Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill says his wife’s 85-…

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill says his wife’s 85-year-old grandmother recently battled the coronavirus. “By the grace of God, she beat it,” Hill said. Hill has been in San Antonio during the NBA’s pandemic-imposed hiatus. Hill says he hasn’t been staying with his wife’s grandmother, though he was able to detail what she endured.

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The DeVos family – owners of the Orlando Magic for nearly 29 years – are now doing what they can to help those facing food shortages in the Central Florida area. The DeVos family announced on Tuesday that it will donate $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly affectedly health, well-being and the economy.
Also, long-time Magic partner, Papa John’s, will donate 25 percent of the funds from each online order they receive from April 21-May 20 when fans apply the promo code MAGICGIVE at PapaJohns.com. Those proceeds will also go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to assist their attempts to make sure local families have enough to eat during the world-wide crisis.
Walker told the mayor he's been trying to stay consistent by doing body weight exercises, like sit ups and push ups, but he's also maintaining a healthy diet. Nirenberg says he's held on to a "bare bones" squat rack that he's using to boost his mental health three to four times a week. "Things are pretty heavy right now, but we'll get through all of this," Nirenberg added. "But I need a little quiet time in addition to gym time."
Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton has donated $25,000 to the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, and his gift will be fully matched by the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Trust Fund, through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Together, the two gifts will provide nearly 2,500 supply kits for students and families, filled with cleaning and hygiene products and academic supplies.
The sports industry is set to lose billions in revenue this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. An analysis conducted by sports marketing agency Two Circles estimates the industry will generate $73.7 billion in revenue globally during 2020 - $61.6 billion less than originally projected. The global sports industry generated $129 billion in revenue during 2019 and was anticipated to grow by 4.9% year-over-year before the pandemic.
The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, the independent body officially recognized by FIBA, which provides resolution services for disputes between players, agents, coaches, and clubs through arbitration, has published a set of BAT COVID-19 Guidelines. Given the extraordinary situation caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide greater legal certainty to the basketball community, the Guidelines have been issued by the BAT President Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas, the BAT Vice-President Raj Parker, and all BAT Arbitrators. They are intended to provide actual and potential BAT users with guidance in proceedings and help facilitate amicable settlements within the basketball community.
Emiliano Carchia: OFFICIAL: Spanish ACB set May 31 as deadline to decide whether to continue or cancel the season If the season resumes: 12-team tournament to be played in one city (TBD); -3-week “training camp” -July 10 as latest date to finish the season - if the season doesn’t resume, no champ
Surrounded by masked department of health workers, the Jazz had just learned that Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA season had been suspended, and that they were at risk of infection. That meant that their families were likely at risk as well. Mike Conley’s first thought was of his wife, Mary Peluso, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Barrett also looked north to his Canadian homeland, where the virus caused a very different crisis: depleting food bank supplies. He dropped $100,000 to the Mississauga food bank, which has nine locations throughout Ontario. “I just spoke to them and they said the donation was going to be able to provide 200,000 meals and that put a smile on my face,” Barrett said.
Jaylen Brown: My intention in writing this editorial is to hopefully inspire our society to come together rather than drift farther and farther apart. In the midst of social distancing it is easy to segregate ourselves and our families from the outside world. I challenge you to do the opposite. Donate to your local food banks, homeless shelters and to those less fortunate in general. Allocate resources to healthcare workers, and other extraordinary workers and unsung heroes during this time. Lend a hand to the families and family members of healthcare workers and those who have lost someone, and are in need of economic support. The slightest display of compassion may save someone’s life. I am looking to match these efforts and align with people who are inclined to do something.
Jaylen Brown: After being personally affected by this outbreak and its impact on the NBA, there is no way that I can look away after seeing how friends, family and teammates have been affected by this virus. I am proud to be a member of the Boston Celtics and of the NBA for ceasing to continue the season at this time. Sports have an influential position in our society, and I’m grateful the NBA uses its platform considerately.
On March 6, Tara Rappleyea was on the floor of Madison Square Garden performing to Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” with her fellow Knicks City Dancers as the team took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Less than a week later, her dancing gig was on ice when the NBA postponed the season due to the coronavirus. But the 27-year-old has hardly been idle. Her day job is working as an ICU nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey.
“It seemed like it happened overnight. Our unit went from regular patients to COVID,” said Rappleyea, who lives in South Amboy and became a registered nurse almost two years ago. Before all this, she logged three 12-hour overnight shifts per week; now, she is working around 60 hours a week.
The Detroit Pistons confirmed Saturday that rookie Sekou Doumbouya is back in France while NBA play is on hold because of the coronavirus crisis. The league recommended players avoid non-essential travel, but players -- in concert with their team -- could choose to go to another city and stay there.
"This virus has hit pretty close to home," Dolson said. "About a month ago, my whole family and I, we all tested positive for the virus and it hit us pretty hard. My mom, she ended up being admitted into the hospital for about four days. She had severe symptoms, pneumonia. But because of the team of health care workers that was there, she's home safe now and healthy. "
Spurs Give is doing exactly that, giving San Antonians access to WiFi amid the current coronavirus crisis. Effective Monday, April 20th, the official nonprofit of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, will provide free WiFi daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center.
Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA remains committed to resuming the season but that there is still no timetable for a possible return or even a deadline for canceling the 2019-20 suspended season. Following the NBA's board of governors meeting held via video conference Friday, Silver said the league is still not in position to make any decisions.
Silver said the NBA is watching to see whether the number of new infections decreases, and is monitoring the availability of testing on a large scale and the path toward a potential vaccine and antiviral drugs. The NBA also is paying close attention to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is directing on a federal level and what the various state rules are. On top of that, Silver said health care workers on the front lines have to be "taken care of before we begin talking about NBA players or sports."
"There is a lot of data that all has to be melded together to help make these decisions," Silver said. "That is part of the uncertainty. We are not even at the point where we can say if only A, B and C were met, then there is a clear path. "I think there is still too much uncertainty at this point to say precisely how we move forward. I'll add that the underlying principle remains the health and well-being of NBA players and everyone involved. We begin with that as paramount."
History was never going to be hinged to a specific date. For Amadou Gallo Fall, announcing an indefinite postponement for the Basketball Africa League wasn’t a choice: mitigating risk because of COVID-19 far outweighed pushing forward with a moment for Africa that was 10 years in the making. The games will eventually begin. Just not now. And, it certainly wasn’t going to be March 13.
Nine days before the 12-team league was going to launch in Dakar, the BAL president, who is also NBA vice president and managing director of NBA Africa, put aside his own disappointment to accept what was beyond his control. Fall had been keeping abreast of the pandemic’s advancement throughout the world and its potential to devastate the continent. Once the first case was reported in Senegal, Fall immediately deferred the dream.
As players and various team personnel underwent self-quarantine, the team began to seek out ways it could aid the fight against the pandemic. Since the NBA’s suspension, the Pistons have been in contact with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, health officials and various philanthropic groups to receive guidance on how to proceed.
It has led to the team performing a number of donations and charitable acts around Detroit. And as the NBA continues to work toward finishing the 2019-20 season, the Pistons are hopeful they can continue to find ways to help the city as everyone navigates the pandemic. “It’s a challenging time, but it’s been incredibly inspiring to see how this community is coming together to see companies, organizations and people care so much about Detroit and our community’s well-being,” Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem said told the Free Press.
After using his social media platform to get past a restless 14-day quarantine period, Ibaka announced on April 6 that he would be using Instagram Live to host a talent show for anyone 18 or older to showcase whatever their particular talent may be and compete for $20,000, which the Serge Ibaka Foundation will donate to the winner’s city or region to help cope with the devastation COVID-19 has caused. The individual winner will receive a signed Ibaka Raptors jersey.
On the first episode of the show, former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan joined the IG Live broadcast and was so inspired by Ibaka's benevolence that he decided to match Ibaka’s donation and doubled the total prize money to $40,000. There have been other surprise appearances by special guests as well, including actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish.
Mark Medina: Adam Silver said more than 7 players have tested positive for COVID-19, but league will keep that private. Since everyone is in shelter in place, those players aren't a threat to the general public.
When you think back a month ago to the night in OKC when the league suspended play, what sticks out to you? Mike Conley: Looking back now, it just shocks me how much we didn’t know about COVID or what was going on. We knew what we knew from the news, but being on the frontline was surreal and scary. That’s why we take it more seriously than a lot of people. Once it’s right in front of you, it’s real. This is definitely a threat to all of us. To see the league completely shut down in a matter of minutes … looking back on it was just like something you would see in a movie.
Andre Drummond, a Cleveland Cavaliers player and former UConn basketball standout, has donated $100,000 to Middlesex Health’s Emergency Response Fund. The fund was recently established to help the health system with expenses related to COVID-19, according to official from Middlesex Health.
“The community of Middletown has always supported me throughout my entire career,” says Drummond. “It’s my turn to help give back and provide those on the frontlines with the resources they need to help fight the virus.”
Professional basketball remains on hold during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but fans can now support their favorite teams, in style, while staying safe at the same time. The NBA and WNBA have teamed with Fanatics to launch cloth face coverings, featuring all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA team logos, available on the leagues' apparel websites.
The face coverings are available in adult and youth sizes, as well as in packs of three or individually, but aren't intended to replace other precautionary measures such as hand-washing and social distancing. "The COVID-19 pandemic has upended food bank operations causing shifts in distribution models and volunteer opportunities," said Katie Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Feeding America. "We are grateful to the NBA, WNBA and Fanatics for this partnership that will support food banks with funds but also with much needed face coverings to keep their staff, volunteers and neighbors in need safe."
Oladipo is working out and shooting on most days. No, he has no idea when he can wear a Pacers uniform next. He’s filling the void by reading and writing more often and by dedicating time for self reflection. His mental strength is where he believes he made the largest growth over the previous year, and in an odd twist of events, the pause button was once again hit by an outside force and all he can control is how he reacts. “I have no control over COVID-19,” Oladipo said. “I have no control over what’s going on right now, but I have control over my mentality. Even though there are limitations, there are still ways I can still get better.”
“I think sports starting up again would be beneficial not only to us as athletes but the entire world,” Oladipo said. “And not just because we provide some excitements with the play, but it’s deeper than that. It’s a feeling; it makes people happy and it brings people together. I think it would be huge if we could bring sports back, and I think the world would be a better place because of it.”
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The Mavericks as an organization have been involved in local donations for people affected by the coronavirus. How has it been to see the entire organization come together to support so many causes? Rick Carlisle: It’s been great to see. It’s been great to be a part of. We’re proud to support healthcare workers, first responders and anybody that needs immediate help. Some of it is involved serving meals, especially when this thing first hit, but the organization has a DNA of outreach, of contribution, philanthropy and that starts with Mark Cuban and Cynt Marshall. We follow their lead. When this first happened, Mark and Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell made a huge contribution to childcare for healthcare workers at UT-Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital, and that got the ball rolling, and there’s been a lot more activity since then.
Atlanta Hawks star and Sharecare ambassador John Collins and the Hawks Foundation have donated to Sharecare’s "Shots for Heroes" initiative, which is providing immunity-boosting juice shots to local healthcare workers and first responders battling COVID-19 in Atlanta. Sharecare teamed up with Kale Me Crazy to deliver two of its super juice shots – The Wellness Shot (ginger, oil of oregano, garlic extract, turmeric, cayenne, lemon) and The Painkiller (ginger, lime, turmeric, raw honey) – directly to those heroes to boost both their immune systems and their spirits.
Data has shown that black people are dying from the coronavirus at a higher rate than the general public. One study published by The Associated Press found that 42% of the people who have died of coronavirus in the United States were black. African Americans make up 21% of the total population surveyed. "We really have to get out in front of this," Johnson said. "That is why I am so happy the NBA is saying, 'Hey, we have to do something about it because who is out there on the court? Majority African American players. Who enjoys this sport? African Americans.' We love our basketball. This is very important right now."
"The NBA has been at the forefront when you think about diversity and inclusion," Johnson said. "Look at the Donald Sterling situation. The NBA has cachet in our community. When something happens in the black community, the NBA has always been there. [Commissioner] Adam [Silver] is the most dynamic leader we have in sports. He gets it. It's a no-brainer. I knew he was going to do something."
Stephen Curry: March 6. That’s when it all became very real. I had just played my first basketball game in months the night before, and conversations were swirling about what this virus might mean for the league. That night, I started to feel sick. The fever set in. First at 100. Then 101. My first thought was, “What are the chances? Could this really happen?” After months of waiting to get back on the court following a broken hand and two surgeries, I just wanted to play. But the threat of this mystery virus locked me in my bedroom to protect everyone I cared about: wife, kids, teammates, fans.
Stephen Curry: I was the first NBA player tested for COVID-19. Thankfully, my test came back negative. But that experience hit me, and it hit me hard. I’m fortunate to have the job I do, and not have to worry about all the many things crippling families across the country during this pandemic: unemployment, hunger, housing. How couldn’t I use all of my resources and the full power of the platform my wife and I have built to help those desperately in need during this time? We have a responsibility to one another.
Stephen Curry: So much of the work we’re doing during the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure that every resident in Oakland has access to the food they need. From the moment Oakland schools announced indefinite closures, our Eat. Learn. Play. foundation has played a crucial role in providing more than 1 million meals to Oakland kids and families. Going forward, we’re committed to helping provide nearly 300,000 meals every week to Oakland residents for the next several months, alongside our dedicated partners at the Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County Community Food Bank and chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen.
Alex Kennedy: 76ers partner Michael Rubin started the #AllInChallenge to raise tens of millions of dollars to feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Rubin asked celebrities to auction off prized possessions or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Here are some of the things being auctioned:

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Joseph is contributing to two causes, one of which is helping to provide meals for victims of domestic violence, along with their children, and sex trafficking. He is donating 250 meals from the Arden Fair Chick-fil-A in partnership with the nonprofit WEAVE. “After talking to Harrison Barnes, he was telling me what he was trying to do to help, so we were brainstorming, and it just felt like the right thing to do and join my teammates — Bogi (Bogdan Bogdanovic), De’Aaron (Fox), Harrison and Richaun (Holmes) — in trying to donate the meals,” Joseph told The Athletic. “And joining Chick-fil-A to donate to families that have been victimized by domestic violence and sex trafficking of children as well to help out in communities where it’s much needed. To partner with WEAVE and do that is just amazing.”
Joseph said it’s no coincidence so many Kings have been stepping up to help. Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica partnered with the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation to provide help for hospitals in their native Serbia, and there will be more efforts from players and the organization. “I think it shows the characteristics of the type of guys we have,” Joseph said. “Selfless guys who want to see the community they live in be healthy and be good. I think it just boils down to that. Guys are trying to help any way they can. And that’s why you see a lot of guys on our team, whether it be internationally because we have a lot of international guys or right there in Sacramento, the community we live in currently, we want to step up and do our part.”
The Kings were 3 1/2 games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference when play was suspended. Sacramento had won 13 of its last 20 games and felt confident the postseason was still a possibility. “I think every player, every NBA player, wants to play the game,” Joseph said. “Speaking for myself, we love playing every day; it’s a job that we love that’s dear to our hearts. Of course. But going forward, I have no idea what’s going to happen. That’s a very hard decision to make, I’m sure, if I was in Adam’s shoes. I’m sure there’s a lot on his mind, but I don’t have to make that call, thankfully. “So I have to sit back and prepare so when that call comes, whichever way it goes, I’ll be prepared for it.”
Which brings us to the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on Friday that sources say will take place in … the digital ether. The meeting, which will be a virtual version of the session that is an annual affair this time of year, will take place over the video service of their choosing and will likely include Adam Silver reminding everyone that there’s no way to know whether the 2019-20 season is salvageable just yet. The NBA commissioner has said publicly that he won’t have a substantive update until May 1, but this will still be a place for the different viewpoints, strategies and concerns to be heard while they wait.
Yet despite all the worldwide despair that has come with these past few weeks, with America soaring to the top of the list in both coronavirus cases (633,267, with Spain second at 180,659) and deaths (28,278, with Italy second at 21,067), there’s a reality within NBA circles that is hard to reconcile at the moment. When it comes to the prospect of saving this season in some form, sources say that optimism abounds in the ownership, player, agent and league office ranks.
In the interest of full transparency, I didn’t poll every owner, player or agent out there. Not even close. But in making the rounds with some of the more prominent people in those communities, I quickly found it apparent that there’s a shared goal of finding a way of finishing this campaign and a widespread sense that it’s still feasible. Somehow. Some way. Without fans being present at games, of course.
“Basketball guys are for it — they want to play,” one NBA player from a title-contending team wrote. “MLB (is) different (because) they have a whole season. We just have 1-2 months to finish up.”
Each NBA agent stressed that while their life typically revolves around basketball, there are much more important things to worry about while navigating this situation. AGENT 1: “You have people who are dying. There are some players whose family members are really sick. It’s awful. This is so much bigger than basketball. Dave Edwards, who was an underrated point guard and a great guy, passed away at 48 years old. You see stories of people who are in their 30s or 40s and they were really healthy, but now they’re dead or on a ventilator. People are fighting for their lives. That’s all I can think about when I’m asked about whether I’m upset that the season is suspended or anything basketball-related. I love basketball. I love what I do. But seeing people pass away, this is so much bigger than basketball. Do you think Karl-Anthony Towns cares about the basketball implications right now? No. When the draft process starts or free agency starts, I’ll be prepared. But right now? I’m not going to worry much about that. I just want my guys and their families to stay healthy.”
AGENT 2: “For young players who are trying to go through the draft process, this is very difficult. Training facilities aren’t open since the health department and federal government is advising against that. It’s been tough and there’s a lot of stuff that’s moving slower than usual. The draft is scheduled for June 25; if I had to bet, I’d say that the draft isn’t going to happen on June 25. Actually, now that I think through it, there’s probably a 0 percent chance that the draft happens on June 25. There are usually a lot of trades during the draft, but teams aren’t going to be trading players in June if the season is continuing at some point after that. Playoff teams wouldn’t want to make any trades because they want to make a run when the season resumes. I think the draft happening on June 25 is toast. That means that the draft probably happens in August at the earliest. The bottom line is that this throws a lot of things off.”
A freelance cameraman who contracted the coronavirus after working a Detroit Pistons game and spent several weeks in a medically induced coma has been released from the hospital. Kelvin Calhoun is recovering at his mother’s home in Detroit, his sister said Tuesday. “We’re just so happy. We went through I don’t know how many emotions,” Delcenia Calhoun said. “Everybody is calling him, friends and family. He talks to them for a while and then he stops because he gets out of breath, then he starts back up.
Jason Collins had dealt with these kind of symptoms. He understood them. There was a headache, and sharp body pains. It was manageable. But then Day 9 arrived, and suddenly Collins was floored by the coronavirus.
Collins feared a heart attack. The tightness in his chest was overwhelming. He checked into the hospital in Day 10 since the onset of symptoms, driven to the emergency room by this unnerving discomfort. Collins was assured by doctors that his heart wasn’t failing. “They said when the virus is peaking, this is what happens,” Collins said.
In his nearly two seasons with the Orlando Magic, head coach Steve Clifford has done plenty to help make the franchise become a perennial playoff team once again. Now, Clifford is doing what he can to help those in need in the Central Florida community during this time of tremendous crisis.
Because thousands of people in the area have either lost their jobs or have been unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic, those numbers continue to skyrocket each day in Central Florida. ``Our organization’s thoughts are with everyone impacted during this unprecedented time,’’ Clifford said in a release.
As the world wrestles with a new normal built around social distancing, working from home and a dormant sports world, one aspect of the NBA experience is especially at risk. Sitting courtside at an NBA game is unlike any other first row in sports. What will become of it post-COVID-19? One potential solution to the concerns around courtside seating, whether it be temporary or permanent, would be to install plexiglass around the courtside area to separate players and fans. “We have to be more informed about the virus, flus, all viruses, so we can better understand how to protect players and fans … I wouldn’t rule plexiglass out,” said Caron Butler, a two-time All-Star who retired from the NBA after the 2015-16 season. “If you told me a year ago the NBA and the world would stop, I would say you are out of your mind.”
The debate over extending the netting eventually fell off the front page and it has now become the norm within baseball. And while the merits of plexiglass are still difficult to assess, those who regularly sit courtside recognize it would heavily impact the in-game experience. One of the most exciting things about the courtside experience is that it’s possible to be in on the conversations between celebrities and players.
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Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua’s connections to the Los Angeles Lakers are via his hometown of Pittsburgh. Norm Nixon played college basketball at Duquesne University before becoming a first-round pick of the Lakers in 1977, and Fuqua was a fan of his play at point guard. But doesn’t every fan have a story of loyalty to a favorite team? That doesn’t make Fuqua unique, but he was charged with directing a project on the Lakers and creating something unique, which isn’t easy given the proliferation of Laker-related content on and off the court just in 2022. “The goal was to really keep the focus on the family,” Fuqua said.
Jim Buss had his turn being in charge, and the Lakers struggled. Jeanie Buss, now team president and controlling owner, became the first woman in the NBA to be the owner of a championship team in 2020. Who is in charge, how they became in charge and the stories of the siblings trying to figure out where they fit in sports — or if they even wanted to be in sports — are layers to the story told. “Obviously, the family drama that happened in the process of success, that was important, as well,” Fuqua said. “But the most important thing to me was the family aspect of it. That’s the part I don’t believe I’ve ever seen from the mouths of the family.”
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”