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As part of the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, the NBA and the Miami HEAT partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM) and CARE Elementary to help address food insecurity. This initiative builds on the Miami HEAT’s Re-HEAT program, which provides unserved food from all HEAT home games and arena events to local homeless shelters.

During the event, the NBA and Miami HEAT unveiled a refurbished kitchen and eating area named the Miami HEAT Food Court and announced seed funding to create the HEAT Emergency Food Relief Fund to provide ongoing support for students and families at CARE Elementary, leaving a lasting legacy in the community. The one-hour dedication opened with a ceremony with remarks from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Miami HEAT President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.  HEAT players Caleb Martin, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent participated in a Q&A with youth moderated by HEAT Radio Play-by-Play announcer Jason Jackson.  Members of the NBA family and Miami HEAT organization then participated in meal packing and activities with youth at the school as well as served hot meals to those in need at MRM.


Since 2003, the NBA has left behind legacy projects such as this in each NBA Finals city. Today’s project marks the 2194th NBA Cares Live, Learn or Play Center.

2023 NBA Finals on ABC Continues to Generate Strong Viewership: Game 3 Draws Average Audience of 11,237,000 Viewers

  • NBA Finals Game 3 on ABC Tripled its Competition Across Television for June 7
  • Viewership for 2023 NBA Playoffs on ESPN Platforms Up Seven Percent Year Over Year


The 2023 NBA Finals Presented By YouTube TV on ABC continues to generate strong viewership. Wednesday’s Game 3 averaged 11,237,000 viewers, and peaked with 12,389,000 viewers at 10:45 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.


Game 3 of the NBA Finals on ABC, tripled its competition and handily won the night across all of television, including in all key demographics.


Viewership for the 2023 NBA Playoffs on ESPN platforms is up seven percent year over year, averaging 6,090,000 viewers through 34 games.


The 2023 NBA Finals Presented By YouTube TV on ABC continues on Friday, June 9, when the Miami Heat host the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. ET.


The Basketball Africa League and Speak Up Africa launch mentorship program for gender equality in Africa
The mentees will be coached by mentors to strengthen their skills and knowledge on issues such as gender inequality in sport, mental health, public speaking, and storytelling

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DAKAR, Senegal, June 8, 2023/ -- On the occasion of Africa Day, Speak Up Africa and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) ( have announced the launch of "Teaming Up: African LeadHERs meet BAL4HER". This sports mentorship program is part of Speak Up Africa's “African LeadHERs” movement and BAL's BAL4HER platform. It aims to advance gender equality, and women’s leadership and employability in the sports industry in Africa.  

Gender imbalances in the sports industry remain considerable. On top of their low representation in sports, very few women are in decision-making positions such as head coach, club manager or referee. They are less represented in management, marketing, management, or other disciplines in the sports industry.  "Teaming Up: African LeadHERs meet BAL4HER" launched by Speak Up Africa and the Basketball Africa League focuses on leveraging sport as a key driver of gender equality and social and economic transformation in Africa.  Through this mentorship program, 6 young African female athletes from Senegal, Egypt and Rwanda will benefit from the leadership and networking experience of six female leaders in the sports industry. Over a period of six months, the mentees will be coached by mentors to strengthen their skills and knowledge on issues such as gender inequality in sport, mental health, public speaking, and storytelling.

The selected participants are:
  • Ndeye Dossou Ndiaye (Senegal), Women’s Program Coordinator& Coach, NBA Academy Africa
  • Ndeye Fatou Beye (Senegal), Basketball Operations & Scouting, SEED project
  • Lama Fahmy (Egypt), Coaching and Player Development, New Giza Basketball Academy (NGBA)
  • Ghada Elzend (Egypt), Partnerships & Communication, Bayine Sport
  • Cindy Shirlley Kolenyo (Kenya), Communications & Public relations
  • Fatuma Mukamugema (Rwanda), Community Engagement & Basketball Development, Shooting Touch
"The overarching goal of our league is to provide a platform in which young women and girls can take full advantage of the transformative power of sport. This mentorship programme is an ideal springboard to increasing women's representation and give a new lease of life to the sports industry”, said Amadou Gallo Fall, Basketball Africa League President at the launch of the initiative.

Allison Feaster, Vice President, Team Operations & Organizational Growth at the Boston Celtics, and mentor on this program said that sharing experiences is key to changing the way young girls perceive their careers and their role in the sports industry.

"Mentorship is about cultivating confidence, inspiring trust in one’s abilities, and connecting young aspiring talent to seasoned leaders who are invested in their development. Thanks to my leadership role in one of the most respected sports franchises in the world, I can now create space for exposure and be a conduit to young African women aspiring to work in professional sports. It is an honor and privilege for me, and I can’t wait to empower and engage in a meaningful way with these future leaders!", Vice President, Team Operations & Organizational Growth at  the Boston Celtics.

" Young Africans, and young women, are key agents of change at the community, national and regional levels, across all sectors. We need to support initiatives that enable them to realize their full potential to achieve the African Union's Agenda 2063," adds Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa.

"Teaming Up: Africa's LeadHERs meet BAL4HER" initiative reinforces the long-standing partnership between Speak Up Africa and the Basketball Africa League. In addition to its commitment to gender equality, the Basketball Africa League is also engaged with Speak Up Africa on the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In 2021, the Basketball Africa League partnered with Speak Up Africa to celebrate World Neglected Tropical Disease Day through raising awareness and distributing Covid-19 protection kits. This commitment will continue this year with a community-based outreach activity against NTDs scheduled on the sidelines of the Basketball Africa League "Finals" from 21-27 May 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Basketball Africa League (BAL).


The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 109-94 on Wednesday in Game 3 of the 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. The Nuggets lead the series 2-1. Below are notes about Game 3.

• Teams that win Game 3 of a 1-1 NBA Finals have gone on to win the series 80.0% of the time (32-8).

• Denver center Nikola Jokić finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. Nuggets guard Jamal Murray recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. This is the first time, in the regular season or playoffs, that teammates have had 30-point triple-doubles in the same game.

• This is also the second time that teammates have had any kind of triple-double in a playoff game. The only other instance was the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in Game 4 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.

• Jokić is the first player to have at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA Finals game.

• Jokić notched his third career playoff game with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists (including his second of the 2023 postseason). He has three of the five 30/20/10 games in playoff history, with Wilt Chamberlain (1967) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970) having one each.

• Jokić has had triple-doubles in Game 1 and Game 3. He is the seventh player to have two triple-doubles in an NBA Finals series, joining LeBron James (2013, 2015, 2017), Magic Johnson (1984, 1985, 1991), Jimmy Butler (2020), Draymond Green (2019), Larry Bird (1986) and Wilt Chamberlain (1967). No player has ever had three or more triple-doubles in an NBA Finals series.

• Jokić posted his 10th triple-double of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, extended his record for the most in a single postseason.

• Jokić has scored 100 points in his first three career NBA Finals games. Only four players have scored more points through three career NBA Finals games: Rick Barry (122 in 1967), Allen Iverson (106 in 2001), Willis Reed (104 in 1970) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (103 in 2021).

• Murray has had 10 assists in each of the three games in this series. He is the first player to record at least 10 assists in each of his first three career NBA Finals games.

• Denver rookie forward Christian Braun scored 15 points and made 7-of-8 shots from the field. It’s his first double-digit scoring performance in 17 career playoff games. He had two regular-season games of 15 or more points in 2022-23, including a career-high 19 points against the Timberwolves on Feb. 5.

• Heat center Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 17 rebounds. The 17 rebounds are two shy of his career high in a playoff game. He is averaging 23.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in the series.

• Miami forward Udonis Haslem, 42, became the oldest player to play in an NBA Finals game. He turns 43 on June 9, the same day as Game 4. The previous oldest player to play in an NBA Finals game was the Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against the Pistons in Game 4 in 1989 (42 years, 58 days).

• The Nuggets outrebounded the Heat 58-33 – a difference of 25 rebounds. This is the first time that a team was at least plus-25 in rebounding in an NBA Finals game since 1972, when the Lakers outrebounded the Knicks by 28 (67-39) in Game 5.

• Denver extended its road winning streak to four games.

Last season, Nikola Jokić was ranked 18 among all players in video views on NBA social media platforms. This regular season, he rose to No. 9. Over the last 30 days, he leads the league in social media video views with 316 million. Nikola Jokić is also driving viewership growth on NBA League Pass and our local broadcast partner, Arena Sport, in Serbia:


  • NBA League Pass YOY Growth in Serbia: +66% in Viewership, +21% in Subscriptions
  • TV Viewership in Serbia (Arena Sport): +50% YOY



NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC Matched Last Year’s Game 2 Average Audience with 11,910,000 Viewers

The Miami Heat’s Victory Over the Denver Nuggets Peaked with 15,256,000 Viewers on Sunday

ABC’s exclusive coverage of the 2023 NBA Finals Presented By YouTube TV continues to produce strong viewership. Sunday’s Game 2 between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets matched the Game 2 average audience from last year – Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics – with 11,910,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked in the 10:15 p.m. ET quarter hour with 15,256,000 viewers.

The Miami Heat’s exciting victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 easily won the night across television in viewership and in all key demographics, including P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54. For the second consecutive NBA Finals game, the broadcast was up year over year in the coveted P18-34 demo. Game 2 was up three percent from last year.

NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC was the highest-rated Denver Nuggets game ever on any network in the Denver market. It averaged a 22.3 rating locally. The full top five is below.

Top five local markets:











West Palm Beach








The 2023 NBA Finals Presented By YouTube TV continue on Wednesday, June 7, with Game 3 from Miami, Fla., on ABC.

2023 NBA Finals on ABC Off to Strong Start as Game 1 Averages 11,580,000 Viewers Across ABC and ESPN2 

Denver’s Victory Over Miami on Thursday More than Tripled its Competition and Won the Night Across All of Television and in All Key Demos

The 2023 NBA Finals on ABC started off strong on Thursday, June 1, as Game 1 averaged 11,580,000 viewers across ABC and ESPN2. It peaked with 12,784,000 viewers in the 10:30 p.m. ET quarter hour, according to Nielsen.

The Denver Nuggets victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 more than tripled its competition on television for the night of June 1, easily winning the night in viewership and in all key demographics, including P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54.

Top five local markets:











West Palm Beach






San Antonio


Game 1 on ABC delivered an average audience of 11,036,000 viewers, while the NBA in Stephen A’s World alternate presentation on ESPN2 added 544,000 viewers to the total audience.

The 2023 NBA Finals Presented By YouTube TV continue on Wednesday, June 7, with Game 3 from Miami, Fla., on ABC.

Serbia and USA win FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023

JUNE 4, 2023

VIENNA (Austria) - Serbia’s men and USA's women won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023, which took place in Vienna, Austria on May 30 - June 4.

In the men's category, Serbia extended their historic World Cup heroics, capturing their sixth title in just 8 editions after defeating  USA (21-19) in the final. The “Maestro” Dejan Majstorovic had a game-high 7 points in the thriller against the US.

Latvia defeated Brazil 22-12 to claim the bronze medal. The duo of Karlis Lasmanis and Nauris Miezis combined for 13 points in the game before Agnis Čavars scored the two to hand Latvia the victory.

Strahinja Stojacic, Serbia's top scorer with 55 points, was named  3x3 World Cup MVP in Vienna. He headlined the Team of the Tournament and was joined by USA’s Jimmer Fredette, who had a stellar 3x3 World Cup debut with a 59-point show, including 10 in the final against Serbia. They were also joined by Nauris Mieizis, from Latvia.

In the women’s category, USA  took home gold for the third time with a 16-12 win against last year’s champions France. Stars Hailey Van Lith and Cierra Burdick combined for 14 points to carry their side to victory.  Cameron Brink was the centerpiece of their offense, finishing the tournament with 39 points, which earned her the title of World Cup MVP. Laetitia Guapo (France) and Marena Whittle (Australia) also featured in the Team of the Tournament.

In the women’s bronze medal game, Australia defeated China  20-21. Marena Whittle scored 11 points, taking her campaign total to a whopping 70 points. 

The winners were awarded their trophies from Hamane Niang, FIBA's president.

Polish dunker Piotr "Grabo" Grabowski won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023 dunk contest. The 6-foot (1.83m) dunking sensation dominated, beating out Joel Henry (Great Britain) who took home silver and Rafal "Lipek" Lipinski (Poland) who won bronze. 


The Miami Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-108 on Sunday in Game 2 of the 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. The series is tied at 1-1. Below are notes about Game 2.

• Miami trailed by as many as 15 points in Game 2. Tonight marked the Heat’s seventh victory in the 2023 NBA Playoffs after trailing by at least 10 points, tying the 2022 Warriors for the most double-digit comebacks in a single postseason in the last 25 years. (CORRECTION: The 2012 Heat and 2011 Heat also each had seven double-digit comeback victories in a single postseason in the last 25 years.)

• Denver lost at home for the first time this postseason (9-1).

• The Heat snapped Denver’s seven-game winning streak.

• Miami improved to 7-5 on the road this postseason.

• The Heat’s 13 playoff victories this season are the most by a No. 8 seed in a single postseason. New York won 12 games as a No. 8 seed in the 1999 postseason.

• Miami had three players score at least 20 points: guard Gabe Vincent (23), center Bam Adebayo (21) and forward Jimmy Butler (21). This marks the first time that the Heat had three 20-point scorers in an NBA Finals game since Game 5 in 2013 (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen).

• Denver center Nikola Jokić finished with 41 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 18 of Denver’s 26 points in the third quarter.

• Jokić is the first player to record at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in each of his first two NBA Finals games since San Antonio’s Tim Duncan in 1999.

• Jokić has scored 68 points in the first two games of the series, tied with Kevin Durant (2012) for the third-most points in a player’s first two NBA Finals games. The only players with more points in their first two NBA Finals games are Allen Iverson (71 in 2001) and Michael Jordan (69 in 1991).

• Vincent scored 23 points and shot 8-of-12  from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. In his first two NBA Finals games, Vincent has averaged 21.0 points and shot 57.7% from the field and 56.3% from beyond the arc.

• Heat forward Duncan Robinson scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. He did not score a point or attempt a field goal in the first three quarters.

• Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra earned his 109th playoff victory, moving within two wins of tying Doc Rivers (111) for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list.

• Denver forward Jeff Green appeared in his 100th playoff game.





Denver, CO, June 4, 2023—Rick Adelman, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, and one of only ten coaches in NBA history to have won more than 1,000 games, is the recipient of the 2023 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced today.


“Rick Adelman’s NBA coaching career has been highlighted by innovation, integrity, and excellence,” said Indiana Pacers Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President, Rick Carlisle. “His teams always played to their strengths, and Rick always found subtle ways to reinvent NBA basketball to help his players thrive. His quiet, unassuming nature belies his impact as one of the great NBA coaches of all time.”


“I am honored to receive the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Rick Adelman. “To be included with the past winners is special. Chuck was a great coach and respected by all those who coached against his teams. To receive an award like this I have to thank all those who helped me along the way, in particular my assistant coaches and front offices. I would also like to thank the players I had through the years. Their effort and cooperation made everything I did possible. Good players make coaching much easier.


“This event makes me think of Michael Goldberg who was a big help to all coaches and especially to me. He was a good friend who I miss. Thanks to the National Basketball Coaches Association, Coach Rick Carlisle, and David Fogel. I also want to thank the Selection Committee for presenting me with this honor. I am grateful to all of those who made this possible, especially my wife Mary Kay and my family. Thank you.”


Rick Adelman coached in the NBA for 29 years, 23 as a Head Coach for five different teams (Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves), amassing a 1,042-749 (.582) career record. He led his teams, known for their free-flowing, read and react motion offenses, to the playoffs sixteen times, to the Conference Finals four times and to the NBA Finals twice.


He played collegiately at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and, as a senior in 1967-68, was voted West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Drafted by the San Diego Rockets in 1968, Adelman played seven seasons in the NBA.


Adelman began his coaching career at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon in 1977 where he led his teams to a 141-39 record and three conference championships in six years. It was while at Chemeketa in 1983 that he was hired by the legendary Coach Jack Ramsay as an Assistant Coach for the Portland Trail Blazers, a position he held until he was named Head Coach midway through the 1988-89 season.


In his first full season as an NBA Head Coach, 1989-90, Adelman led the Blazers to a 59-23 record, the Western Conference Championship and a trip to the NBA Finals. Two years later the Blazers were once again Western Conference Champions and back in the NBA Finals. Under Adelman, Portland had four straight seasons of 50-plus wins, a record of 291-154 (.684) and were in the playoffs all six seasons. 


Adelman coached the Golden State Warriors for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons before assuming the reins in Sacramento in 1998. In eight seasons as Head Coach of the Kings, Adelman had a 395-229 (.683) record, winning 50 games or more in five consecutive seasons and taking the team to the playoffs each year.


In 2007, Adelman was named Head Coach of the Rockets where he led Houston to back-to-back 50-plus win seasons in his first two years and a winning record in all four seasons. Adelman closed out his coaching career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where his teams improved from 17 to 26 to 31 to 40 wins in his three seasons at the helm.


In 2014, upon his retirement, Adelman ranked ninth all-time in both games coached (1,791) and games won (1,042). Today, he ranks tenth in games won and thirteenth on the all-time playoff wins list with 79. His teams had a total of eleven 50-win seasons and two 60-plus win seasons. Adelman finished runner-up in Coach of the Year voting four times with three different teams (1990-91 with Portland, 2000-01 and 2001-02 with Sacramento and 2008-09 with Houston) and was a three-time All-Star Game Coach.


Adelman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Coach in 2021. He was inducted into the Loyola Marymount Hall of Fame in 1986 and was named Oregon Sports Person of the Year in both 1990 and 1992. In 2015, the West Coast Conference (formerly the WCAC) inducted him into its Hall of Honor.


“Rick Adelman is widely respected for his teaching, his tough-to-defend motion offenses, and his ability to get players to buy into his philosophy,” said David Fogel, National Basketball Coaches Association Executive Director and General Counsel. “His commitment to the game and his players is reflected in his career accomplishments and makes him a most worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations to Coach Adelman on this prestigious recognition.”


The National Basketball Coaches Association’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award honors the memory of Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly, who, over an outstanding NBA coaching career, set a standard for integrity, competitive excellence, and tireless promotion of NBA basketball. The award is determined annually by a Selection Committee comprised of some of the most respected coaches and basketball executives in the game, including Bernie Bickerstaff, Billy Cunningham, Joe Dumars, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, Donnie Walsh and Lenny Wilkens.


Prior recipients are Mike Fratello (2022), Larry Brown (2021), Del Harris (2020), Frank Layden (2019), Doug Moe (2018), Al Attles and Hubie Brown (2017), K.C. Jones and Jerry Sloan (2016), Dick Motta (2015), Bernie Bickerstaff (2014), Bill Fitch (2013), Pat Riley (2012), Lenny Wilkens (2011), Jack Ramsay and Tex Winter (2010), and Tommy Heinsohn (2009).


About the NBCA: The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is the labor association that represents basketball coaches in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1976 by legendary Boston Celtics player and coach Tommy Heinsohn, the NBCA consists of all NBA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and alumni, and works closely with the NBA on all matters that pertain to the coaching profession.



As part of NBA Finals, the NBA and the Denver Nuggets in partnership with YouTube TV today dedicated a new STEM lab at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s Arthur E. Johnson Club.  The renovations for the new STEM lab included fresh paint and wall graphics, updated flooring, new furniture, and STEM technology and will serve to leave a lasting legacy in the Denver community.


The one-hour dedication opened with a ceremony with remarks from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Vice Chairman Josh Kroenke and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO Erin Porteous followed by a Q&A with Nuggets players Christian Braun, Deandra Jordan, Ish Smith, Jeff Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The new space was memorialized with a ribbon cutting. Braun, Jordan, Smith, green and Caldwell-Pope then took part in interactive activities throughout the refurbished space with youth of the Arthur E. Johnson Club including a Jr. NBA clinic, games and more.


This project builds upon the Nuggets’ extensive support of the Arthur E. Johnson Club.  Last year the Nuggets renovated Club’s Education and Teen Center last year as part of the League’s 75th Anniversary Live, Learn or Play Initiative. Annually the team hosts the Club’s holiday party.  Since 2003, the NBA has left behind legacy projects such as this in each NBA Finals city. Today’s project marks the 2193rd NBA Cares Live, Learn or Play Center.

FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2023 headlined by China legend Yao, Brazil's iconic Marques and Opals' ace Taylor

MIES (Switzerland) - The FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2023 has been confirmed with Yao Ming, Wlamir Marques and Penny Taylor being just some of the stellar names who will be honored this year.

The inductees are to be enshrined at a prestigious ceremony in Manila, Philippines, ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, with a total of ten players and two coaches being formally recognized for their incredible contributions to basketball. The event will take place on the evening of August 23, after the conclusion of the FIBA Congress.

There are unlikely to be more popular entrants with fans than China's Yao Ming and Brazil's Wlamir Marques. The former shined during his time with China, and more particularly at the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup where he finished top scorer. He went down in history when he was selected as the first-ever international player to be picked number one overall in the NBA draft. He went on to become a worldwide face of the sport as an eight-time NBA All-Star.

Marques is revered not only in his homeland but far beyond because of his astonishing skills that graced so many major tournaments. Considered as one of the best Brazilian ballers ever, he inspired his country to FIBA Basketball World Cup titles in 1959 and 1963 as well as two silver medals in 1954 and 1970. His accolades also include two Olympic silver medals in 1960 and 1964.

Meanwhile, double Olympian and former FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup champion Penny Taylor takes center stage for the female entrants. Her offensive talent and clutch ability led Australia to a historic and first-ever global gold in 2006 when she was crowned MVP. An additional two silver Olympic medals and two bronze World Cup medals complete her impressive career.

With all eyes on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, which tips off two days after the induction ceremony, this year's entrants will have their phenomenal efforts in the spotlight even more and there will be representatives from the three host nations of the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. 

Carlos Loyzaga is considered the best player the Philippines has ever produced and will be inducted posthumously. He led the Philippines to the bronze medal in the 1954 World Cup and four gold medals at the Asian Games. Indonesian scoring machine and 1967 Asia Cup MVP, Liem Tjien Siong/Sonny Hendrawan will also be inducted along with Yuko Oga, an extremely talented female guard who led Japan to seven international medals between 2001 and 2013.

The other inductees include Angelo Monteiro dos Santos Victoriano who lifted the AfroBasket trophy eight times with Angola, and Zurab Sakandelidze of Georgia who is being honored posthumously for his successful career winning more than ten international medals including a gold at the Olympic Games and at the World Cup. In addition to Taylor and Oga, there are two other female players, two-time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain of the USA, as well as Women's EuroBasket 2013 champion Amaya Valdemoro from Spain.

The two coaches being enshrined are Valerie Garnier of France, who took her country five times to second place at EuroBasket, and Alessandro Gamba, who led Italy to the second position at the 1980 Olympic Games and three EuroBasket medals including a gold in 1983.

Here is the full list of inductees that make up the 2023 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame: 

Amaya Valdemoro (Spain)
Yuko Oga (Japan)
Penny Taylor (Australia)
Katrina McClain (USA)
Wlamir Marques (Brazil)
Yao Ming (China)
Liem Tjien Siong / Sonny Hendrawan (Indonesia)
Angelo Monteiro dos Santos Victoriano (Angola)
Carlos Loyzaga (Philippines - posthumously)
Zurab Sakandelidze (Georgia - posthumously)

Valerie Garnier (France)
Alessandro Gamba (Italy)




DENVER, June 1, 2023 – The NBA announced today that 108 players have notified the league that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm.  Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 12, 2023, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the NBA Draft 2023.


The following 108 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2023:


Player                                                    School                                                   Height                   Status

Jaden Akins                                          Michigan State                                     6-4                          Sophomore

Trey Alexander                                    Creighton                                              6-4                          Sophomore

Will Baker                                            Nevada                                                  7-0                          Junior

TJ Bamba                                              Washington State                                6-5                          Junior

Reece Beekman                                   Virginia                                                 6-3                          Junior

T.J. Bickerstaff                                    Boston College                                    6-9                          Senior

Adem Bona                                           UCLA                                                    6-10                        Freshman

Keylan Boone                                      Pacific                                                    6-8                          Senior

Jalen Bridges                                        Baylor                                                    6-7                          Junior

Johni Broome                                       Auburn                                                  6-10                        Junior    

Jordan Brown                                       Louisiana                                              6-11                        Senior

Boo Buie                                               Northwestern                                        6-2                          Senior

Tyler Burton                                         Richmond                                             6-7                          Senior

Lamont Butler Jr.                                San Diego State                                   6-2                          Junior

Wesley Cardet Jr.                                Chicago State                                       6-6                          Sophomore

Dylan Cardwell                                    Auburn                                                  6-11                        Junior

Branden Carlson                                  Utah                                                       7-0                          Senior

Frankie Collins                                    Arizona State                                        6-1                          Sophomore

Kevin Cross                                          Tulane                                                    6-8                          Senior

LJ Cryer                                                Baylor                                                    6-1                          Junior

Clarence Daniels II                             New Hampshire                                   6-6                          Junior

Tristan da Silva                                    Colorado                                               6-8                          Junior

Davonte Davis                                     Arkansas                                               6-4                          Junior

Johnell Davis                                        Florida Atlantic                                    6-4                          Junior

RayJ Dennis                                         Toledo                                                   6-2                          Senior

Jordan Dingle                                       Pennsylvania                                        6-3                          Junior

Marcus Domask                                   Southern Illinois                                  6-6                          Senior   

Zach Edey                                             Purdue                                                   7-4                          Junior    

El Ellis                                                   Louisville                                              6-3                          Senior

Jaylen Forbes                                       Tulane                                                    6-5                          Senior

Enrique Freeman                                 Akron                                                     6-7                          Senior

Eric Gaines                                           UAB                                                       6-2                          Junior

Joseph Girard III                                  Syracuse                                                6-1                          Senior

PJ Hall                                                   Clemson                                                6-10                        Junior

Jacksun Hamilton                                Wisconsin-Parkside                            6-7                          Sophomore          

Ray Harrison                                        Grand Canyon                                      6-4                          Junior

Hakim Hart                                           Maryland                                               6-6                          Senior

Coleman Hawkins                               Illinois                                                   6-10                        Junior

Jalen Hill                                               Oklahoma                                             6-7                          Senior

Blake Hinson                                        Pittsburgh                                              6-7                          Junior

A.J. Hoggard                                        Michigan State                                     6-4                          Junior

DaRon Holmes II                                Dayton                                                   6-10                        Sophomore

Ithiel Horton                                         UCF                                                       6-5                          Senior

Tyrese Hunter                                      Texas                                                     6-0                          Sophomore

Jordan Ivy-Curry                                 Pacific                                                    6-2                          Junior

Josiah-Jordan James                            Tennessee                                             6-6                          Senior

Sion James                                            Tulane                                                    6-5                          Junior

Keshad Johnson                                   San Diego State                                   6-7                          Senior

Meechie Johnson                                 South Carolina                                     6-2                          Junior

Dillon Jones                                          Weber State                                          6-6                          Junior

Ryan Kalkbrenner                               Creighton                                              7-1                          Junior

Arthur Kaluma                                     Creighton                                              6-7                          Sophomore

Miles Kelly                                           Georgia Tech                                        6-4                          Sophomore

Bol Kuir                                                San Diego                                             7-3                          Freshman

Pelle Larsson                                        Arizona                                                  6-5                          Junior

Tyrin Lawrence                                   Vanderbilt                                             6-4                          Junior

Jaedon LeDee                                       San Diego State                                   6-9                          Senior

Tramon Mark                                       Houston                                                 6-5                          Sophomore

Alijah Martin                                        Florida Atlantic                                    6-2                          Junior

Madison McCall                                  Lesley (MA)                                         6-2                          Senior

Kevin McCullar                                   Kansas                                                   6-6                          Senior

Emanuel Miller                                    TCU                                                       6-7                          Senior

Judah Mintz                                          Syracuse                                                6-3                          Freshman

Isaiah Miranda                                     North Carolina State                           7-1                          Freshman

Dillon Mitchell                                    Texas                                                     6-8                          Freshman

RayQuawndis Mitchell                       Missouri-Kansas City                         6-5                          Senior

Jelanie Morgan                                    Lesley (MA)                                         6-4                          Freshman

Casey Morsell                                      North Carolina State                           6-3                          Senior

Paul Mulcahy                                       Rutgers                                                  6-6                          Senior

Matthew Murrell                                 Mississippi                                            6-4                          Junior

Grant Nelson                                        North Dakota State                              6-11                        Junior

Jordan Nesbitt                                      Hampton                                               6-6                          Sophomore

Tristen Newton                                    Connecticut                                          6-5                          Senior

Olivier Nkamhoua                               Tennessee                                             6-8                          Senior   

Toby Okani                                           Illinois-Chicago                                   6-8                          Junior

Norchad Omier                                    Miami                                                    6-7                          Junior

Clifford Omoruyi                                Rutgers                                                  6-11                        Junior

Nijel Pack                                             Miami                                                    6-0                          Junior

Elijah Pepper                                        UC Davis                                              6-4                          Senior

Rob Perry                                              Murray State                                         6-4                          Senior

Zhuric Phelps                                       SMU                                                      6-5                          Sophomore          

Jordan Phillips                                     Detroit                                                   6-7                          Senior

Quinten Post                                         Boston College                                    7-0                          Senior

Zyon Pullin                                           UC Riverside                                        6-4                          Senior

Jahvon Quinerly                                  Alabama                                                6-1                          Senior

Antonio Reeves                                   Kentucky                                               6-4                          Senior

Jeremy Roach                                       Duke                                                      6-2                          Junior

Luis Rodriguez                                    UNLV                                                    6-6                          Senior   

Cormac Ryan                                       Notre Dame                                          6-5                          Senior   

Mark Sears                                            Alabama                                                6-1                          Junior

Terrence Shannon Jr.                          Illinois                                                   6-6                          Senior

Mike Sharavjamts                               Dayton                                                   6-8                          Freshman

Jamarion Sharp                                    Western Kentucky                               7-5                          Senior

Jamal Shead                                          Houston                                                 6-1                          Junior

Tolu Smith                                            Mississippi State                                  6-10                        Senior

Isaiah Stevens                                      Colorado State                                     6-0                          Senior

Russel Tchewa                                     South Florida                                        7-0                          Senior

Tyler Thomas                                       Hofstra                                                   6-3                          Senior

Keisei Tominaga                                 Nebraska                                               6-2                          Senior

Nae’Qwan Tomlin                               Kansas State                                         6-10                        Senior

Mady Traore                                         New Mexico State                               6-11                        Freshman

Cameron Tyson                                   Seattle                                                    6-3                          Senior

Connor Vanover                                  Oral Roberts                                         7-5                          Senior

Steele Venters                                      Eastern Washington                            6-7                          Junior

Damjan Vukcevic                                Los Angeles Trade Tech                    6-8                          Freshman

Qudus Wahab                                       Georgetown                                          6-11                        Senior

Anton Watson                                      Gonzaga                                                6-8                          Senior

Jaylin Williams                                    Auburn                                                  6-8                          Senior   


Michelob Ultra Becomes National Basketball Association’s (NBA) First-Ever Global Beer Partner
The beer brand will serve as a presenting partner for select NBA Global Games and the global expansion will additionally tip off Michelob ULTRA’s marketing partnership with the Basketball Africa League (BAL)
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 1, 2023/ -- Global Expansion Builds on Anheuser-Busch’s 25-Year History with the NBA ( and Will See a Bolstered Michelob ULTRA Presence Across the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League, USA Basketball and Basketball Africa League; Michelob ULTRA Commercial featuring Jimmy Butler Will Air During the 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.

AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and the National Basketball Association (NBA), today announced a global expansion of its marketing partnership that will make Michelob ULTRA the exclusive and worldwide Official Beer Partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League, USA Basketball and Basketball Africa League and bring joyful experiences to basketball fans around the world.

“Our longstanding partnership with the NBA is key to our strategy of building platforms that connect beer-drinking occasions and consumer passion points with our brands,” said Fabio Baracho Martinelli, global vice president of Connections and Occasions, AB InBev. “Expanding our collaboration around the world allows us to connect with even more adult basketball fans and to bring them together for meaningful moments of joy and celebration, creating a future with more cheers.”

“We are thrilled to build upon our 25-year relationship with Anheuser-Busch and welcome Michelob ULTRA as the NBA’s first-ever global beer partner,” said Kerry Tatlock, NBA Executive Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships and Media.  “Michelob ULTRA has shown a passioned dedication to creating new, differentiated experiences for our fans, and we look forward to working with ULTRA to engage with our fans all around the world and bring them closer to their favorite game.”

The global expansion builds on the company’s 25-year relationship with the NBA, which officially tipped off in 1998 and has evolved into one of the league’s longest tenured marketing partnerships, committed to engaging the NBA’s global fanbase year-round across its marquee events. Michelob ULTRA became the Official Beer Partner of the NBA in 2020, highlighted during the NBA Restart in Orlando, FL with “Michelob ULTRA Courtside,” an award-winning digital experience that allowed fans to appear virtually inside the arena and share in the excitement of the game at a time when joy was deeply craved. 

“Michelob ULTRA tipped off our journey with the NBA during unprecedented times and have continued to work and evolve together to bring our shared commitment of creating joyful experiences for adult basketball fans to fruition,” said Kyle Norrington, Chief Commercial Officer, Anheuser-Busch. “Expanding on our partnership will allow us to tap even further into our existing fan base and reach more basketball fans as we take it to the global stage.”

Michelob ULTRA and the NBA have continued to deliver unique experiences for basketball fans year-round that have brought NBA fans closer to the game, including producing on-the-ground fan experiences at NBA All-Star, introducing the NBA player #ULTRADrip Cam to highlight NBA player fashion, creating Michelob ULTRA NBA Team Cans and NBA Championship Bottles, among many other partnerships and disruptive collaborations.

Core elements of the global agreement include the following:
  • A Global Expansion: Michelob ULTRA’s global marketing rights with the NBA, previously limited to the United States, Canada, and Brazil, have expanded across all the league’s global territories.  The beer brand will serve as a presenting partner for select NBA Global Games and the global expansion will additionally tip off Michelob ULTRA’s marketing partnership with the Basketball Africa League (BAL), beginning with its fourth season in 2024.
  • A Bolstered ULTRA Courtside: Beginning with the 2023 NBA Finals, Michelob ULTRA will have an expanded oncourt presence through first-of-its-kind physical branding on the baseline apron, visible on nationally televised games across the NBA, WNBA, the NBA Global Games, the NBA 2K24 Summer League, and USA Basketball.
  • A Renewed Commitment across the WNBA: Continuing Michelob ULTRA’s commitment to increase visibility for women's sports, Michelob ULTRA will serve as a partner across every WNBA marquee event.
  • A Team Player: Michelob ULTRA will also remain the official beer partner of 25 of the 30 NBA teams, allowing the brand to connect with fans in the U.S. and teams across both Eastern and Western Conference.  In addition, Michelob ULTRA Courtside viewing areas will be available at key league marquee events including NBA All-Star, NBA 2K24 Summer League, and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
To celebrate the global expansion, Michelob ULTRA will air a commercial featuring the Miami Heat’s six-time All-Star Jimmy Butler reminding fans that it's only worth it if you enjoy it.  The ad is set to air during the 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, which tips off on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

For more information, visit or follow @MichelobULTRA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Basketball Association (NBA).



NEW YORK, June 1, 2023 – The NBA today announced the list of game officials assigned to the NBA Finals 2023 presented by YouTube TV. The championship series between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets tips off on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.


“The pinnacle for an NBA official is to work the NBA Finals,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “This group has demonstrated through their outstanding work during the playoffs that they are worthy of being selected to officiate in the NBA Finals.”


NBA Finals officials were selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the first three rounds of the 2023 playoffs. Officials were evaluated after each round to determine advancement in this year’s postseason.


The referees assigned to the 2023 NBA Finals are below:


Tony Brothers (12th Finals)

Courtney Kirkland (3rd)

Marc Davis (12th)

Ed Malloy (8th)

Scott Foster (16th)

Kevin Scott (1st)

John Goble (7th)

Josh Tiven (4th)

David Guthrie (6th)

James Williams (3rd)

Bill Kennedy (5th)

Zach Zarba (10th)

Foster has officiated 23 NBA Finals games, followed by Davis with 18, and Brothers at 15.   


NBA officials Tyler Ford and Ben Taylor have been assigned as alternates for the 2023 NBA Finals.


Individual game assignments for referees are posted at at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.



 Consensus Five-Star Projected by ESPN as the No. 1 Pick in the 2024 NBA Draft –


HENDERSON, Nev., May 31, 2023 – Matas Buzelis, a consensus five-star high school prospect projected by ESPN as the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, has signed with NBA G League Ignite, General Manager Anthony McClish announced today.


“It’s a dream come true to join Ignite,” Buzelis said. “I have the opportunity to develop in a professional system as I continue to strive toward my goal of playing in the NBA. I look forward to joining the team in Henderson and getting to work. I want to thank my coaches, trainers and teammates for preparing me for this opportunity. I also want to thank my family for their endless love and support throughout my journey.”


Buzelis was named the Most Valuable Player of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp at NBA All-Star 2023 in February and competed in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game in March. He was also selected to the World Team for the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit. His parents both played professional basketball in their native country Lithuania.


A Chicago-area native, Buzelis played his senior high school season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. He was named the 2022-23 Gatorade Kansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks and shooting 53.7 percent from the field, including 43.1 percent from 3-point range. Buzelis led the team to a 22-8 record and to the Final Four of GEICO Nationals.


As a junior at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, Buzelis was selected as the 2021-22 Gatorade New Hampshire Boys Basketball Player of the Year and won the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AAA Tournament championship.


Buzelis joins Thierry Darlan, London Johnson, Dink Pate and Babacar Sane on Ignite’s roster as the latest group of top national and international prospects preparing for the NBA Draft. Ignite has produced three top 10 NBA Draft picks in the previous two years – the most by any program in that span – in Jalen Green (2021, No. 2, Houston Rockets), Jonathan Kuminga (2021, No. 7, Golden State Warriors) and Dyson Daniels (2022, No. 8, New Orleans Pelicans). Ignite has had a total of six NBA Draft picks in the last two years, which matches the highest total for a program in that period.




NEW YORK, May 23, 2023 – Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler has been fined $25,000 for violating league rules governing media interview access, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. 


The fine results from Butler’s failure to participate in required media availability following Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21.



– $100,000 to Be Donated on Curry’s Behalf to

University of San Francisco Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice –


NEW YORK, May 23, 2023 – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the 2022-23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion, the NBA today announced.  Curry was selected from a group of five finalists for his dedication to pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and drive equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged.


Curry prioritizes uplifting communities by fostering equity and creating access to opportunity.  As a co-chair of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” initiative, Curry uses his platform to drive voter registration, education and turnout, most recently during the 2022 election season.  His role encouraged millions of new voters to participate in the political process and make their voices heard through civic engagement.  As part of his ongoing voting-related efforts, Curry participated in the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition’s “Freedom to Vote” social media campaign to help advocate for the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act in the U.S. Senate.  Curry is also committed to raising awareness around issues of community safety, utilizing the Warriors’ 2023 White House visit to engage directly with President Biden and participate in a White House press briefing with head coach Steve Kerr to publicly address the matter.


Much of Curry’s work also focuses on supporting underrepresented groups and reducing barriers to opportunity. In 2022, he graduated from Davidson College and wrote his final thesis on gender equity in sports, an issue that anchors his progressive and innovative ventures across the consumer, entertainment and non-profit spaces.  Through UNDERRATED, Curry’s lifestyle brand that empowers underrated and underrepresented individuals by opening doors for often-overlooked student-athletes, he creates equity, access and opportunity for basketball and golf athletes around the world to be seen by college recruiters, sports agents and other industry leaders.  UNDERRATED has also enabled female athletes to access the same opportunities as their male counterparts, provided scholarships for athletes and offered personal development programming for young people.  Among these efforts, Curry committed $6 million in funding to the men’s and women’s golf team at Howard University, which hadn’t been active for 50 years.


Unanimous Media, Curry’s multimedia company rooted in the mission to inspire audiences through authentic storytelling, is dedicated to collaborating with underrepresented filmmakers, creators and writers across the entertainment industry.


Through Eat. Learn. Play., Curry’s nonprofit co-founded with his wife Ayesha, Curry works to ensure every child in Oakland has access to nutritious food they need to be healthy and thrive, resources to foster a love for learning and reading, and safe places with equitable opportunities to play. With a mission to address and overcome the systemic socio-economic barriers facing underserved communities, Eat. Learn. Play. and its partners continue making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in need. Over the last year, Eat. Learn. Play. has provided over two million meals and 500,000 books to Oakland students, funded over 1,500 teacher-led classroom literacy projects, remodeled four new play spaces complete with multi-sport courts, playgrounds, gardens and murals, and more.


Curry has selected University of San Francisco Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, which investigates, illuminates, and advances the theory and practice of transformational nonviolence to confront and overcome injustice and systemic violence and contribute to the just resolution of communal conflict, to receive a $100,000 contribution from the NBA on his behalf. 


“I’m passionate about the work of the University of San Francisco Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice and its commitment to overcoming injustice and systemic violence through peace,” said Curry.  “As an athlete, I consistently leverage my platform to amplify advocacy and address the pervasive issue of systemic racism.  I firmly believe that we must be vocal both on social media and in real life, taking tangible actions to effect real change in our society and for generations to come.  Together, with the organization's co-founder and director, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, we have initiated meaningful conversations around social justice with the school's student body, doubled the charity’s donations through my foundation Eat. Learn. Play.'s gift matching initiatives, and continued building on its mission in my personal and professional life by holding people accountable and promoting the principles of justice, fairness and equality today, tomorrow and in the future.”


The four other finalists – Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr., San Antonio Spurs guard Tre Jones, Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams – will each receive $25,000 donations from the NBA to the following social justice organizations of their choosing: VisionC (Williams), The Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance (Jackson Jr.), Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas (Jones) and the Social Change Fund United (Paul).


The winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award was determined by a selection committee comprised of Abdul-Jabbar and notable social justice leaders Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport Dr. Richard Lapchick, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, Rise Founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen and NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. This year’s youth representative and Jr. NBA Court of Leaders member was Leah Harmon.

NBA on ABC: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Series Delivered Most-Watched NBA Conference Finals Game 3 on Any Network Since 2011


Saturday’s Game 3 on ABC Drew Average Audience of 8,384,000 Viewers; Peaked with 10,788,000 Viewers


The Denver Nuggets victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, May 20, became the most-watched NBA Conference Finals Game 3 on any network since 2011. The ABC broadcast generated an average audience of 8,384,000 viewers, peaking with 10,788,000 viewers from 10:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.


Saturday’s game was up 55 percent vs. the last time ESPN televised Western Conference Finals Game 3 in 2021. It was also up 23 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 broadcast on ABC and up 13 percent from last year’s Western Conference Finals Game 3. It was the most-watched broadcast of the day across all of television and in all key demographics.


China win FIBA 3x3 Women's Series
Astara Stop 2023

MAY 21, 2023

ASTARA (Azerbaijan) - No. 2 seed China went back-to-back as they picked up a 21-15 win against debutants Egypt to win the Astara stop of the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series on May 21.

After winning the first Stop at home in Wuhan, China looked to dominate again. However, their start to the competition was faltering as they lost narrowly to Austria in the first game. Since then, they never looked back, finding their rhythm and going unbeaten on their way to the finals.

The final between China and Egypt was a tight battle to start off, it took no time for the  MVP of the competition, Lili Wang, to start running the show, extending a 6-5 game to a 13-7 advantage. She finished the game with 9 points while stringing the proceedings for her side.

Ji Yuan Wan also caught fire in the finals, grabbing crucial rebounds and picking up contact, finishing her 7-point display with a clutch bucket in the paint with an and-one. Her free throw sealed the game, marking China as victors in Azerbaijan.

 The event was full of turns and surprises as we saw No. 1 seeded Germany get knocked out in the group stages, going 0-2. On the other side of the coin, No. 9 seeded Ukraine pushed through to the semi-finals in an incredible effort, barely losing out to the eventual champions China.

Final standings
1. China
2. Egypt
3. Ukraine
4. Austria
5. Sc. Yuanda
6. Neftchi
7. Poland
8. Hungary
9. Romania
10. Germany
11. Czech Republic
12. Azerbaijan

The Women’s Series rolls on to France next as the action tips off in Clermont-Ferrard on June 9-10. 


Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the most thrilling urban sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court. 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ub Huishan NE win FIBA 3x3 World Tour
Manila Masters 2023

MAY 21, 2023

MANILA (Philippines) - No.1 seeds Ub Huishan NE (SRB) defended their title in style to beat Futian (CHN) 21-17 in an epic final and win the FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters on May 21. 

After dominating 2022 and winning the Utsunomiya Opener, Ub entered the final as favorites but highly-rated Futian (CHN) - led by recruits Dimeo van der Horst and Thibaut Vervoort - loomed as a major challenge. 

Ub skipped out to an early 7-3 lead highlighted by trademark chemistry and pretty passing, but Futian fought back through hot shooting from Vervoort and van der Horst. 

MVP Strahinja Stojacic went into attack mode and delivered a thunderous dunk in traffic to keep Ub ahead but this went down to the wire. 

No.1 ranked Stojacic and sharpshooter Marko Brankovic proved too good down the stretch as Ub won their 10th straight game on the World Tour to start 2023. 

Stojacic finished with 6 points and 8 highlights to capture his second straight MVP after also winning top honors in Utsunomiya. 

In the individual contests, Riga's Miroslav Pasajlic won the Maurice Lacroix Shoot-Out Contest, while Filipino David 'Air' Carlos thrilled the home fans to claim the Chooks Dunk Contest.

1. Ub Huishan NE (SRB)
2. Futian (CHN)
3. Beijing (CHN)
4. San Juan (PUR)
5. Amsterdam HiPRO (NED)
6. Utsunomiya BREX EXE (JPN)
7. Riga (LAT)
8. Sansar MMC Energy (MGL)
9. Dusseldorf LFDY (GER)
10. Manila Chooks (PHI)
11. Tsukuba ALBORADA (JPN)
12.  Al Wakrah (QAT)

After a short break due to the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023 in Vienna the World Tour returns (June 30-July 1) with the Marseille Masters.

Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.

It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.

3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.




-- First-Ever NBA Con to Debut in Las Vegas July 7-9 --


-- Multi-Day Event to Celebrate the Culture of the Game During NBA 2K24 Summer League --


NEW YORK, May 18, 2023 -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that NBA Con, a first-of-its-kind event that blends the interests of NBA players and fans into a celebration of the best of hoops culture, will debut at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from July 7-9, 2023.  Tickets for NBA Con are on sale now at


NBA Con will bring together the fashion, music, cuisine, art and technology that make the NBA a cultural phenomenon into a three-day event, highlighted by the game’s brightest stars and biggest personalities. Appearances will include legends and current NBA stars like six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Mike Conley, Indiana Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton, New Orleans Pelicans’ CJ McCollum, Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, and 2023 NBA Draft prospects Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, among many other names to be announced.


NBA Con tips off the opening weekend of NBA 2K24 Summer League which begins 10 days of NBA action on Friday, July 7. NBA 2K24 Summer League will showcase the league’s top young players, many of whom are taking the floor for the first time in an NBA uniform.  The event features a footprint at Mandalay Bay that is nearly 400,000 square feet and is twice the size of the NBA Crossover fan event held during NBA All-Star 2023 that welcomed more than 50,000 fans.


“NBA Con is for every fan,” said Joey Graziano, Head of Event Strategy and Development, NBA. “It combines our players’ and fans’ passion for the game with their authentic off-court interests to create unique experiences that could only come to life through NBA fandom.”


At NBA Con, fans will be able to transcend the boundaries of the court with a variety of exclusive live experiences that align with their own personal interests, including through:

  • The latest trends in NBA fashion and sneakers, with NBA players showcasing their own unique styles, alongside exclusive drops of limited-edition apparel and accessories.
  • Live entertainment performances by chart-topping artists, with a focus on those who share a love of basketball.
  • Exclusive shoppable NBA Con and NBA product drops, from limited-edition apparel to rare collectibles and everything in between.
  • Interactive brand experiences that unite the worlds of basketball and technology, including augmented and virtual reality games, and more.
  • Appearances and meet-and-greets, giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with NBA players and personalities.
  • Live podcasts, conversations, and creator studios featuring athletes, creators, artists and media personalities sharing a stage to discuss a range of topics related to NBA culture and to break news that fans at NBA Con will hear first.
  • The Park, a basketball-centric exhibition with various courts where fans can shoot around, watch open practices, or participate in open runs.


The NBA has partnered with Emerald, the largest U.S.-based producer of trade shows and their associated conferences, content and commerce, to bring NBA Con to life.


“At Emerald, our core mission is to unite audiences through the power of interactive moments, which is why we are excited to partner with the NBA to create the ultimate basketball fan experience: NBA Con,” said Hervé Sedky, President & Chief Executive Officer, Emerald. “By seamlessly unifying the essence of the NBA's lifestyle, culture, and community, we are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to elevate the game and its fans to extraordinary new heights, both on and off the court. Through NBA Con's connected and immersive environments, we aim to deliver something truly never seen before.”


For tickets to NBA 2K24 Summer League and for more information on NBA Con, including the latest activations and appearances, follow @NBASummerLeague, @NBAConOfficial and visit or Premium experiences for NBA 2K Summer League and NBA Con including small group gatherings with NBA Legends, custom merchandise and hospitality are also available at


About the NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball.  Built around five professional sports leagues:  the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 214 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2022-23 season featured 120 international players from 41 countries.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.



NEW YORK, May 18, 2023 – Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has won the 2022-23 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, as administered and selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).  Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually by the PBWA to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.


Curry, a four-time NBA champion and two-time MVP, was one of four finalists for the 2022-23 award, along with Los Angeles Lakers center Wenyen Gabriel, LA Clippers forward Paul George and Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams.


The finalists were chosen by a committee of PBWA members from nominees submitted by NBA teams.  The winner was determined by a vote of the entire PBWA, which is composed of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA regularly for newspapers, magazines and online news outlets.


“Few athletes have as great a reach or as powerful a platform as Steph Curry, and he has used it to the fullest to benefit others,” said PBWA President Howard Beck.  “The members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association salute him and the other nominees for their exemplary work.”


A 14-year veteran and member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, Curry is being honored for his work promoting youth literacy, fitness and nutrition, as well as his commitment to fostering gender equity in sports.


The Stephen & Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation has helped thousands of children in Oakland, Calif., building playgrounds across the city, promoting literacy and distributing meals and produce.  The foundation hosted more than 1,000 children from various community organizations at an Oakland Athletics game last summer, in an event that promoted movement, exercise and literacy.  In December, the foundation hosted more than 500 Oakland families as part of the 10th annual Christmas with the Currys.  The foundation, which provides weekly meals throughout the city, also recently unveiled a new schoolyard at Global Family Elementary.


While visiting the White House to celebrate the Warriors’ 2022 championship, Curry used his platform to speak on the importance of equality in sports, another cause that he has championed both individually and through his corporate partnerships. The Underrated Tour, a collaboration between Curry and Under Armour, provides a showcase for high school golfers from traditionally overlooked communities.


Curry always makes time for fans and community groups over the course of the season.  In March, he met in Oklahoma City with the Wichita West girls basketball team – which had to forfeit its season due to lack of players yet continued to practice every day – to call attention to and honor its persistence in the face of adversity.


Curry, 35, averaged 29.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 56 games this season, making both the All-Star Game and the All-NBA Team for the ninth time.


Below is the complete list of winners of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.




1974-75 – Wes Unseld, Washington
1975-76 – Slick Watts, Seattle
1976-77 – Dave Bing, Washington
1977-78 – Bob Lanier, Detroit
1978-79 – Calvin Murphy, Houston
1979-80 – Austin Carr, Cleveland
1980-81 – Mike Glenn, New York
1981-82 – Kent Benson, Detroit
1982-83 – Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1983-84 – Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 – Dan Issel, Denver
1985-86 – Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers (tie)

                 Rory Sparrow, New York (tie)
1986-87 – Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1987-88 – Alex English, Denver
1988-89 – Thurl Bailey, Utah
1989-90 – Doc Rivers, Atlanta



1990-91 – Kevin Johnson, Phoenix

1991-92 – Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1992-93 – Terry Porter, Portland
1993-94 – Joe Dumars, Detroit
1994-95 – Joe O’Toole, Atlanta
1995-96 – Chris Dudley, Portland
1996-97 – P.J. Brown, Miami
1997-98 – Steve Smith, Atlanta
1998-99 – Brian Grant, Portland
1999-00 – Vlade Divac, Sacramento
2000-01 – Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia
2001-02 – Alonzo Mourning, Miami
2002-03 – David Robinson, San Antonio
2003-04 – Reggie Miller, Indiana
2004-05 – Eric Snow, Cleveland
2005-06 – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota

2006-07 – Steve Nash, Phoenix



2007-08 – Chauncey Billups, Detroit

2008-09 – Dikembe Mutombo, Houston

2009-10 – Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia
2010-11 – Metta Sandiford-Artest, L.A. Lakers
2011-12 – Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
2012-13 – Kenneth Faried, Denver
2013-14 – Luol Deng, Cleveland
2014-15 – Joakim Noah, Chicago
2015-16 – Wayne Ellington, Brooklyn
2016-17 – LeBron James, Cleveland
2017-18 – J.J. Barea, Dallas
2018-19 – Damian Lillard, Portland
2019-20 – Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana

2020-21 – N/A (pandemic)

2021-22 – N/A (pandemic)

2022-23 – Stephen Curry, Golden State




– Order of Selection Set for NBA Draft 2023 Presented by State Farm –


CHICAGO, May 16, 2023 – The San Antonio Spurs tonight won NBA Draft Lottery 2023 presented by State Farm®, which was conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.  The Spurs will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 22.


Below are the results from NBA Draft Lottery 2023 presented by State Farm:


1.         San Antonio

2.         Charlotte

3.         Portland

4.         Houston

5.         Detroit

6.         Orlando

7.         Indiana

8.         Washington

9.         Utah

10.       Dallas

11.       Orlando (from Chicago)

12.       Oklahoma City

13.       Toronto

14.       New Orleans


Below is the order for the remainder of the first round of NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm:


15.       Atlanta

16.       Utah (from Minnesota)

17.       Los Angeles Lakers

18.       Miami

19.       Golden State

20.       Houston (from LA Clippers)

21.       Brooklyn (from Phoenix)

22.       Brooklyn

23.       Portland (from New York)

24.       Sacramento

25.       Memphis

26.       Indiana (from Cleveland)

27.       Charlotte (from Denver via New York and Oklahoma City)

28.       Utah (from Philadelphia via Brooklyn)

29.       Indiana (from Boston)

30.       LA Clippers (from Milwaukee via Houston)

Note:  The draft order above assumes that a team with the right to swap one pick for another exercises such right only if it is favorable to do so.

Below is the order for the second round of NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm:


31.       Detroit

32.       Indiana (from Houston)

33.       San Antonio

34.       Charlotte (from Charlotte via Philadelphia and Atlanta)

35.       Boston (from Portland via Atlanta, LA Clippers, Detroit, and Cleveland)

36.       Orlando

37.       Oklahoma City (from Washington via New Orleans)

38.       Sacramento (from Indiana)

39.       Charlotte (from Utah via New York)

40.       Denver (from Dallas via Oklahoma City)

41.       Charlotte (from Oklahoma City via New York and Boston)

42.       Washington (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers and Washington)

43.       Portland (from Atlanta)

44.       San Antonio (from Toronto)

45.       Memphis (from Minnesota)

46.       Atlanta (from New Orleans)

47.       Los Angeles Lakers

48.       LA Clippers

49.       Cleveland (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)

50.       Oklahoma City (from Miami via Boston, Memphis, and Dallas)

51.       Brooklyn

52.       Phoenix

53.       Minnesota (from New York via Charlotte)

54.       Sacramento

55.       Indiana (from Cleveland via Milwaukee and Detroit)

56.       Memphis

--        Chicago (from Denver via Cleveland; forfeited by Chicago)

 --        Philadelphia (forfeited)

57.       Washington (from Boston via Charlotte)

58.       Milwaukee

NBA Playoff Viewership Highlights:


🏀 Lakers-Warriors Series Averages 7.8M Viewers (27-Year High for Conference Semifinals)


🏀 Celtics-76ers Game 7 on ABC Averages 8.4M Viewers (Most-Watched CSF G7 in 15 Years)


🏀 NBA Playoffs Across ABC, ESPN and TNT: Most-Watched in 12 Years

Most-Watched NBA Playoffs Ever on ESPN Platforms Through First Two Rounds


Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 7 Delivered Largest NBA Conference Semifinals Audience on ABC in 12 Years


Average Audience of 8,441,000 Viewers, Peaked with 10,165,000 Viewers


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Description automatically generated with low confidenceThrough the first two rounds, the 2023 NBA Playoffs are the most-watched ever on ESPN platforms, according to Nielsen. The NBA Playoffs have averaged 5,226,000 viewers across 27 games on ESPN platforms, up 14 percent from last year.


The Boston Celtics 24-point rout of the Philadelphia 76ers on May 14 delivered the largest NBA Conference Semifinals Audience on ABC in 12 years (since 2011). The broadcast averaged 8,441,000 viewers, peaking with 10,165,000 viewers from 5:45-6 p.m. ET.


Viewership for the Celtics vs. 76ers Game 7 was up 13 percent from last year’s comparable window, which was Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7 on ABC. Sunday’s Celtics vs. 76ers broadcast was the most-watched Conference Semifinals Game 7 on any network since 2008.


Game 7 was the most-watched program of the day on Mother’s Day across all of television and in all key demographics. The 2023 NBA Conference Semifinals was the most-watched since 2011 on ESPN platforms.


The 2023 NBA Playoffs continue on ESPN platforms with Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets – on Tuesday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more details, please visit ESPN Press Room.




– Winner to Be Announced During 2023 NBA Conference Finals –


– NBA to Donate $100,000 to the Social Justice Non-profit of Winner’s Choice, Other Four Finalists to Receive $25,000 Donations to Non-profits on their Behalf –


NEW YORK, May 15, 2022 – The NBA today announced that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr., San Antonio Spurs guard Tre Jones, Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams have been selected as the five finalists for the 2022-23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award.  The five finalists represent the year’s most impactful social justice advocates who are continuing NBA players’ decades-long tradition of activism.  The annual award recognizes a current NBA player for pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and drive equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged. 


The finalists were determined from the pool of team nominees by the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion selection committee, comprised of the following social justice leaders and members of the NBA family: Abdul-Jabbar, Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport Dr. Richard Lapchick, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, Rise Founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen, and NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum are in their third year on the committee, as well as Leah Harmon, the 2022-23 youth representative and member of the Jr. NBA Court of Leaders.


The winner of the 2022-23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award will be announced during 2023 NBA Conference Finals and will receive a $100,000 donation from the NBA for a social justice organization of his choosing.  The other four finalists will each select a social justice organization to receive a $25,000 contribution on their behalf.  Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Reggie Bullock was named as the second Social Justice Champion at the end of the 2021-22 season.


About the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Finalists:


Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry continues to uplift historically marginalized communities and foster equity through opportunity and engagement.  As a co-chair of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative, Curry used his platform to drive voter registration, education and turnout in the midterm elections.  His participation encapsulated millions of new voters, encouraging them to participate in the political process and lift their circumstances through civic engagement.


During a trip to Washington D.C. in January, Curry visited the White House alongside the Warriors to celebrate their 2021-22 NBA Championship.  He utilized the visit to engage directly with President Biden on policy matters and participated in a White House press briefing with Coach Steve Kerr to publicly address issues around community safety.  Among his other efforts, Curry committed $6 million in funding to the men’s and women’s golf team at Howard University, which hadn’t been active for 50 years, and hosted students from Black Cultural Zone – a nonprofit that focuses on building power, securing land and directing more dollars to community driven projects in East Oakland – at a Warriors home game.


Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson Jr. focuses his pursuit of social justice on issues related to educational and economic opportunity, as well as civic engagement and women’s empowerment.  To tip off the 2022-23 season, Jackson Jr. provided classroom essentials for teachers from a local Memphis school to prepare for the upcoming school year, delivering these resources in person to thank the teachers directly for their hard work.  To support women’s empowerment, Jackson Jr. provided tickets to local women-led organizations during Women’s History Month and sponsored organizations to attend the University of Memphis women’s basketball team’s final home game, covering the cost of the tickets, transportation and food and beverage for all attendees.


Around economic justice – specifically around economically displaced communities throughout the Mid-South – Jackson Jr. committed $7,500 to assist 13 families in eliminating their overdue housing and utility bills, working closely with MLGW and MIFA, whose mission is to support the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs.  He also donated $50,000 through his “Much Required” campaign to help support local youth-serving nonprofits – Arrow Creative, LITE Memphis and Man UP Teacher Fellowship. Lastly, Jackson Jr. continued his commitment to increasing civic engagement, creating a PSA to inform eligible voters that “every election matter, every vote matters, and every voter matters.”


Tre Jones, San Antonio Spurs

During his first three years with the San Antonio Spurs, Tre Jones has fostered a special connection with the San Antonio community by advancing physical and mental well-being as a function of health equity.  In wake of the May 24, 2022, shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County, Jones formed a special relationship with the Tree City Spurs, a 9 to 11-year-old girls basketball team in Uvalde’s Parks & Recreation League, who lost two players in the tragic shooting and had other teammates sustain serious injuries.  The championship-winning team takes pride in modeling itself after the San Antonio Spurs, and Jones made it a priority to invest his time in their healing process.  Jones joined the team on multiple occasions, including hosting the young girls and their families at the Spurs practice facility as a way to uplift their spirits in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy.


Jones’ commitment to the well-being of local youth extended into his role as an ambassador to the Spurs Youth Basketball League, which was created to serve youth in economically under-resourced areas.  He regularly works with youth to teach the principles of teamwork, cooperation, respect and discipline while creating a positive environment.  Among his other efforts, Jones supported an effort led by a local nine-year-old to provide food, water and other essentials for individuals experiencing homelessness and also donated a mobile gaming system to encourage the well-being of youth patients of Methodist Children’s Hospital in December 2022.


Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns

Chris Paul’s personal connection to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) drives his unwavering support for the institutions, their students and alumni.  Paul supplements pipelines for HBCU graduates, recognizing their potential to diversify traditional workplaces.  In addition to graduating from Winston-Salem State University in December 2022, he has also hosted two HBCU basketball tournaments to increase national exposure for student-athletes and created a “Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports” case-study-based course that is expanding to HBCUs nationwide.


Paul also provided much needed financial support to HBCU students and graduates, endowing scholarships, creating summer internships and providing more than $55,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses through Social Change Fund United.  Additionally, as part of his passion for civic engagement, he worked alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama to increase student voting engagement for the 2022 midterms by 40 percent.  The only athlete appointed to President Joe Biden's Board of Advisors on HBCUs, Paul’s political participation enables him to amplify the importance of the HBCU experience.


Grant Williams, Boston Celtics

Grant Williams has been a passionate advocate for social justice efforts, specifically criminal justice reform.  Williams helped to lead the team’s Play for Justice event in September 2022, which served as a catalyst for advocating for Massachusetts to pass the “Raise the Age” bill to gradually raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 18 to 20-year-olds.  During the event (in which formerly incarcerated individuals visited the team’s practice facility), Williams was one of the central voices during the roundtable discussion.  He took his interactions a step further, coaching one of the teams comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals when they played together in an exhibition basketball game.  After the Play for Justice event, Williams took it upon himself to continue his efforts, visiting a juvenile incarceration facility soon followed by an adult prison to work with a cell-block unit comprised of fathers trying to break the incarceration cycle for their own children.


Williams has also been the leading player voice behind the Celtics’ Playbook Initiative, a program which trains and deploys high school students to facilitate workshops with middle school populations.  The program equips young people with the tools to safely intervene when they see or hear acts of bias or discrimination in their community.  Williams helped to run the workshops as both a facilitator of the curriculum and a participant alongside the students.  As a result of Williams and other’s contributions, the program is now endorsed by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents as their recommended model for combatting school-based hate speech.  Williams has also worked to address Black maternal health inequities and played an instrumental role in the creation and launch of a Celtics program called Curbside Care, a life-saving mobile pre-natal and post-partum health clinic that visits 40 mothers and infants per week in the heart of Boston’s Black and Brown community.  This vehicle is equipped with full time nurses, midwives and community advocates and eliminates barriers that contributes to Black and Brown mother’s being three-times more likely to die in childbirth or from post-delivery complications.




NEW YORK, May 10, 2023 – The NBA announced today that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time wins leader in NCAA Division I men’s basketball and a six-time gold medalist as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team, has been appointed Special Adviser to Basketball Operations.


In his new role, Krzyzewski will provide counsel to the league office, NBA team executives and other leaders across the league on a host of issues related to the game.  He will begin in this consulting capacity by attending a meeting of NBA general managers next week in Chicago.      


“We are honored to have Coach K join the NBA family and share his vast experience and expertise with the league and our teams,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.  “As a preeminent coach and renowned leader who cares deeply about the game of basketball, he is uniquely suited to drive discussions and offer insights about the present and future of the NBA.”


“This is a tremendous opportunity to deepen my connection to the NBA and participate in conversations about further strengthening the league and the game,” said Krzyzewski.  “Even in my retirement from coaching, my passion for the sport has never been higher.  This role will enable me to stay engaged with basketball at the highest level.”


Krzyzewski joins the NBA one year after completing a storied 47-year career as a college basketball head coach, including 42 seasons at Duke (1980-2022) and five seasons at his alma mater, Army West Point (1975-80).  He went 1,202-368 (.766) overall and 1,129-309 (.785) with the Blue Devils, making him the winningest men’s coach in NCAA history and at one school.


During his extraordinary tenure at Duke, Krzyzewski won five national championships and set the NCAA record for Final Four appearances by a head coach with 13.  He also holds NCAA Tournament records for the most victories (101) and appearances (36) by a head coach.


Duke averaged nearly 27 victories per season under Krzyzewski, who won a national Coach of the Year award in eight different seasons and was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year five times.  The Blue Devils spent 127 weeks ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball Poll, the most by a head coach in poll history.  Krzyzewski tutored 73 NBA Draft selections at Duke, including 46 first-round picks and four No. 1 overall picks.   


In addition to his historic college coaching career, Krzyzewski made his mark in international competition as head coach of USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team from 2005-16.  He guided the program to an 88-1 record, including a 24-0 mark in the Olympics. 


With Krzyzewski at the helm, the United States won three gold medals in the Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), two in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2010 and 2014) and one in the FIBA AmeriCup (2007).  Krzyzewski is the only basketball head coach to lead a nation to three consecutive Olympic championships, and he helped the United States earn back-to-back titles at the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time.  He was named the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year a record seven times.


Among his other accolades, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.  The Chicago native was also enshrined in the Army Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame (2011). 


A West Point graduate and three-year letterman on the basketball team, Krzyzewski served as an Army officer and attained the rank of Captain before moving into college coaching.  In recognition of his service to the United States, Krzyzewski was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Award by the United States Military Academy in 2005 and the George Catlett Marshall Medal by the Association of the United States Army in 2014.  



NEW YORK, May 9, 2023 – The NBA announced today that 78 players are expected to attend the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2023, scheduled for May 15-21 at Wintrust Arena and the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.


The Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2023 is an important step in the draft process for NBA prospects, leading up to NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm on June 22.


Players will have interviews with NBA teams and participate in five-on-five games as well as shooting and strength and agility drills from May 15-21.  Coverage of the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2023 begins Wednesday, May 17 on ESPN2 from 2-6 p.m. ET, and continues Thursday, May 18 from 4-8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, with host John Schiffren, analysts Cory Alexander and Bobby Marks, and Andraya Carter providing in-depth analysis and interviews with participants and NBA team personnel. The NBA Draft Combine will also be available on the ESPN App.


Strength and agility drills and shooting drills will be broadcast live on the NBA App on Monday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. ET, with host John Fanta showcasing the event’s top prospects.


Additionally, a select number of standout players from the 2023 NBA G League Elite Camp, which takes place May 13-14 at Wintrust Arena, will be invited to participate in the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2023.


Below is a list of expected attendees for the Microsoft Surface NBA Draft Combine 2023.





Trey Alexander (Creighton)

Seth Lundy (Penn State)

Amari Bailey (UCLA)

Kevin McCullar (Kansas)

Emoni Bates (Eastern Michigan)

Mike Miles Jr. (TCU)

Reece Beekman (Virginia)

Brandon Miller (Alabama)

Anthony Black (Arkansas)

Jordan Miller (Miami)

Adem Bona (UCLA)

Leonard Miller (G League Ignite)

Kobe Brown (Missouri)

Judah Mintz (Syracuse)

Kobe Bufkin (Michigan)

Dillon Mitchell (Texas)

Toumani Camara (Dayton)

Omari Moore (San Jose State)

Sidy Cissoko (G League Ignite)

Kris Murray (Iowa)

Jaylen Clark (UCLA)

Grant Nelson (North Dakota State)

Noah Clowney (Alabama)

James Nnaji (Barcelona [Spain] )

Ricky Council IV (Arkansas)

Julian Phillips (Tennessee)

Gradey Dick (Kansas)

Jalen Pickett (Penn State)

Nikola Djurisic (Mega [Serbia] )

Brandin Podziemski (Santa Clara)

Zach Edey (Purdue)

Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Marquette)

Adam Flagler (Baylor)

Rayan Rupert (New Zealand Breakers [Oceania] )

Keyonte George (Baylor)

Adama Sanogo (Connecticut)

Mouhamed Gueye (Washington State)

Marcus Sasser (Houston)

Coleman Hawkins (Illinois)

Brice Sensabaugh (Ohio State)

Jordan Hawkins (Connecticut)

Terrence Shannon Jr. (Illinois)

Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite)

Ben Sheppard (Belmont)

Taylor Hendricks (UCF)

Jalen Slawson (Furman)

DaRon Holmes II (Dayton)

Nick Smith Jr. (Arkansas)

Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana)

Terquavion Smith (North Carolina State)

Jett Howard (Michigan)

Julian Strawther (Gonzaga)

Andre Jackson Jr. (Connecticut)

Amen Thompson (Overtime Elite)

GG Jackson II (South Carolina)

Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite)

Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana)

Drew Timme (Gonzaga)

Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA)

Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky)

Keyontae Johnson (Kansas State)

Azuolas Tubelis (Arizona)

Colby Jones (Xavier)

Tristan Vukcevic (Partizan [Serbia] )

Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton)

Jarace Walker (Houston)

Arthur Kaluma (Creighton)

Cason Wallace (Kentucky)

Mojave King (G League Ignite)

Jordan Walsh (Arkansas)

Bobi Klintman (Wake Forest)

Dariq Whitehead (Duke)

Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine)

Cam Whitmore (Villanova)

Dereck Lively II (Duke)

Jalen Wilson (Kansas)

Chris Livingston (Kentucky)

Isaiah Wong (Miami)




NEW YORK, May 8, 2023 – Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been fined $25,000 for making improper contact with a spectator sitting courtside, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. 


Phoenix Suns Governor Mat Ishbia came into possession of the game ball when it bounced into his hands following a play near his seat, and Jokić made contact with Ishbia in an attempt to take the game ball away and immediately after when the ball flew further back into the crowd.


The incident, for which Jokić received a technical foul, occurred with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter of the Nuggets’ 129-124 loss to the Suns in Game 4 of their conference semifinals playoff series on May 7 at Footprint Center. 

China win FIBA 3x3 Women's Series
Wuhan Stop 2023

MAY 7, 2023

WUHAN (China) - China were undeniable, steamrolling past their competition to win the Women’s Series in the first stop at Wuhan on May 6-7.

The finals took place between two teams that know each other too well, having faced one another numerous times in the Asia Cup - Australia and China. Both went undefeated in their run before clashing in the finals. With the home crowd on their side, China stormed past Australia 21-13 to take home the first Women's Series Stop of the season.

The MVP of the competition,  Lili Wang  (CHN), put on a show all tournament, running the game on both sides and creating constant mismatches which no team had an answer for this time around. ZhiTing Zhang’s putback layup sealed the victory for the home side.

It wasn't just China that had their moment in Wuhan. Finalists Australia ran through the competition, with perhaps the game of the tournament against Japan being the pinnacle, picking up a 21-20 win at the end. 

Final standings

1. China
2. Australia
3. SC. Yuanda
4. Germany
5. Japan
6. Hungary
7. Mongolia
8. Romania
The action keeps rolling as the Women’s Series makes its next stop at Astara, Azerbaijan on May 20-21.

FIBA in the Americas elects its new Board for the 2023-2027 term

MAY 13, 2023

MIAMI (United States) – The Zone Assembly of FIBA in the Americas was held on Saturday 13 May in Miami, USA. Fabián Borro was elected as the new President of the Zone and Usie Richards was re-elected as Treasurer.

Fabián Borro, President of the Argentine Basketball Federation since 2019, becomes also a member of the FIBA Central Board for the 2023-2027 term of office.

"It is an honor to have been chosen by my peers in the Americas to represent the future of basketball in our region. We are going to continue the work of recent years to develop the sport throughout the continent. I’m very excited about this new challenge," said newly elected President Fabián Borro.

"The Zone Assembly of FIBA in the Americas today allowed our members to reflect on the hard work during a 2019-2023 mandate full of challenges and achievements, as well as to plan ahead through the strategic pillars of FIBA’s global strategy. This continent is a mosaic of basketball cultures with long tradition and excellent potential that we are ready to further nurture, working as one team from the Regional Office and the Headquarters, in the service of our members throughout the Americas," said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

"We are honored to have Fabián Borro leading the Americas Zone for this new period (2023-2027). He joins the Americas as president of our regional office in a zone that has tremendous potential to create impact and grow," said Carlos Alves FIBA Executive Director in the Americas.

The Zone Assembly was also attended by FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA First Vice-President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani and FIBA Treasurer Ingo Weiss, as well as FIBA Honorary President Horacio Muratore.

The outgoing president, Carol Callan, who served as the first female President of FIBA in the Americas during the 2019-2023 period, was recognised by the Assembly for her significant contributions to the Zone. She was presented with the Honarary FIBA Americas president title.

In addition to the election of Fabián Borro and Usie Richards, the Zone Assembly and the initial meeting of the Zone Board that followed have also confirmed the remaining members of the Zone Board for the 2023-2027 term of office: Jim Tooley, Michael Bartlett, Kim Bohuny, Andrea Travelstead (North America), Patrick Haynes, Sabrina Mitchell, Rafael Uribe, Modesto Robledo (Central America and Caribbean), Ricardo Vairo, Marcelo Souza, Iran Arcos, Hanthony Coello (South America) and Yum Ramos (member at-large).


FIBA en las Américas elige su nuevo Directorio para el período 2023-2027

13 DE MAYO DE 2023

MIAMI (Estados Unidos) – La Asamblea de Zona de FIBA en las Américas se llevó a cabo el sábado 13 de mayo en Miami, Estados Unidos. Fabián Borro fue elegido como nuevo Presidente de la zona y Usie Richards fue reelecto como Tesorero.

Fabián Borro, Presidente de la Confederación Argentina de Básquetbol desde 2019, se convierte también en miembro de la Junta Central de FIBA para el período 2023-2027.

"Es un honor haber sido elegido por mis pares en las Américas para representar el futuro del baloncesto en nuestra región. Vamos a continuar con el trabajo de los últimos años para desarrollar el deporte en todo el continente. Estoy muy emocionado con este nuevo desafío", dijo el recién electo Presidente Fabián Borro.

"La Asamblea de Zona de FIBA en las Américas permitió hoy a nuestros miembros reflexionar sobre el arduo trabajo durante un mandato 2019-2023 lleno de desafíos y logros, así como planificar a través de los pilares estratégicos a nivel global de FIBA. Este continente es un mosaico de culturas de baloncesto con una larga tradición y un excelente potencial que estamos listos para seguir fomentando, trabajando como un solo equipo desde la Oficina Regional y la Sede Principal (en Suiza), al servicio de nuestros miembros en todo el continente americano", dijo el Secretario General de FIBA, Andreas Zagklis.

"Nos sentimos honrados de tener a Fabián Borro al frente de la Zona Américas para este nuevo período (2023-2027). Se une a las Américas como presidente de nuestra oficina regional en una zona que tiene un tremendo potencial para generar impacto y crecer", dijo Carlos Alves, Director Ejecutivo de FIBA en las Américas.

A la Asamblea de Zona también asistieron el Presidente de FIBA, Hamane Niang, el Vicepresidente Primero de FIBA, Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, y el Tesorero de FIBA, Ingo Weiss, así como el Presidente Honorario de FIBA, Horacio Muratore.

La Presidenta saliente, Carol Callan, quien se desempeñó como la primera mujer al frente de FIBA en las Américas durante el período 2019-2023, fue reconocida por la Asamblea por sus importantes contribuciones a la Zona. Recibió el título de Presidenta Honoraria de FIBA Américas.

Además de la elección de Fabián Borro y Usie Richards, la Asamblea de Zona y la reunión inicial de la Junta de Zona que siguió, también confirmó a los miembros restantes de la Junta de Zona para el mandato 2023-2027: Jim Tooley, Michael Bartlett, Kim Bohuny, Andrea Travelstead (Norteamérica), Patrick Haynes, Sabrina Mitchell, Rafael Uribe, Modesto Robledo (Centroamérica y el Caribe), Ricardo Vairo, Marcelo Souza, Iran Arcos, Hanthony Coello (Suramérica) y Yum Ramos (miembro en general).