Tag Archives: National Basketball

Rating our confidence in the top 10 teams in the NBA restart

Rating our confidence in the top 10 teams in the NBA restart

How well will the top teams in the NBA restart answer their big questions heading into the postseason? We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of 40 NBA experts for their confidence level in one key unknown about each of the top 10 teams in our latest round of Power Rankings.Can the Houston Rockets’ micro-ball approach…

Sources: Ousted NBA teams mull joint workouts

Sources: Ousted NBA teams mull joint workouts

Jun 5, 2020Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider CloseHost of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017Fearful of significant setbacks in the development of young players over months of inactivity, several teams left out of this season’s regular-season resumption in Orlando, Florida, have proposed ideas for regional mini summer leagues, training camps and organized team activities, sources…

Sources: Kyrie key voice in Friday call with players

Sources: Kyrie key voice in Friday call with players

Jun 12, 2020Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider CloseHost of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017When the National Basketball Players Association conducted a conference call and vote on restarting the season a week ago, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was an active participant — although his questions were of a mundane nature.Sources say Irving asked, as…

Possible Durant return affecting Nets’ title odds

Possible Durant return affecting Nets’ title odds

Jun 4, 2020Doug KezirianESPN CloseESPN Sports Betting Analyst Host of Daily Wager Behind The Bets podcast hostKevin Durant has not logged a minute for the Brooklyn Nets, but he is having the biggest betting impact on the NBA’s restructured season.With the coronavirus pandemic extending the season nearly three months, those in basketball circles are speculating…

When will the NBA return? Latest updates and big questions

When will the NBA return? Latest updates and big questions

What will the rest of the 2019-20 NBA regular season and playoffs look like? We’re tracking the big questions and updates as the league gets ready to return after beginning a suspension due to the coronavirus on March 11.The NBA’s board of governors has approved the league’s plan for a 22-team return in Florida. The…

‘No divide’ among Lakers as restart talk ramps up

‘No divide’ among Lakers as restart talk ramps up

Jun 14, 2020Dave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer CloseLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.LOS ANGELES — After Friday’s NBA players’ group call revealed just how adamant a faction of the league is against resuming the…

WNBA’s 22-game regular season, playoffs OK’d

WNBA’s 22-game regular season, playoffs OK’d

Jun 15, 2020Mechelle VoepelESPN.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.The WNBA officially announced Monday that, in agreement with the players’ union, it plans to have a 22-game regular season starting in late July.…

Lowe: The enormous risks and stakes driving the NBA’s safety discussions

Lowe: The enormous risks and stakes driving the NBA’s safety discussions

Jun 12, 2020Zach LoweESPN Senior Writer In theory, you could pull it off without a hitch: About 1,500 people test negative for the coronavirus — several times — before entering the NBA’s proposed “bubble” at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, they interact with almost no one else, and the league…

Sources: Some NBA players hesitant on restart

Sources: Some NBA players hesitant on restart

Jun 10, 2020Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider CloseHost of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017As a faction of NBA players hold conference calls to discuss uncertainty about restarting the season in the bubble in Orlando, Florida, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are agreeing on a plan that would allow players to stay home…