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NEW YORK, April 7, 2021 – Of the 483 players tested for COVID-19 since March 31, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, March 31, 2021 – Of the 481 players tested for COVID-19 since March 24, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, March 24, 2021 – Of the 485 players tested for COVID-19 since March 17, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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New York, NY, March 22, 2021 - “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Hall Famer Elgin Baylor. Elgin’s success as a player, coach and executive in this league was unparalleled. He had a profound impact on the game of basketball and the generations of players that followed him.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 17, 2021 – "We are stunned and saddened to learn of the injuries Shawn Bradley sustained in connection with the recent accident. He and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout his journey to rehabilitation and recovery."

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NEW YORK, March 17, 2021 – Of the 490 players tested for COVID-19 since March 10, three new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, March 10, 2021 – Of the 465 players tested for COVID-19 since March 3, two new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 5, 2021 – Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings was elected as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at today’s annual winter meeting of the Board of NBPA Player Representatives. CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Garrett Temple of the Chicago Bulls have been re-elected as Vice Presidents on the NBPA’s Executive Committee.

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NEW YORK, March 3, 2021 – Of the 456 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 24, seven new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce a series of virtual youth basketball clinics featuring coaching and instruction from NBPA members. Building upon the NBPA’s existing virtual programming, this new series of youth basketball clinics is designed to help boys and girls ages 9-17 develop their skills on and off the court without leaving the safety of their own homes.

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NEW YORK, Feb 24, 2021 – Of the 455 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb 17, 2 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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New York, NY, February 22, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce that it will provide roughly $160,000 in grants to three (3) Houston-based organizations to aid in the long-term recovery efforts that started after Hurricane Harvey and have been exacerbated by the recent severe winter storms.

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NEW YORK, Feb 17, 2021 – Of the 454 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb 10, 5 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2021 – Of the 470 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 3, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2021 – Of the 482 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 27, zero new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2021 – “The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has been made aware of the lockout threatened by Major League Soccer (MLS) in collective bargaining with the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA). The NBPA stands in solidarity with their union brethren in the MLSPA.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2021 – Of the 492 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 20, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, NY, January 27, 2021 – “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sekou Smith. Sekou was a prominent voice in the NBA community, covering news around the League and sharing countless players’ stories throughout the course of his career. We are grateful for his contributions as a journalist over those many years and also as a devoted fan and lover of the game. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and the entire Turner family at this time. Rest in Peace, Sekou.”

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NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2021 – Of the 502 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 13, 11 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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New York, NY, January 15, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce $3.2 million in matching player grants during the 2020 calendar year. During this time period, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 137 current and former players to match their charitable giving and philanthropy while responding to the severe implications of COVID-19 across the world.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2021 – Of the 497 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 6, 16 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2021 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced an agreement on additional measures to supplement the current Health and Safety Protocols governing the 2020-21 season.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2021 – Of the 498 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 30, four new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2020 – Of the 495 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 24, zero new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2020 – Of the 558 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 16, two new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2020 – Of the 549 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 10, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2020 – Of the 541 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 2, 8 new players have returned positive tests. As previously announced, 48 players returned positive tests during the initial return-to-market testing phase from Nov. 24 – Dec. 1.

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NEW YORK, NY, December 2, 2020 -- Famer, the sports coaching and mentorship mobile platform, announced today that it is expanding its landmark partnership with the NBPA with the launch of NBPA Training Ground One. Through the NBPA’s Training Ground channel on Famer, youth athletes will now have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one personal training sessions and receive feedback from some of the best basketball coaches and trainers in the world.

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VATICAN CITY, November 23, 2020– A delegation from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today. The meeting, held at the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, provided an opportunity for the Players to discuss their individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities.

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NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the formation of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, an organization that will lead the NBA family’s collective efforts to advance equality and social justice. Through its mission to leverage the game’s influence to raise awareness, educate and advocate for meaningful reform, the Coalition will focus on action and change in several areas, including voting access and criminal justice system reform at the national, state and local level.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 12, 2020 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) announced today a five-year strategic partnership to jointly fund development projects supported by NBPA members interested in and committed to development in Africa and creating long-term, self-sustaining change, spearheaded by African leaders.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2020 - "We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn, one of the founding fathers of the National Basketball Players Association. Not only did Tommy have an incredible career in the NBA as a player, coach and broadcaster, but closer to our home, he was instrumental in creating our union, taking the baton from his friend and teammate Bob Cousy and serving as our President from 1958-66. Tommy was truly a pioneer in player empowerment, championing the notion of free agency at a time when it was highly controversial and unpopular, and fighting to create our NBA Players' Pension Plan, under which generations of players have thrived.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 5, 2020 – The NBPA today issued the following statement: "The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has tentatively approved a start date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a 72-game schedule. Additional details remain to be negotiated and the NBPA is confident that the parties will reach agreement on these remaining issues relevant to the upcoming season.”

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NEW YORK, NY, October 21, 2020 -- The NBPA Foundation is pleased to announce that $250,000 of the total proceeds from the 2019-2020 NBA season restart jersey auction will be used to support 18 different organizations around the country that are working to increase voter turnout and combat voter suppression.

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LOS ANGELES, Oct 14, 2020 — The inspiring leadership of youth standing up for racial justice in Los Angeles will be the focus of “Our Vote, Our Future,” a virtual forum hosted by Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation, The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, PolicyLink and the National Basketball Players Association Foundation.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the NBA Foundation Board of Directors, comprised of eight representatives from the NBA Board of Governors, players and executives from the NBPA and the league office. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will provide strategic direction with respect to programming and grantmaking as well as oversee the organization’s activities, working directly with all 30 NBA teams and their governors to support and facilitate sustainable initiatives in team markets. The inaugural board members are:

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NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with Black Players for Change (BPC) released a joint video today, addressing systemic racism and police brutality by calling for change and civic engagement this November. Written and produced by both organizations, the one-minute video signifies the Players’ collective commitment to keep social justice and racial equality at the forefront of the conversation heading into the upcoming election.

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NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and SportsCastr, the live streaming company that lets anyone be a color commentator, star in their own interactive podcast or personalize their sports viewing experience, announced today the launch of the NBPA’s Broadcaster U. Virtual Game Call Program. The Virtual Game Call Program is the latest addition to the NBPA’s Broadcaster U., a pre-existing program that has run for 12 years and is designed for players who are interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. Over the course of this new Program, players will gain valuable experience virtually, learning basic broadcasting techniques and tips from experts and practicing their TV color commentary via a private platform provided by SportsCastr.

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ORLANDO, FL, September 23, 2020 – "Sadly, there was no justice today for Breonna Taylor. Her killing was the result of a string of callous and careless decisions made with a lack of regard for humanity, ultimately resulting in the death of an innocent and beautiful woman with her entire life ahead of her. Our players and I once again extend our deepest sympathies to her family and we vow to continue working in her honor and to always say her name."

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NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2020 — NBA players have consistently been leaders of change in their communities, using their voices and their resources to bring attention to the ongoing episodes of social injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism across the country. On August 26, the players used their platform to stage a powerful protest, opting out of their games after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times by Kenosha Police in Wisconsin. This “pause” by the players caused another shift by forcing conversation and action to take place and many other sports organizations followed suit.

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