'Hawks in the NBA

Tarik Black agrees to new deal to remain with L.A. Lakers

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jul/04/308982/ The NBA might be evolving away from traditional big-man focused lineups, but interior toughness remains valued. For proof, look no further than the Los Angeles Lakers’ desire to re-sign third-year big man Tarik Black. Late Sunday night, the former Kansas center, who went undrafted in 2014 but worked his ...

Cole Aldrich and Darrell Arthur first Jayhawks to cash in on free agency

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jul/03/308974/ It’s not exactly LeBron James returning to Cleveland, but NBA free agency provided former Kansas star Cole Aldrich with an opportunity to go home and play for a franchise that means a lot to him. According to various media reports Sunday, the 6-foot-11 Burnsville, Minn., native agreed to a ...

Seven Jayhawks hitting NBA free agency at perfect time

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/29/308822/ There never has been a better time to be an NBA free agent. The league’s salary cap is jumping approximately $24 million dollars this summer, meaning all 30 teams will have room to sign available players to what most expect to be eye-popping and/or head-scratching contracts. The hysteria officially ...

Valuable role player Darrell Arthur might be on move in free agency

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/27/308767/ It’s not often that the name Darrell Arthur comes up in the buzz surrounding the NBA, but with the season over, the draft complete and free agency revving up at the end of the week, rumors regarding Arthur’s future began swirling Monday. A few days after reports of the ...

LeBron James sings Jayhawks' praises following Cavs' victory parade in Cleveland

Matt Tait

Thanks to a video recording from Twitter user @CJR16255, we now can all see just how Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James feels about Jayhawks. Speaking to an estimated crowd of more than 1 million Cavs fans after Cleveland's parade on Wednesday, James shared with the crowd a message he received ...

Joel Embiid: 'I wasn't good at all' before playing at Kansas

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/apr/07/305838/ The most interesting man in the NBA is back — at least in interview form. Joel Embiid, who still hasn’t spoken with Philadelphia media since the 76ers drafted him nearly two years ago, at least got to gab recently [with VICE Sports][1], which published the one-on-one Q&A Tuesday. As ...

One more year vs. retirement: Decision coming soon for Paul Pierce

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/10/308123/ Paul Pierce has experienced just about everything the NBA has to offer in his 18 seasons since leaving Kansas. In the next few weeks, the 10-time all-star will decide if he is really about that bench life. This past year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Pierce averaged career lows ...

Thomas Robinson expected to opt for free agency

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/may/23/307511/ If you don’t remember much about Thomas Robinson’s 2015-16 season, well, you’re probably not a Brooklyn season-ticket holder. Between the Nets’ general ineptitude (21-61 record, second-worst in the Eastern Conference to woeful Philadelphia) and Robinson’s sparse on-court opportunities most of the year, the former Kansas star’s fourth season in ...

'I've been here so long': Nick Collison remains fixture with Oklahoma City

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/may/19/307436/ Most veterans fortunate enough to have played 12 NBA seasons have bounced around the league, worn an assortment of uniforms and called city after city their new hometown. Stability just doesn’t exist for them. Former Kansas star Nick Collison hasn’t dealt with such turmoil. The 35-year-old power forward, whose ...

Drew Gooden claims he snuck into White House to play basketball

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/may/18/307411/ Former Kansas star Drew Gooden is known in the NBA for a couple of things: rebounding and his unique sense of humor. The 34-year-old Washington power forward showed off the latter of his defining characteristics when bombarded by a TMZ video camera in Los Angeles. Gooden, while getting into ...

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