“The knee is doing well,” Walker said. “It’s di…

“The knee is doing well,” Walker said. “It’s difficult because I don’s have anyone around to get me some treatment or anything like that, so I have to do my own stuff, which I’m trying my best to do as much as possible. Still trying to stay on top of things, so at this point it’s all about discipline.”

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Augustin, who was averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 assists this season for Orlando, has turned one of his garages into a gym over the last two weeks that includes a treadmill and exercise bicycle. He said the Magic also sent him some exercise and weight room equipment, but he has no access to a basketball gym while social distancing. The 5-foot-11 guard remains hopeful that the 2019-20 season will resume.
“The only hard part if we do come back this season is guys having a rhythm and skills being on point,” Augustin said. “But in terms of being in shape, I will be in shape when we come back. I’m hoping we come back. We’re missing the game, and the fans are missing the game. I feel like we had a lot to prove this season. We were in a good spot. I’m going to be a free agent this summer. “I’m hoping we come back. I’m hearing things may pick up in July and go into September.”
For a segment of people outside Philadelphia, to one of the NBA’s most widely known former referees, an on-court adjudicator considered for many of his 25 years to be one of the league’s toughest officials and quickest whistles. Dread not, says Steve Javie, ordained deacon at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Newtown, Pa.
They could not be there in person, but then, in Javie’s current pursuit, in spirit is what really matters anyway. “Use the time now not just to watch things on Netflix or spend idle time on your computer, but to get closer to the Lord,” Javie responded when asked for isolation tips. “Take time with the family, set time aside to read scripture and talk about it. ‘What does it mean?’ “My role is about giving hope, saying ‘trust in the Lord’ and then reconnecting at a time when they’re telling us to disconnect with each other.”
Given those connections, and his general philosophy that it is always wise to listen to experts in any specific field, Ujiri was always going to preach patience over frustration when it comes to the possible re-starting of the season.
“I’m hoping (the season can be salvaged). That’s all of our hope. We love our game and we love what we do,” Ujiri said. “Honestly, for now, I think (the way) we salvage the NBA season is by abiding by the rules and doing everything that we have to do as people, as a community, everything we possibly can. This is not about the NBA, NBA players, NBA fans. It’s about the whole world. This is something that hit globally. This is not an earthquake that hit in only one part of the world or a disease that is only in another part of the world or a tsunami — pardon me for mentioning all of these things. But this is affecting the whole world. We can want to plan the NBA all we want, and (want) it to come back all we want. Because it affects the whole world, something is going to stall that one way or the other, if we have not played by the rules.”
His decision-making process with the camps will mirror his decision-making process with the Raptors. Ujiri is one of the more powerful men in basketball, but the pandemic can make that power feel like an illusion. Like the rest of us, he sits, waits and, crucially, listens. “It’s been tough, guys, I’ll be honest,” Ujiri said. “Just being away from everything you do and you do so well, it’s been tough on everybody. But this is time for us to rally, be together, be innovative and figure out a way forward. I know (last June) we brought the world together in a really special way (with the Raptors’ championship). And now I think it’s time we stick together, bring people together by staying apart. I’m fine. … (My contract) is honestly like the last thing on my mind. I miss the game, man. Like I miss it. I miss basketball. If you have concern, I’m concerned for my team, I’m concerned for my family, I’m concerned for the world.”
Q: In these unusual and troubling times, how do you spend your days now compared to what you would normally be doing at the end of March and beginning of April? Daryl Morey: Normally, we would be stressing about our playoff positioning and winning the game tomorrow night. Everyone is adjusting. Obviously, everyone’s working from home. We for quite a while have used a messaging platform to keep everyone together. It’s not as big an adjustment with the front office just because we’re used to being on the road. We’re used to being remote a lot. That helps. The biggest adjustment is for the players, No. 1 and then coaches. Those of us that are always out on the road scouting or at the NCAA Tournament it is less of an adjustment.
Q: What kind of communication has there been with players? Daryl Morey: With players, it’s pretty intense at the workout level and the health and wellness level. We had guys rehabbing. Luckily, they were at a stage they could just get the workout programs and do them themselves. (Guard Michael Frazier, out with a fractured left forearm, was the only player listed out with an injury when the season was suspended.) They can do workouts directed by Javair (Gillett, the director of player performance) and Willie (Cruz, a strength training assistant) and the crew there. And then John Lucas gives them basketball workout plans as well.
Daryl Morey: It’s hardest for the players. You can’t replicate playing games. It’s a social sport. It’s much easier to get motivated to do workouts when you’re doing it with someone else. These guys are professionals and we have the most veteran team in the league, basically. I’d worry more if we have a bunch of young players. But we also need to hit the ground running when things restart. It’s been interesting. I talk regularly with Mike (D’Antoni), who talks with the players as well. We’re all monitoring everything, the country, the world, basketball. Everything.
While some might speculate that the NBA season will not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the league's best record when play stopped, are going forward as if they will eventually be on the court.
"We are operating and functioning and just have a mentality that we will play," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Wednesday during a conference call. "I think it's important for players and all of us to function that way, to think that way, and it's out of our hands. Luckily, [commissioner] Adam Silver and the league office, they'll make the hard decisions and they'll do what's best for everybody, but I think it's certainly important that we kind of operate and have a mentality that we will play again, and we'll be excited about that if and when it does happen."
Despite the current circumstances, the Bucks are still focused on improvement as a team. "A lot of people find it hard to believe, but we actually live and believe it every day," Bucks general manager Jon Horst said. "We've taken a focus to get better every single day and to literally just focus on getting better every day, not thinking about championships or Finals or opponents that we're going to play weeks out or months out, but to really think about how to improve every day. That's been a mantra and something that we believe in and something that's ingrained and built into kind of the fabric of who we are."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who expressed optimism last week that the NBA season could resume as soon as mid-May, has backed off discussing any potential timetables for the league playing games again. "I have no idea," Cuban said Wednesday on ESPN's Get Up. "I mean, the only thing I know is that we're going to put safety first and we're not going to take any chances. We're not going to do anything that risks the health of our players, our fans, our staff, the whole organization. So right now, I really don't have anything new to say."
So he's stepped up to help, providing meals in the Seattle community that he plans to extend to the Chicago area. "Everywhere is hard hit now, but the West Coast was first being one of the quicker fights from Asia," LaVine noted about the expedient Washington state response. "When I got back to Seattle, I wanted to do be able to do something for my hometown. Jamal Crawford is one of my mentors, one of the best people you can meet. We talked about things and he's kind of the mastermind behind everything because he is so big in the Seattle community. I'm back and forth, but he's here.
"I got with his organization and Feeding America, where I could donate meals to those in need," LaVine said. "We donated 13,000 meals. We're doing some more things and we're starting to do things in Chicago as well, for people working in the hospitals, the nurses and doctors and health care professionals who are helping us. I'm finding the best way to go about it. There are so many different people being affected by this that you want to make sure it goes to the right places."
D.J. Augustin has 3,427 assists in his NBA career. But the Orlando Magic point guard is making bigger contributions in his hometown of New Orleans, which has been devastated by the coronavirus. Augustin recently made a donation to Krewe of Red Beans that provided food for frontline hospital workers who are treating patients with COVID-19. “They’re getting red beans and rice. They’re getting quality food,” Augustin told The Undefeated. “It’s not just McDonald’s or cold deli sandwiches. It’s quality food for these doctors and nurses to fuel their bodies for what they’re doing. Some of them were going all day without eating.”
Malika Andrews: After having four players test positive for COVID-19, Sean Marks says all Nets players are now symptom-free of COVID-19. The entire traveling party has completed the 14-day home isolation. They are still practicing social distancing.
Alex Schiffer: On a conference call, Nets GM Sean Marks said the four players that tested positive for Covid-19 are now symptom-free. That includes team staff and the entire traveling party.
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban has backed way off after recently expressing optimism that the NBA season could resume as soon as mid-May. "I have no idea," Cuban said on @GetUpESPN. He later added: "I mean, I haven’t had any conversations where anybody discusses an actual date."
Wednesday, he went on the social isolation edition of Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show” and talked about how the isolation and loneliness caused by social distancing can be “devastating” at this time for people battling depression and anxiety. “I think continuing to create community at this time, that’s a huge thing… speaking of social isolation, it has made navigating this time very, very different,” Love said. (See his full comments in the video above.)
Is there any scenario, because of the tight calendar and health and safety at the forefront of every decision, where the league could go right into the playoffs, skipping the remaining regular season games? “I would see a situation where, because guys might come in a little out of shape and they don’t know how to get through this time because it is new, they will then have like a two-week training camp, play 10 games and it will go into some sort of a playoff scenario,” Love said. “I don’t know if they will play seven games or a five-game series that we haven’t seen in such a long time and then have The Finals. I think because we have so many of these sports taken away from us that the ratings will be incredibly high. In basketball, it will be anybody’s game, anybody’s championship. As a fan myself, they will be fun to watch.”
Hart had eagerly anticipated a busy March and April toggling between his day job and his intoxicating hobby following Chelsea. While Hart’s soccer team had climbed into a top-four spot in the Premier League, New Orleans (28-36) was just 3 ½ games behind eighth-seeded Memphis and had the most favorable closing schedule of any team in the hunt for the West’s final playoff berth when the N.B.A. announced its indefinite suspension on March 11. “I’m not very optimistic about the season starting any time in the next two, three, four months,” Hart said. “It’s just too hard. Unless they were somehow able to build a huge hotel and an arena and put a bubble over it in some random place somewhere, that’s my only guess how to actually finish the season in the next several months. You really do have to create a bubble.”
Of course, it's possible that the 2019-20 season is simply lost to the pandemic. With shelter in place and social distancing lasting until May at the very earliest, it's very possible we get to a point where trying to restart play simply isn't feasible. Lillard, along with the rest of the NBA community, hopes that won't be the case, but he's confident that whatever decision is made, it will be made with the right priorities in mind. "I'm definitely a little worried that (canceling the 2019-20 season) is a possibility but I'm encouraged because I know that the league is doing everything in their power to make sure that it does (come back)," said Lillard. "I know that if we don't come back that it will be for the right reasons, it'll be for the sake of all of our health and that's what's first. But I think that at some point we will be back and if not, I think it'll be a great reason for that."
Rachel Nichols: If the NBA wants to re-start its season, the league may have to quarantine players in a central location. @RealJayWilliams says using cruise ships could safeguard against anyone breaking isolation. @PaulPierce34 has other ideas: "maybe ask the government if we can use Area 51" 😂
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert worked out Tuesday for the first time since he became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus two weeks ago. Gobert, who was cleared of the illness on Friday, shared to Instagram photos and a video of him throwing boxing punches with a trainer and the caption, “Back at it.”

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Dragic also faces the fact that his home country, Slovenia, is thousands of miles away. Slovenia has asked most citizens to return to the country, and Dragic’s parents did just that recently after spending time in South Florida. Dragic’s brother Zoran, the former Heat guard who now plays in Spain, is in the middle of a 20-day quarantine in a hotel in Slovenia after returning from Spain. And Dragic’s uncle is stuck in South Florida because he’s from Serbia, which has closed its borders.
“I’m still nervous, because they’re saying, even if you get infected you don’t show the symptoms,” Dragic said of his parents recently taking a long flight from Miami to Slovenia. “They just got back home three days ago. Everything is fine, they feel fine. Luckily there was not a lot of people on the plane, so they were sitting only with my dad and my mom in the row. But yeah, they had all the gloves, all the masks on and they disinfect everything.”
For Dragic, he said he plans to remain in the United States because he has a home in Miami and has U.S. health insurance. With the NBA possibly playing into September if the season resumes in the coming months, this could be the first time Dragic doesn’t have an opportunity to make a summer trip to Slovenia. “I’m here to do my job,” Dragic said. “If the NBA is going to continue to play games, whenever that’s going to start, I’m going to be here. So, you know, as long as everybody’s safe, yeah, it’s going to be a little bit different if I don’t go home. But it doesn’t matter. The family can come here and we can hang out here when all this stuff with the virus calms down.”
For the first time since being admitted to the intensive care unit on March 23 due to complications from the coronavirus, beloved Detroit Pistons scout Maury Hanks successfully passed his breathing trial and was taken off a ventilator on Tuesday, CBS Sports has confirmed. His physicians at the University of Tennessee Medical Center have warned there is a chance he could regress and again require ventilator assistance, but for now this is the biggest step the 57-year-old has taken toward recovery.
On Monday, Hanks' oxygen levels had improved to a point where doctors were able to decrease the work of the ventilator to test how his body responded to breathing on its own, but he was only able it make it for 30 minutes before having to ramp the ventilator back up. His wife, Susan Hanks, told CBS Sports that part of Maury's struggle to maintain his oxygen levels had been a product of his agitation in coming out of sedation.
On Tuesday, Hanks was fitted with earbuds so Susan, in an effort to calm her husband, could talk to him the whole time he was coming out of sedation and trying to breathe on his own. It just might've worked. Doctors will monitor Hanks, who is still utilizing an oxygen mask, for the next 24 hours. If all goes well, he will be transferred to a COVID-19 step-down unit, likely on Wednesday.
Stephon Marbury: I know that was something that people were saying that people didn’t need, but that’s a strong need. One of the things that I learned and saw from living in China and being here is that when the virus outbreak arrived, everyone wore a mask because nobody knew who had the virus. … People cough all the time. When people were saying to me, ‘Oh, you don’t need a mask.’ They’re probably saying that you don’t need the mask from a doctor standpoint. But you don’t know which person has this virus and people sneeze and cough and talk all the time. So, are you going to stop that? For me, knowing that was one of the main things that was needed from being in America and being out in New York and seeing how many people were walking around looking at me when I had on a mask, like, ‘Why you got a mask on?’ And I’m like, ‘You should have a mask on. It’s so important. It’s so vital.’
Stephon Marbury: So, the Brooklyn borough president, he reached out to me about helping him source some masks and other things. My focus has been on the mask and there are other things that I’m trying to help for the medical staff. They need robes, they need the gowns, the goggles, all of these different things are needed. And you know, I have friends that know people [in China] in all of these different areas at the manufacturer. So, I’ve been pretty much speaking to them and trying to accumulate and get everything from my country, for Coney Island, for Brooklyn, for New York City. It’s been a real challenge for me seeing all of us going on where I’m from. Anybody that knows me know how I feel about Coney Island and about New York. I’m a real New York kid.
Stephon Marbury: I lost my cousin to this virus. My little cousin [former NBA guard] Sebastian [Telfair] has an older brother. We lost him two days ago. His mom is fighting for her life right now because of the virus. So, it’s pretty difficult in this trying time and staying on focus and trying to handle the things that I need to handle for my mom and them. They’re nervous about my aunt. … For me being here [in China], my family there, I’m constantly thinking about my mom. My mom is 78 years old. She has respiratory issues. We can’t even allow nobody to come near our home with my mom. My brother doesn’t go next to my mom. My sister doesn’t go next to my mom because we’re just so nervous about it. I’ve got an older brother that’s 60 years old. … I literally have family members that are in a space where my aunt is fighting for her life. And her son just passed away while she’s in an induced coma. She doesn’t even know. My family is just like on pins and needles with what’s going on.
DID YOU REACH OUT TO THE NBA ABOUT COVID-19? Stephon Marbury: I sent [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver an email March 8. I said in the email, ‘You guys got to stop.’ I said, ‘This is not good. You got, like, 17,000, 18,000 people going to games and people don’t know if they’re infected or not. This could happen. One of the basketball players can get infected. Anything can happen.’ He was like, ‘Stephon, thank you for so much for sending me this email.’ My concern is for everybody. It’s bigger than basketball. You got guys getting sick and they can’t play. I mean, what’s the use? There is no point or no purpose. I think that it’s going to be a really big challenge for the [NBA] season to get going this year.
SB NATION: I’ll begin with a question I find myself asking just about everyone I talk to these days: How are you staying safe? And, did you consider traveling home once the NBA allowed its players to do so, or just bunker down and stay put? PAT CONNAUGHTON: I stayed in Milwaukee. I tried to look at it from a variety of different angles. For me, I’m from the Boston area and Massachusetts was arguably hit worse than the majority of other places, so going home didn’t really make sense for me, for my own health but also for the safety of my family. We’re fortunate to be in the NBA. We might as well stay close to our team just in case, God forbid something does happen and we need access to doctors, we have team doctors. If we need access to food for some reason, the chefs are trying to help us out when they can. There’s different things that I think teams are doing to help their players that stick around.
SB: Being part of such a special season with the Bucks, how often do you think about the possibility that the season is over, and how you might never get an opportunity to finish what you started? How difficult would that be, given all the hard work that was put in and what the expectations were? PAT CONNAUGHTON: It’s tough because you look at it from a few different lenses. You think seasons like this don’t come along every year, so if it ends that’s gonna suck. To be honest. But when you look at it from the lens of an athlete you’re like we, as a team, are very good. What is preventing us from doing it again next year? Obviously we would be disappointed, we’re having a great year, etc. But maybe it just makes us hungrier next year. Maybe it’s fuel on the fire, as opposed to something else. Giannis will be a year older, a year more skilled. We’ll all be getting better. If you look at it that way you can throw some positive light to it.
PAT CONNAUGHTON: The other light you look at it, just being open and honest, there are guys that are on contract years. There are guys that, I mean, personally I don’t have a technical contract for next year or anything. So you look at it like how does it affect free agency? How does it affect the salary cap? What does our team look like next year if the season were to end and not continue, and the playoffs weren’t to happen and there weren’t a champion to be crowned. I think all of those are unknown. I could sit here for 24 straight hours and put down a sheet of paper, pros, cons, all these different scenarios, but I don’t think that does me any good. We don’t know. Nobody knows. The NBA is full of much smarter people than myself. Adam Silver is great. The owners are all very smart guys. The general managers are very smart guys. Obviously the player’s union, Michelle. Chris Paul. All them are very smart. I believe the best interest of as many players as possible and all the teams and the league itself will be what’s most important and what will be accomplished. So for me to worry about those sorts of things, sure, but at the same time it’s not gonna help me. I’m not gonna figure out, sitting in this apartment in the next month and a half, what the answers are.
On a recent episode of The Lake Lake Show podcast, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report suggested that “it could be three or four years until the league is back in balance”. Pincus also went into depth on how the NBA will return. Where he stated that the league are considering canceling games. Which will create financial implications for players, even more so the high-end stars like LeBron James. “Players typically get paid on the 1st and 15th of every month and the 1st would be a full check. But the league hasn’t committed to the 15th… it means they’re considering canceling games. Because by the rules, they can’t dock players for games that are rescheduled. They can only dock from players for games that are canceled.”
“If they were going down that path they might start with canceling a few games. Why cancel a lot, right? There’s no reason to until you have a better feel. I could see them canceling 3 games and start deducting 3 games worth of money from each player’s check. For someone like LeBron James, that’s in the neighbourhood of $400,000 per game. So you’re talking about deducting $1.2 million from LeBron’s check. So it’s not a small amount.”
Every bit of help is key amidst this coronavirus pandemic, whether it’s food, cash or medical supplies. The Nets, Barclays Center and Alibaba — all owned by Joe Tsai — have been providing all of the above. With live sports shut down and teams and arenas getting squeezed economically, many hourly workers have been laid off or face pay cuts. But Nets and Barclays Center employees are getting the same checks they would have if they’d worked events as scheduled through the end of May. And it’s not just NBA games, but concerts, Islanders games, college basketball like the A-10 tourney and even graduations. A source familiar with the unions and the overall process told The Post the checks cut could end up totaling an estimated $6 million.
“We discussed supplies. I want to thank Michael Evans from Alibaba, who is here with us today,” Cuomo said at Monday’s press briefing. “I want to thank Elizabeth Jennings [the chief of staff] from the Asia Society, who is here with us today, who are helping us source supplies.“We’re in a situation where you have 50 states all competing for supplies, the federal government is now also competing for supplies, private hospitals are also competing for supplies. We’ve created a situation where you literally have hundreds of entities looking to buy the same exact materials basically from the same place, which is China.”
Jayson Tatum is luckier than most people nowadays. When he was potentially exposed to COVID-19, the Boston Celtics found their way to test him and the rest of the team. Since returning from Milwaukee, where the team was scheduled to face the Bucks when the NBA shut down, Tatum has been holed up in his house. “It was scary when (Marcus) Smart found out that he had it and he didn’t have any symptoms,” Smart told Jeff Goodman on the latest episode of the Good N’ Plenty podcast. “So it was like ‘wow, any of us could have it at this point.’”
Tatum says one of the hardest parts of the process was waiting for the test results, which were held up by a backlog. Tatum spent a week-and-a-half home in Boston, but unable to see his son. “That was the longest I’ve ever been in the same place as him and I couldn’t see him,” Tatum said. “So that was tough... I was FaceTiming with him every night. I was FaceTiming with him throughout the day.”
Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood was the third player in the NBA to be diagnosed with COVID-19 back on March 14. Thankfully, Wood has fully recovered from the illness as of March 25, but the time leading up to his positive test was crazy—just ask former Washington Wizard, now Piston, Jordan McRae.
"Me and Christian [Wood] actually went out to eat that night and he was fine, he was good," McRae told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "We had practice the next day, he was fine. Then before the [Sixers] game, he was like 'Yo, I don't really feel good, I might not play.' We all gave him a hard time like, 'Yo, we have Joel Embiid tonight and now you out sick? You don't want to play.'"

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More than 115 different athletes, coaches and sports personalities from 13 different countries have joined together to raise money for a COVID-19 response fund aimed at providing assistance for individuals fighting the global pandemic. Simone Biles, Mark Cuban, Stephen Curry, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Hawk, Rose LaVelle, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Phelps, David Ortiz and Michael Strahan are just some of the athletes from more than 20 different sports who have donated items that will be raffled off to donors who make a minimum $25 donation.
On Thursday, 76ers point guard Ben Simmons launched The Philly Pledge as a way for people to find local nonprofit organizations that are helping the less fortunate. The Philly Pledge encourages locals to donate to the PHL COVID-19 Fund and Philadundance online. The PHL COVID-19 Fund is for coronavirus relief, while Philadundance is a hunger-relief organization. Simmons said folks can make a donation for as little as $25.
Flyers standout Glaude Giroux, Sixers forward Tobias Harris, Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp, Phillies infielder Scott Kingery, ONE Championship fighter Eddie Alvarez, Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills, Eagles tight end Zack Ertz and his wife, Julie, a member of U.S. woman’s soccer team, and Sixers limited partner Michael Rubin are among the growing list of supporters.
Though news of the coronavirus pandemic has been discouraging, NBA executives still cling to hope of arranging a one-site, fan-less, 16-team playoff and a five-to-seven-game regular-season prelude, according to multiple NBA sources. “They’re very determined to have a champion,” one industry source said.
The playoffs could be reduced to a slew of best-of-three series across the board. A single-game elimination format has been all but ruled out — only under consideration as a last resort. “Nothing is off the table,” another league official said.
According to one source, getting some teams to a magical number of 70 regular-season games had been a goal, but in the last week has taken on less of a priority. Regional networks have contracts that call for a minimum 70 games for its local teams. The 70-game contractual marker is in place to make sure marquee franchises aren’t regulars on exclusive national TV games.
Suns rookie Cam Johnson: "I feel much better now, so my health is good. I’m just trying to figure out what’s next — just like everybody else is, you know? First, it was recovering from illness. Not coronavirus illness, for the record. When that happened, I was pretty tired most of the day. It’s probably been, like, two weeks that I’ve been feeling a lot better. When I started feeling better was just a little bit after the season was postponed. Then it was just figuring out what to do on a daily basis and figuring out how I can get myself back into any kind of shape. Because when you’re sick, you lose weight. Just trying to find ways to stay active. I’ve definitely been cooking more and reading more and just kind of doing other things."
Suns rookie Cam Johnson: "I had been feeling OK, and then I would start feeling real tired and not hungry at all. I didn’t eat much. I woke up the day of the game on (March 3 against Toronto) and I was like, “OK, I feel good.” I went to the gym and I still wasn’t hungry. I didn’t really eat that day, but I felt OK. But the thing was I had swollen lymph nodes, so I decided to get them checked out. That’s sort of when we got the ball rolling and figured out that I was a little sicker than anticipated. I didn’t really get hit too hard with crazy symptoms. It was just a lot of fatigue and no appetite at all. It wasn’t fun, but I guess it could have been worse. I’m not gonna complain too much about it."
Suns rookie Cam Johson: "I’ve got a little head start on the whole quarantine thing. At first, I was really, really tired. It was mostly just watch TV and sleep because that was all I had the energy to do for a little bit. I fill time now watching a movie every now and then. I’ll read. I’ll talk to people, friends and family. My little at-home workouts. A little bit of video games. I really think the biggest thing is the increased sleep. I really think I’m averaging about 10 or 11 hours a night. I’ve been reading books about space. I always found outer space to be very interesting. I was reading a book about black holes. There’s a lot that goes on in the universe, like time warping and stuff like that. I went down a big-time rabbit hole there and read a book on that. There’s books I have laying around my house — like this one right next to me — some motivational, some reflection, some about people. These are things I’ve had littered around throughout the season that I’ve been checking into periodically."
As is so often is the case on the basketball court, Orlando Magic teammates are supporting one another, and they continue to have each other’s backs in inspiring ways. Wanting to do whatever he can to support teammate Jonathan Isaac and his mission to feed those in need in Central Florida, Magic forward Wes Iwundu recently made a financial donation to the ``COVID-19: Ready, Set, Feed’’ cause.
Also, Isaac said various Magic teammates have assisted him while he’s worked for J.U.M.P. Ministries and Project Life, Inc. to provide ``grab-and-go’’ breakfasts and lunches to school-aged children in the Central Florida area over the past week. According to Isaac, Project Life delivered an average of 187 meals a day last week and served another 250—plus meals daily. Isaac said that his group delivered 200 box meals within 30-45 minutes this past Friday, signifying the tremendous need among those who are struggling to fill even the most basic of needs following the downturn of the economy because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marc Stein: Tonight's White House press briefing: Coronavirus and social distancing guidelines are being extended nationwide through April 30. Sticking to hoops here: Today's news means the country is essentially closed until May 1 ... so you can understand -- given the potential for social distancing guidelines to be imposed beyond that -- why some around the league fear it may be July (at best) before games can resume
Marcus Smart: Corona Free as of two days ago. Cleared by Mass Dept of Health. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers and I’m doing the same for everyone that’s been effected by this. Stay safe and stay together- apart! Much love!
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July 4, 2022 | 5:27 am EDT Update

Lakers not aggressive in pursuit of Kyrie Irving

“The Lakers have yet, I’m told, to be aggressive in trying to put a deal together to get [Kyrie] from Brooklyn. That may come, that may evolve with time. But so far right now, there’s no traction really on deals with either Irving or Durant.” 🗣️ @wojespn

As one insider sympathetic to Durant noted, “Kyrie sabotaged everything,” but Durant is reacting more to the effects than the cause, and he now views the Nets as unsalvageable. “There’s no use in (him) taking sides when it’s all too far gone,” the person said. In essence, the Nets were right in principle, but wrong in practical terms, failing to understand that making Irving upset “was going to drive Kevin away.” It’s instructive to note that for all the chaos, all the havoc and all the stress, Durant still wants to play with Irving, according to league insiders.
The difference in the tax penalty — somewhere around $15 million extra in the immediate, a whole lot more throughout a longer-term deal — caused Lacob and the Warriors to balk. It stung several in the organization, per sources. They’d found Payton and grown to not only love the person but also understand the value of his unique skill set. It translated to winning. For the first time, they’d failed to retain one of their own due to an unwillingness to meet a financial demand.