The NBA is planning a H-O-R-S-E that will involve several "high-profile players" who will complete from separate locations, to stay in line with social distancing.
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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story on Twitter, Saturday.
"The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players, sources say," Woj wrote. "Players would shoot in isolation – presumably in home gyms – and match shots against competitors. Details are still being finalized."
It is appearing more and more likely that the NBA 2019/20 season will not return and effectively be canceled. ESPN's Brian Windhorst explained where the league is at on Sportscenter, Friday.
"It is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down," Windhorst said Friday on SportsCenter. "They don’t have to do that yet. The way they’re negotiating, they’re leaving an option either way. But they’re not having talks about how to restart the league. They’re having financial talks [regarding player salaries] about what would happen if the season shuts down. I think there’s a significant amount of pessimism."
As for the NFL, President Donald Trump told sports commissioners, Saturday, that he expects the league will be able to run as scheduled.
ESPN To Air 12 Hours Of Esports Coverage On April 5
ESPN turns to esports as its usual sports programming has been postponed due to coronavirus-related concerns.
ESPN is hosting 12 hours of esports coverage, April 5th, that will include tournaments for Madden 20, NBA 2K20, Apex Legends, Rocket League and more.
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Professional athletes themselves will be participating in tournaments for many of the games.
The day will begin with a series of Madden tournaments at 12:00 PM, followed by the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix at 2:00 PM. Formula 1 drivers Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell, Lando Norris, and Nicholas Latifi will participate.
The Season 8 Rocket League World Championship will be airing at 4:30 PM.
Airing at 6:00 PM, the first round of the NBA’s NBA 2K Players Tournament will continue with appearances from Montrezl Harrell, Domantas Sabonis, Donovan Mitchell, Rui Hachimura, Devin Booker, Michael Porter Jr., Andre Drummond, and DeMarcus Cousins. The winner will select a charity of their choice to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of coronavirus relief efforts.
At 10:00 PM Tarik Cohen, Dillon Francis, Connor Ball, Devin Booker and more will be playing in the EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am. Winning will benefit the V Foundation.
Esports has seen a rise in popularity over recent years, but even more drastically, in recent months. The Verge reports that the platform went from 982 million hours viewed in February to 1.1 billion hours viewed in March.
Antonio Brown Hit With Three Charges In Delivery Driver Case
Antonio Brown got into an alleged altercation with a delivery driver back in January of this year.
Antonio Brown’s 2020 started off poorly. While he made promises that he would get things back to normal and work his way back into the NFL, he got into numerous altercations with his baby mama, who he is now going to get married to. Perhaps the biggest story to come out of Brown’s January was the fact that he was arrested for assaulting a moving truck driver at his house, alongside his trainer. At the time, Brown was charged with felony burglary with battery although according to ESPN, the charges have been updated.
Brown is now being hit with three charges including felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges. These details are coming straight from the Broward County court.
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What is interesting about the misdemeanor battery charge, in particular, is that it notes how Brown was allegedly striking the driver against his will, in an intentional manner. Of course, none of these charges have been proved in a court of law which means, for now, they are only allegations.
Prosecutors will most likely allow Brown to enter a plea deal which would significantly reduce the penalties he could face if proven guilty.
Stay tuned for updates on the case as we will be sure to bring them to you.
NBA Provides New York City With Massive Mask Donation
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are coming together for a good cause.
If you live in New York, these past couple of weeks have been incredibly scary as the entire state is dealing with the worst of the Coronavirus. Over 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus and the numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate. Healthcare workers are beginning to run out of essential items like gowns, gloves, and even masks. Luckily, the NBA has stepped up to provide the state of New York with up to one million surgical masks that will be used by essential workers.
This gesture was helped facilitated thanks to a collaboration between the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and China's Consul General Huang Ping. Now, thousands of healthcare workers will get the materials they need in order to treat the influx of patients who are being admitted to New York hospitals.
As of right now, there are over 300,000 Coronavirus cases in the United States and 113,000 are in New York state. The virus is beginning to run rampant throughout the country and masks are becoming hot commodities. With this in mind, the NBA and its two New York teams should be commended for their efforts.
Stay tuned for updates on the NBA and Coronavirus as we will be sure to bring you the latest updates.
Donald Trump Unveils Return Timeline To Sports Leagues
Donald Trump is optimistic that we will go back to normal in a few months from now.
Donald Trump held a special conference call with pretty well every single major league sports commissioner in the United States on Saturday. During the call, he spoke to them about whether or not they will be able to get back to their respective leagues, any time soon. According to the likes of ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski, leagues were told that they will be able to have fans in their stadiums as soon as August or September.
This is interesting news although it doesn't answer whether or not leagues can play without fans, prior to that time frame. In addition to this news, President Trump told Roger Goodell that he can expect the NFL season to start on time in September, which should be great news for sports fans.
There were no epidemiologists on tap for this meeting who could vouch for whether or not this is a realistic timeline. In North America, we are still quite far from the peak of the virus which means we won't know for sure as to when we can go back to normal life.
Simply put, we are still months away from the return of sports and we can guarantee that those few months are going to feel like an eternity.
Lakers Honor Kobe Bryant Following Hall Of Fame Reveal
Kobe Bryant is entering the basketball Hall of Fame alongside Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
Kobe Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash back in January and while the basketball community is still mourning his loss, it has also been honoring him in every way possible. Bryant is easily one of the best players in NBA history and deserves to be recognized as such. With this in mind, it should come as a surprise to no one that Bryant was selected to be a part of the Basketball Hall Of Fame class of 2020. Bryant will be joining two of his rivals, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, within this class.
Vanessa Bryant gave her reaction to the news, earlier today and now, the Los Angeles Lakers are doing the same. They took to Twitter with a special tribute to Kobe that featured some of his greatest moments with the Lakers. If you're a Kobe fan, it's hard not to get choked up watching this.
Kobe's death has brought fans around the world together which just goes to show how powerful and impactful of a player he was. Kobe was adored by millions and with his induction into the Hall Of Fame, his legacy will forever be immortalized.
This is an honor that is well-deserved and it would have happened just as soon had he still been with us.
Vanessa Bryant Reacts To Kobe’s Hall Of Fame Induction
Vanessa Bryant delivered an emotional response after Kobe was announced for the Hall Of Fame.
Kobe Bryant had one of the most successful basketball careers of all time and following his death, numerous fans and players made it a point to remind everyone of just how great he was. Over the past few months, there have been various tributes to the fallen star although none are as important as his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. It was reported last night that Kobe would be given the honor alongside Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan although today, it became official.
Vanessa Bryant was interviewed following the announcement and gave an emotional response about what this means to their family. Bryant was sitting next to her and Kobe’s oldest daughter, Natalia.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him. Obviously, we wish he was here with us to celebrate, but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here,” Bryant said.
From there, the Lakers also issued a statement in which they said: “All of us can trust that this basketball Hall of Fame honor is one Kobe would, and will, deeply appreciate.”
Needless to say, Kobe will now have his rightful place amongst the best basketball players of all time.
Dwyane Wade Unleashes Cryptic Tweet Regarding Bulls Job
Dwyane Wade has some NBA fans getting into their conspiracy theory bag.
Dwyane Wade has been enjoying retirement as of late although it's fairly obvious that his passion basketball still remains lively. The Chicago native has always been a huge fan of the Bulls and while he may have been a member of the Miami Heat for the majority of his career, he still got to spend some time with his hometown franchise.
Yesterday, it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the Bulls were looking for an executive that would help make all of the basketball decisions in regards to the team. Wade saw this report and took to Twitter simply saying "I know someone," with absolutely no context.
This tweet immediately led to some speculation that Wade may have been trying to campaign for himself to get the job. Considering there was no context, it is ambiguous as to whether or not Wade was talking about someone else. Regardless, some fans are already pushing for him to become the next executive of the Chicago Bulls.
After everything he has accomplished in the league, this would certainly be a perfect job for him. However, it would be a huge commitment and sometimes, it's better to just stay retired.
Regardless of what he chooses to do, we're sure it will be the right decision for him.
Jared Dudley Counters Report That NBA Might Cancel The Season
The NBA is reportedly considering shutting down the season although Jared Dudley doesn't think that is happening anytime soon.
With the Coronavirus making its way throughout the United States, in unprecedented numbers, every single sports league in the country has been shut down. The NBA is one of the biggest leagues to be affected by the shut down as they were nearing the end of their regular season. There have been reports about what the league intends to do if and when they come back although the latest news is concerning. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that the league is angling themselves to cancel the season.
Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the first players to speak out on Windhorst's report. In the tweet below, Dudley notes that there is too much money at stake and that the NBA won't be making a real decision on this until after June 1st. Essentially, Dudley seems to be skeptical that the league would make any sort of impulsive decision.
Later today, all of the major sports league commissioners, including Adam Silver, will be hopping on a phone call with United States President Donald Trump where they will discuss the bility of starting some of the leagues back up again.
This meeting can go either two ways. Sports fans come away with hope, or we are left heartbroken. Hopefully, for all of us, it's the former.
Patrick Beverley Gets Wild With The Trash Talk During NBA 2K Tourney
Patrick Beverley was having a little too much fun while decimating Hassan Whiteside in NBA 2K.
Patrick Beverley is one of the most ruthless trash-talkers in the entire NBA so it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that he brings that exact same energy when it comes to gaming. Beverley is actually participating in the NBA 2K Players-Only tournament which is being put on by the NBA and ESPN. Last night was the first full slate of games and Beverley got to take on Hassan Whiteside of the Portland Trail Blazers.
In the end, Beverley came away with a devastating 85-54 victory as he played with the Milwaukee Bucks and Whiteside used the Los Angeles Lakers. As you can see from the clip below, Beverley came through with quite a bit of trash talk and was relentless every time he scored a bucket. All Whiteside could do was laugh but there was certainly some envy deep down inside of him.
All of the players were ranked based on their 2K ratings which meant Whiteside was a third seed and Beverley a 14th. Considering these ranks aren't based on actual video game skill, this upset shouldn't come as a surprise. For instance, Derrick Jones Jr. beat Kevin Durant despite the latter being the first seed of the whole tournament.
It remains to be seen who Beverley will play next so stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.