Heat's Jimmy Butler returns to South Florida as NBA awaits restart

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With an announcement expected Thursday on the NBA plan to resume the 2019-20 season, Miami Heat All-Star forward Jimmy Butler has returned to South Florida after spending most of the league's shutdown at his San Diego-area home.

Butler's return comes a week after Heat forward Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida from his home in the San ...Read more

Chicago Bulls won't be part of the NBA's reported 22-team plan for a restart — meaning their season likely is over

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls 2019-20 season appears to be officially coming to its end Thursday, when the NBA's board of governors are expected to approve a 22-team format to restart the season in Orlando in late July.

The plan includes the top 16 teams in the Eastern and Western Conference as well as teams currently within six games of the postseason ...Read more

NBA plans for a July 31 return, with 22 teams resuming season in Orlando

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The NBA is on track for a July 31 return, with 22 of its 30 teams headed to Orlando, Fla., for a resumption of their season that's been on hold since March 11 because of the coronavirus crisis.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will present his restart plan to the league's board of governors during a conference call Thursday morning, where the plan ...Read more

'I'm full-go now:' After sitting out last season with an injury, UConn alum Moriah Jefferson is eager to return to lead young Dallas Wings squad

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Moriah Jefferson was on the cusp of making her WNBA return when the season was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. But whenever play returns, she'll be ready.

Not just basketball-wise, but also in terms of her physical health. When Jefferson finally retakes the court, a moment she's been waiting for since a knee injury ...Read more

The Heat edge that will be neutralized. And NBA scout weighs in on Heat playoff scenarios.

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Before a worldwide pandemic brought sports to a halt, the Heat was positioned to achieve one of its preseason goals: homecourt advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

But with the NBA now poised to resume play at a neutral site (the Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando), the fact Miami stands fourth in the East -- two games ahead...Read more

'Dear white people, the problem is ours,' Mark Cuban says during George Floyd protests

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a message for whites.

"The problem is ours."

As racial unrest flared again at protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, Cuban took to social media Monday night to express his thoughts.

Cuban attached an open letter written by Emerson College president M. Lee Pelton, along with his own thoughts on ...Read more

Judge rules Zion Williamson must answer questions regarding eligibility at Duke

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A Miami judge ruled Tuesday morning that Zion Williamson must answer questions under oath regarding his eligibility to play basketball at Duke. The former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick's eligibility has been questioned by his former agent during a contract dispute.

During a motion hearing in Miami-Dade County Court, Florida circuit court judge ...Read more

Sixers' Tobias Harris calls for Montgomery County commissioner Joe Gale to resign over BLM comments; Ben Simmons calls President Trump 'cowardly'

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Tobias Harris publically called for the resignation of Montgomery County commissioner, Joe Gale, who referred to Black Lives Matter as a hate group in a press statement issued Monday.

The 76ers forward followed his tweets by signing a petition Tuesday, demanding Gale's resignation after this weekend's civil unrest in Philadelphia that followed ...Read more

No politics for Heat's Udonis Haslem, instead a heartfelt prayer

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He has stood shoulder to shoulder in recent weeks with community leaders, healthcare workers, law-enforcement officials, at times putting social distancing aside for greater good.

But Udonis Haslem also draws a line when it comes to the lengths of his civic commitment.

"Not if I got to be a politician," the Miami Heat captain said with a laugh...Read more

'It's really cutthroat:' In a year harder than most to make a WNBA roster, rookies contemplate next steps after being cut, deciding to sit out or making a team

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Even after getting drafted by the Chicago Sky in April, Kiah Gillespie was aware of how difficult it was going to be to make a WNBA roster. That's why when the opportunity arose for her to sit out the 2020 season and try for a spot on the Sky in 2021, she felt like that was her best move.

"There weren't that many options. It wasn't that hard of...Read more

NBA coaches intent on using 'power and platform to affect change'

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NBA coaches are taking a stand.

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce last week spoke out against racism and the case of George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer was recorded pressing his knee onto Floyd's neck as he lay on the ground in handcuffs for nearly nine minutes. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged.

When ...Read more

Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts

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The Warriors opened their San Francisco practice facility to players Monday for individual workouts, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group.

At least five players showed up to practice shooting, work in the weight room and undergo treatment while adhering to social-distance protocols at the facility for the first time in nearly three ...Read more

Timberwolves' Josh Okogie calls playing field for blacks 'unfair' after George Floyd's death

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Josh Okogie can't help but replay the situation in his mind and analyze all the ways in which George Floyd could still be alive.

The 21-year-old Timberwolves guard also can't shake the way police treated Floyd compared to the way police treated Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who was sentenced to death for murdering nine black people in a ...Read more

NC State, UNC, Duke coaches react to George Floyd's death and nationwide protests

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During a weekend of protests across North Carolina and the U.S., professional and collegiate coaches have been called on to use their platforms to speak out on the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25 when an officer put his knee on Floyd's neck, not allowing him to breathe. Protests ...Read more

'I am angry.' UCF basketball coach Johnny Dawkins speaks out on George Floyd's death.

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Protesting and riots across the country, fueled by George Floyd's death in Minnesota last week, have seen various sports figures speak publicly.

In college basketball, UCF men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins released a statement Monday on Twitter regarding that and two other incidents that saw African-Americans die recently.

"I am a black ...Read more

Brett Brown, 76ers assistants and NBCA members release statement on death of George Floyd

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The National Basketball Coaches Association denounced the death of George Floyd Monday and revealed plans to form a committee on racial injustice and reform.

Brett Brown, the 76ers head coach, is a member of the NBCA and joined other head coaches and assistants, including the Sixers' Joseph Blair, John Bryant, Jim O'Brien, Ime Udoka and Kevin ...Read more

Miami Heat statement: 'Our hearts are broken. But our resolve is not'

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The Miami Heat issued a statement Monday in the wake of the killing of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the ensuing unrest, including in South Florida.

"One of the characteristics that makes the city of Miami so unique is its immense cultural diversity. This diversity is a celebrated part of South Florida, both inside and out of ...Read more

Concern with an NBA resumption for Heat could be the young and old

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This, Udonis Haslem said, is a case where there are benefits of being stuck in the middle.

Not that he would know. Nor, for that matter, would the Miami Heat's youngest players.

With the NBA in the midst of what appears to be a four-month layoff, Haslem said he expects the most difficult adjustments to come for the league's oldest and youngest...Read more

Chicago Bulls tab Adam Amin to succeed Neil Funk on TV broadcasts

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls did not have to look far to find a replacement for the retiring Neil Funk. The team on Monday announced Adam Amin, an ESPN veteran who graduated from Addison Trail High School and lives in Chicago, will start in the 2020-21 season.

"Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan," team President Michael ...Read more

Cam Reddish wants to be known as 'one of the best two-way players' in the NBA

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Cam Reddish has had more than two and a half months to reflect on his rookie season, which the coronavirus pandemic cut short by 15 games when the NBA suspended play March 11.

Even with those remaining games outstanding, though, Reddish's first season as a professional felt like a long one, and managing the wear and tear that comes with it was ...Read more