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News Roundup: CJ McCollum Gives Back, Blazers to Observe Juneteenth

We gather up the latest Blazers and league news.

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA aims to return on July 30, but the league continues to work through concerns about its 22-team restart plan. Let’s check in on news involving the Portland Trail Blazers and basketball world:

  • CJ McCollum is teaming up with Trap Kitchen PDX to provide free meals for Black Portlanders this Saturday. The cart is located at 3137 N.E. 82nd Ave. and the event will last from 1 p.m. until “all food is gone.”
  • The Blazers will close their practice facility on Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, according to Peter Socotch of NBC Sports Northwest. Juneteenth is a holiday dedicated to the abolition of slavery in the United States.
  • While at Walt Disney World, the NBA will utilize smart technology and data, as Jessica Golden of CNBC details. One method geared toward player safety includes the use of a wearable “smart ring” that will measure body temperature, respiratory functions and heart rate.
  • The National Basketball Coaches Association fears the employment futures of some of its members could be “severely jeopardized” if the league bans some high-risk staffers from participating in the NBA’s Orlando restart. The union expects that a coach “should be able to understand and assume their individual risks, waive liability, and coach in Orlando.”
  • Oregon native Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS on Sunday. Love is being recognized for speaking out about mental health issues and wellness.