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
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.
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
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
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