Hickory Daily Record: Heat to use COVID-19-sniffing dogs to screen fans at games

Hickory Daily Record: Heat to use COVID-19-sniffing dogs to screen fans at games. “The Miami Heat are bringing back some fans, with help from some dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests — mostly friends and family of players and staff.”

Washington Post: A farewell to the NBA bubble after three grueling and exhilarating months

Washington Post: A farewell to the NBA bubble after three grueling and exhilarating months. “The bubble opened with an overwhelming rush of media interest that mostly consisted of morbid curiosity and rubbernecking. I did countless interviews about my seven-day quarantine inside a hotel room, and everyone asked about what would happen if someone got sick or died. Once it became clear that the NBA’s stringent health protocols were working, the ambulance chasers moved on. Now, physical and mental exhaustion reign, and it has become clear that the bubble was meant for die-hards.”

ESPN: Inside the NBA bubble’s unofficial wine club

ESPN: Inside the NBA bubble’s unofficial wine club. “IN THE DAYS leading up to the NBA’s Florida reboot, New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick contemplated what provisions to bring for a stay in the Orlando bubble that would last at least five weeks. He initially focused only on the necessities and packed light. Then on July 8, once he arrived with the Pelicans at their appointed hotel, the Yacht Club, Redick gauged his room and hotel amenities. One of his first efforts was to examine the wine list.”

CNN: Covering the weirdest basketball season ever from inside the NBA bubble

CNN: Covering the weirdest basketball season ever from inside the NBA bubble. “Shortly before Joe Vardon started covering last year’s NBA playoffs, the sports journalist took his family to Walt Disney World. Now, more than a year later, Vardon is back in Orlando, Florida — staying at the same Disney (DIS) hotel, in fact — but it’s a whole new world. Everyone is wearing masks. There are temperature checks at the entrances. And oh yes, there’s a deadly pandemic tearing across Florida, one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots.”

Los Angeles Times: Shotgunning and social justice: Twitter account highlights life in NBA bubble

Los Angeles Times: Shotgunning and social justice: Twitter account highlights life in NBA bubble. “The basketball world was treated to a video of New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick shotgunning a beer while inside the NBA bubble because of a dare on a tweet. Drew Ruiz, 29, was the man behind the tweet on the account @NBABubbleLife. He is one-fourth of a ‘Wealth’ group chat, the name serving as an inside joke between friends.” There’s one for the WNBA too.

CNET: The NBA is coming back: Dates, locations, who’s sitting out and how to watch basketball’s 2020 return

CNET: The NBA is coming back: Dates, locations, who’s sitting out and how to watch basketball’s 2020 return. “After the coronavirus shut down the NBA season along with everything else, basketball is finally set to return on July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Negotiations between the league and the NBA Players Association resulted in a new deal that will allow play to resume after a hiatus of nearly five months, but the final pro basketball games of 2020 will be unlike any previous year.”

NPR: Need A Polling Place With Social Distancing? 3 NBA Teams Offer Venues

NPR: Need A Polling Place With Social Distancing? 3 NBA Teams Offer Venues. “Teams in the National Basketball Association, the American pro sports league long most vocal on social justice issues, are stepping up their civic participation, as three have now volunteered their facilities to serve as voting sites amid the pandemic. The development comes as local election officials, especially those in major metropolitan areas, frantically search for places that are centrally located and big enough to allow voters to social distance while waiting in line and casting their ballots.”

NBC South Florida: Second Miami Heat Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Cancelling Team Workouts

NBC South Florida: Second Miami Heat Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Cancelling Team Workouts. “The Miami Heat has confirmed to NBC 6 that a second Heat player has tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in a cancellation of individual team member workouts at American Airlines Arena. At the end of last month, it was revealed that Derrick Jones Jr. had tested positive for the virus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for July’s resumption of the season.”

Vox: The NBA might be returning this summer — in Disney World

Vox: The NBA might be returning this summer — in Disney World. “The NBA — among the first professional sports leagues in the US to suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic — is looking to relaunch its season in late July at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, according to a statement from Mike Bass, the league’s chief communications officer.”

CBS Sports: NBA 2K Players Tournament bracket: How to watch online, live stream, TV channel, start times, dates, results

CBS Sports: NBA 2K Players Tournament bracket: How to watch online, live stream, TV channel, start times, dates, results. “The tournament will be played on the Xbox One console and the winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and receive a $100,000 charity donation in their name to support coronavirus relief efforts. The seeding is determined by the player’s 2K rating and tenure. The first slate of games tipped off Friday night with No. 1 overall seed Kevin Durant losing to 16-seeded Derrick Jones Jr., while third-seed Hassan Whiteside lost to No. 14 Patrick Beverley.”

Sports Illustrated: How NBA Stars Are Using Social Media to Educate About the Coronavirus

Sports Illustrated: How NBA Stars Are Using Social Media to Educate About the Coronavirus. “In the days immediately following the NBA’s indefinite suspension of play, the league’s social media feeds reflected a new normal. Gone were clips of Lakers star LeBron James finishing powerful dunks and Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo going coast-to-coast after hauling in opposing misses. Instead, and in its place, were videos featuring players from different backgrounds and of varying skill-levels, all talking about the coronavirus.”