WNBPA Statement on the Passing of Pat Summitt

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 05, 2008 -  Portrait of head coach Pat Summitt with all eight of her NCAA national championship trophies at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. (Photo by Tennessee Athletics)

Women’s National Basketball Players Association Director of Operations Teri Carmichael Jackson released the following statement on the passing of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Summitt. Pat will not only be remembered as one of the greatest coaches of all-time in any sport, but as a leader, teacher, mentor and friend. Her legacy will continue to live on


Tim Hardaway: Experience Wins Big Games, Period

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By Tim Hardaway, a former 14-year NBA 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    You can’t just come into the playoffs—or the Finals for that matter—and play like you would in the regular season. There is a lot that goes into the playoff mentality, and it’s not something you can teach. I


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


Q&A with Carmelo Anthony: Ninja Turtles Collab, Puerto Rico Soccer, Tech and More

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Only one athlete in the country’s No. 1 market has the clout to completely take over one of New York City’s most popular destinations: Herald Square. That would be Knicks superstar and NBPA Vice President Carmelo Anthony. Complete with a customized basketball court and stage—along with performances from the entertaining Harlem Wizards basketball team, acrobatic Air Elite Dunkers and Knicks City Kids dancers—on Saturday, Anthony launched his collaboration


Brazilian Anderson Varejao’s Incredible Journey Toward NBA Title and Rio Medal

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SAN FRANCISCO — When you see all of the smiles, the bench celebrations, the energy plays on the court, the times he’s the first one to congratulate his teammates, and all of the other moments of joy from the youthful-looking Brazilian with long curly hair, there’s an underlying meaning behind what drives Warriors center Anderson Varejao: never complain, stay positive. For the 12-year NBA veteran to still be playing for the No. 1-seeded


Nick Collison, “Mr. Thunder,” Reflects on Being Oklahoma City’s Longtime Backbone

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SAN FRANCISCO — Thunder veteran forward Nick Collison has only had to move once in his NBA career: from Seattle to Oklahoma City when the team officially relocated in 2008. Besides that, Collison, 35, has been with the same SuperSonics-turned-Thunder franchise for 13 years, since he was the No. 12 draft pick in 2003. Only a few active players in the league have been with one


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


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


Sidelined But Not Inactive: Tiago Splitter Prepares for His Olympic Broadcast Debut

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With no previous tryout, no previous experience, Hawks center Tiago Splitter got the call in early April—but it didn’t involve playing in any game. The Atlanta-based Spanish-language radio station El Patron 105.3 FM invited the NBA veteran to serve as an analyst for the Hawks’ home game against the Suns. Splitter enjoyed the experience so much that in early June he’ll be attending the NBPA’s Sportscaster U. program, designed for


Inside Cam: Behind the Scenes of Cameron Payne’s First Playoffs and Rookie Season

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Thunder rookie Cameron Payne has had the opportunity of a lifetime this season: starting his NBA career learning from one of the most dynamic duos ever in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant has stressed that routine is everything, telling Payne, “You can shoot 2-for-90, but that doesn’t mean the next day you’ve got to come shoot a million shots. You just do the same thing