1:05 PM ET Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot strode onto the sun-speckled grass at Soldier Field on Monday to make an announcement that was difficult for any sports fan to misinterpret: “We are not playing.” “We’d rather be here in Soldier Field, or Wrigley, or Sox park or at the United Center or Wintrust [Arena], cheering
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1:03 AM ET Day 1 of the 16-player NBA 2K Players Tournament on ESPN concluded Friday night after four first-round matchups. For each matchup, the players had a chance to choose which team they wanted to control. The winners cannot use the teams they played with Friday night in future rounds. What follows is some
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9:19 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame class is led by a trio of NBA legends: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. And while all three racked up countless on-court accolades, they also each enjoyed notable successes in the sneaker world. In fact, this year’s group marks just the second
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According to a report, the NBA is working with ESPN to finalize the details on possibly televising a H-O-R-S-E competition. If you’ve ever wondered what a H-O-R-S-E competition returning to NBA All-Star weekend would look like, the league may soon be giving you a trial run soon. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is working
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5:53 PM ET The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players, sources told ESPN. Discussions have been ongoing among the NBA, NBPA and ESPN about a competition among several players in isolation — presumably using home gyms — that would include them competing shot for shot in the
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12:02 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Class of 2020 will arguably be the most star-studded in the history of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. All eight finalists — led by Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — were selected on Saturday for enshrinement and will be inducted Aug. 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Basketball is back! Well, technically – 16 NBA players will be playing basketball. Online. In a video game. Hey, that still counts, right? Along with a few shining moments of optimism, the sporting world is slightly less of a barren hellscape than it was a week ago – even though the rest of the planet
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5:54 PM ET As part of larger corporate cutbacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, layoffs are underway within the Utah Jazz. Those cutbacks include non-basketball personnel, and some employees are taking salary reductions, sources told ESPN. The Jazz are one of approximately 80 companies within the Larry H. Miller Group, which confirmed the layoffs as “a
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Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images Our latest 2020 NBA mock draft has LaMelo Ball heading to the Chicago Bulls, while the New York Knicks wind up with Anthony Edwards. The continuously weird nature/absence of the sports landscape right now makes everything more difficult, especially the pre-draft process for both NBA and NFL teams. We don’t
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12:51 PM ET The manager for potential No. 1 NBA draft pick LaMelo Ball told ESPN that they have purchased his Australian NBL team, although in a statement later, the Illawarra Hawks said no sale has been completed. “We own the team,” Jermaine Jackson told ESPN. “It’s a done deal.” No financial details were revealed.
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The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are discussing the possibility of withholding pay in the event of canceled regular season games. While the NBA remains optimistic that regular-season basketball will return sometime over the summer, the league has begun to seriously consider alternative scenarios amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to ESPN’s Adrian
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12:04 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN While some might speculate that the NBA season will not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the league’s best record when play stopped, are going forward as if they will eventually be on the court. “We are operating and functioning and just have a mentality
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