'Hawks in the NBA

How former Kansas standouts will factor into the 2018 NBA Playoffs

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/apr/13/325111/ For six of the 15 former Kansas basketball players employed by NBA franchises, the conclusion of the regular season’s 82-game grind also meant the end of their hopes of competing for a title, at least for this year. But nine other Jayhawks, embarking on the 2018 playoffs this weekend, ...

Andrew Wiggins helps end Minnesota's 13-year playoff drought — in OT of regular-season finale

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/apr/11/325090/ When Minnesota traded for Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2014, the franchise hadn’t reached the NBA Playoffs in a decade. That postseason-less streak continued for three more years before Wiggins played a part in putting an end to if Wednesday night — on the last ...

Frank Mason III returns from injury ready for expanded role in Sacramento

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/feb/23/323493/ A heel injury sidelined Frank Mason III for 21 games, but the rookie point guard out of Kansas finally returned to the Sacramento lineup Thursday night. Playing, for now, on a minutes restriction, Mason provided glimpses of what the Kings can expect out of him the remainder of the ...

After slow start to rookie season, Josh Jackson beginning to take off

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/feb/21/323453/ Over the first few months of what will undoubtedly be a long career for Josh Jackson, little was heard from the NBA rookie in Phoenix. Playing for one of the worst teams in the league in a non-major market will do that to you, especially when your production doesn’t ...

Joel Embiid goes for 19 points, 8 rebounds in NBA All-Star Game debut

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/feb/18/323371/ When Joel Embiid arrived in Los Angeles for the NBA’s 2018 All-Star Weekend, the biggest achievement of his career to date brought to mind the not-so-long-ago state of his basketball existence. Foot surgeries and the resulting rehab robbed Embiid of two full seasons after Philadelphia made him the No. ...

Paul Pierce immortalized as Boston Celtics retire his No. 34

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/feb/11/323136/ From this day forward no member of the Boston Celtics will ever again wear No. 34. That number will forever be associated with the name Paul Pierce and hang in the rafters above the Celtics’ signature parquet floor, with the likes of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and ...

Stephen Curry drafts Joel Embiid to his NBA All-Star team

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/jan/25/322630/ When Joel Embiid makes his NBA All-Star debut in a few weeks, he will do so as a temporary teammate of two-time league MVP and two-time champion Stephen Curry. Golden State’s 3-point-shooting savant, as the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference, earned a captainship opposite the East’s most popular ...

Joel Embiid becomes first All-Star starter from Kansas since Wilt Chamberlain

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/dec/26/321845/ For the first time since Wilt Chamberlain’s final season, in 1973, the NBA’s All-Star Game will feature a Kansas Jayhawk in the starting lineup. The league announced the five starters from each conference Thursday evening, and second-year center Joel Embiid landed the third frontcourt position in the East. Cleveland ...

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 ...

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