Jahlil Okafor returning to Duke to complete education, rehab

School is about to be back in session for Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor left Duke University last year after his freshman season to enter the NBA. Next month, he will begin taking summer classes on campus to work toward the completion of his education. Read the rest of this entry »

Miami’s Josh Richardson Named KIA NBA Rookie of the Month

The Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson today was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.

Richardson helped the Heat go 10-5 in March by ranking second among East rookies in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (2.1 apg), and leading the conference’s first-year players in field goal percentage (53.7), three-point field goal percentage (58.9) and steals (1.3 spg).  Read the rest of this entry »

Wolves’ LaVine Helps Pay For New Cafeteria At St. Paul School For The Deaf

The claps and cheers as Zach LaVine walked into the room were loud, audible to everyone in the school as the Minnesota Timberwolves guard arrived and waved to the crowd.

Audible to everyone, except for most doing the cheering.

In his short time in Minnesota, the 21-year-old has formed a fast bond with the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, a school that caters to about 100 students who are hearing impaired. He has used his incredible leaping ability to win two slam dunk titles and make a name for himself as a rising star in the NBA. Read the rest of this entry »

Klay Thompson Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson today was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27.

Thompson led the Warriors to a 4-0 week behind an NBA-best 32.3 points.  He shot 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from distance and made at least five three-pointers in each of Golden State’s four games.  Thompson closed the week with back-to-back 40-point games in wins over the Dallas Mavericks on March 25 and Philadelphia 76ers on March 27.  Thompson’s Warriors own the league’s best record at 66-7. Read the rest of this entry »

Warriors Center Festus Ezeli Receives YMCA San Francisco’s Outstanding Community Leader Award

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Center Festus Ezeli has been honored by the YMCA of San Francisco with the Outstanding Community Leader award to recognize his commitment to the youth and families in the Bayview Hunters Point community, the team announced today. Since being drafted by the Warriors in 2012, Ezeli has made a continued impact on the Bayview Hunters Points community, recently hosting a Warriors Youth Basketball Camp and his third-annual Thanksgiving Dinner for local families and youth at the Bayview YMCA. Ezeli was honored at YMCA San Francisco’s “Y for Youth Luncheon” fundraiser this afternoon at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry »

Hill Honoring His Mother’s Memory On and Off the Court

Jordan Hill doesn’t have many memories of his mother.

He does have what he calls a recurring “flashback” of her being rushed to the hospital and him riding with her in the back of the ambulance. He stops short of calling that a memory, though, because older relatives have no recollection of it happening. Read the rest of this entry »

Zach LaVine talks about his visits to a school for the deaf

Zach LaVine’s relationship with a St. Paul school for the deaf is the focus of new episode of CBS’ Game Changers, which reveals that the Timberwolves guard makes monthly visits to Metro Deaf School, where he uses his own sign language ability to communicate with the school’s young students.

Miami Heat Getting Strong Contributions From Josh Richardson

The Miami Heat looked like their season was going to go down the drain a couple of weeks ago. With Chris Bosh sidelined indefinitely with another blood clot scare, the Heat also lost another guard shortly after in Beno Udrih. With Udrih joining Tyler Johnson on the sidelines more than likely for the remainder of the season, the Heat had very few options to turn to. Read the rest of this entry »

Aaron Gordon’s game has continued to improve since the All-Star break

Aaron Gordon has sustained the positive momentum he gained from his dazzling performance in the All-Star dunk contest.

In fact, he produced one of the Orlando Magic’s most important plays since the break.

The sequence occurred on Feb. 19, with the Magic and Dallas Mavericks tied 98-98 with 12.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Everyone inside Amway Center knew the Mavericks wanted to deliver the ball to Dirk Nowitzki, including the player guarding him, Gordon. Read the rest of this entry »

Goran Dragic Is Feeling The Need For Speed

Can you imagine Al Pacino clutching the hood ornament of a cargo truck as it hurtles down a desert highway at high speed?

It’s tough to picture, isn’t it? Just as it isn’t easy seeing Harrison Ford lord steely-eyed over his nephew’s baptism as his enemies are systematically wiped out, the idea of Pacino donning a fedora and stepping into Raiders of the Lost Ark requires more than a little suspension of disbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

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