May 2020 Basketball Wiretap

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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Doc Rivers On Ongoing Protests: 'Silence And Inactivity Are Not Acceptable Anymore'

May 31, 2020 2:07 PM

Doc Rivers issued a statement on the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.

Several NBA figures have spoken out about the current protests, including Pistons head coach Dwane Casey.

Jaylen Brown also lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta on Saturday.

Rivers' statement is below:

My father was a 30-year veteran of the Chicago police department, and if he were still with us right now, he'd be hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country," Rivers said. "Being black in America is tough. I've personally been called more racial slurs than I can count, been pulled over many times because of the color of my skin, and even had my home burned down.

The response we are seeing across the nation, to the murder of George Floyd, is decades in the making. Too often, people rush to judge the response, instead of the actions that prompted it. We have allowed too many tragedies to pass in vain. This isn't an African-American issue. This is a human issue. Our society must start getting comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation and do the right thing. Silence and inactivity are not acceptable anymore. Now is the time to speak. November is the time to vote. Your words carry a lot of weight and your ballots carry even more. The day has come to confront real problems, and be part of the solution.

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Dwane Casey: 'Now Is The Time For Real Change'

May 30, 2020 11:17 PM

Dwane Casey released an open letter addressing the death of George Floyd on the Detroit Pistons' site.

Casey compared his experiences growing up in Kentucky to the outrage following Floyd's death in light of raising his son.

Towards the end of his statement, Casey calls for systemic change and a cultural shift.

Casey's full statement is below:

“Fifty-four years ago I was an eight-year-old boy living in rural Kentucky when the schools were desegregated.  I walked into a white school where I was not wanted nor welcomed.  At that time there were no cell phones to record my treatment, no cable news stations with 24/7 coverage, no social media to record the reality of the situation or offer support nor condemnation.  But I can remember exactly how I felt as an eight-year-old child.  I felt helpless.  I felt as if I was neither seen, nor heard, nor understood.  As I have watched the events unfold in the days following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city where I coached and once called home, I see how many people continue to feel those same feelings - helpless, frustrated, invisible, angry.

I understand the outrage because it seems the list continues to grow: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd.  The injustices continue to mount and nothing seems to be changing.

Fifty-four years later, my son is now eight years old and I look at the world he is growing up in and wonder, how much has really changed? How often is he judged on sight?  Is he growing up in a world where he is seen, and heard, and understood?  Does he feel helpless?  Will he be treated like George Floyd or Ahmaud Abrey?  What have we really done in the last 54 years to make his eight-year-old world better than mine was?  We all have to be and do better.

We have to change the way we see and hear each other.  We have to work together to find solutions to make the justice system just.  Black, white and brown people have to work together to find new answers.   The only way we can stop the systemic problems that people of color have faced all our lives is through honesty and transparency.  We have to understand why people are at their limit at this moment.  It takes empathy, in its truest form.  It takes a culture shift, it takes action.  Let’s stop the injustice now.  Let’s not allow another generation to continue to live in a world where they are treated as unequal.  Now is the time for real change.”

Detroit Pistons

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2020 Elite Youth Basketball League Season Canceled Due To Pandemic

May 30, 2020 10:56 PM

Nike officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 Elite Youth Basketball League due to the pandemic. 

"As we continue to navigate the evolving impact of COVID-19, we are canceling the remainder of the 2020 EYBL season. This was not a decision taken lightly, but the health and safety of our athletes, families, fans and employees is our top priority. We look forward to bringing the EYBL back in 2021," released the company in a statement.

The EYBL is considered the top grassroots circuit featuring the highest rated high school players.

The events culminate with the Peach Jam in July, which is also considered the most prestigious AAU tournament.


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Celtics Able To Reopen Practice Facility On June 6th

May 30, 2020 1:31 AM

The Boston Celtics are cleared to reopen their practice facility on June 6th, announced Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker added that the team must follow health and safety rules upon reopening.

The Celtics announced that they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday.

Workouts will be conducted with a maximum of four players at a time, as per healthy and safety requirements.

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Nets To Re-Open Practice Facility On Tuesday

May 24, 2020 7:14 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will re-open their practice facility for voluntary workouts on Tuesday, May 26th.

“The organization will strictly follow the protocols outlined by the NBA and infectious disease experts to ensure that all precautions are taken," released the team in a statement.

The news comes on the heels of New York governor Andrew Cuomo opening the state back up for sports.

"I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena -- do it! Do it!' Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible," said Cuomo. 

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LeBron James Says His 'Best Assets Work Perfectly' With Michael Jordan

May 19, 2020 1:22 AM

LeBron James stated that his ability to pass and read the game would have fit perfectly playing alongside Michael Jordan. 

"Me personally, the way I play the game -- team first -- I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike. Mike is an assassin. When it comes to playing the game of basketball, scoring the way he scored the ball, [then] my ability to pass, my ability to read the game plays and plays and plays in advance," said James on his Uninterrupted channel.

James said he used to play pickup games with Jordan during Jordan's summer camps at UC-Santa Barbara.

James then went on to compare his game to Scottie Pippen. 

"I saw the things [Scottie Pippen] was able to do with Mike. I just think it would've been a whole 'nother level. Pip was one of my favorite players ... It would've been a whole 'nother level with me being a point forward, with me being that point forward alongside of him during those Chicago runs," added James.

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Clippers To Reopen Practice Facilities On Monday

May 18, 2020 1:20 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they will reopen their practice facilities on Monday.

The Rockets also announced earlier in the weekend that they are reopening on Monday for voluntary workouts.

The following teams will have opened their facilities as of Monday: Cavs, Blazers, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Heat, Magic, Bucks, Raptors, Hawks, Pacers, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, and Pelicans.   

Marc Stein/The New York Times

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Rockets To Reopen Practice Facilities On Monday

May 16, 2020 1:30 PM

The Houston Rockets are set to reopen their practice facilities on Monday.

Several other teams, including the Blazers, Nuggets, and Cavs, opened their facilities last week.

The Lakers will reportedly open their facilities on Saturday.

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Lakers To Reopen Practice Facility On Saturday

May 16, 2020 12:45 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to reopen their practice facility on Saturday after receiving clearance from L.A. County health officials, reported Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The news comes on the heels of reports that Los Angeles will extend their stay at home orders through July.

Several teams, including the Cavs, Nuggets, and Blazers, opened their practice facilities last Friday.


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Toni Kukoc: Kevin Durant Is 'The Best Player In The NBA'

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Kevin Love Describes Practicing With New Safety Measures As 'Weird'

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Voluntary Workouts To Be Conducted By 6 Assistant Coaches, Head Coaches Not Allowed To Observe

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Blazers, Cavs, Nuggets Will Re-Open Facilities On May 8th; Lakers, Mavs To Wait For Further Clearance

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Jerry West: Lakers-Clippers Conference Finals Would Draw 'Record Numbers On TNT'

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Alvin Gentry To Discuss Potential Minutes Restrictions With Zion Williamson If Season Returns

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NBA Advises Teams Not To Test Asymptomatic Players, Staff For COVID-19

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