Commanding the Court: Gordon Hayward on a Tennis-to-Hoops Career, All-Star and More

Gordon Hayward at last summer's annual "Be Well Utah" health fair hosted by the University of Utah Health Care on the college campus, where residents enjoyed family activities and received complimentary vision, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

When Gordon Hayward was a talented teenager on two different courts, he thought about dropping basketball to try to play college tennis (his better sport at the time). But then he grew to 6’8″ before graduating high school, and the rest is history. Now, seven years since being drafted, the small forward is a first-time All-Star and the first Jazz player to receive that honor in






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Derrick Jones Jr. on Topping Last Year’s Epic All-Star Dunk Contest: ‘Oh Yeah, For Sure’

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Derrick Jones Jr., an undrafted rookie with the Suns, has spent most of the season in the D-League and has played a total of 24 minutes in the NBA. In just one night this weekend in New Orleans, not only will Jones Jr. receive more than 24 minutes of court time, but also his appearance will be aired around the world. On Saturday night, he’s one






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The Styles of Swaggy P: Nick Young’s Clothing Line, Celebrations in Games and Career Resurgence

Nick Young at Lakers media day this season. (Photo by Aaron Poole/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nick Young is having the season of his life. Not only is he a full-time starter for the first time in five seasons, but he also has his highest scoring average in three seasons (14.8 points per game), while shooting a career-high 47.1 percent from the field. And the Lakers are only a few games out of the playoff hunt, thanks in large part to his






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

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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

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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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