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Sean Deveney: The Celtics held a workout on Thursday that included Kansas G Devon Dotson, source told SN. He’s now had 8 workouts including Atlanta produced well at the predraft Combine in Chicago. He’s still considering a return to Kansas and will decide next week.

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NBA prospect Terence Davis recently had a workout with the Golden State Warriors, according to a person with knowledge of the schedule. The person told USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s Warriors Wire on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on this matter. Davis had previously worked out with the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics.
Virginia Cavaliers forward Mamadi Diakite is testing the 2019 NBA Draft waters while leaving the door open to returning to UVA for his senior season. On Monday and Wednesday, Diakite worked out for the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings.
Wednesday, EJ Montgomery worked out for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs own the rights to the Nos. 19, 29 and 49 picks in this year's draft.

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Mays did confirm that he's visited and worked out for five NBA teams: the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks.
Jason Anderson: The Kings’ pre-draft workout Thursday will include Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-7, 289-pound center from UCF. Averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a senior.

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So far, Matt Mooney has worked out for two NBA teams: the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. He also has multiple workouts lined up for the future with teams that include: the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, and the Miami Heat.
Jordan Schultz: Purdue-FW SG John Konchar has #Celtics’ workout Thurs, per source. Konchar has worked out for the #Hawks/#Raptors this week - along w/#Clippers/#Nets. He measured over 6-5 w/a near 6-9 wingspan; only player NCAA history to amass 2k pts/1k reb/500 assists/200 steals @johnkonchar
Rod Beard: #Pistons work out Bruno Fernando, Daniel Gafford in search for backup big man: detroitnews.com/story/sports/n… via @detroitnews pic.twitter.com/pHOU2chz44
Jordan Schultz: #Tennessee forward Grant Williams worked out for the #Warriors today, per source. Williams (19 PPG, 8 RPG, 56 percent FGs, 82 percent FTs) was the first back-to-back SEC POY since 1995 and was a consensus first-team All-American for the Vols.
While exiting the workout may have been a letdown, Derrik Smits will be returning to Indianapolis for the upcoming basketball season. The son of the "Dunking Dutchman" said he fully expects to withdraw from the draft and play for the Bulldogs next season. The Pacers were the only workout he had scheduled.
Adam Zagoria: Tacko Fall will likely have his Pro Day next week and then workout for the #Knicks the week after, per league source. Knicks eyeing him with the No. 55 pick if he’s there.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Monday with two groups of six. First group: Clayton Custer (Loyola), Quentin Grimes (Kansas), Charles Matthews (Michigan), Derek Pardon (Northwestern), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Silvio De Sousa (Kansas)
Darnell Mayberry: Second group from Monday: Amir Hinton (Shaw), Dedric Lawson (Kansas), Javin DeLaurier (Duke), Justin James (Wyoming), Miye Oni (Yale) Simi Shittu (Vanderbilt)

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Chris Fischer: Former #Canes star Dewan Hernandez impressed at #NBACombine, earning tryouts w/ 5 teams already including #Nets today, #Raptors tomorrow. Agent tells me the Norland High product is scheduled for 10 more workouts. @NBC6Sports
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks have an early June workout scheduled with Texas PG Kerwin Roach Jr., according to a source. They interviewed him at Portsmouth Invitational. They worked out Roach pre-draft last spring too. He averaged 14.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, and shot 35.5% on 3s as a senior.
Zach Braziller: Seton Hall’s Myles Powell worked out for the #nets today, per his Instagram account. #shbb
The Pacers will hold their first two workouts in preparation for the 2019 NBA Draft on Tuesday, May 21 at St. Vincent Center. The first workout group includes Brian Bowen II (Australia), Ty Jerome (Virginia), Jaylen Nowell (Washington), Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Dylan Windler (Belmont), and Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra).
The second workout group includes Nicolas Claxton (Georgia), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), C.J. Elleby (Washington State), Martin Krampelj (Creighton), Derrick Smits (Butler), and Lamar Stevens (Penn State).
Ian Begley: Tacko Fall’s workout with the Knicks, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed due to travel issues, per SNY sources. It’s expected to be rescheduled. Fall, the 7-7 C from Central Florida, impressed some NBA talent evaluators at G League Elite Camp & NBA Draft Combine.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls will continue their pre-draft workouts with two group sessions Monday at the Advocate Center. Among those Chicago will see up close: former Loyola point guard and Final Four hero Clayton Custer.
Brian Seltzer: 76ers announce participants for second predraft workout, which will be held tomorrow am at Training Complex: Ky Bowman (Boston College) Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern) Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State) Terance Mann (Florida State) Marial Shayok (Iowa State) Max Strus (DePaul)
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks will work out the following players tomorrow: (F) Aric Holman, Miss. State (F) Tres Tinkle, Oregon State (F) Obi Toppin, Dayton (G) Devon Dotson, Kansas (G) John Konchar, Purdue Fort Wayne (G) Payton Prichard, Oregon
Jordan Schultz: #Vanderbilt PF Simi Shittu is in Chicago to workout for the #Bulls tomorrow, per a source. Shittu, 19, is a former McDonald’s All-American. The 6-9 1/2 Canadian (7-1 1/4 wingspan) averaged nearly 11 PPG and 6.7 RPG for the Commodores as a freshman. @LanX_Sims
Sherrell D. McMillan: Nassir Little's first team workout will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a source told @InsideCarolina. Minnesota has the No. 11 pick in next month's NBA Draft.
Mike Vorkunov: Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis says he met w/ 13 teams this week. Has workouts scheduled with Pistons & Utah. He was asked: "What would you do if you're locked in a car and you had a hammer." He thought smash his way out but seems simply unlocking the door is the right answer.
Once he leaves Illinois, Dewan Hernandez is off to New York for his first pre-draft workout with the Brooklyn Nets. After he spent the past few months as a mystery, Hernandez is finally back on the NBA radar.
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the first Sacramento Kings Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on May 20. Anthony Cowan (G – 6’0” 170 lbs.) Maryland Jon Axel Gudmundsson (G – 6’4” 190 lbs.) Davidson Xavier Sneed (F – 6’5” 210 lbs.) Kansas State Yoeli Childs (F – 6’8” 225 lbs.) BYU Reggie Perry (C – 6’8” 239 lbs.) Mississippi State Kevin Samuel (C – 6’11” 250 lbs.) TCU
Keith Pompey: Former #Oregon forward Louis King said he has a workout scheduled with the #Sixers during the #NBA predraft process. pic.twitter.com/itCzFGay9F
Rick Bonnell: Brandon Clarke said Thursday he has a workout scheduled with the @Charlotte Hornets. Two other forwards or centers to expect at Spectrum Center: Maryland's Bruno Fernando and Arkansas's Daniel Gafford.
Jim Meehan: Brandon Clarke has workouts scheduled with Minnesota, Charlotte, Miami and Boston. Those teams draft, in order, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. has been making his rounds as he prepares for this years NBA Draft. After working out with the San Antonio Spurs, he made his way to Los Angeles for a workout with the Lakers.
Marcus R. Fuller: #Gophers junior guard Amir Coffey has a workout Friday with the Houston Rockets. Among NBA teams he’s already worked out for are Nets, Spurs, Nuggets, Bulls, Clippers and Warriors. Coffey will compete in @nbagleague elite camp next week in Chicago. @GopherMBB
Dayton Flyers forward Obi Toppin had his third workout with a NBA team on Saturday, sharing photos on Instagram of a Boston Celtics T-shirt and shorts and a short video from the team’s practice facility.

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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.
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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.
Storyline: Draft Agents
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.
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.
Storyline: Bulls Front Office
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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