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4:34 PM ET As the Miami Heat prepare to head to Orlando to participate in the NBA’s restart at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, Heat big man Meyers Leonard is confident that his team is ready for the challenge that the environment will provide. While he knows the mental grind will
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Jul 3, 2020 LOS ANGELES — Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins will not join the team when it flies to Orlando, Florida, next week for the restart to the NBA season, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Hollins was deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, the source told ESPN. He
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Jul 3, 2020 Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik will not accompany the team to Orlando for the restart of the NBA season, Bzdelik’s agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday afternoon. According to team sources, the decision, which takes into account CDC guidelines, was made after Bzdelik, 67, consulted
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8:00 AM ET On July 4, the seventh annual edition of The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event for a $1 million prize, will commence in Columbus, Ohio. Precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have included shrinking the pool to 24 teams, holding the tournament in a central location (Nationwide Arena) and demanding an extensive health
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7:29 PM ET A second NBA bubble? The NBA has yet to officially restart the 2020 season in Florida, but the league has already begun discussions with the National Basketball Players Association for a secondary bubble with the eight teams that were eliminated from postseason consideration, according to a report by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. There
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1:14 PM ET Along with the plan to restart the season, the NBA included a 113-page health and safety manual distributed to teams and players that featured protocols such as maintaining 6 feet of separation in every setting outside of practices and games. That means while players can set screens on each other and wrestle
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4:59 PM ET As teams prepare to depart for Florida in the next week, entering into the Orlando campus “bubble” environment, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard expressed serious doubt that all the protocols and rules will be strictly followed by players. “My confidence ain’t great,” Lillard said with a laugh Wednesday. “My confidence ain’t
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