The ‘Polish Machine’: A Decade into His NBA Career, Marcin Gortat Preps for 10th Annual Summer Tour Back Home

If you think Marcin Gortat’s current life is busy in the playoffs, setting dozens of screens every night for John Wall, and scoring and rebounding as a double-double threat, wait until you hear what happens after he touches down in Poland every summer. Hosting youth programs, meeting government heads, visiting with members of the military, being an ambassador of Porsche, tending to a giraffe and his two

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How Advanced Teaching—From His NBA Father to a Special Ops Trainer—Led to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Emergence

Tim Hardaway Jr. had a basketball routine before he even had a full set of teeth. Three months after NBA great Tim Hardaway had Junior in 1992, while he was playing for the Warriors, he would regularly take him to the practice center when he was still sucking a bottle. As Hardaway remembers it, crying turned to calmness when his infant son heard the sound of a bouncing ball.

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Collecting Points and Degrees, Malcolm Brogdon Shines as a ROY Candidate and Public Policy Champion

For Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, a Rookie of the Year candidate who will be competing in the playoffs, it took only one rule and a trip to Ghana during his adolescence to figure out his life’s purpose beyond basketball: utilizing his education in public policy by assisting countries most in need. While he didn’t know it then, his quest for figuring out what he wanted to do

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Michele Roberts’ Statement on Phil Jackson’s Comments on Carmelo Anthony

NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts released the following statement regarding the recent comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson on Carmelo Anthony: NEW YORK, NY, April 15, 2017­ — “We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson. If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect

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Playoff Prep: 10 Ways that Players are Getting Their Mind and Body Ready

As the playoffs begin, players’ new habits will come to light—from musical tastes to mental approaches. In some cases, a particular pair of shoes or certain style will be desired—even a good-luck charm. The NBPA turned to two veterans and two rookies who will be competing in the postseason—Amir Johnson (Celtics) and Andre Roberson (Thunder), and Malcolm Brogdon (Bucks) and Denzel Valentine (Bulls), respectively—to answer a fun

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Socially Active: 20 Players in the Postseason Share the Meaning of Their Motivational Hashtags

The NBA is all about personality—from the style and sneakers to the hairstyles and handshakes to the up-and-unders and uniform accessories. While those are visible with the players themselves, there’s another personable quality that’s only seen through words: personal hashtags that they use to identify themselves with and inspire others on their social media feeds. “You do it because people want to join it, people always

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The Grizzlies Star Reflects on a Decade in His NBA City

Out of all the players 30 years old and younger, there’s only one who’s been with his team for 10 years: Mike Conley, a Memphis resident for his entire decade-long career—from 19 years old, coming off of a national championship appearance at Ohio State, to now 29, finishing his first NBA season averaging at least 20 points for the playoff-bound Grizzlies. Speaking with the NBPA, the

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Jonas Valanciunas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas Headline Lithuanian Heritage Weekend in New York City

After the Knicks-Raptors game on Sunday, the colors of green and yellow took over the 102 section at Madison Square Garden in the usual territory of blue and orange. Thirty-two kids (and their parents) from Lithuanian Saturday day schools in Long Island, New York City and New Jersey had attended the game and were awaiting the arrival of their fellow countrymen, Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Raptors center

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Bulls Star Unveils ‘Dsquared2 x Dwyane Wade’ Capsule Collection at Saks

The world of sports and fashion collided on Monday night at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate the exclusive launch of the “Dsquared2 x Dwyane Wade” capsule collection. Wade was joined by Dsquared2’s designer duo, twins Dan and Dean Caten—who’ve all been friends since they met during the 2011 Milan Fashion Week—as well as vice president and men’s fashion director of Saks, Eric

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Pascal Siakam, Newest Ambassador of ‘Right To Play,’ on His Journey from Cameroon to Canada

Since high school, whenever Pascal Siakam checks into a game, he uses his right hand to bump his left chest four times. Then, a slight pause, until he does it three more times. Representing his Raptors jersey No. 43, the routine first signifies the heart that Siakam has for the most important men in his life (four): his father, Tchamo, who passed away in a car

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