Some NBA players have readily criticized the league’s “bubble” in Disney World in Orlando, Fla., feeling it is not up to their living standards. But despite some of those voices, there are players who support the bubble system.
Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, is recovered and now in the bubble. He expressed support for the bubble via Twitter and thanked those who are working to keep it going.
The bubble has been good to me! I know there are so many people risking their health to pull this off and your hard work has not gone unnoticed!
In addition to basketball players and team officials, there is plenty of staff from Disney World working to make the environment go. That includes numerous hotel staff workers performing roles such as cleaning and cooking for the players.
Malcolm Brogdon returns to Milwaukee for the first time this weekend to face the Bucks, and there may still be some hard feelings over his exit.
Addressing reporters before Sunday’s game against his former team, the Indiana Pacers guard made some interesting comments about his departure.
“I would’ve loved to play for this team, if they had wanted me,” said Brogdon, per Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “If they had valued me the way the Pacers value me. That’s all I gotta say.”
Brogdon was drafted by the Bucks in 2016 and played the first three seasons of his career with them, including a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016-17 and a 50-40-90 season in 2018-19. The two sides failed to reach an extension however before Brogdon hit restricted free agent last summer, and he ultimately went to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade for future draft picks.
The Indiana Pacers pulled off a huge trade and are acquiring restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pacers are trading a first round and two future second-round picks to the Bucks for Brogdon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brogdon and the Pacers have agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal as well.
This is a huge move in the Eastern Conference for a few reasons.
Brogdon was one of Milwaukee’s most prominent free agents. They are under pressure to keep a competitive team together in order to entice Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign with them long term next offseason. It’s unclear whether Antetokounmpo will be bothered by the team’s failure to retain Brogdon, but he may have confidence in their ability to put together a good team around him.
The Bucks are retaining two key players in Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez though, while they are trading Brogdon and have lost Nikola Mirotic.
Indiana also makes a very nice pickup to add to their team, which includes Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner. The Pacers are losing Bojan Bogdanovic to Utah but will be adding Jeremy Lamb instead, so they’re still in good shape with their offseason additions.
The Milwaukee Bucks are facing a luxury tax bill if they retain their key free agents, and some teams are ready to test their resolve to pay it with a big offer sheet for restricted free agent guard Malcolm Brogdon.
According to Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks could table an offer sheet for Brogdon and put the Bucks in a position of having to match it to keep the young guard. The Boston Celtics could also become involved if their pursuit of free agent Kemba Walker falls short.
League executives believe that a team could put together an offer sheet that gives Brogdon a high salary next season and a number of bonuses that only Milwaukee would have to pay. With the Bucks expected to re-sign forward Khris Middleton, this would put them in a tough spot salary-wise.
Charles Barkley can come off as a goof and clown at times during TNT’s coverage of the NBA, but he’s also a charitable and caring human being as well. He showed that on Friday night.
Malcolm Brogdon joined TNT’s crew for an interview after his Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 125-103 during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Towards the end of the interview, Brogdon was asked about his charity, which involves bringing clean water to Africa.
While Brogdon was discussing the charity, Barkley asked how much it cost to put in a well. When told it was $45,000, Barkley pledged the money on the spot.
Chuck just donated $45,000 to Malcolm Brogdon's Hoops2O initiative, which helps bring clean water to East Africa. pic.twitter.com/pyqaWUZbp4
The Milwaukee Bucks have completely overpowered the Boston Celtics in the last three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the two teams, and the matchup could look even more lopsided with the return of a key player in Game 5.
The Bucks have announced that Malcolm Brogdon is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday night, though he will be on a minutes restriction for the time being.
Malcolm Brogdon will be listed as probable and is expected to play in Game 5, the team announced at shoot around this morning. A plantar fascia tear had sidelined Brogdon since March 15.
Brogdon averaged 15.6 points per game during the regular season and was a key contributor for Milwaukee. He shot 50.5 percent from the field, 42.6 percent on three-pointers, and 92.8 percent on free throws, which puts him in the exclusive 50/40/90 club. That feat has only been accomplished 13 times in NBA history.
Brogdon suffered a plantar fascia tear in his right foot against the Miami Heat on March 15. His initial timeline for recovery was 6-8 weeks, and it has been a little more than seven. If he’s healthy, his return could come at a perfect time for the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks are well on their way to being the top seed in the Eastern Conference when the postseason begins, and they are hoping to have Malcolm Brogdon back at some point during their championship pursuit. Fortunately, it appears the point guard is progressing in the right direction.
Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Sunday that Brogdon is no longer using a walking boot and has gone from two crutches to one over the past week.
Positive Bucks injury news: Malcolm Brogdon is off crutches and out of his walking boot. He had progressed from two crutches to just one this week and now is walking without accessories.
Brogdon has not played since he suffered a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot against the Miami Heat on March 15. His initial timeline for recovery was 6-8 weeks, and it has been about two. The NBA playoffs begin in two weeks, so Brodgon could return with plenty of postseason games left if the Bucks make a run and his recovery is closer to the six-week timeline.
While the Bucks have held onto the top spot in the East without Brogdon, the former Virginia star is averaging 15.6 points per game. Milwaukee is a much better and deeper team with him, so hopefully he continues to make progress with the injury.