Another death of a black man in police custody has angered people around the NBA, including Lakers star LeBron James. A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling atop the neck of a man named George Floyd who later died circulated through news and social media circles. James weighed in on Instagram, posting a still…LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd — Daily News
As the NHL on Tuesday announced its plan to scrap the regular season and delve right into a 24-team postseason, the NBA hasn’t gotten as far with its comeback in regards to return-to-play formats. The league surveyed its GMs to get a feel for how each team feels, but some players are taking it upon…Damian Lillard Won’t Play In NBA Return If Blazers Don’t Have Playoff Shot — NESN.com
As the NHL on Tuesday announced its plan to scrap the regular season and delve right into a 24-team postseason, the NBA hasn’t gotten as far with its comeback in regards to return-to-play formats. The league surveyed its GMs to get a feel for how each team feels, but some players are taking it upon themselves to publicly voice their opinions too. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, for example, on Tuesday made it known that if the NBA doesn’t return with a structure that gives his team a shot at the playoffs, he won’t participate. “If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now. And you can put that in there.” It makes sense that he wouldn’t want to risk injury, or the chance of getting sick, for meaningless basketball. The Blazers currently sit at No. 9 in the Western Conference, 3.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot currently inhabited by the Memphis Grizzlies. “If we come back and I don’t have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I’ll be at practice and I’ll be with my team. I’m going to do all that and then I’m going to be sitting right on that bench during the games,” Lillard said. “If they come back and say it’s something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we’re playing for playoff spots, then I think that’s perfect.” There is no return format that will please everyone while still putting safety concerns at highest priority, but until it nails those logistics down, no other big decisions can really be made. We’ll see what the league comes up with.
This comes after Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that professional sports teams can begin practicing and resume competition in New Jersey.Philadelphia 76ers To Begin ‘Phased Reopening For Voluntary, Individual Workouts’ At Camden Complex — CBS Philly
Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great Patrick Ewing has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home, his son said Monday.Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19 — 8News
Last week on the Hoops Adjacent podcast, hosted by David Aldridge and Wosny Lambre, Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle voiced his optimism that the NBA season would resume this summer: It just feels like things are moving in what I would characterize as a ‘generally good direction’, in terms of our ability to test, control […]“We’re going to find a way to make this work”: Rick Carlisle is optimistic about this season and the future of the NBA — e Things To Do
Dwyane Wade has been impressed by how R.J. Barrett has handled the spotlight playing in New York City.Canadian Connection: RJ Barrett cherished playing against Jamal Murray — The Rookie Wire
Chicago Bulls winger Horace Grant lambasted Michael Jordan after the mini-documentary aired The Last Dance dedicated to this legendary club and broadcast on Netflix. Horace Grant, winner of three NBA titles with Michael Jordan on the basketball team, criticized “the lies” told by the basketball legend in what he does not consider to be a […]Michael Jordan criticized for “lying” comments in “The Last Dance” — Archyde