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NBA, players union assessing potential COVID rapid-test options

In recent weeks, officials within the NBA and NBPA have been collaborating in assessing the viability of multiple blood-testing devices for the novel coronavirus that could provide accurate results within a matter of minutes, a process that would hopefully enable the league to track the virus in what's considered a critical first step toward resuming play in the near future.Multiple league sources close to the situation said the league and
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NBA sets guidelines on draft prospect workouts in memo

The NBA informed teams on Monday that organizations are prohibited from conducting in-person workouts or interviews with draft-eligible players until further notice, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.NBA teams will be allowed to conduct virtual interviews with draft prospects, but are limited to four hours total for any single player, the memo said.The guidelines are in place for an indefinite period during the coronavirus pandemic.The NBA pre-draft process will
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Louisville’s Jordan Nwora enters NBA draft after All-America season

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft.Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior. His decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year's NBA combine because of a knee injury. He returned to the Cardinals and was named Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year before going on
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Chicago teams coordinate stay-at-home message

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 on our players and having a good time with our friends, but this crisis has changed almost everything -
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Sources — Stanford’s Tyrell Terry plans to enter NBA draft

Stanford freshman guard Tyrell Terry plans to enter the 2020 NBA draft, sources tell ESPN.Terry is the No. 20-ranked freshman prospect on ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony's list of top 100 prospects.Terry, a native of Minneapolis, is considered one of the best young shooters in the country. He shot nearly 41% on 3-pointers and 89% on free throws this season for Stanford.Terry can still return to college basketball if he
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Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey declares for NBA draft

Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Monday."My thoughts were that we would be playing for a national championship (today)," Maxey told ESPN. "Although we're unable to do that due to what our country is experiencing, I felt like this was the day to declare for the draft to make it as special as I thought today would be."Maxey is the No. 8
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Devin Booker, Andre Drummond highlight NBA 2K quarterfinals

The second night of the NBA 2K Players Tournament on ESPN has come to an end and the quarterfinals matches are set.The middle of the night featured two of the most competitive matches in the tournament so far, but also the largest blowout of the eight first-round matches. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker defeated Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. 85-75 and Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura bested Utah Jazz
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Jordan, Russell, Kareem, even the King of Pop — the astonishing mentors who shaped Kobe Bryant

This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. Kobe Bryant will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 2020 class.BY THE TIME he was 14, Kobe Bryant had made up his mind: His quest for basketball greatness would be a solitary journey.It was easier that way. He approached the game with such ferocity that it alarmed his friends, his teammates, even
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Sources — NBA, ESPN working on televising H-O-R-S-E competition

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 traditional playground game, sources said.Details -- including a schedule and specific player involvement -- are still being finalized.The NBA
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Knicks, Nets, NBA help donate 1 million surgical masks to NYC

NEW YORK -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, in collaboration with Huang Ping, China's consul general have collaborated to donate one million surgical masks to be distributed to New York City's essential workers.In addition to the masks, Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife, Clara Wu Tsai, are donating 1,000 ventilators to bolster resources during the coronavirus