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Report: Decision on NBA season might not come in May or early June

Report: Decision on NBA season might not come in May or early June

On Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and key members of the National Basketball Players Association, including executive director Michele Roberts, assembled on a conference call to discuss the league’s status amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Taking much away from the reports that surfaced is murky business. In a tweet, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski summarized Silver’s comments thusly:

That keeps in line with most of what’s been messaged by the NBA since the season was suspended on March 11. Much is uncertain, but the league is doing all it can to find a way to safely return to normalcy.

Some concrete nuggets did come out of the call. Here are a few significant takeaways, all via Wojnarowski’s breakout story, in which he cites league sources:

  • The NBA has yet to publicly message a cut-off date for its decision on the fate of the 2019-20 season. Per Wojnarowski, Silver said that whatever decision they do reach may not come by the end of May or even early June.
  • The league is preparing for a possibility where fans are not permitted in arenas next year, according to a tweet from Wojnarowski
  • If the league is able to return, a “minimum of three week” long training camp has reportedly been discussed
  • Silver “expressed confidence there would be enough mass testing available in the United States for the league to feel confident about using such a large number of tests.” This dovetails with a report from Wojnarowski on Thursday that said the NBA has now begun allowing certain teams to test asymptomatic players and staff, depending on their region’s testing capacities

Still, there seem to be more open-ended questions remaining than answers regarding a timeline for resumption. 

Chief among those questions relate to the financial losses the league will incur as a result of the pandemic. Per Wojnarowski, Silver conveyed that 40% of the league’s annual revenue comes from game nights, so losing fans for an indefinite period of time could be of massive consequence.

That could have a massive impact on the salary cap, a point Silver reportedly didn’t downplay. The cap is calculated annually based off Basketball Related Income projections from each season, but without knowing how many of the currently postponed games will end up being played (or under what circumstances), it’s near impossible to ballpark the exact financial ramifications that might ensue.

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Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

NBC Sports Chicago is counting down the top 10 Bulls at each position in franchise history.

We've hit the point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards. And last, but certainly not least, the men in the middle. The centers.

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Defensive anchors, multi-skilled hubs and blue-collar tenacity abound in these rankings. And plenty of hardware — both of the championship and individual variety.

We hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Without further adieu...

Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

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Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Miami Marlins center fielder Monte Harrison made a bit of history on Aug. 4, when he laced up for his first ever MLB game.

With his debut, he and older brother Shaq officially became just the sixth MLB-NBA brother duo in league history. The most recent? Klay and Trayce Thompson, the latter of which appeared in his last MLB game on June 20, 2018 for the White Sox. Chicago ties all around.


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Shaq used his trademark brand of heart and hustle to work his way up from two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns to a multi-year pact with the Bulls. Monte's path to the majors began in 2014 after the Milwaukee Brewers plucked him in the second round of the Amateur Draft from Lee's Summit West High School in Lee's Summit, Mo. He was jettisoned to Miami as part of the Christian Yelich trade in 2018. 

In 2019, Monte played 58 games between Miami's High-A and Triple-A affiliates, slashing .270/.351/.441 with 9 home runs, 24 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He's been known to flash some leather, too, and entered this season the club's tenth-ranked prospect.

Since his call-up, he's appeared in four contests (three starts) with the Marlins, and is just 1-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts. But we'll forgive some early-career stumbles. His first big-league base-knock, which came on Thursday, was perfectly emblematic of what Bulls fans have come to expect from the Harrison household.

Yup. A cue-shot infield single. Exit velocity: 44.3 mph. Expected batting average: .190. But he beat it out. And followed it up with a stolen base. You can't script this stuff.

"I don’t know what my mother did, a lot of prayers, a lot of believing, and trust in us," Monte said after his debut on Tuesday, via Bob Nightengale. "We just worked our ass off.''

That much is evident.

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