Bryan Kalbrosky: Among the top prospects in the 2019 NB…

Bryan Kalbrosky: Among the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson is the most notable yet to hire an agent. Others not linked to representation, likely still testing waters: Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Moses Brown (UCLA) + Jalen Lecque (NC State commit)

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According to one NBA source, Williamson has yet to select an agent, a decision that seems inevitable before he signs a lucrative shoe deal. For now, Williamson is surrounded by his mother and stepfather, who have deftly guided him through every step of his journey. Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson have quietly helped create the phenomenon, even electing not to do interviews during Williamson’s year at Duke. Most important, Wiggins says, they’ll still be there to help Williamson select an agent. “I’ve got great parents, great siblings, a great circle that care for me and would do anything for me, protect me,” Wiggins says. “That’s the main thing, having a good circle around you.”
Jordan Nwora is the Louisville player who has drawn the most attention and hype as an NBA draft prospect, mostly due to the massive improvement in his sophomore campaign. His father, Alex Nwora, told the Courier Journal that Nwora signed with agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management.
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
Rachel Stein, the communications coordinator for Priority Sports and Entertainment, confirmed Bruno Fernando has signed with the Chicago-based sports management company. Priority Sports also represents former Terps Jake Layman and Kevin Huerter.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source confirms to @HoopsHype that Mississippi State standout Aric Holman will be represented at FSM (Fundamental Sports Management) by Colin Bryant and Rahul Patel. The 6-foot-10 forward connected on 43.3 percent of his three-pointers (!!) during final two collegiate seasons.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Josh Reaves (Penn State) will be represented by Dan Curtin and Adam Godes of 3Eye Sports, per source. He led his conference in steal % three years in a row + projects as a 3-and-D rotational player. He recently made Portsmouth All-Tournament.
Jared Weiss: NBA Draft prospect Matur Maker has signed with agent Steve McCaskill’s One Legacy Sports, who represent his brother Thon. The 21-year-old currently plays for Zlatorog Laško in Slovenia after playing a post HS season in Canada last year.
Both Barry Brown and Dean Wade have signed with Austin Walton and NEXT Sports, while Kamau Stokes has signed with Adisa P. Bakari and Jeffery A. Whitney at The Sports & Entertainment Group.
West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate has signed with BDA Sports Management, an NBA certified agency that lists DeAndre Ayton — last season’s No. 1 overall pick — as a client.
Myles Powell has signed with agent Sam Permut of Roc Nation Sports — the same agent who represents Angel Delgado and Isaiah Whitehead — to represent him as he tests the NBA draft waters. Under the new rule, he has until May 29 to take his name out of the draft to maintain his college eligibility.
Liz Mullen: Texas C Jaxson Hayes has signed with @BDA_Sports for representation in the NBA Draft. Agents Bill Duffy & Marlon Harrison are representing him.
Bryan Kalbrisky: BYU's Yoeli Childs ( @yochilds22 ) and Loyola Chicago's Marques Townes ( @Marq_Towne5 ) will be represented by Keith Kreiter at @Edge_Sports , source tells @hoopshype . Childs led the WCC with 21.1 points per game; Townes was MVC Player of Year in 2019 + led team to the Final 4 in '18.
Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford, who is among over 200 underclassmen who declared for the 2019 NBA draft, has signed with an agent. In a tweet published Thursday, Catalyst Sports + Media announced the signing of Langford, who is a possible lottery pick in June’s draft.
Jeff Goodman: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards has signed with Zach Kurtin of Priority Sports, source told @Stadium. Edwards has full intention of keeping his name in for NBA Draft.
Mike Daum just wrapped up a historic season at South Dakota State and capped off an amazing career. He is now ready to take the next step to the NBA and has signed with a agent. Daum has signed with Octagon Sports, the same sports agency that represents some of the biggest stars in the NBA and sports in general.
PJ Washington: Very excited to continue my journey and announce that I’ve signed with @rocnationsports in preparation for the NBA Draft! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way - BBN and my entire support system. Can’t wait to get started. #RocFam ✍🏽🉑
Percy Allen: Washington Huskies star Jaylen Nowell signs with agent Ryan Davis.
Liz Mullen: Duke F/G Cam Reddish has signed with @OctagonBsktball for representation in the NBA Draft. Octagon NBA agent Omar Wilkes is repping him.
Liz Mullen: USC F Bennie Boatwright has signed with @RocNationSports for representation in the NBA Draft. He will be represented by Roc Nation NBA agents Joe Branch & Sam Permut.
Darren Wolfson: Former #Gophers great Jordan Murphy will be represented by Hazan Sports Management Group. Portsmouth will turn into getting workouts with teams and trying to get a Combine invite. His pro career and the process leading into will happen fast.
Having parted ways with his agent, Lonzo Ball is searching for a new one. Creative Artists Agency has emerged as a front-runner to represent Ball, but he and his team are evaluating prospective agents, according to people familiar with the process. While word is spreading around the agencies that LaVar Ball is driving the search, Lonzo Ball told The Times on Thursday night that he alone will make his business decisions. Asked specifically if his father was involved, Lonzo Ball said no.
Sitting next to his parents and his aunt and uncle, Phil and Carol Morant, at the office of his agent, Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports and Entertainment, Morant explained his decision Saturday to become a pro and his journey from lightly recruited player in South Carolina to lottery pick. “I didn’t try to force the decision to come out early,” Morant told USA TODAY Sports. “Me and my family just talked it over and felt like now is the right time and made that decision.”
Oregon Ducks freshman Bol Bol has officially turned pro, hiring an agent at CAA for representation in his eventual NBA career, the agency told ESPN on Friday. The 7-foot-2 center is No. 12 on ESPN's rankings of the top 100 NBA draft prospects.
Bol will look to CAA to overlook his ongoing rehab and pre-NBA draft meeting and interview schedule. He will also rely on the firm to land him potential endorsement deals, beginning with a shoe deal. Bol boasts 650,000 followers on Instagram, the third-highest total among draft prospects behind only Duke's Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.
"They're only saying that because it's Rich. When Shaq came to see me play in high school, when A.I. came to see me play in high school, they weren't saying it was a recruiting trip then. But because it's Rich Paul and LeBron, now it's a recruitment trip. "Now Rich is a threat to everybody, and they look at it and they want to keep trying to jab my agent and jab my friend. And what is he doing that's wrong? They don't say that about no other agent when other guys go see [players]. They don't say that about no other agent, but my guy because he's a threat. "And he's African-American, too. Throw that in there."
Sean Deveney: A month ahead of the draft, Sporting News has learned that Texas A&M center Robert "Big Cat" Williams has changed agents, and is now represented by Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports. He will participate in a workout for teams on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Jeff Goodman: Utah State junior guard DeAngelo Isby told ESPN he will remain in the NBA Draft. Has signed with Darren White of Future Sports Management. Played first two years in juco ranks.

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Sam Vecenie: Not sure if this is out there yet, but Kentucky prospect Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signed with Wasserman as his agency. Thad Foucher will rep him.
Bruce Pascoe: Arizona's Allonzo Trier has signed with agent James Dunleavy. He'll participate in the NBA Combine later this month along with Rawle Alkins.
Michael Scotto: Former Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has signed with agents Dan Frank and Jarinn Akana. Alkins received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, as @Adam Zagoria reported. He is expected to participate in all portions of the combine.
A Tulane source confirmed Wednesday that junior Melvin Frazier would sign with agent Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, electing to stay in the NBA draft and give up his final year of eligibility with the Green Wave. Frazier, a versatile 6-foot-6 forward who attended Higgins High, is the first Tulane player ever to leave for the NBA before his senior season.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Melvin Frazier, from New Orleans, will sign with the same agent (Thad Foucher) that represents Anthony Davis. Frazier is a strong defender + had 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds per game for Tulane last yr. The Pelicans have a mid-2nd round pick and he may still be available. #DoItBig
Zhaire Smith has officially signed with Roc Nation Sports, thus ending his college career. The company released the news in an email on Thursday.
Shams Charania: Sources: Boston College junior Jerome Robinson has decided to stay in the 2018 NBA draft, signing with CAA Sports. Robinson, a 6-foot-6 scorer, averaged 24 points in ACC this past season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: The final consensus Top 10 pick in the June NBA Draft has chosen his representation: Alabama guard Collin Sexton has signed with Austin Brown and Leon Rose of CAA.
Liz Mullen: Texas Tech G Zhaire Smith has signed with @RocNation Sports for the NBA Draft. Agent Roger Montgomery is representing him.
Zhaire Smith: After careful consideration I've decided to forgo my collegiate career and sign with Roc Nation. Again I want to thank my family, friends , coaches, teammates, and TT fans. Your support has been great . I know this is the best decision for me and I hope to make y’all proud!
Liz Mullen: Oklahoma G Trae Young @Trae Young has signed with @Octagon for representation in the NBA Draft. Octagon NBA agents Omar Wilkes and Jeff Austin are repping him.

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UCLA junior guard Aaron Holiday has hired agent Charles Briscoe, a partner of Premier Sports Council, forgoing the final year of his eligibility, Briscoe told Yahoo Sports. Holiday announced his plans to declare for the draft last month. Holiday led the Bruins to an NCAA tournament berth this season, averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Jared Weiss: Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV is joining Catalyst Sports and will be co-represented by agents Happy Walters and George Langberg, per source. Walker is projected to be a mid first-round pick as we enter NBA Draft workout season.
Edge Sports International: Proud to announce Dakota Mathias @DMathias31 @BoilerBall has joined the #EdgeFamily Dakota has the best 3pt% (46.6) and best A/TO ratio out of any projected draft pick in this year's Class- All-Time Leader in 3pt. shooting in Purdue History #OnTheRise #NBADraft #NBALegit
David 'Dubi' Pick: Villanova's top-10 NBA prospect Mikal Bridges is close to hiring Excel Sports for his representation, sources tell me.

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Miles Bridges: God couldn't have placed me in a better place for these last two years. I wanna thank Coach Izzo and the rest of the coaching staff for giving a skinny kid from Flint a chance to play at such a legendary program. I would like to thank the academic support for helping me out everyday. I also want to thank Spartan Nation for welcoming me with open arms into their community and school. And last but not least I would like to thank my teammates for the bond and memories that we will share for a lifetime. I will be a spartan for life no matter what!! With that being said I am entering the 2018 NBA draft and I am signing with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Projected top NBA draft pick Michael Porter Jr. is close to signing with Mark Bartelstein and Priority Sports to represent him, according to league sources.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has signed with agent Raymond Brothers, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Shams Charania: N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. has hired agent Kim Grillier of PSE Sports. Smith worked out for Orlando, scheduling visits in top-10.
Roc Nation Sports has signed three players for representation in this year’s NBA draft, including Villanova guard Josh Hart. Roc Nation also signed Florida State forward Dwayne Bacon and Oregon forward/center Chris Boucher. Joe Branch will represent Hart, Roger Montgomery will represent Bacon and Sam Permut will represent Boucher.
Michael Scotto: Former Kentucky forward Derek Willis has signed with Premier Sports Council agent Charles Briscoe, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Kennedy Meeks measured 6-10 1/4 with shoes with a wingspan of 7-1. He met only with the San Antonio Spurs at the combine, but expects to have some workouts coming up. “I didn’t have an agent until I got here, so it was kind of a late process,” he said of signing with agent Charles Briscoe.
Jeff Goodman: Nevada's Cameron Oliver staying in NBA Draft. Has signed with Todd Ramasar of Life Sports Media & Entertainment, Ramasar told ESPN.
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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.”
Storyline: Kobe Bryant Death
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.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
“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.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
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.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
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.”
Storyline: George Karl Health
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