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Stanford freshman Tyrell Terry to stay in 2020 NBA draft pool

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Stanford Cardinal freshman guard Tyrell Terry will keep his name in the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Friday."After talking with those closest to me and careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that taking this next step is something that I'm ready for," Terry said. "I'm confident in my game and ready to compete at the highest level, against the best players in the world, and to learn from the best coaches in the world. I still plan on continuing my education and getting my degree from Stanford. But for now, I'm ready for this challenge".The NCAA has
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Jazz, Pelicans, coaches and refs kneel during national anthem as NBA returns

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7:44 PM ETTim BontempsDave McMenaminCloseESPN Staff WriterLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- All players, coaches and the three referees taking part in the game between the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday knelt along the sideline in front of the team benches -- with the players wearing shirts that had "Black Lives Matter" written on the front as they stood behind the words "Black Lives Matter" on the court -- as the
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New deal will give NBA players $2.5M in disability insurance, sources say

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After a new agreement between the National Basketball Players Association and NBA, players will receive a $2.5 million insurance benefit in the event of a career-ending injury, sources told ESPN.The NBPA had been pushing for a raise in the permanent disability policy that previously paid out approximately $312,000 in these cases. The insurance covers career-ending injuries sustained on and off the court, including complications caused by Covid-19, sources said.The payment would be in addition to money owed on contracts and include all active players up to 35 years old, sources said.The NBPA and NBA also agreed to continue keeping the
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Zion Williamson gets start for Pelicans as NBA restarts

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5:44 PM ETAndrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson was cleared to play by the team and started in Thursday night's NBA restart opener against the Utah Jazz in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.Coach Alvin Gentry told reporters that Williamson had to go through his pregame warm-ups before the team made a decision.He was expected to play in "short bursts" but had no solid minutes restriction.Williamson made an appearance on the court shortly after Gentry relayed the news, sitting in a chair courtside for about five minutes before starting a short warm-up routine. He drove to the basket a
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Meet The Full Court Press Designer Behind Nostalgic NBA T-Shirts

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Growing up in Portland, Kumasi Sadiki has always been a fan of basketball. He recalls rooting for the championship contending Portland Trail Blazers squads of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and cheering on guys like Rasheed Wallace, Damon Stoudamire, and a “washed up” Scottie Pippen. As a self-proclaimed pothead, he also mentions his fondness for the cheeky double entendre of the Blazers nickname. He grew up playing the game too, ultimately stopping after high school. While his focus gradually shifted to streetwear, his appreciation for the game never wavered. Years later, Sadiki’s loves for the sport of basketball and
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NBA bubble updates – Seeding-game schedule and opening-night intel

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Basketball is back. Finally.After 141 days, the NBA will return inside of the bubble at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday night.It feels as if the world has changed a dozen times since the night of March 11 when the league came to a sudden halt. But now the season resumes in what is a truly unique moment in basketball history.Part of that will be because there won't be any fans in attendance. But it will also be because of the league's focus on social justice in
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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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ESPN investigation finds coaches at NBA China academies complained of player abuse, lack of schooling

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3:30 PM ETSteve FainaruCloseESPN Senior WriterWinner, 2008 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting Four-time first-place winner in Associated Press Sports Editors competition Co-author of New York Times best-selling book, "League of Denial"Mark Fainaru-WadaCloseESPN Staff WriterInvestigative reporter for ESPN's Enterprise and Investigative Unit since 2007 Co-author of New York Times best-selling books "League of Denial" and "Game of Shadows" Co-winner, 2004 George Polk AwardLONG BEFORE AN October tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters spotlighted the NBA's complicated relationship with China, the league faced complaints from its own employees over human rights concerns inside an NBA youth-development program in that country, an
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