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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Briefly Displaced as a Kid, Kris Dunn Now Assists Homeless Youth in Minnesota

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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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Salah Mejri Opens Up About His Journey, Impact and Challenges as the NBA’s Only Tunisian Player Ever

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It’s around 11:30 a.m. at The New York Edition hotel last Monday, and the Mavericks have just returned from their shootaround to prepare for the Knicks that evening. All of the players have retreated to their rooms, except for Salah Mejri who stays in the lobby for another 30 minutes to meet with a Tunisian father and his children, who have driven up from Philadelphia.






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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






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