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Jordan Clarkson a regular at Kobe's Mamba Academy in NBA offseason
Author: Homer D. Sayson
CHICAGO - After their 2018-19 season ended last April 9, the Cleveland Cavaliers had until this September 30 to report for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
That's 174 days of free time.
No practices. No team meetings. No flights to and from 26 NBA cities.
Nothing, except maybe a whole lot of Netflix.
Even on hiatus, however, players are prohibited from risky activities identified in a standard NBA contract, which includes "boxing, professional wrestling, motorcycling, moped-riding, auto-racing, sky-diving and hand-gliding."
Outside of those restrictions, they're in for anything.
The sudden surge of free time after months of so little downtime is a scary thought for team owners, executives and coaches because the average age of an NBA player is 26. These kids don't just eat, love and pray when they have six months to burn. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
NBA players you can expect to see in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Staff
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will bring a record 32 countries together in China to compete for the title of world champion.
The United States have won the past two tournaments (2010, 2014) and are among the favorites to win it again this summer. But they aren't the only country with high expectations and NBA talent.
Before the action tips off with group play on Aug. 31, check out the list below of every current NBA player who plans to compete in the global tournament. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
The Rookie Curve: Can Darius Garland Make It Work Next to Collin Sexton?
Author: Jonathan Tjarks
Publication: The Ringer
The summer is a time to dream big about newly drafted rookies. But paths to NBA stardom are never linear, and every rookie has a unique set of roadblocks to overcome before they can capitalize on their potential. Over the next few weeks, Jonathan Tjarks will be examining some of the 2019 draft’s top talents and how their team’s situation will affect their freshman season. Welcome to the Rookie Curve.
The Cavaliers have a type in the backcourt. Both Darius Garland, the no. 5 pick in the 2019 draft, and Collin Sexton, the no. 8 pick in 2018, are undersized, score-first guards with shaky defensive chops. Both will undergo an adjustment process next season as they learn how to play next to another player with so many of the same strengths and weaknesses. And though Cleveland, still at the beginning of a long rebuild, doesn’t need them to click right away, it will need one of the two to diversify his game for the Cavs’ new backcourt of the future to work in the long run.
Garland comes into the NBA without much of a track record. He has a thin résumé even by the standards of one-and-done players: He played four full games for Vanderbilt last season before being shut down with a torn meniscus. While it’s hard to take away much from such a small sample size, his NCAA stats are strikingly similar to Sexton’s as an NBA rookie: - CLICK HERE to read full story.
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