As told to Christina M. Tapper
As a teenager, Mike Conley spent his summers traveling the country and playing hoops with the best of the best. In 2004, he ran the offense for the AAU Spiece Indy Heat, a team with a roster of future NBA stars — Miami Heat center Greg Oden, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, Charlotte Hornets forward Josh McRoberts, and guard Daequan Cook, who played for the Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls in 2012–2013 and in Ukraine this season.
Conley, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.0 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies' point guard this year, played 11 years of AAU ball and won five titles as a youngster, but the '04 team brings back his fondest memories. Conley spoke to SI KIDS about the experiences that helped mold his NBA career.
What do you do for an encore after playing in the World Cup? If you're US captain Clint Dempsey and Argentinian star Lionel Messi, you became the faces of the FIFA video game franchise.
Over the weekend, EA Sports announced that Dempsey and Messi would grace the North American cover of FIFA 15, which hits stores September 23. The game will be available on Xbox One and 360 and PS3 and PS4. Dempsey and Messi will wear their club uniforms on the FIFA cover, which has led EA to create two different versions. Dempsey's club team, the Seattle Sounders, are sponsored by Microsoft and "XBOX" is written across the jersey's chest. And since you can't advertise Xbox on the cover of a Playstation game, Dempsey will wear his American kit on the Sony edition of the game.
Nickelodeon handed out its first Kids' Choice Sports Awards last night, and it was a party full of stars, blimps, and, of course, slime!
The winners were determined by kids who casted votes online from June 18 - July 17. And they chose Kevin Durant as Best Male Athlete, Gabby Douglas as Best Female Athlete, and Dwyane Wade and Douglas as the King and Queen of Swag. There were categories in all, and every winner received the trademark orange Nickelodeon blimp handed out at the other Kids Choice Awards — except the Sports trophies were topped with a fuzzy orange mohawk.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira knows he’s lucky to play baseball for a living. So when he’s not working in the Bronx, he’s using the sport he loves to help kids just over the borough border in Manhattan.
As a board member of Harlem RBI, Teixeira is part of an organization that uses baseball to provide inner-city kids with opportunities to enrich their lives and build their futures. In 2014, the program boasted two impressive stats: 93 percent of its seniors were on track to graduate high school, and all of them have received college acceptance letters.
Harlem RBI celebrated its 2014 seniors — and raised some money for its programs — at its annual Bids for Kids gala, held last month at the posh Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. At the event, SI Kids spoke with Teixeira to find out more about Harlem RBI, his involvement with the organization, and how the kids act with a Yankee hanging around their clubhouse.
Quick: Name the hottest member of this year's Milwaukee Brewers. Slugger Carlos Gomez? Nope. Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP? Try again. Ageless starting pitcher Kyle Lohse? Not even close. No, only one Brewer this season has gotten his own merchandise line, in-stadium accommodations, and bobblehead night. He's the same one whose shirt is the best-selling item in the team store. And believe it or not, he's a dog.
If you’ve always been frustrated by the prospect of having to break in a brand new baseball glove, you can pack away your shaving cream and glove oil. Yesterday, Nike introduced its new Vapor 360 fielding glove, which is the first ever that doesn’t require any breaking in.