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NBA Restart Team Overview: Phoenix Suns

RECORD: 26-39, 13th-place, two games behind 12th-place San Antonio, 2 1/2 games behind the three teams virtually tied for ninth-place (Portland, New Orleans, and Sacramento), and six games behind eighth-place Memphis. OVERVIEW: The Suns are having their best season since 2014-15 as they seek their first playoff appearance in 10 years. All-Star Devin Booker, 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, and the emerging Kelly Oubre Jr. form a promising young core. NUMBER TO KNOW: Phoenix averages an NBA-leading 27.2 assists per game.  SEEDING GAMES: vs Washington Wizards (8/1) vs Dallas Mavericks (8/3) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8/5) vs Indiana Pacers (8/7) vs Miami Heat (8/9) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8/11) vs Philadelphia 76ers (8/12) vs Dallas Mavericks (8/14).....»»

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NBA Restart Team Overview: Washington Wizards

RECORD: 24-40, ninth-place, 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Orlando and six games behind seventh-place Brooklyn OVERVIEW: The Wizards were playing their best basketball of 2019-20 when the season was suspended, posting a 14-16 record in their last 30 games. Rui Hachimura of Japan is the fifth-leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and top rebounder (6.0 rpg) among qualifying NBA rookies. NUMBER TO KNOW: Bradley Beal ranks second in the NBA in points per game at 30.5. KEY ABSENCES: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, John Wall (out for season) KEY ADDITIONS: Jerian Grant SEEDING GAMES: vs Phoenix Suns (8/1) vs Brooklyn Nets (8/3) vs Indiana Pacers (8/4) vs Philadelphia 76ers (8/6) vs New Orleans Pelicans (8/8) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (8/10) vs Milwaukee Bucks (8/12) vs Boston Celtics (8/14) .....»»

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NBA s Heat close practice facility as second player contracts coronavirus

Before the Heat, other teams like the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers also shut down their facilities after positive COVID-19 tests......»»

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Lakers ni James magkakampeon

BUONG season, paborito ang Los Angeles Clippers dahil kina Kawhi Leonard, Paul George at Patrick Beverly......»»

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Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA s return on July 30

New York -- The NBA will offer a tasty Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers when play resumes after a near four-month shutdown on July 30......»»

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Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA’s return from COVID-19 hiatus

NEW YORK — The NBA will offer a tasty Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers when play resumes after a near four-month shutdown on July 30. The game is one of two on the slate for the opening night of play in the season re-start, which will be taking place […] The post Lakers-Clippers highlight NBA’s return from COVID-19 hiatus appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Lakers-Clippers, Jazz-Pelicans to usher in resumed NBA season

On hiatus since early March due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the premier basketball league is returning with 22 of its squads to compete in 88 seeding games before going into the playoffs......»»

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Ariza, Bertans to skip NBA restart, forego paycheck

Los Angeles—Portland Trail Blazers veteran Trevor Ariza and Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans have both opted to skip the NBA’s planned season relaunch in Orlando as Florida battles a surge in coronavirus cases, reports said Monday......»»

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Ariza, Bertans to skip NBA restart: reports

Portland Trail Blazers veteran Trevor Ariza and Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans have both opted to skip the NBA's planned season relaunch in Orlando as Florida battles a surge in coronavirus cases, reports said Monday......»»

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Wizards, Mystics lead protest vs racism in Washington DC

Led by Bradley Beal and Natasha Cloud, dozens of Wizards and Mystics players, coaches and staff members celebrated the end of slavery in America 155 years ago......»»

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NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dies

Unseld led the Baltimore/Washington Bullets, now known as the Washington Wizards, to its only NBA championship in 1978......»»

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Clippers complete purchase of Forum

  Steve Ballmer finalized his $400 million purchase of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Monday, allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to move closer to building their new arena in the neighborhood. CAPSS LLC, formed recently by Clippers owner Ballmer, bought the Los Angeles Lakers’ former home from Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. MSG, which […].....»»

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Study: Knicks, Lakers arenas most popular for fans

Gathering data on 29 different arenas used by the 30 NBA teams — both the Lakers and the Clippers use the Staples Center — the study crunched the numbers on the most frequented arenas......»»

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Expect Kawhi, PG in phenomenal shape, says Rivers

  MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be in “phenomenal shape” after the NBA suspension . Leonard, the 2020 All-Star MVP, has been going through injury management while George missed some games this season due to a hamstring ........»»

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Devin Booker wins NBA 2K20 Players in all-Phoenix Suns final

Devin Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines), sweeping Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final. “I played a lot growing up,” Booker said. “It's all about timing and eye coordination.” ESPN broadcast the three-day, 16-player Xbox One competition. The last NBA games were played March 11, the day Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Booker’s Houston Rockets topped Ayton’s Los Angeles Lakers 72-62 in Game 1 and the star guard directed the Denver Nuggets to a 74-62 victory over thee Milwaukee Bucks in the second. “Anyone who thinks they can play 2K, let's get it,” Booker said. Booker earned a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of his choice. Seeded fifth, he beat Denver's Michael Porter Jr., Washington's Rui Hachimura and the Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell to reach the final — also sweeping those matchups. Ayton topped Chicago's Zach LaVine, Atlanta's Trae Young and the Clippers' Patrick Beverley, using his own Suns to top Beverley in the semifinals. “I said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship — and that's the way it ended up,” Booker said. The players were seeded by their NBA 2K player ratings......»»

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Clippers working out together via video during shutdown

Clippers working out together via video during shutdown.....»»

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Durant upset, Young dominates in NBA 2K Players Tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Top-seeded Kevin Durant got the boot early in the inaugural NBA 2K Players Tournament as he suffered a first-round exit to Derrick Jones Jr (No. 16) on Friday, April 3, in the US (Saturday, April 4, Philippine time). Using the Los Angeles Clippers, Durant fizzled out in ........»»

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Boon or bane?

In the midst of the National Basketball Association’s suspension of its 2019–20 campaign, not a few quarters have argued that the development benefits the Lakers’ LeBron James. After all, they claimed, he’s a relatively old 35, with significant miles on his odometer and in need of rest. Significantly, it’s a narrative that he’s pushing back against. And it isn’t merely because, prior to the league making the decision to hold the season in abeyance, he had just come off a productive weekend that saw him lead the purple and gold to victories against the Bucks and Clippers, noted powerhouses and deemed to be their biggest stumbling blocks en route to a projected championship......»»

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No fans, no work: Arena workers caught in sports shutdown

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — David Edelman can usually be found at a Denver Nuggets basketball game or a Colorado Rapids soccer game. As an usher, he interacts with fans in a role he calls a staple of his life. But there are no Nuggets games for at least a month. No Rapids games, either. And Edelman has no idea what he’ll do now. “This is what I do for a living,” Edelman said earlier this week, as the realization hit that sports were going on hiatus because of the coronavirus. “This is my income.” Thousands of workers would have staffed the 450 NBA and NHL games that will not be played over the next month in response to the pandemic. And then there are the more than 300 spring training and regular-season baseball games, 130 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tournament games, 50 or so Major League Soccer matches, all international golf and tennis tournaments, and who-knows-how-many high school, small college and other entertainment events canceled or postponed because of the global health crisis. The total economic impact of the loss of sports and other events because of the pandemic — assuming only a month shutdown — is impossible to calculate but will reach the billions, easily. Tickets aren’t being sold, so teams and leagues and organizing bodies lose money. Fans aren’t going to events that aren’t happening, so taxi drivers and ride-share operators have no one to ferry to and from those places. Hotel rooms will be empty. Beers and hot dogs aren’t being sold, so concessionaires and vendors lose money. Wait staff and bartenders aren’t getting tips. Without those tips, their babysitters aren’t getting paid. The trickle-down effect sprawls in countless directions. Some teams are trying to help. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, within minutes of the NBA shutdown announcement, said he wanted to find a way to help workers who will lose money because games won’t be played. By Friday, he had his plan: “We will pay them as if the games happened,” he told The Associated Press in an email. Other teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, have made similar commitments to workers at not just NBA events but also the building’s minor-league hockey games. The Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks were among the earliest NBA franchises to reveal they’re working on how they’ll take care of arena staffs. So have the NHL’s Washington Capitals, among others, and the ownership group for Detroit's Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers on Friday said they were setting up a $1 million fund “to cover one month's wages for our part-time staff for games, concerts and events that they would have otherwise worked." “Our teams, our cities and the leagues in which we operate are a family, and we are committed to looking out for one another,” New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris said. There were many more significant gifts revealed later Friday. Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans said he would “cover the salaries” for workers at the team’s arena for the next 30 days. Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons pledged $100,000 for workers there, the San Jose Sharks said part-time arena workers would get paid for all games not played and Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky said he was giving $100,000 to workers in that club’s arena -- a donation matched by his teammates and followed by another pledge from the team’s ownership group. “This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis,” Williamson wrote on Instagram. At Chicago Blackhawks hockey games alone, about 1,500 workers are in or outside the building on event nights: guest services, concessions, parking, security, box office and so on. “The per game payroll is more than $250,000,” said Courtney Greve Hack, a spokeswoman for the United Center. If that’s the NHL norm — no official numbers are available — then workers around the league would stand to lose more than $60 million if hockey does not return this season. “I get it,” said Chris Lee, who owns a coffee and smoothies franchise in Arizona that draws 70% of its annual revenue sales at spring training and Arizona Coyotes hockey games. “But this is going to be really tough.” Lee was packing up cups that won’t be used when baseball announced Thursday that spring training was ending about two weeks early. He and his staff — one full-timer, 14 part-time employees — aren’t sure what comes next. The enormity of the numbers stacks up quickly. The group that owns the Raptors and other pro sports clubs in Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, says it's trying to help 4,000 workers in that city. Extrapolate that across other Canadian and U.S. pro sports cities, and those teams could be looking at 100,000 workers feeling some sort of pinch — not counting the impact at college and other levels. Cavaliers star Kevin Love pledged $100,000 to help the workers in Cleveland address what he described as their “sudden life shift.” On Friday, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks made a $100,000 pledge on behalf of his family “It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier," Antetokounmpo wrote on Twitter. The NCAA men’s Division I tournament generates about $900 million annually through television and marketing rights alone. In Albany, New York, which was scheduled to host men’s tournament games for the first time in 17 years, organizers estimated the economic loss from the three-day event to be about $3 million. Bars and restaurants bought tons of additional stock and perishables to prep for crowds that won't arrive. It’ll probably take a few years before the NCAA can bring the tournament back to many of the cities slated to host games next week. “It’s incredibly disheartening. There’s no question about that,” said Mark Bardack, president of public relations and management firm Ed Lewi and Associates, which had worked for more than a year on the planning of the tournament in Albany. “To have it all disappear, though obviously no one’s fault.” Some arena workers, many not wanting to be identified because of workplace policies about speaking to reporters, said they are living paycheck-to-paycheck. They’re not alone, of course: A study last fall by the American Payroll Association said 74% of workers in the U.S. would “experience financial difficulty” if their usual payday was delayed by as little as one week. In Philadelphia, Rodney Thompson works on commission selling popcorn and beer at 76ers basketball games, Flyers hockey games and Phillies baseball games. They’re all on hold. "The more I sell, the more I make,” the 56-year-old said. “The less I sell, the less I make. It would hurt me, financially. I would have no income coming in. ... I make pretty good money. But if there's no fans, there's no work.” ___ AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, David Brandt in Scottsdale, Arizona, Josh Dubow in San Francisco, Stephen Hawkins in Dallas and Dan Gelston in Philadelphia, and Associated Press Writers Matthew Carlson and Tim Cronin in Chicago contributed to this report. ___ The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content......»»

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Wizards Bradley Beal turns All-Star snub into all-NBA talk

Wizards Bradley Beal turns All-Star snub into all-NBA talk.....»»

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