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Zion Williamson Day-To-Day With Grade 1 Right Knee Sprain

Feb 21, 2019 6:16 PM

Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain.

Williamson will be day-to-day.

Williamson suffered the injury during the opening minute of Duke's loss on Wednesday to North Carolina.

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NBA Formally Submits Plan To NBPA To Eliminate One-And-Done Rule

Feb 21, 2019 5:07 PM

The NBA has formally submitted a proposal to the NBPA to lower the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19.

The NBPA and its executive director, Michele Roberts, planned to review the proposal Monday at a post-All-Star weekend meeting in the Bahamas.

Adam Silver is on record saying the current 19-year-old age limit is not working for the league or college basketball.

The rule change will likely take effect by the 2022 NBA Draft, which would give most teams ample time to prepare for the effects of the change.

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Thunder Were 'Especially Interested' In Drafting Khris Middleton In 2012

Feb 21, 2019 9:52 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were "especially interested" in drafting Khris Middleton at the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Thunder instead selected Perry Jones III at No. 28 with Middleton going 39th overall to the Detroit Pistons.

Oklahoma City traded away James Harden several months later.

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Zion Williamson Suffers Mild Knee Sprain After Sneaker Blowout

Feb 21, 2019 12:07 AM

Zion Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain after blowing out his shoe 36 seconds into a rivalry game against UNC. Duke lost the game 88-72.

Mike Kzryzewski said Williamson's knee was stable, and that the team would provide a timetable for his recovery on Thursday.

Williamson was wearing a pair of Nike PG 2.5's, Paul George's signature sneaker from last fall, during the blowout.

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Duke-UNC Ticket Prices Hit Super Bowl Levels

Feb 20, 2019 10:43 AM

Ticket prices for Wednesday's game between Duke and North Carolina have reached amounts typically reserved for Super Bowls.

The cheapest available tickets for Cameron Indoor Stadium is $2,500.

One ticket to this week's UNC-Duke game sold for $10,652, per Vivid Seats. 

Duke is ranked No. 1 while North Carolina ranks No. 8 with the presence of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish adding more intrigue to the rivalry game.

"Between Zion Williamson, a No. 1 ranking and this being one of the biggest rivalries in sports, there's intense demand," TickPick marketing strategist Kyle Zorn said. "There's also a limited supply of inventory, which is having a major effect on price. Cameron Indoor Stadium has 13 percent the seating capacity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. When you factor in that the floor seating is reserved for students, you're left with a short supply -- and massive demand."

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Travis Schlenk: Hawks Would Have Drafted Luka Doncic If They Kept 3rd Pick

Feb 17, 2019 9:00 PM

Travis Schlenk said that the Atlanta Hawks were going to draft Luka Doncic had they kept the 3rd pick in last year's draft. 

"Not a lot of people know this...if we stayed at 3, we would have taken Luka. We had worked with his agent, he did a physical with us that morning in New York...but then Dallas came in an hour or so before the draft. I told them all along that it would take another lottery pick for us to slide back, and that's when the conversations got started," Schlenk stated on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast.

The deal to move back two spots and receive a top-5 protected pick from the Mavs this season was influenced by analytics.   

"Our analytics staff was predicting Dallas to finish 8th this year," added Schlenk.

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Anthony Edwards Commits To Georgia

Feb 11, 2019 10:34 AM

Anthony Edwards has committed to Georgia.

Edwards is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the incoming class of 2019. In a recent ESPN mock draft for 2020, Edwards is selected No. 2 behind Jaden McDaniels.

"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because it's my home school," Edwards told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "I want to put the state school back on the basketball map. Tom Crean is a great dude, and I believe in him coaching me and developing me. On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy."

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Scottie Pippen: Zion Williamson Best NBA Prospect Since Jordan

Feb 3, 2019 1:55 PM

Scottie Pippen told ESPN he thought that Zion Williamson was the best NBA prospect since Michael Jordan.

Pippen added that Williamson is a game-changer whose physicality reminded him of Charles Barkley.

“I think he’s going to be a different player. I think he’s going to be a game-changer. And we’re going to see something special out of this kid. I think he’s sort of the Charles Barkley throwback that you’re not going to be able to match up with him, in terms of meeting his physicality that he’s going to bring to the game,” said Pippen. 

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Zion Williamson Wants To Get Drafted By 'Whoever Wants Me'

Jan 30, 2019 1:18 AM

Aware of the draft hype surrounding him, Zion Williamson said that he has no preference on what team picks him. 

“My college classmates let me know a lot. They’re like, ‘Zion, the Bulls want you, man. Like come here.’ And I’m like, ‘Dude, you don’t know that. You’re in college.’ They’re like, ‘Come to Cleveland. Come to LA.’ And I’m like, ‘Whoever wants me, that’s where I want to be at,'” said Williamson.

Williamson added that he doesn't watch a lot of NBA games, but does follow NBA Twitter.

“I do see a lot of people on Twitter saying stuff like that. It just cracks me up.”


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Trae Young Says He'll Be Better Than Luka Doncic In 5-10 Years

Jan 29, 2019 12:44 AM

Trae Young stated he was going to be a better player than Luka Doncic in the future.

The two were part of a draft day trade involving the Mavs and Hawks. 

"In my eyes, it's not a question -- it's going to be me. But that's just the competitive nature in my blood, and I think that's the no-brainer with me," when asked whether he or Doncic would be better in 5-10 years. 

Young added that the trade worked out for both teams.

"Luka's having a really good year so far. And for me, all I do is try to focus on myself and my team. I know it's easy to say, but I'm really dedicated to working extremely hard every day for my teammates and things like that. And I think at the end of the day it worked out for both teams. That's how I look at it. I mean, Luka's doing really well. I feel like I'm doing really well as well," added Young. 


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Grizzlies Prefer To Close Out First Round Pick Obligation To Celtics This Season
The Grizzlies owe a protected first round pick to the Boston Celtics, which conveys if is outside the top-8 in 2019.

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Zion Williams, R.J. Barrett, Nassir Little, Ja Morant In Top-4 Of Latest ESPN Mock Draft
R.J. Barrett remains in the No. 2 slot behind teammate Zion Williamson.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On 2019 NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic catch up on 2019 NBA Draft prospects.

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Bol Bol Out With Season-Ending Foot Injury, Will Prepare For NBA Draft
Bol is projected to be a top-5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

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Igor Kokoskov Had Minimal Input On Suns Picking Ayton Over Doncic
Igor Kokoskov coached Luka Doncic with the Slovenian national team.

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Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke
Vernon Carey Jr. chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the college basketball season so far.

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Darius Garland Out For Season With Meniscus Surgery
Darius Garland entered the season as a possible lottery pick.

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Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class
Zion Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory.

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James Wiseman Commits To Memphis Over Kentucky
James Wiseman has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability.

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Darius Bazley Signs Endorsement Deal With New Balance
Darius Bazley will spend the season training ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Jontay Porter Out For Season With Torn ACL, MCL
Jontay Porter was expected to be a mid-first round pick in 2019.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft, G League Changes And More
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the overall player development system.

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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule
The NBA wants agents to share medical information with all teams and to mandate players participate in the pre-draft combine.

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects
Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program.

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Darius Bazley Won't Play In G League, Will Train On His Own For 2019 NBA Draft
Darius Bazley decommitted from Syracuse in March.

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NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule
USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents
The initial proposal indicates USA Basketball would determine the "elite" criteria.

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Brian Bowen Becomes First Player Signed To Australia's Next Stars Program
Brian Bowen was the No. 14 ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017.

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One-And-Done Rule Elimination Expected To Begin For 2022 NBA Draft
There is a sense that the NBA would prefer to make the terms of the rule change clear before any change actually goes into place.

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