The Host of All-Star Weekend on His Special Connection to the City, Now in His Fifth Year


Anthony Davis, in an exclusive, extended interview with the NBPA, opened up about his five-year journey through New Orleans from the day he was drafted; community impact through his monthly Flight Academy program; and being a two-time host of All-Star Weekend—he’s in the All-Star Game and Skills Challenge—and his favorite moments behind the scenes. His conversation is presented below in different sections and edited for


Inside the Growth of All-Star Marc Gasol: Stretch-5 Threat and Style Trendsetter

Marc Gasol at his house in Memphis. (Photo courtesy of Marc Gasol)

A lot has happened since Marc Gasol had season-ending surgery a year ago this past week to fix his broken right foot. The nine-year NBA veteran has flourished from changing his game this season to become arguably the best stretch-5 in the league, he was named an All-Star for the third time in his career and first in two years, and he’s become sought-after for his


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


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


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