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Grizzlies’ Conley claims NBA Sportsmanship Award

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today. Conley becomes the first Grizzlies player to receive the honor.

Conley (Southwest) was one of six divisional winners, which included Boston’s Jeff Green (Atlantic), Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy (Central), Phoenix’s Channing Frye (Pacific), Portland’s Damian Lillard (Northwest) and Washington’s Bradley Beal (Southeast). Read the rest of this entry »

Didn’t Happen Overnight: Mike Conley Takes Control

He has reached the point now where he makes it look easy. The way he controls the pace of the floor, knowing when to attack and when to slow things down, understanding how to see the path to the basket before it is created and where to position his teammates for the best shot, it seems effortless. Read the rest of this entry »

Phoenix’s Goran Dragic Wins 2013-14 KIA NBA Most Improved Player Award

Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, who helped lead the Suns to a 23-win improvement while establishing career highs in scoring and field goal percentage, is the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a significant improvement from the previous season. Read the rest of this entry »

Goran Dragic Becomes An Ambassador For City of Hope

Phoenix Suns Guard Goran Dragic is taking his positive leadership, bravery and strength of character from the basketball court to the community in a very special way. Goran has been chosen to be a “Citizen of Hope”, the latest athlete ambassador to the world-renowned medical research and treatment center, City of Hope. With City of Hope’s diverse focus of services to people of all ages and their families, the opportunity to be a part of the organization’s efforts in areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education is of utmost importance for Goran. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago’s Joakim Noah Wins 2013-14 KIA NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, the centerpiece of a defense which held opponents to a league-low 91.8 ppg, is the recipient of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, the NBA announced today.  Noah becomes the first Bulls player since Michael Jordan in 1987-88 to earn the honor. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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