Raptors’ Amir Johnson Gives Back to ‘the Greatest Fans in the World’

To rapper Drake, Amir Johnson is Tall Money.

But to the city of Toronto, the Raptor forward is simply a man of the people.

Johnson proved yet again Thursday night just how much he loves the fans who support him and his teammates, by throwing 70 of them a party at knight-themed dinner show Medieval Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Greg Oden Finishing Season Strong

Perseverance, determination, passion and hard-work all describe Greg Oden and his work ethic over the last several years of getting back onto the court. Following multiple knee surgeries that sidelined his NBA career, the first-pick of the 2007 draft has thrived this season as a member of the Miami Heat. Having played in 22 games, starting in six thus far, the 7-foot center has improved each game, becoming an integral part of the team’s rotation. Oden saw his first game-action since 2009 against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 15. He cemented his comeback after dunking on his first shot attempt. Read the rest of this entry »

Joakim Noah Teams with WildAid & NBA Cares

Joakim Noah and fellow NBA players teamed with WildAid and NBA Cares to promote the end of the purchase of wildlife products. The “No Hype” campaign, which featured fellow NBA players Al Horford, Tyson Chandler, Serge Ibaka, Pau Gasol, and Thabo Sefolosha stressed the importance of conservation to prevent poachers from driving elephants and rhinos to extinction. By not buying items from elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns, demand goes down and animals’ lives are saved. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Conley Leads Grizzlies in Sprint to the Finish on NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff”

Mike Conley has been critical to the success of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of the season. The point guard has led the team in scoring as they fight for playoff position in the loaded Western Conference. Conley reflected on the season thus far and how the team’s ‘Grit and Grind’ mentality never wavered on NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rajon Rondo Makes Broadcasting Debut for the Celtics

It has been a year of learning for Boston Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondo. After suffering a knee injury last year, the All-Star spent the first half of the season rehabbing his knee and working with his teammates on the sidelines. During that time he practiced his coaching skills serving as a mentor and sideline supporter to his teammates often giving tips and advice during timeouts and on the bench. When Rondo returned to the court he used what he observed about his teammates’ playing styles to better captain the squad. The popular point guard has since added another element of excitement to the young Celtics team. Read the rest of this entry »

Bulls’ Joakim Noah: ‘I’m An Emotional Roller-Coaster’

Joakim Noah walked into his house after taking his dog to the park and plopped down on a chair in his living room. The room is filled with art created by his mother and a family friend. The art symbolizes life and energy, a perfect metaphor for the guy whose energetic passion for living is on display during every Chicago Bulls game.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the Bulls’ All-Star center was reminded he once said, “I’m not a very skilled player. I’m not talented.” Read the rest of this entry »

Darren Collison’s Stock Rises with the Clippers’ Success

Fit and opportunity in the NBA rarely come together at the same time, but that’s exactly what’s transpired this season for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison.

A year ago, he was shaking off a season with the Dallas Mavericks that early on saw him get benched behind D-League opportunist Mike James and brief signee Derek Fisher, both of whom are a few years from turning 40. Now, Collison has started nearly half of the games for a Los Angeles team that locked up the Pacific Division and seems set on locking itself into third place in a tough-as-ever Western Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

On and Off the Court, There’s No Other Player Like Joakim Noah

If you’re going to spend time around Joakim Noah, you better bring your A-game. You better bring your positive energy and leave the negative vibes somewhere else.

“You good? You good?”

It’s Noah’s signature introduction when he greets someone — whether it’s a teammate, an opponent, an interviewer, a filmmaker or a guy in braids selling coconuts on the side of the road in Hawaii, one of his favorite offseason spots on the globe to visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Wolverine! Patrick Beverley tells SN: ‘I am starting to believe it a little bit’

If you aren’t up on your superheroes, then the most important thing to know about the Marvel character Wolverine is this: He is a mutant who has a freakish ability to recover from wounds quickly.

And so when Rockets guard Patrick Beverley noticed this image — his head photo-shopped onto Wolverine’s body, by the website — making the rounds on social media this week, he had a good chuckle and fully embraced the new nickname. Read the rest of this entry »

Enter the Dragon

Early on in the summer of 2013, it would’ve been understandable if Goran Dragic felt a little uneasy about his status with the Phoenix Suns. Sure, he was the team’s starting point guard the previous year, but suddenly the future was unclear, uncertain—after all, the organization spent the beginning of the offseason hiring a new general manager (Ryan McDonough), a new head coach (Jeff Hornacek), trading for a new, up-and-coming PG (Eric Bledsoe) and stockpiling young talent and Draft picks, making the sort of moves generally executed by teams planning to tank away the upcoming season and restock through the following year’s loaded Draft. Dragic could easily be moved to the bench or dealt for more young talent and more picks. Not exactly a super-high level of job security. Read the rest of this entry »

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