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


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


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,


Q&A: Bucks’ Steve Novak on His Milwaukee Roots and Creation of Community Programs

Steve Novak at his alma mater Marquette University's Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. (NBPA)

After the Nets-Bucks game Thursday night in Brooklyn, the NBPA caught up with Steve Novak on being back home in Milwaukee and his work in his native Brown Deer community, including scholarships, study programs and sports facility development.   NBPA: What’s been special getting reacclimated to Milwaukee since February, when you first signed with the Bucks? Steve Novak: It’s really a booming city. There’s a ton of


From Helping His Father After Cancer to Expanding His Filipino Roots, Jordan Clarkson’s Impact Grows Globally

Jordan Clarkson (right) with his brother, Julian, and father, Mike, in October 2014, seven months after his surgery to remove a Stage 4 carcinoma alongside his spine. During Mike's recovery, Clarkson was embarking on his rookie season in the NBA with the Lakers. (Photo courtesy of Jordan Clarkson)

LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson had just turned the corner into 2014—as a blossoming star at Missouri with sights set on the NBA draft that year—when he was hit with some devastating news in January: his father, Mike, was diagnosed with a Stage 4 carcinoma that had spread up and down his spine. The situation led to a special initiative that’s currently in the works as part of Clarkson’s now


Video: Clippers, Lakers Players Share Insights on Their Main Off-Court and Community Initiatives


This week in Los Angeles, the NBPA caught up with several Clippers and Lakers players to discuss their main community projects and off-the-court interests.   CLIPPERS .@paulpierce34 discusses his values of leadership, being a helpful voice from the sideline and rubbing off his clutch gene on the guys. — NBPA (@TheNBPA) November 22, 2016 .@JCrossover on the impact of his Seattle Pro-Am, how it’s