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Rise and Grind: Zach LaVine

It’s a cloudy Sunday afternoon in downtown Miami, the skies dark and foggy. But inside a private gym on the 19th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis on the north bank of the Miami River, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ future shines bright. Less than 24 hours after his first NBA start, Wolves rookie Zach LaVine is casually hoisting jumpers, his 6-5 frame draped in a team-issued hoody and a pair of Jordan Vs on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Klay Thompson Receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award For November

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for November in recognition of his generosity and ongoing charitable efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area community, it was announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. The NBA is honoring Thompson for his continued commitment to giving back to those in need in the Bay Area by donating $10,000 on Thompson’s behalf to the Good Tidings Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

From prospect to prize: Nikola Vucevic rises in wake of Dwight Howard trade

On August 10, 2012, three centers were traded. One was the premier big man in the NBA who turned rim protection into an art form. Another was an All-Star known for supple hands and polished post moves. The third was a rookie from Philadelphia, by way of Switzerland, Belgium, Montenegro and Los Angeles, averaging 5.5 points in less than 16 minutes per game. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inside the Stats: How Goran Dragic is Raising His Game

Change is disruptive. So is time off.

Goran Dragic has fought through both in the first month of the season. His practice time with the Slovenian national team was limited leading up to the FIBA World Cup. Before and after those events, he said he did as much of “nothing” as he’s been able to do in a while. At the end of last season, his body had worn down. He didn’t want a repeat in 2014-15. Read the rest of this entry »

Jordan Hill proving himself to be Lakers’ go-to No. 2 player

Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James made up Plan A. Paasol was Plan B.

Jordan Hill? Is there such a thing as Plan J?

The Lakers re-signed Hill only after it became apparent that neither Anthony nor James would head west and Gasol would travel east.

Then the Lakers acquired Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, either of whom was a good bet to be the Lakers’ second-best player. Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Wiggins Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November. Wiggins is the sixth Timberwolves player to win Rookie of the Month honors, joining Gorgui Dieng (March 2014), Ricky Rubio (January 2012), Kevin Love (March 2009), Randy Foye (December 2006) and Stephon Marbury (January 1997). Read the rest of this entry »

Warriors Guard Klay Thompson Donates $20,000 to City of Oakland

The Golden State Warriors announced today that guard Klay Thompson has donated $20,000 to the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department., Communities United Committee, Alameda County/Oakland Community Action Partnership and the Emergency Food Providers Committee to facilitate the continuation of their annual city-wide Thanksgiving Dinner event on Tuesday, November 25. The annual event will take place at the Marriott Hotel at Oakland City Center (550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Warriors Legend Alvin Attles will attend the dinner on Thompson’s behalf from Noon – 1:00 p.m. to help serve meals to the 2,000 low-income families, seniors and homeless individuals invited to this year’s holiday dinner. The evening of the event, Thompson and the Warriors will be playing in Miami against the Heat. Read the rest of this entry »

Five questions for the Kings’ new point guard Darren Collison

The Sacramento Kings will open their 30th season tonight, and we caught up with the team’s new starting point guard Darren Collison, who has been tearing up court since he was an MVP player at UCLA. Here’s what he had to say about his new teammates, the Kings’ recent trip to China and their upcoming year. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA season tip-off Q&A with Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic

Question: How does your enjoyment of playing in the NBA compare to playing for your Slovenian national team the past two summers?

Answer: It’s totally different. It’s always nice to go back and play for my country. My teammates and I grew up together. But if I’m honest, the level of teammates back on the Slovenian national team is way different from here. We have a lot of better players here, so it’s much easier for me. Over there, when I’m playing, everybody is so focused on me that it’s really tough to play. You’re always going to have three guards around you. Read the rest of this entry »

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