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Zach LaVine Named Winner of GQ Style Wars

Today GQ announced Zach LaVine the winner of GQ Style Wars, a charitable competition that pitted the best‑dressed NBA newcomers against one another in a contest that gave fans the opportunity to support the player they thought to be the league’s best dressed. LaVine will be awarded $10,000 for his charity, Blessings in a Backpack, which provides nutritious food options for children in his hometown of Seattle.   Read the rest of this entry »

Recent hot streak has Green within striking distance of 3-point record

With five games to go, Danny Green’s record-hunting pursuit of “The Rifleman” is back on.

With 10 3-pointers over his past two games — on only 12 attempts — the Spurs guard has brought his season total to 184.

Green heads into Tuesday’s game at Oklahoma City six 3-pointers shy of Chuck Person’s single-season club mark of 190, set in 1995-96. Read the rest of this entry »

Fans Roll With Amir Johnson For A Fifth Straight Year

Not even an ankle injury could prevent Amir Johnson from rolling with his fans for a fifth straight season.

Johnson was sidelined against the Celtics due to a right ankle sprain on Saturday, the same night 50 of his most loyal fans from across the GTA were his guests as part of his fifth annual “I Roll With Amir” event. So no skills on display from the fan favourite on the floor, but those winners got to experience his cooking skills when Johnson hosted them for dinner at Benihana post-game. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Mike Conley

Behind every triumph and heartbreak in the NCAA tournament, there’s a story. The Players’ Tribune presents Tales of Madness, a series of first-person accounts from iconic basketball players recalling their most memorable tournament experiences. In this installment, Mike Conley remembers the game that almost ended Ohio State’s run to the national title game.

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Matthew Dellavedova plays key role for Cleveland Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in a tight game with the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night, and with the lead changing possession on every made basket, the team got offensive production from an unlikely source: reserve point guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Known as a defensive-minded player that makes life difficult for opposing point guards, Dellavedova knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions at the start of the fourth quarter, which allowed the Cavaliers (46-26) to keep pace before taking command late and earning a 95-92 win over the Pacers (30-38). Read the rest of this entry »

Zach LaVine Proving He’s More Than Just a Slam Dunk King

There’s nothing wrong with being an NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion.

That distinction seemed to suit Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins just fine. Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter wore it well in the late 1990s. Since the turn of the century, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and John Wall haven’t had much trouble with it since using that stage to launch their already promising careers into the stratosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

Life After Basketball

I’m retiring.

I heard someone once say there comes a day when they tell us all that we can’t play anymore. We’re not good enough. Surplus to requirements. Too slow, maybe. When you’re a teenager with outsized dreams and a growing obsession, and someone tells you this ain’t gonna last forever, it’s scary. I never forgot it. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Receives February NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his outstanding efforts to empower youth and take a stand against violence, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Goran Dragic’s Dramatic and Game-Changing Transition with the Miami Heat

Entering last month’s trade deadline, the Miami Heat needed to pick up the slack a bit—in terms of winning and pace, as they ranked last in the NBA in possessions per game.

They found both of those answers in arguably the best player moved on Feb. 19: point guard Goran Dragic, formerly of the Phoenix Suns. Since then, Dragic, who’s averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals and maintaining the best shooting percentage in the restricted area for any point guard (.692), has helped the Heat to a 4-3 record while playing through back spasms and right shoulder pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Nikola Vucevic’s high basketball IQ showing

With all the attention that has been placed on Nikola Vucevic this season — even to the point of being labeled an All-Star snub — he is now begun to attract a high number of double and triple teams every time he touches the ball.

The level of comfort with which he has handled the pressure has been graceful, and there is every reason to think he is on his way towards being a perennial All-Star. Read the rest of this entry »

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