Damian Lillard named MVP of NBA bubble; Williams named top coach in Orlando

NBA restart has been a success. At this point, no one has tested positive for COVID-19 in the bubble, and there have been some great moments and performances on the court.

On Saturday, the league announced the winners of the NBA Player of the Seeding Games, the NBA All-Seeding Games Team, and the NBA Coach of the Seeding Games.

After averaging 37.6 points, 9.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds a game in the bubble, Damian Lillard was named the NBA Player of the Seeding Games. Lillard carried the Blazers to the play-in game and had a 61-point performance against Dallas. The Suns’ Devin Booker was second, and Indiana’s T.J. Warren finished third.

Monty Williams, who led the Suns to an 8-0 record in Orlando, was named NBA Coach of the Seeding Games. 

Below are the NBA All-Seeding Games Teams:

First Team

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

T.J. Warren, Indiana Pacers

Second Team

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers

Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets

Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets

Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

According to the NBA, the awards were voted on by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who have been on-site covering the 2019-20 season restart at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Complete rosters for all 22 NBA teams in Orlando

At times, it seemed that the NBA season would not restart due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but at this point, we are less than 24 hours away from NBA scrimmages in Orlando. What will happen is anybody’s guess, but it will be good to have basketball back!

Scrimmages will go from July 22-28, and the regular season will begin on July 30. 

The only players eligible to participate in the remainder of the season are those listed on the rosters below or those signed later as substitute players.

On paper, the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, appear to be the teams to beat, but fortunately for everybody else, basketball is not played on paper.

Here are the complete team rosters for the NBA restart:

Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown
Carsen Edwards
Tacko Fall
Javonte Green
Gordon Hayward
Enes Kanter
Romeo Langford
Semi Ojeleye
Vincent Poirier
Marcus Smart
Jayson Tatum
Daniel Theis
Kemba Walker
Brad Wanamaker
Tremont Waters
Robert Williams III
Grant Williams

Brooklyn Nets

Jarrett Allen
Justin Anderson
Chris Chiozza
Jamal Crawford
Donta Hall
Joe Harris
Tyler Johnson
Rodions Kurucs
Caris LeVert
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Jeremiah Martin
Dzanan Musa
Garrett Temple
Lance Thomas

Dallas Mavericks

J.J. Barea
Trey Burke
Antonius Cleveland
Seth Curry
Luka Doncic
Dorian Finney-Smith
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Justin Jackson
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Maxi Kleber
Courtney Lee
Boban Marjanovic
Kristaps Porzingis
Dwight Powell
Josh Reaves
Delon Wright

Denver Nuggets

Will Barton
Keita Bates-Diop
Bol Bol
Vlatko Cancar
Tyler Cook
Torrey Craig
Troy Daniels
PJ Dozier
Jerami Grant
Gary Harris
Nikola Jokic
Paul Millsap
Monte Morris
Jamal Murray
Mason Plumlee
Michael Porter Jr.
Noah Vonleh

Houston Rockets

Bruno Caboclo
DeMarre Carroll
Tyson Chandler
Chris Clemons
Robert Covington
Michael Frazier
Eric Gordon
Jeff Green
James Harden
Danuel House Jr.
Luc Mbah a Moute
Ben McLemore
Austin Rivers
P.J. Tucker
Russell Westbrook

Indiana Pacers

Goga Bitadze
Brian Bowen II
Malcolm Brogdon
Aaron Holiday
Justin Holiday
Alize Johnson
Jeremy Lamb
TJ Leaf
T.J. McConnell
Doug McDermott
Naz Mitrou-Long
Victor Oladipo
Domantas Sabonis
JaKarr Sampson
Edmond Sumner
Myles Turner
T.J. Warren

LA Clippers

Patrick Beverley
Amir Coffey
Paul George
JaMychal Green
Montrezl Harrell
Reggie Jackson
Kawhi Leonard
Terance Mann
Rodney McGruder
Marcus Morris Sr.
Joakim Noah
Patrick Patterson
Landry Shamet
Lou Williams
Ivica Zubac

Los Angeles Lakers

Kostas Antetokounmpo
Devontae Cacok
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso
Quinn Cook
Anthony Davis
Jared Dudley
Danny Green
Talen Horton-Tucker
Dwight Howard
LeBron James
Kyle Kuzma
JaVale McGee
Markieff Morris
Rajon Rondo
JR Smith
Dion Waiters

Memphis Grizzlies

Grayson Allen
Kyle Anderson
Dillon Brooks
Brandon Clarke
Gorgui Dieng
Marko Guduric
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Josh Jackson
Tyus Jones
John Konchar
De’Anthony Melton
Ja Morant
Jontay Porter
Anthony Tolliver
Jonas Valanciunas
Yuta Watanabe
Justise Winslow

Miami Heat

Bam Adebayo
Kyle Alexander
Jimmy Butler
Jae Crowder
Goran Dragic
Udonis Haslem
Tyler Herro
Solomon Hill
Andre Iguodala
Derrick Jones Jr.
Meyers Leonard
Kendrick Nunn
KZ Okpala
Kelly Olynyk
Duncan Robinson
Chris Silva
Gabe Vincent

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Eric Bledsoe
Sterling Brown
Pat Connaughton
Donte DiVincenzo
George Hill
Ersan Ilyasova
Kyle Korver
Brook Lopez
Robin Lopez
Frank Mason
Wesley Matthews
Khris Middleton
Marvin Williams

New Orleans Pelicans

Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Lonzo Ball
Zylan Cheatham
Derrick Favors
Josh Hart
Jaxson Hayes
Jrue Holiday
Brandon Ingram
Frank Jackson
Nicolo Nelli
E’Twaun Moore
Jahlil Okafor
JJ Redick
Sindarius Thornwell
Kenrich Williams
Zion Williamson

Oklahoma City Thunder

Steven Adams
Darius Bazley
Deonte Burton
Hamidou Diallo
Lugentz Dort
Terrance Ferguson
Danilo Gallinari
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Devon Hall
Kevin Hervey
Mike Muscala
Abdel Nader
Nerlens Noel
Chris Paul
Andre Roberson
Dennis Shcorder

Orlando Magic

D.J. Augustin
Mo Bamba
Khem Birch
Michael Carter-Williams
Gary Clark
James Ennis III
Evan Fournier
Melvin Frazier Jr.
Markelle Fultz
Aaron Gordon
Jonathan Isaac
Wes Iwundu
BJ Johnson
Vic Law
Terrence Ross
Nikola Vucevic

Philadelphia 76ers

Alec Burks
Joel Embiid
Tobias Harris
Al Horford
Furkan Korkmaz
Shake Milton
Raul Neto
Kyle O’Quinn
Norvel Pelle
Josh Richardson
Glenn Robinson III
Mike Scott
Marial Shayok
Ben Simmons
Matisse Thybulle

Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton
Aaron Baynes
Devin Booker
Mikal Bridges
Jevon Carter
Ty Jerome
Cameron Johnson
Frank Kaminsky
Jalen Lecque
Elie Okobo
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Cameron Payne
Ricky Rubio
Dario Saric

Portland Trail Blazers

Jaylen Adams
Carmelo Anthony
Zach Collins
Wenyen Gabriel
Mario Hezonja
Jaylen Hoard
Damian Lillard
Nassir Little
CJ McCollum
Jusuf Nurkic
Anfernee Simons
Gary Trent Jr.
Hassan Whiteside

Sacramento Kings

Marvin Bagley III
Harrison Barnes
Kent Bazemore
Nemanja Bjelica
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Corey Brewer
Yogi Ferrell
De’Aaron Fox
Harry Giles III
Kyle Guy
Buddy Hield
Richaun Holmes
Justin James
DaQuan Jeffries
Cory Joseph
Alex Len
Jabari Parker

San Antonio Spurs

Marco Belinelli
DeMar DeRozan
Drew Eubanks
Bryn Forbes
Rudy Gay
Keldon Johnson
Trey Lyles
Chimezie Metu
Patty Mills
Dejounte Murray
Jakob Poeltl
Luka Samanic
Lonnie Walker IV
Quinndary Weatherspoon
Derrick White
Tyler Zeller

Toronto Raptors

OG Anunoby
Chris Boucher
Oshae Brissett
Terence Davis
Marc Gasol
Dewan Hernandez
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Serge Ibaka
Stanley Johnson
Kyle Lowry
Patrick McCaw
Malcolm Miller
Norman Powell
Pascal Siakam
Matt Thomas
Fred VanVleet
Paul Watson

Utah Jazz

Tony Bradley
Jarrell Brantley
Jordan Clarkson
Mike Conley
Ed Davis
Rudy Gobert
Joe Ingles
Donovan Mitchell
Juwan Morgan
Emmanuel Mudiay
Georges Niang
Royce O’Neale
Miye Oni
Rayjon Tucker
Nigel Williams-Goss
Justin Wright-Foreman

Washington Wizards

Isaac Bonga
Troy Brown Jr.
Thomas Bryant
Jerian Grant
Rui Hachimura
Ian Mahinmi
Garrison Matthews
Shabazz Napier
Anzejs Pasecniks
Jerome Robinson
Admiral Schofield
Ish Smith
Jarrod Uthoff
Moritz Wagner
Johnathan Williams

Two NBA players test positive for COVID-19 in Orlando

Out of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two have returned confirmed positive tests while in quarantine, the league announced on Monday. 

According to the league, those players never cleared quarantine and have since left the Campus to isolate at home or in isolation housing.

Since July 1, during in-market testing, 19 NBA players newly tested positive. These players will stay in their home markets and recovering until they are cleared under CDC guidelines and NBA rules for leaving home isolation and joining the Campus.

The NBA regular season is expected to resume on July 30.

16 NBA players test positive for coronavirus

In tests conducted of 302 NBA players on June 23, 16 players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the league announced today. 

According to the NBA, any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.

NBA players will arrive in Orlando on July 7, and play will begin on July 30. 

2018 NFL PRO BOWL VOTING BEGINS

Fans may now vote to send their favorite players to the 2018 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. For the first time, a new voting window will run for four weeks, beginning today and concluding on Thursday, December 14. Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/ProBowlVote.

The NFL and Twitter are also introducing a new way for fans to vote for the 2018 Pro Bowl roster through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the final week of 2018 Pro Bowl voting – December 7-14 – fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the voting period.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format. The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected (88 total):

OFFENSE

DEFENSE

SPECIAL TEAMS

Wide Receivers (8)

Defensive Ends (6)

Punters (2)

Tight Ends (4)

Interior Linemen (6)

Placekickers (2)

Tackles (6)

Outside Linebackers (6)

Return Specialists (2)

Guards (6)

Inside/Middle Linebackers (4)

Special Teamers (2)

Centers (4)

Cornerbacks (8)

Need Players (2-Coach’s Choice)

Quarterbacks (6)

Safeties (6)

Running Backs (6)

Fullbacks (2)

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

2018 Pro Bowl returns to Orlando

Following the success of its first year in Orlando, the PRO BOWL will return to Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 PM ET, the NFL announced today. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC, marking the first time it will air on both broadcast and cable networks. It will also be streamed live on the ESPN app, and audio coverage will be available on Westwood One, SiriusXM NFL Radio, and on the TuneIn app.

For the second consecutive year, the NFL will host PRO BOWL WEEK festivities across the Orlando area, bringing new experiences and activities as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. In addition, Pro Bowl players will again be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the week’s celebrations.

“The Pro Bowl is not only a time to watch NFL greats compete live, but it is also a unique opportunity to inspire youth and the next generation of stars,” said PETER O’REILLY, NFL Senior Vice President of Events. “We received tremendous feedback from players, coaches, and fans about Orlando’s first Pro Bowl, and we are excited to build upon that enthusiasm with a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community.”

The 2018 Pro Bowl will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC match-up, which returned last season, and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference.

Orlando will once more be home to the NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS POWERED BY USA FOOTBALL, the announcement of the prestigious DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD and the annual USA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CONFERENCE, the largest congregation of youth and high school football administrators and coaches in the country.

“Hosting Orlando’s inaugural NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium earlier this year was not only fun, but it was a resounding success for our Central Florida community,” said Orlando Mayor BUDDY DYER. “We enthusiastically welcome our NFL partners back in 2018. Their confidence in our city’s ability to put on such a high-profile event underscores our reputation as one of the premier sports destinations in the U.S.”

“The TDT-funded improvements at Camping World Stadium have allowed us to compete for premier events like the 2018 Pro Bowl,” said Orange County Mayor TERESA JACOBS. “Not only are we looking forward to another great NFL football game – our second in a row – the Pro Bowl offers a full week of family and fan-friendly events and activities – a perfect match for our family-friendly tourism brand and a great fit for our local residents.”

“We are excited to bring Pro Bowl Week back to our community,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO STEVE HOGAN. “This year’s sold-out game was a landmark moment for Orlando and our reputation as a preferred destination for world-class sporting events. We became an NFL city for a week last season and look forward to making the 2018 Pro Bowl bigger and better.”

Additional events during Pro Bowl Week are set to include the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, testing the athletic prowess of All-Stars from each conference in unique competitions, and the NFL PRO BOWL EXPERIENCE, a free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fans attending the Pro Bowl Experience will be closer to the action with new activities, immersive exhibits, and sponsor activations. Pro Bowl practices for the AFC and NFC teams will also be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, allowing fans to watch their favorite players as they prepare for the game.

The NFL FOUNDATION will continue its longstanding Pro Bowl Grant Program and organize community events to benefit residents and the surrounding region. Last year, the NFL Foundation provided a Pro Bowl Grant to LIFT Orlando to fund the refurbishment of a multi-purpose “PLAY 60 Field” at Lake Lorna Doone Park. Through the Pro Bowl Grant Program, the NFL also remains committed to the Hawaiian community, awarding grants to youth-serving, Hawaii-based non-profit organizations.​

NFL great Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Hall of Famer and former NFL great Cortez Kennedy was found dead today in Orlando. According to Orlando PD, “there is nothing suspicious to report.”

Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, played 11 seasons in the NFL; all with the Seahawks.

The investigation into Kennedy’s death is ongoing.