NBPA President Chris Paul addresses the new faces at the Rookie Transition Program last month at the players' union's new headquarters. (Photo by Davide De Pas Pictures)
Last month, the NBA rookies got their first glimpse of the new NBPA headquarters during the annual Rookie Transition Program.
Around 80 players visited the new office in midtown Manhattan, which covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. It’s the only location in Manhattan that resembles an NBA training center.
The rookies got a tour of the gym, locker room, soon-to-be-completed basketball court and hydroworks area (hot/cold tub and underwater treadmill). They also checked out the players’ lounge (with pool and ping-pong) and multiple business rooms (technologically-equipped) where they can conduct meetings to advance their careers on and off the court. In addition, they met with and heard from NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, NBPA President Chris Paul, other staff members in breakout sessions, and former NBA legends Isiah Thomas and Spencer Haywood.
Here’s our behind-the-scenes video feature on the NBPA’s Rookie Transition Program, while highlighting our new office for players:
Below is a photo look inside the rookies’ experience at the new NBPA headquarters (photos by Davide De Pas Pictures; scroll to the right to see the sequence of the day).
L to R: James Webb III (76ers), Denzel Valentine (Bulls) and Chasson Randle (Knicks) arrive at NBPA headquarters.
No. 1 pick Ben Simmons (second from left) and other rookies wait in the NBPA’s lobby before the program starts.
Buddy Hield (Pelicans) and Isaiah Cousins (Kings) hang in the NBPA’s players’ lounge area.
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts addresses the rookies, telling them, “This is your home.”
Roberts and NBPA President Chris Paul.
NBPA President Chris Paul addresses the new faces at the Rookie Transition Program last month at the players’ union’s new headquarters. (Photo by Davide De Pas Pictures)
Former NBPA President Isiah Thomas stresses to the players to take advantage of all that the union has to offer for them.
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith discusses the impact of the media while interviewing former NBA great Spencer Haywood, who helped open doors for younger players to enter the draft.
The players learn about the NBPA’s legal department, understanding how the union represents and preserves their legal rights in various situations.
In other breakout sessions, players meet other NBPA staff members in charge of digital, finance, marketing and player development.
Paul, the first player to work out in the NBPA’s new gym, greets the rookies.
The NBPA’s customized weights.
The players check out the NBPA’s hydroworks area, featuring a hot and cold tub, as well as an underwater treadmill that goes up to eight feet deep.
NBPA Deputy Executive Director Roger Mason Jr. leads a tour of the NBPA’s basketball court area, which will be completed in October before the season starts. The space, which will have three baskets and a digitally-advanced sound system for players’ music, will host NBA teams’ practices and shootarounds during the season, player workouts and other events.
Mason Jr. shows the players the NBPA’s locker room, which has a big TV and connectivity for watching game film. The room, which has adjacent showers for the players, is also wired to please the players’ musical tastes.
Bucks rookies Thon Maker (left) and Malcolm Brogdon inside the locker room.