The NBA is giving players the opportunity to show their support of different social justice movements via social justice messages on the back of their jersey, replacing what would commonly be their last name. However, LeBron James announced that he will forgo this opportunity, and instead simply have “James” on the back of his jersey.
A photo of the food served to players at the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has gone viral, and was certainly not as impressive as people had expected.
Speaking of injured shoulders, the second player that just decided he will be missing the rest of the season is Wizards guard, Bradley Beal. According to the Wizards, Beal’s shoulder, specifically, his rotator cuff, had been bothering him since the start of the season.
According to ESPN sources, the NBA is in discussions regarding an additional September “bubble” in Chicago for teams that were not invited to participate in the official restart in Orlando. This will allow for the eight teams to participate in various scrimmages and training sessions with each other, some of which may be televised for fans.
Small forward for the Brooklyn Nets, Garrett Temple says despite making the decision to travel to Orlando, he still feels a “nervous anxiousness.”
Victor Oladipo and DeAndre Jordan, two former NBA All-Stars, join an increasing group of players not willing to return for the remainder of the 2019-2020 NBA season. There are over eight players who have decided to not join their team in Orlando, including Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza, and Davis Bertans, most notably.
Gordon Hayward, forward for the Boston Celtics and most known for getting gruesomely injured, said that he is prepared to leave the NBA’s bubble for the birth of his fourth child.
Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the NBA’s restart bubble hosted at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex, a venue within the Walt Disney World Resort and the city of Orlando, will likely cost the NBA at least $150 million.
On Friday, the NBA announced it’s schedule for the “seeding games” to restart it’s 2019-2020 season. The first wave of games will tip-off July 30 – Aug. 14, and will be nationally televised via ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.
In addition to Brogdon, another NBA star tested positive for COVID-19 this week, All-Star Nikola Jokic. However, his situation is very different from Brogdon’s. This is because Jokic is currently in Serbia. He is said to have got the virus while hanging out with fellow Serbian, and tennis legend Novak Djokovic, who also tested positive.