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, according to his family. He was 74. The family said in a statement that Unseld had lengthy health issues, most recently with pneumonia. "He was the rock of our family -- an extremely devoted patriarch who reveled in being with his wife, children, friends and teammates," the family said. "He was our hero and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for so many years."

they fought to earn through 60-plus games in the regular season. No plan has been formally proposed, and one would be unlikely to pass because it would require a two-thirds board of governors vote in addition to an agreement from the players' union. Nevertheless, teams that would have traditionally had 十大玩彩信誉平台 court have tried to figure out incentives to reproduce the leg-up that hosting four games in a seven-game series would have offered, sources told ESPN.

, following the traditional jump ball to begin the game. The higher-seeded team being allowed to designate one player to be able to be whistled for seven fouls instead of six before fouling out. The higher-seeded team receiving an extra coach's challenge.

, sources told ESPN. Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to have a proposal to take to a vote of the NBA's Board of Governors on Thursday, sources said. The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.

. "I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support," Napear said in a statement Tuesday. "I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart."

"Yesterday, I made a sincere attempt to provide my perspective on a very difficult issue, one that has no easy answers," Dolan wrote in Tuesday's email, which was obtained by ESPN. "I know how important this topic is to so many, and I do not want there to be any confusion about where I as an individual, or we as a company stand. So let me be clear: we vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period."


the protests around the country over the weekend. Silver, in a memo obtained by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, said his league shares "the outrage" and offered "sincere condolences to families and friends" of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

"I am heartened by the many members of the NBA and WNBA family -- players, coaches, legends, team owners and executives at all levels -- speaking out to demand justice, urging peaceful protest and working for meaningful change," ."

, he will have plenty of time to construct a solid staff. But the former Knicks assistant may not need much time. Members of Thibodeau�s past staffs in Chicago and Minnesota are likely eager to join him in New York to revive the dead Knicks, according to sources.

, now a Suns assistant. Andy Greer and Thibodeau go back to their Knicks days. Greer, a Brockport State graduate, was a Knicks assistant from 2001-2003 and was by Thibs� side in Chicago and Minnesota as essentially a defensive coordinator.

That 22-team scenario would exclude the Nets from any type of play-in format to make the 16-team main event. They�d be solidified at No. 7 in the East � which they earned with a 30-34 clip. . The top two finishers would advance to the playoffs with the Nets awaiting.

. The Pelicans and Zion Williamson, the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony, Kings, Spurs, Suns and Wizards would all gain entry to Orlando. The 20-team format is less friendly to the Nets� chances of advancing.

� and that�s 13 months since his Achilles surgery.

NBA star ... and TMZ Sports has the video. You can see ... the 6'6", 225-pounder unleashed a barrage of violent kicks on the man -- landing several times in the head. When the guy finally stands up on his feet, Smith delivered a final punishing overhand right to the guy's dome.


Charlotte Hornets owner and Chicago Bulls legend . "I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said in a statement Sunday. "...I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all."

... and they're expected to fetch around $500,000!!! Remember, MJ broke his left foot during the 3rd game of the 1985-86 season for the Chicago Bulls ... an injury that sidelined him for 6 weeks and almost ended his career.

Boston Celtics guard . Brown, who streamed part of the march live via his Instagram account and also posted videos of speeches to his page, said during the livestream that he had driven 15 hours from Boston in order to protest in Atlanta, which is about a 20-minute drive southeast of his native Marietta, Georgia.

. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don't exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I'm a black man and I'm a member of this community. ... We're raising awareness for some of the injustices that we've been seeing. It's not OK. "As a young person, you've got to listen to our perspective. Our voices need to be heard. I'm 23 years old. I don't know all of the answers. But I feel how everybody else is feeling, for sure. No question."


As the NBA's board of governors met Friday afternoon to assess options for how to restart the season, . In a survey of all 30 general managers, which was viewed by ESPN, 16 said they would prefer the league come back with just the typical 16 playoff teams, with the teams and seedings based on the standings when the season was suspended March 12.

In addition to preferring a return with just playoff teams, . An option to reseed the 16 playoff teams regardless of conferences received 14 votes.

There were also several questions about what a potential "playoff-plus" model might look like, in terms of how many teams would be involved and how it would be formatted. . A play-in tournament for the eighth spot in each conference received nine votes, while a group-stage format got eight votes.

. In a world turned upside down by a global pandemic, it�s not the be-all-and-end-all for anyone, but it is a sign that our lives are at least beginning to get back to something resembling normalcy. Of course when the game does return and the ball goes up, it will still be different from how we last left it.

. They will do so without fans in the stands though the games will be available for viewing. As for those of us that make our livings reporting on all things NBA the opportunity to do that will almost certainly be curtailed.


, Florida, sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been examining several plans for a return to play, but numerous members of the board of governors tell ESPN that there's growing support for a plan to bring 22 teams to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in July.

, sources said. The NBA needs a three-fourths majority of owners to approve a return-to-play plan, and an overwhelming majority of owners expressed a desire to do precisely that on both a board of governors call on Friday and later in interviews with ESPN.

. The New York Daily News last week reported that the Brooklyn Nets have had "internal discussions" about pursuing the 26-year-old Wizards guard, who signed a two-year, $72 million extension in October.

"It's not the first time I've heard this kind of talk," , that I've been doing good things and guys want to play with me. "That's an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and KD [Kevin Durant] want you, s---, that's amazing. At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team."


Portland Trail Blazers star as the NBA considers options for how it could restart its season. The Blazers were 3� games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference when the NBA season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 11.

, sources told Wojnarowski. The plans revolve around a return to action in a possible bubble scenario at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Co.)

When asked what he would need to feel secure in a bubble environment, . "If they say we're gonna go do it, I'm prepared to go do it," Lillard said.

. Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of the governors for the Hall, told ESPN on Wednesday that enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of 购彩信誉平台, one of the most star-studded lineups ever that includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, will be moved to spring of 2021.

. The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York by a plaintiff identified as 535-545 Fee LLC, which has leased the retail space to NBA Media Ventures LLC for its NBA Store since November 2014.

, the suit says, and NBA Media Ventures did not pay rent for April and May, when the store was closed.


. Rose also confirmed Scott Perry signed an extension for next season to remain as GM. �We have assembled a diverse front office comprised of highly regarded and experienced basketball executives who have influenced some of the most successful players and organizations in the league,� Rose said in a statement. �These additions will complement the structure we already have in place and assist us in acquiring talent and developing strategies to build a team our fans can be proud of.�

Dallas Mavericks owner , he told ESPN on Tuesday. Cuban considers it a must for all 30 teams to participate in the resumption of the NBA season, tentatively planned to take place at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, because of the financial impact of fulfilling local television contracts.

. There would be two play-in matchups -- either single games or a best-of-three series -- pitting seeds 17 vs. 20 and 18 vs. 19. The winners would advance to play the 15th and 16th seeds for the final spots in the playoff bracket.

Trail Blazers star . "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," Lillard told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now."

, sources told ESPN. Detroit plans to begin contacting potential candidates to start an interview process this week, sources said.

Washington Wizards point guard . Speaking on a video call Tuesday to discuss his "202 Assist" program to help pay rent for people in the nation's capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Wall said he is "still taking my time at the rehab" and working to get himself "in the best shape possible."

He has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that season; while he was working his way back, he tore his left Achilles tendon and needed another operation in 2019.

, setting the stage for the New York Giants and Jets to host training camps at their facilities this summer. The New Jersey Devils, New York Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC also reside in the state. They can immediately begin training and even have games, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.


This summer, Silver might finally get his chance to see how this format works. On Monday, ESPN�s Brian Windhorst reported that and go that route,� Windhorst said on �Get Up.� �There's no excuse for traveling or anything like that. It would have to pass an owner vote. That means a bunch of Eastern Conference owners would have to agree with it. But if there�s way to make this interesting and spice this up and potentially test this theory, you�re never going to get a better opportunity.�

Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball coach , he told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. On Monday, Patrick Ewing Jr. tweeted that his father's coronavirus symptoms are being watched and that he is "now 十大玩彩信誉平台 and getting better." It was announced Friday that the elder Ewing had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.

on Monday. "Having explored every possible option, the Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the 2019-20 EuroLeague and EuroCup," the organising body said in a statement.

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Florida restaurant on Sunday. Kassandra Diaz, a server at Che Restaurant in Delray Beach, said she didn't know who the customer was until she saw that he had left a $1,000 tip on a $164 check.


. The Nets were the first team to take advantage, announcing they will open their practice facility in Brooklyn on Tuesday for voluntary workouts while adhering to the protocols listed by the NBA and working with local government officials and health authorities. Now it�s up to the others � and their respective leagues � to begin the road back to action from the coronavirus pandemic.

no coaches are allowed to participate. Scrimmages are also prohibited. Several Nets have remained in the area and will be available to participate in these workouts.

. As we previously reported, the 68-year-old former NBA All-Star is serving 6 years in prison for running a bogus charity scheme in which he stole around $1 MILLION that was supposed to help starving and HIV positive children in Africa.


On Saturday, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass officially confirmed what has been reported for weeks: . �The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney 购彩信誉平台 about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney�s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,� Bass said in a statement. �Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.� , a paltry sum for those who are getting a cut of six- and seven-figure deals. The legal drama between Zion Williamson and Gina Ford, a marketing representative for Prime Sports, has brought this law, which is called the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, into focus.

Ford was not registered as an agent in the state while she was in contact with Williamson�s camp. Court documents show Ford was texting with Williamson�s mother, Sharonda Sampson, as early as January 2019, while Williamson was involved in ACC play.


, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday. "The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney 购彩信誉平台 about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."

. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with its three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposures.

. Many in the NBA community took to social media to pay tribute to Sloan, who retired in 2011 as the longest-tenured head coach with one franchise in any major professional sport. "Jerry Sloan was among the NBA's most respected and admired legends," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement on Friday. "He was the first coach to win 1,000 games with the same organization, which came to embody the qualities that made Jerry a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer: persistence, discipline, drive and selflessness."

. "Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss," the team said in a statement. "We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise. "... Like [John] Stockton and [Karl] Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization. He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him."

Among marketplaces where governmental restrictions are keeping practice facilities shuttered, , sources told ESPN. Most teams in regions still adhering to stay-at-十大玩彩信誉平台 policies amid the coronavirus pandemic have an abundance of players who left their marketplace during the shutdown and would need to quarantine for an extended period -- perhaps as many as 14 days -- prior to joining workouts in team facilities. Teams want to avoid having to quarantine significant portions of their rosters twice --- once upon returning to more restrictive markets, and again, at the bubble site.

In anticipation of the league's expectation of restarting the season, , sources said. The NBA has a board of governors call set for next Friday, which is expected to provide additional details for teams on a timetable and plan to proceed with the season. Teams are expecting the league to instruct them to start recalling players to their team's markets around June 1, sources told ESPN.

, sources said. Twenty-one of the league's practice facilities are open for voluntary workouts but most players on the Knicks and Nets haven't returned to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, New York. In most instances, front-office executives said, they're unable to get players to return to their markets to start preparing for the season's resumption without the commissioner announcing that the season will be resumed.

, the school announced Friday. The Hall of Famer is under care and isolated at a local hospital. "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," Ewing said in a statement. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the health care workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine, and we will all get through this."


The Utah Jazz have issued the following statement and background information in response to the passing of NBA and Jazz legend Jerry Sloan earlier this morning due to complications from Parkinson�s disease and Lewy body dementia at the age of 78: From the Utah Jazz: �Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise. Inside Hoops

A 2009 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz (1988-2011), finishing his career with the third most wins in NBA history (1,221-803), sixth best winning percentage (.603) all-time (min. 500 wins), two NBA Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) and seven division titles. He also guided the Jazz to 16 consecutive winning seasons and thirteen 50-win seasons. Sloan�s teams made 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs (19 with Utah: 1989-2003, �07-10) and his 98 playoff wins are the sixth most in NBA history. Inside Hoops

According to people with knowledge of the NBA�s thinking, . The mechanics of that return � the when, the where and the how � are still fluid. One person with knowledge of the situation told The Times that a mid-July timetable for a return might be too early, though things could certainly change as new and better information about the pandemic becomes available. More concrete information is expected around June 1.

., using the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as a base for games with the resort�s hotels housing teams, league officials, broadcasters and media in a soft bubble � one where people would be strongly encouraged to remain on campus instead of being forced to quarantine.

A single location housing the NBA might be the preferred route for some, though there are other options under consideration. . Houston is also reportedly being considered as a hosting site.

. New executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas has been very aggressive in the revamping of the Bulls.


. "You will be allowed to leave," Dudley said Wednesday on a video conference call with reporters, citing conversations he has been privy to with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts. "Now just because you leave, if we're going to give you that leeway, if you come back with corona, you can't play."

With the league's hiatus in response to the coronavirus outbreak nearing the two-and-a-half-month mark, , sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Dudley said there will be rigorous testing inside the bubble, which Silver has likened to a "campus" environment with the primary places players will spend their time, including hotels, gymnasiums and dining areas, Wojnarowski reported.

toward a formal ramp-up for the season's resumption, sources told ESPN. Teams expect a similar timeline from the league on when they'll be allowed to expand individual workouts already underway with in-market players to include more team personnel, sources said.

Barring an unforeseen turn of events, -- with games expected to resume sometime before the end of July, sources said. The NBA is still considering a two-site format for the return of the season, including Orlando's Walt Disney World and Las Vegas, sources said.

New Orleans Pelicans rookie . In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williamson's attorneys restated their argument that the NBA star's marketing agreement wasn't valid because Ford wasn't a registered agent in North Carolina, and the contract didn't include a warning that was required by a state law designed to protect amateur athletes from unscrupulous agents.


documentary series on ESPN. In a radio interview with Kap and Co. on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday, Grant said it "is a downright, outright, completely lie" that he leaked much of the information in Sam Smith's famous "The Jordan Rules" book, as Jordan alleged during the documentary.

. Or we can settle it another way. But yet and still, he goes out and puts this lie out that I was the source behind [the book]. Sam and I have always been great friends. We're still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there. The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out?"

, the Utah Jazz announced. He is not expected to return should the 2019-20 season resume. The Utah Jazz forward had been playing through discomfort after rupturing the scapholunate ligament in his wrist early this season. Team doctors monitored the situation during the season, but Bogdanovic was still experiencing discomfort after NBA play was suspended in March. Through consultations with specialists, the decision for surgery was made.


, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Perrin is the latest hire to Knicks president Leon Rose's front office. Perrin currently serves as the vice president of player personnel for the Utah Jazz. Perrin, who has worked for the Jazz for the past 19 years, was one of the franchise's longest-tenured staff members. Perrin will work with Scott Perry, whom the Knicks retained as general manager for the 2019-20 season.

It�s going to be awhile before the owner of the New York Knicks and Rangers recovers from the coronavirus, according to a Wall Street report. , according to a Jefferies analyst report published Monday. The revenue drop will come as fan attendance falls in the first half of the 购彩信誉平台-21 season by 80 percent before rebounding somewhat to around 50 percent of its normal capacity in the second half, Jefferies said.

In what promises to be a difficult loss to a Western Conference playoff contender, , sources told ESPN. Bogdanovic will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist, sources said.

. David Griffin, the Pelicans� executive vice president of basketball operations, said seven players worked out. There were three players in the first group and four players in the second group. Both groups spent two hours in the building. The rules the NBA has put in place about reopening practice facilities are so restrictive, Griffin said he believes some of the players who are social distancing outside of the greater New Orleans area are better positioned to keep their skills sharp than the ones here.

7. 16. 27. 44. 52. Those are the numbers that . The former NBA superstar claims he hit all numbers (but missed on the Mega number) to cash in on the 2nd place prize on the May 12 Mega Millions draw.


. "If you asked all the guys who won in '98 ... 'We'll give you a one-year contract to try for a seventh,' you think they would've signed? Yes, they would've signed," Jordan said. "Would I have signed for one year? Yes, I would've signed for one year. I've been signing one-year contracts up to that."

. It was, therefore, dubbed "The Last Dance" by Jackson, and the team played the season under the belief that it would break up at the end. Jackson's fate was made public by Krause, Scottie Pippen missed the beginning of the season while rehabbing a late-summer surgery that was in part a protest of his contract, and rumors of another Jordan retirement hovered over every game.

. "Now, Pip, you would've had to do some convincing. But if Phil was going to be there, if Dennis was going to be there, if MJ was going to be there, to win our seventh? Pip is not going to miss out on that."


$24,632,600 goal � the rough value of 2625.8 bitcoin. If met, he will allow fans to choose where he signs his next contract. If he falls short of that goal, he'll donate the money to charity. "I�m simply creating this GoFundMe as my commitment to my previous tweets," he wrote. "As of now 2625.8 BTC is roughly equivalent to $24,632,630 USD. If we hit the target then I will allow the fan base to determine my next team decision and sign a one year contract at that destination. If we do not hit the target goal then I will be donating 100% of this campaign to charity. Fan engagement comes in all shapes and sizes, lets have fun folks!"


, league sources told Yahoo Sports. With the union in good hands, Roberts, who has two years remaining on her contract, will continue to lead the NBPA through the coronavirus crisis, which caused the NBA to suspend the season on March 11. Critical decisions and negotiations lie ahead that could drastically affect the players� earnings in the next CBA in the wake of the pandemic.

A week after NBA commissioner Adam Silver told players to prepare for what could be the "single greatest challenge of all of our lives," . The Oklahoma City Thunder guard, in an interview with Rachel Nichols that aired Friday on ESPN's The Jump, said the issues inherent are complex but worth navigating. "A lot of hard conversations that have to be made, a lot of hard decisions," Paul said. "But with the team around us, I think ultimately we'll get to where we want to. Obviously we want to play. Oh man, we want to play. We want to play bad. And I think that's a consensus for the guys around the league. We want it to be, obviously, as safe as possible. But the biggest thing is, we miss the game."

. Most teams are modeling ways to get fans into premium seating arrangements if social-distancing protocol limits -- or prohibits -- fans in arenas. And one team is already investing in research showing how requiring fans to wear masks and limiting attendance of those in vulnerable age groups and with preexisting conditions could lower game-night risks to something closer to the flu than COVID-19, sources said. That's a long way off right now, and there's no telling when and how fans could return. Silver sold that message to the players a week ago, and he'll be selling it again as negotiations with the union take shape.

As the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers center , he told reporters Friday. Rios, 31, died of an epileptic seizure on March 27 at her 十大玩彩信誉平台 in Calabasas, California. "I've had some things happen in my personal life that has been difficult to really handle," Howard said on a video conference call. "My son's mom, she had passed away a month and a half ago and it's extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son, who's 6 years old, just about the whole situation."


Coach Jim Boylen still seems to be calling the shots. He�s still keeping in contact with his players and the Bulls� new front office, and he�s still making decisions on the coaching staff. , but it was obvious weeks ago that Respert was looking for a new career path long before the season was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

, athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement Thursday. After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that all professional sports teams are welcome in the state for practicing and playing, Stricklin reached out to discuss the facilities in Gainesville, Florida.

. The lawyer for the co-parenting exes -- pit bull attorney Marty Singer -- fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Kimberly Alexander, saying ... "We demand that you immediately stop defaming them with malicious defamatory lies and specious fabrications" about the paternity of her child.


amid the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline was June 3, but Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement that it will be extended "with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind, along with their ability to make the most informed decisions during this uncertain time."

While the NBA is still holding out hope it can salvage some semblance of a conclusion to the 2019-20 campaign, a longstanding pro-am basketball league in L.A. was left with no choice but to cancel its season. because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

-- with handwashing, face coverings and social distancing a must -- will make for brighter days ahead. "The community is going to miss it," he said. "We've already been getting bombarded with calls from players, coaches, fans.


, sources told ESPN. Owners and executives on the call were encouraged about the league's progress toward minimizing health risk upon a return and the league office's positive conversations with the National Basketball Players Association about the players' desire to eventually restart the season, sources said.

As for the format in a return to play, there still is no decision on the form that would take with the 30 NBA teams, sources said. to give more teams a chance to make the 16-team playoff field, sources said.

Asked about the bubble-isolation plan on the call, Silver described it as a "campus environment," sources said. , sources said.

The Knicks could break their six-season playoff drought after all in a post-coronavirus restart scenario � but it would come with an asterisk. According to a source, . One instance is teams ranked nine through 12 in each conference staging a four-team single-elimination tournament. The winner of that event gets the right to play the current No. 8 seed to get the final spot inside the formal 16-team playoff.

. The yes-or-no text-message responses are being kept confidential by the union, according to ESPN, which reported the development Tuesday. It comes days after commissioner Adam Silver spoke with players and association brass during a conference call, in which he indicated a decision to restart the season might not come until June.

, that will kick in beginning with their May 15 paychecks. The funds will be held in escrow until the league determines how many games are ultimately lost.


, sources told ESPN. NBPA regional representatives -- including Tim McCormick and Frank Brickowski -- were among the union officials polling players with a "yes or no" question on their current desire to return to play this season amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.

, and that a one- or two-site setup for teams was among the likely of scenarios -- possibly in Orlando or Las Vegas, according to audio of the call reviewed by ESPN.

, sources told ESPN. For now, the extension staves off the NBA's ability to trigger the nuclear option to its economic crisis -- terminating the CBA under the force majeure event provision, which it could've done within two months of the March 11 shutdown of the league.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver described a stark financial landscape for the league during a Friday conference call with the NBPA membership, starting to lay out the league's gloomy financial forecast of owners and arena operators suffering losses from not only the NBA shutdown, but the loss of concerts and events in those empty buildings. ; when our revenue could be $10 billion or it could be $6 billion. Or less."

. This extension allows the league and union to continue trying to resume the 2019-20 season this summer, salvaging some regular-season games, carrying out the playoffs and recouping some lost revenue.


Michael Jordan's winning mentality and competitiveness are almost as legendary as the feats he accomplished on a basketball court while becoming a Hall of Fame player for the Chicago Bulls. Those exploits were well documented on Sunday night during Episodes 7 and 8 "The Last Dance" docuseries. . And if you don't get on the same level then it's going to be hell for you." Jordan's ability to push teammates to a higher level has been well-chronicled throughout his career. But the honesty that Jordan and many former teammates used to describe his tactics were one of the most interesting takeaways from the episodes.

mother and stepfather demanded and received gifts, money and other benefits from persons acting on behalf of Adidas and Nike and also from people associated with Duke to influence him to sign with the Blue Devils and to wear Nike or Adidas products. Williamson, who played one season at Duke before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, sued Gina Ford and Prime Sports in June in an attempt to terminate his marketing agreement with her company. Williamson's attorney's claimed the contract was in violation of North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act because Prime Sports is not certified by the NBA Players Association nor a registered athlete agent in North Carolina or Florida.

. Alex Antetokounmpo, who graduated from Dominican High School in Wisconsin, told EuroHoops.net of his plans Saturday. He had reportedly received offers to play at DePaul, Ohio and Green Bay.


. Silver said that 40% of the league's revenue comes from money built around game nights in arenas. "This could turn out to be the single greatest challenge of all our lives," Silver told the players.

. "There's no point in adding risk for flying all of you city to city if there's not going to be fans," Silver said. "We think it would be safer to be in a single location, or two locations, to start."

Silver expressed a desire that the NBA complete its season with a traditional playoff structure that includes seven-game series in each round of the playoffs, but he left open the possibility of play-in tournaments to accommodate more teams in resumption of a shortened season. or not.

, sources told ESPN. The Orlando Magic have been approved and plan to administer testing to players prior to a Tuesday reopening, and the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams expected to be allowed to conduct coronavirus tests of all players and staff members entering facilities for individual workouts -- regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms.

this preliminary phase of players returning to practice facilities. Essentially, the NBA will approve a written authorization from a local health authority that confirms a "robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers" in the team's community, sources said.

While admitting he has to �keep adapting as time goes on,� . In an appearance on ESPN this week, Thibodeau shot down critics of his taskmaster ways not being current enough. The Post reported Thibodeau will be sought by Leon Rose if the new Knicks team president doesn�t keep interim coach Mike Miller. Multiple insiders believe Thibodeau is the favorite. The Post also reported this week the Nets and Rockets should have strong interest in him.


NBA MVP , prompting an investigation by the Milwaukee Bucks. A series of expletive tweets were posted from Antetokounmpo's Twitter account; his agent, Alex Saratsis, told ESPN that Antetokounmpo was not responsible for them. The tweets have since been removed.

The Georgetown coach was not about to get into a spitting match with the outspoken Oakley, who signaled out Ewing�s reluctance to pass out of the double-team for their 1993 playoff heartbreaker in an interview with The Post.

�I have nothing to say about what Charles has to say,� Ewing said when asked about Oakley�s criticism on the Good Show Thursday. �He�s one of my best teammates. We went into a lot of wars and a lot of wars against the Bulls. So everyone is entitled to their own opinion.�

, despite his age increasing the risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus, sources told ESPN. D'Antoni, who turns 69 on Friday, is the league's second-oldest head coach behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, who is 71.

for players and staffers around the league -- especially those who already have a heightened concern about germs. Several general managers and athletic trainers pointed to a number of players -- though they say it's not a large percentage -- who they would describe as "germophobes." These team officials say there are several executives and other league staffers in the same position.

"I'm one of them," one veteran front-office executive for a team in postseason contention told ESPN. Several team officials said there are players and staffers on their respective teams who fit that "germophobe" description, though none felt comfortable sharing their identities -- and none faulted them for being extremely cautious on that front.


, Frank Vogel said, but L.A.'s head coach is just fine with that. "There's a competitive balance element to this that I personally am not really all that concerned about," Vogel said on a video conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "I think we're still a long way away from returning to play."

The Lakers were 49-14 when the league shut down, with 19 regular-season games remaining on the schedule. They clinched a playoff berth, setting up their first postseason appearance as a franchise since 2013. on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls on Sunday nights on ESPN, he has reviewed Lakers games from this season and has liked what he has seen.

, sources told ESPN. That's the same day the league has permitted teams to reopen practice facilities for voluntary, social-distanced workouts in areas where that has been permitted by local public health officials, in accordance with the detailed safety protocols that the NBA shared with teams from guidance from public health officials, the CDC and infectious disease specialists.

Three teams -- the Portland Trail , while several other teams said they hope to open next week.


in the wake of their rift following their positive tests for the coronavirus. Gobert and Mitchell did not speak to each other for a month after Gobert's positive test on March 11 triggered the suspension of the NBA season. Mitchell, who tested positive the next day, has acknowledged that he was upset with Gobert, who publicly apologized for careless behavior before he was aware that he was infected with the coronavirus.

"it took a while for me to cool off" during a March 16 appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Basketball Hall of Famer Barkley doesn't sound optimistic about a reconciliation. "The guy was like a brother to me for, shoot, 20-something years," Barkley said on Tuesday's Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "At least 20-something years. And I do, I feel sadness. But to me he's still the greatest basketball player ever. I wish him nothing but the best. But, there's nothing I can do about it, brother."

"The thing that bothered me the most about that whole thing, I don't think that I said anything that bad," , and his best friends, he's never going to be successful as a general manager.' And I remember pretty much verbatim I said that. And the thing that really pissed me off about it later is Phil Jackson said the exact same thing."

They don't make him practice. It's like, well, he's got bad legs. That's not how you get your legs better. You work out and get your legs better. Get him in the pool or something like that. But he's a great kid, but I'm like, 'Yo, man. You got to get in shape to play basketball.' So I'm going to do my job no matter what."

-- but he never talked the burglary ... until now!! �My house got broken into in New York at one point and they stole my medals," Ewing said Tuesday on "The Dan Patrick Show."

Metta World Peace is no more ... the former NBA superstar says . The ex-Lakers forward, formerly known as Ron Artest, revealed the latest moniker swap on "Inside the Green Room with Danny Green" this week ... saying the newest change was to honor his wife, Maya Sandiford.


. Ballmer's CAPSS LLC completed the cash purchase and a newlyormed Forum Entertainment LLC will continue to operate The Forum as a premier live music venue. This clears existing litigation that had been standing in the way of Ballmer building a new state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat 十大玩彩信誉平台 for his team. The resolution of outstanding litigation was a condition of the sale, league sources said.

News broke over the weekend suggesting that Kevin Durant might return to the Brooklyn Nets if the NBA is able to resume its season. The source was Nets GM Sean Marks, who spoke to Newshub in New Zealand and didn't totally rule out the idea. So while discussing his latest venture, a sports business newsletter for fans called TheBoardroom.tv. �I haven�t talked to Kevin in depth about anything like that because there remains so much uncertainty about the season in general,� Kleiman said.

. The ESPN Coronavirus Lockdown Fan Study surveyed 1,004 sports fans aged 18 or older, and 65% were in favor of sports returning even if fans can't be in the stands. That approval number grew to 76% when participants were asked if they support the return of sports without fans in the stands if players were kept in hotels and their contact with others was closely monitored.


, to the 1992 and 1993 Finals, to stories behind the Dream Team and Jordan's ascension into the most recognizable athlete in the world. Players across the league went to Twitter to show their love for Kobe, reminisce about Jordan's debut signature sneaker and look back at the time when everyone wanted to "Be Like Mike."

Michael Jordan's shrug has become one of the most iconic images in NBA history. It happened after hitting six first-half three-pointers in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against Clyde Drexler and the Western Conference Champion Portland Trail Blazers... . The greatest point guard in Lakers history, who was covering the games as a sideline reporter for NBC at the time of the 1992 Finals, revealed that he and Jordan had played cards at Jordan's house the night before Game 1.

. �That�s a $110 million question,� Marks told Newshub of his native New Zealand. �In all seriousness, we�ve tried not to talk about his timeline a lot.� The Nets have shed little light on Durant�s progress since the season was put on hold. Marks preached caution and not wanting to push a player to come back if he is not 100 percent ready. But the pandemic has given Durant nearly two additional months of recovery time from surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered during last June�s NBA Finals. Marks was already seeing improvement in his superstar in waiting.

The Suns (26-39) played their last game March 10, the day before league commissioner Adam Silver suspended the season after Utah Jazz all-star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. This will allow �safe and controlled environments for players to train in states that allow them to do so,� and �create a process for identifying safe training options for players located in other states.�


. Perhaps a key factor in such decisions, beyond titles or responsibilities, is the health and age of those staffers, NBA general managers told ESPN. One NBA general manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity, pointed to the age of the team's head coach and others on the staff and said he would feel uneasy about those coaches being present for games, given the factors that place some people at a higher risk for serious issues because of the virus.

"I don't want to put them in harm's way," the general manager said. . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that adults over 65 are at a higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.


, the league announced Friday. Both events had been set to take place in Chicago, with the lottery scheduled for May 19 and the combine May 21-24. Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the NBA held off on pushing back the June 25 draft during a board of governors conference call Friday, though the sources expect that will eventually happen.

: a bubble city of teams grinding out the playoffs within a quarantine of connected casino hotels and arenas. As time has passed, those talking with NBA commissioner Adam Silver find him still needing to be convinced Vegas is the best idea. For some of the league's most influential veteran star players, that's a reassuring notion because they're concerned about some younger teammates struggling with the patience required to properly fortify a bubble environment in Vegas.

. Still, the pathway remains cluttered. If Silver has learned anything about the coronavirus' impact on his league, it's how the pandemic is forcing leaders to probe contingencies on top of contingencies, rethinking everything and reevaluating it all again.

to host the league -- and perhaps the WNBA, too -- within three adjacent hotels, sources said. Some are proposing pod ideas spread across different regions. Team practice facilities have been discussed. The possibility of Disney World in Orlando, where there are basketball facilities and hotels, has gained momentum.

. They confirmed that Perry will remain with a statement from Rose, the new team president. �Scott is a well-respected basketball executive who I have known for more than 20 years, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we look to build a winning team in New York," Rose said. While the season remains in limbo right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Knicks needed to make a decision on Perry because of a mutual option set to trigger on May 1.

of heart failure. He was 60. McNamara had been dealing with heart issues and other health problems for several years.

LeBron James has news he can�t keep under his hat. So he revealed the title and logo of his new Space Jam take on his lid, as seen in a Twitter post. . Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green join James in the live action-animation hybrid, which has a July 16, 2021 tentative release date.


, league sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. "Scott is a well-respected basketball executive who I have known for more than 20 years," Knicks president Leon Rose said in a statement. "And I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we build a winning team in New York."

-- and they just social distanced in the back of his Maybach together for a quick road trip to Sedona! TMZ Sports has footage of the two during a quick bathroom break at a rest stop near the Arizona city ... and it's not like they were trying to keep a low profile.


, including 163 from colleges and other educational institutions and 42 international players. The deadline for underclassmen and international players to submit paperwork to the league office making themselves eligible for the draft was Sunday night.

, a sign that the uncertainty surrounding the pre-draft process caused by the coronavirus pandemic might have led players uncertain about their draft stock to err on the side of caution. NBA front offices have been preparing to make decisions about prospects without access to workouts, a scouting combine or pro days, due to the limitations likely to be in place because of the risks associated with COVID-19, particularly commercial travel.

The NBA draft is currently slated for June 25 but could be pushed back in the wake of the pandemic. ESPN reported earlier this month that . It is difficult to envision a scenario in which a draft occurs while the possibility of playing regular-season and playoff games is still in place.

As the NBA continues to try to find ways to salvage the end of its season as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, Kerr said during a video conference call in conjunction with the University of San Francisco on Tuesday. "And, in fact, we had a Zoom call, Bob Myers and I got on a Zoom with our players, our whole roster last week. And it was just a chance to check in, but it was also a chance for Bob to update the players on his contact with the league and the latest news, but it also kind of felt like our annual team exit meeting. Our coaching staff and I have been undergoing staff evaluations, offseason plans, so we are absolutely in offseason mode right now."

. Nix, a 6-foot-5 guard from Las Vegas Trinity Prep ranked No. 11 nationally by 247 Sports, will join Fresno�s Jalen Green and Virginia�s Isaiah Todd on the NBA G League�s select team.

, complete with access to facilities, coaches, trainers and player development experts. One of the sites being considered as 十大玩彩信誉平台 base for the select team is the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.

they will play a schedule of exhibitions, potentially including games against international teams.


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