Sport Basketball you can watch today: Three games with former NBA players at The Tournament
ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns
When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.
There’s nothing like NBA basketball, but if you want to get your hoops fix somehow, there are some pro competitions underway around the world with a bunch of players you will recognize.
These are today’s contests in The Tournament, Israel and New Zealand.
2:00 pm: Peoria All-Stars vs. Herd That ()
Players of NBA interest: Potential free agent target Jon Elmore
4:00 pm: Team Hines vs. Sideline Cancer ()
Players of NBA interest: Former Spur Brandon Paul, former Sun Alec Peters, former Jazz Jerrelle Benimon, former Magic Jamel Artis, former Clipper Diamond Stone
Marv Albert will not be part of NBA bubble due to coronavirus concerns?
Hubie Brown, who is part of ESPN’s game broadcasts, will also likely not be a part of the bubble. Kevin Harlan, Ian Eagle and Brian Anderson are Turner’s other NBA play-by-play voices. Harlan is regarded as the No. 2 announcer behind Albert. National announcers are expected to be on-site to broadcast the games during the resumed season, which begins in July.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
7:00 pm: Heartfire vs. Men of Mackey ()
Players of NBA interest: Former Grizzly Jordan Adams, former Clipper Branden Dawson, former Spur Larry Owens, former Maverick Justin Dentmon, former draft prospect Isaiah Austin
9:00 pm: Armored Athlete vs. Power of the Paw ()
Players of NBA interest: Former Laker Scott Machado, former Celtic Coty Clarke, former Maverick Josh Akognon, former Thunder Donte Grantham
12:20 pm: Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Maccabi Haifa ()
Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy details COVID-19 bout
While Hottovy is no longer positive for the virus, he says he is still not fully back to himself. He’s through the worst of it, which required some time in the hospital.One important member of the Cubs organization won’t be anxiously awaiting the results of his test. Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy has already endured a bout with COVID-19, he tells 670 The Score’s Mully and Haugh (h/t Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, via Twitter).
Players of NBA interest: Draft prospect Yam Madar, former Nugget Jordan Hamilton
1:00 pm: Ironi Nes Ziona vs. Hapoel Eilat ()
Report: Bubble plan will cost NBA over $150 million
The NBA’s efforts to resume the 2019-20 season have not come cheap. © Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports The cost of the NBA's restart plan is another example of just how much Commissioner Adam Silver has had to juggle in leading the league through the coronavirus outbreak. The league’s plan to play the final three months of the season at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will cost it over $150 million, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. That includes the cost of housing all 22 teams at three resorts. It also includes three arenas, seven practice courts, meals, and security, among other costs.
Players of NBA interest: Former Net Milton Doyle, potential free agent target Cameron Oliver, 76ers draftee JP Tokoto
1:10 pm: Maccabi Ashdod vs. Hapoel Gilboa Galil ()
NFL could ask fans to sign coronavirus liability waiver to attend games
If fans are allowed to attend NFL games this season, there will obviously be some risk of them contracting the coronavirus while inside the stadium. They may even have to acknowledge that risk before they are allowed entry. © Any Kontras-USA TODAY Sports If NFL fans want to cheer on their favorite teams at the stadium in the purported 2020 season, they may be asked to sign liability waivers. NFL teams are considering a proposal this week that would call for fans to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver before entering stadiums, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic.
Players of NBA interest: Potential free agent target Akil Mitchell
2:10 pm: Maccabi Rishon vs. Hapoel Jerusalem ()
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner expects fans in Yankee Stadium in 2020
Despite recent spikes in coronavirus cases throughout the country, Steinbrenner thinks the Yankess will be able to host fans at some point in 2020.“I do expect to see fans in our stadium at some point to some degree,” says Steinbrenner. There are limitations to the vision, naturally. Even the KBO, which has been playing now for some time, has yet to reintroduce fans and will do so on a limited basis when the time comes. Steinbrenner guesses attendance will “be in the 20-30 percent [capacity] range, hopefully, at first.
Players of NBA interest: Former Grizzly Jeremy Pargo, former Nugget Emanuel Terry, former Cavalier John Holland, Pistons draftee Deividas Sirvydis, potential free agent target D’Angelo Harrison
1:30 am: Auckland Huskies vs. Nelson Giants ()
Players of NBA interest: New Zealand national team players Mike Karena and Tohi Smith-Milner
3:30 am: Manawatu Jets vs. Taranaki Mountainairs ()
Players of NBA interest: New Zealand national team player Tom Vodanovich and former Oregon State forward Marcel JonesMORE:
NFL aiming for salary cap solution by training camp .
Fanless games could have a devastating impact on the NFL's overall budget, which could then in turn have a significant impact on the salary cap.While the salary cap number is not determined until March, the league is shooting to solve this dilemma by the time training camps open, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. This would do well to help teams manage their longer-term situations.