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

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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Indianapolis Native Jeff Teague Hosts First Holiday Hoops Tourney for Local Families

To celebrate his Indianapolis roots during the holidays, Pacers starting point guard Jeff Teague hosted his first basketball tournament last week at Anderson High School. Honoring his parents’ hometown, Anderson, Ind., Teague sponsored six underprivileged families for the tournament, which was open to the public. During halftime, he gave out gifts to more than 100 children. Also this holiday season, Teague participated in The Salvation Army Indiana Division’s






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

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

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

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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