Grizzlies Players Pool Money to Buy Team Assistant New Car After His Was Stolen

It’s the season of giving, and players on the Memphis Grizzlies stepped up to help one of their own. 

One of the Grizzlies team assistants, Brandon, recently had his car stolen, so the players teamed up and got him a brand new ride: 

As you can see, Brandon was touched by the players’ generosity, and everyone involved was feeling the emotion of the moment:

Kudos to the Grizzlies for taking care of their own. This is what the holiday season is all about. 

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Rajon Rondo traded to Mavs for three players, picks

Rajon Rondo is headed to Dallas. After a 24-hour span of heavy negotiations and rumors, the Boston Celtics have finally agreed to a trade involving their franchise point guard. ESPN SportsCenter says the Mavs are sending Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks to Boston in return for Rondo and Dwight Powell….Read More

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Ranking the most underrated players in the NBA

“Underrated” means a lot of things to a lot of people, but this is a collection of men who simply don’t get mentioned nearly…

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5 Players The Miami Heat Could Be Looking To Target This Season

Following the Miami Heat‘s 105-87 loss to the Utah Jazz, the Heat have dropped to a record of 12-14.
Despite Dwyane Wade’s 42 points, including 21 free throw attempts, Miami was unable to defeat the second-worst team in the Western Conference. Chris Bosh is out for the near future due to a calf strain, while Josh McRoberts is likely out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury that requires surgery,
The Heat have had their projected starting lineup on the court for a total of 34 minutes together. That lineup was supposed to be Bosh, McRoberts, Luol Deng, Wade and Norris Cole.
All five of the aforementioned players have missed periods of time due to injury. Bosh has missed the last three games, McRoberts has been out nine out of a possible 26 contests, Deng was inactive for two matchups, Wade was absent for seven games and Cole was hurt for four matchups.
This has resulted in the Heat using 11 different starting lineups through just 26 games.
The team is currently seeking a $2…

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Dayton dismisses 2 players for breaking conduct rule (Yahoo Sports)

Dayton forward Devon Scott, left, corrals a rebound as Arkansas forward Moses Kingsley looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton dismissed junior Devon Scott – the Flyers’ top rebounder – and junior reserve Jalen Robinson from the team on Wednesday for breaking a rule about player conduct.

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Kobe Bryant Talks Michael Jordan Inspiration in ‘The Players’ Tribune’ Exclusive

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA scoring list against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, topping MJ’s total of 32,292 points. Following that historic accomplishment, Bryant wrote about how Jordan inspired him to continue playing basketball.   

In an exclusive for The Players’ Tribune, the 16-time All-Star noted that he almost gave up on the sport before hearing about Jordan struggling early in high school:

Here’s where my respect and admiration for MJ was forged. I learned that he had been cut from his high school team as a freshman; I learned he knew what it felt like to be embarrassed, to feel like a failure. But he used those emotions to fuel him, make him stronger, he didn’t quit. So I decided to take on my challenge the same way he did. I would channel my failure as fuel to keep my competitive fire burning. I became obsessed with proving to my family — and more importantly to myself — that I CAN DO THIS.

Prior to that, Bryant noted that he felt he “put my family to shame” by not scoring in Philadelphia’s Sonny Hill Future League. At that point, he was only 12 years old and contemplated focusing on soccer.

Now, Bryant stands alone at third on the NBA scoring list for his career. The Lakers’ official Twitter account passed along a note after he finally eclipsed Jordan:

This serves as yet another great example of how current and former stars can affect future standouts. Bryant and Jordan’s careers barely overlapped, but the torch was passed at a young age when an NBA career was an afterthought for Bryant.    

At 36 years old, Bryant is enjoying another great season after returning from injury last year. Averaging 25.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists, he is still on par with his career averages of 25.5, 5.3 and 4.8, respectively.

Los Angeles may not be competitive in the Western Conference this season, but Bryant has still won five NBA championships with the team. His legacy is already set, much like Jordan’s was late in his career.

Maybe one day another young player will note how important current stars like Bryant, LeBron James or Kevin Durant are for their own future. For now, Bryant has Jordan to thank for the inspiration he provided him throughout his journey to this spot in the record books.

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Kentucky Players Wear ‘Roar for 22′ Shirts in Honor of Alex Poythress

Kentucky recently lost star forward Alex Poythress to a torn ACL, with coach John Calipari stating on his website that there were tears in the locker room following the news of the junior’s injury.

To honor Poythress before their game vs. UNC, their first since the injury, the Wildcats wore warm-ups that read, “Roar for 22.”

No. 1 Kentucky went on to beat No. 21 UNC, 84-70.

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2 Southern Miss players ‘released’ from team

2 Southern Miss players _ guards Shadell Millinghaus and Dallas Anglin _ ‘released’ from team



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College Basketball Players Who Are Not Living Up to Their Preseason Hype

At the start of this season, any season, lists of all kinds publish. These preseason All-American lists do little except shower pressure on players looking to win games.

Some, like SB Nation’s, have Jahlil Okafor as a first-team All-American and Player of the Year. That may be nice to hear if you’re Okafor, but what if you bust? What if you merely have a nice season? Then you’re not living up to the hype.

Yet, here we are.

I took a look at the our own preseason All-American lists as well as SB Nation‘s and USA Today‘s and then checked in to see how those players are doing a third of the way through the season.

All of these players haven’t fared as well as the forecasters once thought. There’s still time for them to turn it around, but as of now, these players have not lived up to the hype.

Read on to see who they are and why they’re underachieving.

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2 Southern Miss players ‘released’ from team (Yahoo Sports)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi basketball players Shadell Millinghaus and Dallas Anglin are no longer with the program.

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