Udonis Haslem: ‘The Real Miami’

Udonis Haslem with some employees he hired for the October opening of his new Starbucks, which is on the campus of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The Starbucks is one of the licensed locations that's operated under his food and beverage company called JFC Miami. (Photo by Bob Metelus)

Udonis Haslem is Miami. The longtime native is a successful product of the rebuilding Liberty City neighborhood; a positive leader through the years overcoming the surroundings of homelessness, drug addiction, and family and friends perishing from disease and gun violence in Miami; a former star at Miami Senior High School; a Heat player since 2003—the longest-tenured in the franchise’s history—with three NBA titles; and a recent

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NBPA Names Dan Gladstone Senior Vice President, Grassroots Basketball and Business Development

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NEW YORK, NY — Dan Gladstone, formerly the Vice President of Community Relations and Fan Development for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty, has joined the National Basketball Players Association as Senior Vice President, Grassroots Basketball and Business Development. In this newly created role at the NBPA, Mr. Gladstone will be responsible for creating a stakeholder engagement strategy and producing grassroots development platforms

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With More NBA Success, Bismack Biyombo’s Biggest Win is Changing More Lives in the Congo

This past summer, as a bonding and motivational activity for children in Goma, Bismack Biyombo led a small group to the summit of the Nyiragongo volcano in Virunga National Park, located in his hometown of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo courtesy of Bismack Biyombo)

Bismack Biyombo’s most impactful stat line isn’t in the NBA, but thousands of miles away in his hometown of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where guns, rebellion and poverty run rampant among the youth. The Magic center is changing, and saving, many young lives. There are the 20 kids that Biyombo has provided scholarships for to attend U.S. high schools; the 150 kids he sends

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on His National Stuttering Association Involvement, Expansive Charity Work and NBA Return

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (center), who was a premature baby, meets Neonatal Intensive Care Unit graduates and their parents at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist)

MIAMI — Ask Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a question and you’ll get a rather short response. But the response comes with meaningful purpose and sincerity—first a few seconds of concentrated thought, then conviction and candidness in a friendly manner. Only several sentences, but each one coated with honesty and emotion. There is a deep-rooted reason why Kidd-Gilchrist is that way, amiability halted by some abruptness. For many years growing

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Trevor Booker and Jonah Baize: From College Teammates to Successful Serial Entrepreneurs

Jonah Baize and Trevor Booker at Booker's wedding, where Baize was the best man. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Baize)

They became inseparable friends from the moment they met in college. Their low-key personalities meshed as one was from the countryside of South Carolina, the other from the cornfields of Indiana. And they were college roommates, locker-room neighbors and gym rats, teaming up for late-night gym sessions to work on their moves in drills, one-on-one and HORSE. Off the court, they enjoyed paintball and making social media videos imitating celebrities

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NBA Stars’ Call Out to Vote

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Save the date ➡️ Tuesday, November 8. #Vote pic.twitter.com/oQNSf1L8nv — NBPA (@TheNBPA) November 5, 2016

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Nicolas Batum’s ‘Love’ for Charlotte: Being a Main Playmaker, New Father, Community Leader and More

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MIAMI — Twenty-two teams called Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, when free agency started this past summer. You read that right—22. But Batum gave the Hornets the first meeting, as he had promised, and the final decision: he would be returning on a five-year contract. The eight-year NBA veteran never wanted to leave Charlotte, having strong connections to playing for coach Steve Clifford who promoted him as

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Jose Calderon’s Commitment to Spain’s Youth: Building Hospital Services, Drug Prevention Programs and More

Jose Calderon visits the Hospital Materno Infantil De Badajoz in his hometown. (Photo courtesy of the Jose Calderon Foundation)

These days, veteran point guard Jose Calderon is centered around the youth on and off the court. The Spaniard is mentoring 20-year-old Lakers starter D’Angelo Russell on one of the youngest teams in the league, and away from basketball, he’s a father of three boys, Manuel, 6, Jaime, 4, and Gonzalo, 2. Then there’s the special connection Calderon has to a select group of kids thousands of miles

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Impacted by a Best Friend’s Suicide, Kyle Anderson Builds Programs, Supports Mental Health Legislation

Kyle Anderson (center, kneeling) with one of the tournament teams at his annual Celebrate Life Day event in honor of close friend Paul Kim, who died by suicide two years ago on Oct. 21, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Anderson)

As his mother, Suzanne, describes it, he was “on top of the world.” Her son, Kyle Anderson, 21 years old at the time, was a rookie in only his first week of the 2014-15 preseason with the defending champion Spurs, his locker was close to arguably the greatest power forward ever, Tim Duncan. And he just had two games where he scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, as the starting small

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Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony’s Call Out to Vote

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Calling all 🇺🇸. Check out this message from NBPA President @CP3, First VP @KingJames, and VP @carmeloanthony. #Register #Vote pic.twitter.com/zOAQCrUwoA — NBPA (@TheNBPA) October 20, 2016

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