NBA Name-Drop: Brookfield Duece Invokes Kobe Bryant on Damian Lillard’s ‘Dre Grant’

Damian Lillard opted not to participate in USA Basketball’s quest for gold at this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. But that doesn’t mean the Portland Trail Blazers superstar has been taking it easy on or off the court this summer. On the same August Friday that Team USA played its Blue vs. White game in Las Vegas, Dame D.O.L.L.A. dropped his third album, Big D.O.L.L.A., to critical acclaim from his peers across the NBA. The LP marks Dame’s latest step into legitimacy as an MC with something to say. Whereas previous releases focused on the struggle from which he came, Big D.O.L.L.A. invokes more imagery from the 29-year-old’s… Read More

Legend Lenny Wilkens to Have Street Named After Him Near Renovated Arena in Seattle

The NBA has no current plans to return to Seattle, though one SuperSonics legend in particular will soon be immortalized in the Emerald City. On Saturday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens will have a street named after him that runs alongside Seattle Center Arena, formerly known as KeyArena. According to The Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker, the news of Lenny’s honor came by way of a videotaped address that was shown to attendees at the Lenny Wilkens Foundation gala auction—the final one that the 81-year-old helped to organize, after 40 years at the helm. A native of Brooklyn, Lenny did plenty on… Read More

Celtics Legend Bob Cousy to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom in August

Four years ago, a group of Bob Cousy’s friends began a campaign to get him the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. On August 22, that campaign will culminate when the Boston Celtics legend, whose birthday is on August 9, receives the nation’s highest civilian honor at the White House in Washington, D.C. “It’s a completion of a life’s circle for me,” Bob told NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner, “and it’s not necessarily related to sports.” Aside from his seven championships (six in the NBA, one in the NCAA), 13 All-Star appearances, 12 All-NBA selections and 1957 league MVP honor, the 91-year-old New York City native made his mark as much with his… Read More

NBA Name-Drop: Drake Delivers ‘Care Package’ with LeBron on ‘5AM in Toronto’

Over the years, LeBron James and Drake have had no trouble dominating the news cycle in April, May and June, when the former’s teams (i.e. the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers) are typically competing on the court and the latter is usually busy supporting his beloved Toronto Raptors. This year, though, the NBA’s flagship star and hip-hop’s most visible mogul managed to own the week bridging July and August. LeBron’s name came up in connection with his close friend Carmelo Anthony’s campaign to find a new team and comments from David Griffin, the New Orleans Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations, who spoke on his time… Read More

Joel Embiid, Tacko Fall, NBA Luminaries Support Basketball Without Borders in Senegal

The NBA finished an eventful month of July on a high note by bringing the 17th edition of its Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa camp to Senegal. From July 28-31, the league hosted clinics and activities for 60 teenage boys and girls from 29 different African countries at the NBA Academy Africa in Saly and at Dakar Arena in the country’s capital. The activations involved participation from a long list of hoops luminaries—from Hall of Famers (Dikembe Mutombo) and champions (Chris Bosh) to All-Stars (Joel Embiid and Luol Deng), young ambassadors (Malcolm Brogdon), long-time veterans (Luc Mbah a Moute) and Senegalese standouts (Gorgui Dieng, Tacko Fall, Makhtar Ndiaye and Boniface… Read More

Michael Jordan to Take Talents to Fishing in White Marlin Open

This summer, the G.O.A.T. will add another activity to his repertoire—sport fishing. From August 5-9, NBA legend Michael Jordan will compete in the largest billfish tournament in the world, the White Marlin Open. Michael and the crew aboard his 80-f0ot-long Viking yacht—cleverly named Catch 23 after the jersey number he made famous—have registered as the 123rd entry for the tournament out of Ocean City, Maryland. The Charlotte Hornets principal owner will have the opportunity to fish for a total of three of the event’s five days, with the hope of catching a prize-winning billfish. Though fishing might qualify as a hobby to some, for the fishermen and women of the… Read More