NBA ANNOUNCES PLAYERS FOR 2023 JORDAN RISING STARS
– Four Seven-Player Teams to Compete in Mini-Tournament
on Friday, Feb. 17 at NBA All-Star 2023 (9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT, TNT) –
– NBA Rookies and Sophomores to Be Drafted onto Three Teams;
NBA G League Players to Comprise Fourth Team –
– NBA Legends Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Jason Terry and Deron Williams
to Serve as Honorary Head Coaches –
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2023 – The NBA announced today the 28 players who have earned spots to compete in the 2023 Jordan Rising Stars, which will take place on Friday, Feb. 17 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City as part of NBA All-Star 2023. The annual showcase of premier young talent, featuring a mini-tournament with four teams and three games, will air live at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT on TNT.
The player pool, first revealed on the NBA App and listed below, consists of 11 NBA rookies, 10 second-year NBA players and seven NBA G League players. The 21 NBA players, selected by NBA assistant coaches, will be drafted onto three seven-player teams. The seven NBA G League players, selected by the league office, will comprise the fourth team.
Four NBA legends will serve as honorary head coaches for Jordan Rising Stars: six-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol; two-time NBA All-Star and 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah; 2008-09 Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year and 2011 NBA champion Jason Terry; and three-time NBA All-Star and former Utah Jazz standout Deron Williams.
Gasol (Team Pau), Noah (Team Joakim) and Williams (Team Deron) will select their teams through the NBA Rising Stars Draft, which will be held at a later date. Terry (Team Jason), a current Jazz assistant coach and a former head coach of the NBA G League’s Grand Rapids Gold, will coach the team of NBA G League players.
All three games in Jordan Rising Stars will be played to a Final Target Score, meaning that each game will end with a made basket or a made free throw instead of with the clock running out. The semifinal games will be played to a Final Target Score of 40. The final game will be played to a Final Target Score of 25.
Team A will face Team B in the first semifinal (Game 1), and Team C will play Team D in the second semifinal (Game 2). The winner of Game 1 will meet the winner of Game 2 in the final (Game 3).
In selecting the NBA players for Jordan Rising Stars, each NBA team submitted one ballot per coaching staff. Each coaching staff selected four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players at either position, in order of preference, for the rookie ballot and the sophomore ballot. Coaches were not permitted to vote for any player on their team.
The NBA participants for Jordan Rising Stars were determined by the total points each player received from the ballots. Points were awarded based on where a player was ranked on each ballot. The player pool includes an additional rookie based on the ballot results.
Assistant coaches from the NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs will join the NBA legends in coaching the Jordan Rising Stars teams. The Boston Celtics’ coaching staff will lead Team Giannis in the NBA All-Star Game. Team LeBron’s coaching staff has yet to be determined.
Tickets for Jordan Rising Stars are available at NBAEvents.com and through the NBA Events App, which can be downloaded in the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
Below is the player pool for Jordan Rising Stars.
JORDAN RISING STARS: NBA PLAYERS
Paolo Banchero (Frontcourt, Orlando Magic)
Jose Alvarado (Guard, New Orleans Pelicans)
Jalen Duren (Frontcourt, Detroit Pistons)
Scottie Barnes (Frontcourt, Toronto Raptors)
AJ Griffin (Guard, Atlanta Hawks)
Josh Giddey (Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Jaden Ivey (Guard, Detroit Pistons)
Jalen Green (Guard, Houston Rockets)
Walker Kessler (Frontcourt, Utah Jazz)
Quentin Grimes (Guard, New York Knicks)
Bennedict Mathurin (Guard, Indiana Pacers)
Bones Hyland (Guard, Denver Nuggets)
Keegan Murray (Frontcourt, Sacramento Kings)
Evan Mobley (Frontcourt, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Andrew Nembhard (Guard, Indiana Pacers)
Trey Murphy III (Frontcourt, New Orleans Pelicans)
Jabari Smith Jr. (Frontcourt, Houston Rockets)
Alperen Şengün (Frontcourt, Houston Rockets)
Jeremy Sochan (Frontcourt, San Antonio Spurs)
Franz Wagner (Frontcourt, Orlando Magic)
Jalen Williams (Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder)
JORDAN RISING STARS: NBA G LEAGUE PLAYERS
Sidy Cissoko (Frontcourt, NBA G League Ignite)
Scoot Henderson (Guard, NBA G League Ignite)
Mojave King (Guard, NBA G League Ignite)
Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Frontcourt, Memphis Hustle/Memphis Grizzlies)*
Mac McClung (Guard, Delaware Blue Coats)
Leonard Miller (Frontcourt, NBA G League Ignite)
Scotty Pippen Jr. (Guard, South Bay Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers)*
About NBA All-Star 2023
NBA All-Star 2023 in Salt Lake City, hosted in conjunction with the Utah Jazz, will bring together the most talented and passionate players for a global celebration of the league. The NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Vivint Arena, home to the Jazz. TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 21st consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 38th year of NBA All-Star coverage. Vivint Arena will also host Jordan Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 17 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 18.
About Jordan Brand
Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., is a premium brand of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. The brand made its debut in 1997 and has grown into a complete collection of men’s, women’s and kid’s product.
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Most-Watched Edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC in Four Years
Boston Celtics Victory Over Los Angeles Lakers Averages 3.7 Million Viewers
and Peaks with 5 Million Viewers
The Boston Celtics thrilling overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 28 became the most-watched edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC in four years, according to Nielsen. The ESPN-produced broadcast on ABC generated an average of 3.7 million viewers (3,691,000), peaking with 5,035,000 viewers from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.
The Celtics vs. Lakers matchup was also the most-watched, non-Christmas NBA game broadcast of the season, across all networks. It was the most-watched primetime program of the night for January 28 and won the evening across all of television in every key adult and male demo. It was the highest viewership for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC since February 2, 2019 (Lakers vs. Warriors, 4.1 million viewers).
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Presented by Meta Quest is averaging 3,442,000 viewers, up 16 percent from last year’s full season average. NBA Countdown Presented by Papa John’s, the pregame show for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Presented by Meta Quest, is averaging 1,490,000 viewers this season, up three percent from last year’s full season average.
Mike Breen serves as the voice of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Presented by Meta Quest and is joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson with Lisa Salters reporting. The season series continues on February 4 when the Dallas Mavericks visit the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors at 8:30 p.m.
MIAMI HEAT FINED
NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2023 – The NBA today announced the Miami Heat has been fined $25,000 for failing to comply with league policies governing injury reporting.
PHILADELPHIA’S JOEL EMBIID FINED
NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2023 – Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter of the 76ers’ 137-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 25 at Wells Fargo Center.
GOLDEN STATE’S STEPHEN CURRY FINED
NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2023 – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Curry was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 122-120 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 25 at Chase Center.
To view the incident, click on the following link: https://www.nba.com/watch/
HAWKS TALON GC SELECTS MARKDAVID “GLIZZY” SMITH WITH NO. 1 OVERALL PICK IN 2023 NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT
NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2023 – The 2023 NBA 2K League Draft was held tonight at Coexist Gaming in New York City and livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. During the three-round draft, the 25 NBA 2K League teams selected 47 players to complete their five-person rosters ahead of the league’s 2023 season.
With the No. 1 overall pick, Hawks Talon GC selected MarkDavid “Glizzy” Smith of Chicago. Nets GC selected Tariq “Greens” Reed of Brooklyn, NY with the second pick. With the third pick, Lakers Gaming chose Ryan “Spam1of1” Harris of Virginia.
The 2023 draft pool consisted of 200 players. In addition to unretained players from last season, the draft pool also included players who earned draft eligibility through the NBA 2K League Become a Pro Series or the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series, select competitors from the NBA 2K League’s APAC, Australian and European Invitationals, and high-performing players in the 2K community as determined by league and team officials.
The NBA 2K League will announce additional information related to the 2023 season in the coming weeks, including season structure, schedule and location, and prize pool.
For recordings of virtual media availabilities with select draftees, click here.
For more information, fans can follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), TikTok (nba2kleague), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com.
Below are round-by-round results from the 2023 NBA 2K League Draft.
2023 NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT
RESULTS BY ROUND:
Hawks Talon GC
Heat Check Gaming
KyJuan Marc Anthony Johnson
Kings Guard Gaming
Raptors Uprising GC
Kings Guard Gaming
Raptors Uprising GC
Cavs Legion GC
Hornets Venom GT
Celtics Crossover Gaming
Josue Acosta Gomez
Donald Newsome Jr.
NBL Oz Gaming
Lawrence Mayberry Jordan
Hornets Venom GT
Raptors Uprising GC
Kings Guard Gaming
Heat Check Gaming
Detuaine Tucker Jr.
Celtics Crossover Gaming
Warriors Gaming Squad
Hawks Talon GC
Wizards District Gaming
Kwan Larry Niblack
PHOENIX SUNS’ CAMERON PAYNE RECEIVES DECEMBER NBA CARES COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD
-NBA to donate $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona-
NEW YORK, January 26, 2023 – The NBA today announced Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne as the NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner for the month of December in recognition of his commitments to philanthropy during NBA Cares Season of Giving and mentorship for youth. Each month of the regular season the award recognizes a player who best demonstrates the passion that the league and NBA players share for giving back to their communities.
Payne has focused much of his community engagement around mentoring and often speaks about how much his mentors helped him growing up throughout his journey to the NBA. In addition to mentoring, Payne is passionate about helping families during the holidays and giving back to his hometown of Memphis. During Season of Giving, Payne adopted 15 families for Christmas as part of his second annual ‘Cam Payne’s 15 families of Christmas’ initiative where he provided gifts and fulfilled the wish lists of 15 families from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Payne invited the families to have Christmas dinner followed by gift-giving at the Footprint Center. Payne concluded the evening by providing a $250 gift card to Fry’s Food Stores for each family, and spent time taking photos and signing autographs. Also, during the holiday season, Payne participated in ‘Christmas Shopping with the Suns’, when 20 kids from Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and Solano’s No Limit Hoops took a shopping spree with Phoenix Suns players at a local Target. In his hometown of Memphis, Payne donated $10,000 to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Dec. 26.
In November, Payne hosted a Thanksgiving celebration for 50 mentors and mentees from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to encourage youth mentorship and recruit more mentors of color. Mentors and mentees were invited to Footprint Center for Thanksgiving dinner and dessert, served by Payne and his family, and an evening of fun games, including pop-a-shot, arcade games and NBA 2K on the arena’s videoboard.
“I have so much gratitude for the communities that have done so much for me and am trying my best to do whatever I can to give back. I’m thankful to the NBA for this recognition and to Phoenix Suns Charities for all the work they do,” said Payne. “We’re not going to stop here; my hope is to continue to uplift these kids and to inspire the Valley to get involved themselves.”
Payne will be recognized during an on-court ceremony before the Suns’ home contest against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager James Jones and Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities and Vice President of Social Responsibility Sarah Krahenbuhl will present him with the award. The NBA will donate $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit https://communityassist.nba.
NIANTIC, NBA AND NBPA USHER IN NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE BASKETBALL WITH “NBA ALL-WORLD” MOBILE GAME
- NBA Players Jalen Green, Jordan Poole, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins Headline Launch Campaign -
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2023 – Niantic, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today launched NBA All-World, a free-to-play officially licensed geolocation augmented reality basketball game where players can find, challenge, and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhoods, then recruit them to their team before proving themselves on the court. NBA All-World extends the world of basketball into new augmented reality territory and is free to play globally on the App Store and Google Play.
NBA All-World brings the world of the NBA to neighborhoods around the world. Fans can explore their own neighborhoods to encounter today’s NBA players, recruit them to their teams, level them up and compete to become rulers of their local courts. Players will have the opportunity to outfit their squads with the latest gear by searching for real-world drops from a variety of well-known brands. In the game, players can additionally show off their teams, chat with friends in the game and compete in 1v1 tournaments to win exclusive in-game items.
Through NBA All-World, players will learn about real world locations that are the personal favorites of today’s NBA players. Niantic will additionally support the game’s launch with a marketing campaign, “go. all. out.” as well as NBA All-World’s short-form documentary series, “Where I’m From”, starring NBA players including Jalen Green, Jordan Poole, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
“Sports are a huge part of people’s lives and a huge part of pop culture,” said John Hanke, Founder & CEO of Niantic. “Our version of an NBA basketball game starts with exciting one-on-one gameplay and expands from there to include the major elements of basketball culture, including music, fashion, sneakers and more, all of which are integrated into real world locations.”
“We look forward to our fans fully immersing themselves in NBA All-World as they develop deeper connections with players, the league and each other” said Matt Holt, Head of Consumer Products at the NBA. “Through our collaboration with Niantic and the NBPA, this game helps expand the world of the NBA and its culture into virtually every neighborhood around the globe.”
“We want to help make NBA All-World be as authentic as possible, as well as reach new audiences by bringing NBA players to Niantic’s augmented reality game,” said Josh Goodstadt, Chief Commercial Officer for THINK450, the partnership and innovation arm of the NBPA. “We look forward to users competing against and assembling their rosters from their favorite NBA players around the world.”
As Niantic’s first officially licensed sports title, NBA All-World inspires people to explore the world to experience everything the game has to offer:
- Explore Your World: Get out and move in the real world to discover NBA players to compete against and recruit to your roster, as well as Gear, Boosts, Challenges, and more.
- Build Your Team: Go head-to-head against today’s NBA stars in a variety of challenges to recruit new players. If you’ve already recruited a player, challenge them again in your next encounter to practice your shot and earn more Cred. Recruit stronger players as your Team Level increases.
- Push Your Limits: Power up players with Offense, Defense and Fitness Boosts. Make sure you keep Energy high with Energy Drinks.
- Rule the Court: Compete in leaderboard challenges at more than 100,000 basketball courts in the real world with Rule the Court. Challenge friends and other players for the top spot.
- Rep the Lifestyle: Pick up rare Gear from some of your favorite brands at Drop Zones. Look out for special Gear that improves player stats and outfit your team with sneakers and accessories that help you stand out from the crowd.
Built on Niantic’s Lightship platform, players of all Niantic games will feel right at home in NBA All-World. Niantic’s Campfire social app adds a real-world social aspect to the game, making it easy to connect with other hoop fans and the wider NBA All-World community.
For more information, visit https://nbaallworld.com.
Regresan a la ruta ganadora los Grises de Humacao de la Liga de Baloncesto Puertorriqueña
(Humacao P.R.) – Los Grises de Humacao de la Liga de Baloncesto Puertorriqueña regresaron a la ruta ganadora, luego de sufrir una derrota ante Fajardo, cuando el pasado viernes, 20 de enero, triunfaron sobre los Magos de Aguas Buenas con marcador de 72-65, en partido celebrado en la legendaria e histórica Cancha Emilio E. Huyke, de la ciudad gris. Cristian Díaz lideró a los Grises con 23 puntos, 6 rebotes, 5 asistencias y 4 robos de balón. Geovan Delgado aportó 15, Luis Cintrón 12 y Julio Osorio añadió 11 canastos para la causa humacaeña.
El apoderado de los Grises, Orlando J. López Rivera informó que con esta victoria Humacao pone su marca en 9-3 y se mantienen en la tercera posición de la Sección Este.
Luego de este partido el estelar jugador Luis Cintrón “El Caballo de Troya” se expresó: “Esta semana tenemos dos partidos consecutivos y nuestro plan es mantenernos en la ruta ganadora y que los fanáticos nos sigan apoyando juego tras juego.”
El martes 24 de enero de 2023, los Grises llegan al Coliseo Roberto Clemente para enfrentar a los Capitalinos de San Juan, el miércoles 25, visitan a los Gigantes de Carolina en Coliseo Guillermo Ángulo y el sábado 28, regresan al Coliseo Emilio E. Huyke de Humacao, para chocar ante los Cariduros de Fajardo, para desquitar su derrota la pasada semana. Todos los partidos a partir de las 8:00 de la noche.
Para más información pueden comunicarse al (787) 949-4704, en Facebook e Instagram: Grises de Humacao LBP o al correo electrónico email@example.com.
NBA AND META ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION
– New NBA Arena in Meta Horizon Worlds to Feature 52 Live Regular Season Games –
– NBA-Licensed Apparel to be Available in the Meta Avatars Store; NBA League Pass to be Accessible Through YBVR’s Xtadium App –
NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2023 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Meta today announced a multiyear partnership extension that will feature a new virtual reality experience for fans through Meta Horizon Worlds via Meta Quest, the official VR headset of the NBA and WNBA. The NBA Arena in Meta Horizon Worlds experience will feature live NBA League Pass games in virtual reality throughout the season. The partnership extension will also include the launch of NBA-licensed apparel in the Meta Avatars Store and authenticated NBA League Pass access in Xtadium, a VR sports hub app that offers shared watching experiences in high-definition.
"Our extended partnership with Meta will provide more immersive and innovative ways to experience the NBA," said Jennifer Chun, NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Content Partnerships. “Meta’s digital world opens up exciting possibilities for NBA fans to virtually attend our games and to interact with other fans around the world.”
“Meta’s immersive VR technology is opening up new opportunities for sports fans to engage and interact with their favorite NBA teams,” said Meta Director of Sports Media and League Partnerships Rob Shaw. “The NBA is always pushing us to innovate and leverage the latest technology to open the door to new fan experiences, and this chapter of our partnership achieves exactly that.”
Through Meta Horizon Worlds on Meta Quest, fans will have access to an immersive VR experience. The NBA and Meta will also bring 52 live NBA League Pass games – including five immersive 180-degree monoscopic live VR games in 2880 resolution – in “NBA Arena” in Meta Horizon Worlds. Fans can now visit the NBA Arena in Meta Horizon Worlds to watch NBA content with friends, compete in interactive mini-games and cheer on their favorite teams.
The preliminary game schedule for the NBA Arena is highlighted below:
- Monday, Jan. 23: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons – 7 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, Jan. 24: Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 8 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, Jan. 25: Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 8 p.m. ET
- Friday, Jan. 27: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – 8 p.m. ET
- Sunday, Jan. 29: LA Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 7 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, Jan. 31: Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 7 p.m. ET
As part of the partnership extension, NBA-licensed apparel will be available in the Meta Avatars Store soon. Fans will be able to purchase their favorite NBA or WNBA team apparel for their Meta Avatar and showcase it across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and on the Meta Quest. Additionally, existing NBA League Pass subscribers will be able to access their subscription in YBVR’s Xtadium app within Meta Quest VR in the coming weeks. Fans will then be able to sit in a “virtual” courtside seat to watch live NBA League Pass games and host private watch parties with friends. Live WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League games will also be available via a Meta Quest headset.
Meta will also have a presence at major NBA and WNBA events to showcase Meta Quest technology to NBA fans. You can find the full VR game schedule at NBA.com.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is closing in on the NBA’s all-time scoring record. He needs 178 points to pass career leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). As James approaches yet another milestone, take a look at some of the memorable performances, historic accomplishments and other major moments that have helped define his 20 seasons in the NBA.