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Romeo Langford: GMMU @nba2k @ronnie2k #2krating

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Daniel Gafford: I’m speechless right now. Never thought this would happen. I appreciate @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #2KRatings. Y’all made my dreams come true 😭😅

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Tomer Azarly: #Clippers' Montrezl Harrell gets an 83 rating in NBA 2K20. He's rated one point behind #Lakers' Kyle Kuzma and #Hawks' John Collins. That's...interesting. Montrezl Harrell: It’s a f****** joke but it’s ok 😂😂😂
Bobby Portis: Appreciate the first look @NBA2K ! Need to get that rating up though @Ronnie2K #UNDERDOG #2K20

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Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma’s (@Kyle Kuzma) rating for #NBA2K20 has been released. Kuz comes in with a rating of 84 this year. Did @NBA2K get it right? Too high? Too low? #Lakers pic.twitter.com/8DqEKSvYsQ
Tobias Harris: I don't know what makes me more upset the rating or the jersey 😩🤦🏽‍♂️😩 @NBA2K @Ronnie2K @BobanMarjanovic

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Here you go 🦊 @SacramentoKings #2KRatings

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NBA 2K20: First look at former MVP of the league D-Rose🌹 Thoughts on his rating? #2KRatings

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NBA 2K20: Next Class: Top 5 Rookies #2KRatings

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Unlike a number of players, Lillard seemed indifferent when asked about his ranking -- he doesn't play as himself on the game anyway -- though he did managed to get in a little jab at the developers nonetheless. "It's fine, I never really cared," said Lillard. "I don't understand why people get mad about what the rating is. A lot of people that come up with the game, they probably can't even shoot."
Harrison Wind: NBA 2K ratings are out. Top-12: 1. LeBron - 97. 2. Kawhi - 97. 3. Giannis - 96. 4. Durant - 96. 5. Harden - 96. 6. Curry - 95. 7. Davis - 94. 8. George - 93. 9. Lillard - 92. 10. Embiid - 91. 11. Kyrie - 91. 12. Jokic - 90. Discuss...

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Morris likewise used to play a lot of NBA 2k, but veered away from the franchise about three years ago, by his recollection. He had two pressing issues with the game: his rating and his appearance. “I’ve been on there, I didn’t have my beard,” Morris said. “I didn’t have none of that. And I just wasn’t feeling it because I look at these other players, they’ve got everything. They’ve got all their [facial hair and accessories] done. They’ve got guys that haven’t played an NBA game coming in at [an] 80-something [rating] and I’m a fucking 77. And I done been in there eight years putting in work every year. So I just feel disrespected. So I don’t play it. “I averaged 14 [points per game] for the last three years. There’s no way I’m a 77 and dudes who average less than me are in the 80s. I don’t respect it. So I can’t play it.”

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Bobby Portis: My official @NBA2K screenshot! I told @Ronnie 2K that he gotta have my nappy fro on the game when it comes out though lol...what y’all think? #NBA2K19 pic.twitter.com/lB68gwYGiL

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Taurean Prince: And there we have it world 📝@NBA2K @Ronnie2K #NBA2K19

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Jaren Jackson Jr.: ‼️👀‼️👀‼️ @Ronnie 2K #NBA2K19 momma I’m in 2K pic.twitter.com/BD3nMVOWFl

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Trae Young: My whole life I’ve been underrated.... this ain’t nothing new🤷🏽‍♂️😏😂 #KeepThatSameEnergy

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After his stellar first year, Kuzma told NBA 2K’s Ronnie Singh that he was expecting a bump when NBA 2K19 releases. “I think it should be at least an 80,” Kuzma said in a video. Kuzma got his wish — or at least the bare minimum of it — because Singh told him that when 2K19 drops, Kuzma will be an 80 overall, something the star sophomore forward says he’ll “for sure” use as motivation. ”But hey, an 80’s an 80,” Kuzma added, although his body language and tone in the video were that of a child trying to talk themselves into socks being a cool birthday present when they expected a Nintendo Switch:

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Ronnie 2K: One of my favorite things of the year... Shouting out all @nba players who want to know their @NBA2K rating for #NBA2K19. Reply to this tweet or DM me 👀 If you’re a fan and want your favorite players rating, tweet them to let them know it’s time! pic.twitter.com/h72XVUrJJF
Giannis Antetokounmpo: I see you @NBA2K!! A 94 is okay but I want more 😤🔥 #NBA2K19 #StayFreaky

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LeBron James: Man those white uniforms ain’t so bad/fresh and that rating ain’t so bad either for such an old head! 🤣🤷🏾‍♂️🙏🏾 #NBA2K19🔥 #KingJames👑 #StriveForGreatness🚀 #RWTW🏅 #JamesGang👑

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DeMarcus Cousins: I'll take it but I'm bout to show y'all something this year 🙏🏾 @NBA2K #NBA2K19

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NBA 2K19: 9⃣4⃣for @kawhileonard. Who won the trade? #NBA2K19

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NBA 2K19: 8⃣9⃣ New team, same rating @DeMar_DeRozan. You already know who's coming next 😏 #NBA2K19

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Donovan Mitchell: 2 questions @NBA2K What's my dunk rating? And who else is an 87 this year 🤔 😂 pic.twitter.com/TGbs1Fvrez

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Singh no longer has such anonymity. When an NBA player wants his rating, he must hit up @Ronnie2K. According to Singh, two days before the game's release, 214 players had tweeted about their initial ratings. That's nearly half of the 450 players in the league. The game's manufacturer didn't have to spend a dime for the promotion. "Most other brands would struggle to have that kind of [advertising]," Singh said. "I mean, they'd have to pay considerably to have that kind of impact. We're doing it based on relationships and a passion for a really great video game."
When Washington Wizards guard John Wall caught wind of his 90 rating, he tweeted at Singh: "u a joke !!" The two publicly debated about Wall's previous ratings until Singh tweeted a GIF of a dancing salt shaker, poking fun at the four-time all-star for being upset. Wall blocked him. "John was not serious," Singh said. "It was funny, him and I were DMing the whole time that was happening. It's slightly orchestrated, you know. ... I didn't know he was going to say 'u a joke,' but that was perfect. That was exactly what we needed to kind of fuel the thirst about these ratings."
Paul Kim: what do you think Melo's real ranking should be?? Damian Lillard: Honestly don't give a damn bout a ranking. They usually wrong at every level.
While at the event, Danny had a chance to talk about the much-hyped game, and revealed he is not much of a gamer as well as a player who doesn't fret over his rating. “I’m not a big gamer, I do play but I’m not a guy who worries about the rating. As long as they put me in the game — I know that they put me in better than I am in real life. So if they can put me in the game where I can shoot it pretty well, and play defense then I am happy. It’s always fun and interesting to watch."
Ingram received a 76 rating in the game, which some believed was too low. In an interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, Ingram disagreed saying it could’ve been even lower considering the season he had last year: “I can’t control it, I know it’s just a game. Of course with the season I had this year I could’ve expected it even lower. I know what I’m capable of and a lot of guys, especially my fans, know what I’m capable of and that’s why they were mad at it, but it’s kind of based off how the season went this year.”
While EuroLeague players will be absent from NBA 2K18, fans of the game will be able to continue playing as Milos Teodosic since he now belongs to the NBA world as an LA Clipper. Αccoding to 2KRating, in 2K18, the Serbian guard is rated 77. He’s tied with Jayson Tatum as the third highest-rated rookie after Markelle Fulz (Philadelphia 76ers) and Lonzo Ball (LA Clippers).

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Trey Lyles: That Denver looking good on me!! @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook

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Now, though, the full list of NBA 2K18 ratings for the Atlanta Hawks seems to be available and there are some interesting takeaways from the list. The full list is below and, if nothing else, it can serve as a starting point for all kinds of arguments. Dennis Schröder - 79, Dewayne Dedmon - 77, Ersan Ilyasova - 75, Taurean Prince - 75, Kent Bazemore - 74, Marco Belinelli - 74, Malcolm Delaney - 74, Mike Muscala - 74
Yogi Ferrell: Like I'm playin for the Mavericks @nba2k @ronnie2k #nba2k18 #2KFirstLook pic.twitter.com/6SKhUjlbC3

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NBA 2K 2K18: .@KingJames leads the list of the Top 10 highest rated SFs in #NBA2K18! Rudy Gay: Crock of BS. Wait till this season.
Montrezl Harrell: S/o to @Ronnie 2K got my rating but it's over for everyone 🤔😑 an wrong jersey number 5

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2K Sports recently provided DeAndre' Bembry with his NBA 2K18 rating, a 69 overall. Bembry is now the third Hawk to reveal his rating, as John Collins revealed that he is a 73 and Dewayne Dedmon that he is a 77.
Eric Gordon: Who's ready for the new #NBA2k18 @Ronnie2k @NBA2k #NBA2k18 #2kFirstLook

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TJ Leaf: 2K!!! What does everyone think? @Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #2Kfirstlook #NBA2K18 pic.twitter.com/44zEk3fqbx

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Quincy Pondexter: I needed a good laugh today.. well here it is @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook my knee durability better be a 99 tho

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Caris LeVert: Hmm idk what y'all think??🤔@Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook pic.twitter.com/UDRTuH7lUQ

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NBA2K: Happy Birthday to @NBA2K family, @kobebryant! Dominate with Kobe on the All-Time @Lakers squad in #NBA2K18!

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Pascal Siakam: Aye let's get it🔥!! Need to get that up tho! #doingitforyou🙏🏾 #humblehustle🙏🏾👏🏾Shoutout @ronnie2k @nba2k #2kfirstlook #nba2k18

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Malachi Richardson: Let's work ! What you guys think !?@Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook

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Jordan Clarkson: FOR THE FANS GOODLOOKS @Ronnie2K @NBA2K FOR MY #2KFirstLook #NBA2K18

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Marreese Speights: Thanks my guy 💯💯👍🏾@Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 @OrlandoMagic #tms

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Jared Dudley: HUGE shoutout to my guy @Ronnie2K and the whole @NBA2K family on my exclusive pic 🔥 Congrats on your guys success 👌🏽👌🏽

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At one point during the wedding reception, Wesley Matthews found out that his overall rating in NBA 2K18 is an 83. Singh estimates that there were about 40 NBA players at the wedding and reception, including Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Bogut and Devin Harris among others. Matthews’ 83 rating and how the 2K staff comes up with these numbers became a hot topic among the players in attendance. “I was at Harrison Barnes’ wedding and a major point of contention was Wesley’s rating,” Singh said. “He found out that he was an 83 overall and he got pretty upset about it. He kept talking to Rick Carlisle about it. Well, Rick was the MC of Harrison’s reception. It got to the point that during the reception, in front of about 40 NBA players, Rick gets on the mic and says, ‘Ronnie, we have to address this rating thing right now. You need to come up here.’
“We get a lot of private messages from guys that are pretty harsh,” Singh said. “Last year, for example, Dion Waiters flipped out about his rating – and his rating was pretty good too. I want to say he was rated an 83 at the beginning of last year and, while he ended up having an excellent year, it felt fair at the time. He was just livid, though.”
While players would never admit this publicly, some have gotten mad when a specific teammate is rated higher than them in the game. Players are extremely competitive and they know their teammates’ game better than anyone, so it frustrates them when they wholeheartedly believe that they’re the better player but have a lower overall rating. In one instance, an Eastern Conference player recently direct messaged Singh on Twitter campaigning for his 2K18 rating to be higher than his star teammate because he’s been dominating offseason workouts and pick-up games.
During a question-and-answer session through The Indianapolis Star in 2015, Indiana Pacers big man LaVoy Allen was asked about his 75-overall rating in the game and gave a surprising response. “It’s way too high,” Allen said through the outlet’s Twitter account. “Lavoy Allen is the only player I’ve ever seen or heard of who said that his rating is too high,” Stauffer said with a laugh. “He may have been joking. But, as far as I know, he’s the only player who’s said that.”
Dewayne Dedmon: Steady improvement 2k not jus the rating but the looks too.. can't wait to dunk some fools on the sticcs this year.. who got next ? @ronnie2k @nba2k #nba2k18 #2kfirstlook #justwatch

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Rudy Gobert: Shoutout to @Ronnie2K for my #2KFirstLook screen. A little low as usual but started from a 52 so we good 😏. What you guys think?

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Storyline: NBA 2K Ratings
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May 26, 2020 | 7:32 pm EDT Update
As for what he’s focused on, Beal said it is being a consistent scorer “with efficiency.” He wants to increase his volume as a scorer without leaving his shooting percentages to suffer. He has been able to achieve that for the most part, this season averaging 30.5 points while holding a 52.0 effective field goal percentage. That is not easy to do, especially as a guard. But don’t let the efficiency talk lead you to thinking Beal is poring over the numbers, especially the advanced metrics. He also dropped a line on the show that may raise some eyebrows. “Honestly, I’m not an analytical guy. I say F the analytics, just go hoop,” he said.

May 26, 2020 | 5:47 pm EDT Update
In Cuban’s proposal, the top 10 teams from both conferences would qualify for the postseason and be re-seeded based on record. There would be two play-in matchups — either single games or a best-of-three series — pitting seeds 17 vs. 20 and 18 vs. 19. The winners would advance to play the 15th and 16th seeds for the final spots in the playoff bracket. The playoffs would then proceed with best-of-seven series.
A point Cuban emphasizes is that all but two teams — the exceptions being the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors — would have a mathematical possibility of qualifying for the postseason under his proposal. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, the teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, are four games behind the 10th-place Charlotte Hornets. “It’s fair. It’s entertaining,” Cuban told ESPN.
May 26, 2020 | 3:25 pm EDT Update
That all changed in 2006. A couple of days before Bryant would score 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, Colangelo invited him to his office in Phoenix. The Lakers were in town to face the Suns, but Colangelo had something else on his mind: He wanted Bryant to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympics. “I knew in advance that he really wanted to be a part of U.S.A. Basketball,” said Colangelo, who had taken over as managing director of the men’s national team after its disastrous third-place finish at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens — a far cry from the standard of excellence set by Michael Jordan and the so-called Dream Team that won gold in 1992. “It was on his list of things that he wanted to accomplish, because he had never played for U.S.A. Basketball. No junior teams or anything like that. So it was important to him, and his commitment was huge.”
“I think Kobe challenged everybody,” said Jim Boeheim, one of the team’s assistants and the head coach of men’s basketball at Syracuse. “He was like, ‘I’m going to defend the toughest guy on every team, I’m going to push everyone, so just come along with me.’ And he did that from Day 1.” For Colangelo, it was a window into greatness. The foundation for all of Bryant’s feats — the 81-point game, the scoring titles, the series-clinching jump shots, the three championships he had already won with the Lakers — was his work ethic and desire. The spectacular was rooted in the mundane, in the monotony of hard labor.
At the Olympics, Bryant helped lead the way in the gold-medal final against Spain — and did it with flair. With just over three minutes remaining in a tight game, Bryant effectively sealed the win with a 4-point play. He raised an index finger to his lips to silence the Spanish fans in the crowd. A few minutes later, as the Americans celebrated on the court, Colangelo embraced the player he had once dreamed of drafting. The wait, in some ways, was worth it. “How often does someone have an objective, a goal, and have it perfectly executed?” Colangelo asked. “It was just so special.”
Storyline: USA Basketball
We spoke with Ken Goldin who tells us the previous record for the most expensive MJ game-used threads was $173k for Michael’s 1984 Team USA jersey. The uniform is pretty sick … a size 46 jersey made by Champion, with a black base and red pinstripes. It’s pretty sweet. And, get this … Goldin Auctions also tells TMZ Sports a game-used Lebron James jersey also sold recently … for $371,200!!!
During our conversation, I asked Wilt, “Since we’re in Cleveland, would you mind if I asked you a few questions about the time you almost became a Cavalier?” The 7-foot-1 Chamberlain paused, then let out a huge laugh and said, “You remember that, huh?” Wilt didn’t want to talk specifics, but confirmed the team did indeed want him to come out of retirement and play for it in November 1979. “The Cavs did want me (to return to the NBA), but they weren’t the only ones,” he said. “They weren’t the first team, nor the last, to talk to me (about playing again).” “Bulls, Cavaliers, Nets, Knicks twice, Sixers twice, Mavericks, Suns, Clippers — those are all the teams who tried to get me in the last decade,” Chamberlain said before accepting the Living Legend Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its annual dinner in 1991.
While his contractual obligations with the Lakers prevented Chamberlain from playing for the Conquistadors in the ABA in 1974, they were no longer a roadblock to him returning to the NBA with the Cavaliers in 1979. Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss said his team would not ask Cleveland for compensation for signing Chamberlain, should it take place. “I think it would be great for the NBA if Wilt were to play and I do not want to put anything in the way of this happening,” Buss told the Associated Press on Nov. 20, 1979. “I would enjoy seeing him play again, so I am sure would thousands of basketball fans.”
“Cavs GM Ron Hrovat, a basketball neophyte, was entrusted with the responsibility of hand-delivering the contract to Chamberlain’s palatial home in Bel Air,” the Hall of Famer wrote. “Nobody was there when Hrovat arrived, so he stuck the contract in the gate. By the time Chamberlain showed up, the papers were strewn around his yard.” Which did not sit well with Wilt. “Chamberlain immediately got Albeck on the phone,” Vecsey wrote. “‘Forget it, Little Man,’ he said, using his endearing nickname for Albeck. “I can’t play for a team that handles its business like that.” Albeck lamented how the Cavaliers’ pursuit of Chamberlain concluded. “He was this close to coming back,” he told Vecsey, holding his thumb and index finger an inch apart.
May 26, 2020 | 3:13 pm EDT Update
Based on the final standings within each group, eight teams would advance out of pool play into a bracket meant to mimic the league’s normal postseason structure, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Several current postseason teams were not initially enthusiastic about that proposal, sources told Lowe. A slump in group play could result in what is currently a solid playoff team — even one slated for home-court advantage in the first round of a normal postseason — failing to advance into the eight-team tournament, while a present-day lottery team might get hot and make the final eight.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Nets center Jarrett Allen returned to the team’s recently reopened practice facility in Brooklyn on Tuesday wearing a face mask. The team opened its facility for voluntary workouts followingGov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sunday announcement that said New York sports teams can hold in-state training camps. “I believe sports that can come back without people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it. Do it,” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do.”
ESPN’s recently aired documentary series “The Last Dance,” chronicling Michael Jordan’s final championship season with the Chicago Bulls, rekindled interest in Jordan’s long-running feud with Isiah Thomas, including how the Pistons’ star was left off the 1992 Dream Team that won Olympic gold in Barcelona. Author Jack McCallum addressed the controversy in the most recent episode of his “The Dream Team Tapes” podcast series. McCallum said Jordan brought up the issue of Thomas himself in a 2011 interview. “When they called me and asked me to play — Rod Thorn called me. I said ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team,’” Jordan said on the recording that McCallum played during the podcast.
May 26, 2020 | 12:13 pm EDT Update
During the years of basketball supplier talks, during which Spalding for a time was for sale, the NBA even considered buying a stake in the company. “Anything and everything was on the table. We talked about all of those things. Joint ventures, different models. Throughout the span of the last few years, we just couldn’t agree on what they looked like,” LaRocca said. There’s no bad blood, he added. “We had been exploring all of those and exploring different ways our partnership could be structured, to help grow sports,” LaRocca said. “It was never any animosity. We just had a difference of opinion.”
Wilson also will supply balls for the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League. The NBA and Wilson haven’t disclosed the terms of the deal other than to say it’s multiyear, but it’s believed to be 10 years. The NBA’s relationship with Wilson isn’t a new one. The company provided NBA game balls from 1946, when the NBA launched as the Basketball Association of America, until Spalding took over the contract in 1983. “We didn’t spend a lot of time having to get to know them or know what they’ve done throughout the course of this history and brand,” LaRocca said.
ShotTracker and other companies are trying to land an eventual deal to have the NBA and NCAA and other leagues use their motion-tracking technology in balls and to put such sensors on players. The goal is to create customized next-gen metrics for coaching, players, medical staff, media, fans and gamblers. “Over the last several years we have worked with both Wilson and Spalding chipped balls. Wilson makes an incredible and imperceptible chipped basketball. At this time, I don’t know how this switch impacts the process for the NBA,” Ross said via email.
Storyline: Official Ball
May 26, 2020 | 11:59 am EDT Update
Groups could then be randomly drawn, with one team from each tier going into each group. The NBA is working on approaches to fairly balance the groupings, such as limiting each group to only three Western Conference teams, according to multiple front office sources. Drawings for the group stage could be televised, league sources say. The NBA draft lottery has yielded between 2.4 million and 4.4 million viewers the past 10 years on ESPN; a live drawing of the groups, even with Silver and a representative from every team broadcasting from their own homes, would do major numbers. Here’s one draw of the groups based on a random number generator:
One concern raised by team executives is the possibility of a “group of death”—a term used by soccer fans to describe groups that are far stronger than others, making it unfair for the top contenders. For example, if groups are randomly drawn, there is an unlikely-but-possible scenario that the Bucks could end up in a group with the Celtics, Rockets, Mavericks, and Pelicans—arguably the four best teams in Tiers 2 through 5. As an alternative to having groups randomly selected, multiple league sources say the league has considered allowing Tier 1 teams—the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers—to draft their own groups. Now that would make for some drama during a selection show.
But Eastern Conference teams have already pushed back at the league for the group stage suggestion, according to league sources. The East is weaker than the West, and teams wouldn’t want to give up leverage in future discussions to reseed the postseason or remove conferences entirely. It’s a fair point, but conferences aren’t going away any time soon due to challenges and concerns with coast-to-coast travel, even under normal circumstances. In my opinion, the groups are balanced almost every single way you distribute teams from each tier. All teams in Tier 2 and 3 are relatively even, and with the exception of the Mavericks, the same can be said for Tiers 4 and 5. Any minor kinks could be ironed out if the league and the NBPA agree to fully explore this scenario.
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It’s unclear how these games would count toward existing contracts with regional sports networks (RSN) and national television stations (ESPN, TNT, and ABC). NBA teams have deals with RSNs for regular-season games; once teams hit roughly 70 games aired on their RSN, the league retains 100 percent of the revenue from those contracts. The NBA also has national deals to air a decided number of games on each network. So it’s unknown how group stage games would financially fulfill either of those contracts. But conversations with sources on both the league side and television side believe an agreement can easily be reached because of the potentially massive ratings that could follow. Group-stage games could realistically air “side by side” on both a team’s regional sports network and on national television, just like most first-round games already do.
May 26, 2020 | 11:46 am EDT Update

Damian Lillard to sit if Blazers don't have shot at playoffs

If the NBA resumes the 2019-20 season by electing to play a handful of games with all teams just to reach 70 games to fulfill regional television deals, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard knows his next move. “If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team. But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now. And you can put that [expletive] in there,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday morning via phone.
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“If we come back and I don’t have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I’ll be at practice and I’ll be with my team. I’m going to do all that [expletive] and then I’m going to be sitting right on that bench during the games,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “If they come back and say it’s something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we’re playing for playoff spots, then I think that’s perfect.”
A potential Los Angeles Lakers-Trail Blazers matchup likely would be the most anticipated series of the first round. “I just feel like that would be the matchup people want to see,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “And not to say nobody wants to see Memphis, because they’re in the eighth and they’ve been in the eighth spot for a while. They’ve earned that. You can’t take anything away from Memphis. They play hard, they’re exciting and they’ve got a lot of young talent. The Lakers would have their hands full playing against them. Memphis beat the Lakers this year. Memphis would have nothing to lose. I feel like both series could be a little bit hectic for the Lakers, but I think more so us, because of the experience and where we are in our careers. Not too long ago, we played them in L.A. and obviously I had a great game and we won a close one, and in the playoffs, I’m sure they would come up with some type of game plan to not allow that to happen. But I want to compete. That’s what we want.”
May 26, 2020 | 10:53 am EDT Update
Mixed into the congratulatory comments — “nice kill brother” and “glad to see some hunting content back on your page” — are people calling him “cruel,” “disgusting” and telling him to “shoot baskets not animals.” “I don’t really pay that no attention,” Hill says. “Most people that always have something against hunting are the same ones that go out to a restaurant to eat a steak or order a burger. So I always say, if you really see all those animals [get] to your plate, you’d probably think differently about hunters. “If you’re hunting just to kill s—, you have a problem.”
Hill, 34 and envisioning life after basketball, is pouring his time away from the court into learning more about animal care, overseeing projects — expanding a lake and building a “barndominium” are currently underway — and watching over his vast, 850-acre ranch and its exotic residents. In August 2017, he purchased the massive plot of land here in Texas Hill Country, a 35-minute drive north of his family’s offseason home in San Antonio. Over time, the property has been bulldozed, sculpted and preened into a sprawling ranch.
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