July 28, 2020, 9:03 pmPJ DozierPG, Denver Nuggets
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, PJ Dozier has arrived at the NBA's campus in Orlando, and his arrival represents the final member of the Nuggets' anticipated restart roster.
The Nuggets and coach Mike Malone have been forced to deploy some interesting lineups during the scrimmages leading up to the NBA restart on Thursday. Remarkably, most of their guards (and rookie forward Michael Porter Jr.) had issues getting to Disney World for one reason or another. Star center Nikola Jokic was the point guard in one of the games, but the team seems to be making it by the skin of their teeth. Malone recently noted that the scrimmages, in addition to being severely undermanned, were the only occasions in which the Nuggets were able to engage in five-on-five action. It would be fair to expect some rust out of the Nuggets as they restart their season on Saturday against the Heat.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 27, 2020, 11:57 amMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Steve Clifford announced Markelle Fultz will play in Monday's scrimmage under a minutes restriction.
Fultz arrived to the bubble late for personal reasons and has taken a few days to prepare to prepare for game action. He will be under a minutes restriction as he eases back, but should be ready to go at full force once the regular season resumes.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
July 27, 2020, 11:52 amOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby finished Sunday's scrimmage with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Coach Nick Nurse is looking for Anunoby to step up and be a more consistent threat on the offensive end once the season resumes. OG, known for being a stout defender, averaged 10.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game before the season was paused. When speaking to the media after the game Nurse said, "I (would) just like him to be a bigger part of the offense and just a tough matchup to guard with his shooting, his size, his driving, and his posting." Anunoby has showed more confidence in his offensive game during the team's first two scrimmages and the team hopes it will carry over into the remainder of the season.
Source: Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun
July 22, 2020, 12:37 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Shams Charania, the NBA will be using moveable "Timeout Chairs" for timeouts during games in Orlando later this month.
They will be "movable chairs [brought] to court so players and coaches can huddle, but players must stand/sit around chairs apart from bench." Basically, it will look something like how TV timeouts in college basketball look, just a bit distanced. The chairs will be cleaned after every timeout by members of the team staff.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 10:29 pmKendrick NunnPG, Miami Heat
According to Anthony Chiang, Kendrick Nunn has rejoined his teammates in Orlando at the NBA 'bubble.'
Nunn, along with Adebayo, had been absent up until Tuesday and it was widely suspected to be because of a positive test for COVID-19, although the Heat never officially said as much. The team reported multiple positive tests during the initial rounds of testing and it was pretty clear who the tests belonged to by who they kept out of action and away from the rest of the team. Both Nunn and Adebayo won't be available for the Heat's scrimmage on Wednesday vs. the Kings, but there's a chance they could play on Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 9:51 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
According to ESPN's Malika Andrews, Patrick Beverley left the NBA 'bubble' on Tuesday evening to attend to an emergency personal matter.
The Clippers can't be too excited to hear of this development, but this is just how things have been for sports in 2020. In the seemingly inevitable event that players will have to abruptly leave the bubble to attend to other, more pressing circumstances, it's better for the team's on-floor outlook that it happen now rather than during the playoffs. Each team's eight seeding games don't begin until at least July 30, and the Clippers face none other than their crosstown rival, the Lakers, that evening. Beverley's chances of playing in that game are now next to nothing given that he will have to self-isolate upon returning to Disney World in Orlando.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 9:36 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac are both out for the Magic's scrimmage on Wednesday, according to head coach Steve Clifford.
Both Fultz and Isaac have proven to be brittle thus far in their short NBA careers. Isaac, in particular, will be eased back into action as the Magic view him as a franchise cornerstone. Fultz contracted COVID-19 and will need to clear protocol before rejoining his teammates. Isaac seems highly unlikely to participate in anything other than practices before the 2020-21 season but he has not officially been ruled out by Magic brass.
Source: Orlando Magic Daily
July 21, 2020, 8:44 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley III's (lateral right foot sprain) season is done, as he is reportedly being shut down and held out of the upcoming NBA restart in Orlando.
This is a tough pill for Kings fans to swallow, although it might be the right move for the franchise. They are still fighting for a playoff spot and could feasibly overtake the Pelicans, the Blazers and the Grizzlies for the West's final postseason bid and the right to play the top seed in the first round. That does not sound particularly appetizing and the Kings would rather let Bagley III have the extra rest and rehabilitation time. He only managed to take the floor in a paltry 13 games for the Kings this season, averaging 14.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG. It remains to be seen if Bagley III can stay healthy for an entire, 82-game regular season.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
July 17, 2020, 11:38 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard was disciplined (warning) for not wearing a mask inside the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Howard actually first announced on Instagram Live that his actions had been anonymously reported to the NBA Campus Hotline. This hotline has been a topic of discussion over the past week or so as players reveal their ranging opinions on the matter. Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant has even gone as far as to say, “I don’t do none of that telling,” in regards to the anonymous tip line. There are reportedly signs posted outside of nearly every door inside the bubble encouraging people to report something if they observe another individual breaking COVID-19 protocol. It seems that Howard was one of the first victims of the NBA Campus Hotline.
July 17, 2020, 11:06 pmAlex LenC, Sacramento Kings
Kings center Alex Len has tested negative for COVID-19 on multiple occasions and will (finally) rejoin his teammates on Friday evening.
This will be the first time Len will step foot inside the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando, as he tested positive for coronavirus late in June. With RIchaun Holmes violating the protocol at the Disney World campus and Harrison Barnes recently contracting the virus, it's anyone's guess who might get minutes down low for the Kings later this month in the seeding games. We could very well be in for a large dose of Len. Monitor how Kings' practices play out over the next week or so.
Source: NBC Sports Bay Area
July 16, 2020, 11:31 amMichael BeasleySF, Brooklyn Nets
Michael Beasley will not return to the team after testing positive for COVID-19.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports Beasley will not rejoin the team in Orlando after a positive COVID-19 test. Brookyln, already low on available players, will search for a replacement prior to the NBA restart.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 16, 2020, 11:25 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have reported Zion Williamson has left Orlando to attend to an urgent family medical matter.
Zion is expected to rejoin the team in Orlando at an unspecified later date. The team begins their restart on July 30, against the Utah Jazz.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
July 16, 2020, 11:01 amJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden plans to participate in his first team practice since arriving in Orlando, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Harden made it to the bubble on Tuesday and was forced to self isolate for two days prior to joining in on team activities. With Russell Westbrook out with a positive COVID-19 test, having Harden back in action is a welcome sight for Houston. The Rockets kick off the remainder of their season on July 31 against Dallas.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 14, 2020, 10:30 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden arrived in Orlando on Tuesday night, joining his teammates and the rest of the NBA (sans eight teams) at the NBA's 'bubble' campus at Disney World.
The team announced his arrival via Twitter with a video of him rolling his in his suitcase. This is great news for the Rockets, as they had been holding practices without their two most important pieces in Harden and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, of course, just announced that he is in self-isolation due to a positive test for COVID-19. The Rockets are one step closer as they await Westbrook's arrival in Orlando.
Source: Houston Rockets on Twitter
July 14, 2020, 9:39 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schröder, a vital part of the Thunder's success in 2019-20, announced on Tuesday that he plans to leave the NBA bubble in Orlando to be with his wife for the birth of the second child.
Their child is due in "three of four weeks," at which point Schröder will leave his teammates at the campus in Orlando to be with his wife. "I love basketball, but family comes first all the time," Schröder said. He obviously faces a quarantine period upon returning, and the timing couldn't really be worse for the Thunder. The team has thrived when playing all three of it's viable options at point guard together (Schröder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and All-Star Chris Paul). The Thunder should be able to function without him for a time, but Schröder really provides a spark and create havoc on the defensive end. The only positive is that the Thunder know in advance and can prepare for Schröder's absence.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter