TENNESSEE -- Tayshaun Prince's basketball journey is like that of most big time players—it's full of successes and achievements en route to the NBA
For him, it all started at national powerhouse Dominguez High School. The Compton, CA native experienced the joy of winning a state championship there.
He was also named Mr. Basketball of the state of California in 1998.
He transitioned smoothly from there right to the winningest basketball program of all time and had a great
Both teams eventually spent time at the top and got to see theview
the Lakers and Celtics had long enjoyed.
In reality, the '90s are getting farther and farther back in the rear view mirror all the time.
each Flagrant 1 or 2 that gets handed out, a lot of folks over the age
of 30 either think to themselves or wonder aloud that back in the '90s
that was just a typical playoff foul.
NEW YORK -- Here is the complete schedule and national television & radio arrangements for all First Round series.
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NEW YORK –
As NBA fans prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 1983 title, the team’s
Julius “Dr. J” Erving, will be the next subject in the award-winning NBA TV Originals franchise.
The Doctor, a 90-minute documentary will be airing between Games 2 and 3 of The Finals on Monday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET.
Many basketball fans were introduced to Erving when he joined the NBA at age 26, and what they saw was some of the most amazing aerial artistry in the game.
NEW YORK -- Marty Blake, who worked in the NBA for more than 50 years and is regarded by many as the “Godfather of NBA Scouting,” passed away Sunday, in Alpharetta, Georgia.
He was 86. Blake’s virtuosity in unearthing basketball talent from far-flung locations was legendary, and spanned generations.
Long before words like “analytics” and “metrics” were part of the vocabulary of basketball talent evaluators, Blake was combing the country for basketball players and devising revolutionary ways to document and compare prospects.
– The NBA has announced that eight NBA teams will take part in a comprehensive global games schedule that will include a total of eight games in six countries this October.
The games will include the first-ever NBA preseason games to be held in Brazil and the Philippines, and in the cities of Bilbao, Spain and Manchester, England.
In addition to oncourt action, the NBA global games will feature a variety of events off the court, including NBA Cares community outreach activities and interactive fan events in each city.
NEW YORK –
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced this season’s Noche Latina (Latin Night) program of 15 games, six of which will air on national television on ABC, TNT, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and NBA TV.
These commemorative games celebrate the growing support of NBA fans and players across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities and feature special telecasts and in-arena festivities, including distinctive NBA team uniforms.
This year, Noche Latina celebrations will begin on March 2 and take place in Los Angeles (Lakers), Miami (Heat), Orlando (Magic), Phoenix (Suns), San Antonio (Spurs), Chicago (Bulls), and New York (Knicks).
HOUSTON -- The 2013 NBA All-Star Game will bring together the
league’s most talented players for a global celebration of the game in
Three days of live game action will culminate with the 62nd NBA
All-Star Game at Toyota Center on
Sunday, Feb. 17.
televise the All-Star Game for an 11th consecutive year, marking Turner
Sports' 28th season of All-Star coverage.
Fans in 215 countries and
territories and in 47 languages will
be able to experience a weeklong celebration of the game through an
array of digital technologies offered by NBA Digital, TNT and ESPN.
– adidas, the official oncourt apparel provider for the National Basketball Association (NBA), have unveiled the uniforms and apparel for the 62 NBA All-Star Game on February 17, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston .
Designed by adidas, the uniforms take inspiration from Houston’s rich aeronautical history and the speed of the jet planes that dot its skies.
The uniforms’ eye-catching impact camo pattern evokes the world’s fastest fleet of aircraft with the classic silhouette of a basketball net.
MISSISSIPPI -- The Phoenix Suns selected former Jackson State standout Lindsey Hunter to be the interim coach for the second half of the season.
After former four-year coach Alvin Gentry's departure Friday morning, Suns General Manager Lance Blanks led the decision on picking an internal replacement and chose Hunter over Suns veteran assistant coaches Elston Turner, Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov.
The former first round pick also played at Alcorn State during the 1988-89 season where he was named to the All-SWAC Freshmen Team.
MILWAUKEE -- It must be hurting Drew Gooden on the inside to sit on
the Milwaukee Bucks bench and see other teammates get in the game, even if the
Bucks are blowing another team out.
he just sits and rots like the skin of a banana that turns from green to black.
Gooden is perfectly healthy to contribute for the
team. Unfortunately, he’s on the wrong
side of his career path right now.
just sad to see something like that happen to a veteran player.
Last season when Andrew Bogut was injured and sat out
a lot of games before he was eventually traded, Gooden stepped in to play
center in a shortened NBA season.
NEW YORK -- David Stern informed the NBA’s Board of Governors today that he will step down as NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years to the date he took over the position.
Stern also announced that the Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept his recommendation that Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver succeed him as Commissioner.
“Adam is a world-class business executive who has influenced so many areas of our business during his tenure with the NBA,” Stern said. “I am pleased that the Board has chosen him as my successor and I know the NBA will be in very good hands.
Following a record-breaking year in 2011-12, the NBA will begin its 67
season on Oct. 30 with eight nationally televised games in four days on TNT,
ESPN, and NBA TV as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off ’12.
Record Viewership in 2011-12
TNT and NBA TV each had the most viewed regular season in their history in
(ABC: +6%, 5,421,000 vs. 5,110,000; TNT: +4%, 2,498,000 vs. 2,397,000;
NBA TV: +31%, 337,000 vs.
MILWAUKEE -- If you’re looking for some improvement from the
Milwaukee Bucks, don’t hold your breath.
It’s one thing to have talent on your team, but getting that talent to
play together is another thing.
One look at how the team is performing through the
preseason and you can see why it’s hard to think they will make the playoffs in
Since none of the Bucks’ preseason
games are on TV, you had to see firsthand as I did last weekend why some
basketball experts think the playoffs aren’t on the horizon.
MILWAUKEE -- Instead of the Big Three, the Milwaukee Bucks have the
Both of these guys are
working on changing the way the team plays, that is, if they have their way.
Guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis had a little
brother, big brother talk recently. They
live in the same apartment building.
Ellis is about four years older than Jennings.
It was a time for both of them to lay out their plan
to lead the Bucks back into the playoffs.
NEW YORK –A
record 39 NBA players will be featured on national team rosters for the
basketball tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games, up from 28 in 2008.
The games will also showcase a
record 18 former NBA players on team rosters bringing the total number
of current and former players competing to 57.
This year’s rosters
also represent the most-ever national teams with NBA representation, with
11 of the 12 teams having at least one current NBA player.
Twenty-one NBA teams have players
represented on national team rosters with the San Antonio Spurs topping
the list with six.
YORK -- Miami's championship defense will begin where they won
last season's title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at
home against their now-crosstown rival.
and the Heat will raise their title banner at home on Oct. 30 against theBoston Celtics
as part of an opening-night tripleheader, meaning Ray Allen's first
game with Miami will come against his former club and in a rematch of
last season's seven-game Eastern Conference finals.
-- The Oklahoma City Thunder will meet the Miami Heat when The Finals 2012 tips off on ABC Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.
NBA fans in 215 countries and territories will watch, listen, and participate in this crowning event through an array of multimedia and digital technologies.
The Finals Spans the Globe
· 215 – The 2012 NBA Finals will have unprecedented global coverage,
reaching fans live in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages
-- The 2012 NBA finals presents more than a match-up of two young,
exciting, athletic teams.
They present a rooting litmus test.
corner, we have the Miami Heat, a team scorned for being built around a
hastily assembled group of free-agent all-stars Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
and the great LeBron James.
No player in NBA history has been
scrutinized, picked apart and even despised quite like James.
three-time MVP’s unforgivable crime, now two years old, was neither a
felony nor misdemeanor nor even a bad attitude.
HOUSTON -- One-time NBA star Dikembe Mutombo has made a worldwide name for
himself sponsoring humanitarian projects and noble causes in his native
Africa, so it was only natural that two State Department officials would
meet with him in November 2010 as part of his effort to bring more
attention to the bloody trade in conflict minerals that has bedeviled
his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Less than two weeks later, according to a U.N. report, Mutombo was in
New York on a more personal cause — trying to interest a Houston oil
executive in a $10 million deal to buy 1,045 pounds of gold from the
mines of eastern Congo, the heart of the conflict mineral trade.