2019-20 NBA Season Updates | April 11-30 Archive

News, reactions and more from the NBA community

From NBA.com Staff

Apr 10, 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 April 11-30.

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 30

Heat's Haslem thanks his lifesavers for saving lives

Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem delivered food Wednesday to Memorial Hospital West in South Florida -- the same hospital that helped save his life.

Making the appearance on behalf of his Udonis Haslem Children's Foundation, Haslem said he chose to treat the staff at the location because of the treatment he received at the facility for a blood clot in 2010.

"Everybody knows that I had a run in with blood clots years ago, could have lost my life," said Haslem while remaining socially distanced. "I’ll be back without a mask and without gloves when this is all over to shake everybody’s hand."

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Dr. Murthy on fighting loneliness during pandemic

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke with NBA.com about the importance of recognizing loneliness during the current COVID-19 pandemic and ways to strengthen human connection even during a time of social distancing.

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Pistons, Nets owners team up to deliver relief materials

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores announced today that the Pistons organization has teamed up with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai to deliver 350,000 KN95 masks and 100,000 medical goggles to the City of Detroit to help with the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  The masks and goggles, donated by the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, will be distributed to COVID-19 testing centers and homeless shelters, and to frontline workers in the city’s transportation and police departments.

Both owners have been very active in supporting COVID-19 relief efforts, procuring PPE and other critical supplies. The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation has made donations of PPE and ventilators to hospitals in New York, New Jersey and California. Mr. Gores recently purchased and delivered 100,000 surgical-grade masks for the City of Detroit to support first responders and city workers, among several other initiatives.  

"We are grateful for Joe and Clara’s commitment to Detroit and proud to be their partner in bringing additional medical supplies to our community," said Mr. Gores. "The NBA family continues stepping up in the fight against COVID-19."

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April 29

NBA Together: Jerry West joins Ernie Johnson

Hall of Famer Jerry West discusses this NBA season, 'The Last Dance' docu-series, COVID-19 and more.

 
Jerry West touches on the 'awkward time' without basketball right now.

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LeBron to honor high school class of 2020

LeBron James is putting together an all-star event to honor and celebrate the high school class of 2020, which has had its graduation season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute and The Entertainment Industry Foundation on Wednesday announced that the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT. The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year and will include appearances by James, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, Yara Shahidi, Ben Platt, Lena Waithe and H.E.R.

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LaVine surprises hero battling COVID-19

It's easy to look at our favorite athletes as supernatural in their talents and abilities.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic halted the sports world, the true superheroes of our society emerged: front-line, essential healthcare workers and first responders, who dedicate themselves each day to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and keep us all safe.

Zach LaVine of the Bulls surprised one of those heroes, Holly Rasche, Director of Security Management Services at Northwest Community Hospital, with a message of gratitude for all of her hard work in a time when many are greatly in need. 

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April 27

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Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program

The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted.

The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, a part of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion stimulus package. The Lakers’ request was granted in the first round of distribution, but after the fund ran out of money in less than two weeks, the team returned its loan, as did several wealthier business including Shake Shack and AutoNation.

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April 24

NBA ref Bill Kennedy delivers 100 meals to frontline workers

NBA referee Bill Kennedy combined his love for Carrabba's and wanting to make a difference to show support for those in his hometown of Phoenix on the frontlines during this coronavirus pandemic.

Kennedy partnered with the Italian restaurant and NBA to donate 100 meals catered by Carrabba's in Peoria to night shift employees Thursday night at Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale.

“Just sitting here in my house being quarantined as we are here in Phoenix and not being able to do much, I’m talking to the walls and the walls are beginning to answer back and so it’s just something I want to be able to get out and do something,” Kennedy said. “So this what I saw was an opportunity to give back and show support for those frontliners and to have them appreciated for what they do and putting themselves in harms way night in and night out.”

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Wall honors late mother with donations to D.C. and NC hospitals

John Wall, in conjunction with the John Wall Family Foundation, surprised doctors and nurses at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. with a donation of 2,300 N95 masks to aid their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Wall also partnered with Chick-Fil-A to provide approximately 600 meals for front line workers and first responders at each location.

Both locations hold a special place in Wall’s heart. Wall lost his mother, Frances Pulley, to breast cancer in December. In the months leading up to her passing, Pulley received the majority of her medical care from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and spent her final days at UNC Rex Hospital in Wall’s hometown of Raleigh.

The donations of masks and meals at both locations were made in Ms. Pulley’s name.

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NBA Together: Myles Turner discusses COVID-19

Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner discusses his father's full recovery from the coronavirus and leads a yoga class via Instagram Live.

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Richardson lends support to Philadelphia food bank

Josh Richardson of the Philadelphia 76ers and Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled food logistics, have partnered in an effort to bring meals to the greater Philadelphia area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In support of Lineage’s international “Share a Meal” campaign, Lineage Logistics and Josh Richardson announced a donation through Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, to support the local efforts of Philadelphia based food bank, Philabundance. Philabundance is the area’s largest hunger relief organization, with a mission to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger for good. Working with a network of over 350 agencies such as food pantries, shelters, schools and more, Philabundance serves over 90,000 people a week who are at risk of hunger.

“I am blessed to be able to provide support during this unprecedented time,” said Josh Richardson. "The City of Philadelphia, the people and the community have welcomed me with open arms and I will continue to do whatever I can to help as we get through this together.”

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April 23

Phoenix Suns Charities Donates $25,000 to "Food Fight" Hunger Relief Efforts

Phoenix Suns Charities contributed $25,000 to support FOOD FIGHT, a 1-2 punch combined effort between downtown Phoenix restaurant/venue The DUCE and local non-profit WASTE NOT. Their mission is to deliver comfort food via Waste Not's team of dedicated volunteer drivers to thousands of local families who've suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves on the ropes. With the capacity of cooking up to a thousand meals a each day, they’ll feed thousands of hungry families across the vValley.

“Since the NBA season was postponed, our efforts organization-wide have been focused on working with our partners to assist the most vulnerable in our community,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver.  “We are proud to support the Duce and Waste Not’s efforts to help those struggling with hunger and encourage others to do the same.  Getting through these challenging times together requires teamwork and we will continue to identify where support is needed most.”

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April 22

NBA Together: Ernie Johnson chats with Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shares his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, whether this season will continue and discusses some points from the first two episodes of the Chicago Bulls' docu-series 'The Last Dance,' including the testy practice that would forever change his relationship with Michael Jordan.

 
Steve Kerr shares with Ernie Johnson his thoughts on a variety of topics.

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Smart's foundation to help frontline workers

Celtics guard Marcus Smart, on behalf of his YounGameChanger Foundation, is collaborating with several local restaurants to provide over 425 meals to frontline workers across various hospitals throughout New England.

The meals, which are being prepared and delivered by Prepped Gainz of Everett, MA, Arya Trattoria of Boston’s North End, Tallulah’s Taqueria and Nicks on Broadway in Providence, RI, and Scratch Kitchen of Newport, RI, will provide health-conscious meals to frontline workers at Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Floating Children’s Hospital, and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

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Biyombo discusses COVID-19 relief in his home country

Charlotte Hornets forward Bismack Biyombo talks about his donations to coronavirus relief and the work he's doing in his home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Gores, Tellem and Pistons make $250K donation to Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

Inspired by the efforts of health care workers in metro Detroit and around the world, Tom Gores, Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons are making an initial donation of $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan’s COVID-19 health fund. Funds will be used to help address urgent health-related needs in the community.

The video also serves as a public service announcement encouraging residents to abide by the State of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

Gores and the Pistons organization have rallied support for multiple COVID-19 relief efforts recently: Last week Gores purchased and delivered 100,000 surgical-grade masks for the City of Detroit to support first responders and city workers; the organization is made the newly constructed Performance Center downtown available to health officials for crisis response activities, if needed; in partnership with Wayne County and corporate partners, the organization made a $370,000 funding grant to Forgotten Harvest; the Pistons are helping the City of Detroit communicate important messages to residents through a series of Public Service Announcements featuring popular players from the past and present; and created a centralized repository of COVID-19 resources accessible on the team’s web site.

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April 21

Lakers, Clippers, Sparks help create 'TEAMS FOR LA' to benefit Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during his daily COVID-19 press briefing from City Hall that AEG, the LA Clippers, LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Sparks and Rank + Rally have joined forces to launch the TEAMS FOR LA ONLINE SALE to sell logoed team merchandise, as well as classic merchandise from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the GRAMMY Awards, to benefit the Mayor’s L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.  Proceeds from the website, www.teamlastore.com, that launched today, support critical needs as they arise in the city – such as childcare and meals for the neediest, relief and counseling for frontline healthcare workers, critical healthcare equipment, and services for L.A.'s homeless population.
  
In addition to the 30,000+ items offered at discounted prices, fans can also send gear through the site directly to local shelters and non-profits for those that need it most. All financial contributions will be donated directly to the Mayor’s Fund.
 
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Orlando Magic owners donate $50,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

The Magic and locally-owned and operated Papa John's in Central Florida have teamed up to aid food insecure children and families by supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The DeVos family, owners of the Magic, will contribute $50,000 and the Magic's longtime partner, Papa John's, will donate 25 percent of each online order they receive from April 21-May 20 when fans apply the promo code MAGICGIVE at PapaJohns.com to assist Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
 
"As we all work through this unprecedented moment in history, the DeVos family and the Orlando Magic will continue to be there for our community in this great time of need and compassion," said Magic CEO Alex Martins. "We are honored to have an amazing partner like Papa John's who join us in our quest to eliminate hunger in our community. This has been a focus for us over the years, and now more than ever this remains a priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we assist those most vulnerable, and, as always, we know Central Florida will continue to rise to the challenge."

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April 20

Kings' Barnes helping to feed vulnerable families, seniors

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany, are donating $40,000 to fund weekly groceries for vulnerable families and seniors for the next month. The Barnes donation will provide weekly family meals, coordinated in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, the Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC) and the seven BCLC community partner organizations working to prevent and reduce disproportionate African American child deaths in Sacramento. Food is given to families identified by community organizations across Sacramento County. Each box contains non-perishable foods such as pasta, rice and canned goods as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Additionally, Barnes and his wife will donate Dutch Bros coffee and pastries to physicians and staff working on the front lines in the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. These donations are in addition to the more than 1,250 meals donated to families and children in need during the month of April by Barnes and his fellow teammates Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes and Cory Joseph.

“Food accessibility is a health crisis that has always affected underserved communities. This pandemic has really magnified the issue - so we knew this was an area we wanted to focus our efforts,” Barnes said of he and his wife’s community efforts amidst COVID-19.

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April 19

Former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut unsure about playing future

After 15 years in professional basketball, Andrew Bogut is close to making a decision on when to end his career. The new coronavirus and subsequent postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo isn’t making it any easier.

The 35-year-old Bogut, a 2005 No. 1 draft pick by Milwaukee and who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, was planning to retire after playing for Australia at the Tokyo Games in three months. Those games have been delayed until July 2021.

But Bogut, who has played for Sydney in the National Basketball League the past two seasons, isn’t sure he can take the training and discipline needed to go another year.

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April 18

Pistons say Sekou Doumbouya back in France to be closer to family

The Detroit Pistons confirmed Saturday that rookie Sekou Doumbouya is back in France while NBA play is on hold because of the coronavirus crisis.

The league recommended players avoid non-essential travel, but players -- in concert with their team -- could choose to go to another city and stay there. International travel could lead to logistical concerns if play resumes and a player faces hurdles returning to the U.S.

A Pistons spokesman said the team is aware that the 19-year-old Doumbouya is in France, and that he left to be closer to family during this pandemic.

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April 17

NBA, NBPA reach deal on pay reduction

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have reached agreement on the method for reducing player compensation in the event of a permanent cancellation of 2019-20 regular season or playoff games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through this agreement, and in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule, partial reductions of 25% will begin with the players’ twice-a-month payment due on May 15. 

The CBA stipulates that the compensation of all NBA roster players shall be reduced in the event of a “force majeure” event, such as an epidemic or government order, in accordance with a formula based on the number of games missed.

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NBA, WNBA to sell face coverings, donate funds

The National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Fanatics, which operates e-commerce for both leagues, today announced that all league proceeds from the sales of new cloth face coverings featuring NBA and WNBA team and league logos will benefit Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada.  The product launch follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation that cloth face coverings be worn in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The face coverings, manufactured by FOCO and Industry Rag, will be available on NBAStore.com and WNBAStore.com and feature league logos as well as designs for all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA teams.

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April 16

'So many questions'

Assuming the NBA season resumes, Reggie Miller envisions a handful of physical and mental challenges for the players, some who haven't picked up a basketball since play was stopped on March 12.

 
Reggie Miller has a feeling a number of players are itching to get back on the court.

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LeBron staying ready while focusing on his family

Last week, some of us reporters that cover the Lakers had a chance to speak with LeBron James on Zoom. Going into the chat, one thing I was curious about was how he thought the hiatus was impacting his body, and what he was able to do to try and stay in shape.

That was on my mind when considering the impact of this now month-long, and counting, layoff. Is it possible it’s a good thing for him to be getting rest on his legs? Or does that just disrupt the physical rhythm he’d been building that would be harder to get back?

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April 15

Ernie Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discuss coronavirus

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins Ernie Johnson to talk about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his life. Civic leader Marc Morial also joins the show to discuss the National Urban League teaming up with the NBA to support health and economic equity in communities of color.

 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explains why the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting communities of color.

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Joseph donates face shields to Toronto hospital workers

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph and his family are donating face shields through Operation Canadian Shield to help protect thousands of frontline workers in hospitals providing care for COVID-19 patients in his native city of Toronto, Ontario. Joseph and family have teamed up with fellow Canadian and Kings chief of staff and assistant coach Roy Rana, Frontier, Sunnybrook Foundation and University Health Network to coordinate this effort.

“It is heartbreaking to witness the effects of this pandemic around the world, so I wanted to do my part to help where I grew up,” said Joseph. “The courageous work of the hospital community is admirable, and it is important to help protect them. I look forward to providing support in Toronto along with upcoming community efforts throughout Canada and Sacramento as we fight this virus together.”

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Collins joins Sharecare's 'Shots for Heroes' initiative

Atlanta Hawks star and Sharecare ambassador John Collins and the Hawks Foundation have donated to Sharecare’s “Shots for Heroes” initiative, which is providing immunity-boosting juice shots to local healthcare workers and first responders battling COVID-19 in Atlanta.

Sharecare teamed up with Kale Me Crazy to deliver two of its super juice shots – The Wellness Shot (ginger, oil of oregano, garlic extract, turmeric, cayenne, lemon) and The Painkiller (ginger, lime, turmeric, raw honey) – directly to those heroes to boost both their immune systems and their spirits.

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Clifford continues Magic's aid to those impacted by coronavirus

Magic coach Steve Clifford recently made a monetary donation to the Heart of Florida United Way for their fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted by the coronavirus, reports John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. The focus of the fund is to support the A.L.I.C.E. (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population who are experiencing hardships due to decreased hours or unpaid leave.

“Our organization’s thoughts are with everyone impacted during this unprecedented time,’’ Clifford said.

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April 14

Popovich gives pep talk to San Antonio Food Bank

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made a much-needed call to encourage the staff of the San Antonio Food Bank just days after it fed a staggering 10,000 households in a single distribution in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Per the San Antonio Express-News, the event left workers "exhausted" and the Bank, which is seeking millions in aide from the Texas state government, in serious need of donations.

"It was pretty sweet, pretty special," Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper told the newspaper. "He said, ‘We are just entertainers playing a sport that doesn’t mean much, but you guys are serving the community. Our staff and volunteers really appreciated it."

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Westbrook donates 650 laptops to Houston schools

Rockets guard Russell Westbrook is doing his part to ensure students in the Houston area can continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic. Westbrook and his Why Not? Foundation partnered with local non-profit Comp-U-Dopt to donate 650 laptops to students.

The gesture, which was announced by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, is meant to help close the digital divide and allow students to access their classwork from home.

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April 13

Pistons owner Gores buys 100,000 PPE masks for city of Detroit

Pistons owner Tom Gores and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday that Gores purchased 100,000 PPE masks for deployment and use by the City of Detroit. 

The surgical-grade masks will be provided to Detroit police officers, firefighters, bus drivers and other city workers serving the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“First responders and city workers are on the front line of this crisis and they need our support now more than ever,” said Gores. “I’m proud of the way people are coming together.”

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Mother of Wolves' Towns dies due to COVID-19

The mother of Karl-Anthony Towns -- Jacqueline Towns -- passed away on Monday due to complications from COVID-19, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced in a statement from a Towns family spokesperson.

"The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19," the statement reads. "Jackie, as she was affectionately known among family and friends, had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed on April 13th."


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