Commanding the Court: Gordon Hayward on a Tennis-to-Hoops Career, All-Star and More

Gordon Hayward at last summer's annual "Be Well Utah" health fair hosted by the University of Utah Health Care on the college campus, where residents enjoyed family activities and received complimentary vision, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

When Gordon Hayward was a talented teenager on two different courts, he thought about dropping basketball to try to play college tennis (his better sport at the time). But then he grew to 6’8″ before graduating high school, and the rest is history. Now, seven years since being drafted, the small forward is a first-time All-Star and the first Jazz player to receive that honor in

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Kent Bazemore: From Small-Town Kid to Big-Time Student-Athlete Game-Changer

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Kent Bazemore was born into a population of only around 250, in Kelford, N.C. And entering his rookie season in 2012, after going undrafted, ESPN ranked him No. 499 out of 500 NBA players. But even with those extremely small odds, the southpaw has become a standout for the playoff-contending Hawks, in the first season of the longest contract in his career. The 27-year-old has also expanded his

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The Center of Culture: Inside Tyson Chandler’s Creative and Global Adventures

Tyson Chandler landing in St. Tropez last summer. (Photo courtesy of Tyson Chandler's Instagram account)

Tyson Chandler is one of the NBA’s most creative and cultured players. While he’s traveled across the globe, from backpacking through Europe to going on safari in Africa to enjoying the beach life in Australia, he’s photographed his adventures along the way. Using his Leica camera, the center has also captured his teammates behind the scenes, from the Knicks to his current Suns. In fact, he had

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Devin Booker Breaks Down His Fast Ascension Among the League’s Elite

Devin Booker greets the media earlier this month after practice during the NBA Global Games at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Earl Watson reveals a communication approach to his Suns coaching: he gets on Devin Booker the most out of any player on the team, wanting to “push him to be great every day, leading him to greatness.” But Watson said the shooting guard has “embraced everything” that comes along with being the Suns’ brightest star. And he’s only 20—the youngest top scorer in the NBA at

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How Eric Gordon Has Found His Groove in Houston: ‘I’ll Be Sixth Man Every Year’

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The last time—and only time—an NBA player was an All-Star and won the Sixth Man Award in the same year was former Celtics great Kevin McHale in 1984. Could Rockets star Eric Gordon, the NBA’s frontrunner for Sixth Man, be a Western Conference reserve next month in New Orleans? “All-Star for sure,” James Harden said about his scoring sidekick in early January. While Harden has arguably

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NBPA Statement on the Passing of NBCA Executive Director Michael Goldberg

The National Basketball Players Association released the following statement on the passing of the Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, Michael Goldberg: NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2017 — “For over 40 years, Michael Goldberg worked tirelessly for the betterment of NBA coaches and was an integral part of the growth of the game domestically and internationally. His tremendous leadership and compassion for the lives

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New NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Signed

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2017 — The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been officially signed. The seven-year agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017, and run through the 2023-24 season.

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Jonas Valanciunas Hosts Lithuanian Heritage Day, Continues to Change the Lives of Native At-Risk Youth

As part of his extensive community outreach working with his native youth, Jonas Valanciunas is an ambassador for Save the Children Lithuania. (Photo courtesy of Save the Children Lithuania).

This past weekend in Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas manned the middle as usual for the Raptors, finishing with 12 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s win over the Knicks. He was also the centerpiece of the day’s festivities, hosting—along with the Raptors and the Canadian-Lithuanian Sports Federation—the annual Lithuanian Heritage Day for fans at the Air Canada Centre. Before the game, kids from Toronto’s Lithuanian community had

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Inside Zaza Pachulia’s Epic Starting Five Role, Expansion of Hoops Academy Abroad

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At the start of every Warriors game, Zaza Pachulia, the only current NBA player from the Republic of Georgia, finds himself on the court alongside the most star-studded cast on one team in the NBA: Olympians Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. How does Pachulia think he earned that distinguished role in his 14th season in the NBA? The starting center chuckles. “It just

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Jeff Green: All Heart

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Five years ago today, Jeff Green underwent the longest ordeal in his life: a five-and-a-half-hour surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm near his heart. Green was fortunate that a routine physical with the Celtics in Dec. 2011 caught the problem, because often it goes undetected until the aneurysm bursts. And once it does, there’s a high risk of immediate death. But Green made a remarkable return

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