'Hawks in the NBA

Phoenix splits up Morris twins, trades Marcus to Detroit

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/02/293737/ Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris might have played their final NBA game as teammates. Although Phoenix did the former Kansas stars a favor by trading for Marcus in 2013 and [signing both of them to extensions prior to the 2014-15 season][1], with free agency in full swing, the ...

Free agent Thomas Robinson searching for right fit, respect in NBA

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/01/293679/ There are far bigger, landscape-changing names on the NBA’s open market this summer than Thomas Robinson. But it’s hard to come up with many free agents as desperate to find the right fit. Robinson needs to find a franchise where he belongs. After leading Kansas to the 2012 national ...

Paul Pierce, Thomas Robinson, other Jayhawks hit free agent market

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When the clock strikes midnight and June turns to July, NBA free agent season officially begins. With the 2015 draft out of the way, teams can begin attempting to plug the last — or many — holes on their rosters by offering millions of dollars to the players whose previous ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. talking a big game before his NBA career even begins

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jun/29/293611/ The newest Kansas basketball player to join the ranks of the NBA, Kelly Oubre Jr. doesn’t appear to care about making any friends before his first season. The Washington Wizards acquired the one-and-done small forward on draft night from Atlanta, and since describing himself as a jewel during ESPN’s ...

Stock watch: NBA Draft Eve edition

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ By the end of Thursday night, Kansas one-and-done prospects Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander will know which NBA city they will call home. For now, they have one more long day of anticipation ahead of them. A possible lottery pick, Oubre received an invitation to the NBA Draft’s ...

Sixers slowing down Joel Embiid's recovery process

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/05/284537/ Almost a year ago, coveted 7-foot NBA prospect Joel Embiid fractured a bone in his right foot. Proceeding with caution, Philadelphia elected to bring the promising young Cameroonian along slowly in the rehab process, ultimately deciding to keep him out for the entirety of what would have been his ...

Kansas only program to produce three different NBA Finals MVPs

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2008/jun/18/150290/ In the annals of momentous NBA feats, nothing stands out quite like winning The Finals. Hoisting that Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy sets the all-time greats apart from their contemporaries, many of those who came before them and even players in the future. Few professional basketball players can call ...

Hornets bring in Kelly Oubre Jr. for individual workout

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/24/285730/ The Charlotte Hornets — owners of the No. 9 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft — had Kelly Oubre Jr. in for an individual workout Thursday. It marked the first such session for the one-and-done small forward from Kansas, who got to show off his athleticism, wingspan and potential ...

Ben McLemore venturing into rap

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jun/11/292824/ When you hear the name Ben McLemore and the word mixtape used together, you might assume a YouTube highlight reel awaits: 3-pointers, drives to the rim and dunks in transition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPY_E_nwL08 However, [SB Nation site Sactown Royalty reports McLemore has plans for a different type of mixtape this summer][1]. ...

Stock watch: Draft night just a couple weeks away for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ Both Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander have spent the past few weeks traveling to various NBA cities, meeting coaches and team executives and going through workouts and interviews — all in the name of proving themselves worthy of a rookie contract. Nothing comes easy on the road to ...

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