How Jordan Brand plans to own All-Star Weekend

Feb 14, 2019

Nick DePaulaESPN

For Michael Jordan, the NBA’s last visit to Charlotte for All-Star Weekend represented part joyful homecoming, part endless stress leading up to the league’s annual showcase in 1991.

The North Carolina native was on the hook for 110 tickets for friends and family, as relatives traveled from all corners of the state to watch him score a game-high 26 points. “It’s something that I hope I don’t have to do again,” Jordan said at the time — half laugh, half sigh.

As the All-Star Game returns to Charlotte for just the second time, the ticket requests this time around are the least of his concerns. He now owns the host city’s team, and his fingerprints — not to mention his famed “Jumpman” logo — will be all over the league’s activities throughout the weekend.

Through a series of community workshops,

2019 aggregate NBA mock draft 5.0: Jaxson Hayes enters the lottery

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By: | February 15, 2019

As the 2019 NBA trade deadline has passed and the All-Star break approaches, now is a fantastic time to check in on the upcoming rookies.

We have compiled the all of the most recent mock draft projections from NBADraft.netESPNSI.comThe Athletic and Bleacher Report. As always, these updates from top analysts are typically big boards that rank top prospects rather than factoring in fit with a team.

The reports will change for certain players, but this project offers a very insightful pulse on how experts view the 2019 draft class. For this edition, we’re focusing on three mini-profiles on some of the more intriguing cases.

Besides these three players, some of the most significant movements include guard Ja Morant passing RJ Barrett for the No. 2 overall spot behind Zion Williamson.

International prospects Adam Mokoka (France) and Yovel Zoosman (Israel) are starting to create some buzz. Luka

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Stephen Curry and Under Armour are giving back on All-Star Weekend

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Nick DePaulaESPN

Nearly two years ago, Stephen Curry and his team at Under Armour ventured out to Charlotte, North Carolina, in early July. The group was celebrating Curry’s new five-year supermax contract with the Golden State Warriors, who had just won their second championship in three years. Dell Curry, Stephen’s father and a 16-year NBA veteran, was hosting a low-key gathering at the family’s house for relatives, basketball associates who have followed Stephen’s much-chronicled rise, and his team from Under Armour.

During that trip, the team began to lay out plans for All-Star Weekend 2019, which — after a two-year delay — was headed for Charlotte. Rooftop venues were scouted. Event spaces and potential modern lofty gallery layouts were considered. Under Armour eventually sent a handful of team members from Baltimore to further dive into the city’s history and begin mapping out its

NBA pre-agency: Players of interest

By: | February 14, 2019

In the modern NBA, teams can no longer afford to only worry about a player leaving when he hits free agency.

No, in this day and age of trade demands and super-team formation, with what has become known as pre-agency, teams recruiting their own players has become a day-by-day, monthly and yearlong process.

Because if a team’s star is unhappy in his current situation, he can easily hold the franchise hostage until they finally acquiesce to his demands and trade him. We’ve seen example after example of it recently.

As such, we have ranked the 15 players whose pre-agency periods most intrigue us. For our purposes, we’re not including soon-to-be restricted free agents since teams are still in control of those situations, considering they can match any offer sheet their guys sign.

The perfect example of a team flubbing

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Pascal Siakam has become one of the most prolific transition scorers

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By: | February 14, 2019

One of the most exciting young players currently in the NBA is 24-year-old Pascal Siakam, who has been a revelation for the Toronto Raptors.

The 6-foot-9, Cameroon-born basketball player is averaging 15.6 points per game. However, he has been on a hot streak recently, putting up even better numbers. For example, he dropped a career-high 44 points (with 20 coming in the second half) against the Washington Wizards this week. It was the fourth time he has scored at least 28 points in a game since January 1.

He started just five games for the Raptors last season. But this year, he is an early favorite for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. He was a fringe All-Star candidate who even took home the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week award in November 2018.

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Basketball trainer Chris Brickley signs Puma deal

Feb 14, 2019

Nick DePaulaESPN

With nearly 60 NBA players as clients and a viral online following, thanks in part to his All-Star-laden summer pickup games, New York-based basketball trainer Chris Brickley has blurred the lines of coaching, social media influence, style and hoops culture in recent years.

Now he has signed an exclusive sneaker deal with Puma, the first-ever multiyear shoe deal of its kind for a basketball trainer, as the brand continues its push back into the NBA landscape. Brickley and Puma will kick off the partnership with a free basketball camp for Charlotte-area kids as one of many brand events at All-Star Weekend.

Brickley’s rise to becoming one of the most recognizable pro trainers took a sharp trajectory over the past two summers. A walk-on at Louisville a decade ago and later a Division I assistant coach, Brickley’s first client was the

The Steelers we’re most in love with right now

Pittsburgh Steelers LB T.J. Watt

It’s Valentine’s Day Steelers Nation and love is in the air! Now, I know all of yinz love your football. You love your Steelers too. But which of those Steelers is the one you love the most? A panel of our SCU contributors got together and discussed which current member of the team they love […]

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Experts' picks for every All-Star Weekend event

Feb 14, 2019

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is almost here, and our team of experts is making its picks for all the weekend’s activities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rising Stars: Friday, 9 p.m. ET (TNT) Experts’ picks: Rising Stars Rising Stars Winner Rising Stars MVP Kevin Arnovitz World Luka Doncic Ian Begley USA Ben Simmons Jerry Bembry USA Donovan Mitchell Tim Bontemps World Luka Doncic Nick DePaula World Ben Simmons Nick Friedell World Luka Doncic Chris Herring World Luka Doncic Tim MacMahon World Luka Doncic Jackie MacMullan USA Donovan Mitchell Bobby Marks USA Donovan Mitchell Dave McMenamin World Ben Simmons Kevin Pelton World Deandre Ayton Jorge Sedano USA Jayson Tatum André Snellings World Ben Simmons Marc Spears World Donovan Mitchell Michael C. Wright World Deandre Ayton Royce Young World Luka Doncic Ohm Youngmisuk World Luka Doncic Slam dunk, 3-point, skills contests: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

Turning Points: Antonio Brown burns the Bengals for the walk-off touchdown

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown

Could’ve. Would’ve. Should’ve. These words define those who fall short of their goals. Such is the case of this series, which will examine the ebbs and flows of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 season and how specific individual plays may have shaped the year.

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