Indianapolis Native Jeff Teague Hosts First Holiday Hoops Tourney for Local Families

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To celebrate his Indianapolis roots during the holidays, Pacers starting point guard Jeff Teague hosted his first basketball tournament last week at Anderson High School. Honoring his parents’ hometown, Anderson, Ind., Teague sponsored six underprivileged families for the tournament, which was open to the public. During halftime, he gave out gifts to more than 100 children. Also this holiday season, Teague participated in The Salvation Army Indiana Division’s

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Briefly Displaced as a Kid, Kris Dunn Now Assists Homeless Youth in Minnesota

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For several months when Kris Dunn was in fourth grade, he was left to fend for himself with his older brother, John, selling shoes and competing in card and basketball games to make money. Their mother, Pia, had left the family—she passed away in 2013—and their father, John Sr., was not around until he reconnected with them around that time. Now, having the NBA platform to tell

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NBA Players and Board of Governors Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2016 — The new Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified this week by the NBA players and NBA Board of Governors. The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017, and run through the 2023-24 season. The parties voted based on a term sheet that outline the key deal points. Once the NBA and NBPA finish drafting and execute the complete

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Garrett and Andi: The Incredible Story of an NBA Player-Fan Bond That Changed Each Other’s Lives

Garrett Temple and his biggest fan, Andi Rodriguez, catch up at the Four Seasons hotel in Houston last week. (Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings)

Think about all of the fans you see at games, the fans commenting on social media and the fans waiting outside of arenas, hotels and airports hoping to have an interaction with their favorite player. Most become a photo from a distance, some become an autograph and a few others become a small conversation. Rarely will you find an interaction that becomes a close friendship with

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Video: George Hill on His Fifth Annual Holiday Bash to Support Military Families

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Every December, George Hill hosts an event to honor and support military families who are struggling during the holiday season—inspired with the idea when he played in San Antonio and was surrounded by the city and team’s military culture. On Thursday night, he held his fifth annual holiday bash in Park City, Utah, where the proceeds benefited Wish for Our Heroes to provide basic necessities, including

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NBPA Statement on the Passing of Craig Sager

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Craig Sager and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers are seen after the game in Game Six of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 16, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBPA released the following statement on the passing of Craig Sager: “Craig Sager was a one-of-a-kind reporter who embodied the spirit of the game of basketball in a truly colorful fashion. Through his work, he was able to connect players, coaches and fans to the game we all love. The passion and fight he displayed during his battle with cancer is an inspiration to

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NBA and NBPA Reach Tentative Deal on New Collective Bargaining Agreement

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NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2016 — The NBA and NBPA have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, pending ratification by players and team owners. In order to give both sides enough time to review the terms of the agreement and vote to ratify, the parties have agreed to extend the mutual deadline to opt out of the existing CBA from Dec. 15,

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Sneakers Meet Slippers: Ty Lawson’s New Footwear Line SLKRS Builds NBA Player Interest

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If you run into Kings guard Ty Lawson and wonder why he’s wearing sneakers way bigger than his 5’11” frame, make sure you do a double take. They’re actually not sneakers. They’re his new creation called SLKRS—sneaker-looking slippers. After a soft launch in March at his former Nuggets teammate J.R. Smith’s charity event in New York City, Lawson will be officially releasing them for sale this holiday season

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Isaiah Whitehead: Brooklyn Born, Brooklyn Bred

Coney Island native Isaiah Whitehead signs Nets shirts for local residents at his alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School, during his jersey retirement ceremony on Tuesday night. (NBPA)

NEW YORK — “Take your cameras out!” Abraham Lincoln High School athletic director Renan Ebeid said on the mic, with hundreds of local Coney Island residents in the basketball gym after the team’s home-opener win over Boys and Girls High School. A fan like everyone else, the Nets’ first-ever Brooklyn-born player, Isaiah Whitehead, pulled out his cell phone to capture the special moment. A banner for his

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Video: Cody Zeller on His Fourth Annual Sock Drive, Serving a Big Need for Charlotte’s At-Risk Community

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In his rookie season in 2013-14, Cody Zeller discovered that socks were one of the most desired pieces of clothing for those in need in Charlotte. So he started a month-long campaign that culminated with him delivering socks to The Salvation Army Center of Hope, an emergency shelter in the city. In the last three years, he’s donated more than 10,000 socks. This past week,

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