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Report: NBA closing in on second bubble in Chicago for eight teams not invited to Orlando

Report: NBA closing in on second bubble in Chicago for eight teams not invited to Orlando

When the NBA formally announced its plan to resume the 2019-20 season with a 22-team bubble-like format in Orlando, the eight teams that weren't invited to Florida likely believed their season was over.

Or, so they thought.

The league is reportedly closing in on a second "bubble" in Chicago for the eight teams not headed to Orlando, according to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. The second bubble would allow teams to hold a mini-camp and have the eight clubs scrimmage one another in an NBA Summer League-like format, MacMullan wrote.

The bubble would allow the non-playoff teams a chance for young players -- such as Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young and Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton -- to play in real games for the first time in months. Veteran stars, such as Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, likely wouldn't play, according to MacMullan. The reported target date for the bubble is in September.

On Thursday, seven of the eight teams not included in the Orlando restart held a conference call to discuss the idea, with the New York Knicks being the exception. On the call, teams assured the NBA they would be willing to proceed with the bubble in Chicago, according to MacMullan.

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Not everyone is fully on board with the idea, however. According to ESPN, Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey took an informal poll of coaches from teams not headed to Orlando, and the majority of them would prefer to hold mini-camps at their own team facilities rather than travel to a bubble in Chicago.

"The reason we want these mini-camps is to get our team together, to have that camaraderie, to improve and enjoy some competition," Casey told ESPN. "We feel we can do that safely in our own environment. We can't let these guys sit around from March 11 to December without something. It's going to hurt their careers. It's too long of a layoff."

With a target date of September, the league has the luxury to assess how the Orlando bubble works out before making a decision about the Chicago bubble. According to ESPN, several teams have requested a two-week delay period to sign off on the second bubble to assess how the initial bubble in Florida works.

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LeBron James, Trae Young and other stars to form voting rights group ahead of 2020 election

LeBron James, Trae Young and other stars to form voting rights group ahead of 2020 election

One day after tweeting his disgust with long voting lines in predominantly black neighborhoods in Georgia, Lakers star LeBron James is taking action along with some big names around the NBA and the entertainment world.

According to the New York Times, James is creating a non-profit ogranization called 'More Than a Vote' to help mobilize African-American voters and also educate the public on voter suppression methods and policies. James is joined by Trae Young of the Hawks, Derrick Rose of the Pistons, Draymond Green of the Warriors and other NBA players. Comedian Kevin Hart and NFL running back Alvin Kamara are also on board.

"Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we're also going to give you the tutorial," James said in the interview. "We're going to give you the background of how to vote and what they're trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting."

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James has been linked to politics in the past by endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and speaking out on various matters. But this is his most direct and significant effort towards making a difference in that realm.

James, 35, is a leader off-the-court in the NBA, with many other players following his example in their charity work. When he opened a school last summer, that raised the bar for all of his peers, Wizards star John Wall said at the time. It would not be surprising if many other players took after James and pitched in to help their own communities with voting.

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The timing of James' plans will make for a busy fall. The NBA was shut down for months due to the coronavirus and now has plans to return in late July. That has set the playoffs to run into October. If James' Lakers go far, he will have a lot to focus on both on and off the court.

One way James plans to help is through social media. And with his more than 112 million followers on Twitter and Instagram, he can get a message out far and wide.

Expect to hear much more on the subject in the coming months, thanks to James.

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Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Wednesday was a good day for Red Raider fans when Mac McClung announced his transfer commitment to Texas Tech

Even former alum and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes - who also was openly recruiting the star on Twitter - was excited about the big get. 

He was joined by fellow Texas Tech alum Jarrett Culver in sharing his excitement of getting the 6-foot-2 guard. Culver's style and skill set are very similar to McClung's. Under head coach Chris Beard, he helped transform the combo guard into a first-round NBA prospect.

Other professional athletes including Trae Young gave McClung their congratulations. 

As a late entry into the transfer portal, McClung was one of the biggest available players this offseason. While he is required to sit a season due to NCAA transfer rules, there is some buzz that he may get a waiver to compete next season in Lubbock. 

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