NBPA News

The latest news, announcements, press releases, and more.

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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NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2021 - “We mourn the death of Daunte Wright and pray for his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time. Our hearts go out to the entire Minneapolis community as they struggle to process this latest tragedy together with the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin.”

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New York, NY, April 12, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce nearly $200,000 in matching player grants in March 2021. Last month, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 13 current and former players to match their charitable giving and philanthropy in their communities. The majority of these grants will go towards covering operational expenses for youth sports programming.

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NEW YORK, April 7, 2021 – Of the 483 players tested for COVID-19 since March 31, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, March 31, 2021 – Of the 481 players tested for COVID-19 since March 24, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, March 24, 2021 – Of the 485 players tested for COVID-19 since March 17, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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New York, NY, March 22, 2021 - “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Hall Famer Elgin Baylor. Elgin’s success as a player, coach and executive in this league was unparalleled. He had a profound impact on the game of basketball and the generations of players that followed him.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 17, 2021 – "We are stunned and saddened to learn of the injuries Shawn Bradley sustained in connection with the recent accident. He and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout his journey to rehabilitation and recovery."

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NEW YORK, March 17, 2021 – Of the 490 players tested for COVID-19 since March 10, three new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, March 10, 2021 – Of the 465 players tested for COVID-19 since March 3, two new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 5, 2021 – Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings was elected as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at today’s annual winter meeting of the Board of NBPA Player Representatives. CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Garrett Temple of the Chicago Bulls have been re-elected as Vice Presidents on the NBPA’s Executive Committee.

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NEW YORK, March 3, 2021 – Of the 456 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 24, seven new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce a series of virtual youth basketball clinics featuring coaching and instruction from NBPA members. Building upon the NBPA’s existing virtual programming, this new series of youth basketball clinics is designed to help boys and girls ages 9-17 develop their skills on and off the court without leaving the safety of their own homes.

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NEW YORK, Feb 24, 2021 – Of the 455 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb 17, 2 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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New York, NY, February 22, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce that it will provide roughly $160,000 in grants to three (3) Houston-based organizations to aid in the long-term recovery efforts that started after Hurricane Harvey and have been exacerbated by the recent severe winter storms.

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NEW YORK, Feb 17, 2021 – Of the 454 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb 10, 5 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2021 – Of the 470 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 3, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2021 – Of the 482 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 27, zero new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

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NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2021 – “The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has been made aware of the lockout threatened by Major League Soccer (MLS) in collective bargaining with the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA). The NBPA stands in solidarity with their union brethren in the MLSPA.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2021 – Of the 492 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 20, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

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NEW YORK, NY, January 27, 2021 – “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sekou Smith. Sekou was a prominent voice in the NBA community, covering news around the League and sharing countless players’ stories throughout the course of his career. We are grateful for his contributions as a journalist over those many years and also as a devoted fan and lover of the game. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and the entire Turner family at this time. Rest in Peace, Sekou.”

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