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Harrison Wind: Monte Morris on Mason Plumlee and Torrey Craig attending Team USA Training Camp: “I think it’s phenomenal…. Them bringing that knowledge from USA Training Camp, if they can bring that to our training camp and teach me some more things about the game, that I’m looking forward to.”

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"It comes from history and understanding we have never won a medal, the belief in one another and the talent we have in this gym right now and the potential for what we can do," Mills said. "Now it is all about putting it together, having fun and having a good hard crack at it. We have some unfinished business from the Rio Olympics, two years coming up right now is the big picture and we have some time to get on the same page."
Danilo Gallinari underwent appendectomy yesterday. Oklahoma City Thunder forward be re-evaluated day by day and he is expected re-join Italy’s National Team training camp in mid-August ahead of World Cup.
The 15-member USA National Team training camp roster and the 14-member USA Select Team will open training camp Aug. 5 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. Daily practices will be held Aug. 5-8 and will be capped by a USA Blue-USA White exhibition game that is scheduled for Aug. 9 (7 p.m. PDT) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will feature members of the World Cup training and USA Select teams.
USA National Team members expected at the World Cup training camp include Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown(Boston Celtics); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls).
The 14-man USA Basketball Select Team includes Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks); Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Craig; De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
Marc Stein: The Mavericks' Dwight Powell is withdrawing from Canada's @FIBAWC team in China to focus on the upcoming season in Dallas, league sources say. Canada also lost the Knicks' RJ Barrett this week
Roy Parry: Celtics rookie and former UCF standout Tacko Fall has been named to the 24-man preliminary roster for the Senegal national team and will be a part of training camp as the squad prepares for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. The roster eventually will be trimmed to 12 players.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers G Landry Shamet has withdrawn from USA Basketball Select Team camp, agent @GeorgeLangberg tells ESPN. “He was appreciative of the opportunity and hopes to be part of USAB again in future,” Langberg tells ESPN. Shamet's preparing for what could be deep LAC playoff run.
Colangelo’s messaging, by contrast, is essentially unchanged from the glass-half-full proclamations he made going into this competition in 2010 and 2014. Amid a steady stream of pullouts by a slew of top American players, he insists that the United States will be represented by a 12-man squad capable of winning a third consecutive FIBA title — no matter how pedestrian the group looks on paper. “I think we’re going to be fine,” Colangelo said.
How much can even Jokic, at his peak, narrow that gulf? The various oddsmakers who have handicapped the FIBA field, like as the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, clearly don’t expect much judging by the United States’ usual status as an overwhelming 1-to-3 favorite. “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” Colangelo said of the 30-player contingent that will gather in the desert. “Out of this — I don’t want to call it adversity — out of these circumstances comes opportunity for the young guys. Some young guys who I think are ready to bust out.”
Tatum is hoping to play with Walker as well as the two other Celtics invited to training camp, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, in China. "I played [with the] USA three times when I was in high school, and it's an honor to play for the country and to be along other great players," Tatum said. "That's what I'm most excited for, being around other guys and competing in practice and coming together for a greater purpose. "I think that's pretty cool," he added, of the possibility of four Celtics being part of this year's team. "I know a lot of people dropped out and I feel like everything happens for a reason, so hopefully we all four make it and start some early chemistry for the season."
Germany will be looking to make a splash at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China with their young and exciting NBA-based trio of Dennis Schroder, Daniel Theis and Maximilian Kleber. The three have been named in the 16-man squad for the tournament, which tips off in just under a month. Germany's First Round Games in Group G will be against France (September 1), Dominican Republic (September 3) and Jordan (September 5).
Ira Winderman: USA Basketball announced that Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell have withdrawn from the World Cup training camp, which should further assure the Heat's Bam Adebayo an avenue from training camp to the Cup roster in China.
Shams Charania: New York Knicks No. 3 pick RJ Barrett will not play for Canada in the FIBA World Cup due to management of a mild calf strain sustained during Las Vegas summer league, sources told @The Athletic @Stadium.
Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe and Yudai Baba lead a troop of rising stars ready to carry Japan's World Cup hopes in China next month. The Japan Basketball Association (JBA) unveiled today their 16-man pool for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Nets Daily: Nets confirm @Deng Adel, #an Australian citizen, will join the Australian Boomers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. That makes him first Nets player (camp invite) who we know will be playing in WC. Nets stash @Nemanja Dangubic will play for Serbia.
Danilo Gallinari: 🙌🏀🙌 MIA!!! 🇮🇹 #Italbasket 🔵 #NothingButAzzurri pic.twitter.com/0wg5PooYLK

On his goal with Argentina in the 2019 Basketball World Cup: “The expectations are high. Each of us had a great season. We will transfer that to the national team. I do not dare to say what we are capable of, but I want to see a team that prepares itself in the best way and competes with all rivals. And obviously, we can meet the goal of qualifying for Tokyo.”
Willy Hernangomez: Let’s go!!! 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸 🦍 #WH14 pic.twitter.com/63qm0FQU2F

Nicolas Batum: We back 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/vRTH6P5mj9

NBA superstar Ben Simmons has withdrawn from Australia's exhibition matches against the USA and Canada in a blow to the Boomers and local fans. Simmons had already withdrawn from the World Cup squad but planned to play in the four warm-up games next month.
"I feel great, excited and very much looking forward to the start of the tournament and to be in China with my teammates. We have been working so hard to qualify for China 2019 and we want to make the most of this opportunity to compete on the world stage," said Satoransky, who has spearheaded the recent Czech success. "We don't compete in international competitions every year, and we want to show the world that Czech Republic has a very competitive team and that our basketball is improving a lot."
Shams Charania: Pelicans guard JJ Redick had tremendous desire to participate in Team USA training camp for World Cup -- but will not be able to attend, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Redick and his family are transitioning to New Orleans before NBA camp.
Ben Golliver: USA Basketball's updated World Cup training camp roster: Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart; Donovan Mitchell, Jaylen Brown; Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Jayson Tatum; Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, PJ Tucker, Thaddeus Young; Andre Drummond, Myles Turner, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee
Shams Charania: Sources: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is expected to withdraw from Team USA's training camp for World Cup. Toronto Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry remains committed on USA roster and is expected to be recovered from thumb surgery and return midway through camp in L.A.
Also, Team USA could graduate players from its “select” team (think the USA junior varsity), where rising stars like Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, Joe Harris, Mitchell Robinson, and Jarrett Allen reside. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from the select team. “We are blessed with a lot of talent, a lot of talent in the NBA,” Jerry Colangelo, managing director for Team USA, told The Athletic. “There is no panic. It may be more challenging, but we will be able to field a very competitive team. We’ve had players call us who want to be on our list.”
Shams Charania: Sources: San Antonio Spurs‘ DeMar DeRozan was added onto the original USA Basketball roster for World Cup one month ago, but the four-time All-Star has withdrawn from Team USA play this summer to focus on upcoming NBA season.
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz emerging star Donovan Mitchell is keeping his commitment to USA Basketball this summer, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: Boston’s Jaylen Brown and New York’s Julius Randle have been added onto USA Basketball’s training camp roster for World Cup, league sources told @The Athletic @Stadium. Team USA assembling young, talented squad comparable to 2010 gold medal team.
In the span of the last eight days or so, All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Bradley Beal, as well as C.J. McCollum, Eric Gordon and Tobias Harris have all withdrawn from Team USA participation, starting with training camp in Las Vegas at the beginning of August. Sources told The Athletic that Damian Lillard and Kevin Love were on the fence and expected to make their intentions known in the next few days.
Marcus Smart: I love playin don’t matter where. But playing for @usabasketball is somethin I’ve been a part of for a while. I take it serious & am 🙏🏾 to even be thought of. ☘️ is everything to me. But to wear 🇺🇸 means the world to me. To do it w my teammates @KembaWalker & @jaytatum0 is 🔥 🔥
In a brief interview, Celtics president Danny Ainge said he was aware of Smart and Brown’s interest in playing in the World Cup, but was unsure of whether or not they would be invited to training camp. “It’s not a problem for me, I think it’s a good thing,” Ainge said, when asked about the sheer number of key players from his team potentially playing in China. “Who wouldn’t want to play for one of the great coaches of all time, against good competition? I can only think of positives. Sure there can be injuries, but our guys have been playing and working out all summer. So yeah, I see nothing but positives, especially at their ages.”
Shams Charania: New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from USA Basketball's Select Team for FIBA World Cup training, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told @The Athletic @Stadium.
Marc Stein: Amid a flurry of roster withdrawals, at least two NBA All-Stars -- Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton -- intend to stick with Team USA this summer for the @FIBAWC in China from Aug. 31-Sept. 15, league sources say
After winning the NBA championship title with the Toronto Raptors, Marc Gasol wants to add another prize in his trophy case this summer: A medal with the Spanish national team in the upcoming World Cup (China, 31/8 – 15/9). “I’m going to try to keep this successful streak going by coming back home from China with something, a medal for example, that would be amazing,” Gasol said to FIBA. “I just won an NBA title, and I really want more and more. I’ve won a lot with the national team since I first played at senior level, but I want to keep winning and be with the guys to keep making history for Spanish basketball.”
Tim MacMahon: Mavs guard J.J. Barea has opted to take a cautious approach in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles instead of pushing to play for Puerto Rico in the World Cup. Barea is encouraged with his progress but has accepted that rushing to play in less than 8 months isn’t worth risk.
Tim MacMahon: Barea told ESPN that this was an extremely difficult decision due to how much pride he takes in representing Puerto Rico. He’s still trying to help his national team in the World Cup by recruiting pro players with Puerto Rican roots.
This year could end up being the best of all for the Toronto Raptors center, who recently captured his first NBA crown. A strong showing at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China would certainly make the year even better. "I'm going to try to keep this successful streak going by coming back home from China with something, a medal for example, that would be amazing," Marc Gasol said with a smile to FIBA.basketball. "I just won an NBA title, and I really want more and more. I've won a lot with the national team since I first played at senior level, but I want to keep winning and be with the guys to keep making history for Spanish basketball."
"I'm always very motivated to play with the national team, and my love for the game is huge," he said. "I'm driven by the goal of winning and having the most complete career I can have, and I still feel that passion and motivation to keep working hard and playing to win medals and titles. I'm very motivated for this summer and I can’t wait to compete with the guys in China. It's going to be a very competitive tournament, probably one of the best ever, and we are all very excited to wear the national team jersey and try to make another great run at a FIBA World Cup."
Shams Charania: Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian national team in this summer's FIBA World Cup, agent Rich Paul tells @The Athletic @Stadium. Thompson was named on Canada's training camp roster this week.
Darren Wolfson: Sure sounds like it was A. Wiggins telling Canada no for national team duties this summer. Interesting debate on whether playing would've made sense. J. Okogie is interested in playing for Nigeria. But he needs to get FIBA approval because he played 17U for the U.S. #Twolves

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins wasn’t included among the list which features NBA rookies R.J. Barrett and Nickeil Alexander-Walker along with NCAA players such as Andrew Nembard, EuroLeaguers like Kevin Pangos and the expected NBA suspects in Jamal Murray, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.

Marc Berman: RJ Barrett officially was on Team Canada invite list for World Cup training camp. He hasn't yet ruled it out. As we reported, Canada's Ignas Brazdeikas, Knicks second-round pick, is eyeing playing for his native Lithuania. Was not on Canadian invite list.
Jordan Clarkson has been included to Gilas Pilipinas’ pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, according to the list the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas released Monday evening. Clarkson got in the pool despite his eligibility status. But head coach Yeng Guiao has explained already that should he not be classified as a local, he could be an option as a naturalized player.
Spain have announced a star-laden squad for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, one that has plenty of NBA players and also several standouts from their European Qualifiers campaign. Recently crowned NBA champion Marc Gasol of the Toronto Raptors, along with Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) and the Hernangomez brothers, Willy (Charlotte Hornets) and Juancho (Denver Nuggets), are on the 16-man list. A couple of other former NBA players, Rudy Fernandez and Victor Claver, are included as well.
Lithuania coach Dainius Adomaitis has narrowed down the list of players he will choose from to form the country's squad for this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup to 19 players. Among the candidates for the final roster are Arturas Gudaitis and Jonas Maciulis, who have been uncertainties due to injuries.
Mitchell will also attend Team USA's national team training camp Aug. 5-9 in Las Vegas. He hopes to earn a spot on the final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup in China, but his goal is to come back to Utah a much-improved player. "A lot of it, I'm just keeping it to myself with just being a better playmaker and a better player overall, being more efficient, and those are the obvious things, and then being in better shape," Mitchell said. "Hopefully making the USA team will help with that."
Giannis Antetokounmpo confirmed his participation at the World Cup during the presentation of his first signature shoe design, Zoom Freak 1. “I haven’t talked with the coach yet, I don’t know which position I will play in. But I don’t care. I just want to play. Whether I play as a guard or as a center, I don’t care. I’m a basketball player. I want to help the team in every way”, said the Greek Freak.
Jon Krawcynski: Rosas said today that he wasn’t aware of an invitation being extended to Wiggins. Going further: a source says Wiggins has definitely NOT committed to playing for Team Canada.
Magic swingman Evan Fournier is among the NBA players who have been named to the French national team for the 2019 World Cup, according to FIBA. Fournier will be joined by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Bulls guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
"Steven's support of the Tall Blacks and his interest in playing for the programmer at some point down the line is unwavering," Adams' agent representatives told Basketball NZ. "While he won't be participating this year with the national team, his plan is to evaluate the opportunity to play in the 2020 Olympics following the upcoming NBA season."
Eric Koreen: Nurse says taking over Canada job is “just about done.” He thinks it will make him a better coach, and he loves the talent.
Olynyk is expected to participate for Canada in the World Cup in China, which begins in late August. It’s part of his busy summer, with NBA training camps opening in late September. “If all goes well, you don’t get back to the USA until like Sept. 18 or something or 20,” Olynyk said. “Training camp starts like three or four days later. But [World Cup] training camp starts at the beginning of August.”
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has been named to New Zealand's provisional squad for the basketball World Cup but is not expected to play because of long-standing feud with Basketball New Zealand. Adams' name was included among 25 players New Zealand submitted Thursday to the world governing body FIBA. The list will be trimmed to 12 players for the world tournament which begins in China on Aug. 31.
Adams, who is New Zealand's only NBA player, hasn't expressly ruled himself out of the tournament and New Zealand coach Paul Henare says Basketball New Zealand has been in regular contact with his management but not Adams himself. "Obviously we would love to have him but ultimately that decision comes down to Steve," Henare said.
At least two of the Warriors’ five All-Stars have some clarity on their offseason plans. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play with the U.S. Men’s national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15. “Probably not this year,” Cousins said following practice on Wednesday. “I got a lot of catching up to do this summer. That will be my main focus is that. So probably not this summer.”
Thompson did not sound as definitive as he walked through an arena hallway following practice on Wednesday. Thompson mused, “I don’t even know what I’m getting for tonight, bro.” Thompson then added, “my focus is on winning this game tomorrow.” Still, it appears unlikely Thompson will play, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Thompson has appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals. He wants to focus on his pending free agency and a planned trip to China as part of his work with Anta from July 12 through 22.
Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has been included on a 'long list' of Tall Blacks candidates for the upcoming Basketball World Cup. But coach Paul Henare warns the invitation to attend a selection camp in August isn't confirmation that the Oklahoma City Thuder centre has made himself available yet. "Basketball New Zealand has been in regular communication with Steve and his agency and management at OKC," says Henare.
Barea has his annual basketball camp for kids on July 1, before the expected birth of their son, and his charity golf tournament is in Puerto Rico in early August. Also, it’s still possible Barea could be involved with the Puerto Rico national team in the basketball world cup. “I 100 percent want to do it,” Barea said. “It’s a possibility. A couple weeks before, I’ll decide. It’s going to be hard to do, but I don’t want to close the door on it. My doctors say I should be able to do whatever I want on the court by August.”
Schroder, who averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in four games in the European Qualifiers, is excited about Germany's chances long-term, especially since he was one of seven Germans in the NBA or the NBA G-League this past season, including the now-retired Dirk Nowitzki. "We have so much potential. We have never had so many NBA players. There was a lot of potential with Dirk Nowitzki and those great players. But right now with the young players we have, it's exciting for sure. I am looking forward to the future," Schroder said.
Serbia will play the first game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, against Angola, on August 31, at 9:30 CET (15:30 local). Full list of preparation games: Borac Cacak v Serbia (Cacak, August 4). Serbia v Finland (Zrenjanin, August 7). Serbia v Lithuania (Belgrade, August 10). Lithuania v Serbia (Kaunas, August 12). Acropolis Cup with Greece, Italy, Turkey (Athens, August 16-18). Serbia v Italy (Shenyang, August 23). Serbia v New Zealand (Shenyang, August 25) . Serbia v France (Shenyang, August 27)
The director of the Dominican Republic national team, Eduardo Najri, made it clear in March that the Puerto Plata-born Horford is in his thoughts, as are Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Clipper Angel Delgado. "The percentage (of each playing) is high," Najri said to Nuevo Dia. "I feel very confident ... We maintain communication with all our players around the world so they are well informed. I understand that we are going to take our best team."
Harrison Wind: Can confirm the reports that Nikola Jokic plans to play for Serbia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which this year takes place in China. Serbia opens play Aug. 31 against Angola and the tournament runs through Sep. 15. Nuggets training camp opened Sep. 25 last season.
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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.
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.”
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.
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
After paying his legal fees, finishing his DUI classes and completing his community service, Atkins landed a new head coaching job in the AAU ranks. Now, he’s hoping to climb the coaching ladder once again. Atkins, who played for the Pistons from 2000-04 and in 2009-10, is one of 14 members in the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program. Since 1988, the program has assisted former players in developing the tools to enter the NBA, G League and college coaching ranks. His goal is to “go to the top,” and become a head coach. “Everyone deserves a second chance, and I can tell a lot of these kids a lot of things that’ll help them, that’ll benefit them that a lot of other people can’t tell them, and they’ll listen to them,” he said. “Because I’ve been where they want to go.”
Cliff Alexander was such a star H.S. basketball recruit … one cop remembered him during the former NBA player’s gun arrest this month — and the interaction was all caught on police video obtained by TMZ Sports. Alexander was pulled over at around 9:30 PM CT on May 6 in Chicago, Ill. after cops say he blew through a stop sign … and shortly after, one officer realized who exactly he had detained. “Oh, you’re that hooper!” the cop said, before asking him about his high school recruiting ranking.
Storyline: Cliff Alexander Arrest
May 25, 2020 | 2:33 am EDT Update
Andrew Bogut via a note posted on social media informed that he will not re-sign with the Sydney Kings. The 2015 NBA champion still hopes to return, as he previously admitted that the Olympic Games moved to 2021 can keep him active for one more season. “I have decided not to sign with the Sydney Kings or any professional sporting team for that matter for the time being,” he wrote, “With everything going on the world the future does not look too clear, most notably in regards to sporting leagues worldwide.”
Storyline: Andrew Bogut Free Agency