'Hawks in the NBA

Six former Kansas standouts entering free agency

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jun/29/317853/ It’s safe to assume NBA executives and head coaches won’t be jostling for position at the front doors of any former Kansas basketball players before the stroke of midnight Friday night, when it officially becomes July 1 and the league’s anticipated free agency period commences. But some of the ...

Paul Pierce makes list of top 40 NBA players of past 40 seasons

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/18/291731/ Debating where basketball players rank in the annals of history is a time-honored tradition in the NBA — like Marv Albert yelling “Yes” on a broadcast or the Los Angeles Clippers failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs. So you can imagine the arguments ignited by ...

Joel Embiid re-imagined as 'Game of Thrones' character in new video

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/25/314022/ If you ever wondered what former Kansas big man Joel Embiid would look like in George R. R. Martin’s fictional world of Westeros, you now have your answer — in cartoon form at least. Finally, after four seasons worth of parodies, BleacherReport’s NBA-meets-“Game of Thrones” mash-up is trusting the ...

Joel Embiid expects to be back playing basketball in 2-3 weeks

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/16/316915/ Philadelphia’s favorite 7-foot-2 Cameroonian is returning to the court soon. Even though the Sixers don’t have a game on their schedule for more than five months, any time Joel Embiid has good news on his basketball well being, it qualifies as a significant development for the potential franchise center. ...

After watching last game at home, Kelly Oubre Jr. not anticipating welcoming crowd in Boston

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/10/316780/ Suspended for Game 4 of his team’s second-round playoff game on Sunday, Washington forward Kelly Oubre Jr. had to watch from afar — at his home, with his father — while his teammates handled Boston without him. The former Kansas wing’s [Game 3 run-and-shove retaliation][1] on pesky Celtics screener ...

Kelly Oubre Jr.: 'I'm gonna keep raging on the court'

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/05/316703/ Kelly Oubre Jr. never has been the type of player who cares what people think about him or his game, and it doesn’t sound as if an on-court playoff altercation is about to change that. A half-day removed [from his Game 3 ejection, after he shoved Boston’s Kelly Olynyk ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. ejected in Washington win for dead-ball flagrant foul

Benton Smith

https://twitter.com/NBAOfficial/status/860300736537735169 Second-year forward Kelly Oubre Jr. had his first big moment of the NBA Playoffs on Thursday night. But his name wasn’t on the fingertips of the NBA Twitterverse for a timely basket or steal. The former Kansas wing, instead, grabbed everyone’s attention by trying to knock Boston’s Kelly Olynyk ...

After injuring ankle, Markieff Morris vows to return for Game 2 vs. Boston

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/01/316436/ Markieff Morris’ first foray into the NBA Playoffs was going smoothly until he badly rolled his left ankle on Sunday, in Game 1 of Washington’s second-round series against Boston. Morris, a former standout at Kansas, played a key role in the Wizards’ first-round victory over Atlanta, but only logged ...

Larry Bird happy former KU guard Kevin Pritchard replacing him as Pacers' president

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/01/316433/ Before officially stepping down as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, NBA legend Larry Bird on Monday left his replacement, former Kansas guard Kevin Pritchard, with a vote of confidence. "I'm very happy Kevin is stepping in and glad another Hoosier is in line to take over this ...

'I gave every ounce I could': After 19 seasons, Paul Pierce retires

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/30/316427/ The career of the best NBA player from Kansas since Wilt Chamberlain officially has come to a close. After 19 seasons, 1,343 regular-season games, 14 playoff appearances, 10 All-Star games, four All-NBA selections, a championship ring and a Finals MVP trophy, Paul Pierce walked away from the game on ...

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