his next assignment.  The NBA will restart its season Thursday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports..." July 29

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts says league might need bubble for 2020-21

    ESPN "As the NBA prepares to officially restart its season in its bubble inside Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday -- and other sports, most notably Major League Baseball, struggle to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele..." July 28

  • NBA teams 'very much expect' to start next year without fans in arenas

    Yardbarker "The NBA's bubble appears to be a massive success so far, with virtually no new coronavirus cases as they head into the resumption of the season. But as the league looks forward to next season, it will need to figure out if it will be a repeat of the bubble or if it will try to have a season..." July 28

  • NBA players plan to kneel during national anthem when season restarts

    Clutch Points "The 2019-20 NBA campaign is set to restart on Thursday, and ahead of the resumption of the season, many people have been wondering just how players will handle the national anthem. Well, now we know what will probably occur. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, there..." July 28

  • Ranking the Best Trade Assets of the 2020 NBA Offseason

    Bleacher Report "There could be many NBA offseason trades in 2020. With free agency looking fairly weak—due to limited cap space and a shortage of difference-makers—and the draft class underwhelming, the trade market might be the one place to land a transformational..." July 28

  • For the N.B.A., a Long, Strange Road Trip to the Finals

    New York Times "LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has likened his new surroundings to a youth basketball tournament for grown men who happen to be some of the most recognizable sports stars on the planet. C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers combats the pangs he feels for his..." July 28

  • How MLB outbreak reinforces confidence in NBA setup and uncertainty ahead

    USA Today "The news reached the NBA campus as quickly as a fastball over the plate. Major League Baseball postponed two games on Monday after 14 Miami Marlins players tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Should that leave the NBA worried it could also strike out on trying to..." July 28

  • Speculation first-round draft picks could be for sale this year

    Pro Basketball Talk "First-round draft picks are generally considered too valuable to surrender in today’s NBA. Smart teams are slow to put them in trades, teams try to stockpiles them, and nobody sells them off. Well, not nobody, the Pistons sold the No. 30 pick (Kevin Porter Jr.). last year to the..." July 28