Now that the NBA Finals have been completed, league and union officials will embark on figuring out a host of pandemic parameters for next season. Amid those negotiations, there’s no guarantee a standard G-League season will come off. According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a G-League campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead.
One plan could feature having a handful of week-long G-League showcases in a bubble setting to ensure young players stay active. If a more normalized G-League season is attempted, sources said it would have to be with a regionalized schedule to reduce travel. Because G-League teams have modest budgets, clubs mostly fly commercial, which is risky amid the COVID-19 crisis. Teams occasionally bus to games against nearby clubs.
If a 2020-21 campaign happens, it will feature a fledgling G-League Select Team not affiliated with an NBA organization, The new Gatorade-funded club will make its home base in Walnut Creek, Calif., and will be made up of recently graduated high school seniors, including stud Jalen Green, who didn’t want to go the one-and-done college route or head overseas like LaMelo Ball. The select club is expected to host a tournament in November or December facing random G-League players. Its existence is a motivator to stage a season, sources indicated.
The NBA's G League players will begin voting Saturday on the creation of a union, sources tell ESPN. The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is assisting in the formation of a G-League-governed union that would need more than 50 percent of the players to sign an electronic authorization card for passage, sources said.
The union would be separate from the NBPA and serve independently with its own constitution, bylaws and leadership structure. The union membership would not include players on assignment to the G-League from NBA teams or those on two-way contracts.
Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA’s G-League players will begin voting Saturday on the creation of a union, sources tell ESPN. The NBPA's assisting in the formation of a G-League-governed players association that would need more than 50 percent of players to sign an electronic authorization card for passage.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Among agents and players, there’s been optimism that the vote will render the union’s formation – which would allow G-League players to collectively bargain with the NBA and G-League. Issues for G-League players in the past have included housing, salary and travel.
October 30, 2020 | 2:02 pm EDT Update
The Brooklyn Nets announced today the hiring of Mike D’Antoni and Ime Udoka as assistant coaches and Amar’e Stoudemire as a player development assistant. They join assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, assistant coach/director of player development Adam Harrington, assistant coach Jordan Ott, assistant coach/player development Tiago Splitter and player development coordinator Ryan Forehan-Kelly on Head Coach Steve Nash’s staff.
“We’ve assembled an experienced staff of high-character individuals with varied backgrounds, both on and off the court, that will help create a solid foundation for me and our players,” said Nash. “When I set out to build this staff, I wanted to put together a committed group that would connect with our players and help put them in the best position to succeed as a team. With coaching and playing experience at the highest level and a deep background in player development, I’m confident that we’ve put the right people in place to lead us forward.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green was 18 years old the last and only time he voted in a presidential election, during his freshman year at Michigan State in November 2008. Green voted for Barack Obama over John McCain, then checked the box alongside every other Democratic candidate on the ballot. “The reality is, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” Green said in a recent interview with The Chronicle. “I just knew I grew up poor and my family was Democrats.”
“I was part of the group that believed my vote doesn’t matter,” Green said. “I didn’t understand what the popular vote and the electoral college actually means. So really getting educated and understanding the entire process, that’s what triggered it for me. I will 100% vote this year. Trump won Michigan last time; that’s ridiculous. He and the state of Michigan have nothing in common. … It was decided by 10,000 votes, and look at the people of my ethnicity, my age group, who didn’t vote. So we’re trying to bridge that gap and educate my peers on the importance of getting out to vote.”
October 30, 2020 | 1:15 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The NBA has informed its 30 teams that they are now allowed to open practice facilities for group practices, workouts and scrimmages with up to 10 players, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.