July 13, 2020 | 6:06 pm EDT Update
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said he envisions KCP starting in place of Bradley, as expected. Answering a question about Rondo, “We expect Rajon to be a part of our playoff run.” Thinks he can return while the Lakers are still in the postseason.
Andrew Greif: Rodney McGruder: “The bubble’s unique but it’s been pretty exciting” being together again. During the hiatus, Rodney said he watched a lot of film.
July 13, 2020 | 5:27 pm EDT Update
July 13, 2020 | 5:00 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: Two NBA players have tested positive out of the 322 tested on NBA campus on July 7.
Chris Haynes: Of the 322 players tested for Covid-19 since arriving on July 7, two players tested positive, the league announces. pic.twitter.com/MMatWQUbkd
July 13, 2020 | 4:38 pm EDT Update
Kellan Olson: I asked Devin Booker what is obviously his biggest adjustment to being in Orlando which is life away from his dog for the first time. He said he had to google if a dog can recognize your face over Facetime at first. They can’t 😦 pic.twitter.com/tedlV5x1HP
July 13, 2020 | 4:12 pm EDT Update
Lowry is certainly going to give it. In all matters. As a member of the players’ association competition committee, he worked with the league in setting up every facet of life for the 22 teams that are now gathered near Orlando for the resumption of the suspended season later this month. He was involved in developing testing protocols, scheduling, what is allowed and what’s not, and has made it clear to his teammates how important that is. He is the franchise’s conduit to a healthy existence.
“It was interesting to come up with some of the concepts and to talk that over, and understand (not just) what we’re trying to do but how we’re trying to do it, and make sure that it’s done the right way for all the players, coaches, and it’s (as safe as) we possibly can do it,” Lowry said in his first group interview since the league suspended the season in March.
“I think that we’ve done a good job so far with the safety aspects, the health aspects. I think there’s definitely going to be some adjustments that need to be made, but that’s the one thing about our league and our professionals, is that we make adjustments on the fly and we’re able to.”
July 13, 2020 | 3:40 pm EDT Update
The Knicks are continuing to work through the process of the search for a head coach and have completed second interviews with all candidates. Knicks president Leon Rose described his process on MSG Network last month of conducting informal talks and then formal interviews with the 11 confirmed candidates. The Knicks completed the second round last week, holding talks with the candidates who are not headed into the bubble for the restart of the NBA season.
“We’re setting it up in two phases,” Rose said in an interview with Mike Breen. “We’re having shorter meetings, kind of break the ice with the various candidates and then we’re going to have full interviews with the candidates . . . We’re anticipating that to go mid-to-late July. Hopefully by the end of July, make a decision.”
Chris Grenham: Kara Lawson got choked up when she was asked about her experience with the Celtics. “It’s been an emotional three days. … I’ve built a lot of deep relationships with these guys. … It’s hard to leave.”
Chris Grenham: Kara Lawson spoke to the Celtics before practice yesterday. Jayson Tatum spoke to the team about how excited he was for her to become a Blue Devil, while Enes Kanter asked her for a courtside seat.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant called out those players that took issue with the conditions, saying that he wasn’t a “silver spoon guy” and that the options have been fine. Redick agreed with that assessment on Sunday during his media availability with reporters. “Getting outside and golfing yesterday was key. The bubble life has been fine. I think Ja Morant said it best: The hotel is fine, the food is fine, everything is fine. We’re here to play basketball, to further our mission. We have a responsibility and a job to do. It’s fine.”
Craig Robinson, who served as the Knicks’ vice president of player development and general manager of the G League’s Westchester Knicks since 2017, has accepted a position as executive director for the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Robinson was not expected to remain with the Knicks, having been brought on by Steve Mills, who was dismissed earlier this year. The contracts of Robinson and most of the front-office personnel are expiring shortly.
Chase Hughes: Ian Mahinmi said the Wizards and Mystics have discussed trying to create a polling place for D.C. residents to vote at Capital One Arena. The Hawks and other NBA teams have already done this.
July 13, 2020 | 2:32 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, forwards Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig have not made the trip to Walt Disney World, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
His path from experiencing poverty in Greece to becoming a multimillionaire MVP included sacrifice, which he refuses to lose sight of despite his current status. “I’m in a situation where I’m extremely blessed and I cannot complain. Obviously, it doesn’t matter where you are in life, there’s always something to complain, there’s always a problem and an issue,” Antetokounmpo said. “But I try to kind of not focus on that. So as I said, my apartment in Greece, when I was younger, with my four brothers, was way smaller than the suite that I have in the hotel, so I’m just trying to enjoy the moment.
“This is something special,” he continued. “Hopefully, this pandemic never happens again so we never are able to come back in the campus, but at the end of the day, this is part of history, so just being able to be here, participate in this, I’m just trying to be in the moment, trying to enjoy every moment, trying to enjoy basketball. I’m happy that we’re back playing basketball, something that I love doing, so there’s nothing really to complain about.” Even before entering the NBA’s campus at Walt Disney World, Antetokounmpo said he thought “this is gonna be the toughest championship you could ever win” because of the circumstances. He jokingly admitted that he “sucked” during the Bucks’ first five-on-five scrimmage at Monday’s practice but thinks everyone will shake the initial rust once the ball is tipped for real competition.
Rodriguez, who last starred with the Yankees, and fiancée Lopez have put $300 million of their own money toward the bid. Other investors include future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, two-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee. “Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it’s pretty cool,” Urlacher told ESPN on Monday. “It’s especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You’ve got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It’s great to be in a group with them.”