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Where to Donate + How to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Black people continue to lose their lives at the hands of those sworn to protect. This is not the time to sit idly by. SLAM stands with all of the people outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have been killed and the black people who have to live with racial profiling every day. We will continue to use our voice to support their messages. We stand with the NBA and WNBA players who have spent years calling for racial equality as well as all of those exercising their rights as Americans
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One last push for NBA to return with all 30 teams

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The NBA could resume with 16, 20, 22 or 30 teams. The league is weighing playing more regular-season games, jumping straight to the playoffs, holding a play-in tournament and even drawing for a group stage. The most important thing is finding the proper format for this unprecedented season interrupted by coronavirus. But that still leaves a question: How will playoff inclusion be determined? Importantly, that affects which teams participate in the lottery. The whole point is to give every non-playoff team and only non-playoff teams a shot at the top picks in the draft. A few notable streaks are also
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How the trust between Adam Silver and Chris Paul will shape the NBA’s restart

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When speaking with players, coaches, executives, referees and even typically skeptical agents in recent weeks, their display of support for Adam Silver reveals a remarkable building of capital in his six years as NBA commissioner.Under his leadership, the league and its partners have gotten richer. Silver has expanded support of players using their voices and platforms to make stands on social justice, and he has worked to open conversations and expand resources for mental health concerns.In this uncertain and pressure-infused time, the currency Silver has developed could prove valuable. This seems to be particularly true with the players, as Silver
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Another report Tom Thibodeau is the “heavy favorite” to become next Knicks coach – ProBasketballTalk

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Thabo Sefolosha knows what it’s like to be a black man, on the ground, being beaten by police officers. Such was the scenario when George Floyd died in Minneapolis last week. And five years ago, Sefolosha found himself in a similarly frightening place. “I was just horrified by what I saw,” Sefolosha said. “That could have been me.” Time has not healed all wounds for Sefolosha, the NBA veteran who said he was attacked by a group of New York Police Department officers in April 2015 while they were arresting him outside a nightclub in the city’s
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In internal memo, NBA’s Adam Silver says racism, police brutality ‘cannot be ignored’

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent an internal memo to NBA office employees on Sunday, offering thoughts of frustration and sadness after watching the protests around the country over the weekend.Silver, in a memo obtained by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, said his league shares "the outrage" and offered "sincere condolences to families and friends" of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.2 RelatedFloyd, who is black, died Monday after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Floyd's death has shaken the Minneapolis community and sparked protests in cities across the United States. Chauvin was arrested Friday
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George Floyd’s death opens old wound for ‘horrified’ Thabo Sefolosha

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Thabo Sefolosha knows what it's like to be a black man, on the ground, surrounded by police officers.Such was the scenario when George Floyd died in Minneapolis last week, and when Sefolosha watched that video, his memories came flooding back."I was just horrified by what I saw," Sefolosha said. "That could have been me."Time has not healed all wounds for Sefolosha, the NBA veteran who said he was attacked by a group of New York Police Department officers in April 2015 while they were arresting him outside a nightclub in the city's Chelsea neighborhood. The leg that was broken in
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J.R. Smith caught on video beating up man who allegedly vandalized his truck – ProBasketballTalk

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Thabo Sefolosha knows what it’s like to be a black man, on the ground, being beaten by police officers. Such was the scenario when George Floyd died in Minneapolis last week. And five years ago, Sefolosha found himself in a similarly frightening place. “I was just horrified by what I saw,” Sefolosha said. “That could have been me.” Time has not healed all wounds for Sefolosha, the NBA veteran who said he was attacked by a group of New York Police Department officers in April 2015 while they were arresting him outside a nightclub in the city’s
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NBA awards predictions – Who will and should win this season?

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Who are the favorites for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and the other major NBA awards for the 2019-20 season?The league is expected to approve a return-to-play plan on Thursday, with growing support for a 22-team field that likely will play regular-season and play-in games to compete for playoff berths in both conferences.It's unclear how much those pre-playoff games could factor into the awards races. But which races are the closest, and which players had taken a commanding lead before the season was suspended in March? Who will and should win?We polled the ESPN Forecast
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George Floyd’s death brings back painful memories for Rockets’ Thabo Sefolosha – ProBasketballTalk

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Thabo Sefolosha knows what it’s like to be a black man, on the ground, being beaten by police officers. Such was the scenario when George Floyd died in Minneapolis last week. And five years ago, Sefolosha found himself in a similarly frightening place. “I was just horrified by what I saw,” Sefolosha said. “That could have been me.” Time has not healed all wounds for Sefolosha, the NBA veteran who said he was attacked by a group of New York Police Department officers in April 2015 while they were arresting him outside a nightclub in the city’s
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