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'Hawks in the NBA

Jayhawks in the Playoffs guide

Benton Smith

Congratulations. You survived the 82-game NBA regular season. Well, even if you didn't, personally, six former Kansas University basketball players did. (Actually, if you want to get technical about it, one of those KU products was a free agent until February. But, hey, now he's in the playoffs.) It's all ...

No playoffs for Morris twins

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/15/271935/ Phoenix needed to beat Memphis Monday night in step No. 1 of its last chance at the NBA Playoffs. The next couple steps never came into play for the Suns, who bring twins Markieff and Marcus Morris off their bench, because [the Grizzlies won in Phoenix, 97-91][1], to snag ...

Paul Pierce joins elite company, with 25,000 career points

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/14/271850/ Ever since Paul Pierce left Kansas University a year early for the NBA in 1998, he has made a living putting up points. On Friday, the 16-year veteran who earned his reputation with Boston reached an all-time milestone in his first season with Brooklyn. Only one of Pierce's seven ...

Jeff Withey finishing rookie season strong

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/11/271747/ Let's face it. Jeff Withey's transition to the NBA has had [its down moments][1] in his rookie season. But as his first-year campaign reaches its final week, it appears the lean 7-foot center out of Kansas might be finding his way in New Orleans. While Withey's season averages of ...

Markieff Morris a leading candidate for sixth man award

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/07/271565/ Don't be surprised in a few weeks if you see the following phrase scroll across the bottom of your television screen or pop up on your social media feeds: Phoenix's Markieff Morris named NBA Sixth Man of the Year. All season long, the Suns — expected by some to ...

Thomas Robinson making his mark in Portland

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/04/271465/ Drafted by Sacramento, then traded to Houston during his rookie year, second-year power forward Thomas Robinson finally feels at home in the NBA with his third team, the Portland Trail Blazers. As Robinson [told John Wilmes of bleacherreport.com][1], he has embraced his role as a key reserve, even when ...

Collison's decade of dirty work makes him indispensable in OKC

Benton Smith

All the NBA talk around Lawrence the past few days has centered on [Kansas University freshmen and their decisions][1] — Andrew Wiggins is officially entering the draft, and everyone is waiting to hear if Joel Embiid will do the same. This time next year, we might be debating whether Wiggins ...

They're not booing in D.C., they're saying 'Drew'

Benton Smith

Now that March Madness — [and Stanford][1] — brought a premature end to Kansas University's basketball season, all Jayhawks fans can do is sit around watching their Twitter feeds to [see whether Joel Embiid will announce his intentions][2] for next season, as in: Will he play at KU or in ...

Mr. Confidence: Chalmers more comfortable than ever in Miami

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/feb/26/269688/ Mario Chalmers [never lacks in the confidence department][1] when he steps foot on the basketball court. So it should come as no surprise that the Miami Heat's complementary guard took his answer into another stratosphere when asked [by Shandel Richardson of The Sun Sentinel][2] to rank his current comfort ...

Expect more McLemore in Sacramento

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/feb/21/269376/ If the Sacramento Kings have their way, they will find out before the season ends exactly what rookie shooting guard Ben McLemore can do for their franchise. Both words and actions from the organization this week displayed Sacramento's interest in keeping the 21-year-old around long enough to see his ...

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