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Kyrie Irving reportedly proposed NBA players to start their own league over bubble restart

Kyrie Irving reportedly proposed NBA players to start their own league over bubble restart

Nets guard Kyrie Irving has become an opposing voice to the NBA's restart plan recently, voicing concerns about the resumptions.  Recently, his concerns have gone as far as a report saying that Irving has proposed the idea of a player-run league.

The idea of a player-run league was proposed a group chat with other Brooklyn players, according to New York Daily News reporter Stefan Bondy.

Irving remains hesitant to support the league's resumption due to concerns about player safety as well as the issue of racial injustice in the country.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has explained that players have the ability to opt-out of the return with the loss of pay.

Rather than participate in the bubble and Orlando, it appears the veteran guard feels a league started by the players is a route to go. This could be due to his skepticism of the rules at Disney World or his desire to keep the attention on the social issues. Either way, it seems as if he is continuing to keep his stance that the current plan for the NBA's return is not what should be done.

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Despite no real concerns that the league will not resume at this time, Irving is not the only one who has his doubts. Wizards point guard John Wall won't play this season no matter what but voiced that he would not feel safe participating if he could.

Should Irving and others end up skipping the NBA restart whether it is in the form of a different league or a boycott, their absence would completely change the dynamic of the season. 

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NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA offseason arrives later this week and will speed up soon not long after with the Aug. 20 draft lottery, which will be held virtually this year.

The news it is being held virtually, which was first reported by the Athletic, was a fairly obvious expectation. All 14 teams participating will do so remotely via a video feed. That's the way many events are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wizards have the ninth-best odds in this year's lottery. That gives them a 4.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 20.2 chance to select in the top four.

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The top eight teams in the lottery are the Warriors, Cavs, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls and Hornets. The Warriors, Cavs and Timberwolves are tied for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

There is no consensus top player in this draft. Mock drafts have rotated through a few players at the top. The big names include James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

The Wizards will need some luck to move up and have a chance to get one of them.

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Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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