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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Aggravates Plantar Fasciitis

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Just when it seemed like this rebuilding of season of “process” and “growth” couldn’t get any more trying, the Trail Blazers encountered perhaps their most ominous moment of the season Sunday in Miami.

After allowing a more battled-tested team to steal another winnable game away from them, this was the scene in the Blazers’ locker room afterward: All-Star Damian Lillard limped around in noticeable pain with a bout of plantar fasciitis in his left heel.

The Blazers’ best and most reliable player had been dealing with pain heading into Sunday’s game and he aggravated the ailment in the third quarter against the Heat.

Source: Joe Freeman of The Oregonian

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Sources: NBA ‘angling’ to Cancel Rest of 2020 Season

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The NBA suspended its season mid-March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. A timetable to return isn’t clear as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its rapid spread throughout the United States and the world.

On that note, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst provided the latest thinking inside the league, citing increased pessimism the NBA can resume the 2019-20 campaign:

“The talks between the players union and the league this week, I’ve talked to both sides of this issue, and it is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down.

“Now they don’t have to do that yet, and the way they’re negotiating they’re leaving themselves an option either way, but they’re not having talks about how to restart the league, they’re having financial talks about what would happen if the season shuts down, and I think there is a significant amount of pessimism right now.”

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN via Bleacher Report

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Sources: Bulls Begin Search to Hire New Lead Executive

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The Chicago Bulls have embarked on a formal search process to hire a new top executive with full authority on basketball decisions, sources told ESPN.

Among the Bulls’ initial plans will be to seek permission to interview Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Toronto GM Bobby Webster, among other candidates, sources told ESPN.

Chicago ownership has discussed the plan with executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson and GM Gar Forman, sources said. Paxson is likely to continue in an advisory role with the franchise; there are expected to be more ownership conversations with Forman about his future, too, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball @Hoophall Class of 2020, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Formal announcements will be made on Saturday.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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