2019-20 NBA Season Updates | March 28-April 10 Archive

News, reactions and more from the NBA community

From NBA.com Staff

Apr 3, 2020 11:59 PM ET

The NBA has temporarily suspended the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That decision was made to safeguard the health and well-being of NBA fans, players, team and arena personnel, media members and the general public. Below is a compilation of the official news and reaction from the NBA community, dating March 28-April 10.

For the latest news, view  2019-20 Season Updates.

NBA Updates
Coronavirus Information for NBA Fans
NBA Family Launches NBA Together
A Letter to NBA Fans | Adam Silver
NBA suspends 2019-20 season
Adam Silver: Complete interview on season hiatus and what led to suspension
• Players on healthy habits: Rudy Gobert | Donovan Mitchell | Candice Dupree | Khris Middleton | Gary Payton | Courtney WilliamsMarcus SmartKevin Love | Paul GasolTrae Young | Luka Doncic & Dwight PowellDamian Lillard | Jaren Jackson Jr. | Al HorfordJamal MurrayJayson TatumVictor Oladipo | Zach LaVine | Tacko Fall

• An Update on the NBA Store and NBA Experience at Disney Springs

To Our Global Fans: We are working very closely with the appropriate government and health-related authorities to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on the current situation in the U.S., and in an abundance of caution to ensure the utmost safety of our employees and customers, the NBA Store in New York will be closed for the time being. Our nbastore.com site remains open to serve our valued customers and fans. Additionally, NBA Experience at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World is currently closed. Please continue to check DisneySprings.com for updates.

April 10

Players, NBA family finding ways to stay connected

As the NBA hiatus continues amid the coronavirus pandemic, players are getting creative when it comes to finding ways to fill their time. Video games, social media and Q&A segments have been popular options for players without basketball on the calendar.

Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry connect via social media.

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Dieng joins fight against COVID-19

Tough times call for resolute measures and the current pandemic has Memphis Grizzlies big man Gorgui Dieng committed to being part of the solution to stop COVID-19 in its tracks and give a hand to those vulnerable in his home country of Senegal.

The Gorgui Dieng Foundation founded in 2015 is providing protective equipment intended for health personnel like protective gowns, facial masks, antiseptic products and meal kits.

Speaking with FIBA.basketball, Dieng said, "I have the privilege of being an influencer for so many people, especially those in Senegal. With that comes a responsibility to do the right thing, and that involves helping the less fortunate. It is imperative that I lead by example during these uncertain and difficult times."

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Bucks establish relief fund to assist part-time employees

The Milwaukee Bucks have established an Emergency Relief Fund for Fiserv Forum’s part-time employees in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and with support of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, will also provide financial relief for part-time employees of Levy, Fiserv Forum’s food and beverage provider; ABM, the arena’s housekeeping employer; Reef Parking and SP+, the Deer District’s parking partners; and Menominee Nation Arena, home of the Bucks’ G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, during this unprecedented time.

So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, with an additional $500,000 forthcoming through the Emergency Relief Fund. As announced last month, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each contributed $100,000, which was followed by all Bucks players committing to donate to the relief effort. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.

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April 9

Marbury looking to lend hand to NYC

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury, who is trying to send much-needed masks to New York City from China, discusses how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted his life and what he's trying to do to help the United States during this time.

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April 8

Curry inspires hope with FaceTime call to Oakland nurses

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry gave an ICU nurse and her coworkers a moment of inspiration and relief when he reached out to her (via FaceTime) on Wednesday. The nurse, who is a part of a local Oakland medical staff, was using Curry's jersey and "I can do all things" motto as an inspiration during the global pandemic.

“Hey Shelby!," Curry said on FaceTime to Shelby Delaney, an ICU manager at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, who came to the attention of Curry after she posted a photo of herself wearing his jersey underneath her personal protective equipment last week.

"I can’t thank God enough for what you’re doing and just the sacrifice, the selflessness and the way everybody’s coming together," Curry said. "Thank you so much for what you do, your heart and the inspiration you provide for everybody.”

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April 7

EJ catches up with Lillard

Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson chats with Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard via Twitter to discuss how he is adjusting to life at home.

Ernie Johnson finds out what Damian Lillard has been up to during the hiatus.

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LeBron: No closure unless we can finish the season

Instead of preparing for a playoff run, LeBron James is mostly spending the spring playing hoops with his teenage sons and enjoying tea time with his young daughter.

And when he isn't binge-watching "Tiger King" with his wife, he is scanning the news for information on whether the coronavirus pandemic will allow the Los Angeles Lakers to finish their impressive season chasing an NBA championship.

James is still optimistic about the Lakers' future, but he also knows safety comes first.

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Kings players donate over 1,000 meals to local community

Sacramento Kings players Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes are teaming up to support several local restaurants and donate more than 1,000 meals to families and children in need due to the COVID-19 health crisis throughout the Sacramento community during April. The idea for this donation was initiated by Holmes, rooted in his desire to give back to the community during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

“Since coming to Sacramento I have experienced firsthand how our community is truly one big family, so my teammates and I are committed to looking out for those in need and lending a helping hand,” said Holmes. “I am very thankful for my teammates in joining me to help bring smiles to others and get through this time together.”

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April 6

Hornets announce multi-faceted plan to help in COVID-19 relief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation has initiated a multi-faceted response to assist with local relief efforts through financial contributions, employee volunteerism and online resources. 

The Charlotte Hornets Foundation will be contributing a total of $250,000 to the emergency relief efforts. This includes $100,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund established by United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas, along with $25,000 each to three local nonprofit organizations to assist in immediate needs caused by COVID-19 – Carolina Farm Trust and Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in the home market of the Hornets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm. Additionally, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation has pledged another $75,000 to to-be-determined future needs resulting from COVID-19, which will be granted prior to the end of 2020. 

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April 4

Governor grateful of NBA contributing 1 million masks

The NBA is contributing 1 million surgical masks for New York's essential workers, as stated publicly by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The league is partnering with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China's Consul General Huang Ping to help make this desperately needed contribution happen. "New York thanks you," Cuomo tweeted. "We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE." The personal protective equipment for essential workers comes at a necessary time with so many masks in demand. New York remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and has a total of 113,704 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday afternoon

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April 3

Pandemic forcing NBA players to adjust workouts

Giannis Antetokounmpo is spending much of his time during the coronavirus-imposed hiatus working out, helping care for his newborn son and playing occasional video games.

What the reigning Kia MVP isn’t doing very often is shooting baskets since the NBA has closed team practice facilities.

"I don’t have access to a hoop," the Milwaukee Bucks forward said Friday during a conference call. "A lot of NBA players might have a court in their house or something, I don’t know, but now I just get my home workouts, [go] on the bike, treadmill, lift weights, stay sharp that way."

The hiatus is forcing thousands of athletes, pro and otherwise, to work out from home as they try to keep in shape. Equipment varies from player to player, too.

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April 2

NBA coaches waiting, wondering and planning

Orlando’s Steve Clifford figures he’s like every other NBA coach right now: Wake up, go to whatever now serves as the office, study his own team, maybe think about possible opponents, and resume planning.

Of course, nobody knows what they’re planning for -- or when these plans will get used.

A stoppage in play doesn’t mean vacation time has arrived for NBA coaches, especially those like Clifford in position to take their teams to the postseason -- assuming this pandemic-interrupted season is able to resume. They’re all spending more time at home, not able to run practices, but none seem to be sitting idly either.

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76ers step up efforts to assist during pandemic

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Philadelphia 76ers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have stepped up to help their communities in the areas of hunger relief, education and supporting the medical community with multi-million dollar commitments to organizations across the cities of Philadelphia, Camden and Newark.

“As so many around the country look to their neighbors for help, I’m proud of the Sixers for being a part of our city’s unified COVID-19 response effort.” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told NBA.com. “Their support for the most vulnerable in Philadelphia -- providing technology for children learning at home, meals to people experiencing hunger, and aid for healthcare workers on the front lines of the crisis -- is an example of not just corporate citizenship, but of brotherly love.”

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April 1

Nets players have recovered from virus

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks confirmed on Wednesday that the four Nets players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have recovered and are now symptom free. The entire Nets travel party underwent a 14-day home isolation after the team announced the positive test results on March 17.

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March 31

Chapman rasing money for coronavirus relief

Rex Chapman, who has built a massive following on Twitter with his humorous "Block or Charge" tweets, is working to mobilize his 627,000 followers to help raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.

The Rex Chapman Foundation, which normally is focused on fighting the opioid drug epidemic, has partnered with the Bluegrass Community Foundation to create the Rex Chapman Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise money to go to any non-profit organizations that are "providing support and aid to those impacted by COVID-19 nationally."

Rex Chapman discusses his popularity on social media and his fundraising campaign to help those affected by the pandemic.

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NBA 2K Players Tournament to air on ESPN

Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN.

The NBA, the players’ association and 2K announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament on Tuesday. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.

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March 30

Rescheduled Tokyo Games to open July 23, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.

Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 -- almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.

“The schedule for the games is key to preparing for the games,” Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. “This will only accelerate our progress.”

USA Basketball was widely expected to send a loaded roster of NBA talent prior to the postponement.

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ESPN to air memorable NBA Finals games

ESPN will air NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday nights during April showcasing key NBA Finals games.

The doubleheaders begin this Wednesday with two games from the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, where the Cavaliers became the first team in league history to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the title.

The final two games from Miami’s 2013 title run will air April 8. The rest of the month will feature the clinching games from the Lakers’ titles in 2009 and ’10, Boston’s 2008 championship run and the final games for Shaquille O’Neal with the Lakers and LeBron James with the Miami Heat.

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March 29

Celtics' Smart says he has been cleared of COVID-19

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been cleared of the coronavirus, he announced Sunday on Twitter.

Smart reportedly had few to no symptoms after testing positive several weeks, with Celtics coach Brad Stevens telling ESPN his player was "doing great" earlier this week. 

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March 28

Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for COVID-19

The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus.

Dolan has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.

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Ballmer Group donates $25 million for COVID-19 relief

After its $10 million donation this week to the University of Washington Medicine’s emergency response fund, a philanthropic group founded by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, says it has pledged more than $25 million thus far toward organizations working to blunt the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Ballmer Group said its latest donation toward the healthcare system in Seattle, where the Ballmers live, will be used to accelerate testing for a virus vaccine.

“Testing is the most immediate priority right now as we try to reduce community spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, UW Medicine’s chief executive. “Private philanthropy, like Connie and Steve Ballmer’s extraordinary gift, is critical to expanding testing at the speed and scale required to save lives. We are incredibly grateful for their leadership during this crisis.”

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Celtics coach adjusting to NBA's virus-imposed stoppage

Celtics coach Brad Stevens can only remember leaving his home on a few occasions over the past two weeks.

It is part of the new status quo for coaches and players across the NBA since the coronavirus pandemic sparked a rolling shutdown of professional sports across the globe. The league suspended its season March 11 after Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert became its first player to test positive for the COVID-19 strain.

It has left the 42-year-old coach, like everyone else, searching for ways to adjust to a new reality and daily routine.

For the latest news, view  2019-20 Season Updates.

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