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New Year’s resolutions for NBA’s best

New year 2021 is coming around and let’s have a look ahead at the resolutions for NBA’s best this year.

Spend less money

A few months later, the Coronavirus epidemic disrupted the season. When it came back, no fans were claiming another impact on revenue. This season, some teams allow selective fans, but about 40 percent of the league’s revenue from tickets and sales at games, will affect how much money they make in the league and what players can earn.

The NBA is reportedly going to wear the cape improperly for a few seasons, which means they will save a lot of money to avoid other players being beaten unfairly – if one is willing to sign a new contract next year rather than last, it could be a hard pill to swallow if they only make half the money they thought they would get under previous caps.

Apart from this, it is difficult to see the cap increase, so franchises who were preparing to give free agents big money could find that many teams are working. Or those players may simply choose to stay with their current team for a great day of leadership.

Get healthy

In the 2019 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors suffered injuries to Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, and lost the series in six games. Last season, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green missed time limits. And as they prepare to return to contention this season, Thompson is back and Green has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

If you are completely healthy, this list could earn up to four times as many seeds, but the cost of winning three tournaments in five years means you are sacrificing long-term depth for the supporting characters now. But now, the support team has moved on to other teams and the old stars are struggling to avoid injury.

With the possibility of a leading rookie in the league, the Warriors will be struggling to reach the playoffs, and if they intend to do harm there, New Year’s decision for the team should be a lifeline.

Duke women ended basketball season amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Duke women’s basketball team ended its season last Friday amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Duke University, Michael Schoenfeld, said that the student-athletes on their women’s basketball team have made a difficult decision to end their current season due to safety concerns about the ongoing pandemic.

They supported their student-athletes’ decision as they have supported the choices made by all of them during this unprecedented time. Duke will maintain their planned competition schedule in other sports and will continue to observe their rigorous health and safety protocols based on guidance from leading medical experts, including testing for all student-athletes every day.

Meanwhile, the men’s basketball team planned to keep playing.

The women’s basketball team has been on cancellation since December 16 due to two positive coronavirus tests as well as contact tracing within the program’s travel party. The Blue Devils suspended games against UNC Wilmington and Miami, N.C. State. The team’s next scheduled game was against Louisville last Thursday.

The Blue Devils are the first Power Five team to stop playing after this season started. The Ivy League decided to drop out of playing winter sports in November before the season started. Some other schools also opted out of playing.

New coach Kara Lawson said that he didn’t think they should be playing that time. That was one day after Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski had been questioned why college basketball was still taking place a midst of the pandemic.

After a loss to Illinois on Dec. 8, Duke’s Hall of Fame coach said that he would just like for the safety, the physical and mental health of the players and the staff to assess where they were at.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many events to be canceled or suspended in the season. Countless teams have been on pause due to positives tests in their programs.

NBA game between Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets postponed following Covid-19 scare

Houston’s Wednesday night opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after Covid-19 cases. Harden’s violation of the league’s Covid-19 protocols also caused the Rockets lose the league-mandated eight players available.

That was a dispiriting blow to the league on just the second day of an unsure season launching with the epicdemic still raging.

The NBA announced the suspension in a release, saying that three Rockets players had tests that were either positive or inconclusive. They added that four other players were quarantined due to contract tracing.

They also said that Harden was unavailable for the match due to a violation of Covid-19 protocols of the NBA after video of the star surfaced on social media where he was not wearing a mask at a crowded party on Tuesday night.

This was a distraction to the team after months of rumors that Harden wants to be traded. His latest move potentially threatened the health and safety of the Rockets and prevented them from beginning their season.

The league’s announcement indicated that Harden being shown in violation of the Covid-19 protocols was the key factor in his team not having the eight necessary players to join games.

There are 16 players on Houston’s roster, including seven dealing with tests or quarantine and one hurt. Therefore, the club has left eight eligible players, which is the NBA minimum to start a game. And Harden’s unavailability lowered the club’s total of available players to seven.

According to Houston’s injury report on Wednesday morning, Ben McLemore and KJ Martin were not with the team due to being self-isolating; meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins was questionable due to a sprained right ankle.

In terms of Oklahoma City, the alub was involved in the March 11 game which led to the NBA shutting down for the Covid-19 pandemic and the Thunder were to have been the home team for a game against Utah that night, postponed after Jazz center Rudy Gobert appeared to be the league’s first player to test positive for the virus.

NBA teams that break Covid-19 protocols may lose games

The NBA announced last Saturday that the teams that do not comply with the league’s rules designed to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic this season might face key penalties, including forfeiting games or draft picks.

According to the announcement, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) will also discuss coaches, players, and other staff being required to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available, urged teams to encourage players and staff to get flu shots, and effective immediately Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel, basically including coaches, players, and some essential staff, have to avoid lounges, clubs, bars, public gyms, spas, pool areas, and most live entertainment or gaming venues.

Those rules apply both when teams are on the road and when they are at home. Preseason games started last Friday and the regular season will begin on December 22.

The protocols document has much more detail than the draft version distributed to the teams last weekend. The rules and protocols in the updated document have been agreed by both the NBA and the NBPA.

The testing program started on Sunday. Players and coaches will be checked every day. There are 48 players who were tested positive for the virus before the training camps started. They will start to include immediate families, if they desire so. The NBA has told the teams to work with the league’s testing provider, BioReference, to make voluntary PCR testing that is available for any household member of Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals twice per week. All the household members of those individuals are also being urged to get flu shots.

The final protocols of the league’s rules also make clear that if teams don’t seriously take the health and safety rules, they will have to pay a serious price.

2020-21 College basketball season schedule: several games delayed due to Covid-19

Here come the first weeks of the 2020-21 college basketball season. However, the sport has seen a slate of games delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college basketball season has already faced a few snags with some teams already forced to cancel, postpone, or reschedule matchups due to the world health crisis and several multi-team events taking hits as well.

The latest is Maryland’s game vs. Towson on Tuesday was canceled due to positive cases in the Towson program and Saint John’s game vs. Fordham due to a positive, and will not take place at Texas Tech on Thursday, according to the Red Storm.

Now let’s track several notable postponements or cancellations due to the pandemic.

25 November: UTSA at Oklahoma

25 November: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)

25 November: Central Arkansas at Ole MIss

25 November: Gardner-Webb at Duke

25 November: Northern Arizona at Arizona

25-27 November: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

25-27 November: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)

25 November: Western Illinois at DePaul

25 November: UMass Lowell vs. Florida

25 November: Stanford vs. Utah Valley

25 November: Drexel at Penn State

26 November: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)

26 November: Jackson State vs. Ole Miss

27 November: Arkansas State at Ole Miss

27 November: Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)

27 November: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)

27 November: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb

28 November: Oklahoma at UCF

28 November: Chicago State at DePaul

29 November: Baylor at Seton Hall

29 November: Gardner-Webb at Georgia

30 November: Belmont Abbey at Charlotte

1 December: Towson at Maryland

1 December: Alcorn State at DePaul

1 December: Vanderbilt vs. Uconn (Uncasville)

3 December: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)

5 December: Ole Miss at Memphis      

8 December: Fordham at Saint John’s

12 December: Saint John’s at Texas Tech

All games: Ivy League, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Bethune-Cookman (Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn, and Yale.) 

2021 Olympic Men’s Basketball: Things You Need to Know

With the Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed to 2021, we now have more time to discuss about Olympic basketball and things that are changed due to the postponement of the event.

How could the postponement of the 2020 Olympic change things?

The biggest difference will be the end of the 2020-21 NBA season. While the 2021 Olympics are the same weeks as the 2020, it is not known what the 2020-21 NBA plan might look like in these unprecedented times. If the NBA season goes a long way, and the brush is approaching the Olympic days, apparently the players will have less time to rest. This is important, because the main reason when healthy athletes bow to Olympic consideration means the need to rest during NBA seasons.

That said, more players can be found in the U.S. Kevin Durant, despite being selected as a finalist, was due to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a broken Achilles, making his Olympic status look different. Other players who were not selected as finalists, at the time, were recovering from serious injuries: Cousins, Blake Griffin and John Wall.

Younger players who can be named as finalists who can get a long look include Zion Williamson.

How was the women’s Olympic basketball team formed, six months before the Games?

The entire Olympic participants were already set – the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, Nigeria, Belgium, Serbia, South Korea, China, and Japan. The top nine nations in the world are eligible, the only one being No. 6 Turkey, which has no Olympic history.

The U.S. It seeks the seventh straight Olympic title to match the basketball record held by U.S. national teams from the first seven Olympic tournaments from 1936-68. The American women have won 46 straight matches between the Olympics and the FIBA ​​World Cup which began in 2006, despite losing a spectacle at the University of Oregon in November.

US listing decisions again proved to be difficult. Stalwarts Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ready for their fifth Olympics. Maya Moore (focusing on criminal justice reform) and Candace Parker have announced that they are out (More about Parker’s condition here). The biggest question was left over who would succeed as a reliable point guard.

The AP preseason women’s Top 25 released

The Associated Press preseason women’s Top 25 has been released recently. South Carolina has already accomplished so much by Dawn Staley.

The Gamecocks, who came second in the pre-season survey, in 2014 and 2015, finished last season at No. 1 for the first time. Staley is hopeful that this year’s team will get a chance to compete in the national basketball league after the cancellation of last season’s NCAA tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gamecocks’ number 2 winner was Stanford, who received another vote in the national media. It has been at the highest level for the Cardinals in the preseason since the 2009 season when the team was second only.

Conn, Baylor and Louisville combined the top five. It is the 14th year in a row that the Huskies have been placed in the top five in the preseason.

The state of Mississippi was six. Arizona was the seventh, for the first time since 2004, to have the Wildcats put on the pre-season voting list. North Carolina State, UCLA and Oregon have collected the top 10.

Northwestern has been placed in pre-season voting for the first time since 2015, entering No. 17. There is a lot of excitement about the program thanks to the official Lindsey Pulliam, who was the first team at the conference last year, and Junior Veronica Burton, the Chief Defender of the Year.

ACC has four, and Big East and Big 12 each have two. The Missouri Valley and West Coast Championships each have one program in the Top 25. It is the first time since 2015 that two top midfield teams have been shortlisted for pre-season polls. It was also the second time Gonzaga had been in the Top 25 before the season. The Zags were ranked 25th in the first poll in 2013.

Below is the full preseason Top 25:

  • South Carolina
  • Stanford
  • UConn
  • Baylor
  • Louisville
  • Mississippi State
  • Arizona
  • NC State
  • UCLA
  • Oregon
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Texas A&M
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa State
  • Indiana
  • Northwestern
  • Oregon State
  • DePaul
  • Ohio State
  • Gonzaga
  • Notre Dame
  • Syracuse
  • Missouri State
  • Michigan

SEC announces men’s basketball timetable for 2020-2021 season

As announced by the league office on Friday, the LSU men’s basketball team is scheduled to host the 2020-21 season’s 14 games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, including nine Southeastern Conference games.

Capacity policies and ticket information for the Maravich Center will be announced in the coming days.

LSU will play four home non-conference games in December, including December 6th vs Louisiana Tech, December 16th vs UNO, December 19th vs North Texas and December 22nd vs VCU.

The Bulldogs and Tigers were planned to compete each other in an independently produced game at the CenturyLink Center in Louisiana later this month. However, the match has been postponed to early in the 2021-22 season.

VCU and LSU will play the second half of a home-and-home series. They met last year in Richmond.

LSU is planned to play against Texas A&M at the Maravich Center on the SEC play’s opening night on Tuesday, December 29th. LSU will host Georgia on January 6th, Arkansas Georgia on January 13th, South Carolina Georgia on January 16th and Alabama Georgia on January 19th. The month will be closed by the Tigers by hosting Texas Tech in the announced SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

In February, the Tigers will also host three consecutive Saturday games, including vs Florida on February 6th, Tennessee February 13th and Auburn February 20th. The regular season is scheduled to consist of with a game on March 2nd at home against Vanderbilt.

It was announced that the league will keep March 6th as an open date for games if any conference contests need to be rescheduled during the year. The Southeastern Conference Tournament is scheduled for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, on March from 10 to 14.

LSU will start the season with three matches in Lincoln in a multi-team event that is scheduled for November 25, 26 and 28. Opponents for those games will be announced in the coming days.

The Ten Most Famous NBA Stadiums in The World (part 1)

When it comes to grand stages, the NBA clearly knows how to supply. The league has some of the most famous arenas in the world, from historic structures to modern stadiums. But which are the most famous NBA stadiums?

Staples Center

Team: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

Location: Los Angeles, California

No of IG # mentions: 685,006

If you are planning a visit to Los Angeles, don’t prepare for a trip to the Staples Center for a selfie outside this glamorous arena, which regularly hosts the Grammy Awards.

The Staples Center has a capacity of about 19,000 spectators and has the snap-worthy Star Plaza outside, showcasing the statues of famous Los Angeles athletes and sports broadcasters.

This stadium has some advantages over its rivals as it is home to not one but two top-flight teams. The crowds of fans of both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers gather to watch sport and take photos of themselves, surely giving this stadium double the IG presence.

Madison Square Garden

Team: New York Knicks

Location: New York City, New York

No of IG # mentions: 709,305

The Madison SquareGarden is the considered to be the queen of all NBA arenas, with more than 700,000 Instagram hashtag mentions.

The New York Knicks are not the powerhouse as they used to be. However, that can’t prevent them from having the most fans in the league. It can be tough to get tickets, so fans want proof they were there.

Having opened since 1968, the Garden is also the oldest still in-use NBA stadiums with a capacity of around 20,000.

The arena is also an NHL venue, attracting a ton of tourists thanks to its Manhattan location and hosting of pop concerts.

MSG and the Knicks are such a New York staple that they even popped up in the famous sitcom ‘Friends’ several times.

Top Ten Best Basketball Apps in 2020 (part 2)

6. SportsTG

The draw for your team is accessible through the SportsTG app, which is available on both Google Play Store and Apple Appstore. Accessing the latest match results on this app helps you keep up-to-date with your favorite teams as well as keep an eye on your rivals. Get directions to your next game, view your upcoming fixtures, and find out where your team sits on the ladder.

7. NBL

The only way to catch all the official news from the 2018/19 Hungry Jack’s NBL season is using the NBL app. Following all the latest news and getting up to the minute scores so that you won’t miss minute-streaming games and classic content via NBL TV. This is the mobile home of the NBL.

8. Basketball Queensland

The Basketball Queensland app is created with the aim to make your life easier. It provides a wide range of services that will help you reach where you want to go faster. This basketball app also contains content that isn’t available anywhere else.

9. HUDL Technique

Hudl Technique, formerly known as Ubersense, is used by thousands of coaches and athletes in more than 40 sports in order to improve their skills through slow motion video analysis. You can use the cameras of your iOS devices, including iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, to record and break down your technique for quick feedback during your practice, game, or race. With this app, you can also study your long jump frame by frame, compare your tennis serve side-by-side to a pro’s, or analyze your baseball swing in super slow motion. Hudl Technique helps you improve at any sport.

10. NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball

NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball is suggested to be the most downloaded basketball app in the world. It gives you the ability to live your NBA dream, build your ultimate team using your favorite stars and legends.