The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive. ''I'm very concerned if we can pull this off,'' Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.
The eight-month, pandemic-induced layoff deprived the Cavaliers of valuable games and drained coach J.B. Bickerstaff of some competitive juices. ''I'm ashamed to say it, but I found myself at 8-year-old and 9-year-old girls' soccer games yelling at referees,'' Bickerstaff said on a Zoom call as the Cavs opened training camp Tuesday. Bickerstaff can finally relax - a little.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant explains how he is feeling coming off of his Achillies injury, what it will be like playing alongside Kyrie Irving, and addresses the rumors that he spoke to James Harden about coming to Brooklyn.