How coronavirus changed Hawks' draft preparation, offseason schedule

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ATLANTA -- Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years.

Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won't get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart ...Read more

NBA and players agree to 'Black Lives Matter' and other messages to wear on jerseys

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LOS ANGELES -- With the NBA another day closer to its July 30 reopening, a piece of its plan to battle racial injustice fell into place.

The NBA and the players union agreed Friday on messages players can wear instead of their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first four days of the league's reboot.

Among the approved messages, ...Read more

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed 'high risk,' won't travel to Orlando

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins was "deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions" and will not join the rest of the staff in Orlando, Fla., for the restart of the NBA season, a team official said Friday.

The official, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said ...Read more

Second Heat player tests positive for COVID-19, team facility shut down

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A second Miami Heat player has tested positive for coronavirus, leading the team to cease workouts at its practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

The Heat will continue to test players on an every-other-day basis at the arena prior to their July 8 departure for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World, ...Read more

Rivals old and new: Mike Anderson has St. John's stabilized and ready to wage Garden battles with UConn men

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- St. John's promising season ended in disappointment in 2019 and the school painfully parted ways with one of its legends, coach Chris Mullin. The search for his replacement ran into dead ends until a prominent booster, Mike Repole, went on WFAN-AM to call it a "national embarrassment."

The men's basketball program had New ...Read more

Clippers close training facility for a day after positive COVID test

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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers closed their Playa Vista practice facility Thursday as a precaution after someone who is expected to travel with the team to the NBA season restart near Orlando, Fla., tested positive for the coronavirus, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The Clippers are considering re-opening the facility for ...Read more

'Relief and gratitude': Maya Moore describes Jonathan Irons' freedom

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Anyone who watched the video could see the emotion. A day later Maya Moore -- relieved, exhausted, exhilarated -- remembers racing to the prison where Jonathan Irons was about to emerge, watching him walk through the doors that had kept him, being overcome.

"Well, apparently, I couldn't keep standing," Moore joked Thursday in a national video ...Read more

Chicago might host 2nd NBA bubble for the 8 non-contending teams, report says

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CHICAGO -- Chicago reportedly might get to play host to the eight NBA teams not invited to compete this month within the league's so-called bubble in Orlando, Fla., largely sealed off from the public in a bid to limit risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The Chicago bubble would allow the Bulls and seven other also-runs to stage mini training camps and ...Read more

Kobe Bryant will be featured on the cover of 'NBA 2K21 Mamba Edition'

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LOS ANGELES -- The popular video game series "NBA 2K" has announced a "Mamba Forever Edition" for its latest installment.

One guess as to who appears on the cover.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. the Black Mamba, was revealed Thursday as the third and final athlete to be featured on the cover of the upcoming "NBA2K21" release.

Bryant, his ...Read more

Anthony Davis confident Lakers can pick up where they left off

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LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis is just as curious as everyone else about what the NBA's campus in Florida will be like.

He knows it will be strange. Maybe a little boring at times. He also feels confident in the Lakers' ability to pick up right where they left off.

"If anything, our chances are higher," Davis said during a video call with ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons: 'I'm feeling better than I was when I started this season'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons' declaration has to be pleasing to the 76ers.

"I'm feeling better than I was when I started this season," Simmons said during Thursday's Zoom call with the media.

Simmons missed the final game before the NBA shutdown with a lower-back pinched nerve and began his rehabilitation a few days after suffering the injury ...Read more

Lakers, Clippers hope old NBA habits translate into wins when season resumes

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LOS ANGELES -- Luke Walton sat behind a podium with a familiar sponsors' backdrop behind him and a microphone in front of him. But before the Sacramento Kings head coach could talk, he had to take off the surgical mask covering his mouth and nose.

The cameras on Doc Rivers made the veteran coach look like he had just been slimed before the ...Read more

Nine more NBA players test positive for the coronavirus

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Nine more NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 between June 24 and 29, the NBA and NBPA, the union that represents the league's players, announced on Thursday.

The league has tested 351 players, with 25 testing positive -- more than 7% of the league. Team staff members have been far more effective at avoiding the virus, with just 10 of the ...Read more

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins sues 40 companies over copyright violations

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ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins has filed a lawsuit against a slew of online shops, saying they violated copyright law by using his name and likeness for their products.

The 14-page complaint filed Monday said the 40 companies illegally used the former Atlanta Hawks superstar and NBA Hall of Famer's name on their merchandise and sold it in online ...Read more

A shortened college basketball season? SEC discussing it, Pitino recommends it.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Going strictly by the calendar, there would be no 2020-21 college basketball season. Instead, there would be a 2021 college basketball season.

Former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino put that idea into the bulging suggestion box for the resumption of sports. He proposed via Twitter on Wednesday that the next college basketball ...Read more

Heat's Goran Dragic on NBA's COVID testing: 'It's not a pleasant thing to do'

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There is nothing unusual for Goran Dragic about taking a physical before resuming play. That has been a rite of September for years.

But this, the Miami Heat guard said Wednesday, is different, the constant COVID-19 testing with the NBA's attempt to resume play later this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's different, it's definitely ...Read more

Sparks launch 'Change Has No Offseason' campaign to combat systemic racism and sexism

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LOS ANGELES -- A month ago, when Candace Parker was driving through Beverly Hills and protesters were marching through the streets, the Sparks star turned to her 11-year-old daughter and attempted to explain the situation.

"People are protesting because we are upset about the continued violence/racism against African Americans in this country,"...Read more

Sixers' Brett Brown opens up about Black Lives Matter, social injustice: 'This thing … is real'

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PHILADELPHIA -- George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks have been eye-opening for 76ers coach Brett Brown.

"So this thing that we're talking about ... for me, as a 59-year-old white man is just jaw-dropping in relation to being educated," Brown said Wednesday during a Zoom call with the media.

The coach ...Read more

Sixers investigating allegations of racism and bullying after former employees reveal mistreatment on Instagram

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PHILADELPHIA -- Do the 76ers need to work on their culture?

The team said in a statement it plans to launch an investigation after Tuesday's Instagram posts about former team dancer Yahne' Coleman and Anthony Ngo, the team's former director of facilities management.

Coleman, who is Black, wrote about being bullied, racially targeted and ...Read more

Lou Williams is expected to play when NBA restarts, Clippers coach Doc Rivers says

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LOS ANGELES -- Unsure during recent weeks whether he would participate in the NBA's season restart, Clippers guard Lou Williams is expected to play, coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday, when teams were required to turn in the names of their 35-person travel party to the NBA.

"All indications is that yes, he is," Rivers said during a video call with...Read more