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NBA Moving To Complete Details Of 22-Team Resumption Of Season

Jun 1, 2020 2:01 PM

The NBA is moving toward a plan invited 22 teams to start the 19-20 regular season, sources tell ESPN.

The NBA has also considered plans in which the current 16 playoff teams resume play as well as a 20-team Group Stage first round, and also having all 30 teams participate.

A three-fourths majority of the 30 teams is required for a plan's passage.

The NBA is working to complete the details of a 22-team format for Orlando this week.

The 16 current playoff teams would be included along with the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Brian Shaw Agrees To Become G League Select Team Head Coach

Jun 1, 2020 3:19 PM

Brian Shaw has agreed to become the head coach of the new G League Select Team.

The G League Select Team is a new pathway for prospects to take as an alternative to college basketball. The G League Select Team won't play regular games in the G League, but play approximately a dozen games against other G League teams.

Shaw was most recently an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Clay Bennett Makes Case For All 30 Teams To Resume Play To Protect Small Markets

Jun 1, 2020 1:56 PM

Clay Bennett of the Oklahoma City Thunder delivered an impassioned speech near the end of the NBA's Board of Governors call on Friday asking for the competitive and financial plights of smaller market teams that could be left out of the resumption of the 19-20 season.

The NBA is moving towards a plan of inviting 22 teams to restart the season, but Bennett was wondering if there's a way to safely bring all 30 teams.

Bennett suggested that nine months without games for some teams could have an impact on developing players, cultivating sponsorships and selling tickets in certain markets.

Josh Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers and Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns backed Bennett's call for the NBA to come together for as many teams as possible.

"The message was something bigger, reminding people that some teams can't just re-open the doors in nine of 10 months and so easily sell tickets or a sponsorship without having played basketball for that long," one high-level Eastern Conference official on the call told ESPN.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Knicks Players, Employees Reportedly 'Furious' Over Lack Of Public Statement About George Floyd

Jun 2, 2020 1:35 AM

New York Knicks players and employees are reportedly "furious" over the team's lack of a public statement surrounding the death of George Floyd, reported Pablo Torre of ESPN.

James Dolan sent out an internal email on Monday addressing why the organization has stayed silent.

The email is below:

We know that some of you have asked about whether our company is going to make a public statement about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I want you to know, I realize the importance of the issue. Therefore, I want you to understand our internal position. 

This is a turbulent time in our country. The coronavirus and civil unrest have taken their toll on our way of life. We at Madison Square Garden stand by our values of a respectful and peacful workplce. We always will. 

As companies in the business of sports and entertainment we are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What's important is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, which include creating a respectful workplace for all, and that will never change. What we say to each other matters. How we treat each other matters. And that's what will get us through this difficult time.

Pablo Torre/ESPN

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Jerami Grant Expects To Decline $9.3M Player Option For 20-21 With Nuggets

Jun 1, 2020 12:20 PM

Jerami Grant has a $9.3 million player option for the 20-21 season with the Denver Nuggets that he revealed he expects to decline to become a free agent.

Grant was asked how the suspension of the NBA season due to COVID-19 might impact his free agency decision.

“A hundred percent, a hundred percent, I’m not going to sit up here and lie," said Grant. "Being a potential free agent, I gotta play offense. So being a potential free agent this upcoming summer… me playing to the level I’ve been playing has surprised a lot of people… I definitely think about trying to figure out what I’m going to do next season, whether it’s come back or not.

It’s tough though… It’s tough with all this going on. It’s hard to even gauge what’s going on. The salary cap might drop… It might drop a lot, it might drop a little bit. So I think everything just kind of hangs in the balance of what the owners want to do, what the NBA’s doing, with the rest of the season.”

Grant signed a three-year, $27.3 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018.

“I’m definitely not leaning towards picking up the player option," said Grant to Chris Haynes. "Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9 million that I’m making each year right now. But at the same time… I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.”

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports (via Quenton S. Albertie/NuggLove)

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Gregg Popovich: The System Has To Change

Jun 1, 2020 1:42 PM

Gregg Popovich reached out to Dave Zirin of The Nation on Sunday to discuss the demonstrations following the police murder of George Floyd.

“The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism and we’ve seen it all before but nothing changes," said Popovich. "That’s why these protests have been so explosive. But without leadership and an understanding of what the problem is, there will never be change. And white Americans have avoided reckoning with this problem forever because it’s been our privilege to be able to avoid it. That also has to change.”

Popovich sees a leadership void at the White House in Donald Trump.

“It’s unbelievable. If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is. It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been.”

Popovich then imagined a different kind of leadership.

“It’s so clear what needs to be done. We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t. He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help because that’s what leaders do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path because he’s not a leader.

“It’s like what Lindsay Graham and Ted Cruz used to say when they had the courage to say it: He’s unfit. But they have chosen instead to be invisible and obsequious in the face of this carnage. In the end what we have is a fool in place of a president, while the person who really runs the country, Senator Mitch McConnell, destroys the United States for generations to come. McConnell has destroyed and degraded our judicial system. He has tried to destroy heath care. He’s destroyed the environment. He’s the master and Trump’s the stooge, and what’s funny is that Trump doesn’t even know it. Trump’s always wanted to be part of the in-group, but McConnell is an in-group of one and Trump plays the fool.”

Dave Zirin/The Nation

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Malik Rose Leaves Pistons For Job In NBA League Office

Jun 1, 2020 10:29 AM

Malik Rose is leaving the Detroit Pistons to take a job with the league office.

Rose had been serving as assistant general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

Rose was previously manager of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

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Aamir Simms Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Clemson For Senior Year

Jun 2, 2020 1:21 AM

Aamir Simms officially withdrew his name from the 2020 NBA Draft.

Simms, who was Clemson's leading-scorer last season, will return to Clemson for his senior season.

Simms averaged 13 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his junior year. 

ESPN

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Adam Silver Releases Internal Memo: 'Racism, Police Brutality, And Racial Injustice' Cannot Be Ignored

May 31, 2020 10:07 PM

Adam Silver released an internal memo to league employees addressing the protests following George Floyd's death.

"We are being reminded that there are wounds in our country that have never healed. Racism, police brutality and racial injustice remain part of everyday life in America and cannot be ignored," wrote Silver in the memo.

Several NBA figures have participated in the protests. Jaylen Brown lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta, while Lonnie Walker volunteered to clean up damage following protests in San Antonio.

Silver also added that he is "heartened" by members of the NBA and WNBA speaking out. 

"I am heartened by the many members of the NBA and WNBA family -- players, coaches, legends, team owners and executives at all levels -- speaking out to demand justice, urging peaceful protest and working for meaningful change," Silver wrote. "Together, with our teams and players, we will continue our efforts."

Vincent Goodwill/Yahoo! Sports

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Michael Jordan In Statement: 'I Am Deeply Saddened, Truly Pained And Plain Angry'

May 31, 2020 9:57 PM

Michael Jordan released an official statement discussing his sadness surrounding the death of George Floyd.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," began Jordan's statement. "... I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

Several NBA figures have spoken out following Floyd's death, including Doc Rivers and Dwane Casey

Jordan's complete statement is below:

I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality,” Jordan added. “We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systematic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.

My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.

Charlotte Hornets

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