Here's some news you Dallas Mavericks, basketball, and Disney XD fans will be excited about: Mavs forward Chandler Parson drops by the Disney XD show Kirby Buckets on Monday, February 9. And we have your exclusive first look!
In Tiffany Mitchell’s short time playing college basketball, the junior guard has developed into a powerful force on the court. She has helped South Carolina reach the top of the national rankings for the first time in school history, while simultaneously becoming the school’s first (preseason) All-America selection.
Mitchell credits much of her success to her coach, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley.
“I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” Mitchell says. “That’s why I came to South Carolina, and that [she is my coach] makes everything that much better.”
The relationship between player and coach began long before Mitchell ever stepped on campus.
So while you were all finalizing your plans to watch the NHL All-Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl (ahem), Golden State Warriors guard was making history. On Friday night, Thompson dropped an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings en route to a 52-point night (which included 11 threes, tying a Warriors record). The Warriors would go on to win, of course, 126-101. The previous mark was 33, set in 1978 by George Gervin and match in 2008 by Carmelo Anthony.
The most exciting newcomer in women's college basketball is A'Ja Wilson, but she hasn't always been a phenom. When Wilson was 11 years old, her father tricked her into trying out for a local basketball team. "I didn't know I was trying out, but I made the team," she recalls. "The first two years I didn't get any playing time. I was terrible. Awful."
Her feelings shifted around the age of 12. Wilson went from hating the game to watching it, and then she took to the hardwood. When she walked through the doors of Heathwood Hall (a private school in Columbia, South Carolina), she was a 5'9" freshman, but in four years she transformed into a 6'5" senior and champion, leading the Highlanders to their first ever state title and averaging 34.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 5.0 blocks. She was named a 2014 McDonald's All-American and picked as the top-ranked girls' recruit of her class.
Last April, Wilson announced at her own press conference, live on ESPNU, that she would not be joining Geno Auriemma at UConn or volunteering her services at Tennessee like most top prospects. Instead, she chose to stay close to home. Wilson grew up about 20 miles from the South Carolina campus. Last year the upstart women's program won its first regular-season SEC championship and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. (The Gamecocks lost to North Carolina 65--58 in the Sweet 16.) The coach is Dawn Staley, a basketball Hall of Famer and three-time Olympic gold medalist. When Wilson was deciding on where to go, she asked herself, "Why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?"
SI KIDS spoke with Wilson about being a rookie, her favorite Southern food, and making history in her home state.
It was one of the greatest moment's of Frank Kaminsky's life, but he can barely remember it. Last March 29 he was running around the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, screaming and jumping. It seemed like the only appropriate behavior — after all, Wisconsin had knocked off top-seed Arizona 64-63 in the Elite Eight, and Kaminsky had won the award for West Regional Most Outstanding Player. The victory touched off pandemonium among Badgers fans.
This season, Kaminsky will likely have more reasons to celebrate. The 7-foot forward passed up a chance at being a first-round NBA pick to return for his senior year, along with three other Wisconsin starters. He is an early favorite to win the Naismith Award (given to the national player of the year), and the Badgers are expected to make another deep tournament run. "I have so much fun hanging out with the people we have, I'm excited to spend another season with them," Kaminsky says. "That's what it's all about, right?
As kids, Kevin Durant and Leo Chang both admired trendy Nike sneakers. Now they make such shoes together. Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, is one of the elite athletes whose endorsement deal with Nike includes a line of signature kicks. Chang, a top designer at Nike, brings the kicks to life, sending Durant's ideas to shoe-lovers all over the world.
"We look nothing alike; our backgrounds are very different," Chang says. "But we've had very similar things happen to us, like growing up with single parents and not having the easiest life."
Durant's latest signature shoe — the KD7 — is all about telling the story of his life. The theme of the shoe, lightning, evokes Durant's team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and also his childhood aspirations of being a weatherman. The main colorway (or color theme) is called 35,000 Degrees, referring to the temperature at which lightning strikes Earth. The loud bright-mango color reflects both the color of lightning and Durant's sense of style. "I love standing out," Durant says. "I love wearing all black and then having a pair of green shoes or orange shoes."
As smartphones and tablets become more and more a part of our everyday lives, more and more people are coming up with ways to bring cutting-edge tech into the world of sports. Sometimes that means putting sensors inside a ball to collect data and help you train; other times it involves wearing a sensor to track your activity. In nearly ever case, information is dumped to a phone or tablet app which helps you make sense of it and improve your skills.
So in a lot of ways, you might look at ShotTracker and think, "Seen it." But look again. The basketball-focused sensor and app, which were released in November, utilizes a net sensor and one you wear on your wrist to track things like how many shots you've taken and made, where on the court you've shot from, and how much time you've spent shooting around. (You can use any basketball you already own.) All this info is sent to the player app in real time, so the data and analysis are ready as soon as you're done with your workout. You can also stack your stats up against your friends and teammates to see who has the hottest hand.