Tag: basketball

As N.B.A. Teams Arrive at Disney, Focus Turns to Keeping the Virus Out

As the first N.B.A. teams arrived at Walt Disney World for the resumption of their season, Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his conviction that the restricted environment in Florida will be safer for the league’s personnel during the coronavirus pandemic than being anywhere “off this campus.” The ultimate test of that belief had begun just a […]

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Coronavirus Leads Some Athletes to Opt Out, if They Can Afford It

The resurging coronavirus has in many places exposed fault lines of class and privilege that allow those with means to escape high-risk environments, to put off work and to elide financial concerns in the interest of staying safe. The American sports industry may be no different, as leagues move to restart play. A blend of […]

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Maya Moore’s Help to Win Jonathan Irons’s Freedom Shows Women Leading Change

Still in her prime, Maya Moore sacrificed her career, stepping away as one of the greats in basketball for a long shot bid to help free a prisoner she was convinced was wrongfully convicted. There would be no fifth W.N.B.A. championship, no bid for another Olympic gold medal, no fans gasping at the perfect jump […]

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Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

Jonathan Irons, whose bid for freedom from a 50-year prison sentence was embraced and pushed by the W.N.B.A. star Maya Moore, walked out of a Missouri penitentiary on Wednesday, nearly four months after a judge overturned his conviction on charges of burglary and assault. Irons, 40, an African-American man convicted at age 18, was met […]

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Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The return of major sports in the United States from their coronavirus-caused breaks was supposed to coincide with flattened curves and reduced concerns about infection and death rates and hospitalizations. Instead, cases are skyrocketing, and concerns are rising with them. The worry is perhaps most profound in Florida, […]

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What The N.B.A. Can Teach Us About Fixing Income Inequality

Video by Tala Schlossberg and Andrew Blackwell Video transcript Back transcript Is It Basketball … or Socialism? While nobody was looking, the N.B.A. figured out how to fight inequality. The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. People who aren’t wealthy have less chance of success and less chance […]

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Despite Virus Spike, N.B.A. Is ‘Very Comfortable’ With Florida Plan

Despite what Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, described as an “increased” level of concern over a significant rise of coronavirus cases in Florida, the league moved forward on several fronts Friday by formalizing its plans to restart the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World near Orlando. The league and the National Basketball Players Association jointly […]

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N.B.A. Ironmen Cling to Routine During the Load Management Era

Little will be ordinary when the abbreviated 2019-20 N.B.A. season resumes as expected on July 30. Games will be played at the Walt Disney World Resort inside a so-called bubble, a plan that does away with playoff basketball’s normal hallmarks of rigorous travel, home-court advantage and the motivational fuel provided by screaming fans. How it […]

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Basketball and Barkley Hendricks: The Lesser Known Work of an Influential Artist

Breaking the rules always came easy to Barkley L. Hendricks. One of the most influential artists and photographers of the 20th century, he was best known for his portrayal of everyday black life in the United States. He often eschewed convention and experimented with shapes and space in his works unlike anyone had before him. […]

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Florida Is a Popular Site for Pro Leagues. It’s Also a Virus Hot Spot.

Florida reported 2,610 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a New York Times database, only a slight drop from the state’s one-day record of 2,783. That was set on Tuesday. Florida was one of the first states to reopen in the midst of the global pandemic. Now, it is one of nearly two dozen […]

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Before Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant, Helicopter Service Raised Weather Concerns

The night before a helicopter carrying the basketball legend Kobe Bryant slammed into a fog-shrouded mountainside, a charter service manager told the pilot that the weather in Southern California could be an issue, according to text messages released on Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, texted that he had checked […]

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Here is the 113 Page NBA Rule Book for Their July Return

An anonymous tip line to report rules violations. Preapproved golf outings. Protocols for how to properly disinfect basketballs. Table tennis is allowed — but singles, no doubles. The N.B.A. on Tuesday night detailed its elaborate plan for resuming play this summer by sending a 113-page handbook to team personnel, with a heavy emphasis on health […]

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Swabs and Sensors: Memos Offer Details of Life in N.B.A. ‘Bubble’

When N.B.A. teams arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort next month for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, every player and team staff member will be expected to stay on the campus at nearly all times. Confirmation of that rule was among the standout disclosures that teams and players received on Tuesday in the […]

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Stephen A. Smith Slams ‘Foolish’ NBA Stars If They Don’t ‘Show Up To Work’ Because Of Racial Oppression

Source: Stacy Revere / Getty Basketball players Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard have Stephen A. Smith fired up on T.V. Smith went on the ESPN show “Get Up!” to discuss how he thought it was “foolish” that Irving reportedly had plans to sit out the NBA season. According to For the Win, Irving participated in […]

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W.N.B.A. and Players Agree On Plan for 22-Game Season Starting in July

W.N.B.A. players have ratified a plan between the league and the players’ union to play a 22-game season, beginning in late July, along with a full playoff schedule, all at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the league announced Monday. Players who opt into the 2020 season — they have until June 25 to notify their […]

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George Floyd Had a ‘Twin.’ He’s a Former N.B.A. Player Leading Demonstrations in Minneapolis

Just a few months after being jettisoned by the Indiana Pacers and joining the Golden State Warriors in 2007, Stephen Jackson helped his new team upset the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the N.B.A. playoffs. By the beginning of the following season, Jackson had picked up a new nickname to paste over […]

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Shut Out of Disney World, Where Do These N.B.A. Teams Go Next?

The N.B.A. has taken a concrete step to resume play, announcing on Thursday that its board of governors had officially approved a format, pending player approval, for the league to reopen at Walt Disney World. Many hurdles remain, including figuring out how to protect those in the so-called Disney “bubble,” which players are not likely […]

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As N.B.A. Mulled Return, Financial Needs Emerged as Central

During a May 8 conference call with numerous N.B.A. players, Adam Silver dismissed the praise he had received in some corners for suspending the 2019-20 season before other major North American sports and downplayed the notion that it was a bold mandate from the commissioner’s office. “I’m not proud of shutting down,” Silver told the […]

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Texas State Coach Accused Of Racist ‘Chicken’ Comments Against Athletes

Source: Jonathan Bachman / Getty Two former Texas State athletes have been moved to call out their former coach following the protests against anti-Black violence across the country. According to USA Today, former point guard for the TS basketball team, Jaylen Shead, was the first to call out coach Danny Kaspar. He claimed that Kaspar […]

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N.B.A. Sets July 31 Return to Play Entirely in Florida

N.B.A. owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the league’s plan to restart the season with 22 teams at Walt Disney World in Florida in July, according to a person familiar with the voting results. The single-site proposal was ratified by a vote of 29 to 1, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the sole opposition, according […]

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Wes Unseld, Powerful Hall of Fame N.B.A. Center, Dies at 74

Wes Unseld, a Hall of Fame center known for indefatigable rebounding who was named most valuable player after the Washington Bullets won the 1978 N.B.A. championship, died on Tuesday. He was 74. His family confirmed the death in a statement posted on on the website of the Washington Wizards, as the Bullets are now known, […]

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Why the N.B.A. Is Planning on Going to Disney World

Singing pirates and spinning teacups. Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles. Impossibly chipper employees chirping, “Have a magical day.” Stroller gridlock. Pre-eminent sports venue? Walt Disney World is known for many things, but few people would immediately associate it with athletics, unless you count endurance walking or Super Bowl winners gleefully exclaiming their intention to visit, a marketing […]

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N.B.A. Players March in George Floyd Protests

A broad range of athletes and sports figures have issued statements on social media condemning the killing of George Floyd and other police violence against African-Americans. But several N.B.A. players have gone even further. They’ve jumped off the sidelines to join the sprawling protests that have leapt up all over the country, which lines up […]

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A Basketball Brotherhood Calls Timeout

As commissioner of one of New York City’s longstanding pickup basketball games, Dan Feigin always knew where he would be every Saturday morning: inside the subterranean gymnasium at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, where he has worked for nearly three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator. But for the first time since 1992, the […]

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The Director of ‘Basketball: a Love Story’ Is Missing His Muse

Covid-19 hasn’t only forced schools, gyms, parks and health clubs to shut down, it put an end to what hoopsters on every level throughout the city cherish: their “run.” Doesn’t matter where. Tillary Street Park in Brooklyn on Saturday mornings, longtime friends 30 to 40 years old still pounding, arguing over calls, running five on […]

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The Director of ‘Basketball: a Love Story’ Is Missing His Muse

Covid-19 hasn’t only forced schools, gyms, parks and health clubs to shut down, it put an end to what hoopsters on every level throughout the city cherish: their “run.” Doesn’t matter where. Tillary Street Park in Brooklyn on Saturday mornings, longtime friends 30 to 40 years old still pounding, arguing over calls, running five on […]

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Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Postponed to 2021 Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Photo: Omar Rawlings (Getty Images) As if the coronavirus hasn’t already ruined enough of our lives, now comes the news that another sports-related event has been postponed until 2021. Advertisement From ESPN: Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of governors for the Hall, told ESPN on Wednesday that enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of […]

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Basketball Hall of Fame Event Will Be Pushed to 2021, Colangelo Says

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction for an exceptionally illustrious class, including the late Kobe Bryant, will be postponed from August to next spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the Hall of Fame’s board of governors, said Wednesday. No announcement will be official until the board of governors convenes […]

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How Kobe Bryant Created His Own Olympic Dream Team

Kobe Bryant was 17 when he worked out for the Phoenix Suns before the 1996 N.B.A. draft. Jerry Colangelo, who owned the team at the time, already knew a great deal about Bryant, who had emerged from Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia as the flashiest phenom of his generation. Colangelo knew, for example, […]

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NBA Player Mike Conley Donates $200,000 Towards Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, concerns surrounding food insecurity, homelessness and the digital divide among youth have been pushed to the forefront of national conversations. NBA star Mike Conley is focused on providing relief for underserved groups who have been significantly impacted by the public health crisis, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Mike Conley of the […]

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N.B.A. in Talks to Resume Season at Walt Disney World Resort

The N.B.A. is in the early stages of discussions with the Walt Disney Company to restart its suspended season in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a league spokesman said Saturday. The restart, said Mike Bass, the spokesman, would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which would act […]

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