Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on His National Stuttering Association Involvement, Expansive Charity Work and NBA Return

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (center), who was a premature baby, meets Neonatal Intensive Care Unit graduates and their parents at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist)

MIAMI — Ask Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a question and you’ll get a rather short response. But the response comes with meaningful purpose and sincerity—first a few seconds of concentrated thought, then conviction and candidness in a friendly manner. Only several sentences, but each one coated with honesty and emotion. There is a deep-rooted reason why Kidd-Gilchrist is that way, amiability halted by some abruptness. For many years growing


Nicolas Batum’s ‘Love’ for Charlotte: Being a Main Playmaker, New Father, Community Leader and More

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MIAMI — Twenty-two teams called Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, when free agency started this past summer. You read that right—22. But Batum gave the Hornets the first meeting, as he had promised, and the final decision: he would be returning on a five-year contract. The eight-year NBA veteran never wanted to leave Charlotte, having strong connections to playing for coach Steve Clifford who promoted him as


Mindaugas Kuzminskas: From Referee and Hoops Writer to Euro Star and Knicks Rookie

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — When Knicks rookie Mindaugas Kuzminskas was still a shorter and skinnier 15-year-old than his peers, he thought he didn’t have a future in playing pro basketball. So he started taking referee lessons in his home country of Lithuania—even getting his FIBA license at 16—to at least be around the game. That’s not the only unique attribute about the 6’9″ swingman, who poured in


Q&A: Karl-Anthony Towns on Call of Duty, Summer Highlights, Acting, NBA and More

Karl-Anthony Towns (middle) attends The Ultimate Fan Experience at the Call of Duty World League Championship this past weekend in Los Angeles, along with Marshawn Lynch (left) and Michael Phelps. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)

Here’s how passionate Karl-Anthony Towns is about the Call of Duty video game franchise: This past holiday weekend, the reigning Rookie of the Year traded relaxation for attendance at the third annual Call of Duty World League Championship at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. There, he watched the best global gamers go at it, while playing a sample of the upcoming COD: Infinite Warfare title, which releases in early


Chris Bosh Boosts His Creative Side This Summer: Music, Cooking and Filmmaking

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Chris Bosh has always had an appetite for the creative arts. It started early in his NBA career when he filmed a funny video of himself as a used car salesman to solicit votes for the 2008 All-Star Game. Since then, Bosh has acted in several TV shows, created his own fashion line called Mr. Nice Tie and curated a gallery at Miami’s popular Art Basel event,