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NEW YORK, NY, November 28, 2022 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the following staff additions and changes effectively immediately:

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Taking place from March 29-April 1, 2023, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, The Throne is a one-of-a-kind platform that will bring a single-elimination bracket-style basketball tournament to the high school ranks

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NEW YORK, NY, November 21, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the return of its flagship holiday event NBPA 450 Gives, an experiential + digital activation showcasing the best gifts to give and receive. The NBPA will partner with different sponsors starting November 25 (Black Friday) through December 8 for 14-days of prizes and giveaways that fans can win.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 20, 2022 – The NBPA today issued the following statement:

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NEW YORK, NY, November 3, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation announced today that Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will serve as its next executive director, effective immediately. In this role, Rawlings-Blake will oversee and direct the NBPA Foundation’s programs, strategic planning, and execution of its mission to highlight and accelerate the real and collaborative work that NBPA members do worldwide to build their communities and create meaningful change.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2022 – The NBPA today issued the following statement:

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NEW YORK, NY, October 27, 2022 - THINK450, the revenue-generating arm of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), announced today that Que Gaskins will serve as its new President, effective immediately. Gaskins has served as the Interim President since August 2021 while maintaining his role as the NBPA’s Chief Brand and Innovation Officer. He will now officially step into the role of President of THINK450, where he will lead THINK450 through its next stage of growth by maintaining and developing the NBPA brand as a whole, maximizing the commercialization of the players’ intellectual property (IP), and managing relationships with sponsors through the NBPA’s group licensing partnerships, among other responsibilities.

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Vancouver - October 26, 2022 - NBA Top Shot, the official home for on-court highlights of the NBA that fans can own, and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have partnered to launch Top Shot 50, a campaign that will celebrate the 50 players who define the 2022-23 season through the plays that highlight their greatness.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced a “Respect for the Game” program to encourage respectful behavior at all levels of the sport.

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NEW YORK, NY, September 21, 2022 – NBPA President CJ McCollum issued the following statement: “We thank Mr. Sarver for making a swift decision that was in the best interest of our sports community.”

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-Sorare: NBA will Allow Fans to Put NFT-Based Digital Collectibles into Action- NEW YORK, September 7, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and Sorare today announced a multi-year partnership that makes Sorare the Official NFT Fantasy Partner of the NBA. Sorare will launch the first officially licensed, free-to-play digital collectible-based fantasy basketball game, which will be released this fall for the NBA’s 2022-23 season.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. Presented by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and SLAM, PVA NextGen is a platform created for middle 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 NBPA’s Players’ Voice Awards, which were first created in 2015 to provide 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, Aug. 11, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they will honor the life and legacy of 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell by permanently retiring his uniform number, 6, throughout the league. The iconic Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer will be the first player to have his number retired across the NBA.

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ADG MONEYBALL, a first-of-its-kind event, features competition between eight (8) NBPA members’ elite travel teams plus financial literacy and NIL workshops in Washington D.C. from August 12-14, 2022.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 5, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce more than $500,000 in matching player grants. Closing out its fiscal year in May and June, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 26 current and former players to match their philanthropic efforts in their communities.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 31, 2022 -- NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Bill Russell:

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LOS ANGELES, CA, July 28, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the launch of Tech Day LA, its newest career development program for players taking place today in Los Angeles, CA. Led by Noah Lichtenstein, Founder and Managing Partner of early-stage venture capital firm Crossover VC, the NBPA’s Tech Day LA program has been designed to provide member participants with an engaging and comprehensive opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the inner workings of the technology industry.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2022 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (“SIAC”), and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (“SWAC”) are pleased to announce their continued partnership in hosting the Top 50 Basketball Camp. After a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Top 50 Camp will take place from July 28th to July 30th on the campus of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 25, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports of Andalucia, Spain to host “The Sanctuary”, a performance retreat for players that begins today and will go through July 29, 2022.

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LAS VEGAS, July 12, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new, jointly-funded program to provide recognition payments for pioneer players from the American Basketball Association (ABA). Approximately 115 former ABA players, who played at least three seasons and did not qualify for a benefit from the NBA players’ pension plan, will receive payments under this new program.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 12, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce a new multi-year partnership with Re+Play, the performance-based wellness and recovery line of Harrington Wellness, designating Re+Play as an official partner of the NBPA. The equity partnership will allow Re+Play to bring the latest in recovery-promoting products and technology to athletes of all levels.

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LAS VEGAS, NV, July 8, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the start of its Real Estate Day experience taking place today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Led by Josh Childress, a former player, and real estate investor, this experience has been designed to give current and former NBPA members an opportunity to learn about the real estate industry.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that this year’s TOP 100 High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100) championship game will be livestreamed for the second time in the history of the camp. Live from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida on Friday, July 1, starting at 3:45 pm ET, viewers can tune in to watch the camp’s two top teams battle it out in the championship game on Twitter via the @top100camp handle and on the TOP 100 Camp website.

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NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced earlier this week the launch of its 2nd annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. Presented by HSS and SLAM, PVA NextGen is a platform created 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 NBPA’s Players’ Voice Awards, which were first created in 2015 to provide 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, June 28, 2022 – Today, Niantic announced a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to create an original augmented reality mobile game: NBA All-World. NBA All-World is a first-of-its-kind game that will place NBA fans into the real-world metaverse.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 29, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that it will host The Post Up, a one-day, invite-only, interactive experience at On The Record at Park MGM in Las Vegas, NV on July 10, 2022. A first-of-its-kind experience created by the NBPA and its innovation engine, THINK450, The Post Up is designed to celebrate the players' off-court passions and bring together athletes, celebrities, and brands all in one place.

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In-Person Camp Sessions to Feature Appearances by NBPA Members Jalen Brunson, Wendell Carter Jr., James Harden, Sabrina Ionescu, Kyle Kuzma, Damion Lee, Malik Monk, John Wall along with retired players Alonzo Mourning, Herb Williams, Ticha Penicheiro and Tim Thomas

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NEW YORK, NY, June 13, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce today a collaboration with The Prisoner to celebrate a major milestone, the acceptance into a major film festival, for the union's first-ever documentary, “Game Change Game”. The film tells the story of the NBPA’s members' fight for social justice and racial equality during the unprecedented 2020 season. Through personal footage shot by players and interviews with a range of thought leaders, recording artists, and journalists, the documentary chronicles how NBA players came together and decided that “sitting on the bench was not an option” as they made the collective decision to confront and address social justice issues in America.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 13, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in collaboration with SDA Bocconi School of Management announced today the launch of One Court Milan. From June 14-16, the One Court Milan experience has been designed as a platform for players to network and learn from founders, creators, and C-suite executives of global luxury brands. The experience will be curated by faculty at SDA Bocconi School of Management to ensure players are able to apply the information from this program towards the development of their personal brands on a global scale.

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New York, NY (June 6, 2022) – The documentary “Game Change Game,” will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 14, 2022. The premiere of the film will be followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Marc Spears with CJ McCollum, the President of the National Basketball Players Association and the Filmmakers.

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LOS ANGELES, CA, June 6, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today the start of its multi-day Broadcaster U. Program at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. The program, which is taking place in person for the first time since 2019, will begin today and run through June 8 with seven current and former players participating. Over the last 14 years, the NBPA’s Broadcaster U. Program has helped 81 current and former NBA players prepare for careers in broadcasting.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 3, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that the TOP 100 Elite High School Basketball Camp (TOP 100) will take place from June 26 to July 2 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. Featuring 100 of the best high school players from around the country, the TOP 100 Camp provides comprehensive on and off-the-court programming that emphasizes character, education, and skill development as the core principles necessary to maximize a player’s potential.

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NEW YORK, NY, June 1, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce the launch of the 2022 NBPA Players Accelerator. First developed in January 2020, the program serves as a platform for current and former NBPA members to jump-start their business ventures and startup ideas.

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NEW YORK, NY, AND HOOFDDORP, THE NETHERLANDS, May 31, 2022 - Football Players Worldwide (FIFPRO), the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) today release the first international study looking at the nature and level of online abuse directed at professional athletes in multiple sports. The study, which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track social media accounts, was commissioned by the three player associations in order to better understand the frequency and types of online abuse their members face. The collaboration represents a commitment to find common ground and synergies between the unions and athletes of the two biggest global team sports, and act together to counter the abuse.

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New York, NY (May 23, 2022) – “Game Change Game,” a powerful documentary that takes viewers inside the 2020 NBA season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, is set to make its festival debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 14, 2022. The film is produced by THINK450, the Innovation Engine of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

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NEW YORK CITY, May 19, 2022 – The Basketball Tournament (TBT), the million dollar, winner-take-all event televised live on ESPN, today announced that New York City’s famed Rucker Park will serve as the event’s eighth regional location for the 2022 tournament. Games will be played at Rucker Park’s Greg Marius Court from July 16-20 and will be open to the public. The Rucker Park Regional will serve as TBT’s first outdoor basketball event in the tournament’s nine-year history.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 13, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation is pleased to announce more than $600,000 in matching player grants over the last two months. In March and April, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 32 current and former players to match their charitable giving and philanthropy in their communities.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 11, 2022 - “The NBPA is saddened by the passing of our brother and former NBPA President, Bob Lanier. During his time as President of the NBPA, Bob was a dedicated leader, using his platform to advocate for the rights of all players through the negotiation of a historic collective bargaining agreement in 1983 which empowered future generations of players to thrive and better advocate for themselves as a collective group.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 2, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), and Born This Way Foundation are pleased to announce they are coming together to honor Mental Health Awareness Month by creating a call to action to be kind and be there for others. Through this collaboration and with support from the NBPA Foundation, the three organizations will work together to share the message of #BeKindBeThere, promoting acts of kindness toward oneself and others as a way to positively impact mental health throughout the month of May.

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NEW YORK, April 22, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association today jointly announced that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists. Results are based on NBAStore.com sales for the second half of the 2021-22 regular season, from Jan. 13 through April 10.

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