What KG Meant to Me: The Young Wolves Reflect on Kevin Garnett’s Lasting Impact

Kevin Garnett with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS — At the The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square, the Timberwolves’ one-year-old practice facility, the walls of the entrance to the business offices are covered with specially-designed photos of the team’s history. Most feature Kevin Garnett, the franchise’s most important figure, from the moment shaking David Stern’s hand as a draftee in 1995, to gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated with teammates Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell in March


NBPA Statement on Kevin Garnett’s Retirement

National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts’ statement on Kevin Garnett’s retirement announcement: “Kevin Garnett will go down as one of the greatest competitors in the history of our sport. His hard work and dedication to the game night in and night out made him one of the most complete players in the NBA. KG brought an unparalleled intensity to the court, that led


Amid Venezuela’s Economic Crisis, Greivis Vasquez Gives Hope to Country’s Youth

Greivis Vasquez with some of the 24 youth players at his first-ever Los 24 basketball camp this summer in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo courtesy of the Fundación Greivis Vasquez)

The long lines at the supermarkets start around 4 a.m. More than 10 hours later, some of the people leave empty-handed—even without toilet paper. That’s the current ongoing situation plaguing the low-income class throughout Venezuela, amid the country’s crippling economic crisis—the worst in its history—that started in early 2014. And with that has come increased youth violence. “We’re going through such a tough time at


Video: Wayne Ellington’s Peace Games in Response to Dad’s Death from Gun Violence

Wayne Ellington (middle, in black), along with his mother, Elaine, former high school teammate and NBA player Gerald Henderson and some Philadelphia leaders, at his inaugural Peace Games event in the city, where he had the players sign pledges to stop gun violence. (NBPA)

On Nov. 9, 2014, Wayne Ellington’s father, Wayne Sr., was shot and killed in his hometown of Philadelphia. Last month, Wayne Jr. hosted his first-ever Peace Games in Philly in response to his father’s death from gun violence, a bigger topic of conversation across the country through recent events and the presidential election. During his time back home, the NBPA was granted exclusive access with the


Video: Style Visionary Kelly Oubre Jr. Takes the NBPA Inside New York Fashion Week

Kelly Oubre Jr. and Stirling Barrett, the founder of KREWE du optic eyewear, during NY Fashion Week in September. (NBPA)

Kelly Oubre Jr., who has his own brand Dope Soul and wants to expand it one day following in the line of his lifestyle idols Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, took the NBPA inside New York Fashion Week earlier this month. The Wizards forward, who’s taking a unique serious interest in the space at only 20 years old, shared his thoughts on attending NY fashion week for the


The New Knicks Star Opens Up on Change, Life off the Court and Empowering Children

LOS ANGELES — It came down to the last shot. Make it, and the basketball skills session would be over. But Derrick Rose, alongside his longtime trainer Rob McClanaghan since 2007, missed the three-point shot in the left baseline corner. So Rose, who created the post-workout competition with McClanaghan, started again from the right baseline corner. He had to make seven consecutive shots in seven spots


Inside the NBPA’s Rookie Transition Program at the Players’ Union’s New Headquarters

NBPA President Chris Paul addresses the new faces at the Rookie Transition Program last month at the players' union's new headquarters. (Photo by Davide De Pas Pictures)

Last month, the NBA rookies got their first glimpse of the new NBPA headquarters during the annual Rookie Transition Program. Around 80 players visited the new office in midtown Manhattan, which covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. It’s the only location in Manhattan that resembles an NBA training center. The rookies got a tour of the gym, locker room, soon-to-be-completed basketball court and hydroworks area (hot/cold


Corey Brewer Expands Diabetes Outreach to Honor His Late Father and Affected Family

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To Corey Brewer, he was “The Mayor.” His father, Ellis, owned a tobacco farm, and working with him in the field led to his defining moments growing up in the small town of Portland, Tenn. The experience cemented his strong work ethic and connected to his favorite memory with his father. As a kid, Brewer would drive with Ellis to the tobacco farm as early as six in


Q&A: Karl-Anthony Towns on Call of Duty, Summer Highlights, Acting, NBA and More

Karl-Anthony Towns (middle) attends The Ultimate Fan Experience at the Call of Duty World League Championship this past weekend in Los Angeles, along with Marshawn Lynch (left) and Michael Phelps. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)

Here’s how passionate Karl-Anthony Towns is about the Call of Duty video game franchise: This past holiday weekend, the reigning Rookie of the Year traded relaxation for attendance at the third annual Call of Duty World League Championship at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. There, he watched the best global gamers go at it, while playing a sample of the upcoming COD: Infinite Warfare title, which releases in early


Chris Bosh Boosts His Creative Side This Summer: Music, Cooking and Filmmaking

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Chris Bosh has always had an appetite for the creative arts. It started early in his NBA career when he filmed a funny video of himself as a used car salesman to solicit votes for the 2008 All-Star Game. Since then, Bosh has acted in several TV shows, created his own fashion line called Mr. Nice Tie and curated a gallery at Miami’s popular Art Basel event,