'Hawks in the NBA

Cliff Alexander shows improvements at workout

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/28/285974/ After one disappointing season at Kansas, forward Cliff Alexander appears to be making the best of his uphill climb toward an NBA career. When your college basketball résumé includes such numbers as 7.1 points per game, 17.6 minutes per game and eight games missed due to an NCAA investigation, ...

Stock watch: Lottery possible for Oubre, but Alexander seemingly destined for 2nd round

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ Now that the NBA Lottery and Draft Combine have concluded, the landscape for the 2015 draft began to come into focus a little more this week. We know that Minnesota, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia won the rights to picks 1, 2 and 3, but we also now ...

LeBron James credits old rival Paul Pierce with shaping his career

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/18/291731/ Years from now, when basketball fans who have yet to be born learn of LeBron James or Paul Pierce by watching hologram highlight clips of their Hall-of-Fame careers, one small forward will inevitably be linked with the other. The rivalry between Pierce and James took off in the 2008 ...

Paul Pierce contemplating retirement

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/16/291644/ [The NBA’s new Mr. Clutch, Paul Pierce][1], caught the basketball with time vanishing in the final seconds of Washington’s second-round elimination game Friday night and drained a contested, fade-away 3-pointer from the left corner. The Verizon Center crowd exploded, and Pierce’s Wizards teammates congratulated him on sending Game 6 ...

Joel Embiid aids Sixers brass at Draft Combine

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/14/286906/ Joel Embiid has yet to play a game in the NBA for Philadelphia, but the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft already has dabbled in coaching, scouting and interviewing prospects. During the final week of the 76ers’ 18-64 season, coach Brett Brown let the one-and-done center from ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. reveals lofty NBA goals at Draft Combine

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/28/287673/ For Kelly Oubre Jr., leisure time is a thing of the past. With each passing day, the one-and-done Kansas basketball product inches closer to his NBA dream. The future had to feel tangible this week, as the 19-year-old attended the Draft Combine in Chicago. [Oubre spoke with NBA TV ...

Ben McLemore shows improvement in Year 2, and stands out in community

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/12/291465/ It can’t be easy playing for the Sacramento Kings right now. An afterthought of an NBA franchise since the early 2000’s and the glory days of Chris Webber and Mike Bibby, the Kings haven’t reached the playoffs since 2006. They went through another lackluster season (29-53) in 2014-15, marred ...

Paul Pierce offers insight on crunch-time heroics

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/11/291395/ *From the man who brought you, “This is why they brought me here.” …* *Paul Pierce presents: “I called game.”* “The Truth” beat the buzzer — and Atlanta — Saturday night by banking in a contested game-winning jumper as time expired. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGnTSu0orgc With the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore and Dennis ...

Stock watch: Early draft projections vary on Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ For the second year in a row, two Kansas basketball freshmen have left the program as one-and-done college players to chase their professional dreams and enter the NBA Draft. Unlike in 2014, when Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid both proved to be top-three picks, it isn’t easy to project ...

Dunkapalooza: Watch every slam Andrew Wiggins threw down this season

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/05/291003/ If you paid any attention at all to the 2014-15 NBA season — even as someone who accidentally stumbled upon highlights a few times a week — you likely noticed one-and-done Kansas product Andrew Wiggins wowing crowds as he soared through the air on his way to the rim. ...

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