Eight Non-Restart Teams Discuss In-Market Bubble Program In September

Eight Non-Restart Teams Discuss In-Market Bubble Program In September

The eight teams excluded from the NBA’s restart in Orlando continue to discuss with the league office and NBPA how they can conduct workouts or scrimmages, sources tell ESPN. The most likely outcome remains in-market workouts starting in September. There had been discussions of a second bubble with those teams playing scrimmages. Many of those teams want to get players back in their practice facility during a long hiatus. The teams would test daily, have one week of individual workouts,…

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Bulls Fire Jim Boylen As Head Coach

Bulls Fire Jim Boylen As Head Coach

The Chicago Bulls have fired Jim Boylen as head coach. Arturas Karnisovas will get to install his own coach as he inherited Boylen from the previous regime. Kenny Atkinson, Wes Unseld Jr., Adrian Griffin and Darvin Ham are considered candidates for the job. Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg on an interim basis during the 18-19 season and then was given the job on a permanent basis. “After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately…

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NBPA Won't Consider Sending Eight Non-Restart Teams To Orlando For Minicamp

NBPA Won't Consider Sending Eight Non-Restart Teams To Orlando For Minicamp

The NBPA has no interest in having the NBA send the eight teams left out of the restart to Orlando for an offseason training camp once the first group of 22 games are eliminated, sources tell ESPN. The concept is a non-starter. The only viable solution is for the NBA and NBPA to agree to voluntary workouts in the team facilities. Several of the teams are frustrated and angry over how far they feel they’re falling behind the teams in…

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NBA Considering Bringing Eight Non-Restart Teams To Orlando

NBA Considering Bringing Eight Non-Restart Teams To Orlando

The NBA is considering the possibility of bringing the eight teams who didn’t participate in the restart to Orlando for a minicamp and scrimmages, sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic. Six teams will leave Orlando at the end of the restart and the beginning of the playoffs. The NBPA has been skeptical of any basketball setting that doesn’t replicate the conditions the NBA created in Orlando. The first round will begin on August 17th with the start of the…

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Bulls Likely To Retain Jim Boylen Due To Financial Concerns

Bulls Likely To Retain Jim Boylen Due To Financial Concerns

There is growing momentum that the Chicago Bulls will retain Jim Boylen as head coach for the 20-21 season due to financial concerns from the Reinsdorfs, sources tell Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley had previously begun to reach out through back channels to potential candidates such as Ime Udoka and Adrian Griffin. Karnisovas and Eversley received some negative feedback on Boylen from key Bulls players. The Bulls are valued at $3.2 billion and Boylen…

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Eight Eliminated Teams Considered Unlikely To Have Minicamp, Scrimmages

Eight Eliminated Teams Considered Unlikely To Have Minicamp, Scrimmages

The eight franchises that weren’t included in the NBA’s restart in Orlando now are pessimistic about the odds of a second site being created for minicamps and intrasquad scrimmages. There is also pessimism about even in-market minicamps for group workouts. “There’s nothing happening,” one general manager told The Athletic after a Tuesday call between the eight GMs and league officials. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.” Sources say the National Basketball…

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Scottie Pippen Wasn't Bothered By His Treatment In 'The Last Dance'

Scottie Pippen Wasn't Bothered By His Treatment In 'The Last Dance'

Scottie Pippen has spoken with Michael Jordan since “The Last Dance” aired in the spring and has downplayed reports of a rift between the two. “Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?” Pippen said. Pippen was criticized in the documentary for refusing to play in Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals after Phil Jackson drew up a play for Toni Kukoc. “It didn’t bother me at all,” Pippen said. “It was an opportunity…

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Thad Young Considered 'Most Readily Available' Player On Bulls

Thad Young Considered 'Most Readily Available' Player On Bulls

Thad Young is considered the “most readily available” player on the Chicago Bulls roster, sources told K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports. Sources cite a combination of Young’s unhappiness with his role last season, plus a team-friendly contract that features a partial guarantee for the 2021-22 season. The news comes after reports that the Knicks and Nets were both monitoring the potential availability of Zach LaVine. Johnson adds that while LaVine is eligible for a contract extension in October, the uncertainty…

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Knicks, Nets Monitoring Availability Of Zach LaVine

Knicks, Nets Monitoring Availability Of Zach LaVine

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have monitored the potential availability of Zach LaVine. Sources tell SNY that both the Knicks and Nets have done background work on LaVine in case the Chicago Bulls make him available. LaVine can become a free agent in 2022. Full article @ Knicks, Nets Monitoring Availability Of Zach LaVine Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Sam Smith: Michael Jordan Has Never Said A Word To Me About 'The Jordan Rules'

Sam Smith: Michael Jordan Has Never Said A Word To Me About 'The Jordan Rules'

Sam Smith wasn’t sure if he would be interviewed for “The Last Dance” documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Smith wrote “The Jordan Rules” which was a revealing look at Jordan in the early 1990s, depicting a side of him many didn’t know existed. “‘The Jordan Rules’ was bothersome to him at the time, and controversial,” Smith told Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker. “I used to have a good relationship with him before the book came out….

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