Avery Bradley will opt out of Lakers’ NBA restart

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBradley was one of two Lakers to openly express concern about the NBA’s restart, the other being Dwight Howard. While Trevor Ariza and Davis Bertrand previously opted out, Bradley is the first starting player from a legitimate title contender to decline to play — adding uncertainty to an NBA plan that has drawn increased scrutiny from players in recent weeks.The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement player for Bradley, who started 44 games for the 49-14 Lakers and was valued primarily as an on-ball defender.On Tuesday, Danny Green said on his “Inside the Green Room” podcast that he had been in contact with both Howard and Bradley in the past few weeks, and couldn’t say with certainty that they were going to play. While Green said he believed Howard would join the Lakers in Orlando after a conversation over the weekend — Howard told Green that he never said he wouldn’t play — but Green said he would understand if Howard opted out.“There’s a lot of other things going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about, and I understood,” Green said. “I said, ‘Obviously we need you man, we love you like a brother. You’re family. We want you to be a part of this. But regardless of what your decision is, we know it’s bigger than basketball and that there are things that are more important.’”Green said he was hopeful that he would talk to Bradley again soon. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img This was set against the backdrop of the NBA testing members of the proposed travel parties for the 22 NBA teams, its first big step to creating a campus at Walt Disney World Resort meant to insulate players and staff from the ongoing COVID-19. But that step offered some foreboding developments as word leaked of at least two teams with positive tests.The headliner was Nikola Jokic, the franchise center of the Denver Nuggets, whose positive test will delay his return trip to the United States from his native Serbia, the Denver Post reported. Two Phoenix Suns players also tested positive, according to the Arizona Republic, which shut down their voluntary workouts at the facility.The Lakers, too, were tested Tuesday, but results were not immediately available. While the Lakers previously disclosed in March that two players had tested positive for COVID-19 and remained asymptomatic, the NBA has generally transitioned to not disclosing positive test results for medical privacy reasons.Players also have a chance to opt out of the restart if they feel unsafe. The intial deadline for players unwilling to participate to notify their teams is Wednesday according to the NBA’s health memo: “He must so notify his team and the NBPA of such decision in writing by no later than the end of the day on June 24, and the NBPA must then by the end of the day on June 25 send a written notification conveying the player’s decision to the NBA.”  But ESPN reported that many teams were choosing to hold off those final decisions until rosters must be formally submitted to the league on July 1.Those who have not been determined to be at high risk by a physician panel could face a loss of pay per game missed. Two players, Portland’s Trevor Ariza and Washington’s Davis Bertans, have already acknowledged that they will not participate. ESPN reported that the NBA and NBPA agreed to “an enhanced insurance plan” for those who contract COVID-19 or are injured during the restart.The timeline was designed in part because positive tests were anticipated: There are still two weeks before teams are scheduled to privately charter to Disney World where the NBA is planning a July 30 restart. Traveling members will face more testing and quarantines when they arrive.But the NBA hasn’t made clear exactly how many positive tests it is willing to withstand to return to play. The 113-page health memo only briefly addresses the potential for cancellation, saying: “The occurrence of a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the resumption of the 2019-20 season.”ESPN reported that several league executives had been nervous about a flood of positive tests once players returned to their respective markets. Nationwide, the U.S. is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the South and West. California set a daily record for new cases with more than 6,000.Could Cousins come back?As part of the NBA’s restructured agreement for the CBA, teams are allowed to sign free agents to their roster if they have a spot. Intrigue has circled around center DeMarcus Cousins for the last few weeks: The former All-Star has spent most of the last year recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last July, and the Lakers waived him in February to sign Markieff Morris.But Cousins’ readiness is still unclear: The Athletic reported that interested teams were told that Cousins was planning to skip the restart and continue to rehab for next season. The Los Angeles Times reported that Cousins had not yet made up his mind.Excel Sports Management, Cousins’ agency, did not immediately return a request for clarification to Southern California News Group.Related Articles If the Lakers are able to chase a title again next month in Disney World, they’ll have to do it without one of their starting guards.Avery Bradley has informed the Lakers he will opt out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, a blow to the Western Conference leader’s chances.A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Bradley’s decision to Southern California News Group. ESPN first reported that Bradley had decided, at least in part, out of concern that his oldest child would not be allowed in the NBA’s restrictive campus due to an underlying respiratory condition.“As committed to my Lakers teammates and the organization as I am, I ultimately play basketball for my family,” Bradley told ESPN. “And so, at a time like this, I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk.” Cousins has remained close to the Lakers: He’s a friend of franchise forward Anthony Davis, traveled on team trips when he was injured, and was permitted to continue rehabbing at the Lakers’ practice facility after he was waived. The Lakers could potentially sign Cousins if they chose to free up a roster spot by waiving someone else.Described as an X-factor before his season-ending injury, Cousins has still shown effective scoring and rebounding when healthy, but has struggled to regain All-Star form since a 2018 Achilles tendon rupture. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament 2020 postponed

first_imgScrumdown – the Panthers front up to the Southerners during the 2018 event.It is with regret that the Pattaya Panthers RFC are announcing the postponement of the  Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament 2020, in line with the directives from our controlling unions and the Thai Government.Regarding the gathering of a large number of people and the increasing restrictions that are being placed on travel, we feel that the postponement is the only solution. I know that many people have already made plans to attend our event and some have already purchased tickets and made hotel reservations. We apologise unreservedly to those of you that have been inconvenienced and if the Panthers can help you in anyway with refunds or rescheduling of reservations please do let us know! Promoted ContentbrainberriesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?brainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThembrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadebrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaybrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?brainberriesbrainberries We will be following the outcome of the current problems and hopefully there will be a rapid solution. At the moment we are hoping to reschedule the tournament for later in the year and hope that we can feature it as part of the thanksgiving for the resolution of the current crisis.Obviously there is no clear indication of when it may be possible to stage the *Twentieth Chris Kays* but rest assured that we will be back and we will endeavour to make it the best tournament yet.center_img We wish all of our friends and supporters a full and healthy return to normalcy and look forward to seeing you in Pattaya in the near future.With best regards,Jim HowardChairmanPattaya Panthers RFClast_img read more