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A man wearing a mask watches during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

NBA releases testing results, no players confirmed positive

Aug. 5, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World, and the numbers are still perfect. Of the 343 players tested since results were...

Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Popovich, Isaac choose to stand for anthem in NBA bubble

Jul. 31, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Isaac stood, and stood out. And later Friday, Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon did the same. Most players and coaches, but not all, are kneeling while pre-recorded versions of the national anthem are being played at the restarted NBA season. Isaac became the first...

Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Players, coaches kneel before NBA's re-opening night

Jul. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Black players were next to white players. Coaches from one team were next to their compatriots from the opposing side. Many locked arms with the man next to them, some shut their eyes tightly, a few including LeBron James briefly raising a fist into the air or pointing...

Associated Press NBA reporter Brian Mahoney records video while covering a protest, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in New York. When the NBA season was suspended and he was reassigned to the news department,heI assumed it was just to report from here. But, according to Mahoney, there were so many coronavirus stories to tell: Health care workers trying to keep patients alive. Residents of a community who all knew somebody who had died.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

As NBA returns, so must an NBA writer in early hot spot

Jul. 30, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — I couldn’t wait to watch basketball in March. The schedule in New York was as good as I could remember in my years covering the NBA for The Associated Press. Superstars Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden would be here. So would the NBA champion Toronto Raptors...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson walks onto the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The rookie sensation’s availability to play remained unclear as the season’s resumption in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approached. He left the NBA’s so-called “bubble” setup on July 16 to attend to an unspecified family medical matter. A week later, the club had yet to provide an update on his possible return.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Davis, Williamson say they're ready for re-opening night

Jul. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson say they are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week, and said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the...

A basketball court is shown at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The NBA's marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

For the NBA, it's time to play, kneel and demand change

Jul. 29, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami center Bam Adebayo did not know Breonna Taylor. He never heard of the woman who worked as an emergency room technician and had designs on becoming a nurse, a homeowner, a wife, a mother. Never knew anything about her. That is, until she died. Not a day goes by now where...

A basketball court is shown at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The NBA's marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

NBA restart likely to provide TV audience new sights, sounds

Jul. 28, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

During a normal NBA season, the sights and sounds of arenas serve as both a showy backdrop and home court advantage for its teams. But with no fans allowed in the stands for the upcoming restart because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the league’s Orlando-area bubble restart will have a decidedly...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson speaks to the media at the EJI Legacy Pavilion in Montgomery, Ala. Stevenson  was scheduled to meet with the NBA’s coaches over a Zoom call for a half-hour a few weeks ago. The call went more than three times that long, and from there a running dialogue was born. ( Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

To NBA coaches, racial equality is a priority of the restart

Jul. 22, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dallas’ Rick Carlisle now starts every interview session by reading from a calendar that highlights something that happened on that day in the country’s racial history. Toronto’s Nick Nurse is often wearing shirts to practice proclaiming that Black Lives...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers already have just about guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a delicate balancing act when the NBA returns to action. They must try to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus while also staying as healthy as possible for the postseason. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LeBron won't wear social justice message on Lakers jersey

Jul. 11, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can't be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won't wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. “It was no...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with the media during NBA basketball media day in San Antonio. Freshmen at the United States Air Force Academy are called doolies, and the experience for those first-year cadets can be extremely difficult. Popovich, class of 1970, hasn’t forgotten those days. And for the San Antonio coach, a couple days of lockdown at Walt Disney World brought back the memories of doolie life. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Popovich had reservations, but Spurs coach ready for restart

Jul. 11, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

Gregg Popovich fondly remembers his freshman year at the United States Air Force Academy, even though as a first-year cadet he was extremely limited in where he could go and what activities were allowed. Lockdown at Walt Disney World, he said, reminded him of those days. “But two days, anybody can do...