August 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Jonathan Isaac Undergoes Successful Surgery To Repair Torn ACL, Meniscal Tear

Aug 7, 2020 9:02 PM

Jonathan Isaac underwent successful surgery on Friday on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal tear. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert LaPrade.

Isaac will be out indefinitely and his return to the court will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation. He suffered the injury on August 2 during the fourth quarter of the Magic’s victory against Sacramento.

Isaac (6’10”, 230, 10/3/97) has played in 34 games (32 starts) this season for Orlando, averaging 11.9 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 1.4 apg., 2.29 blkpg. and 1.56 stlpg. in 28.8 minpg.

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NBA Views 'Black Lives Matter' As Human Rights Issue

Aug 7, 2020 5:37 PM

The NBA has embraced the 'Black Lives Matter' movement during the suspension of the season in a much larger way than they had previously following the death of George Floyd.

“We didn’t view ‘Black Lives Matter’ as a political matter. We viewed this as a broader movement. This is a human rights issue,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in a telephone interview with The Athletic. “Black Lives Matter has come to represent a broader movement around racial inequality and we support our players, our coaches, our staff, our teams, in speaking out on these critically important issues.”

More than three-quarters of the players in the NBA are African-American.

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Pacers Possibly Moving On From Nate McMillan Has 'Been The Hottest Rumor All Season'

Aug 7, 2020 5:37 PM

Jeff Van Gundy and Zach Lowe speculated on the future of Nate McMillan as head coach of the Indiana Pacers during a podcast on Thursday.

McMillan was promoted by the Pacers from assistant coach to head coach to replace Frank Vogel in 2016.

"All the Indiana Pacers do under Nate McMillan is win," said Zach Lowe.

Lowe also credited how the Pacers have created a culture of commitment on defense, but suggested the franchise could make a coaching change to take a leap offensively.

"I've had two people come up to me since I've been here and say 'You know, Nate McMillan is in trouble," said Van Gundy.

"It's been the hottest rumor all season," interjected Lowe. "It's been a rumor all season long."

Van Gundy asserted the Pacers could risk taking a bigger step back by moving on from McMillan.

"What you've heard in Orlando has been going around all season," said Lowe.

Lowe added that the Pacers have denied the rumor to him privately. 

Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Pelicans To Sit Zion Williamson In Friday's Game For Rest

Aug 7, 2020 1:49 PM

Zion Williamson will sit out Friday's game against the Washington Wizards for rest.

The game is the second half of a back-to-back after the New Orleans Pelicans lost on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings.

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Patrick McCaw Leaves NBA Campus For Treatment Of Benign Mass On Back Of Left Knee

Aug 7, 2020 1:03 PM

After experiencing discomfort during the Toronto Raptors’ return to play, it was determined Patrick McCaw should depart the NBA Campus in Orlando to seek treatment for a reoccurrence of a benign mass on the back of his left knee.

He will visit Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to determine a course of action. McCaw saw Williams for the same condition in November. A timetable for McCaw’s return has not been established, and an update on his status will be provided when appropriate.

Under NBA rules, the Raptors are not entitled to replace McCaw on the NBA Campus with another player. The roster stands at 16 players.

McCaw appeared in 37 games for the Raptors this season, averaging 4.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24.5 minutes.

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NBA Considering Bringing Eight Non-Restart Teams To Orlando

Aug 7, 2020 11:06 AM

The NBA is considering the possibility of bringing the eight teams who didn't participate in the restart to Orlando for a minicamp and scrimmages, sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic

Six teams will leave Orlando at the end of the restart and the beginning of the playoffs.

The NBPA has been skeptical of any basketball setting that doesn't replicate the conditions the NBA created in Orlando.

The first round will begin on August 17th with the start of the second round and the addition of family members beginning on September 1st.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

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One-Dribble Three-Pointers Have Become NBA's Next Evolution

Aug 7, 2020 7:57 AM

As the NBA has continued to shoot more three-pointers and defenses have adapted to trying to run shooters off the line and into the range, Michael Pina writes at The Ringer that there has been a significant rise in one-dribble three-point attempts.

The Golden State Warriors led the NBA in 14-15 in this category at 2.7 percent of their shot distribution, but it would now rank No. 29.

Zach LaVine and Jayson Tatum lead the NBA in one-dribble shots this season.

“Now it’s just 3s, but my first couple years I shot a whole bunch of one-dribble pull-ups along the baseline and stuff like that,” LaVine told Pina. “It’s just something that I had to add. Instead of me getting catch-and-shoots—they’ve been taking those away—the one-dribble pull-up has helped me create space.”

“Once you put the ball down, you’ve gotta reset the ball in a position that you like,” Washington Wizards guard Shabazz Napier said. “That’s where the field goal percentages drop. It’s not like players want to dribble.”

Duncan Robinson described his version of the one-dribble 3 as more of a “throw-out dribble”—one dribble in stride to evade a defender hot on his tail. “So I’ll come off a pin-down, throw it out, one dribble,” he said. “It’s just a little bit different than what you’re typically going to see.”

Trainer Drew Hanlen has worked with LaVine and Tatum on improving the one-dribble three-pointer. 

“You’ll see a lot of guys’ shots break down off the dribble,” Hanlen said. To get them comfortable from one season to the next, “most of them are making 250 to 500 3s a day, every single day throughout the summer. That’s how they actually see those increases in range, increases in percentage, and increase in frequency of them taking those shots.”

“I’m not one of these guys who’s gonna get the ball and try to facilitate and put it on the deck,” Joe Harris said. “But I’m always trying to find windows, find space. A lot of those catch-and-shoot opportunities are few and far between right now.”

Harris sees the one-dribble three-pointer as his best alternative. 

“If I don’t have space initially, off of some sort of screening action,” he said, “then I utilize one dribble.”

Michael Pina/The Ringer

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Multiple Players Call Directly Adam Silver To Report Violations Instead Of Hotline

Aug 7, 2020 7:37 AM

The NBA established a hotline players and staff can anonymous contact to report possible violations of COVID-19 safety protocol, but Chris Haynes reports that several players have bypassed that line to speak directly with Adam Silver.

"Players have been circumventing that process," said Haynes during TNT's telecast. "Sources inform me that multiple players are personally calling Commissioner Adam Silver to issue their complains with things they're seeing in the bubble. If anything, it shows how accessible the commissioner is to the players, and it also shows he's a full-service commissioner."

During the first few days players were on campus, most calls were for mask violations. 

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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Mo Bamba Reveals He Had COVID-19 In June

Aug 7, 2020 7:32 AM

Mo Bamba revealed this week to The Athletic that he contracted COVID-19 in June and was symptomatic. 

“I think the lesson is to take it seriously, to take it as seriously as possible,” said Bamba, who added he doesn’t know how he contracted the coronavirus. “I think we all play a part in making sure that we all stay safe. It’s going to take everyone.”

Bamba lost his sense of smell and taste, and also felt fatigue symptoms and muscle soreness. 

Bamba registered multiple false positive tests once inside the bubble, which forced him quarantine for extra time and miss three days of practice.

“It was a pretty big setback without any access to the facility when things were ramping back up and guys were getting back in and we were kind of starting to feel like the restart was real,” Bamba said in an exclusive interview with The Athletic. 

Josh Robbins/The Athletic

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Dunc'd On: Battle of the Undefeateds; Pels D Collapses; Dame in Total Control; News and Playoff Scenarios

Aug 7, 2020 2:52 AM

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A deep dive on a really fun Phoenix/Indiana game, as we get a chance to discuss one of the best wing defense games we’ve seen all year, plus discuss the improvement of Deandre Ayton.

New Orleans blew a golden chance to improve their positioning against Sacramento as they give up 140.

Dame Lillard is playing at an incredibly high level with 45 and 12 vs Denver.

Plus a wrap on the latest news and playoff scenarios.

And don’t forget! Nate and Danny will be broadcasting Jazz/Spurs on NBA League Pass at 1 ET on Friday.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA). And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux. Merchandise available at NateDuncanNBA.com.

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Montrezl Harrell Could Rejoin Clippers Next Week

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Royce O'Neale To Miss Friday Game Versus Spurs

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Pacers Release Statements From Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullan On Why He Stepped Down In 2017

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Bulls Likely To Retain Jim Boylen Due To Financial Concerns

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tests On Jimmy Butler's Foot Haven't Revealed Any Major Issues

Tim Reynolds/Associated Press

Russell Westbrook Likely To Sit With Right Quad Contusion

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Sports Injury Doctor Says Zion Williamson 'In A Race Against His Own Body'

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/The Athletic

LeBron James To Sit With Sore Right Groin

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ESPN Deferred Portion Of Media Rights Payment To NBA

Anthony Crupi/Sportico

Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely With Subluxation Of Left Knee Cap

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Nets Fined $25,000 By NBA For Injury Reporting Violation

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Gregg Popovich Says Nikola Jokic Is 'Like A Reincarnation Of Larry Bird'

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

MRI On Ben Simmons' Knee Comes Back Clean

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Aaron Gordon Suffers No Serious Damage To Hamstring, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Several Days

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Dunc'd On: DeMarre Carroll on His Basketball Evolution; UTA/MEM with Danny

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NBA Pledges $300M For Foundation Dedicated To Economic Empowerment In Black Community

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NBA Has No Players Test Positive For COVID-19 On Campus Since July 29

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Goran Dragic Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Some Members Of Knicks' Front Office Wanted To Pass On RJ Barrett, Trade Down

Marc Berman/New York Post

Bradley Beal, John Wall, Davis Bertans Stay Connected With Wizards During Restart

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports