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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.   

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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'

May 10, 2020 7:44 PM

Toni Kukoc called Kevin Durant the best player in the NBA, stating that this current era doesn't require a main playmaker to generate offense. 

"Basketball doesn’t require a playmaker anymore, somebody that you always look for that has to bring the ball up the floor. In this era, there's so many players with multiple skills, that it’s almost a waste of time to look for the playmaker when someone can push the ball and get into the offense.

"Plenty of times LeBron is mistaken as a point guard, which is awesome. Kevin Durant, to me in my personal opinion, is the best player in the NBA. He can easily bring the ball up the floor. That’s a style that the triangle offense allowed that any one of us could run the point or be a post person or fill the corners. It’s not requirement to have a point guard, you can have skill players with 3 or 4 guys on the same team playing multiple positions," said Kukoc in a Reddit AMA.

Durant will not return to the Nets this season as he recovers from an Achilles injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

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

May 9, 2020 1:32 AM

Kevin Love said he would have to get used to practicing under the new distancing regulations, describing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers practice facility "just weird."

Cavs players returned to the practice facility for the first time since the league was suspended in March.

"Was it weird? Yeah. I had [Cavs assistant coach] Dan Geriot at my basket and having him rebound and pass me the ball with a mask and gloves on. It's just odd. It's just weird," Love said.

Players and team personnel must stand 12 feet apart under new guidelines, with only four players allowed inside the facilities at one time.

Love added that returning to practice gave him a sense of normalcy.

"For me, I played 25-ish years of organized basketball and this is the longest I've ever gone without touching [a basketball]. And it's something I really, really enjoy doing. ... Going out there and having some sense of normalcy and getting on the court and actually shooting was pretty uplifting."


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

May 7, 2020 1:40 AM

Head coaches will not be allowed to participate in or observe voluntary workouts starting on May 8th, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.

Teams opening their practice facilities for workouts will be allowed to have 6 assistant coaches or player development personnel to surprise players.

The Blazers, Cavs, and Nuggets plan to open their facilities starting on Friday.

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

May 7, 2020 1:33 AM

The NBA has informed teams that they can re-open their practice facilities on May 8th if their city has loosened restrictions on social distancing.

The Cavs, Nuggets, and Blazers are among teams who will re-open their facilities.

J.B. Bickerstaff said that Cavs coaches will wear masks and gloves, with players and coaches required to stand 12 feet apart.

The Mavs and Lakers, meanwhile, will hold off on re-opening their facilities.

Los Angeles currently has a stay-at-home policy until May 15th. Frank Vogel did not have a firm date on when the Lakers would return, but said he was not concerned by certain teams returning early from a competitive standpoint.

"There's a competitive balance element to this that I personally am not really all that concerned about. I think we're still a long way away from returning to play," said Vogel.

Mark Cuban added that he was not comfortable with the Mavs returning without widespread testing, and that he has no immediate plans to re-open facilities. 

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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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