NBPA News

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NEW YORK, NY, September 2, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce today the winners of its first-ever NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. Presented by HSS, the Official Hospital of the NBPA, PVA NextGen is a platform for middle school and high school-aged basketball players to recognize and honor their peers for skills and achievements both on and off the court. PVA NextGen is designed to emulate the annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards, a platform first created in 2015 that provides current NBA players the opportunity to vote and recognize each other for their individual accomplishments both on and off the court.

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NEW YORK, NY, September 1, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a partnership with Maison Noir Wines, a Black-owned wine company founded by award-winning sommelier André Hueston Mack. Through this partnership, Maison Noir Wines will work with THINK450, the content and partnership arm of the NBPA, to produce limited-edition wines, bringing together NBPA members’ ever-growing interest in the wine category with one of the top wine producers in the United States.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 26, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today officially announced that it is partnering with NYC Parks to completely renovate the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Funded by the NBPA, the renovation of the legendary basketball court begins today and will include the repair and leveling of the court’s pavement, the replacement of the bleachers, backboards and baskets - custom made and provided by Spalding, and scoreboard, the addition of team benches to both sides of the court, and the repainting of the basketball court. Once the renovation is complete, the NBPA Foundation also plans to fund and support the addition of a new recreation position to provide programming at the park and NYC Parks’ nearby Jackie Robinson Recreation Center.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today the launch of its two-day Virtual Real Estate Symposium which is set to begin today and will conclude on August 17. Over the last six years, the NBPA has offered real estate seminars and programs during the off-season as a way for players to network with industry leaders, gain insight into the real estate market, and learn how real estate can be used to maximize a players’ platform off the court.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 10, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association [“NBPA”] announced today that Payne Brown, the President of the NBPA’s licensing arm THINK450, will step down as President, effective September 13, 2021. Brown will be rejoining his former employer HPS Investment Partners in their Los Angeles office.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 7, 2021 – CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers was elected President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at today’s annual summer meeting of the Board of NBPA Player Representatives. An 8-year veteran of the NBA, McCollum has served as a Vice President on the NBPA Executive Committee since 2018.

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THE INTERACTIVE FAN FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 11 – 12, 2021 BOGDAN BOGDANOVIĆ, MARVIN BAGLEY III, CARLOS ARROYO, JOSH CHILDRESS, CHAMILLIONAIRE, HIT-BOY AND MORE JOIN THE STAR-STUDDED LINEUP

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NEW YORK, NY, July 30, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that this year’s TOP 100 High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100) semi-finals and championship games will be livestreamed for the first time in camp history. Live from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida on Friday, July 30 starting at 11:40am ET, viewers can watch on the TOP 100 Camp website as current and former NBA players Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin James, Ty Jerome, John Lucas III, and Mike Muscala coach their teams to the top. In addition, the TOP 100 Camp awards ceremony will be streamed following the conclusion of the games and will celebrate camp participants’ on and off the court.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 28, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced earlier this week the launch of its first-ever NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. Presented by HSS, PVA NextGen is a platform for middle school and high school-aged basketball players to recognize and honor their peers for skills and achievements both on and off the court. PVA NextGen is designed to emulate the annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards, a platform first created in 2015 that provides current NBA players the opportunity to vote and recognize each other for their individual accomplishments both on and off the court. This year, the NBPA Players’ Voice is dedicating its platform to celebrating the collective efforts of the players who pushed through the pandemic to bring basketball back while also keeping the fight for social justice at the forefront.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that SLAM, the global basketball brand and leading publisher of hoops culture, will be the official media partner of the 2021 TOP 100 High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100). Taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, the NBPA and SLAM will provide premium content throughout the camp while amplifying TOP 100’s story on SLAM’s digital, social and print channels.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, and NEW YORK, NY, July 18, 2021 - SBS announces Green for Gold – a documentary about the trials and triumphs of the core group of superstar NBA players that make up the Australian Boomers basketball team – premiering 18 July 2021 at 4.30pm AEST on SBS and SBS On Demand.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 16, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and Five-Star Basketball announced today that they will collaborate again this summer to host a 3-day virtual basketball camp. The NBPA x Five-Star Virtual Basketball Camp will take place from July 19-21 and will provide boys and girls ages 9-17 with a structured basketball learning experience designed to develop campers’ skills both on and off the court from the safety of their own homes.

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NEW YORK, July 14, 2021 – All of the players participating in the NBA Finals have been tested daily for COVID-19. Zero new players have returned confirmed positive tests since July 7.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 14, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today the beginning of its Virtual Broadcaster U. Program, which will span the next two days. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBPA adapted its Broadcaster U. Program last year to be done virtually and it will continue in that format this summer so that players may participate regardless of their location. Established 13 years ago, the NBPA’s Broadcaster U. Program is a career development program designed for players who are interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting and has seen many of its alumni go on to successful careers in sports media.

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NEW YORK, July 7, 2021 – Of the 106 players tested for COVID-19 since June 30, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, June 30, 2021 – Of the 94 players tested for COVID-19 since June 23, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 30, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today the return of the elite TOP 100 High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100) after canceling last year’s in-person camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s TOP 100 Camp is set to take place from July 25-31 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida and will operate at a reduced capacity, featuring 60 of the top high school basketball players from around the country.

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NEW YORK, June 23, 2021 – Of the 149 players tested for COVID-19 since June 16, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 22, 2021 – “We stand with our fellow athletes in tennis in the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association. The NBPA supports all athletes united to use their collective power to improve conditions and create positive change within their sport.”

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NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 – Of the 164 players tested for COVID-19 since June 9, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, June 9, 2021 – Of the 264 players tested for COVID-19 since June 2, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK – June 8, 2021 - 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into a development deal with THINK450, the content and partnership arm of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), bringing NBA players into the kids and family entertainment space.

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NEW YORK, June 2, 2021 – Of the 278 players tested for COVID-19 since May 26, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 29, 2021 – “It may be cliched, but it's true: Mark Eaton was a giant, in every sense of the word. A long-time member of the NBPA Executive Committee right through his retirement from the league in 1994, Mark served his colleagues with grace and strength, and continued to watch over them through his service for the Retired Players Association. His imposing physical presence made a delightful match with his warm and thoughtful manner. We miss him already.”

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NEW YORK, NY, May 27, 2021 - “True fans of this game honor and respect the dignity of our players. No true fan would seek to harm them or violate their personal space. Those who do have no place in our arenas. And their conduct is appropriately evaluated by law enforcement just as if it occurred on a public street.

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NEW YORK, May 26, 2021 – Of the 337 players tested for COVID-19 since May 19, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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Exactly one year ago today - on May 25, 2020 - George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a police officer sworn to protect him. His murder followed those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others whose names never made headlines. Like many of you, we watched the horror of his murder play out on repeat as we sat stuck in our homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We were tired. We were angry. We were looking for a way to fight back.

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NEW YORK, May 24, 2021 – On behalf of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, James Cadogan, the Coalition’s Executive Director, released the following statement:

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NEW YORK, May 19, 2021 – Of the 496 players tested for COVID-19 since May 12, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, May 12, 2021 – Of the 497 players tested for COVID-19 since May 5, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, May 5, 2021 – Of the 492 players tested for COVID-19 since April 28, four new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 3, 2021 - Over the last few months, state legislators across the country have proposed bills and new legislation that if passed, could make it harder for ordinary citizens to cast their ballots in future election seasons. Today, nine (9) major sports unions in North America are announcing their joint opposition to these legislative efforts aimed at restricting the right to vote, and join the hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations in taking a “Stand for Democracy”:

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NEW YORK, NY, May 3, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce that Derek L. Anderson and Michael J. Grinnell, LICSW, will serve as the new NBPA Player Wellness Counselors. They will join the NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Department which is overseen by Director Dr. William Parham. In this role, Messrs. Anderson and Grinnell will work to assist players with the unique emotional and mental challenges associated with being an NBA player as well as provide insight into the mental health services that the NBPA offers.

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NEW YORK, April 28, 2021 – Of the 488 players tested for COVID-19 since April 21, two new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, April 23, 2021 – "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Terrence Clarke’s passing. He was a great talent, a joy to those who knew and loved him and was soon to join our Brotherhood. We send our condolences to and place arms around Terrence’s family and friends during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace, Brother."

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NEW YORK, April 21, 2021 – Of the 488 players tested for COVID-19 since April 14, three new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, April 20, 2021 – NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement today:

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NEW YORK, April 15, 2021 – The National Basketball Social Justice Coalition today announced that James Cadogan has been appointed as its first Executive Director. Cadogan will assume the new position on May 10, 2021 and drive the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of the Coalition. Announced in November 2020, the Coalition will lead the NBA family’s collaborative efforts to address racial inequality and advance social justice by raising awareness, educating and advocating for meaningful policy change in several areas, including voting access and criminal justice system reform at the national, state and local level.

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NEW YORK, April 14, 2021 – Of the 488 players tested for COVID-19 since April 7, zero new players have returned a confirmed positive test.

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