California Governor Disputes Trump’s Timeline Of Sports With Fans — NESN.com

United States President Donald Trump held a conference call with commissioners of the 13 major U.S. sports leagues Saturday, saying he believes the 2020 NFL season should start on time. He’s also hopeful spectators will be allowed back in stadiums and arenas in August and September, but who’s to say if that’s an accurate timeline,…

California Governor Disputes Trump’s Timeline Of Sports With Fans — NESN.com

United States President Donald Trump held a conference call with commissioners of the 13 major U.S. sports leagues Saturday, saying he believes the 2020 NFL season should start on time. He’s also hopeful spectators will be allowed back in stadiums and arenas in August and September, but who’s to say if that’s an accurate timeline, as we’re all at the mercy of the coronavirus outbreak. For California’s governor, that feels like a long-shot.

“I’m not anticipating that happens in this state,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on MSNBC. “We’ve all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia where they were opening up certain businesses. Now they’re starting to  roll back those openings because they’re starting to see some spread. There’s a boomerang.”

Newsom’s biggest concern is setting a concrete date prematurely amid an unprecedented period of uncertainty. That’s why, when people in the sports world have reached out to him with questions, he’s urged them to be careful and not jump the gun.

“One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise,” Newsom said. “It’s interesting, I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and in the NFL. They’ve been asking me, in fact, a well known athlete just asked me, a football player, if he expects to come back. I said, ‘I would move very cautiously in that expectation.’ Look, I’m not here to second guess anybody, but I am here to say this. Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by the capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether or not that’s appropriate. And right now, I’m just focusing on the immediate, but that’s not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”

The first coronavirus case in the state of California was reported on Jan. 25 with 12,573 cases reported and 282 deaths, according to the New York Times.

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NBA, along with Knicks, Nets, contribute 1 million surgical masks to New York —

The NBA, along with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, are donating 1 million surgical masks, necessary PPE as medical workers fight coronavirus.

NBA, along with Knicks, Nets, contribute 1 million surgical masks to New York —

New York has been one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. As of Saturday, New York City had accounted for more than 1,900 deaths, according to the latest tracking data from Johns Hopkins University. 

With hospitals overwhelmed, medical workers are running low on the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to keep themselves protected from the virus. That’s what makes the latest gesture from the NBA and the two local teams, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, all the more important. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the league, in collaboration with the Knicks, Nets and China’s Consul General Huang Ping, is contributing one million surgical masks for the state’s essential workers. 

“New York thanks you,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE.”Andrew Cuomo@NYGovCuomo

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New York reported 630 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the deadliest day thus far. Earlier Saturday, Cuomo announced the donation of 1,000 ventilators from the Chinese government. 

The New England Patriots sent their team plane to China this week to pick up 1.2 million masks, with an additional 500,000 on the way. Owner Robert Kraft sent 300,000 of those masks to New York. 

Paul Pierce Shares Why Ex-Celtics Teammate Kevin Garnett Is Hall Of Famer — NESN.com

Not many saw Kevin Garnett’s work ethic and intensity up close and personal like former Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce did. So, on the same day Garnett was named among the Basketball Hall of Fame honorees, Pierce told ESPN’s Rece Davis on SportsCenter what made his former teammate, and friend, so special on the court.…

Paul Pierce Shares Why Ex-Celtics Teammate Kevin Garnett Is Hall Of Famer — NESN.com

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett Headline 2020 Basketball Hall Of Fame Class — NESN.com

The 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class might be one of the best ever. Headlined by former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, fellow honorees include ex-Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Tamika Catchings, Patrick Baumann, Barbara Stevens, Kim Mulkey, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich. The Basketball Hall of Fame officially released the…

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett Headline 2020 Basketball Hall Of Fame Class — NESN.com

Justin Verlander to donate paychecks to charity during coronavirus pandemic — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Verlander and Kate Upton announced that they’ll be donating each of Verlander’s paychecks to different charities.

Justin Verlander to donate paychecks to charity during coronavirus pandemic — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

NBA focused on figuring out plan for possible cancelled season, report says —

The NBA is preparing for the possibility of a canceled season

NBA focused on figuring out plan for possible canceled season, report says —

When the NBA suspended its season in the middle of March, it initially did so with a 30-day timetable. The hope, at that point, was that the coronavirus could be contained enough for games to resume in the middle of April and for the postseason to take place under relatively normal circumstances, even if fans wouldn’t be allowed into arenas. 

But now, as the outbreak continues to worsen in the United States, the league needs to consider other arrangements. In fact, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the league is preparing at the moment as if the season will be canceled. 

“The talks between the players union and the league this week, I’ve talked to both sides of this issue, and it is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down,” Windhorst said. “Now they don’t have to do that yet, and the way they’re negotiating they’re leaving themselves an option either way, but they’re not having talks about how to restart the league, they’re having financial talks about what would happen if the season shuts down, and I think there is a significant amount of pessimism right now.”

Among the problems currently preventing a renewed season are limited testing capabilities, the issues that quarantining players in a single location would create and the integrity of next season. 

“There comes a point where you go too far and start looking at damaging two seasons, and that is what the NBA is trying to evaluate. They do have runway here, I do think that if they had to go into August or September to finish this season, but I’m not sure they feel confident about that right now, and a big factor is testing. We just don’t have the testing. At some point not only does there have to be a test that’s quick and can evaluate whether or not a player is healthy enough to enter a game, but you have to know whether you have the tests available so you’re not taking them away from people who need them, and so right now, that’s not here. If in six or eight weeks, if it is here, we can have a different conversation, but the league is preparing for that answer to be no.”

It is far too early to say anything definitively at the moment. For now, the league and union are attempting to negotiate a pay-reduction that splits the burden of lost revenue fairly between the league and its players. For the rest of this season and next season to be viable, the two sides will have to agree to an altered financial structure that recognizes the severity of this situation. 

Logistically speaking, holding the postseason as late as August or September would force next season to be pushed back to compensate. Christmas has been mentioned in various reports as a potential start date for the 2020-21 season, but doing so would force the NBA to either compress the schedule in order to fit enough games into a campaign with an eye on moving the schedule back to its original state by 2021-22, or permanently move the schedule back so that it always begins in December and ends in the late summer, as has been discussed by the league even before this crisis. 

The league has billions of dollars on the line. If at all possible, it will attempt to save that money by putting some sort of postseason on the court. But with that growing less and less likely by the day, it makes sense for the NBA to at least begin considering what a world without a 2020 champion might look like. 

NBA focused on figuring out plan for possible canceled season, report says

These Stats Show How Impressive Reported NBA HOF Draft Class Is — NESN.com

Some seriously impressive career stats are to be enshrined in Springfield this summer. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday that Kevin Garnett, the late Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are to be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Formal announcements will be made on Saturday, but it was alcready announced that Bryant…

These Stats Show How Impressive Reported NBA HOF Draft Class Is — NESN.com