Back in November, we shared the story of the Black Fives, the all-African-American pro basketball teams that played across the United States before the NBA was integrated in the 1950s. As we wrote in the original story, it's one of sports' great eras — and least remembered.
But that's changing, thanks in part to a deal the Black Fives Foundation struck with '47 Brand. The non-profit and apparel maker are working together to raise awareness of the Black Fives teams and players through hats, shirts, and other gear. The Black Fives line launched in June, and it's pretty cool.
Last August, former WNBA star Becky Hammon made history as the first woman to become a full-time assistant coach in the NBA.
Earlier this month, she was named the first woman to ever coach an NBA summer league team.
And on Monday, Hammon led the summer league San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 win over Phoenix to capture to the third ever Las Vegas Summer League title.
The win was the first for the Spurs and the first time a women’s coach had led an NBA team to a championship at any level.
“You never know what your journey has in store,” Hammon told Sports Illustrated. “You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you treat people the right way and good things happen.”
The Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. Since then, Key Arena has remained without NBA action. And with each passing season, basketball fans in the Pacific Northwest long more and more for the best basketball players in the world to return in the Emerald City.
That hunger is satisfied — at least in part — by the Seattle Pro-Am Basketball League’s opening night, hosted by Los Angeles Clippers guard and Seattle native Jamal Crawford.
Every year, Crawford brings other acclaimed basketball stars from the Pacific Northwest back to Seattle. They compete in a game that acts as a celebration of Seattle basketball history and heritage. All proceeds from the event and the Seattle Pro-Am Basketball League go to the Jamal Crawford Foundation.
The 2015 opener took place last week. Crawford brought many NBA stars to Key Arena, including Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey, Wizards guard Martell Webster, Kelly Olynyk and Isiah Thomas from the Celtics, Justin Holliday from the Hawks, and Spencer Hawes from the Hornets.
As soon as the clock struck midnight on July 1 to signify the beginning of free agency, NBA teams made a flurry of moves, instantly impacting how the rest of the market would shape up.
With 10 free agents, including two-time league MVP Tim Duncan and invaluable sixth man Manu Ginóbili, the San Antonio Spurs knew this would be one of the franchise’s most important off-seasons.
After a wild free agency period, players were officially allowed to sign with new teams last week. As usual, many clubs were able to re-sign their free agents. Most notably, the Clippers retained big man DeAndre Jordan and Chicago held onto shooting guard Jimmy Butler.
But there were a few of moves that could change the entire NBA landscape. Here’s a look at the familiar faces who are now in new places.
Can you imagine having the chance to meet a pro basketball star and then having your silly brothers ruin everything? It’s easy to understand why you’d be frustrated, especially when that player is WNBA All-Star Candace Parker. (I’d be mad, too.)
Well, that’s exactly what happens on the next episode of Nickelodeon’s Ricky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. While taking some time off to recover from a championship season with her Russian team (UMMC Ekaterinburg), former league MVP Candace Parker and her 6-year-old daughter, Laila, guest starred on a recent episode of the Nick TV show. Parker spoke with SI Kids before she shot her scenes about stepping off of the court and onto the set with other stars and her decision to recover at the start of the 2015 season.
The episode airs Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. But before it does, check out a clip from the show and a superstar Q&A with Parker!
You may know him as the skilled rim protector who is getting ready for the NBA. But 12 years ago, players on the Piscataway (New Jersey) Tech High School boys varsity basketball team knew Karl-Anthony Towns as the seven-year-old whose free throw shooting determined whether or not they would end their three-hour practices with sprints. Towns, who participated in the team's drills after school, was tasked with making seven consecutive free throws by his father, Karl Sr., who was the team's coach. If little Karl missed, the players had to run up and down the court seven times. "I was making more than I was missing. But there were some days I did miss a lot," Towns laughingly remembers. "It was bad for the team."