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Allen Iverson, Ann Iverson, BIG3, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, NBA Moms, Philadelphia 76ers -

Ann Iverson sat in a hotel room on a cool September night in the heart of Newport News, Virginia — the city where she raised her son, NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, and his two sisters, Brandy and Iiesha. She recounted with laughter so many proud moments of raising Allen and being an NBA […]

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Grant Hill, Jalen Rose, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA -

Is there such a thing as black privilege? Former NBA star Grant Hill was labeled as having that. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee was born into an upper-middle-class black family with educated, successful and groundbreaking parents. Hill starred in basketball and graduated from Duke University with a double major in history and […]

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Jason Kidd, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA -

BERKELEY, California — Jason Kidd is enjoying breakfast and the picturesque view of San Francisco from the Claremont Hotel. This is the city where the newest member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was born. But it was down the street in Oakland where Kidd was raised. “We moved to Oakland when I […]

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As Told To, Lloyd Pierce, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Steve Nash -

As Steve Nash enters the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce shares about his friendship with his former college backcourt mate. I thought I knew all about basketball … until I met Stephen Nash. A good teammate is about sacrifice, support and, ultimately, commitment. I learned about this on my […]

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Choices Matter, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Grant Hill, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Shatterproof -

On Sept. 7, millions of basketball fans will witness NBA playmaker Grant Hill’s induction into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hill helped Duke win two NCAA titles (’91, ’92) and was the ACC Player of the Year. He boasts a 19-year NBA career, including seven All-Star selections, and he’s […]

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Basketball, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ora Mae Washington -

UPDATE—Ora Mae Washington is a part of the newest Basketball Hall of Fame class. Every year around this time, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces who it will enshrine in September from among hundreds of eligible players, coaches, referees and contributors. Since 2007, I’ve been publishing a list of African-American pioneers from the […]

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Boxing, George Foreman, Harlem Globetrotters, Muhammad Ali, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League, New York Rens, Rumble in the Jungle, Satchel Paige, Zack Clayton -

In the yellowed clippings from a March 1942 issue of the Pittsburgh Courier, Claude Johnson found this passage in a game story about a night the Harlem Renaissance came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter against the Fort Wayne Pistons at Madison Square Garden: “At this crucial point, Zack Clayton, the Philly […]

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Black Fives, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Style -

What does it mean to make history now? It’s a motto that Claude Johnson, the executive director of the Black Fives Foundation, adheres to, and it led him to team up with artist Muideen Ogunmola to create art that honors the granddaddies of basketball, the Black Fives. Lifestyle brand ’47 got on board to launch […]

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Black History Month, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, New York Rens, Robert L. "Bob" Douglas -

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s most prolific scorer, embraces history as if it were a long-lost friend. He knows February is Black History Month. He’s also aware that Feb. 5 will mark the 45th anniversary of the late Robert L. “Bob” Douglas being enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Douglas, the first African-American to […]

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Indiana Pacers, Instagram, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Reggie Miller, Social Media, Twitter -

Go to Google. Type in four words: Reggie Miller hall fame. What pops up fails to celebrate the longtime Indiana Pacers sharpshooter’s basketball career. One that was of course punctuated in 2012 with his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The top three results? “Reggie Miller and 7 Other Overrated Hall of […]

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Daily Uplift, Fade, Get Lifted, Kanye West, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, Teyana Taylor -

Fresh off of his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal decided to bless the world with another dance video. He posted a video to Instagram on Monday in which he channeled Teyana Taylor’s moves in rapper Kanye West’s Fade music video. Is there anything Shaq can’t do well […]

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Allen Iverson, Atlanta, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Glover, Locker Room Lawyer, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NFL -

Back by popular demand, senior writer Domonique Foxworth joined the All Day Podcast crew this week, filling in for staff writer Justin Tinsley. We talk San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, what’s in store this fall in black television and the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony with host Clinton Yates and senior style writer […]

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Allen Iverson, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Philadelphia 76ers -

One more night of adjusting a mic, opening a vein and letting it flow. One more moment for the greatest little big man the game has known to speak his heart and mend his soul. Can a drama junkie ever have a happy ending? And if so, what does that look like for Allen Iverson […]

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Zelmo Beaty -

Besides his immediate family, Willie Wise probably knew Zelmo Beaty better than anyone. Beaty and Wise were teammates with the Los Angeles/Utah Stars from 1969 to 1974. They played the 1970 to 1974 seasons together with the team, and led Utah to the 1971 ABA title. “He was very instrumental in my personal success in […]

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Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Michigan State Spartans, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Tom Izzo -

Two-straight NBA Finals appearances. An Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. There is only a little over a month remaining before the highly touted and scrutinized Golden State Warriors begin training camp, too. Yes, Draymond Green is exhausted mentally and physically. Even so, a very long trip to the Springfield, Massachusetts, was a must […]

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Allen Iverson, Commentary, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame -

“You are not Allen Iverson.” Fifteen years have passed, but an otherwise forgettable summer league coach’s words still linger in my mind. In the moment — a time when Iverson was leading the Philadelphia 76ers, my hometown team, to their 2001 NBA Finals run — he meant that, despite what I thought, I couldn’t pick […]

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Get Lifted, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Shaquille O'Neal -

After being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in April, Shaquille O’Neal faced tough decisions as to who would present him during one of the biggest moments in his life. Instead of choosing one legend, the former NBA center chose four. “They wanted me to pick one, but I begged and pleaded,” O’Neal said […]

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Los Angeles Lakers, Music, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Oral History, Orlando Magic, Shaq Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal -

[talkingheads] The lead spark plug of the frenetic hip-hop trio known as the Fu-Schnickens was being inundated by prank calls. Someone claiming to be NBA rookie phenomenon Shaquille O’Neal had been phoning. And phoning. It was early summer of 1993. And Roderick “Chip Fu” Roachford was not amused. This was the era of Juice, The […]

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All Day, Allen Iverson, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers -

“Allen Iverson is unable to be with us this afternoon.” Those were the words announced Thursday afternoon, an awkward harbinger for a guy who was finally getting his just due from a league that didn’t always accept who he was. Everyone else was there: Tom Izzo, Sheryl Swoopes, Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming, among others. […]

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Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers -

Chucky Atkins wouldn’t reveal “The Answer” as to who our superstar lunch guest was, but it was an unforgettable surprise. Neither the then-Denver Nuggets guard or myself could remember the exact date, but it was in the summer of the late 2000s. We were both wearing the expected business casual at an upscale steakhouse in […]

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Allen Iverson, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers -

Allen Ezail Iverson lived through hell to make it to basketball heaven. He arrived in Philadelphia in the summer of 1996 as the No. 1 pick in a draft featuring future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen and Steve Nash, perhaps the best, most decorated class of all time. Philadelphia became the epicenter for […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Basketball, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League -

Cumberland Posey caught the ball more than 20 feet from the basket, squared up, and let it fly. It was March 9, 1912. Less than three minutes remained in the contest for bragging rights as the best black basketball team in America. Posey’s Monticello Athletic Association clung to a 20-19 lead over Howard University. More […]

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Allen Iverson, Get Lifted, John Thompson, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA -

“I was called a bunch of bad names but it was all love,” Iverson said Allen Iverson was one of 10 people elected for enshrinement into the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame. He joined SportsCenter on the road in Houston and says former 76ers coach Larry Brown and Georgetown coach John Thompson saved him.

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