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Andre Roberson’s Journey

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Zach LaVine Donates $10,000 to the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund, Wins NBA Cares Community Assist Award

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Zach LaVine’s work with a school for the deaf is bringing an added benefit he never saw coming — the chance to help a new charity dedicated to his fallen coach.

LaVine was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of April on Monday, an honor earned through LaVine’s work with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul. LaVine makes periodic trips to the school throughout the year and donated a portion of his winnings from the Slam Dunk contest to build a new kitchen.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine serves breakfast to students in the Metro Deaf School's new kitchen in St. Paul, Minn. LaVine was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of April on Monday, May 9, 2016, an honor earned through LaVine's work with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul. LaVine makes periodic trips to the school throughout the year and donated a portion of his winnings from the Slam Dunk contest to build a new kitchen. (Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine serves breakfast to students in the Metro Deaf School’s new kitchen in St. Paul, Minn. LaVine was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of April on Monday, May 9, 2016, an honor earned through LaVine’s work with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul. LaVine makes periodic trips to the school throughout the year and donated a portion of his winnings from the Slam Dunk contest to build a new kitchen. (Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

“Working with the Metro Deaf School this last year has been fun,” LaVine said. “The students and staff have become my friends. It’s a relationship I’m going to continue and I appreciate the NBA for the recognition and their emphasis on community outreach.”

LaVine received $10,000 to donate to his charity of choice. He chose the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund, named in honor of the former Timberwolves coach who died in October. Read the rest of this entry »

All-Around ‘Baby Ray Allen’: Science Lover, Piano Player and Key Rookie Playoff Threat

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat shakes hands with his teammates during the game against the Charlotte Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (credit: Issac Baldizon, NBAE via Geetty Images)

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat shakes hands with his teammates during the game against the Charlotte Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (credit: Issac Baldizon, NBAE via Getty Images)

By Jared Zwerling, NBPA.com

Heat rookie Josh Richardson’s college practices at Tennessee were as grueling as they get.

They involved drills with weighted vests; defensive slides with heavy medicine balls while requiring you to keep your head up the entire time; post work with defenders using boxing gloves for extra contact; and two-ball dribbling exercises the length of the court with a bungee cord behind the player for resistance and even more in front of him with a defender pushing against him. Read the rest of this entry »

Jahlil Okafor returning to Duke to complete education, rehab

School is about to be back in session for Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor left Duke University last year after his freshman season to enter the NBA. Next month, he will begin taking summer classes on campus to work toward the completion of his education. Read the rest of this entry »

Miami’s Josh Richardson Named KIA NBA Rookie of the Month

The Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson today was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.

Richardson helped the Heat go 10-5 in March by ranking second among East rookies in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (2.1 apg), and leading the conference’s first-year players in field goal percentage (53.7), three-point field goal percentage (58.9) and steals (1.3 spg).  Read the rest of this entry »

Wolves’ LaVine Helps Pay For New Cafeteria At St. Paul School For The Deaf

The claps and cheers as Zach LaVine walked into the room were loud, audible to everyone in the school as the Minnesota Timberwolves guard arrived and waved to the crowd.

Audible to everyone, except for most doing the cheering.

In his short time in Minnesota, the 21-year-old has formed a fast bond with the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, a school that caters to about 100 students who are hearing impaired. He has used his incredible leaping ability to win two slam dunk titles and make a name for himself as a rising star in the NBA. Read the rest of this entry »

Warriors Center Festus Ezeli Receives YMCA San Francisco’s Outstanding Community Leader Award

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Center Festus Ezeli has been honored by the YMCA of San Francisco with the Outstanding Community Leader award to recognize his commitment to the youth and families in the Bayview Hunters Point community, the team announced today. Since being drafted by the Warriors in 2012, Ezeli has made a continued impact on the Bayview Hunters Points community, recently hosting a Warriors Youth Basketball Camp and his third-annual Thanksgiving Dinner for local families and youth at the Bayview YMCA. Ezeli was honored at YMCA San Francisco’s “Y for Youth Luncheon” fundraiser this afternoon at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry »

Hill Honoring His Mother’s Memory On and Off the Court

Jordan Hill doesn’t have many memories of his mother.

He does have what he calls a recurring “flashback” of her being rushed to the hospital and him riding with her in the back of the ambulance. He stops short of calling that a memory, though, because older relatives have no recollection of it happening. Read the rest of this entry »

Zach LaVine talks about his visits to a school for the deaf

Zach LaVine’s relationship with a St. Paul school for the deaf is the focus of new episode of CBS’ Game Changers, which reveals that the Timberwolves guard makes monthly visits to Metro Deaf School, where he uses his own sign language ability to communicate with the school’s young students.

Miami Heat Getting Strong Contributions From Josh Richardson

The Miami Heat looked like their season was going to go down the drain a couple of weeks ago. With Chris Bosh sidelined indefinitely with another blood clot scare, the Heat also lost another guard shortly after in Beno Udrih. With Udrih joining Tyler Johnson on the sidelines more than likely for the remainder of the season, the Heat had very few options to turn to. Read the rest of this entry »

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