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Central Notes: LeBron, Pistons, Bucks, Draft

After leading the Cavaliers to a historic NBA Finals comeback, and the first championship in franchise history, LeBron James likely won’t be attempting to lead Team USA to Olympic gold later this summer. According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Finals MVP is leaning toward not participating in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. As Mannix details, James has yet to inform USA Basketball of his decision, one way or the other. However, team officials are operating under the expectation that the 31-year-old superstar is unlikely to play in Rio.

Here are a few more updates from out of the Central division:

  • The Pistons‘ pre-draft workout today, highlighted by Ivica Zubac, also featured five other players, according to David Mayo of MLive (Twitter link). The other participants were Nikola Jovanovic (USC), Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga), Stefan Jankovic (Hawaii), Elgin Cook (Oregon), and Brannen Greene (Kansas).
  • The Bucks also worked out several players today, conducting an individual workout for Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis and a group session for six other prospects. As announced in a press release, those six players were Matt Costello (Michigan State), Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Gary Payton II (Oregon State), Diamond Stone (Maryland), and Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall).
  • The Bucks formally broke ground on their new downtown Milwaukee arena over the weekend, according to a report from Genaro C. Armas of The Associated Press. The project is expected to cost approximately $524MM, and the club is expected to begin playing games in the new building at the start of the 2018/19 season.
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6 thoughts on “Central Notes: LeBron, Pistons, Bucks, Draft

  1. bsteady powers

    Now that the monkey is off LeBron’s back….I wouldn’t be too surprised if he doesn’t play less mins, and have a little more energy as a result. And play loose and be better because of that as well.

    • The teams (the Heat and Cavs) have usually done a good job at regulating his minutes. He might get another minute or two knocked off his season average, but without a real quality backup to him, he’ll still play a decent amount unless Kyrie and company take it up another notch. Although I’m sure he’ll still end up playing a ton of minutes in the playoffs.

  2. Steve in Chicago

    You forgot to mention that the Bucks arena is costing 524 mil of taxpayer money in a state that has been closing schools and firing teachers, way to have priorities.

    • bdpecore

      What schools have closed in Wisconsin?

    • Danthemilwfan

      You forgot to mention that herb kohl and the new owners are paying half of that and the other half has nothing to do with money for schools. Not one penny would have gone to schools. Plus 0 good teachers have been fired. The horrible careless teachers that don’t deserve their job have been fired. Plus like bdpevore said, what schools closed?

    • 11Bravo

      Your ignorance is painfully apparent. If you actually lived in WI you would know how the stadium is going to be financed. You would also know that teachers that are losing their jobs is due to districts not properly managing their money not because of cuts in aid.

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