'Hawks in the NBA

2014-15 season outlook: Darrell Arthur

Benton Smith

*Hunker down, get hydrated and tell your loved ones you will see them next spring.* *Hopefully that’s not your mindset, but people should be warned: The at times seemingly never-ending NBA regular season is at hand.* *The first handful of games tip off October 28, marking the start of the ...

2014-15 season outlook: Cole Aldrich

Benton Smith

*Hunker down, get hydrated and tell your loved ones you will see them next spring.* *Hopefully that’s not your mindset, but people should be warned: The at times seemingly never-ending NBA regular season is at hand.* *The first handful of games tip off October 28, marking the start of the ...

First comes the clowning, then comes the grind

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/sep/30/279720/ Considering how much of a grind the 82-game regular season has to be for NBA players, you can’t blame the guys for enjoying the preseason goof-off spectacle that is NBA media days. Players surely take their interview responsibilities seriously enough, but when it comes time to mean-mug or bring ...

Andrew Wiggins making himself at home in Minnesota

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/aug/26/278076/ NBA rules kept incoming rookie Andrew Wiggins in trade limbo all summer. Once the one-and-done Kansas University standout signed his first NBA contract with Cleveland, the Cavs couldn't deal him for 30 days. Well, the uncertainty and embargo that mired the 19-year-old's time since becoming the No. 1 overall ...

Rom-com: Things 'going pretty well' with Joel Embiid and Rihanna

Benton Smith

It's not going to take long for one-and-done Kansas University center Joel Embiid to become a fan favorite in the NBA. The gregarious 7-footer from Cameroon began heading down that road within days of becoming the No. 3 overall draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. He first made a splash ...

Embiid and Wiggins spend a day in front of cameras at rookie photo shoot

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http://instagram.com/p/rPVtAixh23/ The NBA gathered up almost 40 members of its 2014 draft class this weekend in New York for a rookie photo shoot. Kansas University products Andrew Wiggins — Cleveland's No. 1 overall pick — and Joel Embiid — Philadelphia's No. 3 pick — of course featured prominently in the ...

'Boogie' backs Ben McLemore, expects progress

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/jul/17/276466/ No NBA rookie comes into the league and figures everything out in the span of 82 games. But some assimilate faster than others. Kansas University lottery picks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid will find that out soon enough. For proof, they could just examine the still young career of ...

The Gambler: Paul Pierce betting on young Wizards

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/jul/14/276375/ Paul Pierce must be in the gambling mood this summer. http://twitter.com/paulpierce34/status/486237479423315968 After [surviving for three days at the World Series of Poker Main Event][1] last week in Las Vegas, finishing around 800th, the 16-year veteran out of Kansas University shocked many NBA observers when news surfaced late Saturday night ...

Jeff Withey building bulk, confidence after rookie season

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/jul/12/276344/ With his rookie year behind him, New Orleans center Jeff Withey wasted little time addressing his shortcomings — all of which he discovered existed the hard way, by getting pushed around inside — from his first tour of the NBA. Kansas University’s career leader in blocked shots (311), the ...

Las Vegas a showcase for Andrew Wiggins, other KU products

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/jul/08/276208/ While Las Vegas became the center of the NBA universe this week, [thanks to the arrival of the most sought after free agent on the planet, LeBron James][1], it will remain the league's epicenter for the next 11 days as far less known players try to make names for ...

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