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    Getty Dan Campbell interacts with a referee during a Lions-Vikings game in 2021. The Detroit Lions are looking for players to make an impression, and at this point of training camp, they might have found one. Austin Bryant has been called a part of the Lions’ roster bubble at times this offseason, but it’s looking as if Bryant is taking some steps forward to be thought of as more than just a player who has to earn his keep. If you believe Dan Campbell, Bryant may have already locked down a spot. Speaking before practice on Friday, August 5, Campbell shared his excitement for Bryant given how he plays and how he has shown up in camp. "He's always been all-out, all the time."@_austinbryant7 pic.twitter.com/ajqTtI5T3U — Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 5, 2022 “He’s always been all-out, all the time. That’s what I appreciate about him. That was one of the first things I noticed about him, Aaron Glenn and myself, when I was watching film when I took this job. I’m like ‘who is this guy? He goes...
    MIAMI (AP) — These are Jimmy Butler’s three highest-scoring games in a Miami uniform: 40 points against Milwaukee, 40 points against the Los Angeles Lakers, 45 points against Atlanta. And those efforts have quite a bit in common. He had at least 20 shot attempts and 12 free throws in each of those games. READ MORE: Car Plunged Into Sunrise Retention Pond, Two Teens DeadThe Heat won all three contests. And all three happened in the playoffs. Butler’s best Miami moments tend to come when it matters most — the postseason. His 45-point effort against the Hawks on Tuesday night gave top-seeded Miami a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference first-round matchup that resumes on Friday in Atlanta. He said afterward that he simply took what the defense gave him. His teammates and coaches said it was far more impressive than that. “Jimmy is a max guy, a go-guy, a killer,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “However you want to describe it, who cares? He knows how to win. He knows how to help teams win. The game is...
    MIAMI (AP) — These are Jimmy Butler’s three highest-scoring games in a Miami uniform: 40 points against Milwaukee, 40 points against the Los Angeles Lakers, 45 points against Atlanta. And those efforts have quite a bit in common. He had at least 20 shot attempts and 12 free throws in each of those games. The Heat won all three contests. And all three happened in the playoffs. Butler’s best Miami moments tend to come when it matters most — the postseason. His 45-point effort against the Hawks on Tuesday night gave top-seeded Miami a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference first-round matchup that resumes on Friday in Atlanta. He said afterward that he simply took what the defense gave him. His teammates and coaches said it was far more impressive than that. “Jimmy is a max guy, a go-guy, a killer,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “However you want to describe it, who cares? He knows how to win. He knows how to help teams win. The game is played on both sides of the floor. It’s played with...
    TORONTO (AP) — An Italian tennis pro was dropped from the qualifying rounds at a tournament in Toronto because he left the “controlled environment” meant to keep players and their team members from getting COVID-19. Tennis Canada and the ATP men’s tour announced Saturday that 60th-ranked Lorenzo Musetti will not be allowed to compete at the National Bank Open. Musetti is a 19-year-old who reached the fourth round at the French Open in June in his Grand Slam debut. He even took a two-set lead against No. 1 Novak Djokovic at that stage before eventually stopping because of lower back pain and cramps while trailing 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0. Tennis Canada and the ATP said that the letter of approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada that allowed the tournament to go forward amid the coronavirus pandemic stated that “any individual leaving the controlled environment is in breach of COVID-19 protocol and will be unable to re-enter to compete at the event.” Musetti was replaced in the qualifying bracket by Max Purcell. ___ More AP...
    Serena Williams is the latest big-name tennis player to announce she will not be travelling to Tokyo for the Olympics. The 39-year-old, who has four gold medals and made her debut at the Sydney Games in 2000, had previously said she was reluctant to go because she would not be able to take three-year-old daughter Olympia with her. Speaking at her pre-Wimbledon press conference, Williams said: 'I'm actually not on the Olympic list- not that I'm aware of. If so, then I shouldn't be on it.' Serena Williams is the latest big-name player to announce she will not be travelling to Tokyo She declined to explain her reasoning, adding: 'There's a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don't feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.' Williams joins Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in deciding not to compete in Tokyo, while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have not yet committed to taking part. More to follow  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Romelu Lukaku is 'more difficult to mark...
    Chicago Bears roster bubble candidate: WR Javon Wims Usayd Koshul May 29, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditJavon Wims drop in the endzone against the New Orleans Saints in the Chicago Bears wild card loss still stings in the minds of Bears fans. Wims, wide open in the endzone dropped a pass from then-starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, just moments after he made a key catch down the sideline. Once viewed as a promising piece of the Bears future, Wims showcased the potential to be a third-string wide receiver as a rookie and a player that could be a valuable depth piece, the former Georgia Bulldog and seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has developed more into a special teams contributor over the last two seasons. Four months later, the Bears head into offseason workouts having added a significant amount of wide receiver depth throughout the offseason. Heading into year four, could Wims be on the roster bubble? The case for keeping Wims There appeared to be a point where Wims actually was a part...
    Chicago Bears roster bubble player: WR Anthony Miller Usayd Koshul May 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAs the Chicago Bears offseason continues, the team has a number of questions to answer heading into the 2021 NFL regular season. One major question that will linger throughout the duration of the offseason is the future of fourth-year wide receiver Anthony Miller. The former second-round pick’s career with the Bears has been up and down. After seven receiving touchdowns during his rookie season in 2018, Miller has been inconsistent throughout 2019 and 2020. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, Miller is on the roster bubble. A strong performance throughout OTA’s and training camp means Miller will be back with the Bears in 2021. If not, he’ll be part of the final cuts in August when the Bears begin trimming the final 55-man roster. As Miller enters a contract year with the Bears, what must he do to make the Bears roster? Keeping Miller Over the last three seasons, Miller has hauled in 134 receptions,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Payton II is following in his father’s footsteps when it comes to elite defense. Payton II was announced Friday as the G League’s defensive player of the year — a trophy that comes 26 years after his father, Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton, won the NBA’s defensive player of the year award. Payton II played for Toronto-affiliated Raptors 905 in the G League bubble this winter, averaging a league-best 2.54 steals per game to go along with 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Raptors 905 had the best regular-season record and was the top seed in the G League playoffs, where they fell in the semifinals. Payton II also was the league’s steals champion in 2018-19, when he averaged 2.96 per game. The award was decided by a vote by NBA G League head coaches and general managers whose teams participated in the bubble. Gary Payton played for Miami’s NBA championship team in 2006, plus was with Seattle, Boston, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has the fourth-most steals in NBA history....
    The buzz around the Australian Open 2021 has taken quite an undesirable turn. It all began with the organizers’ decision to separate Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem from the rest of the herd. Particularly, the Top 3 players are quarantining for 14-days in an amenities-filled hotel in Adelaide. And the others are present in a much more stringent environment in Melbourne. As a result, the organizers of the year’s first Slam are receiving a lot of flak over the situation. In a conversation, the Austrian doubles’ World No. 40 Phillip Oswald provided some inside news. To begin with, the 34-year-old said, “Conditions are much better in Adelaide.” Later on, Philipp opened up on how different the settings actually are. Read More: Belinda Bencic D isappointed with Unequal treatment for Nadal, Djokovic, Serena, and Others at Australian Open 2021 Oswald reveals how Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and Thiem are favored in Australia MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain cross paths during a change of ends during the Men’s Singles Final match during...
    Law enforcement braces for more extremist violence in DC and around the US ahead of Inauguration Day China says WHO coronavirus experts to visit from Thursday Bubble badminton: tour returns behind closed doors in Bangkok A wretched spell for badminton ends at this week's Thailand Open, where players will emerge from hotel quarantine to restart the world tour in bubble conditions in Bangkok. © Handout This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand shows an official wiping down spectator seats The world's top players -- minus China and Japan, who were forced to pull out -- have been bursting for a return to action after a build-up that has included long, lonely hours in their hotel rooms. Olympic champion Carolina Marin posted a video of herself working out with a hotel towel, world number one Tai Tzu-ying used water bottles as weights and Denmark's Anders Antonsen practised serving shuttlecocks into his sneakers. © Chalinee Thirasupa Ratchanok Intanon will lead home hopes at the Thailand Open The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments played in strict bio-secure...
    The “role player” label is too good for Mikal Bridges, who’s on the verge of breaking out into a special two-way player with the Phoenix Suns. The Phoenix Suns are finally relevant again, and all eyes are turning to their foundational stars: Devin Booker, who’s toiled away for years with lackluster teammates, deprived of the credit he deserves as a winning player; Chris Paul, who’s still hunting that elusive first title and has now made the Suns a playoff-caliber team; and Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 pick with something to prove as Luka Doncic and Trae Young hog the spotlight of that 2018 draft class. Eight games is an admittedly small sample size, but the legitimate breakthrough moment extended far beyond just Devin Booker — Cameron Johnson, Monty Williams and Suns culture in general stepped into the national spotlight as well. And while Bridges’ growth once again flew under the radar with everything else going on, it certainly wasn’t hard to see. In Orlando, he bumped up his numbers to 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in...
    The Orlando Bubble was challenging for the players and the staff alike. The front offices of each team always faced the possibility of a player injuring himself out of the bubble, breaking a covid norm, or suddenly coming up with a valid reason to leave the setting. The 2020 champions, Los Angeles Lakers, faced their own set of mishaps. First, the Lakers lost a key point guard in the name of Avery Bradley. Then, the news of Rajon Rondo getting down with the virus came up. It must’ve been daunting for a team to learn back-to-back news of losing its key point guards. However, the Lakers’ unique culture helped them bounce back from every such setback. Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) sits on the court with his son after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Lakers and their player care In a recent podcast, Lakers’ VP Rob Pelinka sat down to discuss at length his experiences with...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA Bubble was a huge success at Walt Disney World out in the Orlando, Florida area. ????New @celticsblog Podcast ???? ????Joined by 2008 champion Scot Pollard ????Flirting with the WWE ????Partying in the TD after 08 championship ????Being on Survivor ????Playing against legends ????Transitioning to normal life after the NBAhttps://t.co/ewLFU8DiKj pic.twitter.com/tIZSFkZlIt — Adam Taylor (@AdamTaylorNBA) October 15, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic halted NBA play on March 11 and the league resumed play on July 30 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 22 NBA teams competed to fill the league’s 16-NBA playoff spots in both the NBA’s Eastern and Western Conferences. While positive press has been the NBA’s calling card throughout the whole NBA bubble, retired NBA player, Scot Pollard reveals that there were some close calls and/or safety concerns in the bubble. “There were some things that didn’t get made public but really 100% happened and they’re pretty wild stories,” Pollard told NBA reporter Adam Taylor on the Celtics Blog Podcast. “This is a story [that]...
    Los Angeles Lakers player Avery Bradley made the difficult decision to sit out 2020’s post-July NBA season amid the coronavirus pandemic because he has a son with a respiratory condition. While the NBA bubble ended up being extremely successful, with zero positive coronavirus cases, Bradley remained at home, but he stayed busy — and stayed mindful of his fellow working-parent players. Los Angeles Lakers player Avery Bradley and his wife donated more than $30,000 in supplies to help WNBA players, with an emphasis on the league’s moms playing in the bubble. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Bradley and his wife, Ashley, reached out to the WNBA to see if there was any assistance needed to keep their version of the bubble safe for working women. The WNBA isolation “wubble” was held at a Florida prep school that had fewer amenities than the men’s league. According to an interview with Forbes, Avery and Ashley Bradley donated more than $30,000 in supplies to help the WNBA players, with an emphasis on the league’s moms in the bubble. Bradley asked for a list...
    By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere. There will be no more coffee customers with the bubble closing down, though he kept it open far longer than expected with some of the most inspired NBA Finals play seen in years. Butler carried the Miami Heat all the way to Game 6 against the favored Los Angeles Lakers but the weight of his efforts seemed to leave him with little energy Sunday. He struggled to initiate the offense, was caught flat-footed on defense and was helpless along with his teammates to stop a Los Angeles onslaught in the second quarter. The Lakers capped off another championship with a 106-93 victory, a series that once seemed destined to be a sweep that Butler almost single-handedly extended two games longer than that. “I wish I could’ve done it for the city, I wish I could’ve done it for my teammates,” Butler said. He became the first player with multiple triple-doubles of 35 or more points in an NBA Finals, and through five games was averaging...
    Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere. There will be no more coffee customers with the bubble closing down, though he kept it open far longer than expected with some of the most inspired NBA Finals play seen in years. Butler carried the Miami Heat all the way to Game 6 against the favored Los Angeles Lakers but the weight of his efforts seemed to leave him with little energy Sunday. He struggled to initiate the offense, was caught flat-footed on defense and was helpless along with his teammates to stop a Los Angeles onslaught in the second quarter. The Lakers capped off another championship with a 106-93 victory, a series that once seemed destined to be a sweep that Butler almost single-handedly extended two games longer than that. “I wish I could’ve done it for the city, I wish I could’ve done it for my teammates,” Butler said. He became the first player with multiple triple-doubles of 35 or more points in an NBA Finals, and through five games was averaging 29.0 points, 10.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds...
    A relationship could be brewing outside of the NBA bubble. Former “Bachelor” contestant Madison Prewett had a date night Thursday with Denver Nuggets power forward Michael Porter Jr., according to a photo obtained by Reality Steve. Prewett, 24, and Porter Jr., 22, grabbed dinner at Las Margaritas in Columbia, Mo., and “were seen holding hands in the parking lot,” he reported. A rep for Prewett didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment. Prewett was last connected to Peter Weber, who ultimately proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss during the March “Bachelor” finale after Prewett excused herself. Weber ended up calling off his engagement to Sluss over his lingering feelings for Prewett, though they confirmed they wouldn’t pursue a relationship. Porter Jr., who was the NBA bubble’s breakout star, was last connected to Instagram model Tiffany Chantharangma. He’s also made a name for himself as a coronavirus conspiracy theorist, saying he believes the disease is being used as part of a “bigger agenda.” “It’s being used for population control in terms of being able to control the masses of people....
    A relationship could be brewing outside of the NBA bubble. Former “Bachelor” contestant Madison Prewett had a date night Thursday with Denver Nuggets power forward Michael Porter Jr., according to a photo obtained by Reality Steve. Prewett, 24, and Porter Jr., 22, grabbed dinner at Las Margaritas in Columbia, Mo., and “were seen holding hands in the parking lot,” he reported. A rep for Prewett didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment. Prewett was last connected to Peter Weber, who ultimately proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss during the March “Bachelor” finale after Prewett excused herself. Weber ended up calling off his engagement to Sluss over his lingering feelings for Prewett, though they confirmed they wouldn’t pursue a relationship. Porter Jr., who was the NBA bubble’s breakout star, was last connected to Instagram model Tiffany Chantharangma. He’s also made a name for himself as a coronavirus conspiracy theorist, saying he believes the disease is being used as part of a “bigger agenda.” “It’s being used for population control in terms of being able to control the masses of people. The...
    Beer might be flowing in the NHL bubble, but there isn’t any sex happening. ESPN recently published a fascinating piece about life inside the NHL’s bubble system in Canada, and it’s worth reading every word of. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by NHL (@nhl) on Sep 23, 2020 at 7:55pm PDT When it comes to relaxing, players are allowed to drink. In fact, there’s a SkyBar where players frequently spend time. One player told ESPN, “I’m not kidding you when I say that at least 10-15 guys from every team were up there. If a team was playing the next day, you didn’t see any of those guys at the SkyBar. It would be teams playing the following day or after their games. It wasn’t just the fourth-line guys or just the top-end players. The stars, the young guys, everybody was there.” As for sex, there isn’t a whole lot if any at all happening. An unnamed player told ESPN, “There was some...
    The NHL’s bubble plan is nearing its conclusion with the Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning playing Game 3 Wednesday night in Edmonton, and players are starting to reveal what it was like behind-the-scenes. ESPN spoke with several anonymous players on what life was really like inside the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, where the league conducted a modified playoff format that was expanded to 24 teams in order to wrap up the 2019-20 season. From the tight security, what players were promised versus what they received and how teams entertained themselves during their isolated stay, players were transparent about what the unusual experience was really like. With some concern over safety protocols coming into the bubbles, amid the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the regular season in March, players asserted that they felt more than safe under the league’s strict safety guidelines. “For all the guys that were questioning how safe it would be, that quickly went away,” one Western Conference player told ESPN. “It was one of the safest places you could be. They were...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma & Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. Over the season, the Los Angeles Lakers have formed a tight-knit group of players. Usually, teams that haven’t been together very long don’t get along as well as this team does. They don’t even like it when the media is unfairly criticizing their teammates. On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith was talking about Clippers star Paul George and said he is “in danger of becoming the second-coming of Dwight Howard” due to their recent loss. Those comments didn’t sit well with Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and he clapped back at Smith. He went to the finals. And 3peated defense player of the year nobody just doing that anymore lol https://t.co/ng7Jl0hKYS — kuz (@kylekuzma) September 18, 2020 While Howard has never won a title, George’s resume isn’t even in the same league. Like Kuzma pointed out, Howard had been to the Finals and he did it as a team’s top star. He also had a stint as the best defensive player in the NBA. George is a...
    The Houston Rockets — who currently trail the Los Angeles Lakers 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series — were dealt another blow on Friday with the news that forward Danuel House has officially been dismissed from the NBA’s Orlando, Florida bubble campus. Per an announcement from the league, House’s dismissal comes as the result of a “recent violation of campus health and safety protocols.” One day earlier, it was reported by multiple outlets that the league was investigating House for allegedly inviting an unapproved female COVID-19 testing official into his hotel room. Per the Houston Chronicle, via NBC Sports, the testing official claimed to have had contact with center Tyson Chandler and another, unnamed Rockets player. However, the NBA cleared Chandler on Wednesday as a result of its investigation and deemed the information on the other player to be “not credible.” The Rockets are currently the only team left in Orlando that is occupying the Grand Floridian Hotel, where they are also tested regularly for coronavirus infection per the association’s bubble guidelines. The probe into House’s misconduct is said...
    Playoffs NBA 2020 You will not be able to play against the Lakers For Danuel House, the season is over. The NBA reported that the investigation had concluded about the Rockets player, concluding that had had a person in his room for several hours, something that was totally prohibited under the strict protocol of the League. The NBA sanction to House is the maximum: immediate expulsion of the bubble, so the Rockets player will no longer be able to participate in any of his team’s games in these Playoffs. But the play can be much more expensive for House, since the team is very disappointed by his behavior and the fact that he can no longer help his team in the tie against the Lakers is considered very serious for the franchise.
    French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic lost her second-round match after squandering match points against Russia’s Varvara Gracheva. Later she claimed it to be one of the most painful defeats of her career as she was 6-1, 5-1 up and then the battle went downhill and conceded a 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 defeat. Post her loss, she mentioned it was a nightmare living inside the US Open and claimed the tournament gave an ‘abominable’ treatment. The players who are done with their US Open journey are not allowed to leave the premises until the next weekend. The tournament believes the players were previously in touch with Benoit Paire (who was tested positive for coronavirus) and they can be the potential carriers of the deadly virus and consequently make the bubble more unsafe. Following the strict protocols of the US Open, Kiki’s brother Luka Mladenovic tweeted disparaging the event. “I’m telling you now… We couldn’t care less about the US shitty Open 2020, cancel our games… Just let us go home. Make us go home. I never thought I would tweet that...
    The 25 greatest characters from Quentin Tarantino films The 10 Most Walkable Cities in America European Tour player WDs from event citing bubble fatigue Life in the “bubble” isn’t for everyone. One European Tour player decided Thursday that he’d had enough. © Provided by Golf Channel Jordan Smith withdrew from the Andalucía Masters at Valderrama after playing his first 14 holes at the difficult former Ryder Cup course in 11 over. A day later, he explained on social media that mental fatigue led to his decision. “If people are wondering why I withdrew from this week’s event, the main fact was it was my 7th week in a row and ‘the bubble’ has gotten the better of me,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “Feeling like being in lockdown again not being allowed out the hotel does get to you after a while and mentally I had enough.” If people are wondering why I withdrew from this weeks event, the main fact was it was my 7th week in a row and “the bubble” has gotten the better of me. Feeling...
    (CNN)Coco Gauff lost her opening match at a different looking US Open against former semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova, while two fellow pros who came into contact with a player who tested positive for the coronavirus were allowed to compete on the opening day. The 16-year-old Gauff fell 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to the 45th-ranked Latvian on what normally would have been a packed house at New York's Louis Armstrong Stadium, the event's second biggest court.But amid the coronavirus pandemic, no fans are allowed. Instead, simulated crowd noises tried to fill the void Monday.Gauff told reporters she didn't think the lack of a crowd factored into the result."I think I compete just as hard with fans or not," Gauff said. "I could have played better today. Just going to get back to work and get ready for the French Open."Read MoreThe French Open, normally the second major on the tennis calendar, has been postponed until September. Wimbledon was canceled earlier this year.Gauff rose to stardom at Wimbledon last year as a first-time qualifier when she upset Venus Williams, before losing to eventual champion...
    Portland protesters occupied mayors condo complex Why celebrity chef Tunde Wey wants to charge white people $100 for salt More to play for than a trophy: Bubble boys look to stay in top 30 to advance OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – There will be more to play for during the final round at the BMW Championship than a shiny trophy. © Provided by Golf Channel Only 30 tickets will be punched for next week’s lucrative season finale at East Lake, and while a vast majority of the Tour Championship field is already solidified, a few spots remain very much up for grabs with one round to go at Olympia Fields. Although every participant in Atlanta will have a chance to compete for the $15 million top prize, the other perks of advancing are significant: spots in the 2021 Masters, U.S. Open and Open, plus a trip to the WGC-Mexico Championship. This year as added incentive stemming from COVID-19 tournament cancellations, every player that advances to East Lake will also receive a spot in the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, regardless...
    The remainder of the 2020 NBA Playoffs may now be in doubt in the wake of the Milwaukee Bucks’ move to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. Following the team’s decision not to participate in the game, the league moved to postpone all of Wednesday’s playoff action and one veteran player reportedly told ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski that finishing the season is no longer a certainty. Reporting via Twitter, Wojnarowski indicated that the player told him “The season is in jeopardy.” He further reported that “emotions are raw” and that players who have been involved with the NBA’s bubble environment restart at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida had already become worn out on the experience.   Ashley Landis / Getty Images As shared earlier by The Inquisitr, the Bucks’ boycott came specifically as a result of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was engaged by Kenosha Police Department officers after reportedly attempting to break up a fight....
    In the 2018 NBA Draft, Michael Porter Jr. of the Missouri Tigers became the 14th overall pick when the Denver Nuggets identified him as their selection. That means — and follow closely, because the math gets a little tough right here — 13 teams had the opportunity to choose Porter but passed. After watching him reach double-figures in scoring in seven games played this month in the NBA’s bubble, an average of 22 points per game, and then open his first-ever playoff game with three 3-pointers in the first half, some began to question the wisdom of so many teams leaving Porter on the board for so long a couple of summers back. MORE: NBA playoff bracket predictions, picks, odds Porter is 6-10, 218 pounds and was 19 years old on the night the 2018 draft was conducted. He had a demonstrated ability to shoot from the perimeter and agility and dynamism uncommon for a player his size. He also played only three college games at Mizzou because of herniated disks in his back. So was it crazy to...
    James Harden. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters The NBA's seeding games in the bubble come to an end on Friday. The league will announce the best player of the bubble and a first- and second-team of the best players of the bubble. We selected the 10 best players. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The NBA's "seeding" games come to a conclusion on Friday and the playoffs begin on Monday. The NBA plans to name a best player of the bubble and All-NBA teams of the bubble. While we don't have a formal vote on the matter, we decided to rank the 10 best players of the NBA bubble. Honorable mentions: Caris LeVert, Paul George, Gary Trent Jr., Jaylen Brown, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Joel Embiid, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Fred VanVleet
    Getty The Seattle Seahawks released Kemah Siverand after he attempted to sneak in a visitor to the team's hotel. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll continuously preaches that it is all about the team, and one rookie corner is on his way home after finding that lesson out the hard way. Cornerback Kemah Siverand was released earlier this week after attempting to sneak in a female visitor to the team hotel, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Siverand’s visitor was decked out in Seahawks apparel, but the team was still able to catch the incident on tape. “The Seahawks cut rookie CB Kemah Siverand this week after he was caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, per sources,” Pelissero noted on Twitter. “Clear message on the responsibility everyone has in the NFL’s COVID-19 world: Put the team at risk, suffer the consequences. The woman was wearing Seahawks gear in an attempt to disguise her as a player, I’m told. It did not work.” Siverand and other undrafted rookies already face an uphill...
    NBA player Lebron James and wife Savannah Brinson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Now that the NBA bubble has established itself as a place of safety for the players and staffers, the players will soon get the chance to add family and friends to their lockdown in Orlando. Read More: NBA Foundation commits $300M to Black economic growth According to ESPN, the NBA and the NBPA have agreed to allow four people per player into the NBA encampment at Orlando’s Wide World of Sports Complex where they’ve been sequestered since the NBA restart on July 30. Twenty-two teams traveled to the bubble but that number will be diminished once playoffs begin on August 17. At that point, players will be able to embrace family, friends and significant others that they’ve likely only seen on Facetime screens for over a month. However, the choice of people that NBA players can invite is...
    Nets interim coach Jacque Vaughn has used the restart to restructure his system and reboot his team. The result has been a 5-2 mark going into Thursday’s regular-season finale versus Portland, tied for third-best in the bubble. “We wanted to give the guys something they could hold onto that looked a little different, something you could press the refresh button on,” Vaughn said. “[We] got to a position where we regrouped as a staff and said, ‘How can we put these guys in the best position to succeed with the personnel?’ … We really streamlined things and really allowed players to play with confidence.” The staff made changes on both ends of the court. The undersized Nets have been doing more switching and scrambling than under Kenny Atkinson. “We’re not as much of a center-field team. We’re switching a lot more, playing a lot more aggressively on the defensive end,” Joe Harris said. “We’ve been put in a position where we have to scramble around and sacrifice for one another, just more of a team approach versus the big and...
    (CNN)The NBA will allow players to invite some guests to the league campus in Orlando between the first and second rounds of the restart playoffs. In a Wednesday memo to teams, the NBA said "player's families and longtime close personal friends" were eligible as guests in the NBA bubble. The league will exclude business associates, casual acquaintances and "any individual the player has not previously met in person or with whom the player has had limited in-person interactions (e.g., known by the player only through social media or an intermediary)." LeBron James laughs off Trumps criticism of NBA players taking a knee Each team will receive up to 17 guest rooms. Players can host no more than four guests, although some exceptions are made for those with small children. Read MoreTeams advancing to the playoffs must appoint a "Player Guest Liaison" from their existing staff to act as point of contact between the team and the NBA. A "Quarantine Coordinator" must also be assigned in the team's market to ensure guests have met requirements for the health protocols, including...
    The NBA banned players from bringing “casual acquaintances” inside its bubble in Orlando, Fla., as part of a new guest policy, according to a league memo that surfaced Wednesday. The league will allow players on teams that advance to the second round of the playoffs later this month to bring a limited number of guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World resort. Aside from family members, acceptable guests include “longtime close personal friends with whom a player has an established, preexisting and known personal relationship,” according to a memo to players. MASTERS TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD WITHOUT FANS IN NOVEMBER The memo also detailed which potential guests would not be allowed in the bubble. Players cannot invite casual acquaintances, such as people that are “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary.” Other banned guests include personal trainers, chefs, hair stylists, business partners and agents, the memo said. PAC-12 JOINS BIG TEN, CANCELS FALL FOOTBALL SEASON Approved guests will be allowed to join players inside the bubble as soon as Aug. 31. Most players will be limited...
    The NBA bubble is getting an Instaban. Ahead of the arrival of league-sanctioned guests, the NBA will begin requiring players to prove “long-standing relationships” with non-family members, according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The league and players agreed to keep causal acquaintances — “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary” — from joining the Disney-based bubble, meaning that any sliding in the DMs stops there. Casual acquaintances “could create problems within your team – and maybe someone else’s too,” one GM told ESPN. Instagram model Anna Mya alleged she got an invite to Orlando in early July, though it appears she won’t make the cut now. Also not allowed in the bubble, according to the memo: trainers, physical or massage therapists, personal chefs, hair/apparel stylists, tattoo artists, and current/prospective business partners, and certified agents (other than family members), among others. see also Instagram model claims player invited her to the NBA bubble Well, that was fast. Days after the NBA bubble opened... Players’ guests can arrive on Aug. 31, with their count essentially replacing...
    The best beach movies of all time The Cheap Old House Movement and What It Could Mean for Investors NBA will allow guests to visit players in bubble after first round of playoffs. Here is how it will work. The NBA will only allow player guests onto the Disney campus if they have an established relationship with the player, according to a memo sent to teams on Wednesday. Broadcaster Ian Eagle talks early success for NBA bubble USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How AFC East teams will or wont make the playoffs USA TODAY SPORTS MLB whos hot, whos not: ‎Fernando Tatis Jr. is taking over the USA TODAY SPORTS Why real fear and unknowns of COVID-19 have led to college footballs potential postponement USA TODAY SPORTS The plan is very fluid: Ian Eagle details what NFL broadcast could look this fall USA TODAY SPORTS NFL preseason power rankings: Rams, Bears could be bottom dwellers this season USA TODAY...
    The NBA has released the rules for guests entering the bubble, and it sounds like casual contacts will be kept far away. According to ESPN, players must prove “long-standing relationships” with anyone entering the bubble to see them starting Aug. 31 in Orlando at Disney. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) ESPN story on The Bubble restrictions for player guests, including “any individual the player has not previously met in person … or known only through social media.” https://t.co/eSa7eqviiw — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2020 Obviously, this won’t be a problem for family and close friends. However, for those of you who can’t read between the lines, it means women who players want to be around but don’t know well will be kept out. In fact, the exact line in the memo refers to people “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary.” Looks like the Instagram models aren’t coming into the bubble! What a shame! Say whatever you want about the NBA, but the league clearly understands the biggest...
    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest arrivals to teams on Wednesday in a memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. The league told teams that any guests would have to be either family members, “longtime close personal friends with whom a player has an established, pre-existing, and known personal relationship,” private security staff and established family childcare providers. Those who wouldn’t be allowed into the bubble: “trainers, physical or massage therapists,...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest arrivals to teams on Wednesday in a memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. The league told teams that any guests would have to be either family members, “longtime close personal friends with whom a player has an established, pre-existing, and known personal relationship,” private security staff and established family childcare providers. Those who wouldn’t be allowed into the bubble: “trainers, physical or massage therapists, personal chefs, hair/apparel stylists, tattoo artists,...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — There will be an NBA Bubble MVP. The league announced that there will be an All-Seeding Games Team and a Player of the Seeding Games, honoring the best performers from the seeding games that started July 30 and will conclude Friday. The awards will be announced Saturday afternoon, prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference play-in series. A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who have been on-site at the Walt Disney World resort covering the season restart will vote for the award winners. There will be a five-player first team and a five-player second team, with no breakdowns by position. Top candidates would likely include Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Houston’s James Harden, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Indiana’s T.J. Warren. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    T.J. Warren is scoring more than 30 points per game for the Pacers in the NBA bubble and Suns star Devin Booker is being lured toward an exit from his disappointing franchise. Warren, of course, could be playing alongside Booker right now and giving the Kentucky product much-needed scoring assistance. An offseason trade by Phoenix that sent Warren and a draft pick to Indiana for cash considerations prevented that from happening. Why did the Suns let a competent scorer in his mid-20s go for a meager return? There are a couple of reasons, though in hindsight none is particularly convincing. For Warren, being deemed a spare part has provided motivation to develop into a greater offensive threat in his first season with the Pacers. “When I heard about the trade, it didn’t throw me off, but like any other player (felt) a certain way about it,” Warren said in a recent TNT interview. “It’s very disrespectful. I know how much work I’ve put in, how much time I’ve put into the game. To see me get traded for that? No player wants...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Outspoken Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fine $50,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rule after his on-air comments about Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, the league announced Sunday. Appearing as an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA on Friday, Green commented about Booker’s stellar play inside the bubble. “It’s great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix,” Green said. “It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career. Sorry Chuck (Barkley), but they’ve got to get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere that he can play great basketball all of the time and win because he’s that kind of player.” Draymond Green will be fined $50,000after tampering on live TV, per @ChrisBHaynes pic.twitter.com/gtWnEyr50n — NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 9, 2020 Co-host Ernie Johnson asked Green on-air: “Are you tampering.” Green answered: “Maybe” The league said there was no doubt. In a news release, the NBA said, “As announced prior to the start of...
    The Indiana Pacers are currently 3-1 inside the NBA bubble, with their only loss coming against the Phoenix Suns. The Pacers are likely to enter the playoffs, and they can thank T. J. Warren for his explosive form inside the bubble.  The 26-year-old has been unstoppable ever since the league restarted. Warren had to explain what was going on inside him, and so, he sat down with NBA insider Chris Haynes for a casual socially-distanced chat inside the Orlando bubble.  Haynes posted an excerpt from his interview on Twitter, where he’s seen asking Warren about his red-hot form which has boosted Indiana’s confidence ahead of the playoffs. “Just me being myself out there,” Warren told Haynes. “Like I said before, [I] put in a lot of work over the years and for me just being able to be myself and to be aggressive, always been able to score. But doing it consistently every night has been big,” he added.  An @NBAonTNT snippet of my interview with the talk-of-the-bubble being Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr). Extended version to air during...
    Captain Marvel Sequel Lands Director Nia DaCosta US daily case count shoots back up over 50,000 Canucks announce Micheal Ferland left NHL bubble, is unfit to play A difficult year for Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland unfortunately continues. The team has announced that the veteran has suffered an injury that will force him to leave his team and the Edmonton bubble. Ferland is not headed back to Vancouver either, but to his home in Manitoba. There is no word on the nature or extent of Ferland’s latest ailment, but he has been ruled out for the remainder of the Canucks’ qualifying-round series and will be evaluated once the series has concluded. © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Micheal Ferland has left the NHL bubble after suffering an unidentified injury. Ferland, 28, is in his first year of a four-year contract signed with Vancouver last summer. He got off to a rocky start to his Canucks tenure when he suffered a concussion in early November. Ferland missed 15 games on his first IR stint, returned briefly in November, and then was sidelined...
    Barron Trumps private school will begin with virtual classes only The incredible history of the drive-thru Giannis Antetokounmpo had to be restrained after being knocked to the ground by a Nets player, then warned he would f--- him up © via Fox Sports Wisconsin/NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo is held back by refs and players. via Fox Sports Wisconsin/NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn Nets forward Donta Hall got into a scuffle on Tuesday while fighting for position underneath the basket. After Hall knocked Antetokounmpo to the ground, the Milwaukee Bucks star jumped to his feet and was restrained by players and refs. As Antetokounmpo was restrained by a ref, he could be seen saying, "I'm gonna f--- him up" about Hall. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Players and referees had to restrain Giannis Antetokounmpo from going after Brooklyn Nets forward Donta Hall on Tuesday. During the second quarter, Antetokounmpo and Hall were battling for position underneath the basket when Hall, an undrafted rookie who signed with the Nets for the bubble, knocked the Bucks star to the ground....
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is held back by refs and players. via Fox Sports Wisconsin/NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn Nets forward Donta Hall got into a scuffle on Tuesday while fighting for position underneath the basket. After Hall knocked Antetokounmpo to the ground, the Milwaukee Bucks star jumped to his feet and was restrained by players and refs. As Antetokounmpo was restrained by a ref, he could be seen saying, "I'm gonna f--- him up" about Hall. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Players and referees had to restrain Giannis Antetokounmpo from going after Brooklyn Nets forward Donta Hall on Tuesday. During the second quarter, Antetokounmpo and Hall were battling for position underneath the basket when Hall, an undrafted rookie who signed with the Nets for the bubble, knocked the Bucks star to the ground. Antetokounmpo got up quickly and stormed over to Hall before being restrained by refs and players. An alternate angle of the incident showed Antetokounmpo tell a referee, "I'm gonna f--- him up." Antetokounmpo, however, cooled down immediately and walked away.—Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4,...
    As major sports continue to make a comeback in the midst of a pandemic, one thing seems to hold true: a bubble is the most practical way to ensure player safety. MLB has been plagued with several COVID-19 outbreaks, most recently within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, since the abbreviated season began last month. By contrast, the NBA announced only a handful of cases in its early weeks in Orlando while the NHL confirmed Monday that there were zero positive cases since teams arrived in Canada for the postseason last week. SAINTS’ DREW BREES CALLS NATIONAL ANTHEM COMMENTS ‘MISSED OPPORTUNITY’ BUT SAYS HE’LL STILL STAND The difference comes down to the NHL and NBA opting to keep players in a bubble to limit exposure to coronavirus while MLB chooses to instead monitor player health. The example being set has raised the question of whether the NFL should implement a bubble with the season only a few weeks away, but according to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, that isn’t even an option. “We couldn’t require the players to stay in a...
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