If it seems like the NBA never went away this offseason, well … it didn’t. Not really. Among the draft, free agency, summer league and the FIBA World Cup, there was plenty to keep even the most avid NBA fans satisfied. But now the real fun begins. It’s time for training camp, followed very quickly by actual preseason games. Before you know it, the Raptors will be raising their championship banner, handing out rings and hosting Zion Williamson for his first NBA game Oct. 22.
But before that happens, players get to meet with the media. We’ll have you covered with all the best media day quotes, anecdotes and shenanigans across the NBA.
Media day schedule
Saturday, Sept. 28: Toronto Raptors
Sunday, Sept. 29: LA Clippers
Monday, Sept. 30: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
2019 NBA offseason guide
If you went to sleep after Adam Silver handed Kawhi Leonard the Finals MVP trophy and are just now waking up, you missed quite a lot in the NBA. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to get caught up before media day.
The Pelicans had the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in franchise history and selected Duke star Zion Williamson, whose college teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish went third and 10th overall, to the Knicks and Hawks, respectively.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teamed up in Brooklyn, Kemba Walker replaced Irving in Boston, Terry Rozier replaced Walker in Charlotte and D’Angelo Russell somehow landed in the Bay Area. Then Kawhi Leonard sent shockwaves through the league by not only joining the Clippers, but by bringing Paul George with him. So, just your typical NBA free-agency season, really.
The NBA’s marquee summer event was a bit of a letdown this year, with many rookies either playing limited minutes or skipping the action entirely. Still, fans did get their first glimpse of Zion Williamson in a Pelicans uniform.
Team USA’s domination of international basketball came to an end. After multiple dropouts depleted the roster, the U.S. saw its 58-game win streak in international competition come to an end, then settled for a seventh-place finish, the worst ever for a U.S. squad. Led by recently crowned NBA champion Marc Gasol, Spain captured gold for the first time since 2006.