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  • Bucks close training facility
    The Bucks have closed down their practice facility in Milwaukee after a new round of testing on Friday. 

    Advice: The facility will remain closed until the team goes to Orlando on Thursday and it will be interesting to see what players might be impacted by a positive test for COVID-19. The Bucks are one of the favorites to win an NBA title in Orlando and the odds-on favorite to win the East. Today, 3:48 pm
  • Myles Turner has been working out for 4-5 weeks
    Myles Turner said he has been able to get access to a gym and continue basketball-related activities for 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Prior to that, he built a makeshift gym in the family garage, and was running at a high school rack. Prior to the NBA shutting down, Turner was on a roll over his last eight with averages of 12.6 points, 8.6 boards, 0.8 steals, 1.4 treys and a whopping 3.9 blocks per game. With Vic Oladipo opting out there could be more shots going to Turner in Orlando. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • OG Anunoby works on offensive skills during break
    OG Anunoby spent the NBA hiatus working on his shooting, ball-handling and passing.

    Advice: Anything that boosts Anunoby's offensive versatility would be welcome, and he also spent plenty of time in the weight room, which is a common theme among players during the shutdown. Anunoby's 2019 postseason was marred by an appendectomy just prior to the first round, which he said he will "use as motivation" as the Raptors try to defend their championship against long odds. Yesterday, 9:57 am
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  • Kent Bazemore hopes to remain with Sacramento
    Kent Bazemore reiterated on Friday that he hopes to remain with the Kings beyond the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: Bazemore is an unrestricted free agent and he's coming off a rocky year in which he averaged 8.7 points on career-low 37.4% shooting. The Kings can probably keep him for a reasonable salary, in other words, and coach Luke Walton seemed pleased with Bazemore in February, saying he was "a big part of [the Kings] having a little bit of success." Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Break helped Tyler Herro feel '100 percent'
    Tyler Herro said the league's hiatus has allowed his ankle to heal "100 percent."

    Advice: Herro had already returned prior to the shutdown, but he echoes a sentiment plenty of players are saying right now -- the break allowed them to put nagging injuries behind them. "It definitely helped me just so I had more time to recover," Herro said. Miami comes into the bubble in great health, which is good for their playoff hopes but bad for Herro's DFS appeal since he'll be competing for touches with Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Goran Dragic and even Andre Iguodala. Friday, 11:54 am
  • Khris Middleton didn't touch a ball for 2-3 months
    Khris Middleton didn't touch a basketball for 2-3 months during the league's shutdown.

    Advice: Middleton said that's "definitely the longest [stretch] of his career" without handling a ball, but he was able to remain in shape by working out at home. Rust is a very real factor as teams ramp up to the season's resumption on July 30 -- players haven't forgotten how to shoot or dribble, but game-conditioning is something you can't simulate in your living room or home gym. Friday, 10:25 am
  • Darius Miller (Achilles) still iffy for Orlando
    Darius Miller (Achilles) is still "unsure" if he'll be ready to play when the Pelicans resume play in Orlando.

    Advice: Miller had surgery last August and although he's made great progress, he's been unable to play 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 due to COVID-19 restrictions. New Orleans will continue to evaluate him as they begin formal practices, and if he can't play they will be allowed to replace him on the roster. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Zach Collins (shoulder) confirms 'no limitations'
    Zach Collins said his surgically-repaired left shoulder has "no limitations ... like the surgery didn't even happen."

    Advice: Collins wasn't officially cleared for full basketball activities until mid-June, and he's had either limited or no contact work, but this is still a great update. "The shoulder feels great," he said. "I have had no reason to believe that it will hold me back from doing anything. I feel pretty normal on the court like the surgery didn’t even happen, so I’m ready to go." Collins is expected to start alongside Jusuf Nurkic when the season resumes -- coach Terry Stotts didn't rule out a Nurk/Hassan Whiteside frontcourt, but then suggested that was just "to give [reporters] something to talk about." Friday, 9:37 am
  • Josh Hart: Zion Williamson's shot looks 'better'
    Pelicans teammate Josh Hart said Zion Williamson's "shot looks better than it has in a while."

    Advice: "I think body-wise, he looks amazing," Hart added, echoing the thoughts of anyone who saw a recent photo of a facemask-wearing Zion looking shredded in the gym (see article below). Williamson said he was on the court "every day" during the shutdown, working out with his father-in-law, and said he's "in good shape right now." New Orleans will need him in peak form to emerge from a tight pack of teams vying for the No. 8 seed (the Pelicans are currently 3.5 games behind Memphis). Friday, 7:50 am
  • Gordon Hayward will leave bubble for child's birth
    Gordon Hayward said he'll leave the bubble in Orlando when his wife, whose due date is in September, goes into labor.

    Advice: September would be the midst of the playoffs, so Boston may need to navigate the loss of a key player at a less-than-ideal moment. "That's a pretty easy decision for me," Hayward said. "I've been there for the birth of all my children." Most players who leave the bubble will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days upon re-entry, but players with permission (which Hayward will have) may quarantine for as few as four days. Friday, 7:43 am
  • Luka Doncic says he's in good shape
    Luka Doncic said he feels he's "in good shape."

    Advice: Last month, Doncic's trainer had said that Doncic wasn't quite ready, but he had later corrected his comments because they may have been taken out of context. During his time in Slovenia, Doncic said he mostly played tennis and soccer and lifted weights to stay in shape. He was ridiculously hot back when the 2019-20 season started in October, so maybe he starts out hot again in Orlando. Thursday, 6:29 pm
  • Muscle Watch: The Marvin Bagley Edition
    Marvin Bagley (left foot) said he added 10 pounds of muscle with the expectation that he'll be playing more center.

    Advice: One day after coach Luke Walton said Bagley is ready to play in Orlando, Bagley confirmed he's 100% and said he can't even remember the last time he had discomfort in his foot. When Bagley returned in January, he didn't get any of his 122 minutes with Richaun Holmes, so it sounds like that's the plan again. Considering how Bagley played just 13 games, his minutes will likely be in the low 20s when the Kings get back on the court. Thursday, 1:03 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he's '100 percent healthy'
    Anthony Davis said the NBA's shutdown has allowed him to get "100 percent healthy."

    Advice: Davis had a minor left elbow injury on March 11 when the season halted. Prior to that he had a sore right knee, a bruised right calf, a sprained right finger, and a sore right shoulder that plagued him for months. He said the break helped all of those minor issues to heal completely -- hopefully that means the Lakers won't list him as 'probable' for every single game in Orlando, as they have all year. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Zach Collins 'likely' to start alongside Nurkic
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that both Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins "will likely start" when the season resumes.

    Advice: Nurkic is returning from a bad leg injury, and Collins is back from left shoulder surgery. Both guys reportedly look "great," according to Damian Lillard, and their success will be crucial for the Blazers to pull off a run into the postseason. It remains to be seen who starts at SF in this lineup, but Stotts suggested it's a two-man race between Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Michael Porter Jr. could earn postseason minutes
    Nuggets coach said Michael Porter Jr. has "a good chance ... to play in these playoffs."

    Advice: “Mike has got all the talent in the world," Malone said. "I look forward to seeing how he’ll handle [postseason minutes] with this being his first time going through it." Porter Jr. was trending up in January, but fell off after the break with 5.2 points on 42.6% shooting in just 12.7 minutes per game. The Nuggets have depth at every position, so it could be hard for MPJ to earn more than a handful of minutes. Thursday, 10:11 am
  • Lillard expects Carmelo Anthony to start at SF
    Damian Lillard said he expects Carmelo Anthony to start at SF when the season resumes in Orlando.

    Advice: Trevor Ariza isn't going to play in Orlando, and the Blazers' frontcourt is suddenly busy with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins joining Hassan Whiteside. That opens the door for Melo to suit up as the starting three, though whether he can handle the position defensively is an open question. Blazers coach Terry Stotts mentioned Melo and Gary Trent Jr. as options to start, so this likely won't be decided until the Blazers start practicing in Orlando. Thursday, 7:32 am
  • Walton: Marvin Bagley is ready to play
    Coach Luke Walton said Marvin Bagley (left foot) is ready to play.

    Advice: Walton added it’s “way too early” to think about Bagley’s role, and he’s happy he’s healthy and that will be looked at in Orlando. Bagley's second season has been filled with injuries, and he's been out since January with this sprained foot issue. This news is a mild surprise after it was previously reported that Bagley may not be out there. If he can go, he'll likely get most of his minutes at the five, which could cut into Richaun Holmes' playing time. He should play at least some four, so Nemanja Bjelica may lose minutes, as well. Wednesday, 12:49 pm
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