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

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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

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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

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Lou Amundson’s Big Plans for Taking Fans Inside NBA Players’ Lives Via Virtual Reality

Lou Amundson plays virtual reality basketball at the STRIVR labs in Menlo Park, Calif., during the NBPA's first-ever Tech Summit this summer. (Photo by Hana Asano)

As a 12-year-old in 1994, Lou Amundson remembers being “super stoked” about getting the first PlayStation for Christmas. It was the one tech product he got the most excited about as a kid. He was in awe of the graphics and how futuristic the gameplay was, enjoying NBA Live and other basketball video games. Now, 22 years later, Amundson has his own plans for a cutting-edge NBA

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Video: NBPA 2016 Tech Summit Recap

(Photo by Hana Asano)

This summer, the NBPA hosted its first-ever Technology Summit in San Francisco, where players (including MVP Stephen Curry and players’ union VP Andre Iguodala) sat in on presentations with executives of major media and technology companies; went on site visits to several venture capital firms and virtual reality startups in Silicon Valley; and participated in workshops designed to identify opportunities to pursue during and after their NBA

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Video: Omri Casspi and NBPA Foundation Host Israeli Cultural Tour

(Photo by Shir Hassin)

Earlier this month, the NBPA Foundation teamed up with Omri Casspi in a mission to bring NBA and WNBA players, as well as other celebrities, to experience Omri’s homeland and give back to local Israeli communities. Here’s our video feature inside the trip:

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Back Home in Louisiana, Langston Galloway is Already Making an Impact: Combating the Flood Crisis

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More than 70,000 people have registered for federal disaster aid. More than 40,000 homes have been damaged. And more than 8,000 people have moved to shelters, while others have been displaced to different residences. That includes Baton Rouge native Langston Galloway’s parents, family and friends. They have all been affected by Louisiana’s recent flooding, which the Red Cross called “the worst natural disaster to strike the

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Cruising with Omri Casspi: The Israeli Invites the NBPA Along for His Second Cultural Tour

Omri Casspi and crew, in conjunction with the NBPA Foundation and Bank Hapoalim, hosted a basketball clinic at Ramle Sports Hall during his second annual Israeli cultural tour. (Photo by Shir Hassin)

While being the only active NBA player from Israel, Omri Casspi doesn’t just see the opportunity to single-handedly spark basketball growth in his homeland. He also believes in the power of his peers teaming up with him on his community work, while having them experience the cultural significance of his country. That’s why for the second straight summer, Casspi, along with the NBPA Foundation for the first time, hosted a

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Master’s Degree Candidate Tarik Black Follows in Father’s Real Estate Footsteps

Tarik Black chats with real estate professionals at the NBPA's second annual Real Estate Symposium this summer. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat)

At just five years old, Lakers forward Tarik Black started spending his weekends putting in a day’s worth of work. But it wasn’t on the basketball court or any athletic surface. Black was in houses painting walls, sweeping floors and ripping up carpets. Along with his two older brothers, Amal and Bilal, and locals in the Memphis neighborhood, Black would assist his father, Lawrence, with

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DeAndre’ Bembry: My Tribute to My Fallen Brother, Adrian

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DeAndre’ Bembry, the 21st pick by the Hawks, went through a tragic experience just two weeks before the NBA draft. His younger brother, Adrian, was shot and killed outside of an apartment building in Charlotte, trying to break up a fight. For the first time since the incident, Bembry opened up about the special role and impact Adrian played in his life. This upcoming season, Bembry will be dedicating

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