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Wiggins & LaVine Named to NBA All-Rookie Teams

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins has been named to the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team while guard Zach LaVine has been named to the 2014-15 All-Rookie Second Team, the NBA announced earlier today. Wiggins was the lone unanimous choice, receiving 130 First Team votes. Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Dellavedova: Against all odds

There’s not much to see on the drives through Maryborough or Cleveland, where the excitement peaks at either the Gold Panning Championships or the National Sports Collectors Convention.

But drive slowly… if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of the best underdog stories of the NBA playoffs. You might’ve heard about him. His name is Matthew Dellavedova and he’s been getting his “Patty” on of late.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bulls’ Joakim Noah Wins 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls has won the 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

The other finalists for the award were forward Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic, forward Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons, guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and forward Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Conley Using Playoff Stage to Shed ‘Underrated’ Label for Good

On a night when Stephen Curry was presented with the NBA’s MVP trophy in front of a raucous Oracle Arena crowd, Mike Conley made his triumphant return and stole the show in a 97-90 Game 2 win while handing the Golden State Warriors their first home loss since Jan. 27.

Following a three-game absence after suffering nasty facial fractures against the Portland Trail Blazers, Conley donned a clear mask that transformed him into a heroic savior one game after the Memphis Grizzlies looked helpless without their stud floor general.   Read the rest of this entry »

Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins Wins 2014-15 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who led all first-year players in scoring, is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today. He is the first Canadian-born winner of the award and the first player in the Timberwolves’ 26-year history to earn the honor.

Wiggins, 20, received 110 of 130 first-place votes and 604 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic finished second with 335 points (14 first-place votes), and Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers was third with 141 points (three first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.  Read the rest of this entry »

My Trip to Cuba

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba. I’m drawn to the island for many reasons: the colliding of colonial and Art Deco architecture, the natural beauty of the island and its beautiful, expressive people living with flair and flavor despite impoverished conditions. I admit that the unique nature of its recent history is somewhat romantic as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Conley purchases 500 tickets to be given away to Grizzlies fans for Game 5

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has purchased 500 tickets to Game 5 vs. Portland as a way to thank the faithful Grizz Nation fans that showed him an outpouring of support after his injury sustained in Game 3 at Portland. The tickets will be given away at Noon in the FedExForum Grand Lobby. Tickets will be distributed by Grizzlies staffers and are available on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be a limit of two tickets per person. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Bulls Star Joakim Noah Spreads Message of Nonviolence

The relationship between mothers and sons is always special, and Chicago Bulls’ star Joakim Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe are building upon their close relationship to make a difference in Noah’s adopted hometown of Chicago and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies Finally Get Some Love?

This is the fifth consecutive season the Memphis Grizzlies have made the NBA Playoffs, and the third year in a row they’ve won at least 50 games. To put that into perspective, the only other teams to have reached the 50-win plateau in three straight seasons are the Spurs and Clippers, who, incidentally, are facing off in the first round of the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Guy: Klay Thompson on His Sensational Season

On Monday night in Oakland, the Warriors beat the Pelicans to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. This was the first real test of the seemingly unstoppable Warriors home juggernaut. Eric Gordon nailed a 26-foot 3-pointer, cutting the Warriors’ lead to one, with 6:16 left in the fourth quarter. That’s when Klay Thompson went to work. On the ensuing possession, he came off of an Andre Iguodala screen and coldly knocked down a tough catch-and-shoot jumper. Read the rest of this entry »

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