'Hawks in the NBA

Joel Embiid goes one-on-one with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/15/321598/ When ESPN announced young Philadelphia star Joel Embiid would appear on “First Take,” one had to hope it would mean a one-on-one debate between the charismatic big man and the daily morning show’s rambunctious personality, Stephen A. Smith. Instead, on Friday’s episode, Smith simply fired questions that Embiid answered. ...

Head-to-head: Embiid's 76ers beat Wiggins' T'wolves; Mason's Kings top Jackson's Suns

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/13/321553/ With so many Jayhwaks making a living in the NBA it’s not difficult on any given day to find a box score with a former Kansas basketball standout appearing for each team. But Tuesday night’s schedule provided a pair of reunions for one-time KU teammates who likely always will ...

More Frank Mason III could be prescription for Sacramento success

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/08/321420/ Arco Arena, the former home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, had a notoriously noisy reputation, thanks to the cowbell-wielding fanatics who occupied its seats. Brand-new Golden 1 Center, the Kings’ new permanent residence in California’s capital, hasn’t had the chance to become so renowned yet. But you know some ...

Joel Embiid actually thought he'd be a redshirt senior for Kansas

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/04/321307/ In some alternate reality where Joel Embiid wasn’t one of the more dangerous players in the NBA with the ball in his hands, the 7-foot-2 center from Cameroon would still be playing for Bill Self inside Allen Fieldhouse. Just ask him. That idea seemed more realistic to Embiid when ...

Second-rounder Frank Mason III earning spot in Kings' rotation

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/nov/28/321103/ The days of DNP’s and watching NBA games exclusively from the bench may be over for former Kansas All-American Frank Mason III. A rookie second-round pick for Sacramento, Mason has experienced an escalation in opportunity of late, playing 20-plus minutes in six of the Kings’ seven previous games. Though ...

Multi-skilled Joel Embiid cooks Lakers for 46 points on career night

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/nov/16/320801/ Joel Embiid once again reminded the NBA of his massive potential Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Philadelphia’s 7-foot-2 phenom cooked the Lakers for a a career-best performance. Still in just his second season out of Kansas, Embiid’s new personal bests of 46 points, seven assists, seven blocks, 14 ...

Andrew Wiggins goes glass at the buzzer for game-winning 3-pointer at OKC

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/23/320147/ Maybe that Andrew Wiggins guy will turn out to be worth every penny of his recently inked five-year, $148 million extension. While most sports fans nationally were locked in to an NFL Sunday and those locally obsessed over the Kansas basketball team’s Border War exhibition victory, an off-the-radar NBA ...

Counting down the most interesting KU players to watch this 2017-18 NBA season: Nos. 5-1

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/18/320003/ It’s tip-off week in the NBA, and for Kansas basketball fans that means it’s time to catch up with the whereabouts and chances for may former Allen Fieldhouse stars who now call The Association home. Paul Pierce has retired, Thomas Robinson is playing overseas and Brandon Rush just got ...

Counting down the most interesting KU players to watch this 2017-18 NBA season: Nos. 10-6

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/18/319979/ It’s tip-off week in the NBA, and for Kansas basketball fans that means it’s time to catch up with the whereabouts and chances for may former Allen Fieldhouse stars who now call The Association home. Paul Pierce has retired, Thomas Robinson is playing overseas and Brandon Rush just got ...

Counting down the most interesting KU players to watch this 2017-18 NBA season: Nos. 16-11

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/oct/17/319960/ It’s tip-off week in the NBA, and for Kansas basketball fans that means it’s time to catch up with the whereabouts and chances for may former Allen Fieldhouse stars who now call The Association home. Paul Pierce has retired, Thomas Robinson is playing overseas and Brandon Rush just got ...

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