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ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wonders if NBA players will use the tip line for competitive advantage

ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wonders if NBA players will use the tip line for competitive advantage

With the NBA season restart officially underway inside the Orlando bubble, the league has implemented a tip line to take anonymous reports on players and officials who might be disobeying the bubble protocol. 

The bubble is reserved for authorized personnel only in order to decrease the chances of coronavirus spreading within the quarantined community.

While the line is active for immediate use, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that the line has yet to be utilized.

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Wednesday, on ESPN's "Around The Horn," Jackie MacMullan pondered the idea that players would offer tips to the anonymous line in order to gain a competitive advantage.

"Here's what I worry about -- what about using this tip line as a competitive advantage?" MacMullan said. "What if I plant a seed that may or may not be true about Player X because I'm Player Y?"

"I will say this: The bubble will be penetrated because money talks and these players have more money than most of the world," MacMullan said.

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The NBA was very specific in how violators of bubble protocol will be disciplined, however they haven't stated how false tips, or those deemed used for a competitive advantage, will be treated. 

"Violations, of course, are a big no-no, which could lead to disciplinary action," the NBA's bubble protocol reads. "No one will be stopped from leaving the campus, but players and staff should not do so unless there are extenuating circumstances.”

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Giannis vs. Moe Wagner incident recalls most famous headbutts in sports history

Giannis vs. Moe Wagner incident recalls most famous headbutts in sports history

Headbutts happen in sports, as sometimes players lose their cool. But when it involves the MVP of a sport, that will certainly draw some attention.

A quick Google search of the name 'Giannis Antetokounmpo' shows how outlets all over the world and from all corners of the internet covered his headbutt of Wizards big man Moe Wagner on Tuesday night. Everyone from FOX News to local papers in Michigan, where Wagner went to college, wrote something on the matter.

So, by that measure it has a chance to become one of the more memorable headbutts in sports history. But it has a long lineage of headbutts to follow. Here are a few of the most notable ones:

Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup

As far as headbutts go, this one is the G.O.A.T. Zidane lost his composure during extra time in the World Cup final, which earned him a red card and an ejection from the game. He was a star on the French national team and they went on to lose the match in penalty kicks. Zidane had a legendary soccer career, but this incident has helped define him because it was the last time he played on the sport's biggest stage.

Gus Frerotte vs. the end zone wall

D.C. fans will remember this one. Frerotte had just scored a touchdown for the Washington Football Team on Sunday night football against the rival Giants in 1996. So, he headbutted the wall in celebration. Unfortunately, he hurt his neck in the process.

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John Starks and Reggie Miller

Getting Antetokounmpo ejected on Tuesday night gave the Wizards an advantage, though they still lost the game. It also wasn't a high stakes game at all for the Bucks. Getting ejected from a playoff game would be a much more costly mistake and that's exactly what happened to Starks in 1993 when he headbutted Reggie Miller in Game 3 between the Knicks and Pacers.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

Everyone remembers the epic Tyson vs. Holyfield rivalry for Tyson biting off part of Holyfield's ear. But that wasn't the only dirty move done in one of their fights. Tyson also headbutted Holyfield pretty blatantly.

Kevin Garnett loves to headbutt people and things

Garnett was known for a pregame ritual in which he would headbutt the stanchion under the basket to pump himself up. But on one night in 2015, that practice came in handy when he decided to lunge towards Dwight Howard during an argument while he was on the Nets and Howard was on the Rockets. Garnett made contact for the headbutt and was promptly ejected.

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NBA will award an MVP, All-Bubble Team for seeding games

NBA will award an MVP, All-Bubble Team for seeding games

There will be an NBA Bubble MVP.

The league announced that there will be an All-Seeding Games Team and a Player of the Seeding Games, honoring the best performers from the seeding games that started July 30 and will conclude Friday.

The awards will be announced Saturday afternoon, prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference play-in series.

A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who have been on-site at the Walt Disney World resort covering the season restart will vote for the award winners. There will be a five-player first team and a five-player second team, with no breakdowns by position.

Top candidates would likely include Phoenix's Devin Booker, Dallas' Luka Doncic, Portland's Damian Lillard, Houston's James Harden, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Indiana's T.J. Warren.

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