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Dwight Howard's injury is reportedly butt-related, not back-related

Dwight Howard's injury is reportedly butt-related, not back-related

Dwight Howard has yet to participate in a practice or game for the Wizards, still dealing with back soreness. However, it appears the source of the pain has been found, and it's much lower than previously thought. 

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, a specialist told Howard he injured his piriformis, which is a muscle...in his butt. 

According to Charania, the injury isn't serious, and the jokes essentially write themselves.

However, the injury could end up being a pain in the butt for the Wizards, who are just over a week from their regular season opener.

Ian Mahinmi has performed admirably in preseason play with Howard sidelined, but Washington certainly would prefer to have Howard in the starting five when the regular season begins. 

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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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Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

The NBA is set to resume in exactly 28 days and by the looks of things, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is more than ready. 

Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans released this photo of Williamson seemingly going through a workout at the team's practice facility (wearing a mask for safety reasons) and he seems to have slimmed down/toned up significantly.

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Williamson's weight has always been the topic of conversation in NBA circles -- he's listed at 284 pounds but often rumored to be as heavy as 300 pounds, especially after his return from a torn right lateral meniscus.

Williamson set the league on fire when he finally returned from injury this season, averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He created enough buzz to have the entire basketball world arguing whether or not he should win rookie of the year after only playing 19 games. His competition is the Memphis Grizzlies standout, Ja Morant who's played 59 games while averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists and led his team to the eighth place in the Western Conference. 

Washington is set to take on the Pelicans when the season restarts in Orlando on August 7 at 8:00 pm. The Pelicans will be on the second night of a back-to-back game so there is certainly a chance Williamson doesn't see the floor for health and/or reasons. 

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