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Fantasy basketball – Ben Simmons among key players to watch in NBA bubble action

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The NBA bubble has afforded hoop heads a respite, as pro basketball is finally back in action. While the 2019-2020 fantasy campaign was abbreviated, given eight non-contending teams didn't make the trip to Orlando, we can still develop actionable fantasy basketball takeaways from the training camp process, the final eight seeding games, and the eventual playoff process.With appraisal of the 2020-21 fantasy market in mind, let's highlight several key players and scenarios worth closely watching over the next several weeks in Orlando.Sixers shake-upBen Simmons' recent shift to power forward from his role as the full-time point guard for the Sixers
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The NBA restart is here and this is what we’re most looking forward to in the basketball bubble

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After 20 full weeks on hiatus, the 2019-20 NBA season is finally ready to restart. In case you'd forgotten, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the Eastern Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers are atop the West, the Memphis Grizzlies are clinging to the West's 8-seed and the Toronto Raptors are still -- more than a year later -- the defending champions.With 22 teams participating in the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida, there will be no shortage of storylines to get excited about as play resumes Thursday. Here's what our experts will be watching in the
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David Stern to be inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in ’21

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4:29 PM ETMechelle VoepelESPN.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.Longtime NBA commissioner David Stern, who was instrumental in launching the WNBA in 1997, will be posthumously inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame next year in Knoxville, Tennessee, it was announced Saturday.Stern, who died on Jan. 1 at age 77, will be added to the Class of 2021, which originally was to be inducted this year until a postponement caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will
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Chinese Basketball Association to begin allowing fans to return to games

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The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association released a statement saying that medical professionals, teachers, and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league said that from July 31, fans older than 12 "who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer
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Teen Lethal Dribbler: Max Gagnon

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Hello to all the teens out there we had the chance to interview Max Gagnon aka Lethal Dribbler. Max has some impressive skills he has some of the best handles out there. Don't believe us just ask the rest of his 73.7k followers on IG. Max does a lot of different videos on his page related to different aspects of basketball like trick shots, ball handling, etc. They're pretty cool for other teen hoopers out there to watch and try at home. He also is a streamer for all of the gamers out there. How old are you?  I am
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Brandon Russell Basketball / Soccer Player

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Hello everyone we had the chance to interview Brandon Russell teen athlete. Brandon has a love for sports at a young age. At some point in our lives we all have particpated in a sport. Brandon hopes to possible go pro one day. Brandon Russell currently has 1.8k followers on instagram. Make sure you checkout his page. How old are you? Brandon is only 13 years old which means he has lots of time to progress. What got you into sports? We all have that athletic person in our family. Brandon mentioned that "I got into sports but just nature
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Zion Williamson debut: Five things to watch for as Pelicans rookie plays in highly anticipated first NBA game

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Arguably the most hyped NBA debut since LeBron James is set to take place Wednesday night, when rookie Zion Williamson will finally suit up for a regular-season game as the New Orleans Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs. ESPN flexed its national schedule to make sure everyone sees the game. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. Here are five things to watch for when Williamson takes the court for the first time this season.1. Who's starting spot will Zion take?The Pelicans reportedly plan to start Zion right out of the gate, per ESPN's Andrew Lopez. So the question is: Who's
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W.N.B.A.’s Maya Moore to Skip Another Season to Focus on Prisoner’s Case

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Maya Moore, the W.N.B.A. star regarded as one of the greats of the sport, will sit out for a second straight season and remove herself from contention for the Olympics so she can continue to push for criminal justice reform and the release of Jonathan Irons, a man she believes is innocent of the crime for which he was sentenced to prison. “I’m in a really good place right now with my life, and I don’t want to change anything,” Moore, an eight-year Minnesota Lynx forward, told The New York Times in a telephone interview this week from her home
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High Point vs. USC Upstate odds: 2020 college basketball picks, Jan. 20 predictions from advanced model

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The South Carolina Upstate Spartans will take on the High Point Panthers at 6 p.m. ET on Monday at G.B. Hodge Center. South Carolina Upstate is 7-11 overall and 5-2 at home, while High Point is 4-14 overall and 1-9 on the road. The Panthers are 4-15 against the spread in their last 19 games. The Spartans, meanwhile, are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games at home. The Spartans are favored by 6.5-points in the latest South Carolina Upstate vs. High Point odds, while the Over-Under is set at 138.5. Before entering any High Point vs. South
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Pistons vs. Wizards odds, line, spread: 2020 NBA picks, MLK Day predictions from advanced computer model

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The Washington Wizards will take on the Detroit Pistons at 2 p.m. ET on Monday at Capital One Arena to get the MLK Day NBA schedule underway. Washington is 13-28 overall and 8-11 at home, while Detroit is 16-27 overall and 8-14 on the road. The Pistons are looking to sweep their current three-game road trip with a victory in this matchup. The Wizards are looking to avoid their fourth consecutive loss. Washington is favored by one point in the latest Wizards vs. Pistons odds, while the over-under is set at 233. Before entering any Pistons vs. Wizards picks, you'll
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