'Hawks in the NBA

This former KU player is on an NBA playoff team's roster?

Benton Smith

The 2016 NBA Playoffs haven’t exactly been a showcase for former Kansas players. Other than Marcus Morris averaging 17.8 points for Detroit while the Pistons got swept by Cleveland, and an occasional [Cole Aldrich effort play][1] here and there for the Los Angeles Clippers, KU products haven’t stepped into the ...

Paul Pierce again contemplating retirement

Benton Smith

Since leaving Kansas a year early in 1998 to enter the NBA Draft, Paul Pierce has put together quite the storied career. A 10-time all-star, and NBA Finals MVP in 2008, Pierce has scored a whopping 26,316 points in the league, good enough for 16th all-time. But after 18 seasons ...

Veteran Paul Pierce goes through new playoff experience

Benton Smith

Through the years, NBA veteran Paul Pierce made a name for himself by coming through in the playoffs. In the 2008 postseason alone, the former Kansas star scored 20-plus points 11 times. Pierce went for 41 points in a series-clinching victory over LeBron James and Cleveland, scored 27 points in ...

Cole Aldrich emerges as key contributor for Clippers in playoffs

Benton Smith

When the Los Angeles Clippers signed Cole Aldrich in free agency last summer, the move didn’t exactly generate buzz in the NBA, or even among the Clippers’ fan base. Even when the regular season began this past fall, the non-response seemed appropriate, as Aldrich, a former standout center at Kansas, ...

Marcus Morris ready to put up fight vs. LeBron James and Cavs

Benton Smith

Making his NBA Playoffs debut this spring, former Kansas star Marcus Morris isn’t going home without a fight. A starting forward for Detroit, Morris came out firing in his first professional postseason game, scoring 20 points in a loss to the Eastern Conference’s top seed, Cleveland. And although Morris only ...

Tarik Black adjusted to lesser role in second season

Benton Smith

Tarik Black didn’t play nearly as much in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers as he did as a rookie. But the 24-year-old who spent his final season of college basketball at Kansas isn’t complaining. For one, Black had both a courtside seat and an on-court role in ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. evaluates rookie season: 'I'm not a bust'

Benton Smith

No rookie enters the NBA expecting to spend most of his initial season watching from the bench. Still, that’s the reality of the league — even for many first-round picks. Such was the case for one-and-done Kansas wing Kelly Oubre Jr., whose first go-round in The Association came to a ...

Brandon Rush part of Warriors' historic run

Benton Smith

For years, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls seemed destined to reign forever as the greatest team in NBA regular-season history. The Bulls, as any NBA fan could tell you, went 72-10 that season, before winning their fourth of six championships, with legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. That ...

Joel Embiid's future remains a mystery

Benton Smith

He’s the NBA’s mystery man. Sporadically seen on social media clips with a basketball in his hands, often just making low-stress moves while wearing practice gear instead of a uniform, Joel Embiid hasn’t played in an actual game since 2014, during his one-and-done stop at Kansas. Will Embiid become Philadelphia’s ...

Late-season reminder: Andrew Wiggins closing in on stardom

Benton Smith

No one denies the talent of Andrew Wiggins, nor the promising future the 21-year-old Minnesota guard has in the NBA. But even the reigning Rookie of the Year, less than two years removed from being selected first overall in the draft, can go forgotten during the marathon regular season while ...

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