NBPA News

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

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).

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, April 6, 2022 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the following staff promotions and additions effective immediately:

Read more

NEW YORK, March 24, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association and the NBA issued the following joint statement today regarding New York City’s vaccination requirement:

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, March 21, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce a partnership with INFLCR, a leading brand building and NIL business management software platform for elite athletes. Through this partnership, the NBPA and INFLCR will provide resources to educate collegiate student-athletes on monetizing their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”) while highlighting compliance regulations set forth by the NCAA.

Read more

NEW YORK, March 18, 2022 – Three-time NBA All-Star and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is launching a new TV special to help student-athletes capitalize off of the name, image and likeness (NIL) rule changes in college sports. The special, entitled “Donovan’s Keys to the Game”, will debut on NBA TV on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. ET in collaboration with the NBA and NBPA. The show will focus on educating students as they navigate the new opportunities of personal branding, strategy and monetization that come with the policy which allows student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, March 11, 2022 - "The NBPA congratulates the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in light of their successful collective bargaining negotiations with Major League Baseball (MLB).

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2022 – Bismack Biyombo of the Phoenix Suns, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics have all been reelected as Vice Presidents on the NBPA’s Executive Committee at today’s annual winter meeting of the NBPA Board of Player Representatives. All three players have served on the Executive Committee since 2019, and all will continue with their new 3-year terms effective immediately.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, March 2, 2022 – "NBA players stand with our brothers at the MLBPA as they fight in collective bargaining for a more just and equitable system on behalf of current and future generations of professional baseball players.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, February 22, 2022 -- "Today justice appears to have been served for the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery. While we are relieved with this verdict, we continue to pray and mourn for all our brothers and sisters lost because of racism and ignorance. Our mission will not waiver, the NBPA and our players remain committed to fight for justice and equality and to bring light into this world."

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, February 18, 2022 – Committed to making a lasting impact in every community its players touch, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation has awarded a series of grants to a number of Cleveland and Akron-based organizations in celebration of the city hosting the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2022 ­ — Michele Roberts retired at the end of 2021 after seven and a half years as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). To honor her leadership and legacy, the NBPA Foundation has endowed a financial aid scholarship at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. Named for Roberts’ mother, the Clara Johnson Roberts Scholarship Fund is a fitting tribute to the woman who sparked her daughter’s law career by bringing her to observe trials at their local courthouse in the South Bronx.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, January 31, 2022 -- The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the following staff additions and promotions effective immediately:

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2022 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation announced today that Sherrie Deans has stepped down from her role as the executive director to pursue another opportunity.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, January 13, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation today announced over $1.5 million in matching player grants during the 2021 calendar year. Through the NBPA Foundation’s matching grants program, current and former players have an opportunity to partner with the NBPA Foundation to receive a matching grant designed to amplify their charitable giving and philanthropic efforts in their communities.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 2021 – The NBPA issued the following statement regarding the recent spike of COVID-19 cases:

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, November 25, 2021 – “While no verdict can possibly make up for their loss, we pray Ahmaud Arbery’s family finds some solace in the jury’s findings. We hope our entire country agrees: actions like those that resulted in Mr. Arbery’s murder are despicable and can not ever be condoned.”

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the launch of its first-ever flagship holiday event NBPA 450 Gives, a new experiential + digital activation showcasing the best gifts to give and receive. The NBPA will partner with different sponsors starting November 26 (Black Friday) through December 9 for 14-days of prizes and giveaways that fans can win.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, November 4, 2021 – “We are continuing to review the allegations in today’s ESPN story. We view these allegations as serious and applaud the League’s decision to conduct an investigation. We will defer any further comments until that process has been concluded.”

Read more

- Company Announces Landmark Partnership with National Basketball Players Association - FanDuel Named Presenting Partner of Weekly NBABet Show on NBA TV, Co-Produced by Turner Sports - Agreement Provides Highlights Rights Across Content Platforms -

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, October 14, 2021 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) held an official ribbon cutting ceremony and grassroots basketball event on Saturday, October 9, 2021 to celebrate the completed renovation and reopening of NYC Park’s Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.

Read more

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 1, 2021 -- Last month, Crossover VC, in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), hosted the inaugural Crossover (LA)UNCHPAD event in Los Angeles, CA.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, September 30, 2021 – After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBPA is excited to announce the celebration of the 2021 Players’ Voice. In 2015, the NBPA established the NBPA Players’ Voice Awards, a platform that provided players the opportunity to express their opinions on the year’s on and off-court accolades. Voted exclusively by the players, the NBPA Players’ Voice Awards have recognized the best of the best around the league in a number of categories, allowing players to honor each other and their individual accomplishments in an authentic way.

Read more

NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2021 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce today that it has selected Tamika L. Tremaglio to serve as its next Executive Director, succeeding Michele Roberts upon her retirement at the end of the year. Tremaglio will be retiring as the Managing Principal of Deloitte’s Greater Washington practice, where she has served as a trusted advisor and consultant to the NBPA since 2012.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more