Basketball News of the Week – Dec. 19-25, 2020

Nothing But News: here’s some of what happened this week in basketball news…

December 19-25, 2020

Basketball News of the Week

One of the first games of the NBA season – Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets – was postponed due to COVID-19.

James Harden was fined $50,000 after violating the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols as drama continues to build around him and the Rockets.

The Los Angeles Sparks announced a reorganization of their basketball operations, with head coach Derek Fisher being named as general manager as part of his contract renewal.

Florida’s Keyontae Johnson was released from the hospital after collapsing on the court in a middle of the game earlier this month.

Johnson’s situation has brought further into focus the severity of COVID-19 in college basketball, Dan Wolken of USA Today opined.

There are still two men’s Division I college basketball teams that haven’t played a game yet this season: Siena and Merrimack.

The NBA is eliminating restrictions on recruiting veteran players for G League rosters.

The LA Times called the WNBA the “clear leader in effecting social change in 2020.”

Ryan Hockensmith of ESPN.com wrote about what happens when a 14-year-old superfan writes to his favorite NBA and WNBA players in their bubbles.

Andy Wittry of NCAA.com broke down the wins from the first month of the men’s college basketball campaign that will be relevant come March.

Tallest and Shortest Players on Each NBA Team 2020-21

For the second year running, we compiled and collected a list of the tallest and shortest players on each NBA team. Here’s a hint: Tacko Fall is very tall.

Some of the tallest people in the world are in the NBA, but every team has its tallest and shortest players. We've compiled them into one place.

Jarrod Jones Measures Success Through Community Impact

Originally published in 2019, this piece delves into how former Ball State great and overseas basketball pro Jarrod Jones learned the definition of success through hoops.

FBI Uncovers James Naismith Pay-For-Play Scheme at Kansas

Raymond Tortuga is back, and this time he’s on a massive developing story. The FBI unveiled serious allegations of a pay-for-play scheme run by James Naismith when he was the head coach at Kansas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Stay tuned as this developing story comes to develop developments.

The FBI uncovered a lucrative pay-for-play scheme operated by James Naismith while he was the head coach at Kansas from 1898 to 1907. It's pretty bad.

We’ll be back next Friday to give you these same style of quick updates on the basketball news of the week!

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