'Hawks in the NBA

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Nick Collison not ready to retire just yet

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/26/316370/ Thirteen-year NBA veteran Nick Collison isn’t going anywhere. Well, at least he doesn’t plan to call it a career just yet. The former Kansas star said Wednesday, less than 24 hours removed from Oklahoma City’s first-round playoff loss to Houston, he doesn’t intend to retire — a scenario he ...

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