The Great Dame: Inside Damian Lillard’s Diverse Impact in Oakland and Portland

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Playing the Warriors on the road isn’t just another game for Damian Lillard. Oakland is where everything started for the Blazers star point guard, who’s averaging a career-high 27 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting. Last week, Lillard returned to his alma mater, Oakland High School, to not only launch his latest adidas sneaker, the Dame 3, with musical performances from Fetty Wap, DJ Esco






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Briefly Displaced as a Kid, Kris Dunn Now Assists Homeless Youth in Minnesota

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For several months when Kris Dunn was in fourth grade, he was left to fend for himself with his older brother, John, selling shoes and competing in card and basketball games to make money. Their mother, Pia, had left the family—she passed away in 2013—and their father, John Sr., was not around until he reconnected with them around that time. Now, having the NBA platform to tell






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Video: George Hill on His Fifth Annual Holiday Bash to Support Military Families

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Every December, George Hill hosts an event to honor and support military families who are struggling during the holiday season—inspired with the idea when he played in San Antonio and was surrounded by the city and team’s military culture. On Thursday night, he held his fifth annual holiday bash in Park City, Utah, where the proceeds benefited Wish for Our Heroes to provide basic necessities, including






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Isaiah Whitehead: Brooklyn Born, Brooklyn Bred

Coney Island native Isaiah Whitehead signs Nets shirts for local residents at his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School, during his jersey retirement ceremony on Tuesday night. (NBPA)

NEW YORK — “Take your cameras out!” Abraham Lincoln High School athletic director Renan Ebeid said on the mic, with hundreds of local Coney Island residents in the basketball gym after the team’s home-opener win over Boys and Girls High School. A fan like everyone else, the Nets’ first-ever Brooklyn-born player, Isaiah Whitehead, pulled out his cell phone to capture the special moment. A banner for his






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Video: Cody Zeller on His Fourth Annual Sock Drive, Serving a Big Need for Charlotte’s At-Risk Community

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In his rookie season in 2013-14, Cody Zeller discovered that socks were one of the most desired pieces of clothing for those in need in Charlotte. So he started a month-long campaign that culminated with him delivering socks to The Salvation Army Center of Hope, an emergency shelter in the city. In the last three years, he’s donated more than 10,000 socks. This past week,






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