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Nick Mayo: I spent all last week preparing myself for this Lakers workout. I was excited and eager for it. On Monday, I flew out to LA where I was picked up and brought to the hotel for my workout the next morning. Being so anxious and ready for the workout, I didn't necessarily get the best night of sleep, but once I was up I was ready to go. There were five other players entering the draft that worked out with me. The Lakers' facilities were top-notch and the workout went pretty well. For me, it was a great first experience and I will be having several more workouts with other teams over the next month.
Adam Zagoria: Seton Hall's Myles Powell @Myles Powell will work out today for the Atlanta Hawks. He also worked out for OKC over the weekend and will head to the G League Elite Camp next week in Chicago.
Myles Powell: The Real OG !!!!! Thanks for the advice @Vince Carter & Thank you to the @Atlanta Hawks for having me !!!! #Blessings

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Paul Steeno: Max Strus has worked out for the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets. Working out for the Boston Celtics tomorrow. #BlueDreamin #DePaul #BlueDemons
Having announced last month his plans to test the NBA Draft waters, Isaiah Roby has been on the move ever since. He's already worked out for three teams — the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks — and has a fourth workout this weekend with the Chicago Bulls. Then it's on to next week's NBA Draft Combine, and more workouts with individual teams after that.
Chris Vivlamore: The Hawks will host following players Friday in pre-NBA draft workout. F Tyler Cook (Iowa)* F CJ Elleby (Washington State)* G Terance Mann (Florida State) G Matt Mooney (Texas Tech) C Tanor Ngom (Ryerson)* G Myles Powell (Seton Hall)* *-Early entry candidate
Michael Scotto: Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell has workouts scheduled with the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns following the combine, @TheAthleticNBA has learned. Nowell has also worked out for the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics.
Michael Wallace: The @Memphis Grizzlies continue pre-draft workouts today, with U of Memphis standout Jeremiah Martin headlining a set of prospects that includes: Yoeli Childs (BYU) Jalen Hudson (Florida) Vic Law (Northwestern) Jeremiah Martin (Memphis) Jordan Murphy (Minnesota) Kevin McClain (Belmont)
Tony Jones: BYU star Yoeli Childs will work out for the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow, league sources tell The Athletic. Child’s was one of the best power forwards in the country this season with the Cougars

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Chris Kirschner: The Hawks will workout the following players tomorrow: Silvio De Sousa (Kansas) Quentin Grimes (Kansas) Ahmed Hill (Virginia Tech) Skylar Mays (LSU) Zach Norvell Jr. (Gonzaga) Dylan Osetkowski (Texas)

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While the Milwaukee Bucks are creating a buzz in the NBA playoffs, they are also quietly doing some important work behind the scenes. The Bucks scouting department is scrutinizing prospects for the June draft. After watching countless players during the collegiate season and traveling overseas to check out draft-eligible players, the Bucks are now getting up-close-and-personal looks in private workouts in Milwaukee. One took place Tuesday with team officials working out several intriguing prospects, including three who were highly touted prep players before attending their respective colleges.
Two of them were freshmen guards Quentin Grimes (pictured) and Devon Dotson of Kansas. Both were five star recruits coming out of high school and turned in solid freshmen seasons with the Jayhawks. Grimes, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was ranked as the eighth best prep player by Rivals, started 36 games for Kansas and averaged 8.4 points during the regular season before upping his average to 13.3 points in the Big 12 Championship tournament. As for Dotson, a 6-2 point guard who was ranked 18 by Rivals, he also started all 36 games last season and steadily improved to the point where he was selected to the Big 12 all-tournament team.
Joining Dotson and Grimes at the Bucks’ workout were EJ Montgomery of Kentucky and Dererk Pardon of Northwestern. Montgomery, a 6-10 power forward, was also a five-star recruit coming out of high school and ranked 11th in the country by Rivals, played in each of Kentucky’s 37 games and started 10 of them.
Andrew Ramspacher: Former #Gamecocks All-SEC forward Chris Silva will work out with the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.
Tres Tinkle was one of six players to work out for the 76ers, a group that included Washington State’s C.J. Elleby. Tinkle has had a previous workout with Utah. Later this week, Tinkle has scheduled workouts with Toronto, Boston and Charlotte, and next week with Atlanta.

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Mark Singelais: Siena freshman guard Jalen Pickett worked out for the Spurs on Saturday and the Thunder on Sunday. He has another workout set up with the Nets on Wednesday. Then he takes part in the G League Elite Camp in Chicago next Monday.
929ESPN: Juwan Morgan (Indiana) and Yoeli Childs (BYU) have scheduled draft workouts with the @memgrizz, source tell HoopsHype's @BryanKalbrosky. Morgan ranks No. 78 on the latest big board from CBS Sports. Childs was All-WCC First-Team, averaging 21.2 points per game.
Jeff Bidwell: Murray State's Shaq Buchanan has a workout with the Memphis Grizzlies this weekend.
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks will work out the following players tomorrow: G Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (App St.) G Aubrey Dawkins (UCF) F Mamadi Diakite (Virginia) C Trey Porter (Nevada) G Marial Shayok (Iowa State) G Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State)
Zach Braziller: Former St Johns guard Justin Simon will have his first NBA workout Wednesday with the Hawks, per source. #sjubb
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga's Killian Tillie received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19 in Chicago). He sprained his ankle Friday at workout for the Atlanta Hawks, but it didn't sound too serious. Previously reported that Norvell, Hachimura and Clarke received combine invites.
Josh Lewenberg: The Raptors will start their pre-draft workouts tomorrow. Their 1st-round pick belongs to San Antonio (via the DeRozan-Leonard trade), but they own their 2nd-rounder (59th pick). Here's the first crop: IMGhttps://twitter.com/JLew1050/status/1125480409590931456
Sean Bock: I’m told Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had a workout with the Boston Celtics today and will workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow. Wieskamp has not hired an agent but is going through the draft process.
Robert Barbieri: Former Bonnies G/F @Courtney Stockard has a workout with the @celtics Saturday. #NextLevelBonnies
Sam Blum: Bryce Brown has a workout with the Boston Celtics on Saturday and will be working out with the Minnesota Timberwolves early next week.
Zach Braziller: Former Hofstra star Justin Wright-Foreman worked out for Celtics today. Is signing with Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports. Also has workouts coming up with 76ers and Timberwolves Monday and Tuesday. He will be going to G-League Elite Camp May 13-14 in Chicago. #hofmbb #nbadraft
Brad Rowland: Georgia State’s D’Marcus Simonds says he got “banged up” during his workout with the Hawks today. Says everything is fine but has a bit of a limp. This was his first workout with an NBA team.
Justin Felder: NBA league source tells @FOX5Sports former Georgia State star D'Marcus Simonds will work out with #Hawks on Friday.
Wednesday was his sixth NBA workout, his third this spring (he previously auditioned for the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics). Chris Clemons has workouts scheduled with the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves as he awaits whether that combine invitation will come.
AJ Lawson respectfully declined an invitation to the NBA’s G-League Elite Camp and will focus on individual workouts for NBA teams, a USC spokesperson confirmed. That means that Lawson had a chance to advance to the NBA Combine and didn’t take it.
The Gamecocks’ Chris Silva was also invited to the G-League camp. He worked out for the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
Rod Boone: #Hornets first predraft workout list, scheduled for tomorrow: Nicolas Claxton, F, 6-1, Georgia Chris Clemons, G, 5-9, Campbell Hassani Gravett, G, 6-2, South Carolina Dewan Hernandez, F, 6-11, Miami (FL) Ronshad Shabazz, G, 6-5, App. State LaGerald Vick, G, 6-5, Kansas
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks are bringing in the following for pre-draft workouts on Wednesday: G Ky Bowman (Boston College) G Armoni Brooks (Houston) C Steven Enoch (Louisville) F Caleb Martin (Nevada) G Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb)
Battle did receive an invitation to the G-League Elite Camp, which will be held in Chicago from May 12-14. The G-League camp will include approximately 40 players. Battle’s father, Gary, said he expected that Battle would schedule workouts with 10 to 15 different NBA teams prior to the draft.
Bill Oram: One Lakers thing: Jalen Brunson had an individual workout with the Lakers earlier this month. It was not among the workouts the team announced. This doesn't mean they're going to draft him. But it's interesting.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The Lakers brought Arizona's Allonzo Trier in for a second workout this week, according to league sources. The Lakers are looking to improve their shooting and Trier shot better in the second workout than his first according to sources. The 6-5 guard's stock could be rising.
On Tuesday, ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony reported Young worked out privately for the Cavs over the weekend. The team would not confirm the workout, which, assuming the workout did in fact take place is a break from how the team has operated with its pre-draft workouts so far (the Cavs have typically confirmed them afterwards).
Ian Begley: Aaron Holiday, Ray Spalding and Donte Ingram were among the players who worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday, per sources. Holiday, out of UCLA, is one of the top point guards in the draft. Ingram, from Loyola, has impressed teams in workouts and is seen by some of those teams as a potential second-round pick. Spalding, a 6-10 big, averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season at Louisville. The Knicks have the 9th and 36th picks in Thursday's draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Texas A & M's Robert Williams had a second visit with the Clippers on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN. This one included a conversation with owner Steve Ballmer. Clippers have done significant study of Williams for its picks at 12 and 13.
Darren Wolfson: Also in yesterday to workout for the #Twolves, I hear: two Cincinnati Bearcats in Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. This was Clark's 2nd workout here. Washington played in high school at Benilde St. Margaret's in St. Louis Park. pic.twitter.com/hInA7qyhYN
Trae Young reportedly conducted a “secret workout” with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 16, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The Cavs reportedly view Michael Porter Jr. as their top choice; however, point guard is a clear need on the roster should Porter not be available. Thirty-two-year-old George Hill is the only point guard currently under contract for the 2018-19 season.
Nets Daily: The Nets have released and tweeted five videos of their Draft prospects. Not one prospect’s face was shown. Not one. Nets are keeping their Draft plans, their strategy even the players they’re working out VERY closely held. Expect the unexpected.
Jason Quick: Simons had a workout with Memphis, but cancelled to accept Blazers' invitation. "I feel like they wanted me more,'' Simons said of Portland.
Jason Quick: Final draft workout for Blazers today features two marquee names: Bosnian wing Dzanan Musa and teenager Anfernee Simons, who is in Portland for his second workout with Blazers. Simons is the only prospect brought in for two looks.
Monte Poole: Draft hopefuls working out for Warriors on Tuesday SG Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) SF Gary Clark (Cincinnati) PF Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame) PF MiKyle McIntosh (Oregon) SG Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas) SG Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall)
Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith back tomorrow for another workout with Sixers - Knox’s will be solo session in the afternoon. Smith with: B.J. Johnson (La Salle) De’Anthony Melton (USC) Tyler Nelson (Fairfield) Malik Newman (Kansas) Landry Shamet (Wichita St) pic.twitter.com/dTcdEnlXiv
Scott Agness: #Pacers hosting their sixth (and likely final) pre-draft workout on Tuesday: Rawle Alkins Marcus Derrickson Arnoldas Kulboka (Lithuania) Kelan Martin Elie Okobo (France) Theo Pinson Full list of prospects they’ve brought in: vigilantsports.com/pacers-2018-pr…
John Meyer: Local prospect Gary Trent Jr. back in town for a workout at Target Center today — used see him at games all the time with Tre Jones. Latest ESPN mock has him going 28th to Golden State. He has elite shooting potential. pic.twitter.com/k1CQVZQZVy
Harrison Wind: Mitchell Robinson’s pre-draft workout with the Nuggets was cancelled but the 7-footer is in Denver today. I’m guessing he still met with the team's front office.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have a workout scheduled on Tuesday with Loyola's Donte Ingram, league sources say. Ingram's workout is believed to be in a group setting and will likely be his final workout before the draft: espn.com/espn/now?nowId…

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Gina Mizell: The #Nuggets’ pre-draft workout with Mitchell Robinson has been canceled. He’s one of the draft’s biggest mystery prospects because he did not play college ball/overseas last season and withdrew from NBA combine last month.
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May 25, 2020 | 9:30 pm EDT Update
Teammates with the Lakers for two seasons from 2014-16, Tarik Black had a front-row seat for some of the most memorable moments of the final days of Bryant’s Hall of Fame career. But none of them can top April 13, 2016. That was the date of Bryant’s last NBA game. And the former Jayhawk said he remembers every detail of that night at Staples Center. “Allen Fieldhouse was one of the most electrifying places I’ve ever played been in my life,” Black told the Journal-World during a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “But everything else pales in comparison to that night of Kobe’s last game. I’ve never experienced a feeling or been a part of a sports moment like that in my life.”
Black remembers being with Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson the afternoon of that game when he first saw Bryant arrive at Staples Center. Together, they approached the man they affectionately called “O.G.” and gave him a simple message. “We walked up to him and said, ‘You’re going to take every shot tonight,’” Black recalled. “And he was like, ‘No I’m not. Just play basketball.’ And we were like, ‘No, O.G. You’re going to take every shot. If we get an offensive rebound, it’s coming to you.’”
During his two seasons as Bryant’s teammate, Black and Bryant became close. As luck would have it, an injury during his 2019-20 season in Israel sent him back to Los Angeles earlier than normal and he was able to see Bryant one final time just a week before the helicopter accident. It was the first time the two had seen each other since their days as teammates. And Black, unaware of what fate lied ahead, made sure to make the encounter count. “I actually got a chance to thank him for what he meant for my life,” Black said. “And he just kept saying, ‘I’m proud of you.’ So it rocked me to my core when I heard about his passing.”
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May 25, 2020 | 5:30 pm EDT Update
Roc Nation Sports has signed a large class of highly regarded NBA draft prospects, including point guard LaMelo Ball, a projected top-five pick. The agency recently signed Ball’s brother, New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, away from CAA Sports. Roc Nation NBA agent Raymond Brothers is representing both of the Ball brothers. LaMelo Ball, who played last season in Australia on the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League, is ranked No. 3 overall by website nbadraft.net. Brothers is also representing No. 12-ranked Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa.
Roc Nation signed Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, who is ranked No. 24: Washington power forward/center Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 26; and Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley, who is ranked No. 35 by nbadraft.net. Additionally, Roc Nation signed Temple forward Quinton Rose, American University guard Sa’eed Nelson and Indiana guard Devonte Green, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Danny Green. Agents Brothers, Drew Gross and Sam Permut are representing the players.
Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed Northwestern guard Pat Spencer for representation in the NBA draft. Matt Laczkowski, Tandem director of athlete and talent representation, is representing Spencer, who transferred to Northwestern after playing lacrosse for four seasons at Loyola-Maryland. Spencer was drafted No. 1 in the 2019 Premier Lacrosse League draft, but chose to spend the next year pursuing basketball as a graduate transfer at Northwestern.
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Ty Lawson posted a cryptic message on his Instagram story Monday in which he seemed to call out UNC head coach Roy Williams. “Who talks s— about someone who won them a championship …” Lawson wrote in his Instagram story. “(You’re) weird… I got messages from 10 NBA GMs that said it came out your mouth … That’s why I don’t f— with Carolina or support anything y’all do.”
May 25, 2020 | 4:32 pm EDT Update
Turner Sports analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley didn’t feel the need to hedge in a Monday appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show. “We’re gonna make a decision in the next week,” Barkley said. “I’m 100% sure we’re going to play. I know my friends in Major League Baseball are going to play. I know that the (NHL) is going to play. … I do know this, talking to my bosses at Turner: We’re going to play basketball. It is gonna be in Florida and Vegas, or just Florida.”
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“The key is gonna be the players,” Barkley said. “I mean, listen — big basketball players pushing on each other in the lane, fighting for rebounds and post position, there’s no way they can social distance. You got to worry — they say they’re gonna put them in a hotel for two or three months, I’m like, ‘Well are the maids gonna be in the hotel for two or three months?’ The maids are gonna go home every day. What about the people in room service? They’re gonna go home every day. So it’s just a lot of unanswered questions.”
The Department will work with the professional sporting groups to identify the specific athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents covered by this exemption, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the Women’s Tennis Association.
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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the swift development of vaccines and effective treatments for COVID-19 are priorities towards achieving the Tokyo Olympics next year. Abe says recovery from the coronavirus pandemic only in Japan would not be enough to hold the Games because it involves spectators and athletes from around the world. He reiterates that the government hopes to hold the Tokyo Games “in a complete form” with spectators as a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.
Part of VICE TV’s VICE VERSA series of documentary specials, One Man and His Shoes essentially serves as an expanded version of what Episode 5 (and to some extent, Episode 1) of The Last Dance touched on: The cultural phenomenon of Nike’s Air Jordan shoe line. Director Yemi Bamiro doesn’t have to tell a larger narrative (though his film eventually goes there), so he can zoom in on this aspect of Jordan’s story.
May 25, 2020 | 4:26 pm EDT Update
How optimistic are you that the NBA will resume play at some point? Carlisle: “I am optimistic. It feels like things are moving in what I would characterize as a generally good direction, in terms of our ability to test and control an environment. I have no absolute knowledge of anything, but I do know there’s a great desire of the players to return to playing games and get into a playoff format of some sort.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Rick Carlisle: “I think if you look at the big picture, it probably sets up even better for the start, if the new season’s going to start in December, which a lot of people are speculating. It’s kind of like the elongated All-Star break. And some of the good things that’s brought for the remaining part of the regular season you’re coming off of an eight or nine-day break instead of a three or four-day break, as in the old days.”
Isiah Thomas: “I think in Ja we are watching the next generation of the great point guards that have been coming through our league. You have that group of Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, John Wall and so forth, but for the younger generation of point guards, I think Ja – who is projected to win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award – is going to be leading that evolution of great point guard play.”
In leading the ‘Bad Boy’ Pistons to back-to-back NBA titles (1988-89 as well as 1989-90), Thomas consistently compromised his private numbers to guarantee group success. It is a high quality he likewise sees in Morant. “That is a unique gift,” Thomas claimed. “Team- friends will certainly like you for it yet analytics will certainly despise you for it. Sharing the basketball as well as obtaining everybody entailed, being prepared to make the ‘hockey’ aid instead of keeping the round to obtain the aid on your own … you see Ja doing all of those points in the program of a basketball video game.
Mike Bibby sat down with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith and talked about his run with Sacramento — a fit that was comfortable for Bibby right away. Even though trading for him meant bidding farewell to Jason Williams, a guy Kings fans were in love with. “The guys treated me like I was there for five, six, seven years,” Bibby said. “I got there and Jason Williams was a prized possession in Sacramento and when I got traded for him, I just wanted to fit in, I didn’t know if the fans would like me or if the team would like me. In my first year we had the best record in the West. I had the best time of my life and my career playing in Sacramento with those guys. I think Sacramento is the best team I played on.”
May 25, 2020 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
Tobias Harris hasn’t shot a basketball since the 2019-20 season was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But he has been working out every day in his garage gym at his Philadelphia home to stay ready should play resume. He’s also been talking to his teammates on Zoom. “Everybody wants to be safe, so that’s the key thing,” Harris replied when asked if he has any concerns about a return. “If we can find a venue and it’s safe and we have the proper protocols in place for guys to feel comfortable, then I’m fine with it.” Harris described the idea of playing actual games in an empty gym as, “Kind of like a practice setting. But guys are competitive, so we’re always gonna go as hard as we can.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Hearing Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan in “The Last Dance”, crying on the locker room floor following his Father’s Day championship in 1996 — MJ’s first title since his dad, James, was murdered — caused Harris himself to become emotional. “I ain’t going to lie, I was shedding a tear when I saw Jordan crying,” Harris told Yahoo Sports in a recent telephone interview. “I thought they should’ve just stopped the episode right then and there. It was touching. I’d seen the photo a whole lot, but I was probably too young to understand. And now you can really see all the emotion that’s in it. I did some research after the show ended. You hear about his father passing away, but then you dive in and it’s a pretty crazy story.”
Harris, a Long Island native, was fortunate enough to see Jordan play at Madison Square Garden when he was a kid alongside his father, longtime NBA agent Torrel Harris — founder and CEO of Unique Sports Management — and his older brother, Tyler Harris. It proved to be a memorable evening. “We kept asking my dad if we could meet him after the game and he was just telling us maybe,” Tobias recalled. “But it ended up happening and it was unbelievable. As we were walking away I realized I didn’t get him to sign my card. So my dad had to pull him back and get him to sign our cards. Tyler and I were so excited on the train ride back. I kept thinking my dad was so cool because he knows Michael Jordan. I ended up losing the card on the way back, but it didn’t matter because I had gotten to meet him. It was an unforgettable experience.”
“When I was given the checkbook, I went to put in the tip & information to close the table and I couldn’t believe it,” the message read. “From a $160 check, the tip read $1,000.” The restaurant noted that the waitress was “shaking and had tears of happiness” while saying many employees had been suffering due to closures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

May 25, 2020 | 1:18 pm EDT Update
The Sun-Times has reported that Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley have already had detailed discussions with players and retained personnel, and were getting enough mixed feedback of what’s gone on the last year that they were leaning toward starting with a new coach of their choosing. Ownership and former VP of basketball operations John Paxson have given support for Boylen, but a source reiterated that COO Michael Reinsdorf was by no means influencing the front office’s decision on the coach and would allow Boylen’s dismissal if Karnisovas wants to go that way. No questions asked.
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Doc Rivers may have the largest All-Time starting five squad ever. Austin Rivers joined his father on the GO OFF podcast, where the two talked about All-Time starting fives, Kobe stories, and their player/coach dynamic. When it comes to an All-Time starting five, Doc Rivers is in favor of size. “I’m going Kareem at the center,” Rivers said. “I’m going Tim Duncan at the four, because those both are two-way players. I’m going Michael, and Magic at the one and two. This may be the biggest team ever. And then LeBron at the three.”
Coach Rivers had a top-five shooting squad as well. “Dirk at the five,” Rivers said. “I would put Durant at the three. Steph at the point, because that’s what you’d need. I would put Kobe in there because of his ability to drive. Now the whole team changes. At the four I couldn’t even come up with one.” Austin contested that Ray Allen should be on his father’s top-five shooting squad, but Doc believed Kobe’s ability to drive superseded the argument. In addition to Kobe’s driving ability, the elder Rivers believed Kobe’s shooting would improve significantly on a squad of good shooters.
May 25, 2020 | 10:34 am EDT Update
“Everything is pointing toward a return of the NBA this season at a single site in Orlando at Disney World,” Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s Get Up. “Teams expect the league to tell them to start recalling their players as soon as next week. There will be a two-week quarantine back in markets. Some teams might go directly to Disney to start training or somewhere in-between. But the league has started to not only put the plans in place for return in terms of testing and safety, health-wise. But really digging this week into what that format is going to look like.”
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They were close to hiring Steve Kerr before he decided to take a job with Golden State. The Knicks also reached an advanced state of negotiations with Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer before hiring David Fizdale. Discussions between the Knicks and Budenholzer in the 2018 offseason advanced to a point where some people who would have come with Budenholzer to New York were talking about places to live in the city because they felt Budenholzer was close to taking the job, per SNY sources. Prior to Budenholzer’s interview with the Knicks, the New York Post reported that New York was Budenholzer’s top choice entering the offseason.
He proposed a photo that would have her looking like a pin-up in the style of a mermaid, and Buss was on board. “It was kind of like I was like a mermaid underwater with a blue backdrop,” Buss said. “They used to show mermaids holding pearls … and so instead of the pearls I got basketballs. And I’m not naked but I might look like I’m naked. I get people [who say], ‘How dare you put a naked picture of you on Twitter. It was in Playboy.’ And it’s not. It was from Sports Illustrated! “Yes, do I have to talk about the Playboy and the decision [to pose]. Yes, I’m still explaining it 20 years later. They want to judge and put me in a category.”
Then she told a personal story about another star. When her dad, Jerry Buss, bought the Lakers in 1979, they drafted Magic Johnson and became the NBA’s premiere franchise. It ended suddenly when Johnson had to retire in 1991 because of an HIV diagnosis. “I prayed to the skies above and I said if we ever get a player on our team like Magic Johnson again, I will never ever, ever take that player for granted,” Buss said, her voice catching. “And then we got Kobe. As heartbroken as I am, one comfort that I have is that Kobe knew how much we loved him and we told him and we retired his numbers. He never doubted that we were behind him 100%. That gives me some comfort. We never held back the celebrating the greatness that was Kobe.”
May 25, 2020 | 6:47 am EDT Update

James Wiseman the frontrunner for the No. 1 pick

In an anonymous poll of 35 NBA executives conducted by Stadium, James Wiseman has emerged as the frontrunner for the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 center, who played just three games at Memphis this past season prior to withdrawing from school amidst an NCAA suspension, received 20 of the 35 votes (57 percent). “I wouldn’t even want the No. 1 pick,” one NBA general manager told me. “If I have it, I’m trying like hell to trade it.”
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Karl was treated for prostate cancer in 2005 and then in February 2010 announced he had neck cancer, which forced him to take a leave of absence from the Nuggets for treatment and miss the postseason (a first-round loss to Utah). Years later, he revealed he was diagnosed with melanoma of the eye. He received the Melanoma Research Foundation’s Courage Award in 2019 for recognition “of the bravery he has shown in facing ocular melanoma.” “I don’t wake up worrying about cancer,” Karl said. “But if my back hurts, I think it’s cancer. If my shoulder hurts, I think it’s bone cancer. The first thing I think is cancer. “Once you have cancer, you have a higher risk of getting another cancer. I know that. But my health is probably as good as it’s been in about 15 or 20 years.”
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