Professional basketball – Official Miami Heat http://www.officialmiamiheat.com/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 00:10:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-29T132712.248.png Professional basketball – Official Miami Heat http://www.officialmiamiheat.com/ 32 32 The 10 best basketball movies of all time https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/the-10-best-basketball-movies-of-all-time/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 23:32:51 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/the-10-best-basketball-movies-of-all-time/ Say what you will, but there’s no such thing as Basketball and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest hoop-inspired movies ever made. Enjoy! Basketball movies are special If we’re all being honest, nothing beats a good old-fashioned sports movie. Regardless of the sport itself, there is something magical and inspiring […]]]>

Say what you will, but there’s no such thing as Basketball and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest hoop-inspired movies ever made. Enjoy!

Basketball movies are special

If we’re all being honest, nothing beats a good old-fashioned sports movie. Regardless of the sport itself, there is something magical and inspiring about the way a sport – any sport in fact – can motivate us to be more than we or anyone else is. another thought we could be. That said, there are sports and times that offer this possibility in ways that others cannot. Enter basketball. From ‘Looney Tunes’ at the thought that “White men can’t jump” there are tons of movies out there that showcase Hoop Dreams and how they can lead to greatness. Now that that’s established, join us for some of the best basketball movies of all time:

Celtic pride

With the Celtics having just found out for themselves in the 2022 NBA Finals, it seems only fitting that we start with this one. Sure, the Boys in Green from Boston couldn’t win the trophy, but rest assured, their pride and courage will never be in question, even more so if you take a look at this 1996 film. Starring Daniel Stern and Damon Wayans and the notoriously funny Dan Aykroyd, the comedy co-written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn focuses on a pair of Celtics stalwarts who would basically die for the team. Faced with Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, Jimmy (Dan Aykroyd) and Mike (Daniel Stern) decide to kidnap the Jazz’s best player, Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans). Needless to say, things only get crazier from there, but rest assured, this is a comedic look at what the game means to fans and gamers alike.

Like mike

Released in 2002, the film is full of NBA stars and their cameo appearances. The story of an orphan in search of a father introduces us to the protagonist played by a young Calvin Cambridge – most will know him as Lil Bow Wow – who just found an abandoned pair of sneakers with the initials MJ on them. After putting them on, the Cambridge character finds he can “go head-to-head” with the best of them. In the end, what ensues is a moving look at the issues young players can face as they navigate their way into the professional game.

basketball diaries

Compared to the other entries on this list, the 1995 film directed by the late Scott Kalvert is perhaps the darkest of them all. Rather than offering a motivating and uplifting look at how sport can bridge racial divides or offer a way out of economic and social misery, the film tackles a much more difficult subject, namely how talent can fall prey of those in power. the keys to opportunity. Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular character is never quite believable as a baller, but it has to be said that was the intent of Jim Carroll’s memoir on which the story was based. Instead, we come away with an exploration of how a young talent can quickly fall victim to the promise of more. Sexually abused by his trainer and a subsequent drug addiction to compensate, DiCaprio’s powerful performance provides an all-too-real glimpse of what happens when a shining star burns too quickly.

above the edge

Considered “new age” in its time, the film offered a slightly more glamorous and fast-paced look at basketball. Indeed, with the title telling you exactly what you were getting yourself into, the 1994 film gave us a good look at the visceral movement and experience that is basketball dunking. In keeping with this, the story follows a hot street baller named Kyle (Duan Martin) whose integration into the structured world of high school basketball is made more difficult by his head coach and scouts who want him to play a specific way. Kyle’s journey, while selfish, only gets complicated when he goes too deep with a Harlem drug dealer played by the late Tupac Shakur. With additional appearances from Marlon Wayans and Bernie Mac, this one is definitely worth watching as it paints a picture of the game and the young people who play it that is both exhilarating and chilling.

space jam

Although he didn’t need any help, it could be argued that this movie helped Michael Jordan be bigger than he already was. Aside from a hit song from the soundtrack, the 1996 box office hit featured a long list of the biggest stars in the NBA at the time. With a mix of animation and live action, basketball’s biggest and best came together with iconic characters from Warner Brother’s “Looney Tunes” to take on the “MonStars”, who were naturally the versions evil aliens from the NBA’s greatest. Needless to say, aliens learn a valuable lesson: never mess with the goat.

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Michael Jordan poses with Warner Brothers executives and ‘Looney Tunes’ mascots at a promotional event for the release of ‘Space Jam’.Evan AgostiniGetty Images

Hoosiers

Considered one of the most “serious” on our list, this 1986 Indiana-based film will forever be considered the quintessential basketball movie. Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) rubs people the wrong way as Hickory’s new basketball coach instilling the fundamentals of the game. Meanwhile, the small town’s best player, Jimmy Chitwood, refuses to play in at first before finally agreeing on the condition that the aforementioned Dale remain the coach. What follows is an inspiring march of seven young men to a title. Indeed, many will vouch for the fact that it was this film that laid the groundwork for the cliched — not in a bad way — of a coach’s pep talk.

He has game

Directed by the always provocative Spike Lee, the movie is perhaps more of an exploration of the pitfalls of being a promising athlete than just a movie about basketball. Former NBA star Ray Allen takes on the role of Coney Island prodigy Jesus Shuttlesworth, who is on his way to becoming the nation’s No. 1 high school pick. Jhe is legendary Denzel Washington plays Jesus’ overbearing father, Jake, who was granted parole by the state governor in exchange for convincing his son to perform for the state. It’s an emotional ride to say the least.

Coach Carter

A film considered by many to be the “Remember the Titans” of basketball, Coach Carter – based on the true story of Ken Carter – fully embraces the energy that Samuel L. Jackson brings to the screen. At least dictatorial, Carter takes charge of an unmotivated team and changes its entire culture with strict rules and regulations. Indeed, it was the real Carter who banned his 1999 Richmond High School team from playing until every member of the team saw their grades improve. The film tackles the ever-controversial topic of how much leeway schools give their star athletes and why they shouldn’t. What we finally see is an uplifting and heartfelt look at why discipline is perhaps the most important factor in any business.

Finding Forrester

Although many remember it as the first time they heard the now belated but famous Israel Kamakawiwoʻole interpretation of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, the thing is, at the heart of the movie is perhaps one of the best basketball-related movies of all time. Jamal (Rob Brown) is a prodigy in the making in the field, but he is also something much more, that is to say, an up-and-coming writer. Soon, Jamal finds himself in an unlikely friendship with a reclusive neighbor, who turns out to be a famous Scottish novelist played by none other than Sean Connery himself. What follows is a closer examination of the idea that a baller can be more than just a toughhead with athletic prowess. Prepare the tissues for this one, but also be ready to walk away with a smile.

Hustle

The newest on this list, the 2022 offering of Adam Sandler, hits you where you needed it, while making you regret having done it. Although he doesn’t pretend to embrace the old clichés of the sports film genre, Sandler is unlucky “Stanley Sugerman” is entirely believable, as is the foreign perspective played by Juancho Hernangomez, whom he guides to the NBA and more in our hearts. The story is definitely worth considering because it shows all too well what can happen when you just don’t give up.

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NBA Draft 2022: A trio of NBA Academy graduates should be selected https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/nba-draft-2022-a-trio-of-nba-academy-graduates-should-be-selected/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:48:51 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/nba-draft-2022-a-trio-of-nba-academy-graduates-should-be-selected/ When the NBA Academy was launched in 2016, one of the main goals was to identify and develop the best basketball prospects from around the world. Josh Giddey became the first NBA Academy graduate selected in the NBA Draft after being picked sixth overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021. When the 2022 NBA […]]]>

When the NBA Academy was launched in 2016, one of the main goals was to identify and develop the best basketball prospects from around the world.

Josh Giddey became the first NBA Academy graduate selected in the NBA Draft after being picked sixth overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021. When the 2022 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, three other alumni Academy graduates should call themselves.

Dyson Daniels, Bennedict Mathurin and Hyunjung Lee continue to climb the draft boards after using the NBA Academy to help kick-start their promising basketball careers.

“In just the first few years of the program, seeing these young NBA Academy graduates achieve their lifelong dreams of being drafted into the NBA is a tremendously rewarding feeling for all of our coaches and staff,” said Chris Ebersole, the Senior NBA Director who oversees the elite development of the NBA Global Academy. “We are so proud of these players who have represented themselves, their home country and the NBA Academy program so well on and off the court. We are thrilled to see their continued success at the NBA level. .


Dyson Daniels

Daniels could be the last Australian to make a significant impact in the NBA.

Daniels, who comes from Australia, had a good season with the G League Ignite. It is planned to be a lottery selection. The 6-6 point guard is tall and an above average defender and playmaker. He averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 15 games with the Ignite, and his game improved as the season progressed.

“Dyson’s journey – from the NBA Global Academy to the G League Ignite to the NBA – exemplifies the NBA’s commitment to developing young athletes and preparing them for the highest levels of sport,” Ebersole said. “The progress Dyson has made with his game is a testament to his professional approach and desire to improve every day. We are so proud of Dyson and thrilled to see his hard work pay off.

Daniels was a teammate with Giddey at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia.


Benoit Mathurin

Mathurin’s athleticism could be his ticket to a lottery pick and NBA minutes.

Mathurin, originally from Canada, had a very successful college career in Arizona. He’s 6-foot-6 and what sets him apart from a lot of players is his athleticism. The 19-year-old winger is explosive and has had several scoring plays with the Wildcats. He’s competitive and has a good enough jumper to play both. It is expected to be a lottery pick.

“Bennedict is a true NBA Academy trailblazer, as he was the very first Canadian prospect to join the program, paving the way for many others to follow in his footsteps,” Ebersole said. “His work ethic, competitive intensity and leadership helped him thrive at the NBA Academy Latin America, then reach the highest levels of college basketball, and now will serve him well as he makes the leap. to the NBA.”

The Pac-12 Player of the Year averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.


Hyunjung Lee

Hyunjung Lee’s shot has sparked interest ahead of the 2022 draft.

The 6-foot-7 Lee, a native of South Korea, averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game at Davidson. He is expected to be chosen in the second round, and if selected, he would only be the second Korean player in the NBA.

His 50-40-90 shooting splits are what make teams tick. Much like Stephen Curry, another former Davidson player who filled the nets, Lee was not very recruited out of high school.

“Since his first day with the NBA Global Academy, Lee has been an outstanding shooter, one of the best I’ve seen at any level of basketball, and he will continue to hang his hat on that elite skill. “, said Ebersole. “At the NBA Global Academy and then at Davidson, Lee strived to develop his entire game, including his defense, ball handling and off-ball movement, and his well-balanced game allowed him to get a historic success in the college ranks. We are proud of Lee and excited for him as he begins his NBA journey.

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Draymond Green is right to be concerned about the Gonzaga-MSU outdoor game https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/draymond-green-is-right-to-be-concerned-about-the-gonzaga-msu-outdoor-game/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:34:00 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/draymond-green-is-right-to-be-concerned-about-the-gonzaga-msu-outdoor-game/ In case you missed it, the Gonzaga and Michigan State men’s basketball teams are preparing to play a neutral-site game against each other on an aircraft carrier this coming season. . The game would take place in San Diego The game, scheduled for Veterans Day (Nov. 11), will take place on the 11th anniversary of […]]]>

In case you missed it, the Gonzaga and Michigan State men’s basketball teams are preparing to play a neutral-site game against each other on an aircraft carrier this coming season. . The game would take place in San Diego

The game, scheduled for Veterans Day (Nov. 11), will take place on the 11th anniversary of the 2011 Carrier Classic between MSU and North Carolina, a game the Tar Heels won 67-55. The game also featured plenty of NBA talent, including Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Draymond Green.

As Green caught wind of the likely 2022 game, he took to Twitter to express his thoughts.

Although I don’t have experience playing a basketball game on a rack, I can relate to Green’s position.

Top-level basketball is supposed to be played in a gymnasium – this is where all games and practices take place throughout the year and especially throughout the life of the players. Getting out of this comfort zone could be difficult.

Not only that, but there are physical conditions that play an even bigger factor. I mean, they’re playing on a transporter! In the 2011 game, there were contingency plans to move the game to the main hangar below deck if rain was an issue. But even the wind and air quality could bring additional humidity to the pitch, which would lead to unnecessary potential consequences on a player’s body.

Coming from a former college and professional basketball player, the risk of injury isn’t worth the memorabilia, although some are pretty cool I’m sure.

So I’m on Draymond’s side.

Nevertheless, his opinions probably don’t change anything and mine certainly don’t. Looks like we’ll be seeing more Carrier sneakers in November.

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Indiana Fever guard goes on basketball trip with his son https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/indiana-fever-guard-goes-on-basketball-trip-with-his-son/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:58:00 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/indiana-fever-guard-goes-on-basketball-trip-with-his-son/ Who is Indiana Fever’s biggest fan? For custody Bria Hartley, it’s her 5-year-old son, Bryson. He’s in every game, practice, movie and meeting abroad. INDIANAPOLIS — This offseason, the Indiana Fever made big strides in rebuilding, including a major trade that brought guard Bria Hartley here to Indianapolis. But she did not come alone. You […]]]>

Who is Indiana Fever’s biggest fan? For custody Bria Hartley, it’s her 5-year-old son, Bryson. He’s in every game, practice, movie and meeting abroad.

INDIANAPOLIS — This offseason, the Indiana Fever made big strides in rebuilding, including a major trade that brought guard Bria Hartley here to Indianapolis. But she did not come alone. You can often find her 5-year-old son, Bryson, nearby.

When Hartley was in her third year in the league, playing for the Washington Mystics at the time, she found out she was pregnant.

“I really didn’t tell anyone,” Hartley recalled. “With the old CBA we didn’t have maternity coverage, I wasn’t sure I would get all my pay and it was only my third year so I wasn’t making that much money or anything. . So I wanted to make sure I understood everything.

Hartley said she continued acting until she was about four and a half to five months pregnant. Then in January 2017, Bryson was born.

“Honestly, my best years were after I had him,” Hartley said. “Best playing years and all.”

Since then, they have sailed this basketball journey together. From New York to Phoenix to the WNBA bubble to Tampa and more recently to Istanbul, Turkey. Where Bria goes, so does Bryson, which includes international benefits.

“He’s there sitting there when we have movies, even when I was overseas he was attending meetings,” Hartley said. “It’s just me, I mean, there are times when I have help but there are times when it’s also difficult for someone to be there all the time. He’s fairly well formed, he can sit on his side.

If Bria is on the team, so is Bryson. And, as a young mother playing in the WNBA, she hopes other women will see that it’s possible to do both.

“Even when I was pregnant, there were so many people saying, ‘You’re not coming back the same.’ “You can’t have a kid and be a professional. I think I just wanted to change that stigma,” Hartley said.

She also wants to set a good example for her son.

“Now he’s watching and, you know, sometimes you have your days where you’re not in the mood, but at the same time you have to be an example for him,” Hartley said. “You’re not going to have your best days all the time. You have to keep pushing, you have to keep moving forward.

So when the game is over and Hartley is out of uniform, just know that she’s coming off the court as Bryson’s mother.

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Elite Pro Basketball League recruits top Indians as marquee players – The New Indian Express https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/elite-pro-basketball-league-recruits-top-indians-as-marquee-players-the-new-indian-express/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 06:41:00 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/elite-pro-basketball-league-recruits-top-indians-as-marquee-players-the-new-indian-express/ By IANS NEW DELHI: India’s Elite Pro Basketball League has announced its first round of key player signings for the 12 participating franchises, the league announced on Thursday. Key signings include Indian national team players like Jagdeep Bains (Mumbai Stars), Pratham Singh (Pune Pythons) Prakash Mishra (Jaipur Giants). Other players include Basil Philip (Kochi Pachers), […]]]>

By IANS

NEW DELHI: India’s Elite Pro Basketball League has announced its first round of key player signings for the 12 participating franchises, the league announced on Thursday.

Key signings include Indian national team players like Jagdeep Bains (Mumbai Stars), Pratham Singh (Pune Pythons) Prakash Mishra (Jaipur Giants). Other players include Basil Philip (Kochi Pachers), Vinay Kaushik (Chandigarh Conquerors), Actor Arvind Krishna (Hyderabad Hoops), Ram Gopal (Lucknow Swarm), Ravikumar (Chennai Turbos), Rachit Singh (Punjab Gladiators), Karan Pal Singh (Ahmedabad Aces), Arshdeep Singh (Delhi Dominators) and Visu Palani (Bengaluru Stallions).

Jagdeep Singh Bains, an Indian professional basketball player and a marquee player for Mumbai Stars, said: “I am very happy to be part of the first and only professional basketball league Elite Pro Basketball League of India. This will give a platform to develop the sport in India which is in great demand.”

Pratam Singh, who also represents India and a marquee player for the Pune Pythons, said, “Elite Pro Basketball League is the need of the hour. They not only promote the sport but are also athlete friendly. and offer the best remuneration to players in India. This will boost the sport in India and encourage young players to take up the sport.”

“When we approached these players, they were immediately taken with the idea of ​​the league and thought it would be a great platform to promote the sport in India,” said Elite Pro Basketball CEO Sunny. Bhandarkar.

“The lifespan of professional athletes, especially in our country, remains very limited. We are keen to provide new opportunities for the proven stars of the Indian team, and the EPBL will be a financially rewarding second leg for them. EPBL is committed to extending players’ careers through enhanced incentives and high visibility across all platforms,” he added.

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What does Minnesota’s new front office tell us about organizational values? https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/what-does-minnesotas-new-front-office-tell-us-about-organizational-values/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 15:32:03 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/what-does-minnesotas-new-front-office-tell-us-about-organizational-values/ When the Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tim Connelly to be the president of basketball operations, it reminded me of how the Wolves brought in Chris Finch. Admittedly, Connelly’s hiring process was far more conventional than Finch’s hiring path. In short, Wolves forfeited a formal off-season coach search and hired a coach from another staff mid-season. Usually […]]]>

When the Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tim Connelly to be the president of basketball operations, it reminded me of how the Wolves brought in Chris Finch. Admittedly, Connelly’s hiring process was far more conventional than Finch’s hiring path. In short, Wolves forfeited a formal off-season coach search and hired a coach from another staff mid-season. Usually when a coach or general manager is fired, the immediate replacement is promoted from within until a formal search can be made – as we saw with Sachin Gupta. David Vanterpool, a black man, who was the associate head coach when Wolves took on Finch, was denied the interim title and the chance to coach the team for the final part of the season.

Although the two hires were executed very differently, the end result was the same: Wolves hired a white person instead of a person of color. I want to be blunt from the top, this is not a knock on Connelly. He more than earned his stripes with an impressive run in Denver. It’s hard to piece together an argument on paper that Gupta is better at the job than Connelly. But, honestly, that line of thinking isn’t really an appropriate way to talk about the situation. This is not a basketball argument. It’s not analytics. There’s no formula that says X white frame is much better than Y color frame, so it was a fair hire. These things just don’t work that way.

What I’m talking about here are the structures of institutional racism that keep people of color out of the top echelons of sport time and time again.

Gupta has kept a steady course during his time as Minnesota’s top decision maker. He made no moves at the deadline, signaling that this team was good enough to make the playoffs and any move that wasn’t a clear improvement probably wasn’t worth making. Gupta brought in Greg Monroe, who instantly became a fan favorite, even if only for a brief moment. Really, he just got things done, which was the right decision.

The Wolves seem to recognize that as they have maintained their party line, Gupta is still part of their plans. All reports seem to indicate that he is okay with hiring Connelly. But with Connelly bringing in Matt Lloyd from the Orlando Magic to take on the role of senior vice president of basketball operations, I can’t help but wonder about Gupta’s place in the front office. I don’t know the inner workings of the Wolves front office. Even Jon Krawczynski reported Athleticism that it’s unclear who Minnesota’s No. 2 is. Krawczynski also notes that Connelly “built an inclusive front office environment where everyone had a voice.” Either way, Lloyd represents another voice in the front office that takes some of the decision-making power from Gupta, diluting his influence. Technically, it might not be a downgrade, but it certainly looks like a downgrade from the outside.

Just two years ago Wolves were a shining example of what organizational fairness can look like. Gersson Rosas had made it a priority to diversify its workforce. Unfortunately, Rosas had other issues that prevented him from seeing his vision. His authoritarian leadership and inter-office dealings led to his dismissal, leaving his workforce diversity work feeling hollow. It’s a shame that what seemed like a hugely positive direction for Wolves was just a facade built up by Rosas. The team he built still exists on the pitch, but its squad is slowly deteriorating.

I have to be clear that I don’t expect much from the NBA in terms of real, concrete work against racism. It’s a professional basketball league, not a social justice organization. The bar for “acceptable practices” is not that high as this is a multi-billion dollar industry. The financial outcome will always come before the moral and racially conscious outcome. But, time and time again, Adam Silver’s NBA has seemingly made it clear that, at least optically, it has no problem being considered one of the most progressive leagues in sports.

Think back to the bubble, when a whole slate of games was postponed because the Milwaukee Bucks chose to boycott a game after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake. This led players, coaches, managers and owners to work together to create a social justice initiative focused on voting accessibility.

A more recent example is Steve Kerr’s pre-game press conference, during which he pleaded with congressional Republicans to tackle gun violence after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. . The NBA chose not to fine Kerr, allowing him to express his politics. beliefs and ignore any questioning related to basketball. Sometimes inaction speaks volumes about an organization’s values.

If the NBA really cares about being a progressive league, then allowing players and coaches to speak openly on the mic, stick Black Lives Matter on their courts, and organize ballot initiatives isn’t enough. If the league truly wishes to reflect these progressive values, it will take an organizational commitment to include and promote people of color. This does not seem to be a priority at the moment.

Critics of that sentiment will be quick to point out that more than half of the league’s head coaches are black. To that I say, yes, it is true. Moreover, this report is unambiguously a good thing. Coaching demographics should reflect league demographics, so the more black coaches the better. To point to the number of black coaches as a response to institutional racism is to completely miss the point. A quick look around the league offices shows a distinct lack of melanin. However, hiring Connelly from Minnesota opens the door for Calvin Booth to take over in Denver, joining James Jones (Phoenix Suns) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors).

The hardest part of talking about institutional racism, let alone fighting it, is that so many people choose not to believe it’s real. To many, racism looks like grand overt gestures or expressions of hatred. It’s true. We live in a country where black people have been murdered in cold blood while shopping for groceries. Beyond the most despicable and putrid acts of racism, there is a web of more nuanced and covert structures that uphold white supremacist values. It is a twisted disease in the American psyche that so many people would choose to believe that Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez are not active participants in the white supremacist capitalist machine that is America. They would rather assume that the two are simply doing what they believe is best for the organization rather than acting in ways that preserve the structures of institutional racism that have allowed them to amass such wealth and notoriety. In reality, I don’t know their intentions, nor do I care to try to psychoanalyze them.

However, what I do know is that the larger structures of racism can only be broken down by those who benefit most from them. I’m in no way saying that Lore, Rodriguez or Glen Taylor are racist because they didn’t promote Gupta. It’s ridiculous. The crux of it all is that they have achieved great success and taken advantage of the systems that were built to oppress. They had the option of choosing a fairer approach, but they didn’t, and I’m disappointed. That’s what it’s about. If the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves truly believe in advancing fairness in their organization, promoting Gupta — or at least not demoting him — would have been a step in the right direction.

Maybe Gupta stays and develops a solid working relationship with Lloyd and Connelly. Maybe the team that Lore and ARod have put together will be able to turn the Timberwolves into a top basketball organization. But Connelly’s success doesn’t erase the fact that the Wolves have moved away from being a model of diversity, fairness and anti-racism for the NBA.

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Udoka and Ujiri angry at the dysfunction of Nigerian basketball | Professional https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/udoka-and-ujiri-angry-at-the-dysfunction-of-nigerian-basketball-professional/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 23:48:04 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/udoka-and-ujiri-angry-at-the-dysfunction-of-nigerian-basketball-professional/ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka both spoke out on Sunday against the Nigerian government’s decision to withdraw its basketball teams from international competition during two years and potentially eliminate any chance of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics. Both Ujiri and Udoka are of Nigerian descent. […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka both spoke out on Sunday against the Nigerian government’s decision to withdraw its basketball teams from international competition during two years and potentially eliminate any chance of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.

Both Ujiri and Udoka are of Nigerian descent. Ujiri called for the resignation and revival of the Nigerian federation.

“The leaders of the basketball ecosystem in Nigeria continue to rob our youth of their present and future while tearing the entire basketball community apart – this must stop,” Ujiri wrote.

Basketball’s world governing body FIBA ​​said it had no choice last week but to replace Nigeria in the 12-team squad for the Women’s World Cup later. this year and replace it with Mali. The men’s national team is trying to qualify for next year’s Men’s World Cup – a major step towards the Games of 24.

But if the ban approved by the Nigerian government holds, there is almost no realistic scenario in which Nigerian basketball teams could qualify for Paris. The Nigerian men and women were part of the Tokyo Olympics field last summer – and the men’s team, coached by Warriors assistant and now Sacramento coach Mike Brown, beat the eventual medal-winning American team gold during an exhibition match.

Udoka said the Nigerian FA was suffering from disorganization.

“A lot of the same things I had to deal with as a player which is disappointing,” said Udoka, a former Nigerian national team player.

It was also a problem last summer. Brown received great logistical help from the Warriors as he assembled the Nigerian team – many of whom were NBA players – for a training camp. He had to oversee everything from bringing in training equipment, to making travel arrangements, and even starting a charitable foundation that was trying to raise $1 million to support the programs of the National team.

Nigerian basketball’s problems revolve around a leadership struggle at the national federation, which elected two different presidents in parallel elections in January. The government wants to appoint an interim committee to run the NBBF until its problems are resolved, but has also announced its intention to “reorganize” all areas of Nigerian basketball, including the national league.

“The time for change has come,” Ujiri wrote. “I know that all the athletes, leaders and players in African sport will not give up on Nigerian basketball, and we will not give up on the youth. It is time for us to move forward. We need a new slate and a new narrative. To do this, all the leaders who have clung to the realms of the Nigerian Basketball Federation over the past few years must all step down.

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Brandon Dunson, former Nevada assistant, joins the Stanford basketball team https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/brandon-dunson-former-nevada-assistant-joins-the-stanford-basketball-team/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 00:32:16 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/brandon-dunson-former-nevada-assistant-joins-the-stanford-basketball-team/ Brandon Dunson, who spent a season on the Nevada basketball team, landed a job at Stanford. Dunson most recently worked in Denver as the school’s associate head coach last season. It came after two years at Cal State Fullerton. Dunson was part of Eric Musselman’s last team in Nevada during the 2018-19 season when the […]]]>

Brandon Dunson, who spent a season on the Nevada basketball team, landed a job at Stanford.

Dunson most recently worked in Denver as the school’s associate head coach last season. It came after two years at Cal State Fullerton. Dunson was part of Eric Musselman’s last team in Nevada during the 2018-19 season when the Wolf Pack ranked fifth in the nation while winning a share of Mountain West’s regular season title and clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

At Stanford, Dunson will work for South Tahoe High alum Jerod Haase, who is entering his seventh season with the program. Dunson was part of Haase’s team during his first two years at Stanford, as director of basketball development. He helped the Cardinal finish third in the Pac-12 in 2018, which included 19 wins and a trip to the NIT. He was responsible for assisting in the implementation of recruiting and adversary scouting strategies, and he oversaw the program’s video services.

“Brandon is a rising star in the profession and we are thrilled to add him to our program,” Haase said in a press release. “He is extremely intelligent and has a passion for helping others. His diverse skills, combined with his prior knowledge of Stanford, make him an ideal candidate for the program. I am truly thrilled to welcome Brandon back to the farm. “

Dunson’s first full-time assistant job came in Nevada in 2018-19. After Musselman was hired by Arkansas, Dunson worked for Cal State Fullerton under former Nevada assistant Dedrique Taylor from 2019-21. With the Titans, Dunson was named to the NABC Under Armor 30 Under 30 list, recognizing the best promising coaches under the age of 30. In Denver last season, Dunson worked under former Stanford associate head coach Jeff Wulbrun. He helped the Pioneers to double-digit wins for the first time since 2017-18.

Dunson also spent time at Arizona Christian University, serving three seasons as associate head coach, helping guide the team to two NAIA Sweet 16s and a school-record winning streak in 2014-15. He has also worked as a professional basketball consultant and served as associate program director for the Illinois team’s education and athletics program. A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Dunson played collegiately at SIU-Edwardsville, Wabash Valley College, Arizona State and Azusa Pacific.

Stanford went 16-16 last season, including an 8-12 record in the Pac-12 (ninth place).

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Drew Guebert is an assistant basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/drew-guebert-is-an-assistant-basketball-coach-at-the-university-of-sioux-falls/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 16:01:30 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/drew-guebert-is-an-assistant-basketball-coach-at-the-university-of-sioux-falls/ The USF Cougar men’s basketball team has named former assistant coach Drew Guebert, the school announced in a statement Wednesday. One of the program’s all-time greatest players, Guebert served as a graduate assistant under head coach Chris Johnson for the past year. Guebert will be involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting […]]]>

The USF Cougar men’s basketball team has named former assistant coach Drew Guebert, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.

One of the program’s all-time greatest players, Guebert served as a graduate assistant under head coach Chris Johnson for the past year. Guebert will be involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and on-field training, including working with USF frontcourt players. He will help coordinate and run camps, support athletes with their academic responsibilities, and coordinate travel.

“I think Drew is USF basketball in every way. He’s had a great career here on the court, he’s been on staff, so he knows what we are,” Johnson said. “He’s a great young coach who has deserved this in every way. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to continue working with him every day. He’s a great communicator, recruiter and really knows the game. Having Drew on staff makes everyone here better.”

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Former CSI All-American pursuing a professional basketball career https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/former-csi-all-american-pursuing-a-professional-basketball-career/ Mon, 30 May 2022 21:33:00 +0000 https://www.officialmiamiheat.com/former-csi-all-american-pursuing-a-professional-basketball-career/ TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Khalid Thomas, a former All-American and Division I basketball player for the College of Southern Idaho, is on a mission to play professional basketball. While Thomas is gifted with talent, the question remains, where will the 22-year-old land? Khalid Thomas is confident about one thing… “I will play professionally. Where […]]]>

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Khalid Thomas, a former All-American and Division I basketball player for the College of Southern Idaho, is on a mission to play professional basketball.

While Thomas is gifted with talent, the question remains, where will the 22-year-old land?

Khalid Thomas is confident about one thing…

“I will play professionally.

Where however, is unknown.

Thomas is currently in Dallas training at the Drive Nation Sports Complex, owned by former NBA star Jermaine O’Neal. Thomas has signed with Seven 1 Sports and Entertainment Group, O’Neal’s Agency and Tracy McGrady, who also represents Gonzaga star Drew Timme.

Thomas first signed an NIL deal last August. Then re-signed to a client contract after his senior season at Portland State.

“They’ve done a really good job of transitioning from college and preparing you for this professional experience, giving you a taste of what it’s going to be like if you reach the next level or when you reach the next level. exclaimed Thomas.

He earned all Big Sky Conference and Big Sky Tournament honors, while using up his extra year of eligibility last season.

“We started off really slow, you know 4-13, then we went from 4-13 to 14-17, we just tied in, and we really locked ourselves in and we got closer and we just wanted to,” Thomas said.

He thinks the race got a lot of attention, giving him opportunities he might not have had otherwise. Thomas recently traveled to Chicago for a pro day at the NBA Draft Combine, showcasing his skills in front of 20 NBA coaches.

“Like wow, really thinking about that experience, kissing it is a good experience in itself,” he said.

As he waits for his first team practice, he knows his life could change at any moment.

“It’s a bit nerve-wracking, but it’s also a bit exciting at the same time,” adds Thomas.

Thomas played for the College of Southern Idaho from 2017 to 2019. In 2018, he led CSI to an NJCAA National Finals, earning Region 18 and All-American honors. In 2019, he committed to Texas Tech University, but opted out and attended Arizona State instead, where he spent the 2019-20 season, before transferring to Portland State to close out his career.

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