Warriors Guard Klay Thompson Donates $20,000 to City of Oakland

The Golden State Warriors announced today that guard Klay Thompson has donated $20,000 to the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department., Communities United Committee, Alameda County/Oakland Community Action Partnership and the Emergency Food Providers Committee to facilitate the continuation of their annual city-wide Thanksgiving Dinner event on Tuesday, November 25. The annual event will take place at the Marriott Hotel at Oakland City Center (550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Warriors Legend Alvin Attles will attend the dinner on Thompson’s behalf from Noon – 1:00 p.m. to help serve meals to the 2,000 low-income families, seniors and homeless individuals invited to this year’s holiday dinner. The evening of the event, Thompson and the Warriors will be playing in Miami against the Heat. Read the rest of this entry »

Five questions for the Kings’ new point guard Darren Collison

The Sacramento Kings will open their 30th season tonight, and we caught up with the team’s new starting point guard Darren Collison, who has been tearing up court since he was an MVP player at UCLA. Here’s what he had to say about his new teammates, the Kings’ recent trip to China and their upcoming year. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA season tip-off Q&A with Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic

Question: How does your enjoyment of playing in the NBA compare to playing for your Slovenian national team the past two summers?

Answer: It’s totally different. It’s always nice to go back and play for my country. My teammates and I grew up together. But if I’m honest, the level of teammates back on the Slovenian national team is way different from here. We have a lot of better players here, so it’s much easier for me. Over there, when I’m playing, everybody is so focused on me that it’s really tough to play. You’re always going to have three guards around you. Read the rest of this entry »

GQ’s #1 Pick in the NBA Style Draft: Andrew Wiggins

Go YouTube videos of a high school Andrew Wiggins pulling off his vertigo-inducing spin move and throwing down dunks so violent they violate the Geneva Conventions, and you’ll understand why b-ball nerds have been anticipating his arrival in the pros for years. You’ll also understand why the Cleveland Cavs picked the 19-year-old first in the June NBA draft—to which he wore a bespoke floral-print tux jacket that looked as smooth as his jumper. Seems the young gun’s game is more complete than we thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Amir Johnson & Raptors Banking On Big Payoff From Improved Movement

When Amir Johnson is on the court, his effort isn’t ever doubted. Johnson has become one of the most important players for the Toronto Raptors because of his willingness to do —and recognize — whatever is needed from him.

“When [Amir] gets going, everybody [gets excited],” Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan said. “He’s our heart and soul.”

With Johnson, the most important task facing Toronto’s coaching and support staff is keeping him on the floor. Notorious for playing through injuries, Johnson has been plagued by recurring ankle sprains. In an effort to get his body right for this season, Johnson spent a chunk of his summer in Santa Barbara, Calif., joining Patrick Patterson at P3 — Peak Performance Project — learning how to correct things that were putting his body at a greater risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Orlando Magic Forward Aaron Gordon to Host Season-Long SiriusXM NBA Radio Show

SiriusXM announced today that Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has been selected to host the second season of Year One, the exclusive SiriusXM NBA Radio show that gives listeners an inside look at the life of an NBA rookie. Read the rest of this entry »

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic met Yao Ming at the Shanghai Masters

The world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, met China’s greatest basketball player, Yao Ming, while in the country for the Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

Zach LaVine to Sound the Gjallarhorn Prior to Sunday’s Vikings vs. Falcons Game

WHAT: Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 first-round pick (No. 13 overall) Zach LaVine  will sound the Gjallarhorn before Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons game. The game will be nationally televised on Fox.

WHERE:  TCF Bank Stadium

420 SE 23rd Ave

Minneapolis, MN

WHEN: Sunday, September 28

LaVine Introduction: 3:14 p.m.

Gjallarhorn Sound: 3:24 p.m.

Kickoff: 3:25 p.m.

INFO: Centuries ago, a Gjallarhorn was a horn sounded by Viking gods to signal the beginning of a great battle. The original Minnesota Vikings mascot, Hub Meeds, would sound a horn on the sidelines when the team played at Metropolitan Stadium. The Vikings Gjallarhorn was re-created and has been sounded to start each game since, signaling THE VIKINGS ARE COMING. Notable honorary Vikings that have sounded the horn since its re-creation include: Joe Mauer, Brock Lesnar, Neal Broten, Mardy Fish, Olympian Shawn Johnson, Minnesota Lynx All-Star Lindsay Whalen, Paul Molitor, along with several prominent Vikings alumni.

Zach LaVine will be the second Minnesota Timberwolves representative to sound the horn (Kevin Love – 2011).

By: Minnesota Timberwolves

Matthew Dellavedova: From Country Victoria to the Court of King James

Basketball has always been a family affair for Matthew Dellavedova. From spending his formative years marshalling grandparents and cousins around the backyard, to watching his father Mark play every Friday as his mother Leanne completed cheerleading duties, Dellavedova has been hooked on the sport since an early age. Read the rest of this entry »

College Coach: “Aaron is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Player”

The player that Aaron Gordon was at the end of his freshman season at the University of Arizona was vastly different than the one who arrived on campus last summer predominantly unable to hit a jump shot.

Similarly, Arizona coach Sean Miller knows that the player that Gordon is now as he embarks on his rookie season with the Orlando Magic will likely pale in comparison to the standout player that the 18-year-old forward will ultimately become. Read the rest of this entry »

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