The Harlem Globetrotters are magicians on the basketball court. But did you know they’re also musicians on the hardcourt?
The 2015 NBA season is barely a week old, and we're already seeing records fall.
The first came Sunday night. the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker became the winningest trio in NBA history after the Spurs defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-87. Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker have won 541 regular season games together — a testament to their longevity as players and the steadiness of the Spurs organization.
The 2014 NBA season was especially tough for Kevin Love. In August, the power forward and his guard-like skills were traded in a three-team deal from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers. Love arrived in Cleveland and was met by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, and the big three instantly became the talk to the league. Despite loads of high — maybe even unrealistic — expectations early on, the group produced a championship-caliber team in their first-year together.
But the 6’10’’ star’s season took an unexpected turn at the start of the playoffs when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. And Cleveland came up short in the NBA Finals against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Love, LeBron, and the rest of the Cavs officially turn the page when they open their 2015 season tonight against the Bulls in Chicago. SI Kids caught up with Love to talk about his injury history (mostly scrapes and sprains), what he learned from the sideline, and how he plans to emerge stronger this year. But first, we talked about working with the company Shock Doctor on their new mouth guard and why it’s important to have great mouth protection on the court.
The 2015 NBA season officially begins on October 27. But yesterday, the league celebrated a different kind of tip off.
On Monday, the NBA introduced a reshaped, modernized Jr. NBA. It’s a participation program designed to enhance the youth basketball experience for players ages 6-14, coaches, parents, teams, and organizations. And as part of the new Jr. NBA, every NBA, WNBA, and D-League team will partner with community partners such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA’s to grow an even bigger network dedicated to youth basketball.
The debut of the new-look Jr. NBA was just the beginning. Over the next week, more than 100 Jr. NBA clinics and practices will be held at NBA cities across the country to kick off the program.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first Minnesota Lynx title felt like only the beginning, a star-studded core bursting on to the scene and changing the balance of power in the WNBA.
The second felt like redemption, a righting of the wrongs from a stunning upset the season before.
And the third? This is the one to be savored, the one to hold on to with a tight grip, just in case the opportunity doesn't come around again.
This was Elena Delle Donne’s year.
The Chicago Sky star won the 2015 WNBA MVP after leading the league in scoring (23.4 points per game) and free throw percentage (95%) — she made 207 of 218 shots from the charity stripe.
Despite Delle Donne’s on-the-court domination, the 6-foot-5 guard/forward saw her team flounder in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last month. Delle Donne scored 40 points in a decisive game three against the Indiana Fever, but it wasn’t enough. The Sky’s season ended with a 100-89 loss.
“It just wasn’t my team’s year,” Delle Donne said at the launch of the Nike Women's Elite Basketball collection in New York City recently.
Basketball is more than a game.
That was the focus of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation’s weeklong journey through South Africa in July. Three student-athletes joined NBA stars like Chris Paul and the Gasol brothers for a community service trip to positively change the lives of kids on and off the court. In a three-part series for SIKIDS.com, the lucky student-athletes share their experiences as part of the trip. They detail how they used the game they love to connect with the children of South Africa, how touring the country inspired them, and why bringing the NBA to Africa is a game-changing move.
The final entry comes from 14-year-old Marriotsville, Maryland, native Jason Murphy, who plays center and spearheads an annual backpack drive for his local Boys and Girls Club. Jason looks back at the All-Star game that concluded this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
When the email arrived selecting me as a winner of the National Basketball Players Association’s contest inviting student-athletes to South Africa, I was very excited. I would be going to the first NBA basketball game on the continent of Africa. I was also going to meet All-Star Chris Paul — who is the Players Association president and one of my favorite players — along with numerous other players. That was enough to make the trip awesome. But there was so much more, that I didn’t even consider. Ultimately, the trip exceeded my expectations in every manner.