Spencer Dinwiddie

Nets' DeAndre Jordan contracts coronavirus, opts out of NBA restart

Nets' DeAndre Jordan contracts coronavirus, opts out of NBA restart

The coronavirus is taking its toll on one of the 22 NBA teams headed to Orlando, Fla. in July for the 2019-20 season restart.

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan announced on Twitter on Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and has opted not to play the remainder of the season.

Jordan's revelation comes a few hours after teammate Spencer Dinwiddie told The Athletic that he too had tested positive for the coronavirus.

But unlike Jordan, Dinwiddie hasn't made a decision on his playing status for the games in Orlando.

“Over the past few months, I have been diligent about protecting myself and others from COVID-19 by following all designated protocol and quarantining,” Dinwiddie said Monday in a statement to The Athletic. “I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season. I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple practices within the first week.

“Originally, we were supposed to be one of the teams to enter into the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive. Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando."

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Additionally, Nets forward Wilson Chandler told ESPN on Sunday that he informed the team he has decided to stay home and spend time with family, rather than play in Orlando.

Brooklyn currently holds a half-game lead over the Orlando Magic for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Magic should be able to leapfrog the Nets, and the No. 9 seeded Washington Wizards might be able to get close enough to Brooklyn in the standings to force a play-in game for the final seed in the East.

But the news that Jordan and Chandler won't play, and that Dinwiddie might not play also benefits the Kings.

The Kings' fifth game in Orlando is against the Nets. With no Jordan, Chandler, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant, and possibly no Dinwiddie, the Kings should be able to win that game easily.

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Locked in a tight race with the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns, the Kings need to win as many of the eight games as possible. Going 5-3 would give Sacramento a good shot of forcing a play-in game(s) for the No. 8 seed in the West.

Considering all the uncertainties surrounding the games in Orlando, it might not be wise to assume the Kings beat the Nets on Aug. 7, but if they do, then they need to go 4-3 against the rest of their opponents. That's a daunting task considering their opponents, but it's not out of the question.

Spencer Dinwiddie issues message to Warriors for Kevin Durant's return

Spencer Dinwiddie issues message to Warriors for Kevin Durant's return

Last week, we learned that Kevin Durant would not be at Chase Center for the Warriors' game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 12.

On Tuesday night, Nets interim coach Jacque Vaughn revealed to reporters that KD would be staying with the team for the remainder of the road trip, thus opening the door for the two-time NBA Finals MVP to be in attendance.

“They better give him all the tribute videos in the world,” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. “He got them two championships.”

You can't really argue with Dinwiddie on this one.

While the 31-year-old deserves a long-standing ovation and a comprehensive tribute it will have to wait as it was announced Wednesday that Durant would no longer be in attendance.

The city of San Francisco banned all mass gatherings of over 1,000 people Wednesday. This includes Warriors and Giants games and Thursday night's Warriors-Nets game will be played without fans in attendance.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, KD averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals, while shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and over 47 percent from deep.

In the 2018 NBA Finals, he averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.3 blocks, while shooting nearly 53 percent from the field 41 percent from 3-point territory.

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At this point, it makes sense to wait a year to honor KD.

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Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie channeled Steph Curry during career night

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Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie channeled Steph Curry during career night

UPDATE (3:04 p.m. PT on Thursday): A day after playing like Steph Curry, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie got paid. He didn't get paid like Steph, but he still got paid.

Brooklyn and Dinwiddie agreed to a contract extension on Tuesday, the team announced.

According to ESPN and The Athletic, the deal is worth $34 million over three years.

Dinwiddie came close to Curry's original extension, which was a four-year, $44 million contract with the Warriors.

That's not a bad pay day for a guy that has started just three of 29 games this season. Now, if he can get a five-year, $201 million contract, Dinwiddie will really be playing like Steph.

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"Be Like Mike?"

Nah. Spencer Dinwiddie wants to "Be Like Steph."

The Nets guard went off for a career-high 39 points in Brooklyn's 127-124 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Dinwiddle hits four 3-points, and after the game, he was asked about his shooting from deep.

"If I had two 3s in a row I feel like Steph [Curry]," Dinwiddie said according to Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman. "I had a couple 3s, boy I tell you I feel like I was 6-foot-3 and light skin. I wasn’t about to stop shooting after that."

Previous generations used to compare themselves to Michael Jordan. But today's players want to be like Steph Curry. That's pretty cool.