Jason Thompson: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

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By Jason Thompson, an eight-year NBA veteran for the Raptors who’s a regular contributor for SportsBlog.com, a content partner of the NBPA that focuses on first-person stories with pro athletes    I’m like a kid in a candy store. To make the playoffs for the first time in eight NBA seasons, let’s just say it’s been a long time coming. Honestly, words can’t describe how I’m feeling

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CBS Profiles Michele Roberts’ Rise from South Bronx Projects to NBPA Head

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While NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts has no kids of her own, every single day the well-being of more than 450 young men is her top priority. On Monday, CBS This Morning highlighted Roberts’ close connections to players and her rise to NBPA head. “These guys, they may change teams, they may change agents, they may even change wives and girlfriends, but the one constant as long as they are players is

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Q&A with Top Pick Breanna Stewart: ‘It’s a New Challenge and New Chapter’

UNCASVILLE, CT - APRIL 14:  WNBA President Lisa Borders poses with Breanna Stewart after being drafted number one overall by the Seattle Storm during the 2016 WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm on April 14, 2016 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

It will likely be a while until we see another women’s player like Breanna Stewart. Standing at 6’4″, the Syracuse native is coming off six straight championships—two in high school and four at the University of Connecticut—and on Thursday, the Seattle Storm selected her with the No. 1 overall pick. The NBPA’s Michael Goldsholl caught up with the UConn legend at the WNBA draft as she prepared for the next

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Sager Strong: Dwight Howard Hosts Blood Drive for Legendary Sideline Reporter

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On Wednesday, Dwight Howard and his D12 Foundation honored legendary sideline reporter Craig Sager by hosting a blood drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Sager has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for two years. “I met Craig when I first got into the league and I was, like, ‘Man, this guy is just wearing these crazy suits, and he just has this great

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Michele Roberts Joins Panel at World Congress of Sports

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On Wednesday, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts participated in the CAA World Congress of Sports conference in Los Angeles. Roberts joined John Ourand, from the SportsBusiness Journal, and Chris Wagner, the executive vice president and co-founder of NeuLion, at the conference to discuss the NBPA’s mission and commitment to NBA players. To check out Roberts’ interview, click here.

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24 on 24: Players Reveal the Best Moves and Motivation from Kobe Bryant

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You’ve seen the many tributes this season for the Lakers legend, the pre- and post-game player handshakes with the Mamba, the photos after games of players getting a jersey or sneaker signed by one of the greatest ever. But what are those special moments really like for the player interacting with Kobe Bryant? What is it really like learning from him and studying his game? In honor of

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Inside the Numbers of Kobe Bryant’s Legacy On and Off the Court

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It’s all come back full circle 20 years later, represented by a single number: 13. That’s when Kobe Bryant was picked in the first round of the 1996 draft as a high school sensation, and on Wednesday it marks the final day he laces ’em up in the NBA. In between that time, many more numbers show the full breadth of Bryant’s unique impact beyond his five

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Fighting for Flint: Pistons Players, NBPA Foundation Boost Aid for Water Crisis

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There aren’t a lot of pleasant surprises in Flint these days with the ongoing water crisis, but on a rainy late March day, the kids at Eagle’s Nest Academy arrived to find their gym completely renovated. The school opened last September, but because there wasn’t enough money to finish the gym, the kids spent the whole year having recess in the hallways during the long

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Behind the Lens with Boris Diaw: Filmmaker, Adventure Traveler and Future Space Explorer

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SAN ANTONIO — Boris Diaw has a future plan that goes way above and beyond, literally, anything a professional athlete has ever thought of doing in retirement. “I will go to space at some point,” the Spurs’ veteran forward tells the NBPA in his office at his Shavano Park home, located in northwest San Antonio. “I won’t say in the next 10 years, but maybe in 30.”

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NBPA Appoints Daren Jenkins as Director of Communications

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NEW YORK, NY, April 5, 2016 — NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts announced today that Daren Jenkins has been selected to serve as the new NBPA Director of Communications Jenkins becomes the NBPA’s primary liaison with the national media, including all print, broadcast and new media outlets. Jenkins responsibilities will also include issuing press releases and statements on behalf of the NBPA coordinating all NBPA press conferences, and

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