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    Nike athletes celebrate Air Max Day

    1:22 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN In the spirit of social media-focused holidays throughout the course of the year, Nike’s “Air Max Day” on Thursday saw a host of its highest-profile endorsers and sneakerheads sharing their pairs across Instagram and Twitter, honoring the original March 26, 1987, release date of the company’s first Air Max sneaker. Originally designed in the mid-1980s by Nike campus architect Tinker Hatfield, the premise of exposing the company’s decade-old Air cushioning technology became a turning point for the Swoosh. Hatfield was inspired during a trip to Paris, where he encountered the controversial Centre Georges Pompidou, a massive museum highlighted by its inside-out design, fully exposing its…

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    Fauci to Warriors’ Steph Curry

    SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the coronavirus pandemic and the possibility of being able to hold large gatherings, including sporting events, in the future. The question-and-answer session lasted almost 30 minutes and averaged close to 50,000 viewers, including former President Barack Obama, on Instagram Live. “My question is what needs to happen in terms of the numbers or what metric are you looking at to be able to then determine at mass large gatherings, sporting events, those type of things, are OK to revisit as not a threat to continue…

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    NBA’s top executives to have salaries reduced by 20%

    In the midst of a shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is reducing base salaries by 20% for about 100 of the league office’s top-earning executives around the world, sources tell ESPN. Many of the executives and officials who are impacted work in the league’s New York headquarters, including commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, sources said. These reductions will be implemented immediately and are expected to continue through the course of the coronavirus crisis, sources said. NBA spokesman Mike Bass wouldn’t confirm ESPN’s reporting but said: “These are unprecedented times and, like other companies across all industries, we need to take short-term steps to deal with…

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    LeBron James says there’s no excitement, crying or joy without fans

    Speaking extensively for the first time publicly since the NBA announced it was suspending its season as the world figures out how to combat COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James outlined some of the challenges facing the league as it hopes to get back to the court. “So what happens when a guy who is tested positive for corona and you’re out there on the floor with him and it’s a loose ball?” James said as a guest on the Road Trippin’ Podcast hosted by former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and current Lakers studio host Allie Clifton. The podcast, presented by James’…

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    Stars around globe lend support to medical world

    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James taped a message of support and gratitude for UCLA health care workers Wednesday, joining a trend of athletes finding ways to support medical staffers on the front lines of the coronavirus. Athletes from around the world, from Pete Alonso to Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Stephen Curry, are expressing direct support and putting their dollars behind medical professionals during this international health crisis. Some athletes are raising money to directly support medical professionals on the front lines of the outbreak, and others are recording videos of support, donating protective equipment to hospitals and feeding hospital staffs working overtime. 1 Related James recorded a thank-you message for…

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    What moving the Tokyo Olympics means for the NBA and Team USA

    Mar 24, 2020 Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Tim Bontemps On Tuesday, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were officially postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For USA Basketball, the postponement of the Games means the men’s and women’s national teams will have to wait another year to defend the gold medals they won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The men’s national team is coming off a seventh-place finish at the FIBA World Cup in China last year. Now it will have to wait to avenge that disappointment, although who’ll be…

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    StubHub furloughs employees, other ticket sites face challenges in wake of pandemic

    The ticketing giant StubHub has begun furloughing employees, making it the first major ticketing company to publicly admit to significant cost-cutting moves in the wake of financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Following the postponement or cancellation of hundreds of sporting events — including 448 NBA and NHL games, along with the start of the MLB season and the entirety of March Madness — the ticketing industry has been grappling with the massive financial implications of empty arenas and other live-event venues, including all spectator sports in the United States. In a statement to ESPN, StubHub said, “Given the impact of the coronavirus on the live-events industry, we have…

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    USC freshman Onyeka Okongwu opts to enter NBA draft

    USC freshman Onyeka Okongwu is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he announced Wednesday. “I am declaring for the draft, forgoing my final three years of school [and] planning on signing with an agent in the near future,” Okongwu told ESPN in a text message. Okongwu also posted a message to social media on Wednesday, thanking USC coaches and fans and saying “all good things must come to an end” and that he wants “to take the next step when the opportunity presents itself.” To my family, coaches, teammates, fans, and everyone else whose been supporting me on my journey, thank you 🖤 #21Forever #FightOn pic.twitter.com/OZndkVo3io — Onyeka Okongwu (@BigO21_) March…

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    Mother in coma after showing COVID-19 symptoms

    Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has become the latest public face of the fight against coronavirus after revealing in an emotional video late Tuesday night that his mother has been hospitalized for the last week and is dealing with health complications from what he believes to be COVID-19. Towns said his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is in a medically induced coma and had to be put on a ventilator. “I think it’s important that everyone understands the severity of what’s happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video and give you an…

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    Kenyon Martin Jr., son of longtime NBA player, declares for draft

    IMG Academy forward Kenyon Martin Jr. has declared for the 2020 NBA draft, his father, Kenyon Martin Sr., told ESPN. Martin Jr., a 6-foot-7 wing, chose a year of the post-graduate school over a Vanderbilt scholarship to prepare for the draft. In an Instagram post, he wrote that “There was a lot of hate and doubt about my journey but I feel I’ve done what was best for me and now is the time to take the next step which is to Declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I will continue to work day by day to prove to myself and…