“Sheez.” That was Courtney Lee’s reaction when Gardy St. Fleur, an art advisor to pro athletes, told him that a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat could sell for $65 million on May 18 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction. That would break the current record for a Basquiat at $54 million. Sitting in the middle row of a black Chevrolet Suburban driving through New York City, Lee
Getting whooped, back breaking, legs and fingers cramping up—those were the feelings Lance Thomas had standing up in a boat about 15 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. He was fighting something big on his fishing rod. He just didn’t know how big. It was the summer of 2013, after Thomas’ second NBA season and second with the Hornets, when
Tim Hardaway Jr. had a basketball routine before he even had a full set of teeth. Three months after NBA great Tim Hardaway had Junior in 1992, while he was playing for the Warriors, he would regularly take him to the practice center when he was still sucking a bottle. As Hardaway remembers it, crying turned to calmness when his infant son heard the sound of a bouncing ball.
For Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, a Rookie of the Year candidate who will be competing in the playoffs, it took only one rule and a trip to Ghana during his adolescence to figure out his life’s purpose beyond basketball: utilizing his education in public policy by assisting countries most in need. While he didn’t know it then, his quest for figuring out what he wanted to do
As the playoffs begin, players’ new habits will come to light—from musical tastes to mental approaches. In some cases, a particular pair of shoes or certain style will be desired—even a good-luck charm. The NBPA turned to two veterans and two rookies who will be competing in the postseason—Amir Johnson (Celtics) and Andre Roberson (Thunder), and Malcolm Brogdon (Bucks) and Denzel Valentine (Bulls), respectively—to answer a fun