‘The Truth’ Be Told: Shaquille O’Neal’s Special Tribute to Paul Pierce

The date was March 13, 2001, when the Celtics took the floor of the Staples Center to face the defending champion Lakers. Shaquille O’Neal first heard of Paul Pierce when the Celtics’ up-and-coming star was in high school. But he didn’t really know how good he was until that night—a night that changed Pierce’s persona forever. After he scored a game-high 42 points, O’Neal called Pierce, who was






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The ‘Polish Machine’: A Decade into His NBA Career, Marcin Gortat Preps for 10th Annual Summer Tour Back Home

If you think Marcin Gortat’s current life is busy in the playoffs, setting dozens of screens every night for John Wall, and scoring and rebounding as a double-double threat, wait until you hear what happens after he touches down in Poland every summer. Hosting youth programs, meeting government heads, visiting with members of the military, being an ambassador of Porsche, tending to a giraffe and his two






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The Grizzlies Star Reflects on a Decade in His NBA City

Out of all the players 30 years old and younger, there’s only one who’s been with his team for 10 years: Mike Conley, a Memphis resident for his entire decade-long career—from 19 years old, coming off of a national championship appearance at Ohio State, to now 29, finishing his first NBA season averaging at least 20 points for the playoff-bound Grizzlies. Speaking with the NBPA, the






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Jarrod Uthoff: 10 Things to Know About a Player on a 10-Day Contract

Jarrod Uthoff lost track of what day it was during his second, and final, 10-day contract with the Mavericks this past week. “I have no idea,” he told the NBPA over the weekend. But it was that confidence, in addition to his work ethic, length, shooting and versatility, that the team admired enough to sign him on Wednesday to a two-year contract—his first long-term one in






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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






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