Michele Roberts’ Statement on Phil Jackson’s Comments on Carmelo Anthony

NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts released the following statement regarding the recent comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson on Carmelo Anthony: NEW YORK, NY, April 15, 2017­ — “We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson. If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect

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Jonas Valanciunas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas Headline Lithuanian Heritage Weekend in New York City

After the Knicks-Raptors game on Sunday, the colors of green and yellow took over the 102 section at Madison Square Garden in the usual territory of blue and orange. Thirty-two kids (and their parents) from Lithuanian Saturday day schools in Long Island, New York City and New Jersey had attended the game and were awaiting the arrival of their fellow countrymen, Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Raptors center

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Bulls Star Unveils ‘Dsquared2 x Dwyane Wade’ Capsule Collection at Saks

The world of sports and fashion collided on Monday night at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate the exclusive launch of the “Dsquared2 x Dwyane Wade” capsule collection. Wade was joined by Dsquared2’s designer duo, twins Dan and Dean Caten—who’ve all been friends since they met during the 2011 Milan Fashion Week—as well as vice president and men’s fashion director of Saks, Eric

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Pascal Siakam, Newest Ambassador of ‘Right To Play,’ on His Journey from Cameroon to Canada

Since high school, whenever Pascal Siakam checks into a game, he uses his right hand to bump his left chest four times. Then, a slight pause, until he does it three more times. Representing his Raptors jersey No. 43, the routine first signifies the heart that Siakam has for the most important men in his life (four): his father, Tchamo, who passed away in a car

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Jarrod Uthoff: 10 Things to Know About a Player on a 10-Day Contract

Jarrod Uthoff lost track of what day it was during his second, and final, 10-day contract with the Mavericks this past week. “I have no idea,” he told the NBPA over the weekend. But it was that confidence, in addition to his work ethic, length, shooting and versatility, that the team admired enough to sign him on Wednesday to a two-year contract—his first long-term one in

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“The Ties That Bind”: Dwight Howard’s Youth Program Teaches Leadership Through Ties

Dwight Howard has been both a superstar player and international ambassador for today’s NBA, but equally as important, he’s a man with a desire to give back to his Atlanta community through his big heart for children. This past Sunday, more than 150 young men (along with a parent or guardian) enjoyed the Hawks’ game against the Nets—and they had the privilege of meeting Howard pregame. The

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Kay Da 5’9″: Detroit-Born Kay Felder’s Experience from 54th Pick to Rookie with the Defending Champs

Kay Felder’s rookie season is everything he could have asked for, even though he’s gone through a whirlwind of assignments. His summer last year started off at one extreme: being a few picks away from going undrafted (he went No. 54). And the end of his summer finished at another: signing a three-year contract with the defending champion Cavaliers. Then this season, he’s been back and forth

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Video: James Young on His Water Outreach in Flint, Tech and eSports Interests, and Boston’s Playoff Prep

While James Young was raised in metro Detroit, he still embraces his ties to his birthplace of Flint, Mich. That’s why he made two water donations to the city last year, including visiting 23 different homes and delivering nearly 60 cases of water with the American Red Cross. And it’s why he’ll be back this summer working with the disaster relief organization, to aid the

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NBPA Statement on the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team

NEW YORK, March 25, 2017 — The NBPA issued the following statement in support of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team: “The National Basketball Players Association stands in solidarity with the efforts by the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team to secure fair and just treatment for its players.”

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NBPA Statement on Joakim Noah

The NBPA released the following statement on Joakim Noah: NEW YORK, March 25, 2017 — “After a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes that Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Under the recently negotiated CBA effective July 1, a player’s unintentional ingestion of a prohibited substance would be taken into consideration, and we believe the conduct

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