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Steve Clifford, Head Coach of the Hornets speaks with us about his journey to the NBA. Soon!!
The Story Of An NBA Champion!!
For the past fourteen years, Mike Miller has given his all to the National Basketball Association. He can recall the majority of the games in his career, despite his wife jokingly insisting he has a bad memory of everything else.
Still, ever since he could actually remember, Miller began working on his notable 3-pointer in small town, South Dakota with his family. I was fortunate," said Miller. "My uncles, my dad and his brothers, they all played basketball. Then I had two older brothers who played. Being the youngest of three brothers, you tag along and do anything to spend more time with them, even though they don't want to spend time with you. For us, that was basketball. Our whole family, it was all basketball. I picked it up early."
Growing up, Jason Thompson knew early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. He has made it his life’s mission to help educate fellow athletes, children, and young adults about the causes for which he feels most passionate.
Jason Thompson grew up in small town New Jersey, but grew fast among his peers. At nearly 7 feet tall, Thompson elected to attend Rider University, where he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2007. This was accomplished by only two other collegiate players in a single season, one being Kevin Durant.
In 2008, Thompson was drafted by the Sacramento Kings 12th overall in the NBA Draft. He has averaged 10.5 points and 7.1 rebounds over his career.
Reggie Evans may not be a high profile name like his new teammate Kevin Garnett with the Brooklyn Nets. However in Pensacola, Florida Evans is everyone’s favorite hometown hero. Evans played at Woodham High School where he stood out enough to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before getting recruited by now UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford to play at the University of Iowa. While being a star at Iowa Evans was named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2001 and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2002.
For several seasons now, the Atlanta Hawks have proven to be a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference due to their hard-nose, never-give-up style of basketball. Joe Johnson was once considered the team’s best player and leader, but the Hawks frontcourt soon became the focus of the organization.
Hall of Fame NBA star Walt “Clyde” Frazier headed the New York Knicks for 10 years between 1967 and 1977. When he retired, Frazier held Knicks records for points scored, games played, and assists. But it was Frazier’s style and charisma that redefined the character of basketball, significantly enhancing its popularity from New York City across the country.
Darian Cartharn attended a basketball showcase before his senior year of high school and his life hasn’t been the same since. At that showcase, Cartharn heard Anthony Rhodman, founder and CEO of We Are God’s Image training company, speak. The day after the showcase, Cartharn attended one of Rhodman’s workouts.
There are still a few days left in December but the holiday gifts came early for hundreds of children in Miami. Thanks to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the NBA Champion Miami Heat partnering with the Premier Beverage Company, over $32,000 was raised during the “Art of Basketball: Heat Wave”. Bob Drinon, the President and CEO of Premier Beverage Company, personally donated $15,000. Non-profit organizations teamed up with Wade and Bosh off the court to pull together a terrific philanthropic effort to put food on the table for hundreds of families in need during the holidays this season.
This past Thanksgiving, former NBA All-Star Steve Francis teamed up with the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington to provide Turkeys & Trimmings for families in need throughout Takoma Park. The event was held between Monday, November 19th and Wednesday, November 21st in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Chris Bosh and his charity Team Tomorrow Inc. brought smiles to the faces of 150 children from the Miami area during the third annual “Santa Bosh’s Workshop” at Game Time, in the Shops at Sunset Place last week. It’s difficult to describe the look of pure unconditional joy on the faces of the children from Chapman Partnership Homeless Shelter, Big Brothers of America, After School All Stars, Voices for Children, The Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Best Buddies and Make-A-Wish that night.
NBA Head Coach George Karl is ready for another battle. After successfully beating prostate cancer in 2005 and squamous cell carcinoma of his head and neck in 2010, Karl started a foundation to continue the fight against cancer. His eponymous foundation supports organizations dedicated to various aspects of the disease, including family facilities at inpatient cancer centers and educating patients about the importance of nutrition.
Dominique Wilkins has experienced a great deal of life both on and off the basketball court. Currently working as the Atlanta Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball, Wilkins is no stranger to Hawks fans. “There are a lot of different things that I do,” says Wilkins. “From business, advising, ownership, it’s just a lot of different things that I’m a part of.”
Jerome WIlliams Gives Back
Throughout his childhood, Jerome Williams often found himself playing basketball on a narrow slab of concrete near his home in Germantown, Maryland. Whether he was practicing his shot or competing hard against his older brother and father, Jerome had one thing on his mind: don’t let the ball hit the grass.
A Look Back with Pat Williams
Pat Williams hasn’t looked back since he started his first NBA job in 1968. His resume reads like a mini history of the league: He traded Pistol Pete to the Hornets, drafted Darryl Dawkins and World B. Free for the 76ers, signed Dr. J from the Nets, won the NBA Championship with the 76ers in 1983, drafted Charles Barkley, co-founded the Orlando Magic, drafted Shaq and traded for Penny Hardaway. During all of this, he also ran 58 marathons and raised 19 children. But I digress.
Jason Kidd Looks Back!
In the 1994 NBA Draft, Dallas took a young point guard from California University by the name of Jason Kidd. Since entering the NBA, Kidd has become a difference maker on every team he's played for by being the coach on the court and redefining the point guard position.
Kidd has played in 10 All-Star games while on three different teams (Dallas, Phoenix, and New Jersey), as well as five NBA All First Team selections. While Kidd has dominated on the floor, he seems to draw attention to himself off the floor as well.
Randy Zellea of Back Sports Page recently spoke with Kidd about his storied NBA career as he opened up about some of his former teammates.