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  • 'Inside the NBA' to Return On Thursday Night

    The Big Lead "One of the many things the global pandemic has robbed us all of is the camaraderie and basketball discussion always on display when Inside the NBAis on TV. The cast will return this Thursday night for a discussion on the events in America over the last week and the newest..." June 03

  • New NBA championship odds released

    CBS Sports "The NBA is set to return after months of hibernation, and with that time off, you would be forgiven for losing track of who falls where in the league's hierarchy. Frankly, given the unprecedented nature of finishing an entire season in a single location, all of the previous rules..." June 03

  • Teams most likely to overreact to underachieving in a potentially unprecedented postseason

    NBA.com "While the NBA enters its third month of developing a plan for resuming the 2019-20 season, teams are left preparing for the playoffs and beyond. In every previous season in NBA history, teams have valued the information they get from the playoffs far more than what they got from the..." June 03

  • Promising Youngsters Who Could Be Traded for a Star

    Bleacher Report "Why would an NBA team trade a promising young star? A young, high-upside player on a cost-controlled rookie-scale contract is one of the league's most precious resources. But in a superstar-driven league, most NBA front offices can't afford to be..." June 03

  • NBA Draft Lottery, Combine reportedly set for August

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA is bringing 22 teams to the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex in Orlando to restart the season and head to the playoffs. That will start with eight regular-season games per team, potentially followed by a play-in between the eight and nine seeds (if the ninth-seeded team is..." June 03

  • There Isn't a Good Way to Recreate Homecourt Advantage For Top NBA Seeds

    The Big Lead "It's rightfully quite low on the NBA's list of priorities, but once the games get going again down in Orlando (in whatever format they cook up), it might become apparent that the lack of homecourt advantage will be a detriment to the top seeds. Not so much of a detriment that it will..." June 03

  • How NBA’s Summer Schedule May Work

    Hoops Rumors "With only 22 of 30 teams returning to action this summer and playing just eight games apiece, the NBA will have to revamp the remainder of its regular season schedule. According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link), the league’s plan is for teams to continue their previous..." June 03

  • Donovan Mitchell calls out police brutality documented on video

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was one of the latest NBA players reacting to videos of police brutality, happening right as the protests have engulfed the nation. The Jazz star retweeted a video in which two cops restrained a black man at a corner, only to..." June 03

  • New Details on NBA's Return

    Bleacher Report "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver meets with the Board of Governors on a call Thursday, he will reportedly lay out a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season.  Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the format is expected to include the 16 teams..." June 03

  • Top NBA teams angling for unique advantages in lieu of home court as part of return plan

    Clutch Points "With the NBA looking to resume the current season in a singular neutral venue the rest of the way, some teams have been looking into how this might work against them in terms of having the home-court advantage in the playoffs. Should the league’s bubble idea come into..." June 03

  • Five winners in NBA’s 22-team restart plan

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nothing is set until the owners vote on Thursday, but the NBA seems to have coalesced around this restart plan: Twenty-two teams come to Orlando in mid-July — 13 from the West, nine from the East, all teams within six games of the playoffs when the league hit..." June 03

  • Why the N.B.A. Is Planning on Going to Disney World

    New York Times "Singing pirates and spinning teacups. Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles. Impossibly chipper employees chirping, “Have a magical day.” Stroller gridlock. Pre-eminent sports venue? Walt Disney World is known for many things, but few people would immediately associate it..." June 03

  • Return-to-play discussions reach a moment of truth for the NBA and Adam Silver

    Washington Post "All eyes in the basketball world — from Michael Jordan to LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Doc Rivers — turned this weekend to the nationwide protests that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who has spent months plotting the..." June 03

  • 5 NBA Players Who Will Be Under The Most Pressure When The Season Resumes

    Sportsnaut "The NBA season is expected to resume on July 31 if both the Association and its players can agree on the parameters of continuing the campaign. It’s been a long time coming since the season was suspended back on March 11. It’s also going to set up a strange..." June 02

  • Proposed NBA Plan Would Complete Finals By Oct. 12

    Hoops Rumors "Last week, we heard that the NBA was tentatively circling July 31 on its calendar as a target date for the resumption of the 2019/20 season. Today, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provides another important detail on the NBA’s proposed timeline, tweeting that the..." June 02

  • The NBA should cancel the 2019-20 season or it will ruin 2020-21

    Clutch Points "Many of you are not going to like what I have to say: the NBA should cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. No shortened season. No ridiculous group stage playoff format. No bringing back 20-24 teams instead of all 30. Just eliminate the thing and put it out of its..." June 02

  • National Basketball Coaches Association establishes committee on racial injustice and reform

    ESPN "In describing recent events of "police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism" as "shameful, inhumane and intolerable," the National Basketball Coaches Association has established a committee on racial injustice and reform to pursue solutions within NBA..." June 02

  • How many teams will make 2020 NBA Playoffs?

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA could resume with 16, 20, 22 or 30 teams. The league is weighing playing more regular-season games, jumping straight to the playoffs, holding a play-in tournament and even drawing for a group stage. The most important thing is finding the proper format for..." June 02

  • Utah Jazz’s retired numbers

    Clutch Points "Nine numbers are off-limits if you play for the Utah Jazz. The franchise has retired nine jerseys to honor different people who have had an immense impact on the organization. There are also two separate banners hanging at Vivint Smart Home Arena, one that honors head coach..." June 01

  • Donovan Mitchell reacts to law enforcement killing David McAtee in Louisville

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell expressed outrage after reports that authorities shot and killed David McAtee during protests in Louisville early Monday morning. McAtee was a beloved community figure who operated YaYa’s BBQ right by..." June 01

  • NBA’s 22-team format expected to ‘overwhelmingly’ pass in Thursday meeting

    Hot New Hip Hop "Over the past few months, the NBA has been diligently working on plans for a return to the basketball court. The Coronavirus put the season on hold but with cases starting to go down significantly, the league feels as though they can get the rest of the season in through a bubble city..." June 01

  • 3 Ways How Pat Riley And Miami Heat Can Build The One Last Superteam

    Fadeaway World "It is safe to say that no one saw the Miami Heat being this good. After an offseason in which they acquired all-star Jimmy Butler, many looked at them as a team to barely make the playoffs. Now, the Heat currently sit as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 41-24 record. This..." June 01

  • Small-market teams want greater consideration for NBA's return

    ESPN "Near the end of the NBA's Board of Governors call on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett delivered an impassioned soliloquy on why the league and owners needed to consider the competitive and financial plights of smaller market teams that could be left out of the..." June 01

  • NBA coaches' association forms committee on racial injustice

    The Score "The National Basketball Coaches Association has established a committee on racial injustice and reform to pursue solutions within NBA cities, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, Golden State Warriors bench boss..." June 01

  • In internal memo, NBA's Adam Silver says racism, police brutality 'cannot be ignored'

    NBA.com "Dear Colleagues,  Like you, I spent the weekend watching the protests around the country over the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. As a league, we share the outrage and offer our sincere condolences to their families and friends. Just as we are fighting a..." June 01

  • How the trust between Adam Silver and Chris Paul will shape the NBA's restart

    ESPN "When speaking with players, coaches, executives, referees and even typically skeptical agents in recent weeks, their display of support for Adam Silver reveals a remarkable building of capital in his six years as NBA commissioner. Under his leadership, the league and its partners have..." June 01

  • The Best Point Guard Of Every NBA Decade

    Fadeaway World "You need an elite point guard on your team if you want to have a shot at contention. A guy that knows how to break down and pick apart defenses with his playmaking and that knows how to get everybody else involved. The league has seen some pretty talented playmakers since its dawn...." May 31

  • 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

  • Donovan Mitchell on Jayson Tatum's Possible Upcoming Contract Extension

    12 Up "Even before NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly set a target date of July 31for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, basketball news was still steadily trickling in. It was the Boston Celtics' turn to take the spotlight Saturday afternoon. ESPN's Brian Windhorst..." May 31

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2020/21 Salary Cap Preview: Utah Jazz

    Hoops Rumors "Hoops Rumors is looking ahead at the 2020/21 salary cap situations for all 30 NBA teams. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the NBA, it’s impossible to know yet where the cap for 2020/21 will land. Given the league’s lost revenue, we’re assuming for now that it..." 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