Central Notes: Brogdon, Pacers, Giannis, Pistons

Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon tested positive for the coronavirus when the NBA’s mandatory testing program began in June, but announced today (via Twitter) that he’s “feeling well” and is “ready for Orlando.”

The Pacers are one of eight teams scheduled to travel to the Walt Disney World campus on Thursday, and with Brogdon’s quarantine period now over, there’s hope that he’ll be able to accompany the team on that trip. According to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports (Twitter link), Brogdon has to return another negative COVID-19 test before getting the go-ahead to travel with the Pacers to Orlando.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star explores how Victor Oladipo‘s absence will impact the Pacers‘ rotation this summer, writing that Aaron Holiday and Edmond Sumner are the best bets to see increased roles.
  • Asked today if he has any concerns about teams tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the NBA’s campus in Orlando, Bucks GM Jon Horst replied, “Zero,” tweets Eric Nehm of The Athletic. Horst went on to joke that such tampering would “technically violate the social distancing rules” of the campus.
  • It’s not clear yet what responsibilities new Pistons assistant GM David Mincberg will take on, but the veteran executive is “something of a jack-of-all-trades addition” for the team, according to Omari Sankofa II of The Detroit Free Press, who notes that Mincberg has experience in scouting, analytics, salary cap management, and legal counsel.
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9 thoughts on “Central Notes: Brogdon, Pacers, Giannis, Pistons

  1. ThePeople'sElbow

    Zero tampering concerns is a little naive. Did he not watch the Last Dance? Someone tampered with the pizza Jordan ate FFS. You think someone is really concerned about breaking the physical distancing rules to ruin your chance at a championship?

    • x%sure

      No, just hopefully the usual sportsmanship, which kind of came into pro sports with the prominence of American blacks. Before that was massive cheating/gambling and going for the ringer (‘s knees). There was little respect or payment expected for pro athletes. Whether things would be different by now if there were no blacks, IDK. There’s no discussion about this though because of reasons, as they say.

      Personally I think people associated with the Spurs knocked out the air conditioning in San Antonio for the 2014 finals to wear down the bigger older thigh muscles on the Miami team with heat namely James & Wade, more quickly than regular or skinnier thighs, elsewhere. Ironic that the Spurs used heat to beat the Heat. They won game 1, then going away 4-1 and suddenly James wanted out.

      2014 Spurs by playoff minutes: Duncan, Leonard, Parker, Diaw, Ginoboli, Green, Splitter, Bellinelli, Mills. Total 9 with at least 350 minutes.
      2014 Heat: James, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers, RayAllen, Cole. Total 6. Wade’s PER19 was a bit disappointing, being 22 in an injured RS. James’ PER was 31 and he shot well but was had low assists and a terrible plus/minus.
      Diaw did well and is thick but not so much with muscle ha.

      So now I worry about this too, thanks. But actually the Bucks look good without Giannis too, better flow featuring Middleton.

  2. Reflect

    Why do some players with positive tests (eg: Taurean Prince) get evicted from Orlando and others do not?

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      No one gets evicted, the choice is entirely up to the players.

    • Luke Adams

      Guys who are testing positive now (as opposed to doing so in June) are more likely to be ruled out since they’d arrive in Orlando late and would have less time to ramp up for the season — plus there’s no guarantee they’ll recover quickly, without symptoms.

      On top of that, I’d imagine teams that have clinched playoff spots will be more inclined to wait on their guys with coronavirus, since they only need them to be ready for late August. The Nets may need contributions before that to even make the postseason.

    • Noel1982

      They want both they also wouldn’t mind Beal or Anthony Davis ! Good chance they don’t get Any of them ! Riley is still great but guys have told him no since lebron left In 2014 ! He now only sometimes gets his guy

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Heat are a nice young team. I think Beal fits well there. Just don’t see how they get him. Gallinari is a great signing for them next yr. Still would have money for a good player 2021-22. Always liked Butler. 2way players are the real stars Of NBA.

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