Summary of “What the NBA Is Discussing About Its Restart”

If the entire regular season needs to be canceled, the NBA would begin with the postseason, and only 16 teams would need to play.
“It’s the responsibility of the league to explore all of our options for a return to play this season,” NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass said in a statement to The Ringer when asked about Silver’s contingency plans.
“I want the year to come back. I’m not gonna act like I know if we will, but I just really hope we do.” But one front office executive on a Western Conference lottery team said that while the NBA isn’t messaging that their seasons are finished, the thought is that the league won’t have the time or resources to bring all 30 teams to one location and play out the regular season.
Where will games be played? Nothing has been determined yet, and many pitches have been made to the NBA by venues to host games, but Disney World appears to have an edge because it’s a private property with thousands of hotel rooms, which means it could create a “Bubble” to keep players safe.
MGM Grand recently made a proposal to the NBA and numerous other sports leagues to host a return to play.
Will players prefer for the cap to go down this offseason so there will be more money in the pot for the 2021 offseason? The 2020 class is weak, and many players who could have earned big paydays, like Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward, could opt in to the final year of their contracts anyway.
Sources say the NBA is hoping that all players, coaches, and staffers will be in their respective teams’ cities by early-to-mid-June in order to begin training camp.
Waiting will allow the NBA to avoid the bad optics of being the first league to reopen, and give it more information about what worked, what didn’t work, and whether resuming play is even possible.

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Summary of “The story behind the split of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots”

After Belichick finished his news conference, Brady emerged from the locker room – no, he shot out of the locker room, with a flurry of people behind him.
What did Brady need that Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft failed to deliver? Was it an extension? Was it joy? Were the relationships, strained for the past few years, broken beyond repair?
THERE HAVE BEEN many moments in recent years when the relationship between Tom Brady and the Patriots had been strained – in the years following his knee surgery in 2008, when he spent more time in Los Angeles and less in Foxborough, culminating in a “Disconnect,” as Yahoo Sports reported, in contract talks in June of 2010; during Deflategate, when many close to Brady felt that Kraft and Belichick had left him alone to take the fall, even after he had defended the franchise during Spygate and throughout his career.
The issues in the Patriots building caused by The Method – how it pitted players against the team training staff, how Belichick felt forced to curtail Guerrero’s access – are widely reported and well-known, but the heart of the problem between Brady and Belichick in late 2017 was the same as it was in March 2020: Brady wanted a contract extension.
Tom Brady Sr. once told me that once Belichick found a quarterback “Who is better for a dollar less, [Tom will] be gone.” Brady Sr. also told Leibovich, “It will end badly.” Some close to Brady actually looked forward to that day, in a weird way, believing that the team would collapse without him – without the human backstop who bailed out everyone’s mistakes, who helped Belichick to all but two of his winning seasons as a head coach, who engineered five Super Bowl wins when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter.
Its scouting reports would shock fans if they could see them, even when it came to Brady – especially when it came to Brady.
It still seemed inevitable, when the Patriots took on the Titans in the playoffs, that somehow, someway, Brady and Belichick would find a way.
A deadline neared: The league year would begin on March 18 at 4 p.m. A call earlier that month between Brady and Belichick ended without an agreed-upon extension, with Brady’s camp viewing it as further proof that the team wanted him only under its rigid terms and the team exploiting the chance to leak that it had an offer for him and that the ball was in Brady’s court.

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Summary of “How a few tense hours changed everything”

Warriors players felt it was important to play music in the empty arena to maintain some semblance of atmosphere, after a bad experience at a music-and-sound-free game against the New York Knicks in 2017.
Playing NBA games with no fans was a staggering idea with wide-ranging consequences across the sports world, where other leagues were wrestling with the same questions.
UNBEKNOWNST TO 29 other teams, the Utah Jazz had contacted local health officials in Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning to request assistance with a player – later identified as center Rudy Gobert – who was showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
The rest of the league was still getting its head around the prospect of playing games without fans starting on Thursday.
Ball boys chased down long rebounds and fed passes to players warming up on both teams.
The five teams that had played the Jazz over the past 10 days – the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors – were also told to self-isolate.
No players from those teams have reported symptoms or tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It’s remarkable to be here talking to you guys tonight about this hiatus,” Silver said on TNT late Thursday, evening, 24 hours and seemingly a lifetime after making the decision to suspend the season, “When it was only yesterday that the NCAA made the decision to play without fans – which seemed unprecedented – and was a historic decision.”

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Summary of “LeBron James has approached this Los Angeles Lakers season differently”

In October, when the Lakers found themselves in the midst of a geopolitical quagmire between the NBA and China, franchise leadership and James leaned on each other.
The Lakers subsequently failed to land their top head-coaching choice to replace Luke Walton – including an inability to close a deal with Tyronn Lue, whom James later said he would have been “Ecstatic” to play for again.
James’ support for the Lakers two summers later set up the comfort zone he and the team are currently enjoying.
THE DAY FRANK Vogel was hired – as the third-choice candidate – the new Lakers’ coach had to sit through a difficult news conference, which James attended in a show of support, as Pelinka deflected questions about Johnson.
When James came back to Cleveland and signed with the Cavs in 2014, James didn’t meet with new coach David Blatt for more than a month and interrupted the first day of practice to call a players-only meeting to assign roles before Blatt could.
Sunday Lakers at Clippers, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Wednesday Nuggets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Pelicans at Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Saturday Warriors at Bucks, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. This season, James has not only backed Vogel, he has backed the plan to play almost exclusively at point guard – something James fully opposed by the time he left Cleveland because of the toll it took on him over the course of a season.
Last season, James requested more ball handlers on the roster to ease his workload. The desire contributed to a failed, 37-win season.
Maintaining a close relationship with Buss and Pelinka also helps ensure James remains a Laker.

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Summary of “When the team learned of Kobe Bryant’s death”

The poor performance had soured a night in which LeBron James had eclipsed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the all-time NBA scoring list – in Bryant’s hometown, no less.
She had seen a news report on her phone: Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter accident.
“And Dwight tells me, ‘Man, Kobe died.’ And me thinking as invincible as Kobe Bryant is, I’m like, ‘Kobe who?’ Because I’m like, that’s not – it’s not Kobe Bryant.”
After working in similar roles on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship team alongside James in 2016 and with the Toronto Raptors’ title team alongside Kawhi Leonard in 2019, Handy was hired back by the Lakers last summer as an assistant coach under Vogel – no longer just a workout guru, but a trusted voice in team strategy.
Vogel woke Handy up on the plane to let him know what had happened to Bryant.
Even if Handy had been able to hold it together enough to talk to Irving – who considered Bryant a mentor and who was coached by Handy in Cleveland – there was no use trying to ring the Brooklyn Nets guard.
James, who had fielded a congratulatory phone call from Bryant that very morning before boarding, gathered the players together.
As the plane continued west, Cook scrolled through his photo archive, trying to find snapshots of him and Bryant together.

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Summary of “The Endless, Self-Sustaining Sign-Stealing Scandal”

More than three months after The Athletic reported that the Astros had illegally stolen signs in 2017, and more than a month after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a report on his findings from a lengthy investigation, the sign-stealing scandal shows no sign of winding down.
From the beginning, the banging set the Astros’ sign stealing apart from previous scandals.
Robinson still follows the sport closely, and as a Texas native who still lives in the state and once worked for the Astros and the Colt.45s, he’s paid particular attention to the Astros scandal.
The Mike Fiers Effect and the Proximity of the Report to the Sign-Stealing Seasons Rumors and reports about sign stealing swirled around the Astros for years before Fiers broke the case open.
The Astros’ collective embrace of sign stealing makes them hateable heels, focusing fans’ rage in a way that was harder during the steroid era, when it was difficult to identify the cheaters and likely that no clubhouse was clean.
While many Astros players sounded sincerely contrite in the clubhouse last week, Astros owner Jim Crane overshadowed their answers with his own inflammatory comments, claiming that he shouldn’t be held accountable for his club’s cheating, that the players weren’t responsible, and that their sign stealing made no impact on the game.
MLB was content to keep the Astros’ sign stealing quiet until The Athletic took that option away, and the league’s report omitted details about the Astros’ front office’s sign-stealing involvement that the Wall Street Journal subsequently reported, which undercut Manfred’s claim to comprehensiveness.
The Astros had their strongest season yet in 2019, playing like one of the best teams ever and coming within a few innings of winning the World Series, and no hard evidence has surfaced that they were still stealing signs.

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Summary of “The Most Famous Teen Basketball Players Go to Sierra Canyon”

Sierra Canyon’s founders had neither the expertise nor the money to run a high school, but after looking at the donor lists at L.A.’s top private high schools, they realized some of those parents had once been Sierra Canyon elementary parents.
In 2004, Stevie Wonder, whose daughter went to Sierra Canyon, performed a three-hour benefit concert hosted by fellow Sierra Canyon parent Howie Mandel.
The star power at Sierra Canyon was unique – players with famous names, from families already plugged into the city’s engine of celebrity.
Sierra Canyon won back-to-back state titles in 2018 and 2019, with NBA dads filling the Feinberg Family Pavilion along with their famous friends: Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, whose half-sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner were Sierra Canyon cheerleaders, showed up to watch alongside Larsa Pippen, Scottie’s wife and one of Kim’s best friends.
The locker room was lined with jerseys representing Sierra Canyon graduates who had gone on to play Division I college basketball, including Bagley at Duke and Robbie Feinberg at Harvard, although the current players were already looking beyond that.
While most schools must pay their own way to the tournaments Sierra Canyon was playing around the country, the organizers of these events were so desperate to have Sierra Canyon on the marquee that Shapiro had been able to charge anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000; for the games played in NBA-size arenas to accommodate the demand for tickets to see Sierra Canyon live, Shapiro has worked out a revenue-sharing model that he said could generate fees that approach six figures per game.
At Sierra Canyon, LeBron wore sunglasses, a Sierra Canyon sweatshirt, and a cap printed with the phrase MORE THAN AN ATHLETE. The previous day, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi had died alongside seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
The documentary crew from LeBron’s company was called into action on their off day to film the scene at the school, and while Bronny James and Zaire Wade had grown up with the Bryants as family friends, the other Sierra Canyon players also seemed moved by his death.

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Summary of “How Andre Iguodala handled his rare NBA sabbatical”

ON A RECENT Wednesday afternoon, Andre Iguodala sits at a conference table inside the bustling San Francisco offices of Zuora, a public software company.
This is the heart of the NBA season, and Iguodala is still an active NBA player in good health who is under contract.
Iguodala hasn’t played a second of basketball since the NBA Finals in June, instead spending his time living and working 1,800 miles from the team that employs him.
A hard-bitten realist who appreciates that the NBA is a business, Iguodala didn’t begrudge the Grizzlies’ being opportunistic.
Both Iguodala and the Grizzlies agreed that Iguodala remaining in the Bay Area represented the most logical solution, however suboptimal.
After a report materialized this week that Iguodala would sit out the rest of the season if not dealt to a preferred team, young Memphis wing Dillon Brooks said he “Can’t wait” for the Grizzlies to find a way to extricate Iguodala from the roster.
Neither Iguodala nor the Grizzlies were ever under the impression that Iguodala would report to Memphis, though the Grizzlies would have welcomed him.
Iguodala had come to regard this time away as a sabbatical from the league, a chance to recharge physically and mentally after five years of being the consummate he-doesn’t-start-but-he-finishes glue guy for a championship team.

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Summary of “The Sims, the world’s most popular life simulator, turned 20 years old. Here’s how it stays relevant.”

Through its four mainline games and expansions, the franchise recently hit 200 million copies sold on PC. Today, The Sims 4 has reached 20 million unique players worldwide.
In our conversations with The Sims team, we were told the inside story of how the series evolved through innovation, inclusion and how it’s grown as a community-driven experience.
Mike Duke, senior producer of The Sims 4, has been working on the series for 13 and a half years.
In a period when emphasis was placed on action-heavy gameplay, how did a game like The Sims kick off one of the most successful PC franchises of all time and remain wildly popular?
According to Duke, the Sims team always wants “Everything under the sun” to be included – even the pools and toddlers that the team didn’t have time to implement at The Sims 4′s launch – but that’s not always possible.
With such consistent content drops, how do EA and Maxis stave off crunch? According to Duke, careful workflow patterns that put people first – he told The Post that work life balance is a priority for The Sims team – helps make that possible.
Same-sex relationships were possible from the start, and in The Sims 3, gay Sims could marry – a feature added years before same-sex marriage legislation passed anywhere in the United States.
In a financial call in late January, EA CEO Andrew Wilson spoke of plans for the next generation of Sims “Across platforms in a cloud-enabled world” and compared the concept of “Social interaction and competition” to the late Sims Online.

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Summary of “The Bizarre Case of the Super Bowl Squares Kidnapping”

Brock Osweiler’s Life, Four Years After Helping a Super Bowl Run, and One Year After Early RetirementHe replaced Peyton Manning and helped set the Broncos up for their Super Bowl 50 run, positioning himself as their next franchise QB. Then came the contract and the vitriol it brought from strangers, followed by the end of his career before he turned 30.
Still, four years later, Osweiler is living-and learning to love-life without football.
How the 49ers Reached Super Bowl LIVBack in 2017, San Francisco tied head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch together with their contracts, completely aligning the coaching and personnel sides-and effectively putting this team on the path to the Super Bowl.Chiefs’ Road to Super Bowl LIVKansas City’s road to Miami for the Super Bowl didn’t start when the 2019 NFL season did five months ago-it actually began all the way back in 2013.One Offseason To-Do for Each Team Out of the NFL PlayoffsWhat will the Patriots do about Tom Brady? Can Mike McCarthy keep his offseason promises in Dallas? Will the Buccaneers cut ties with Jameis Winston? One crucial thing that each team no longer playing for the Lombardi Trophy should do this offseason.

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