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Sources -- NBA to approve plan for 22-team return with eight regular-season games

Sources -- NBA to approve plan for 22-team return with eight regular-season games

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The NBA's board of governors intends to approve a league proposal on a 22-team format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources told ESPN.The conference call and vote is set for 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday, sources said.Commissioner Adam Silver and the league's advisory/finance committee have shared the broad details of a plan with teams to play at the Walt Disney World Resort, sources said. The plan includes 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, eight regular-season games, a possible play-in tournament for the...

June 3, 2020
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New NBA coalition voicing concerns of players

New NBA coalition voicing concerns of players

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>As a growing faction of NBA players remains uncertain about committing to the league's plan for restarting the season in an Orlando bubble environment, a coalition of players including All-Star and the ' believes it has a responsibility to take on a leading role in exploring answers and solutions for fellow players the group believes to be justifiably reluctant to speak for themselves, sources told ESPN.The coalition of players pursuing a further examination of the NBA's plan to restart the season in Orlando delivered a statement to ESPN on...

June 15, 2020
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NBCA establishes committee on racial injustice and reform

NBCA establishes committee on racial injustice and reform

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>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 cities.Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, David Fizdale and Stan Van Gundy -- some of the profession's most thoughtful and consistent voices on social issues in the sport -- were among the coaches selected to a committee that helped craft a forcefully worded...

June 1, 2020
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NBA owners, execs hopeful for return after call with Adam Silver, sources say

NBA owners, execs hopeful for return after call with Adam Silver, sources say

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>Participants on a board of governors call Tuesday with NBA commissioner Adam Silver left the virtual meeting feeling increasingly positive about the league's momentum toward a resumption of play this season, 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.Discussions centered on health and...

May 13, 2020
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Sources -- NBA discusses delaying start of 2020-21 season until December

Sources -- NBA discusses delaying start of 2020-21 season until December

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>As ownership support grows for the idea, commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA board of governors continued discussions Friday about delaying the start of the 2020-21 season until December, sources told ESPN.Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA's thinking and planning has progressed on the idea independent of whether the 2019-20 season resumes and is completed, sources said.The NBA board of governors on Friday voted to postpone two May events set for Chicago -- the draft lottery and draft combine. The league hasn't yet voted to delay the NBA...

May 1, 2020
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Teams join to push NBA to move draft date back

Teams join to push NBA to move draft date back

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>As information gathering on draft-eligible prospects remains limited during the coronavirus pandemic, many NBA teams are united in hopes of encouraging the league office to push the date of the draft from June 25 to no sooner than Aug. 1, sources told ESPN.Multiple top team executives expressed to ESPN their belief that shifting the draft date would give organizations more time to salvage the essential elements of the pre-draft process, possibly allowing for in-person workouts, interviews and medical evaluations of prospects that current social...

April 10, 2020
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Memo -- NBA players must have 'long-standing relationship' for non-family members to enter bubble

Memo -- NBA players must have 'long-standing relationship' for non-family members to enter bubble

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As the NBA prepares for the arrival of team guests into the bubble for the start of the conference semifinals this month, the league and its players' association have agreed that non-family members must have "longstanding relationships" with those they're visiting, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.The NBA and National Basketball Players Association negotiated terms that preclude players from hosting guests who would be deemed as wholly casual in nature, including "known by the player only through social media or an...

August 12, 2020
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Knicks hire Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne to staff

Knicks hire Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne to staff

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The have hired associate head coach Kenny Payne as an assistant coach, the team announced.Payne, 53, is the first formal addition to new coach Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff with the Knicks."I'm thrilled that Kenny has joined my staff as an assistant coach. He has an outstanding ability to forge relationships with players and improve their skills," Thibodeau said in a statement. "He knows what it takes to win and has learned from one of the best coaches there is in John Calipari. Kenny will be a tremendous addition to our organization."Payne has...

August 11, 2020
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Sources -- NBA board of governors expected to approve Adam Silver's restart plan Thursday

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

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>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 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.This format likely would include regular-season and play-in games to compete for playoff berths in...

May 29, 2020
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Warriors reviewing Draymond Green's altercation with Jordan Poole

Warriors reviewing Draymond Green's altercation with Jordan Poole

Golden State Warriors' All-Star Draymond Green threw a punch at teammate Jordan Poole at practice on Wednesday, sources told ESPN. The two players had been verbally sparring prior to some pushing, which escalated when Green took a swing and made contact with Poole, sources said. Team officials are reviewing the episode. Poole wasn't hurt by the punch and completed his workout before leaving the practice floor on Wednesday, sources said. Green has a history of challenging teammates, past and present, in practice and game settings. It is possible there could be some punishment meted out to...

October 6, 2022
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