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Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed higher-risk, won’t go to Orlando

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins will not join the team when it flies to Orlando, Florida, next week for the restart to the NBA season, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.Hollins was deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, the source told ESPN. He will not be present in Orlando but will continue to be an essential member of the team and
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What people in the NBA are saying about the Orlando restart and the coronavirus

[ad_1] As the NBA calendar resumes and teams prepare for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, few franchises have been more representative of the myriad concerns than the Los Angeles Lakers. The West's top seed has faced positive coronavirus test results in the immediate aftermath of the league shutdown, family tragedy and personal decisions on how to participate in a time of intense social unrest. And that's before
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How NBA coaches are preparing for the bubble in Orlando as restart nears

[ad_1] WHEN FRANK VOGEL has chatted with the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of traveling to the NBA's campus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, next week, the conversation has mostly been informational.Players want clarity about how restrictive the so-called bubble will be -- for instance, under what circumstances, if any, can they leave? The coach is asking his players to treat such matters as they
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Lakers ‘hopeful’ Dwight Howard will join Orlando restart, won’t seek replacement

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Frank Vogel says the team will not seek a replacement player for Dwight Howard for the Orlando restart. And, according to Vogel, the team will not ask the replacement player that it did add, JR Smith, to play like the player he replaced, Avery Bradley.Speaking on a video conference call with reporters Wednesday at the start of the Lakers' "pre" training camp comprised of
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Sources — Orlando bubble to cost NBA more than $150 million

[ad_1] Operating the three-month completion of the NBA season at the Walt Disney World Resort will cost the NBA more than $150 million, sources told ESPN.The league is housing 22 teams plus support staff at three resorts, has arranged for seven practice courts and is playing games at three arenas during the quarantine. It is also providing meals, daily coronavirus testing and other medical support, security, transportation and entertainment for
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Brooklyn Nets GM says team committed to sending group to Orlando, despite holdouts

[ad_1] Nets general manager Sean Marks said the organization is committed to sending a group to Orlando for the NBA's restart in late July, despite several players saying they will not make the trip."We have a job to do," Marks said during a virtual news conference Wednesday morning. "We have to bring a team to Orlando. We will bring a team to Orlando. We will go down there and we
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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo still mulling return for NBA’s restart

[ad_1] 11:14 AM ETEric WoodyardESPN Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo still remains undecided on whether or not he will report to Orlando with the organization for the NBA's restart.Although he's undecided, a league source told ESPN that Victor Oladipo will be included on the Indiana Pacers' travel party list, but they're still working with him on his plan and will support whatever decision is made.Initially hesitant to commit right away
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NBA, union plan to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts in Orlando

[ad_1] The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas the league will use at the Walt Disney World Resort when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month in Orlando, Florida, league sources told ESPN.The WNBA is also discussing painting "Black Lives Matter" on the court when it begins its abbreviated 2020 season at
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What players, teams can expect in Orlando

[ad_1] Over the next six weeks, the MLS is Back Tournament will see shouts of "Goal!" grace the environs of Walt Disney World. It also might witness roars of "You sank my battleship!"MLS players received a 61-page player handbook last Monday that attempted to address a variety of player concerns, from the scheduling of various activities between matches to more basic concerns such as food prep and security. And yes,
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NBA players briefed on security planning for Orlando restart

[ad_1] 4:48 PM ETTim BontempsESPN The NBA has shared with its players a security plan to help enforce the health and safety protocols it announced last week and secure its campus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN.The league will use local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as experienced venue and contracted security professionals and