Basketball News of the Week – Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2020

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

November 28-December 4, 2020

Basketball News of the Week

The WNBA announced its lottery for the 2021 draft will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at halftime of the DePaul-Louisville game on ESPN (set to tip at 6:30 p.m. EST).

LeBron James agreed to a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $85 million.

The Washington Wizards traded John Wall and a 2023 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.

The Rockets also signed free agent DeMarcus Cousins a couple days before trading for Wall.

No. 8 North Carolina State defeated No. 1 South Carolina, 54-46, to deliver the Gamecocks their first loss since Nov. 28, 2019 (29 games).

Louisville and Syracuse men’s basketball joined the list of programs with COVID-19 issues this week.

The NBA has suspended testing its players for marijuana for the 2020-21 season.

The NBA reported 48 players tested positive from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 in the league’s initial round of testing before the start of the 2021 campaign.

Texas won the Maui Invitational with a buzzerbeater over North Carolina in the final, concluding a strange tournament that was held in Asheville due to COVID-19.

Sports Illustrated looked into the Bellarmine men’s basketball program and how it rose up to eventually join Division I.

Where Is Basketball Most Popular?

Basketball has come a long way from peach baskets in Massachusetts – it’s now an international sport. But where is it most popular internationally?

December Basketball Watch Guide

Basketball is back in a big way, finally, so our watch guide series is, too. Check out the hoops that have been scheduled for this month so far (with plenty sure to change as COVID-19 continues to affect society).

Welcome to the December basketball watch guide, giving you what you need to know about when, where and how to watch hoops this month as the sport returns.

When Does the 2021 NBA Season Start?

The NBA recently announced plans to tip off the 2021 season Dec. 22, with further details on the altered campaign as a result of the pandemic.

The 2021 NBA season start is was decided earlier this month when the league and player's union agreed on the terms for this pandemic-affected campaign.

2021 WNBA Draft Lottery – Watch to Watch

Our resident expert Heaven Hill dropped another piece about what to watch for from the 2021 WNBA Draft Lottery, set for Friday night at halftime of the DePaul-Louisville women’s basketball game, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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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