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NBA commissioner Adam Silver says restart plan is best option amid coronavirus spike

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says restart plan is best option amid coronavirus spike

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>With the ongoing pandemic set to be part of American life indefinitely, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league's plan to return to play next month in a closed campus environment in Florida was the best option available to the league."We know that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future," Silver said on a conference call Friday afternoon with several league officials. "And we are left with no choice but to learn to live with this virus."No options are risk-free right now."National Basketball Players Association executive...

June 26, 2020
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What we know and don't know about the NBA's return to play

What we know and don't know about the NBA's return to play

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The NBA has announced its return, 85 days after suspending the season because of the .On Thursday, the NBA's board of governors for 22 teams to return to play, starting July 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.As players rejoin their teams and prepare to trek to Florida, here is everything known about the plans, everything yet to be resolved and the challenges that must be sorted out.OK, the NBA has a return-to-play plan in place. What's next?Before the NBA can come back, teams must...

June 4, 2020
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Zion Williamson is ready to go, and that's good news for the NBA

Zion Williamson is ready to go, and that's good news for the NBA

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>While other NBA players started working out in their home markets this week to prepare for training camp, never left.The ' rookie phenom has been a regular at the team's facility throughout the hiatus, one of several players the league granted exceptions to allow them to rehab injuries under the supervision of team trainers to avoid any setbacks. All team facilities , nine days after because of the ongoing ."Zion has been diligent about taking care of himself," said David Griffin, the Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations....

June 24, 2020
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Majority of NBA GMs vote to restart season by going straight to playoffs

Majority of NBA GMs vote to restart season by going straight to playoffs

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>afternoon to assess options for how to restart the season, the league's general managers have expressed their preference to go straight to the playoffs.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.That was one of four potential return-to-play options presented, and it earned more votes than the other three options combined:• Resume the regular season...

May 29, 2020
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The upcoming negotiations for the 2020-21 NBA season will be tricky

The upcoming negotiations for the 2020-21 NBA season will be tricky

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>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 2020-21 season look like?Even as the NBA establishes its bubble in Orlando, Florida, several dates are rushing toward it. Owners have established Dec. 1 as the target to start next season's games.But the date of more immediate concern to teams is Oct. 18 -- the proposed start...

July 10, 2020
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The NBA in a bubble - The blueprint for how the league could finish the 2019-20 season

The NBA in a bubble - The blueprint for how the league could finish the 2019-20 season

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>Editor's note: This story originally published on May 1 and has been updated following the news of the NBA entering talks about resuming its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.After 10 weeks of suspension of the NBA season due to the , the idea of a bubble site where games could be played has taken the next step. with The Walt Disney Company about finishing the remainder of its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday."The NBA, in...

May 1, 2020
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Kenny Atkinson out in Brooklyn as Nets look to reach 'next level'

Kenny Atkinson out in Brooklyn as Nets look to reach 'next level'

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>general manager Sean Marks repeatedly said Saturday afternoon that the decision to part ways with coach Kenny Atkinson a few hours earlier had come after multiple conversations between the two of them over the direction of the team, and over Atkinson's ability to influence it."I would have loved Kenny to be here long term," Marks said during a news conference at the team's Brooklyn practice facility. "I think we all have ideas that this is going to last forever, and we'll keep building this together. We had a great run for four years. We enjoyed...

March 10, 2020
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NBA to test players and staff for coronavirus every other day before going to Orlando

NBA to test players and staff for coronavirus every other day before going to Orlando

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The NBA informed teams in a memo Saturday that coronavirus testing for players and staff taking part in the league's restart will begin June 23 and take place every other day.The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, says players and "essential team staff" -- any coaches, trainers or medical personnel who will be working with players directly, or will be part of the travel party to Orlando, Florida -- will be administered both a COVID-19 test and an antibody test on June 23.Each person will then be administered another COVID-19 test every other day,...

June 14, 2020
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Michael Jordan calls final season with Bulls 'a trying year'

Michael Jordan calls final season with Bulls 'a trying year'

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The world will get to see documentary series starting this weekend. But and the rest of the knew 1997-98 would be their last dance together from the beginning of that championship season.Speaking to "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts on Thursday, Jordan said his sixth and final championship season with the Bulls was a "trying year" and that the knowledge it would be the group's final season together loomed from the start."It was a trying year," Jordan said. "We all were trying to enjoy that year, knowing that it was coming to an end....

April 16, 2020
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Michael Jordan to present the late Kobe Bryant at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan to present the late Kobe Bryant at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Skip to main contentSkip to navigation<>The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the list of Hall of Famers scheduled to present the 2020 class of honorees -- led by Michael Jordan honoring Kobe Bryant.Jordan, who spoke at Bryant's memorial service in February 2020, will also introduce Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, making him the only Hall of Famer presenting multiple candidates during this year's induction ceremony.The connection between Jordan -- arguably the greatest player of all time -- and Bryant -- who did everything he could to emulate his idol -- was far...

April 15, 2021
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