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Report: Mamba Academy could be new base for G League ‘Select Team’

Big changes are coming to the NBA G League, and Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy may be involved.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the G League’s new “Select Team,” featuring prep stars skipping college to play in the developmental league, is exploring using the Mamba Academy as its headquarters starting in the 2020-21 season.

Nothing is official, but the prep stars involved — including Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd — are operating under the assumption that the Mamba Academy will be their home base.

Former NBA coaches Sam Mitchell and David Fizdale are being considered as potential head coaches. It has been reported that Mitchell is considered the frontrunner.

Targeting the Mamba Academy facilities, which have been used to train players of all ages, is another sign of how serious this endeavor is. The G League is very serious about adding this pathway for prep stars, and have shown it in their planning so far.

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