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How the NBA playoff picture changes without Victor Oladipo

Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system What does Victor Oladipo’s decision to sit out the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season mean for the Indiana Pacers and their Eastern Conference rivals? Oladipo was one of the last key players on a playoff-bound team […]

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Zion worked to stay in shape during quarantine

For New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, quarantine presented a new set of challenges. How does a 285-pound athlete who was two months removed from returning from knee surgery stay in shape? The NBA provided one lifeline when it cleared Williamson to continue his rehab at the Pelicans facility even after the league shut down […]

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DeRozan: Bubble rules ‘frustrating, overwhelming’

Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com 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 […]

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Nine more NBA players test positive; total at 25

Nine more NBA players tested positive for the coronavirus last week, the league announced Thursday. The nine positive tests found between June 24-29 bring the overall total to 25 players out of a pool of 351 who have been tested since June 23. Sixteen players tested positive last week. The NBA also said 10 of […]

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How the NBA restart rules work for substitute players now

What’s next for NBA teams now that the transaction window has closed? Multiple teams made roster moves over the past week, including those included and excluded from the season restart in Orlando, Florida. Players can still opt out of participating, and teams can continue to add players to their rosters, though the rules for those […]

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NBA tells coaches age alone won’t prevent trip

Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM The NBA office has assured the league’s coaches’ association that “age alone” will not be enough to prevent a coach from going to the Walt Disney World Resort for the restart of the season. Individuals at […]

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Lillard has doubts on players following all rules

Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com As teams prepare to depart for Orlando in the next week, entering into the campus “bubble” environment, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard expressed serious doubt all the protocols and rules will be strictly followed by players. “My confidence ain’t great,” Lillard said with a laugh on Wednesday. […]

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Sources: Bubble to cost NBA more than $150M

ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Operating the three-month completion of the NBA season at the Walt Disney World Resort will cost the NBA more than $150 million, sources told ESPN. The league is housing 22 teams plus support staff at three resorts, has arranged for […]

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Sixers’ Simmons ‘effectively 100%’ for restart

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said Ben Simmons’ back is “effectively 100 percent” as they prepare to head to Florida for the NBA restart at Disney World. “He’s good to go. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work for me to be able to confidently say that,” Brown said on a conference call with […]