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    Wife’s grandmother has beaten coronavirus

    Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill says his wife’s 85-year-old grandmother recently battled the coronavirus. “By the grace of God, she beat it,” Hill said. Hill has been in San Antonio during the NBA’s pandemic-imposed hiatus. Hill says he hasn’t been staying with his wife’s grandmother, although he was able to detail what she endured. Hill says his wife’s grandmother had the chills and a “really high” fever. Hill added on a conference call that she “didn’t eat for a while,” and lost her sense of smell and her sense of taste before getting better. “It just kind of gives you a sense of where life is,” Hill says. “Sometimes we…

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    ‘Last Dance’ averages 6.1M viewers for premiere episodes; WNBA draft most-watched in 16 years

    10:59 AM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. ESPN saw high viewership numbers over the past weekend despite the absence of live sports, with the premiere of the first two episodes of “The Last Dance” documentary Sunday night and the WNBA draft two days earlier. “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series about the Chicago Bulls‘ quest during the 1997-98 season to win a sixth NBA title, averaged 6.1 million viewers for Episodes 1 and 2 on Sunday across ESPN and ESPN2 from 9…

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    Warriors had ‘elephant in room’ in Kevin Durant

    As Draymond Green watched the first two parts of “The Last Dance,” the proud forward saw parallels between the end of the Chicago Bulls‘ run with Michael Jordan in the 1990s and the end of the Golden State Warriors‘ run last season with Kevin Durant. “It definitely hit close to home,” Green said on Uninterrupted’s “WRTS: After Party” show with Paul Rivera and Maverick Carter, which was posted Monday. “Ironically, our season was the 20-year anniversary of that season. And we have a very important piece of our season, who was a piece of that season, which was Steve Kerr. I think Phil [Jackson] did what was great, which is…

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    Families sue helicopter company in Kobe Bryant crash, but do not name pilot in electronic filing

    LOS ANGELES — Family members of four of the eight passengers killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have joined the NBA star’s widow in filing wrongful death lawsuits against the companies that owned and operated the aircraft. The suits on behalf of three members of one family, and a woman who helped coach Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter in basketball, were filed electronically Sunday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The pair of lawsuits comes about two months after Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, also sued Island Express Helicopters Inc., which operated the Sikorsky, and its owner, Island Express Holding Corp. 2 Related A person who answered the phone…

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    Tim Floyd — Told Jerry Reinsdorf, Jerry Krause to let Bulls ‘die a natural death’

    5:04 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN It turns out “The Last Dance” was almost about a different season. In an interview with ESPN 104.5 Baton Rouge’s Off The Bench morning show on Monday, Tim Floyd said he was flown to Seattle to talk with Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf about replacing Phil Jackson after the 1995-96 season — a year before “The Last Dance” picked up the saga of disbanding the team following the ’96-97 campaign. Then-Bulls general manager Jerry Krause’s frustrations with then-coach Phil Jackson were boiling over, and Krause wanted to start the rebuild a year early while he could get more value for players contracted through the ’97-98…

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    FIBA’s BAT issues coronavirus-related guidance for international play

    FIBA’s Basketball Arbitration Tribunal (BAT), the legal body charged with resolving labor and financial disputes among international teams, players, agents and coaches, has issued guidelines outlining its intentions for future cases affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “Given the extraordinary situation caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide greater legal certainty to the basketball community, the Guidelines have been issued by the BAT President Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas, the BAT Vice-President Raj Parker, and all BAT Arbitrators,” FIBA said in a statement posted to its website. “They are intended to provide … guidance in proceedings and help facilitate amicable settlements.” In March, when most leagues decided to…

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    ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary – Big takeaways from Episodes 1 and 2

    ESPN’s 10-part documentary series “The Last Dance,” which chronicles Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, premiered on Sunday with Episodes 1 and 2. Jordan and the Bulls allowed NBA Entertainment to follow them throughout the season and document their final championship together. The series features never-before-seen footage, as well as interviews with more than 100 people close to the team. Here’s what you need to know from the first two episodes, which covered the rise of the dynasty along with the disintegrating relationship between the team and the front office. MORE: Replay Episodes 1 and 2 ESPN’s NBA experts on ‘The Last Dance’ Our team weighs in with their…

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    Five NBA things I like and don’t like, including Devin Booker showing skills like Chris Paul

    With “The Last Dance” debuting in 48 hours (!!!), let’s lead off this edition of 5 Things with some Chicago Bulls talk. 1. The Bulls’ biggest issue Chicago’s decision to move on from Jimmy Butler when he was not even 28 stands as one of the bolder, maybe even dangerous, franchise pivots of the last decade-plus. The Bulls could have continued with Butler — then and perhaps still a borderline top-10 player — Nikola Mirotic, cap room in one or both of 2017 and 2018, and all their own draft picks. (Superior roster management before then would have made that path not taken even more attractive.) Instead, they bailed out,…

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    How Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls built their last title team

    The 1997-98 Chicago Bulls are one of the most famous and popular teams in NBA history. Led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls became a worldwide phenomenon. The last run for that Bulls squad is captured in “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series debuting Sunday (9 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App). How did one of the greatest dynasties of all time come together? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the transactions and machinations that assembled all of the pieces for the Bulls’ sixth championship. More: Everything to know before watching “The Last Dance” The mainstays The details:…

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    ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary – How to watch ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 1 and 2

    ESPN’s 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance,” which chronicles Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET with Episodes 1 and 2. Jordan and the Bulls allowed NBA Entertainment to follow them throughout the season and document their final championship together. The series will feature never-before-seen footage, as well as interviews with more than 100 people close to the team. All 10 episodes will air on ESPN and the ESPN App in the U.S. and can be streamed outside the U.S. on Netflix. Schedule: Episodes 1 and 2 Sunday, April 19 Censored versions of each episode will air on ESPN2 and the ESPN App at the…