Kent Bazemore: From Small-Town Kid to Big-Time Student-Athlete Game-Changer

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Kent Bazemore was born into a population of only around 250, in Kelford, N.C. And entering his rookie season in 2012, after going undrafted, ESPN ranked him No. 499 out of 500 NBA players. But even with those extremely small odds, the southpaw has become a standout for the playoff-contending Hawks, in the first season of the longest contract in his career. The 27-year-old has also expanded his






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The Center of Culture: Inside Tyson Chandler’s Creative and Global Adventures

Tyson Chandler landing in St. Tropez last summer. (Photo courtesy of Tyson Chandler's Instagram account)

Tyson Chandler is one of the NBA’s most creative and cultured players. While he’s traveled across the globe, from backpacking through Europe to going on safari in Africa to enjoying the beach life in Australia, he’s photographed his adventures along the way. Using his Leica camera, the center has also captured his teammates behind the scenes, from the Knicks to his current Suns. In fact, he had






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Devin Booker Breaks Down His Fast Ascension Among the League’s Elite

Devin Booker greets the media earlier this month after practice during the NBA Global Games at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Earl Watson reveals a communication approach to his Suns coaching: he gets on Devin Booker the most out of any player on the team, wanting to “push him to be great every day, leading him to greatness.” But Watson said the shooting guard has “embraced everything” that comes along with being the Suns’ brightest star. And he’s only 20—the youngest top scorer in the NBA at






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How Eric Gordon Has Found His Groove in Houston: ‘I’ll Be Sixth Man Every Year’

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The last time—and only time—an NBA player was an All-Star and won the Sixth Man Award in the same year was former Celtics great Kevin McHale in 1984. Could Rockets star Eric Gordon, the NBA’s frontrunner for Sixth Man, be a Western Conference reserve next month in New Orleans? “All-Star for sure,” James Harden said about his scoring sidekick in early January. While Harden has arguably






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Jonas Valanciunas Hosts Lithuanian Heritage Day, Continues to Change the Lives of Native At-Risk Youth

As part of his extensive community outreach working with his native youth, Jonas Valanciunas is an ambassador for Save the Children Lithuania. (Photo courtesy of Save the Children Lithuania).

This past weekend in Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas manned the middle as usual for the Raptors, finishing with 12 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s win over the Knicks. He was also the centerpiece of the day’s festivities, hosting—along with the Raptors and the Canadian-Lithuanian Sports Federation—the annual Lithuanian Heritage Day for fans at the Air Canada Centre. Before the game, kids from Toronto’s Lithuanian community had






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