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  • ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suspended for sending profane email to US senator Josh Hawley

    Mass Live "ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski was reportedly suspended for sending a profane email to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. The New York Post and Outkick reported Wojnarowski’s suspension. Hawley tweeted about an email he received from Wojnarowski on Friday,..." July 12

  • NBA Power Rankings: Lakers And Clippers Are Favorites, Rockets Can Surprise Everyone

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is back, and 22 teams will now be competing for spots in the NBA playoffs. While there are already foregone conclusions for the top-seeded teams, other teams will be fighting for chances to sneak into the playoffs. Since the season has been interrupted and players have had plenty of..." July 11

  • ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes to Sen. Josh Hawley for profane email response

    USA Today "The man behind "Woj bombs" instead dropped an "F-bomb" in response to an email from a United States senator's office. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., wrote a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver earlier Friday calling on the league to write messages..." July 10

  • Did The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat Live Up To Expectations?

    Clutch Points "“Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six..” It was exactly two, actually. Any self-respecting hoops fan would know precisely what these words are. The simple enumeration isn’t that of a child learning how to count, but instead straight from the mouth..." July 10

  • Players Against NBA Restart

    Sports Gossip "Players of the National Basketball Association are making plans to discuss how to stop plans of restarting the 2019-2020 NBA season which had started in Orlando. According to Howard Beck of the Bleachers Report, about two hundred NBA players are to be involved in the discussion on Friday The..." July 10

  • Financial, Logistical Uncertainty Looms Over 2020/21 NBA Season

    Hoops Rumors "Now that the NBA has finalized its plan for the summer restart and teams have reported to Orlando, we have a pretty clear idea of what the rest of the 2019/20 season will look like, assuming it can be completed. However, uncertainty looms over the ’20/21 campaign, which doesn’t yet..." July 10

  • Top 5 Best Destinations For Victor Oladipo

    Fadeaway World "Victor Oladipo has had some tough luck throughout his brief NBA career. He was supposed to be a superstar but struggled early on with the Orlando Magic, then finally took a step forward with the Oklahoma City Thunder, just to be traded again, this time to the Indiana Pacers. Oladipo..." July 10

  • What does the NBA do for next season?

    ESPN "Over the past three months, the NBA's league office has exhausted itself in stitching together a comprehensive plan to conclude the 2019-20 season. In the front offices of the league's 30 franchises, though, a more complicated problem has clouded the horizon: What will the..." July 10

  • NBA gets coronavirus test results quickly, unlike much of nation. Should they?

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s entire bubble restart plan is built on testing — upon arrival in Orlando, players are quarantined in their rooms until they pass two coronavirus tests 24 hours apart, then they will be tested daily. Commissioner Adam Silver was clear during the planning of the..." July 10

  • NBA players in Disney World will be able to experience perks

    USA Today "NBA players might not have access to Space Mountain or the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. But the NBA has made arrangements with Disney to provide access to attractions and experiences at the massive theme park, including after-hours access to Expedition Everest at..." July 09

  • How quickly can NBA players get into 'game shape'?

    ESPN "It was just over three weeks ago when Luka Doncic's trainer was misquoted when discussing the Dallas Mavericks star's physique. "Not in top shape yet" was the translation, missing a key qualifier. So when Doncic addressed reporters last week for the first time..." July 09

  • 5 NBA players who need to win the championship the most

    Larry Brown Sports "It almost feels like there’s even more at stake in this year’s NBA playoffs than usual. Due to the pause in NBA action, teams that will be involved in the playoffs have had extra time to think ahead and plan and consider the repercussions of what a bad playoff run could mean...." July 09

  • Raptors using Black Lives Matter buses at NBA restart

    Sportsnaut "We are now starting to see imagery that will represent the backdrop of the NBA season restarting at Walt Disney World in Orlando on July 30. The defending champs are making sure everyone knows where they stand. A simple message, one that speaks to the core issues of what we’re..." July 09

  • How Rajon Rondo’s brother helped pick the 6 barbers of the NBA restart bubble

    ESPN "BLADE IN HAND, Mohashie "Mo" Rodriguez carefully guided a straight-edge razor across a customer's cheek, completing his first pass. It was midday on July 2 at The Cut Stop Barbershop in Miami's Palmetto Bay neighborhood, and people had been pouring into Rodriguez's..." July 09

  • The most influential game changers in NBA history

    NBA.com "13h ago NBA The most influential game changers in NBA history The 10-year anniversary of 'The Decision' and the retirement of a YouTube pioneer makes for an opportune time to revisit the NBA's biggest game changers. LeBron James, Vince Carter, Stephen Curry..." July 08

  • 6 Teams That Most Benefited From the NBA Shutdown

    Complex "Imagine you’ve spent a long summer day working outside, daydreaming about the lemonade in your fridge. After hours of dripping sweat, toiling in the sun, you finally make it home and hurry to the kitchen. Exhausted, you fill a cup with ice and pour the beverage. The drink hits..." July 08

  • 'Equality' tops list of NBA players' most popular social justice jersey messages

    ESPN ""Equality" is the most popular social justice message players have chosen to display on the backs of their NBA jerseys for the league's upcoming restart, National Basketball Players' Association executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN's The Undefeated on..." July 08

  • As NBA teams arrive at Disney, glitches, including food issues, expected

    USA Hockey "As NBA teams arrived Tuesday at the campus-like complex near Orlando, Florida for the league’s restart, some less than appealing photos of food delivered to their rooms have appeared on social media. Nuggets guard Troy Daniels posted on Instagram a paltry tray of greens,..." July 08

  • The Perfect Team For The Los Angeles Lakers For $100 Million

    Fadeaway World "Only one can imagine what the NBA would be like without any sort of parity. Especially for a franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers, it seems like they have had all the best players throughout NBA history. Of course, that isn’t true but it would be interesting to see if the Lakers were not..." July 08

  • The NBA’s Pat Mahomes: Which young player deserves a 10-year deal?

    Clutch Points "Pat Mahomes became the richest athlete in American sports on Monday when the Kansas City Chiefs tendered a 10-year, $450 million offer to secure him as their quarterback well into the next decade. Yet one can’t help but wonder if there was an NBA player worthy of such a..." July 08

  • Key 2020 NBA Offseason Dates, Deadlines

    Hoops Rumors "In a typical year, the NBA’s annual draft would have already taken place and the majority of the summer’s top free agents would have come off the board. However, 2020 is about as far from a typical year as we can imagine, which means the league’s usual offseason calendar has..." July 08

  • Will the NBA Champion Require an Asterisk? Only If These Players Don't Play

    Bleacher Report "Outside of the obvious health concerns associated with the NBA's bubble plan, the "asterisk" question seems to be the most prevalent about the restart.  That's probably an easy "yes" on the board. This is uncharted territory—halting a season..." July 08

  • The Realistic And Unrealistic Trade Targets For The Dallas Mavericks This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "The Dallas Mavericks have put together one of the most impressive and promising young cores in the league. Led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they start competing for an NBA Championship. Nevertheless, they’re..." July 08

  • The Weirdest Contracts And Clauses Ever

    Fadeaway World "Sports agents get paid a lot of money for getting their players the best deal they can. More often than not, teams end up overpaying or agreeing to weird clauses to get the best players in the world to join their squads. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, some subpar..." July 08

  • Nick Nurse keeps open mind as Raptors head to unpredictable Orlando bubble

    Sportsnet "As his team heads to the great unknown to defend their NBA championship, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has given up trying to plot and plan and micromanage his way through a pandemic. Instead he’s keeping an open mind and planning to roll with punches no one..." July 08

  • Actually, The NBA Bubble Meals Look Fine

    The Big Lead "Denver Nuggets guard Troy Daniels posted a few Instagram stories showcasing his first dinner inside the NBA bubble. In related news, Troy Daniels is still in the league.  Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Choizza, who may get more playing time than usual because several of his teammates..." July 08

  • Rudy Gobert, CJ McCollum, Among NBA Stars Having Selected Social Justice Jersey Messages

    SI "A number of the NBA's biggest stars have already chosen a social justice-related message that will be displayed on the back of their jerseys at the start of the NBA's restart this July.  Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Tuesday evening a sample of some of the..." July 08

  • Paul Pierce On The Purple Raptors Jerseys: ‘Those Are The Worst Jerseys In NBA History’

    Fadeaway World "When it comes to jerseys, everybody loves the classics. From the old Vancouver Grizzlies jersey to the blue Minneapolis design for the Lakers, many fans are practically begging for teams to bring back some of their classic looks. For the Raptors, one of their signature style includes..." July 07

  • Adam Silver: Spike in cases within bubble would force NBA to shut down again

    The Score "In the event the coronavirus penetrates the NBA's bubble setup after all 22 teams arrive in Florida, commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged the league would be forced to halt play for a second time. "Certainly if we had any sort of significant spread within our campus, we..." July 07

  • NBA Reporter Says Kyle Lowry Is Better Than Russell Westbrook And Everyone Is Pissed Off

    Fadeaway World "Twitter was on fire in recent hours after somebody expressed their opinion regarding Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry, two of the best point guards in the NBA. Comparisons are hateful, yes, but that doesn’t mean they will stop happening. The NBA is a competition and it’s normal to..." July 07

  • NBA increasing mental health resources for players during season restart

    USA Today "Once the NBA resumes its season in a controlled environment, players will have more to worry about than winning. They will have varying concerns about how the resumed season could affect their mental health. Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will be away from his..." July 07

  • Top 10 Best Candidates For 2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player Award

    Fadeaway World "Some players peak early on their careers while others never actually develop their full potential. Others, just a few, are able to improve year after year, putting a lot of work on their strengths and flaws, and that’s what makes them stand out in the league. People often see..." July 07

  • How will NBA coaches handle season restart with no fans and practice limitations?

    USA Today "During pressure-packed games, NBA coaches often wrestle with how to ensure their ear drums do not burst from all the noise. When the league resumes its season behind closed doors at a quarantine site in Orlando, however, coaches will now wonder how they deal with the uncomfortable..." July 07

  • In a pre-COVID world, the Pistons have their new lottery pick. So who’s it going to be?

    NBA.com "In the pre-COVID world, the NBA draft was 11 days ago and the Pistons are now preparing for this week’s Summer League tipoff in Las Vegas with their new lottery pick. An important piece in the rebuilding has been added, slotting in next to Sekou Doumbouya, still nearly six..." July 07

  • Best player fits in NBA draft for the eight teams whose seasons are already over

    USA Today "The NBA will finally begin to conclude the 2019-20 season later this month in Orlando with 22 teams competing for the playoffs and an NBA championship. But the eight teams left at home will turn the page to the 2020-21 campaign, with October's NBA draft a central piece in improving..." July 07

  • Predicting How Many Future Hall of Famers Are on Every NBA Roster

    Bleacher Report "The Hall of Fame is the highest honor in any sport, with only 150 NBA players receiving the call since the inaugural class of 1959. With so much talent in the league today, we could see that number dramatically increase over the next 10-20..." July 06

  • The 25 best dunkers in NBA history

    NBA.com "Who are the best dunkers in NBA history? It's a simple question yet one fraught with complexity. Spend even five minutes racking your brain and suddenly you'll start to feel dizzy. Attempt to talk it through with someone else who likewise worked themselves into a tizzy and you..." July 06

  • Serge Ibaka on OG Anunoby Feud, Title Defense, and COVID-19 Numbers

    Complex "We all have that one friend—you know, the one who is a live human troll with no let-up. On social media, you can mute, block, unfollow, get around the issue in a variety of ways. But when that person is standing in front of you each and every single day, gnawing at every bit of your..." July 06

  • The NBA should heed MLS's warning signs and move its restart from Orlando to Canada

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA sure is lucky that Major League Soccer volunteered to be its guinea pig. For if MLS’s nightmare in getting its monthlong Orlando tournament off the ground is any indication, the NBA might want to follow the lead of another league and finish..." July 06

  • 3 Blockbuster ‘All-In’ Trades For Devin Booker

    Fadeaway World "NBA superstar players are now expected to be competing for NBA titles these days. The days of a superstar player basking in mediocrity is something of the past. Either team start offering trade packages for them, or the superstars themselves request trades to place them in better positions to..." July 06

  • The NBA turned Disney ballrooms into multiple practice courts

    SB Nation "The NBA’s temporary Disney World bubble home is complete, and the layout of the practice courts the league will use is kinda wild. There’s something special about seeing the logos and names of NBA teams in a venue that’s a converted ballroom, with a distinct rec..." July 06

  • How the New NBA Schedule Impacts the Raptors' Title Chances

    Complex "Toronto’s championship anniversary is over, and the Raptors finally know what’s in front of them as they get set to defend their title. The NBA has finally released the schedule for the eight seeding games to be played in Orlando, Florida before the playoffs, and the glass..." July 06

  • Why are NBA players, coaches and executives willing to resume the season?

    USA Today "The thoughtful NBA head coach became troubled by the rising infections related to the coronavirus. So how can Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers justify the league resuming its season in a state that is considered one of the COVID-19 hotspots? "It's just a..." July 05

  • NBA Teams Targeted for 'Second Bubble' Should Definitely All Not Do That

    12th Man Rising "Some eye-opening NBA news dropped this week when it was reported that the league is closing in on a second bubble that would allow the eight teams not invited to the Orlando restart to shake off the cobwebs and play games against each other. We understand that certain..." July 05

  • Ranking The Best NBA Teams In Orlando By Tiers

    Fadeaway World "What we’re about to witness in the Orlando bubble has no precedent in sports history. All players will be focused 110% on basketball, no distractions allowed, nothing else in sight that the Larry O’Brien trophy. Literally anything can happen. The league has been on hold..." July 05

  • NBA players who miss coronavirus test can't travel to Orlando with teams

    The Score "The NBA will forbid players from traveling to Orlando with their teams if they do not undergo a coronavirus test on one of the two days before the club's scheduled departure, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. Players who miss the required testing this coming..." July 05

  • Serge Ibaka speaks out on Raptors’ chances of repeating as champions

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors returned to practice on Saturday for the first time in months, and with that practice came a media availability in which the always-outspoken Serge Ibaka chimed in on a variety of subjects. One of those subjects was providing his opinion on the..." July 04

  • Serge Ibaka displays his Oura ring with creepy music

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka displayed the Oura ring NBA players have the option to wear during the “bubble” games down in Orlando. The NBA big man also played some creepy music in the background that gives you a spine-chilling..." July 04

  • NBA Releases List Of Approved Jersey Messages

    Fadeaway World "The NBA has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to social justice and racial equality. So, amid one of the largest social protests the world has ever seen, nobody was surprised to see the NBA take action. When the season restarts later this month, executives gave permission..." July 04

  • Top 5 Perfect Destinations Where Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Win The Most Championships

    Fadeaway World "Giannis Antetokounmpo is the reigning NBA MVP and his Milwaukee Bucks were on pace to earn the league’s best record for the second consecutive season before COVID-19 shut sports down. Just the 15th pick in the 2013 draft, Antetokounmpo has molded his body and his game to become one the..." July 04