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Friday, July 10, 2020

Basketball

Michael Beasley would have to serve 5-game suspension before playing games for Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are working hard to fill out their roster ahead of the resumed season in Orlando and are looking towards some veterans to fill spots, including Michael Beasley.

The Nets will be without Taurean Prince, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton in Orlando. They have agreed to a deal with Jamal Crawford and are working towards a deal with Beasley, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

One interesting note about Beasley is that he would have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy last year.

All teams in the Orlando bubble are scheduled to play eight games. At worst, the Nets would fall to the ninth spot and be guaranteed two play-in games to determine which team gets the eighth seed. That means Beasley would be eligible to play in at least five games for Brooklyn despite his suspension.

Beasley, 31, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He last played 26 games for the Lakers in the 2018-2019 season and averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.

LeBron James jokingly compares heading to bubble to doing prison sentence

LeBron James

Many NBA teams and players are heading to the NBA bubble in Orlando and sharing their reactions. That includes LeBron James, whose Los Angeles Lakers will be among the favorites to win the championship when play begins.

Only for James, leaving for the Orlando bubble did not give him the best feeling. James jokingly compared leaving for the bubble to heading to serve a prison sentence.

“Just left the crib to head to the bubble. S— felt like I’m headed to do a bid man! Fr. Hated to leave the #JamesGang” he wrote on Twitter (tweet edited for profanity).

“Do a bid” is slang for serving a prison sentence.

There aren’t too many prison sentences that involve staying at a nice hotel and having first-class amenities and entertainment like they will in Orlando. Still, the thought of being restricted in the ability to move freely, go where you want, see who you want, and to be without family, means those participating are making sacrifices in order to try completing the basketball season.

Mike Woodson could return to Knicks as assistant if he does not get HC job

Mike Woodson may be back with the New York Knicks one way or the other.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported Friday that Woodson, who officially interviewed for the team’s head coaching vacancy this week, could possibly be hired as a Knicks assistant if he does not ultimately land the job. The 62-year-old coach is one of several candidates already confirmed to have interviewed with the Knicks, including Tom Thibodeau, Jason Kidd, Will Hardy, and Chris Fleming.

Woodson, who is currently an assistant coach for the LA Clippers, coached the Knicks from 2012 to 2014, going 109-79 (.580) with two playoff appearances. The team has not had a winning season since parting ways with Woodson.

The situation of Woodson sounds very similar to that of this fellow candidate, and it seems like the Knicks may handpick their entire coaching staff instead of letting the new hire choose it on their own.

Jamal Crawford sends great tweet after being signed by Nets

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford is back in the NBA and truly thrilled about his fortune.

The 40-year-old guard has played in the NBA since making his Bulls debut in 2000. However, until Wednesday, he hadn’t signed to play during the 2019-2020 season despite campaigning hard for a spot.

But Crawford’s wish came true when he and the Brooklyn Nets agreed on a deal. The opportunity came because Brooklyn has several players who will not be joining the team in the Orlando bubble due to injuries, COVID-19, or other reasons. Crawford is grateful for the chance to play again and thankful that his patience and positive energy paid off.

Good for Crawford. He last played in 64 games for the Suns last season, averaging 7.9 points in 18.9 minutes per contest.

Crawford may be joined by another familiar veteran on the Nets in Orlando.

Rajon Rondo not too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo does not seem too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando.

Rondo shared a photo on his Instagram Story on Thursday of his hotel room at Disney World in Orlando, where he is staying while competing in the NBA’s resumed season. He wrote on his photo “Motel 6 hun @nba”.

Rondo may have made a typo when spelling it “hun” instead of “huh”, but the comparison to Motel 6 seemed to be what he was doing.

Rondo is probably used to such upscale digs that even a nice hotel room at Disney World feels like Motel 6 to him.

Here’s the difference between Rondo’s room and an actual Motel 6 room in Orlando.

Rondo’s Lakers are staying at the new Gran Destino tower in Disney World, which actually looks pretty nice.

The hotel room may not be up to Rondo’s standards, but it’s far from poor living conditions. He’s not the only one who doesn’t seem too thrilled with things — another one of his teammates also has some thoughts on the bubble.

Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell shares one of the big challenges of the NBA bubble

Donovan Mitchell

NBA teams are arriving in Orlando and beginning their time in the bubble setting in Disney World. For Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, we’re learning what one of the big challenges he says he is facing so far — and it is something that may surprise you.

Mitchell says that eating healthy will be a challenge. He expressed temptation over some of the snack options.

He’s not the only player to make a complaint about some of the junk food snacks.

The first 48 hours upon arriving in Orlando apparently were more difficult than what it will be like after that, in terms of conditions. The food options are expected to improve, and if players make enough noise, maybe they will get healthier snack options.

Mitchell’s Jazz are 41-23 entering the resumed season, which is good for fourth in the West. Mitchell recently said things are “good” between him and teammate Rudy Gobert despite previous issues related to the coronavirus.

5 NBA players who need to win the championship the most

Giannis Antetokounmpo

It almost feels like there’s even more at stake in this year’s NBA playoffs than usual. Due to the pause in NBA action, teams that will be involved in the playoffs have had extra time to think ahead and plan and consider the repercussions of what a bad playoff run could mean. Multiple superteams will feel that they don’t have an indefinite amount of time to win a championship. Players are inching closer to free agency. Some teams, as built, may not be able to continue to exist in their current form.

Which players really need to win a title sooner rather than later? These five could face serious consequences if things don’t go their way in the postseason.

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