N.Y. governor: Pro teams can return to facilities

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Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” the Democratic governor said during a news conference Sunday.

The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S., but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward.

Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.

“I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena — do it! Do it!” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people

What ever happened to that Orlando Magic team that bounced the Chicago Bulls in 1995?

Before Shaq and Kobe, there was Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway.

And boy, were they something to see.

Shaquille O’Neal is regarded as one of the best big men in NBA history, if not the best. He finished his career a 4-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 8-time All-NBA First Team selection, 15-time All-Star and 3-time All-Star MVP. He once won the NBA MVP, which many would agree is one of the great travesties in league history.

He was, by all accounts, the most dominant player in NBA history.

But what many tend to forget is before he won three straight titles alongside the late Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, and before he won his fourth ring next to Dwyane Wade in Miami, Shaq was contending for league titles as a member of the Orlando Magic, the franchise that selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1992

NBA stars and Jazz legends react to death of Jerry Sloan

May 22, 2020

Jerry Sloan, a player known as “The Original Bull” in Chicago before becoming a legendary head coach of the Utah Jazz, died Friday. He was 78.

Many in the NBA community took to social media to pay tribute to Sloan, who retired in 2011 as the longest-tenured head coach with one franchise in any major professional sport.

“Jerry Sloan was among the NBA’s most respected and admired legends,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He was the first coach to win 1,000 games with the same organization, which came to embody the qualities that made Jerry a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer: persistence, discipline, drive and selflessness.”

Current Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, now in his sixth season with Utah, spoke fondly about his time with Sloan and what it means to follow in his footsteps.

“The clear identity that he established

The NBA in a bubble: The blueprint for how the league could finish the 2019-20 season

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Tim Bontemps

Brian Windhorst

Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books

After 10 weeks of suspension of the NBA season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the idea of a bubble site where games could be played has taken the next step.

The league has entered into exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about finishing the remainder of its season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday.

“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games,

Giannis unsure of 'Greek Freak' roots but loves it

May 21, 2020

Eric WoodyardESPN

Coming to America from Greece as a teenager was not always the smoothest transition for Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Before “Giannis” became a household name, those who couldn’t pronounce his last name often called the NBA’s reigning MVP the “Greek Freak,” because of his rare, freakish athletic ability and ballhandling skills for someone 6-foot-11.

But as popular as the nickname has become, Antetokounmpo can’t recall the first person to use it.

“First of all, the nickname is really good. I like it,” Antetokounmpo said during his Thursday morning appearance on Capture Sports Marketing’s Athletes Doing Good Radiothon with his teammate Pat Connaughton on ESPN Wisconsin.

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“I don’t remember the first time I heard about it — it was probably my rookie year — but I really don’t know who came up with it,”

Cavs' Love: Mental health vital during COVID-19

May 22, 2020

Kevin Love is fretting about COVID-19.

He’s not spending a lot of energy worrying whether he’ll get it, or grieving the death of someone close to him who contracted the coronavirus. He frets because he knows what can happen if people experience the loss of a loved one, become consumed with the loneliness of isolation, experience job insecurity and financial difficulty, and then internalize that stress instead of getting help by reaching out and talking to a health professional.

“Listen, I don’t have all the answers — and likely never will,” the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward said. “But speaking from experience, I can tell you there are resources out there that can help you.

“It’s really scary what’s going on in the world right now. But you don’t have to suffer through it alone. Take it from someone who did that for far too long.”

Sources: NBA teams seek guidance on return

May 22, 2020

Among marketplaces where governmental restrictions are keeping practice facilities shuttered, teams are asking the NBA whether players can bypass returns to those cities and report directly to the league’s proposed campus environment for the start of training camps, sources told ESPN.

Most teams in regions still adhering to stay-at-home policies amid the coronavirus pandemic have an abundance of players who left their marketplace during the shutdown and would need to quarantine for an extended period — perhaps as many as 14 days — prior to joining workouts in team facilities. Teams want to avoid having to quarantine significant portions of their rosters twice — once upon returning to more restrictive markets, and again, at the bubble site.

In anticipation of the league’s expectation of restarting the season, the NBA has told those teams that it plans to work with them on solutions that possibly include

Lowe's five NBA things: The end of Jordan's Bulls, a mystery team and a player in the MVP conversation

May 22, 2020

The Last Dance” is over, but let’s lead off our five NBA things with some unfinished business:

1. Dishonoring a champion

With precious few exceptions, great teams have a life cycle. They gain experience, win a lot, age, and get bad. There are ways to mitigate the pain, but almost never to skip it. Sometimes one lopsided trade gives a great team rare access to a top pick — the chance to find a bridge superstar. The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers of the 1980s acquired extra top-five picks they respectively used on Len Bias and Charles Barkley. The San Antonio Spurs‘ acquisition of Kawhi Leonard — with the 15th pick, not even all that high! — had a chance to stand as the all-time archetype of this sort of deal.

Other Finals-level teams get enough in return for aging stars — or make enough

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney, the league said Saturday. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the Disney site would be used for practices and housing as well.

“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place,” Bass said.

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