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NBA confirms 2020 draft will be conducted virtually
The plan is for NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum to appear live at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., where they’ll reveal this year’s draft picks. As usual, Silver will announce the first-round selections, while Tatum will handle the second round.Although there won’t be a traditional “green room” for top prospects, a number of draftees will appear virtually, according to Thursday’s announcementThe NBA also conducted its August draft lottery virtually, while other leagues – including the WNBA and NFL – have completed virtual drafts already this year.
We didn’t know about this story until a commenter on YouTube alerted us to it. That’s usually not strange because if I’m being honest with you — whoooooole lot of dumb-dumbs around these parts. But, this story happens to be about basketball and even Seth didn’t know about it, and he’s watched dozens of games (or so he claims).
The video above tells the story of how game five of the 1976 NBA Finals ended. Simple enough concept, sure. But there was a moment at the end of the second overtime that could have led to this being one of the most famous nights in NBA history. Thanks to a loophole, the Suns managed to force a third overtime by calling a timeout that they didn’t actually have. It could have sent all of Boston crying “foul” and everyone else being like, “what’d they yell? I can’t understand that accent.” It could have propelled the Suns to heights the franchise still hasn’t reached. It could have done a lot of things. It just didn’t. Celtics won, case closed, didn’t matter.
Report: Warriors ‘blown away’ by Deni Avdija workout
Advija is regarded as a talented playmaking wing with the potential to be an excellent shooter. With that profile, it’s no surprise that the Warriors seem to love him. He’s clearly a name to watch for their pick.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. Always free! Sign up now ▸More must-reads:Warriors might be reluctant to use trade exception2020 NBA Draft to be virtual experience on Nov. 18The 'No.
That sort of thing might be my favorite idea within sports. Sports have this strange knack of letting something small — a score, a call, a play — become mind-bendingly consequential, then suddenly reverse that consequence. Something else happens that renders it null, and life moves on.
One of our other shows, Rewinder, captures this sort of thing. The goal of every Rewinder is to take a singular moment — sometimes one as short as three seconds — and fill in all the gaps in our memories of what led up to that instant, and therefore why it actually mattered. When we watch a game live we’re rarely conscious of all the events that got us to that point, but they are nonetheless felt in a way that heightens the situation.
The result of a game, however, can completely wash out everything that made it special in the first place. It can make us forget how close we were to an alternate reality that now feels laughable. And within a few days, weeks, months, we’ve moved on to the next exciting thing, leaving the past on its own to try and weather the sands of time.
Oh, and in this case there’s also a guy named Dick Powers, which is fantastic. Give it a watch.
Andrew Wiggins downplays old feud with Jimmy Butler .
Wiggins and Butler were teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves for parts of two seasons from 2017 to 2018. Their time together was characterized by tension. Butler was often on Wiggins’ case because of his work ethic and defensive effort. At one point, Wiggins’ brother even got involved in it.Today, both players are enjoying new beginnings on different teams. Butler’s reputation is now very much on the rise as well. As a result, the time feels right for Wiggins to help put an end to any beef that might still exist between them.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.