Castleton drops, Duruji rises and Appleby stays put in ESPN’s most recent transfer ranking
In the newest update from ESPN ranking eligible transfers, Colin Castleton drops, Anthony Duruji rises and Tyree Appleby stays put. Castleton dropped out of the top 50 after sitting at No. 50 in the previous edition. Duruji moved up one spot on the list of sit-out transfers from No. 6 to No. 5. Tyree Appleby stayed put at No. 26 on the sit-out transfers listWolverines Wire
Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady ‘can’t wait to put it to’ Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning
What I’m Hearing: Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio spoke with Phil Mickelson who said he and his golf teammate Tom Brady would love nothing more than to beat Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning at their upcoming charity match.Wolverines Wire
Michael Jordan Claims He Had Food Poisoning in Legendary ‘Flu Game’
Michael Jordan Claims He Had Food Poisoning in Legendary ‘Flu Game’ The Bulls icon is remembered for scoring 38 points while being very sick during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Jordan was said to have had a bad case of the flu, but still led Chicago to a 90-88 win. His heroics gave the Bulls a 3-2 series lead over the Utah Jazz. In ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ Jordan now says it was not the flu, it was food poisoning. The night before the game, Jordan was hungry late at night and the only option was pizza. He then ate a whole pie by himself, despite his trainer Tim Grover being unsure about the food. Michael Jordan, via ‘The Last Dance’ The restaurant where Jordan ordered the pizza in Salt Lake City remains unknown. To ensure ownership of the pie, ‘The Last Dance’ director Jason Hehir says he was told Jordan spit on it. Hehir also believes the Bulls legend devoured the pizza by himself, but doesn’t think it was “spiked.”Wolverines Wire
Players who are excused from playing at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, will still get paid, according to the agreement between the league and National Basketball Players Association.
However, players who do not provide a “proper or reasonable cause or excuse” may be subjected to reduced compensation, according to the agreement. Regardless, no player will be disciplined by his team for not playing, and it will not be considered a breach of contract.
Players who don’t plan to play are expected to notify their team and NBPA.
Here are the players who are not expected to play:
Houston Rockets forward Thabo Sefolosha
Sefolosha, who averaged 10.6 minutes for the Rockets, told the Brodie and the Beard podcast that playing in Orlando and being away from family was a huge commitment.
Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein
Cauley-Stein is expecting the birth of a daughter in July.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza
Ariza opted out of playing the resumed season so he could spend time with his young son, ESPN reported. The mother granted a court-ordered, one-month visitation period to Ariza to see his 12-year-old son during the league’s quarantine of teams in Orlando.
Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans
Bertans is a free agent after this season and decided it was best to sit out and not risk injury. The Wizards want to re-sign the three-point ace and support his decision.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley
Bradley told ESPN his oldest son, who is 6, has a history of struggling to recover from respiratory illnesses and likely would not have been cleared to enter the bubble-like environment with family. Bradley and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving have led a coalition of players expressing concern over whether a resumed season could detract from the players’ ongoing efforts to address racial justice issues.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA 2020 season restart: These players are expected to opt out of participating
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