A new NBA season is almost here, and it's shaping up to be as wide open as ever. Here's everything you need to know before Tuesday's tip-off.
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Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
The NBA has far and away the largest Western sports presence in China, but it's hardly alone. Virtually every professional sports entity has worked to establish a foothold there, wooed by the country's population and exploding economy.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Russell Westbrook will be fine after the guard aggravated a finger injury Friday in Miami.
China is refuting NBA commissioner Adam Silver's claim that it demanded the firing of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is already dealing with "fairly dramatic" financial consequences from Rockets GM Daryl Morey's support of Hong Kong's anti-government protesters.
Bomani dishes on LeBron's comments regarding China and Daryl Morey (0:36), why the Panthers need to figure out if Cam Newton still has it before they turn the page (20:38) as well as why Baker Mayfield's "act" doesn't work when he is on the losing end (29:04). Plus, an IYHH with fish that can breathe on land (35:23) and a music AMA (43:22).
Rockets swingman Gerald Green likely needs season-ending surgery for a Lisfranc injury.
During a meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, several players from the Nets and Lakers voiced frustration about being in the middle of the dispute between the league and China, sources told ESPN.
Rockets reserve Gerald Green has a broken foot and will miss extended time, sources told ESPN.
The NBA issued a statement saying it has apologized to a reporter who was stopped from asking James Harden and Russell Westbrook about the recent China controversy.