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Pistons aim to manage Blake Griffin’s workload better this season, but won’t make any promises

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If the Detroit Pistons want to make any noise in the playoffs, they are going to need their star forward Blake Griffin’s body to be intact.

Despite a good start in 2018/19, the Pistons barely survived a collapse and essentially crawled into the post-season. As expected, they ended up getting swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in embarrassing fashion. Pistons head coach Dwane Casey hopes the situation doesn’t repeat itself again this season.

“I’ve said too many times, being from Kentucky, we rode him like a cheap horse last year,” said Casey earlier this week.

“If we didn’t, I don’t think we would have made the playoffs, because he was that special to us, but again, with addition of some other talented guys on our team, hopefully we don’t have to use him as much. I’m not going to put that in concrete, but I have to be smarter as far as the usage, because he takes a beating.”

The 30-year old is coming off one the best seasons of his career, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games. However, issues with his left knee kept him out of the final six games of the regular season, and the first two playoff games.

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Toronto is reportedly a viable option to host NBA games

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The city of Toronto could be welcoming more than the NHL when professional sports finally make their return.

According to Yahoo! Sports insider Chris Haynes, Toronto is among the cities being discussed as a possible ‘hub location’ to host NBA games whenever the league finally decides to resume. It was mentioned during a conference call involving NBA commissioner Adam Silver

“(Silver) mentioned Toronto in that conference call, too,” Haynes told Sportsnet earlier this week.

“He said Toronto is an option, but he would like to keep the season in the States. But he said he’s not ruling out Toronto.”

Despite all of this, Toronto basketball fans should keep their expectations in check. Orlando and Las Vegas are apparently the two most likely cities that will host games when the league returns to action.

More to come.


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Tony Parker aspires to one day own an NBA team

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A San Antonio Spurs legend is looking to get back into the league, but not as a player.

The former NBA All-Star spoke with ESPN the other day, and went into detail about his future plans.

The 37-year old – who is already an esports investor, and co-owns women’s soccer club Seattle Reign FC – is looking to add something bigger to his resume.

“It’s a strong possibility. Right now, we have different objectives and goals. But in five to 10 years … I am the type of person who always dreams big” said Parker when asked about the possibility of owning an NBA team.

He has been in discussions about the idea with Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Ligue-1 soccer club Lyon.

Parker averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists over a span of 18 NBA seasons from 2001-2019.

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NBA reportedly telling teams not to test asymptomatic players, staff when league returns

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It’s feeling more and more likely the NBA will return sometime this summer. But will the league be ready to protect it’s players and employees?

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has told teams not to test players and members of their organization that are not showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

“Once the NBA shared its guidelines with teams on protocols for bringing players into the facility for workouts, it prohibited the use of tests on players unless they were showing Covid-19 symptoms,” reports Wojnarowski.

“For the time being, it is not appropriate in the current public health environment to regularly test all players and staff for the coronavirus” 

The league’s stance on this is they don’t want to take too many test kits away from people in the general public who are in desperate need of being tested.

It is not yet known when the league will restart, or which locations will be used for venues.


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