Pacific Notes: Howard, Baynes, Rubio, Len, Barnes

Lakers center Dwight Howard has been disciplined for not wearing a mask at Orlando’s campus, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin writes. Howard said on social media that the violation was reported to the NBA Campus Hotline, designed to ensure everyone is following protocols. “(My) reaction is that we all should be wearing masks in and around the hotel lobby,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of Howard’s violation. “And the areas that we’re being asked to wear a mask, we should wear a mask. And he’s doing so now.”

We have more from around the Pacific Division:

  • It remains a mystery whether Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes are practicing with their Suns teammates in Orlando, according to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. Coach Monty Williams has been vague when asked about the duo’s status. “There’s so much medical stuff that I don’t want to violate,” Williams said.
  • Kings center Alex Len has posted negative tests for the coronavirus and will rejoin the team on Friday evening, head coach Luke Walton told James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area and other media members. Len, among a couple of other prominent team members, tested positive for the virus in late June. Len will go into quarantine upon arrival in Orlando and Walton is unsure about the big man’s conditioning.
  • Walton is in no rush to replace Harrison Barnes on the roster, The Athletic’s Jason Jones tweets. Barnes revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 just before the team headed to Orlando. The Kings don’t want to replace Barnes on the roster just yet, even if he has to miss a game, Jones adds.
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17 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Howard, Baynes, Rubio, Len, Barnes

  1. Sillivan

    Lakers have found a diamond (Howard) on the street last summer.

    Dion Waiters is a gold on the avenue.
    Did the Lakers find a gold on the avenue?
    We shall see.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      familiarize yourself with the proper idioms if you want to be clever. it’s diamond in the rough.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      We shall see indeed. Dwight has gotten past the first round just 4 times in his career, although he did reach the Finals once over a decade ago. Besides neither him nor McGee will be playing more than 12-15 minutes per game. They will need Davis to play a ton of minutes, along with LeBron, since no one else on the team can be counted on to score that much.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Those minutes are the ones in the playoffs, obviously the 2 centers will get plenty of minutes in the seeding games.

      • GoLandCrabs

        We get it Lakers bad. Who on the Rockets scores other than their ball hog guards? Eric Gordon lol

          • El Don

            Oh boy! Are you reciting the list of biggest scrubs in the NBA! Apart of RoCo none of those players wouldn’t even make it in the LAL roster! Dude get real, is fine if you support the rox… but don’t be delusional about it! HOU is a one & done in the playoffs… LAL are the favorites to get to the NBA finals against MIL!

          • GoLandCrabs

            This man really listed 3 players who were vet minimum deals but when the Lakers sign those players its “futile”. House, McLemore, Jeff Green. Lakers have better depth than that. There is a reason they were the #1 team in the west by 5 games.

    • cleve1969

      Diamonds & Gold … I’m guessing, according to you, that they should just give the Lakers the NBA Championship now and forget playing the rest of the season …

      • Will anyone call the team that wins the world champs besides their hometown fans/ This will be a lackluster championship. Nobody will care but the hometown fans of the champions.

        • wagner13

          You’re just saying that because your beloved Warriors are having a down season. Over 3/4 of the regular season and the entire postseason is still being played. Most fans will view the champions as legitimate winners

        • GoLandCrabs

          Please explain how the champion is lackluster when they will finish at 70 regular season games.

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          considering that they played 3/4 of the season already and most teams will hit 70 games prior to the playoffs starting I think that there is credibility in this year’s champion IF they get that far. It’s definitely more credible than the bogus dog and pony show MLB is putting together.

  2. mdunkel

    Typical Prima Donna Howard. How many chances has this clown had and now not wearing a mask? League should suspend him for the rest of the year for being a clown.

  3. ladfan

    Dwight Howard has been at the forefront of NBA pandemic coverage these last months, namely as a spokesman for Kyrie, Inc in sounding the alarm about the risks of restarting. And now he’s caught not taking the proper precautions for which he signed up?

    Either the media loves a good quote while they await actual competition, or Howard loves the attention. I vote for all-of-the-above. Exhausting.

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