July 13, 2020 | 6:59 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: There is growing belief Pacers star Victor Oladipo will attempt to play in the NBA’s restarted season after multiple strong team practices in Orlando, sources inside the bubble tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Mirjam Swanson: Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo’s injury: “There’s almost no way to prevent injury other than not playing at all, and if you did that, you’re not gonna win. “Every time we have a practice, we’re worried about it … it’s hard to prevent injuries, especially fluke injuries like that.”
Brandon Rahbar: Billy Donovan on Andre Roberson: “For me, it’s been inspiring to see him out there. I couldn’t be happier for him. He knows who he is as a player. He knows he’s an elite defensive player. Andre understands the bigger picture.”
Brandon Rahbar: Darius Bazley says he’s 100% healthy. He worked on his shooting mechanics during shut down.
Erik Horne: Darius Bazley (right knee) said he’s 100 percent ready to play. Bazley hasn’t played since Feb. 9: “I’ve been ready since we didn’t know if there was going to be a season or not.” Bazley said he’s been working on his shooting mechanics during the stoppage.
Paul Garcia: Patty Mills on the Spurs team meeting to address social justice before their first practice: “It was probably the best way we could start by being back together again. It’s not only a topic that everyone’s passionate about, but also directly involved in.”
Paul Garcia: “Patty’s amazing,” said Derrick White of Patty Mills. “On the court and off the court.” On Mills donating his salary from the restart to social justice groups, White said, “that’s the kind of guy he is.”
Mike Vorkunov: Craig Robinson has left the Knicks, a league source confirmed, and the organization needs a new player development czar. The Knicks have another big front office hire to make. theathletic.com/1926749/2020/0…
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.”