NBPA Statement on the Passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones

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National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts released the following statement on the passing of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones: “The National Basketball Players Association and its entire membership mourn the loss of Bryce Dejean-Jones. Bryce’s dedication and hard work on his journey to the NBA will forever serve as an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bryce’s

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Norfolk State’s Beloved Spartan Returns: Inside Kyle O’Quinn’s Graduation Weekend

Knicks forward Kyle Quinn poses outside of Norfolk Scope Arena on graduation day.

Knicks forward Kyle O’Quinn is a legend at Norfolk State. After the university was the only school to offer the New York City native a scholarship, four years later in 2012 he made history on campus. He led the Spartans to its only NCAA tournament win, upsetting No. 2-seeded Missouri, 86-84, and three months later he was an NBA second-round draft pick. Over the weekend, O’Quinn fulfilled

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All-Around ‘Baby Ray Allen’: Science Lover, Piano Player and Key Rookie Playoff Threat

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Heat rookie Josh Richardson’s college practices at Tennessee were as grueling as they get. They involved drills with weighted vests; defensive slides with heavy medicine balls while requiring you to keep your head up the entire time; post work with defenders using boxing gloves for extra contact; and two-ball dribbling exercises the length of the court with a bungee cord behind the player for resistance and

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Kenny Anderson: Goodbye, Pops

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By Kenny Anderson, a former 14-year NBA veteran whose column below was featured on SportsBlog.com, a content partner of the NBPA that focuses on first-person stories with pro athletes    I knew it was a matter of time before I got the phone call. That call came from my stepbrother on Sunday. My father, Otis William Brown (“Pops” as I called him), passed away at the age of

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Raising an Autistic Child, Deron Williams Discovers New Hope During National Awareness Month

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Mavericks starting point guard Deron Williams had just aggravated a sports hernia and was heading back to the locker room to receive treatment. It was only the opening minute of Game 4 on Saturday—43 minutes ahead of him he knew he’d miss, and inevitably the rest of the season. But a special guest and surprise moment, behind closed doors and away from the cameras, gave Williams the best

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How Caron Butler’s Book Changed His Life, and Made Actor Mark Wahlberg a Believer

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For NBA veteran Caron Butler, receiving a phone call from one of the best actors in the world, Mark Wahlberg, is a regular occurrence. They’ve been friends for years since Butler played in Los Angeles. But one call last summer was very different, not too long after Wahlberg received and read his buddy’s book, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA. Wahlberg, who’s

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In the Paint: Amar’e Stoudemire Extends Passion for Art to Youth Painting Program

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By Amar’e Stoudemire, a 14-year NBA veteran and former All-Star whose column below was featured on SportsBlog.com, a content partner of the NBPA that focuses on first-person stories with pro athletes    Just like basketball, for me art is a passion force. I love to be around it, I love to expand my knowledge on it and I love to enhance the careers of emerging artists. Basketball is

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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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Hangin’ with Giannis Antetokounmpo: A Revealing Portrait of a Close Family Man and Big Brother

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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brother, Thanasis, can’t watch the Bucks’ star of the future without feeling nervous energy. But his reason is shared by Antetokounmpo’s growing number of NBA fans. “It’s not nervous like I don’t think he’s going to do good,” Thanasis says. “It’s more nervous out of excitement because I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen.” While the Bucks went packing last week, Antetokounmpo cemented

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