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Jazz 2020 playoff preview: Spida's tangled web

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:01 PM

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert need to settle their differences as the Jazz eye to make a splash when the NBA season resumes

DUO. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were two of the first NBA players to test positive for the coronavirus. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

LeBron among NBA stars supporting under-fire ESPN reporter

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Veteran NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski gets suspended by ESPN following his vulgar response to a US senator

SUPPORT. LeBron James joins the #FreeWoj movement. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

LeBron forgoes wearing social justice message on jersey

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:54 AM

‘I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey, but I'm OK with that,’ says LeBron James

JERSEY TALK. Lebron James decides to keep his family name on the back of his uniform. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets 2020 playoff preview: Innovative or insane?

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Riding on the star power of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets look to go deep by pushing small-ball style to the extreme

Pacers 2020 playoff preview: Victor-y slipping away?

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The Indiana Pacers brace for a hellish run against topnotch teams, but it doesn’t mean they won’t give hell back

ON A ROLL. All-Star Domantas Sabonis (right) hopes to fuel again the Pacers’ restart campaign. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs guard Mills donates $1M to Aussie social justice causes

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Australian Patty Mills says he’s donating 'every cent earned' in the NBA restart to Black Lives Matter groups in his home country

ADVOCACY. San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (right) has long been active in social justice movements. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Players reach Orlando 'bubble' ahead of NBA training camps

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Some players still feel skeptical of the quarantined games, with some saying likely not everyone will follow the rules

BACK TO WORK. Pelicans star Brandon Ingram (left) and Zion Williamson arrive at the Disney training camp. Photo from NBA

Kawhi Leonard postpones Orlando trip due to ‘family matter’

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The LA Clippers say league star Kawhi Leonard will join the team in a few days

RESTART. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers look to go deep in the playoffs. Photo from NBA

Depleted Nets sign Jamal Crawford for season restart

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:37 AM

At 40, Jamal Crawford shows no signs of slowing down as he joins a Brooklyn Nets side that lost yet another key cog

STILL GOT IT. Jamal Crawford fires 51 points in a Suns game last season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Beal out for Wizards in NBA restart with shoulder injury

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Wizards absorb another major blow as Bradley Beal, the league’s second-best scorer, sits out the rest of the season

TOUGH RESTART. The Wizards face a grueling climb minus Bradley Beal. Photo from NBA

2 Filipino artists featured in Vince Carter tribute

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Jayson Atienza and AJ Dimarucot showcase their artwork in NBA Canada’s tribute to Raptors legend Vince Carter

Howard will play for Lakers when NBA resumes in Orlando

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

After initial apprehensions on the league restart, Lakers center Dwight Howard now plans to mix his team goals with his activism

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Dwight Howard says he’ll donate his restart salary to charity. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nets star Dinwiddie still has virus, to miss NBA restart

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won’t join the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando ‘bubble’ after a second positive virus test

TOP FAN. Spencer Dinwiddie (left) says he’ll be supporting his teammates all the way.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

'Significant' virus spread could thwart NBA restart – Silver

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:24 AM

As teams start to arrive in the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando, commissioner Adam Silver admits a fresh virus outbreak may be more damaging

BUBBLE BATTLE. LeBron James’ Lakers and Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers resume their campaigns in the restart opener on July 30. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Ex-Lakers star Gasol celebrates birthday with Kobe’s kids

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Pau Gasol celebrates his 40th birthday without his partner-in-crime Kobe Bryant

UNCLE PAU. Pau Gasol (right) spends time with Bianka Bryant on his 40th birthday. Photo from Vanessa Bryant's Instagram

7 Women's NBA players positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Indiana Fever delays travel to the IMG Academy at Bradenton, Florida, by at least 5 days

Bucks reportedly close practice facilities over virus concerns

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The Bucks close their practice facility after receiving results from coronavirus tests conducted, although it is not clear how many may have come back positive

DROUGHT. The Bucks will chase their first NBA title since 1971 when the NBA season resumes later in July. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Thunder 2020 playoff preview: Defying the odds

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Proving all predictions wrong, Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder plan to pull off more surprises in the playoffs

TRUE LEADER. Chris Paul (center) brings his winning ways to Oklahoma City. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers 2020 playoff preview: Rust the process

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:58 PM

After a heartbreaking end to last season’s run, the Philadelphia 76ers hope to get luckier this time

ANOTHER SHOT. Assured of a playoff berth, Joel Embid and the Sixers look to prove doubters wrong. Photo from NBA

Oladipo to continue rehab, plans to return next season

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:34 PM

'I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,' says Pacers star Victor Oladipo

TOUGH DECISION. Opting to skip the NBA restart, Victor Oladipo admits he’s not ‘fully comfortable’ playing in the Orlando bubble. Photo by Ronald Martinez/AFP

Heat close practice facility after 2nd virus positive

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The Miami Heat continue to test players before leaving for the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando next week

MOMENTUM. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (left) and Jae Crowder, look to stay in the top half of the league standings. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Mavericks 2020 playoff preview: European invasion

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks slug it out in the ultra-tough Western Conference

IN THE ZONE. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks try to stay in the playoff mix. Photo from NBA

Sixers’ Simmons at full strength heading into NBA restart

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Months after suffering a back injury, Aussie guard Ben Simmons says he’s ‘back to 100%’ as the Sixers resume their playoff campaign

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 02: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 116-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Zion confident of NBA restart despite 25 positive virus cases

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Rookie sensation Zion Williamson says he trusts the NBA’s bubble environment in Orlando

BACK TO WORK. Zion Williamson (center) and the Pelicans look to crash the playoffs. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

Davis likes Lakers' title chances when NBA returns

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'Actually I think our chances are higher because we're all rested,' says Anthony Davis as the Lakers resume their finals bid

POWER DUO. The Lakers  try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

25 NBA players, 10 staffers tested positive for virus

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Players and staff members who test positive must remain in self-isolation until cleared as teams head to the Orlando 'bubble' next week

PATIENT ZERO. Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 last March. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis ready for 'toughest' ever NBA challenge

Jul 02, 2020 - 1:16 PM

'I feel like… this is gonna be the toughest championship you could ever win because the circumstances are really, really tough right now,' says reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

PACESETTER. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Bucks are among the favorites to reach the NBA Finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

No Celtics player tested positive for virus

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:20 AM

A full-force Boston Celtics squad heads to Orlando for the NBA season restart

READY. The Celtics try to stay among the top contenders with Jayson Tatum (right) and Jaylen Brown. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers ink JR Smith for NBA restart

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:03 AM

LeBron James and JR Smith reunite after teaming up to win an NBA crown with the Cavaliers in 2016

BACK AT IT. JR Smith (right) and LeBron James team up for another title bid. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Silver says no risk-free way to play but NBA bubble safest

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:21 PM

'Our best understanding of this virus is that it's not going away anytime soon so we feel we have to find a way to move forward and this is our way,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

TOP GUNS. LeBron James’ Lakers lead the Western Conference while Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks pace the Eastern side before the league shutdown. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Pelicans, Nuggets players, staff test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The NBA continues to test players for COVID-19 weeks before the season restarts this month in Orlando

Photo from NBA

NBA plans to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:52 PM

US media reports say that NBA is planning to paint the slogan in all 3 arenas at Disney World in Orlando

MAKING A STAND. The NBA is reportedly painting 'Black Lives Matter' on all of its courts in Disney World in Orlando. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Nets stars Jordan, Dinwiddie test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:16 PM

DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie are set to miss the NBA season restart in Disney World Orlando

TWO MEN DOWN. Spencer Dinwiddie is one of the Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus. Photo from Spencer Dinwiddie's Instagram

NBA rookie star Morant apologizes for anti-police post

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant's post is intended for the police who continue to harass Black Lives Matter protesters

APOLOGY. Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies explains that he did not mean to condemn all police. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

Evan Fournier backs NBA safety plans despite virus surge

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'The resurgence is worrying, but it doesn't actually change habits,' says Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier

SUPPORTIVE. Evan Fournier supports the NBA's restart plans with regards to the players' health and safety. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

NBA players may be allowed to have social justice messages on jerseys

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Jerseys could carry messages such as 'Black Lives Matter' or 'I Can't Breathe' – two popular rallying cries of the protest movement

SPEAK OUT. NBA superstar LeBron James has been vocal against social injustice. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Nets ace Chandler to skip NBA restart

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Wilson Chandler joins a handful of other NBA players who have elected to miss the restarted season

PASS. Wilson Chandler (left) will not join the Nets when the NBA season resumes in a bubble setting. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Grizzlies 2020 playoff preview: Ja-mmed road ahead

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:55 PM

For teams up there, it’s foolish to overlook the Memphis Grizzlies’ young guns led by top rookie Ja Morant

THE FUTURE. Top rookie contender Ja Morant gives the Grizzlies a lot to look forward to. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

SCHEDULE: 2020 NBA seeding games, Philippine time

Jun 28, 2020 - 1:57 PM

NBA action resumes with 22 teams battling for playoff spots in a 'bubble venue' in Florida

Nets 2020 playoff preview: Thank you, next

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The Brooklyn Nets may just be leisurely strolling along but they can actually dent the campaigns of some serious contenders

STEPPING UP. Spencer Dinwiddie (right) and Caris LeVert prove to be more than mere backups. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA 'very comfortable' with restart venue despite virus surge

Jun 27, 2020 - 1:48 PM

‘We are left with no choice but to learn to live with this virus. No options are risk-free right now,’ says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

BACK TO BUSINESS. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks (left) and Joel Embiid’s Sixers resume their campaigns in Orlando. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers-Clippers highlights NBA return from hiatus

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:29 AM

The NBA heads back to action with 88 'seeding games' starting with a July 30 doubleheader

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during a 112-103 Lakers win at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA has 16 players positive after 302 coronavirus tests

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:22 AM

The tests are required as NBA players committed to participating in the 2019-2020 season restart in a 'bubble' quarantine setting next month

POSITIVE. Malcolm Brogdon is the latest NBA player to test positive for coronavirus. Photo from Instagram/@pacers

Magic 2020 playoff preview: What home court advantage?

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A champion will be crowned in Orlando, but that almost certainly won’t be the Magic

INCONSISTENCIES. Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic need to deal with their inconsistent performances. Photo from NBA

Sparking social change is NBA restart goal, says commissioner

Jun 25, 2020 - 5:58 PM

Beyond the action, NBA players plan to use their platform to put a spotlight on racism and police brutality

FIGHTING FOR CHANGE. Lakers’ LeBron James and Thunder’s Chris Paul are among the NBA’s outspoken stars. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers guard Bradley opts out of NBA return for family

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:52 PM

'I can't imagine making any decision that might put my family's health and well-being at even the slightest risk,' says Lakers guard Avery Bradley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets center Jokic reportedly positive for coronavirus in Serbia

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:57 PM

NBA All-Star Nikola Jokic, who’s in Belgrade for an exhibition basketball game, has been seen with virus-positive tennis star Novak Djokovic

Nikola Jokic. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Ariza, Bertans to skip NBA restart

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Portland's Trevor Ariza and Washington's Davis Bertans are set to miss NBA's return in Disney World

OTHER PLANS. Trevor Ariza commits to a one-month visitation window with his son instead. Photo from

Trail Blazers 2020 playoff preview: Dame Time running late?

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:20 PM

'Dame Time' Lillard has always pulled Portland out of a tight spot, but can he weave his magic one more time in the NBA playoff race with a new format?

HOPE STILL ALIVE. Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers sit just a spot outside the playoff picture in the loaded Western Conference. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

NBA sets dates for return with October finals

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:34 AM

The NBA targets to cap off the 2019-2020 season with the finals in October

TOP TEAMS. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks are the top contenders for the NBA 2019-2020 season title. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP