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How NBA champ Festus Ezeli fell into basketball after emigrating from Nigeria at 14

Festus Ezeli departed from Nigeria in July 2004 as a nervous 14-year-old who stood 6-foot-8 and dreamed of becoming a doctor. While there is no medical degree 11 years later, the Golden State Warriors’ center on Wednesday returned to Africa three inches taller and an NBA champion after living a real-life fairy tale.

“I’ve been beyond lucky, blessed or whatever it is,” Ezeli told Yahoo Sports. “I’ve had people come into my life that I never expected. I’ve had people come and support me that I never expected. They all are a part of my journey… Read the rest of this entry »

Festus Ezeli to Participate in First NBA Game in Africa on Aug. 1

Warriors center Festus Ezeli will participate in the first NBA game in Africa on August 1, the NBA announced. The Nigerian native will play with Team Africa, which is comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players, against Team World, which features players from the rest of the world, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

What The (Blank)?

Welcome to the latest edition of What the (Blank)? Just like on the first day of elementary school, we ask athletes to answer 10 questions about themselves so you can get to know them better. Next up is professional basketball player Frank Kaminsky. Yes, this is his real handwriting.

– The first pair of kicks I ever owned was … Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Kaminsky a Charlotte Hornet, but NBA rookie at home at Benet

Frank Kaminsky is a Charlotte Hornet now, but he hasn’t forgotten home.

Kaminsky’s high school coach at Benet, Gene Heidkamp, and Benet teammate Dylan Flood accompanied him to the NBA draft in June when the Hornets selected him with the ninth pick. Kaminsky kept close tabs with his coach and Benet friends throughout a collegiate career at Wisconsin that ended at this year’s Final Four. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Conley headlines NBA Nation 2015 events in China

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley will headline China’s NBA Nation 2015 tour from July 24-29 where he will tip off the festivities in Beijing by hosting an NBA FIT Clinic and participate in a variety of basketball activities, sign autographs and interact with fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Roberson Relishes Time with Youth Campers

Tiny piercing voices in the gymnasium broke out in a chant as 50 campers, aged five through nine, cheered Thunder guard Andre Roberson after he remained the last dribbler standing and playfully raised his arms in triumph after a gripping elimination game of Dribble Knockout. The youngsters’ spirit of joie de vivre throughout the day resonated with Roberson in his surprise visit to the Thunder Youth Basketball camp in Bixby, Oklahoma on Friday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

New Kings guard Rondo says ‘sky’s the limit’ in Sacramento

Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer.

“Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said.

This much is clear – they’ll be interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

The Refreshing Goran Dragic

The Dragon could have probably squeezed the Miami Heat for a nine-digit contract this summer.

After all, the 29-year-old point guard with a knack for perpetually putting pressure on the defense had some leverage. A plethora of big-market teams had cash to spend and the Heat gave up two first-round picks to acquire him at last season’s trade deadline. Riley was invested and everyone knew it. Read the rest of this entry »

Okafor Looks To Lead Big Man Renaissance In Philly

Jahlil Okafor’s had to block out the critics his whole life.

Despite being the nation’s top-ranked player since middle school, the talented big man was told that he was a member of a vanishing breed, that NBA teams no longer needed players like him, and that the bullish frame set atop ballerina’s feet that would once have made him a generational prospect now served as mere window dressing. The back-to-the-basket big man is dying, they told him, and his demise, too, was inevitable. Read the rest of this entry »

Stanley Johnson even better on day two as Pistons grab first Summer League win

If day one of Stanley Johnson was very good, day two was borderline great.

As a 21-year-old coming off his rookie season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope carried himself in 2014 Summer League as if he was the best player on the court and then backed it up by playing that way. Read the rest of this entry »

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