Danny Green: Wimberley Strong

Two weeks after a devastating flood tore through Wimberley, Danny Green and Kyle Anderson went to see the small town 50 miles north of San Antonio.

They drove down River Road and saw the massive cypress trees snapped and stripped of their bark. They saw pillars and foundations that remained of what were once homes.

And they met the volunteers who have spent the past 16 days cleaning up the town and providing relief. Read the rest of this entry »

Training with Frank Kaminsky: The big man steps it up for the NBA draft

When NBA draft prospect Frank Kaminsky does single-leg Romanian deadlifts precisely eight times on each side, it’s not because he has an affinity for central European fitness techniques. Kaminsky, the 22-year-old Wooden Award winner who led Wisconsin on an impressive Final Four run, goes through specified workouts like single-leg RDLs and split squat jumps because his biomechanic and performance data informs his trainers that the 240-pound seven-footer has room to improve on his vertical jumping ability. Read the rest of this entry »

The Drop Video Series, Episode 1: Starring Stanley Johnson and Kelly Oubre

It was only right we went to the next level.

Dope sneakers. Fly fits. And top NBA Draft prospects. Today, we’re introducing the premiere video episode of The Drop, which will include all of this and more. This episode stars Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson, two swingmen who are on the cusp of–officially–becoming NBA players. Both are expected to be drafted in the lottery, with Johnson currently projected at No. 10 to the Miami Heat. We got up with both players to talk about the expectations, what they are looking to showcase in their rookie seasons, and, of course, the fire sneakers they’re rocking this summer. Some of their answers might surprise you. Read the rest of this entry »

Darren Collison Heavily Invested In His Hometown, Summer Camp

There are a number of places you might find Darren Collison during his fifth annual basketball camp.

The six-year NBA veteran may be in the classroom, where he personally conducts film sessions, mock postgame interviews and life skills lessons with campers as young as 8 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

The unlikeliest postseason storyline? Dellavedova’s Finals-saving showing

As Matthew Dellavedova navigated the bowels of Oracle Arena late Sunday night, flanked by a trio of public relations officials, a few steps ahead of a throng of reporters hustling to get into an interview room before him, it sparked memories of his days in anonymity. Like last July, at the NBA’s Summer League, when Dellavedova, an ever so brief teammate of Andrew Wiggins, roamed the concourse freely. Like during the regular season, when Dellavedova blended in with masses snacking in media dining. Like…Thursday, when Dellavedova missed the team bus after Game 1 and was forced to take an Uber back to the hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

Athletic LaVine putting in work to match production with potential

Gassed after one of personal trainer Drew Hanlen’s excruciating workouts, Zach LaVine lay flat on the Bishop Diego High School gymnasium floor, nearly motionless.

Then he saw a football whizzing around the premises as Hanlen and an intern played catch.

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Festus Ezeli Can Be Warriors’ X-Factor Against Cavaliers

Much like Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli has gone through his fair share of injuries. Unlike those two, Ezeli didn’t come into the league with high expectations. Curry was coming off a surprising but successful career at Davidson, where he helped the Wildcats get on the national radar with their Elite 8 appearance in 2008. Bogut was the number one pick in the draft and was drawing comparisons to other great centers. Read the rest of this entry »

Festus Ezeli and the Long, Strange Trip to the NBA

Festus Ezeli’s parents sent him to the United States when he was 14 years old so he could begin work toward becoming a doctor.

No one back home in Nigeria was excited when he made a career detour to the NBA.

“My parents are very academically oriented and they weren’t very happy about that,” Ezeli said. “They thought I was throwing my life away.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sign O’ The Times

It’s almost two years to the day since Nicolas Batum first saw Andrew Wiggins play in person. “It was right here in Portland, when he played in the Hoop Summit,” recalls the Blazers’ swingman, getting dressed after his squad beat up on Wiggins’ young Timberwolves in one of the last games of the ’14-15 season. “I was at the game and it was clear he was good, the way he was jumping all around the court that day. But I didn’t think it would come together so quick.” Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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