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Player mental health focus of NBA as league heads to restart bubble

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part.

The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season.

Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer player, is pregnant with the couple’s second child at a time when much of society has been shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran New Orleans player might be away from home for more than a month.

Meanwhile, Memphis rookie Ja Morant expects to miss his daughter’s first birthday next month. Boston’s Gordon Hayward may leave the team when his fourth child is born in September. And players like Washington’s Bradley Beal and Portland’s Damian Lillard wonder how intense NBA restrictions on player movement will be received.

These are but a few examples of why the NBA, its teams and the

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Kemba Walker ready to go when NBA restarts, and a Celtics Census rematch

The return of the NBA is finally starting to feel real.

All 22 teams heading to Orlando, Fla. for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA campaign have been given their eight-game schedules for the remainder of the regular season. The Boston Celtics are set to open with a July 31 matchup against the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks. You can check out their full schedule here.

On a new episode of NBC Sports Boston’s “Celtics At Home,” A. Sherrod Blakely chatted with Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine about how coach Brad Stevens and the C’s are feeling as they look ahead to the season restart.

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“This season for them feels like a restart. And when you think about the fact that last time we saw those guys play was pre-St. Patrick’s Day back in the middle of March

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Jordan Clarkson Passes Woodland Hills Home to NBA Star Thomas Bryant

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Former Laker Jordan Clarkson has bounced out of his spacious San Fernando Valley home, located in the prototypically suburban Woodland Hills neighborhood, with a $3.25 million check. And records reveal the buyer is a fellow baller: the Washington Wizards’ Thomas Bryant.

The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Cape Cod-influenced home spans about 5,800-square-feet of living space and sits on nearly a half-acre of land. The two-story abode was newly constructed back in 2018 when Clarkson first snapped the property up for about $3.2 million. Somewhat ironically, Clarkson purchased the lot after he was traded from the Lakers to the Cleveland Cavaliers and initially put it on the market in 2019 for $3.35 million, when he was traded again to the Utah Jazz.

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Naturally, the luxury property has all the bells and whistles you’d expect a pro-athlete on a multimillion dollar contract to desire.

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