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 Host of All-Star Weekend on His Special Connection to the City, Now in His Fifth Year

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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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Inside the Growth of All-Star Marc Gasol: Stretch-5 Threat and Style Trendsetter

Marc Gasol at his house in Memphis. (Photo courtesy of Marc Gasol)

A lot has happened since Marc Gasol had season-ending surgery a year ago this past week to fix his broken right foot. The nine-year NBA veteran has flourished from changing his game this season to become arguably the best stretch-5 in the league, he was named an All-Star for the third time in his career and first in two years, and he’s become sought-after for his

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Kent Bazemore: From Small-Town Kid to Big-Time Student-Athlete Game-Changer

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Kent Bazemore was born into a population of only around 250, in Kelford, N.C. And entering his rookie season in 2012, after going undrafted, ESPN ranked him No. 499 out of 500 NBA players. But even with those extremely small odds, the southpaw has become a standout for the playoff-contending Hawks, in the first season of the longest contract in his career. The 27-year-old has also expanded his

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The Center of Culture: Inside Tyson Chandler’s Creative and Global Adventures

Tyson Chandler landing in St. Tropez last summer. (Photo courtesy of Tyson Chandler's Instagram account)

Tyson Chandler is one of the NBA’s most creative and cultured players. While he’s traveled across the globe, from backpacking through Europe to going on safari in Africa to enjoying the beach life in Australia, he’s photographed his adventures along the way. Using his Leica camera, the center has also captured his teammates behind the scenes, from the Knicks to his current Suns. In fact, he had

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Devin Booker Breaks Down His Fast Ascension Among the League’s Elite

Devin Booker greets the media earlier this month after practice during the NBA Global Games at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Earl Watson reveals a communication approach to his Suns coaching: he gets on Devin Booker the most out of any player on the team, wanting to “push him to be great every day, leading him to greatness.” But Watson said the shooting guard has “embraced everything” that comes along with being the Suns’ brightest star. And he’s only 20—the youngest top scorer in the NBA at

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How Eric Gordon Has Found His Groove in Houston: ‘I’ll Be Sixth Man Every Year’

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The last time—and only time—an NBA player was an All-Star and won the Sixth Man Award in the same year was former Celtics great Kevin McHale in 1984. Could Rockets star Eric Gordon, the NBA’s frontrunner for Sixth Man, be a Western Conference reserve next month in New Orleans? “All-Star for sure,” James Harden said about his scoring sidekick in early January. While Harden has arguably

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NBPA Statement on the Passing of NBCA Executive Director Michael Goldberg

The National Basketball Players Association released the following statement on the passing of the Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, Michael Goldberg: NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2017 — “For over 40 years, Michael Goldberg worked tirelessly for the betterment of NBA coaches and was an integral part of the growth of the game domestically and internationally. His tremendous leadership and compassion for the lives

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New NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Signed

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2017 — The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been officially signed. The seven-year agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017, and run through the 2023-24 season.

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