'Hawks in the NBA

'Old guy' Kirk Hinrich's love for game keeps him plugging away

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/29/298569/ The NBA is a young man’s world. Kirk Hinrich just happens to still live and operate in it. As the former standout guard at Kansas begins Year No. 13 in the league, Hinrich’s minutes and production are almost certain to slip in the months ahead, as he plays a ...

Drew Gooden says Wizards better than nation realizes

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/29/298563/ A 13-year veteran of the NBA, power forward Drew Gooden knows a good situation when he sees it. And the former Kansas star is watching one play out around him, in Washington D.C. — even if the rest of the country isn’t as interested as it should be in ...

One of these years, maybe Joel Embiid will play for the 76ers

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/14/286906/ Hey, remember Joel Embiid? The 7-foot phenom used to play basketball at Kansas. Until a stress fracture in his back forced Embiid to miss the end of his freshman year with the Jayhawks. Then he left for the NBA, where he presumably would soon play the part of the ...

Nick Collison major contributor to OKC culture

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/27/298478/ With 11 seasons of NBA experience behind him, veteran power forward Nick Collison isn’t the type of player a coach turns to to go score a crucial, last-second basket or to stop the opposing team’s best post player. But Collison just might be more important to the culture of ...

Mario Chalmers adjusts to new role as backup PG

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/26/298437/ For the first time in his seven-year NBA career, Mario Chalmers spent this past spring watching the playoffs from afar, instead of playing on the national stage. LeBron James’ departure from the Miami Heat and some key injuries meant Chalmers had to adjust from his perceived norm. Year No. ...

Coach says it's time for Tarik Black to get mean

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/26/298420/ Still a young NBA post player with plenty to learn, Tarik Black is a lot of things. A hard worker. A load to deal with on the glass. Genuine. Easy to talk to. But as the 6-foot-9 center enters his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Byron ...

Darrell Arthur provides 'D' — and maybe 3's? — for Denver

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/23/298294/ Although injuries kept him out of 22 games last season, the Denver Nuggets didn’t mind bringing back a trustworthy backup big man in Darrell Arthur. The former Kansas power forward re-signed with the Nuggets this past summer and now figures to play a significant role for new head coach ...

Cliff Alexander misses entire preseason

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/23/298293/ Un-drafted in June, then a summer league player for Brooklyn, rookie Cliff Alexander needed the NBA preseason to prove himself to the Portland Trail Blazers, [the organization that signed him to a non-guaranteed contract in late July][1]. However, 2015 continued to be a brutal year for the 19-year-old power ...

Cole Aldrich — 2015-16 season preview

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/oct/16/298021/ Hey, is that Cole Aldrich not wearing a New York Knicks uniform? Why, yes. Yes it is. The basketball gods smiled upon the former Kansas center this summer — or maybe it was just that Aldrich became a free agent and made a wise decision. Either way, the 6-foot-11 ...

'Hawks in the NBA Media Days highlights

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/sep/28/297210/ During the past few days, players for the NBA’s 30 franchises posed for photos, answered questions and took in media day festivities with varying degrees of seriousness. That means it’s time to get the old ’Hawks in the NBA blog up and firing again. At this moment 19 former ...

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