Mark Berman: Houston graphic artist Terence Tang (@tinlunstudio)designed special shoes for #Rockets guard @Ben McLemore to wear in Orlando: “I’ve wanted to do sneaker art for NBA players for a really long time..To have it convey such a strong & meaningful message,that’s just icing on the cake” pic.twitter.com/aGR9tBRnun

Storyline: Orlando Bubble
The NBA’s professional basketball teams have recently moved into a “isolation bubble” at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Reunion, Fla., where they will live, practice and play without outside visitors or fans, in an attempt to avoid the coronavirus. As part of that isolation, the NBA has partnered with six restaurants to provide delivery meals to staff and players. All six of those restaurants, which include Morton’s Steakhouse, Oceanaire and Joe’s Crab Shack, are owned by billionaire restauranteur and Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta, according to NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
This season, Beal took command. With Wall out since December 2018 due to Achilles injuries, Beal averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists with a 57.9 true shooting percentage this season, numbers that have been exceeded in a single season by only Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and James Harden. But the Wizards have treaded water at 24-40, and though they made the cut to resume play in Orlando later this month, their season is basically over: Wall, Beal (rotator cuff injury), and breakthrough stretch big Davis Bertans (free agency) will all sit out the restart. To qualify for the postseason play-in tournament, the Wizards would need to win two or more games than the Nets or Magic with only eight games to play. Good luck doing that when Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr., and Rui Hachimura are your new Big Three.
The NBA’s best arenas Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks) It’s the Mecca for a reason, right? It doesn’t matter how bad of a team James Dolan and the New York Knicks put out on the floor. That arena is a thing of beauty, and it feels important to be there when basketball is going on. Guys like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, and James Harden love to play there because it feels like it means something to do something special on that stage. The Knicks have the lowest win percentage in the NBA over the last 18 years, and yet people still flock to this arena. It’s the best cathedral we have when it comes to the feeling and ambiance of an NBA arena. Now if only Dolan could get out of his own way and give the loyal fans something to care about in that building.