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Four NBA Teams That Must Win the Title This Season

The NBA is officially returning this month which means the heat has been turned up. Each NBA team will be playing eight games in Orlando to finish up the season to finalize seedings. Some of the best teams in the league like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, and Clippers have already clinched top spots. Among those top NBA teams, there are at least four of them that are feeling the pressure of bringing home the title. Check out the list of teams that can't come back from Orlando empty-handed.

J.R. Smith Signing with Lakers Adds Dynamic Shooter

J.R. Smith finally lands a new home as he prepares for Orlando. Sources tell ESPN that Smith and the Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal to bring the guard to the team. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1277649301850722310 Lakers guard Avery Bradley opted out of playing in the restart season last week because of his son's health. Smith has not played in an NBA game since November of 2018 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's entering his 17th season in the league with stops including New Orleans, Denver,...

Vince Carter’s Legacy Will Live On

Vince Carter has taken his last show in the NBA as now he enjoys retirement. Carter announced on the Winging It Podcast that he will indeed retire after 22 seasons in the NBA. https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1276156863768338433 "If there was any disappointment because of the season -- any of that -- it was kind of easier to put it aside and handle it that way," Carter said. "It's like, OK, it's something bigger than my career. … It's unfortunate, but with the coronavirus taking people's lives rapidly, that's the...

NBA Season Restart Will Feature More Players Dropping Out

Just before the NBA season restarts, the league has already seen two of their players say no to Orlando. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Washington Wizards' Davis Bertans and Portland Trail Blazers' Trevor Ariza opted out of playing the restarted 2020 season. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1275074936197885959 https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1275181458865471489 Both players are skipping out for different reasons. Bertans is sitting out to prepare for free agency where he's expected to get a big payday. He's also suffered two ACL injuries in his NBA career and wants...

NBA Awards: What’s on the Line?

NBA Awards: What’s on the Line  With the NBA planning to make its return at the end of July, the resumption of the 2019-2020 season means a new NBA Champion will be crowded. They’ll do so inside a limited bubble in Orlando, FL, as the league has made arrangements with Disney for the use of the ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This return-to-play scenario has 22 teams vying for playoff seeding and ultimately the championship.  What’s also on the line? The NBA Awards.  The league boasts a...

Winners & Losers of the NBA Return

Last week, the NBA Board of Governors approved a return-to-play plan that included 22 teams entering a bubble in Orlando, FL. These teams will compete in an 8-game regular season seeding series, with the potential for a play-in tournament for the 8-seed. While excitement in running high in NBA circles, there are some winners and losers to this NBA return.  The NBA has been actively working on a return-to-play plan for weeks. The league has been in active discussions with players, personnel and owners preparing to resume the 2019-2020. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake...

NBA Players Who Have Flopped & Flashed

NBA players changing teams can be so exciting. There’s inherent risk for teams signing free agents or making blockbuster trades. That risk extends into the draft, especially the lottery, where the hopes and dreams of the fanbase are pinned on one pick.  New players have a short time to get acclimated, but they’re soon expected to produce. With millions of dollars on the line, these teams hope they’ve hit big on a player, and sometimes struggle to recover when those players flop.  Some of these players will have...

NBA Return: Playoff Possibilities and Streaks

The NBA has been actively working on a return-to-play plan for weeks. The league has been in active discussions with players, personnel and owners preparing to resume the 2019-2020. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Now, the NBA return is poised for July 31st. Teams began opening facilities for voluntary player workouts in mid-May, although coaches couldn’t attend. Shortly thereafter, the league entered into negotiations with Disney about hosting the NBA return in something of a limited bubble.  Photo via...

NBA Return to Play Plans

The NBA’s return to play plan is in the works. The league is in active discussions with their players, owners and potential host sites preparing to resume the 2019-2020 season. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Soon thereafter, much of the country shuttered as well.  In recent weeks, the United States has slowly started to reopen, with some areas opening wider than others. NBA teams began opening facilities for voluntary player workouts earlier this month, although coaches couldn’t attend. 

Some NBA Teams to Open Facilities

The NBA shuttered on March 11 after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19. Since then, there's been little word from league offices regarding the potential restart or cancellation of the season, despite recent rumblings about a total cancellation.  These misgivings had many NBA fans worried about the prospect of losing basketball altogether until whenever next season came around. But LeBron James took to Twitter this week and reassured the masses. https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/1255912096929165312?s=20 James's tweet came only days ahead of NBA teams planning to reopen...

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