The NBA’s restart in Orlando is in full swing and news from around the league is humming along with it. According to a report from Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is set enter the bubble after testing positive for coronavirus in June.
Jokic tested positive for COVID-19 in June, but has since tested negative consecutively and is cleared to enter the campus at Walt Disney World.
Earlier in the week, the 7-footer had complications with travel and wasn’t able to make it to Denver to depart with his teammates.
Jokic is in good health, sources said.
Outside of the bubble, SNY’s Ian Begley reported that the Knicks interviewed coach Mike Woodson for a second time. Woodson, who served as the Knicks’ head coach for just over two full seasons after Mike D’Antoni resigned, was last on Doc Rivers’ staff with Clippers.
On the player front, Croatian center Ante Zizic is headed back overseas to join Real Madrid. Eurohoops.net contributor Nikos Varlas reported the news regarding Zizic’s decision on Friday. Originally drafted by the Celtics, the former Cavaliers big man averaged six points per game over his three years in Cleveland.
Finally, the Pistons’ former home was demolished on Saturday morning. The Palace of Auburn Hills, where the Pistons fell to the Blazers in Game 2 of 1990 NBA Finals (there is no need to look into how the rest of that series went), turned to dust in a brief moment.
Here’s the implosion of The Palace of Auburn Hills. Started at 8 a.m. on the dot and ended in a matter of seconds, leaving a cloud of dust pic.twitter.com/su0q1zrrhy— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) July 11, 2020
The Pistons moved into Little Caesars Arena prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.