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Did Kings' Jabari Parker just break NBA protocol after testing positive for COVID-19?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings are looking into reports that forward Jabari Parker was caught on camera playing tennis in a Chicago-area park Saturday, just three days after revealing he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

TMZ reported Parker was seen playing tennis without a mask at Longfellow Park in Oak Park, Ill., adding he...Read more

Northwestern adds 4-star wing Casey Simmons to a 2021 basketball recruiting class that's currently ranked 3rd in the country

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With only eight returning scholarship players this fall plus two incoming freshmen, Northwestern basketball has high expectations for its 2021 recruiting class, and so far coach Chris Collins appears to be delivering.

The Wildcats got a commitment Saturday night from four-star prospect Casey Simmons, a 6-foot-5 wing from Milton Academy in ...Read more

Are the health risks worth it? And what should we expect from a quality standpoint? 5 questions about the NBA restart in Orlando

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The NBA scored points with the public when it suspended the 2019-20 season at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, setting an early tone March 11 and charting a path for other sports leagues to follow.

The NBA planned to be pragmatic. Commissioner Adam Silver pledged to listen to research and data before picking a return date and location.

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Sparks sign former Liberty forward Reshanda Gray to help fill in for Chiney Ogwumike

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LOS ANGELES -- One day after forward Chiney Ogwumike opted out of the 2020 WNBA season, the Los Angeles Sparks signed former New York Liberty forward Reshanda Gray.

The Sparks announced the signing Saturday after Ogwumike cited medical precautions related to previous injuries for her reason to sit out the coronavirus-shortened season, which is ...Read more

NBA to allow players to replace names on jerseys with statements promoting social justice

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LOS ANGELES--In an attempt to continue to keep focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against social injustice and racial inequality, the NBA will allow players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with statements promoting those causes.

People with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times that the ...Read more

NBA says 16 players have tested positive for coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus, news that came on the same day that the league and its players announced they were moving forward with a comprehensive plan to restart the season near Orlando, Fla., even as positive cases of the virus that shut down the season surge.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, ...Read more

Sparks' Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver to opt out of 2020 WNBA season

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LOS ANGELES -- Chiney Ogwumike believes the Los Angeles Sparks can win a championship in the WNBA's shortened bubble season, but the forward won't be there to help.

Ogwumike and guard Kristi Toliver will opt out of the 2020 season, they announced Friday, citing medical precautions and health concerns amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With the ...Read more

Clippers-Lakers on tap for July 30 in NBA's restart to season

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LOS ANGELES -- After a four-month disruption to the NBA schedule because of the novel coronavirus, the Clippers will resume their season July 30 the same way they began it back in October -- by facing the Lakers.

The matchup, which the NBA revealed Friday, will be the first of eight "seeding games" played by the Clippers over two weeks at ESPN'...Read more

Lakers will open NBA restart against rival Clippers on July 30

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' first game in the NBA's restart to its season will be against their rival and the team many expect them to compete with for a chance to reach the NBA Finals -- the Clippers, on July 30 in Orlando, Fla.

The Lakers received the news Friday when the league announced the schedule for the eight "seeding games" that will ...Read more

College countdown narrows as 7-foot, top basketball recruit Chet Holmgren adds polish to his game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chet Holmgren grew six inches in eighth grade, a painful spurt that helped define the Minnehaha Academy 7-footer, now considered the top boys' basketball recruit in the nation.

"Chet's greatest attribute is how athletic he is," Minnehaha Academy coach Lance Johnson said of his returning senior, who recently moved up to the No. 1 ...Read more

Will Hornets be allowed to practice? High health-safety bar will make it difficult.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA and its players association appreciate the plight of the eight teams -- including the Charlotte Hornets -- not part of the season restart near Orlando, Fla.

However, those eight teams won't get to practice or scrimmage this summer without the strictest health assurances in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union executive ...Read more

NBA finalizes plan to restart season with 22 teams in Orlando on July 30

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The NBA and its players union officially announced Friday the league will resume play with 22 of its teams July 30 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., a development that comes as cases of the coronavirus continue to spike around the resort property.

"We have worked together with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that ...Read more

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, NBA All-Star Draymond Green call out 'systemic racism' of NCAA in joint op-ed

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U.S. Sen Chris Murphy paired with NBA All-Star Draymond Green this week to link efforts at reforming the NCAA with a broader fight for racial justice that has intensified since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

In an op-ed published on ESPN.com, the Democratic senator from Connecticut and the Golden State Warriors forward ...Read more

NBA says 5% of players tested for coronavirus have COVID-19

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The NBA and NBA Players Association said that 16 of 302 players tested positive for COVID-19 as the league ramps up screening before the resumption of professional basketball next month.

"Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a ...Read more

The Basketball Tournament will offer a COVID-19 test sample for NBA

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LOS ANGELES -- Earlier this spring, Sean Marshall reminded players on his team about the paperwork they would need to complete if they wanted to take part in this summer's The Basketball Tournament, the single-elimination competition broadcast by ESPN that has grown in popularity since its founding in 2014.

There wasn't much urgency behind the ...Read more

Former Kansas guard Frank Mason III is MVP of NBA's G League for 2019-20

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Former University of Kansas guard Frank Mason III, now playing for the Wisconsin Herd, is the 2019-20 NBA G League Most Valuable Player.

Mason, 26 earned the honor in a vote by the league's 28 head coaches and general managers.

Mason was selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft after earning consensus college player of the year ...Read more

With retirement of Vince Carter, Heat's Udonis Haslem takes over as oldest player in NBA

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MIAMI -- The NBA lost a little flash with the retirement of Vince Carter.

Carter, who announced he was stepping away from the NBA on Thursday, might not have been the high-flier that made him a fan favorite early in his career, but his showmanship never left. The Half-Man/Half-Amazing moniker still fit even at age 43.

His retirement ultimately...Read more

Buddy Hield says he will 'be fine,' but what's next for three Kings with coronavirus?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings guard Buddy Hield seemed to be in good spirits Thursday, a day after he and two teammates revealed they tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a brief exchange with The Sacramento Bee, Hield said "I'm good" and he believes he will "be fine by Monday," but it will probably be at least two weeks before the 27-year-old...Read more

Source: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. tests positive for coronavirus

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Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., the NBA's reigning Slam Dunk Contest champion, has tested positive for coronavirus, a league source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.

The Heat and the rest of the NBA began mandatory testing for COVID-19 on Tuesday in advance of the league's planned July 30 resumption of play on the Wide World of Sports campus...Read more