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The 2019/20 season is complete! As promised, I will cover the NBA in depth alongside current sports with regular analysis, match coverage, news and more besides! The 2020-21 campaign is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 22 but until then, enjoy my most recent pieces in chronological order and stay tuned for more updates during what promises to be an intriguing offseason. 

2020 offseason

October-November

NBA Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves take Anthony Edwards with #1 pick

NBA’s Manic Monday: Chris Paul to the Suns, Holiday-Bogdanovic join Giannis and more

Russell Westbrook’s trade request and tensions in Houston is no surprise

Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder discussing potential Chris Paul trade

NBA free agency Q&A: Giannis’ future, potential movers and 2020-21 season

Golden State Warriors linked with trade interest in Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr

Pat Riley on Lakers’ NBA Finals win: There will always be that asterisk

Playoffs

October

Heat 93-106 Lakers: LeBron key as LA cruise to 17th franchise title

Heat vs Lakers – A decisive Game 6 for multiple reasons with title in sight

Heat 111-108 Lakers: Butler’s special showing forces a Game 6

Game 4: Heat vs Lakers – Plenty still to play for

NBA Finals Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat – Injured but not out

September

LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Comeback kings in familiar spot

Heat vs Celtics – A big Game 4 in store

Game 2: Celtics vs Heat – C’s look to level a pulsating series

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat – An important Game 1 awaits

Game 5: Lakers vs Rockets – Can D’Antoni’s men extend series?

Game 4: Rockets vs Lakers – Time to step up and be counted

Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors – A decisive Game 6 awaits

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Game 3 up for grabs

Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks – Series sweep for Butler and co?

Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets – Who takes Game 1?

Nuggets 80-78 Jazz: Jokic pivotal as Denver edge Utah in thrilling Game 7 finish

Raptors vs Celtics – Can defending champions level the ECSF series?

August, continued

Thunder-Rockets, Heat-Pacers as First Round encounters continue to intensify

Mavericks vs Clippers – Kawhi and co hope to create separation in tense series

Nets vs Raptors – Defending champions look to extend series lead

LA Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers – Can Dame Time continue?

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz – Stakes high for both in Game 1

Regular season

2020

August

LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – LeBron and co look to snap losing streak

New Orleans Pelicans vs Sacramento Kings – Battle of two strugglers

NBA Previews: Heat-Raptors, Thunder-Nuggets as playoff hopefuls clash

June, July

NBA Previews: Nuggets-Heat, Thunder-Jazz as season continues in Orlando

Five burning questions and storylines to watch as NBA season returns tonight

NBA commissioner Adam Silver cautiously optimistic about restart in Orlando bubble

Tom Thibodeau finalising five-year deal to become Knicks’ new head coach

Knicks, Nets circling around Bulls star Zach LaVine, prepared to make trade offers

Injuries: Grizzlies’ Justise Winslow, Kings star Marvin Bagley III both out for season

Giannis or James? Budenholzer, Vogel dispute which star should win 19-20 MVP

Victor Oladipo will opt out of Orlando resumption, to prepare for 20-21 season

NBA players’ health concerns rise, positive COVID-19 tests and more ahead of return

NBA news round-up: Klay Thompson injury update, Rockets eye free agents and more

April, May

Bradley Beal’s agent: No trade coming, as Brooklyn Nets are linked with bold move

Carmelo Anthony: What does the future hold for the 10-time All-Star?

Jeff van Gundy emerges as Rockets HC candidate, Mike D’Antoni likely to depart

Fire or keep? Chicago Bulls being patient with decision on HC Jim Boylen

Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets linked with ex-Timberwolves HC Tom Thibodeau

Nets GM Sean Marks refuses to rule out Kevin Durant return this year

Pacers, Oladipo’s $80m extension talks reached impasse before 19-20 season

Report: Knicks want to acquire Thunder’s Chris Paul, help build a winning culture

76ers exec Marc Eversley agrees deal to become Chicago Bulls GM

LaMelo Ball in DC? Learning from star guard duo could work

Reports: Ex-Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue interested in Brooklyn Nets job

Wizards’ John Wall discusses his injury recovery, Bradley Beal partnership and more

Coronavirus-centric stories

NBA will resume 2019-20 season on July 31, 22 teams will feature to decide winner

Damian Lillard won’t play, if Blazers don’t have ‘true opportunity’ to make playoffs

Shaquille O’Neal believes NBA should ‘scrap the season’, amid COVID-19 crisis

NBA officials, staff worried about psychological effects of league activity return

League unwilling to separate players from families, if 19-20 season resumes

NBA to postpone 2020 draft, has support to start 20-21 season in December

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown speaks up about COVID-19, impact on hometown of Georgia

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons healthy, if NBA season is cleared to resume

Rudy Gobert downplays reported rift with teammate Donovan Mitchell

Chicago Bulls fire GM Gar Forman, ending his 22-year run with franchise

NBA teams encouraging league office into delaying this summer’s draft

Coronavirus: NBA ‘angling’ to cancel 2019-20 season, preparing for scenarios

NBA’s top-earning league executives to have salaries cut by 20%

Coronavirus: NBA suspends season indefinitely, as Jazz’ Rudy Gobert contracts COVID-19

Coronavirus intensifies across sport as events, matches cancelled or postponed

Pre-pandemic 2020 content

LA Clippers view Q&A: Kobe’s legacy, Zion watch, Embiid-Simmons future and more

Kelly Oubre Jr to miss rest of season, while Embiid’s shoulder not as bad as first feared

Hawks’ Capela to miss more time, while Warriors patiently await Curry’s return

Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined with troublesome wrist injury

Grizzlies send Andre Iguodala to Miami Heat, receive Winslow in 6-player trade

Capela to Hawks, Covington makes Rockets return as part of 4-team, 12-player trade

Charlotte Hornets intrigued by possible trade for Knicks’ Julius Randle

Hawks shift Drummond interest, now targeting Thunder’s Steven Adams

Victor Oladipo, Zion Williamson set for exciting returns before January ends

Kevin Love increasingly unsettled as reports of discontent, team row emerge

Hawks among teams interested in Pistons’ All-Star center Andre Drummond

2019

Celtics 118-102 Raptors: Jaylen Brown stars as Cs victorious on Christmas Day

Utah Jazz complete Jordan Clarkson trade as Dante Exum & picks sent to Cavaliers

View from the LA Clippers: Assessing title chances, rivals in the West, awards and more

Pelicans GM David Griffin dismisses trade speculation after Jrue Holiday links

OKC unlikely to trade Chris Paul before February deadline, but is that so bad?

Report: Struggling Cleveland Cavaliers open to trading Kevin Love, finally

Confirmed: Impressive start sees Blazers guarantee Carmelo’s contract

Jabari Parker open to Bucks return, scores 33 points against them hours later

Confirmed: Portland Trail Blazers sign Carmelo Anthony to $2.15m deal

NBA’s injury bug: DeAaron Fox, Khris Middleton and Gordon Hayward among those with injuries

NBA 19/20 Week 1 Review: Kawhi’s Clippers justify the hype, Super Trae and more

Pre-season

Jaylen Brown: Assessing his Celtics contract situation, what lies ahead

Raptors extend Pascal Siakam’s deal, completing $130m four-year max extension

Lonzo and Zion among an exciting core for new-look Pelicans

Magic confirm 2017 no.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz is ready for training camp

Ahead of training camp, Warriors sign free agent Marquese Chriss

Joe Johnson completes NBA return, agrees one-year deal with Detroit Pistons

Victor Oladipo believes Indiana Pacers can be special next season

Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins tears ACL, could miss whole 19/20 season

Vince Carter to finish career with Hawks after signing one-year extension

Draymond Green’s $100m max contract a long time coming

New Orleans win no.1 pick in Draft Lottery, primed for Duke superstar Zion Williamson