'Hawks in the NBA

Kelly Oubre Jr. talking a big game before his NBA career even begins

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jun/29/293611/ The newest Kansas basketball player to join the ranks of the NBA, Kelly Oubre Jr. doesn’t appear to care about making any friends before his first season. The Washington Wizards acquired the one-and-done small forward on draft night from Atlanta, and since describing himself as a jewel during ESPN’s ...

Stock watch: NBA Draft Eve edition

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ By the end of Thursday night, Kansas one-and-done prospects Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander will know which NBA city they will call home. For now, they have one more long day of anticipation ahead of them. A possible lottery pick, Oubre received an invitation to the NBA Draft’s ...

Sixers slowing down Joel Embiid's recovery process

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/05/284537/ Almost a year ago, coveted 7-foot NBA prospect Joel Embiid fractured a bone in his right foot. Proceeding with caution, Philadelphia elected to bring the promising young Cameroonian along slowly in the rehab process, ultimately deciding to keep him out for the entirety of what would have been his ...

Kansas only program to produce three different NBA Finals MVPs

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2008/jun/18/150290/ In the annals of momentous NBA feats, nothing stands out quite like winning The Finals. Hoisting that Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy sets the all-time greats apart from their contemporaries, many of those who came before them and even players in the future. Few professional basketball players can call ...

Hornets bring in Kelly Oubre Jr. for individual workout

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/24/285730/ The Charlotte Hornets — owners of the No. 9 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft — had Kelly Oubre Jr. in for an individual workout Thursday. It marked the first such session for the one-and-done small forward from Kansas, who got to show off his athleticism, wingspan and potential ...

Ben McLemore venturing into rap

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jun/11/292824/ When you hear the name Ben McLemore and the word mixtape used together, you might assume a YouTube highlight reel awaits: 3-pointers, drives to the rim and dunks in transition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPY_E_nwL08 However, [SB Nation site Sactown Royalty reports McLemore has plans for a different type of mixtape this summer][1]. ...

Stock watch: Draft night just a couple weeks away for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ Both Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander have spent the past few weeks traveling to various NBA cities, meeting coaches and team executives and going through workouts and interviews — all in the name of proving themselves worthy of a rookie contract. Nothing comes easy on the road to ...

Veteran Nick Collison ready to work with new coach Billy Donovan

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jun/03/292384/ In his 11 NBA seasons since graduating from Kansas, Nick Collison has played for just one franchise: the Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly the Seattle Super Sonics). He began his professional career playing for coach Nate McMillan, then Bob Weiss, Bob Hill and P.J. Carlesimo before spending the past six ...

Who wore it best?: Jayhawks make list of all-time greats, by jersey number

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The folks behind [Mitchell & Ness][1] specialize in sports, nostalgia and jerseys. So when the company put together a list of the all-time greatest NBA players — by jersey number — you knew it would be something to behold. The accompanying graphic began making its way around social media platforms ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. wants to become top SF in 2015 draft class

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/28/287682/ The 2015 NBA Draft class doesn’t include a can’t-miss, franchise-changing small forward, and ever-confident Kelly Oubre Jr. thinks he has the potential to become the best from this crop of draftees at his position. That certainly isn’t the popular opinion, or one reflected on publicized mock drafts and big ...

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