*Charles Barkley may have notified concerned NBA fans about the presumption of the current season that was put on hold of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The former NBA star, now a part of TNT’s NBA studio show “Inside the NBA,” appeared on ESPN’s “The Paul Finebaum Show” and spoke about the return of college football in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course he also talked about the NBA, which needs to make a decision on its 2019-20 season much sooner.
“We’re gonna make a decision in the next week,” Barkley said about the NBA. “I’m 100 percent sure we’re going to play. I know my friends in Major League Baseball are going to play. I think that the hockey league is going to play.
“I think the pro football and the college football, they have to sit back and see how it goes for us.”
So, does Barkley have some insight that the rest of don’t know about? Well, later in the conversation, he said he was speaking based on conversations with TNT management.
“I do know this, talking to my bosses at Turner,” Barkley said. “We’re going to play basketball. It’s gonna be in Florida and (Las) Vegas, or just Florida.”
Logically, it makes sense that if the NBA does have firm plans to finish the season, it makes sense that the league would figure things out with its broadcast partners before making the information public.
The latest official news has the NBA confirming that it’s in talks with Disney about restarting the season at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando in a so-called “bubble” league that would isolate teams in one area, reports Yahoo News.
Additionally, on Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBPA is in talks with teams and players to gather feedback on the proposed bubble league.
The NBPA’s Michele Roberts is conducting team-by-team conference calls with players, detailing talks with NBA on formats for resumption of play in Orlando, financial implications of those options and gathering feedback, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 25, 2020
Kobe Bryant’s Jersey to be Displayed at Smithsonian’s African American Museum (Video)
*Shortly before the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public in 2016, Kobe Bryant was granted a private tour through its sports gallery, thanks to his $1-million donation. He eventually handed over some of his own memorabilia, including a Los Angeles Lakers uniform and a pair of shoes that he wore during the 2008 NBA Finals.
Those items had not yet made it into the museum’s gallery, but after Bryant’s sudden death in a helicopter crash in January, which also killed his daughter Gianna Bryant, the museum said Monday it has decided to display his jersey. It was set to hit the museum floor in March, but the pandemic delayed those plans…until now.
NMAAHC reopened to the public in September. Bryant’s jersey, which he wore during Game 5 of the 2008 NBA Finals, will be on display starting Wednesday on the third floor of the museum in a gallery called “Sports: Leveling the Playing Field.”
Damion L. Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, who walked with Bryant through the gallery in 2016, said that part of the reasoning for displaying Bryant’s jersey was that after Bryant’s death, he had been seeing visitors congregate by a photo of him that was up in the gallery.
“People were coming and taking pictures there and sharing stories about Kobe,” Thomas said. “It became a place for people to grieve and commune.”
Tyronn Lue is New LA Clippers Head Coach – Anthony Davis to Re-sign with Lakers
*The word around the league for as while now was that Tyronn Lue was was the Clippers choice for head coach if there was ever a vacancy in that department.
Well, now that Doc Rivers has been let go and is now coaching the 76ers, there’s obviously an opening and Clippers are signing Lue for the head coaching job.
Not only are the Clippers making news by hiring Lue, the team is also getting props for naming former Pistons and Nuggets star/newbie coach Chauncey Billups an assistant.
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Here’s more via NBC Sports:
Lue gets promoted with a team that has big stars, championship expectations and internal turmoil. Last time that happened, he won a championship with the Cavaliers.
With Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and several other capable veterans, the Clippers have potential to duplicate that success. But they must improve their chemistry.
Though he failed to deliver the desired playoff success, Doc Rivers did a lot right in L.A. Was coaching really the problem? How much will Lue help? Even though Lue has an excellent record, the Clippers are taking a big risk with this coaching change.
Reminder: Leonard and George can become unrestricted free agents in 2021. The pressure to flourish is immediate.
But with a five-year contract, Lue gets the security the Lakers didn’t offer last off-season. (That worked out well for them.) This also adds juice to the Clippers-Lakers rivalry.
Speaking of the Lakers, we’re also reporting that the teams other superstar, Anthony Davis, plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the Lakers.
Yes, passing up $28.7 million is a HUGE deal (literally and figuratively), Davis stands to make much more on the open market. The Lakers can offer him a five-year, $202 million deal in the offseason, more than any other team can .
Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, will meet with the Lakers in the coming weeks to discuss terms of Davis’ new contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Stacey Abrams and LeBron James Join Forces for Animated Short About Voting [WATCH]
*Stacey Abrams has joined forces with athletes and artists from the More Than a Vote coalition to launch a new animated video on the history of voting.
The project was produced in partnership with LeBron James’ SpringHill Company, with the goal of encouraging people to vote.
“Fair Fight Action is happy to partner with the athletes and artists from the More Than a Vote coalition on Civics for the Culture,” Abrams, founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, said of the animated short, per Complex. “It is our mission to ensure that all eligible voters know about the obstacles placed in their way with the intent of silencing their voices. But we are also committed to reminding voters that the best way to defeat voter suppression is by making a plan to vote and overwhelming the system with our votes. When we fight, we win, and during this election season, we must fight to make our voices heard to ensure a better future for our nation.”
The Civics for the Culture cast includes Damian Lillard, Odell Beckham, Jr., Maverick Carter, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, Stacey Abrams, Trae Young, LeBron James, and ASAP Ferg.
Watch the video via the Instagram video below.
“We’ve been through a lot this year as athletes and as a people, but if we all get off the sidelines and make a plan to vote, we can flex our political muscle as Black people and fight back against the forces of voter suppression,” Lillard said. “So I hope everyone checks out Civics for the Culture, shares it with their networks on social media, and makes a plan to vote early or on Election Day.”
An animated version of Stacey Abrams will also appear in an upcoming “Black-ish” episode.
We previously reported… the two back-to-back episodes, which will air ahead of the official season seven premiere on WEDNESDAY, OCT 21 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), will follow the Johnsons as they navigate the upcoming election, with Junior (Marcus Scribner) embarking on his journey as a first-time voter and Dre (Anthony Anderson) launching an exploration into local politics.
On his campaign trail, Dre seeks advice from an animated Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. Later, he joins Desus Nice and The Kid Mero on their late night talk show “DESUS & MERO,” for an interview with some hard-hitting questions for the aspiring candidate.
In “Election Special Pt. 1,” (10:00-10:30 p.m. EDT), Junior is excited for his first time voting but discovers he has been purged from the voter polls so he does a deep dive into why – trying to understand the systems in place for voter registration. “Election Special Pt. 1” is directed by Matthew A. Cherry and written by Eric Horsted.
Then, in a special animated episode, “Election Special Pt. 2,” (10:30-11:00 p.m. EDT), Dre’s colleague Stevens makes an ill-advised decision to run for Congress, so Dre enlists his family’s help and campaigns against him but gets caught up with fundraising and private interest groups. “Election Special Pt. 2” is directed by Matthew A. Cherry and written by Graham Towers & Ben Deeb. Stacey Abrams, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero guest star as themselves.
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