ESPN Deportes ofrecerá una cobertura completa de la postemporada de la NBA, culminando con las Finales
La cobertura comienza el sábado 13 de abril
Álvaro Martín y Carlos Morales regresan en su temporada número 20 como el principal equipo de narración
ESPN Deportes comienza su cobertura en vivo de los NBA Playoffs 2019. La acción comienza este sábado, 13 de abril a las 8:00 p.m. ET, con el enfrentamiento entre Los Angeles Clippers y los defensores del campeonato, los Golden State Warriors, seguido por San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets a las 10:30 p.m. ET disponibles vía streaming a través del ESPN App. La cobertura continuará el domingo, 14 de abril a las 3:30 p.m. con el primer partido de postemporada entre los Oklahoma City Thunder y los Portland Trail Blazers. Todos los juegos transmitidos por televisión en ESPN Deportes estarán disponibles vía streaming a través del ESPN App.
NEW YORK, April 25, 2019– NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement today regarding the passing of John Havlicek:
“John Havlicek was a wonderful friend who represented the best of the NBA. He described himself as a man of routine and discipline – a humble approach that produced extraordinary results, including eight NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, 13 All-Star selections and some of the most iconic moments in league history. A trusted teammate who prioritized winning, John’s passion and energy endeared him to basketball fans and made him a model for generations of NBA players. We send our deepest sympathies to John’s wife, Beth, his son, Chris, and his daughter, Jill, as well as the entire Celtics organization.”
LEBRON JAMES AND LOS ANGELES LAKERS LAND ATOP NBA’S MOST POPULAR JERSEY AND TEAM MERCHANDISE LISTS
FOR REGULAR SEASON
– Giannis Antetokounmpo Earns His Highest Jersey Ranking, Moving Milwaukee Bucks into Top Five in Team Sales –
NEW YORK,April 25, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today jointly announced that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists.Results are based on NBAStore.com sales since the beginning of the 2018-19 regular season.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (No. 4) and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (No. 5).
On the team merchandise list, the Lakers are followed by the Warriors (No. 2), Celtics (No. 3), 76ers (No. 4) and Bucks (No. 5).
·Embiid (No. 5) earns his highest end-of-season ranking.
·Thirteen-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade concludes his NBA career at No. 11.
·The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (No. 12) returns to the season-end list for the first time since 2016.
·Dallas Mavericks’ rookie Luka Doncic completes his rookie season at No. 13.
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
4. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
5. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
6. James Harden, Houston Rockets
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
9. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
10. Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
12. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Boston Celtics
4. Philadelphia 76ers
5. Milwaukee Bucks
6. Chicago Bulls
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Houston Rockets
9. Toronto Raptors
10. New York Knicks
SAN ANTONIO’S DEMAR DEROZAN FINED
NEW YORK, April 21, 2019 – San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 for recklessly throwing the basketball toward a game official and into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which DeRozan was assessed one technical foul and ejected, occurred with 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ 117-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, April 20 at AT&T Center.
To view the incident, click on the following link:
NBA 2K LEAGUE TO HOST THE TURN POWERED BY AT&T AT HYPERX ESPORTS ARENA LAS VEGAS
– THE TURN Powered by AT&T Marks First Time NBA 2K League Games Will Be Held Outside New York City –
NEW YORK, April 17, 2019 – The NBA 2K League today announced that THE TURN powered by AT&T, the league’s second tournament of the season, will take place Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino, marking the first time NBA 2K League games will be held outside of the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City. All games will be livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube.
Fans can attend THE TURN at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, Allied Esports’ flagship venue located at Luxor, by purchasing single-day tickets for $20 or a full three-day tournament package for $30, on sale now here. The complete game schedule for THE TURN is available here.
“The atmosphere in the NBA 2K League Studio during games is electric,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “We are thrilled to bring the best NBA 2K players in the world and that studio experience to our fans in Las Vegas.”
Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports said, “HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas was created to amplify the inherent excitement and drama of live esports events, and it’s the perfect venue to host the NBA 2K League’s first experience outside of New York. Las Vegas continues to build momentum as a global esports championship destination, and we look forward to hosting THE TURN and working with the NBA 2K League on future events at our arena.”
THE TURN will be a 20-game, single-elimination tournament played over the course of three days. The tournament will feature all 21 teams and will begin with five play-in games that will lead to a 16-team, single-elimination tournament. Seeding for the tournament will be determined by each team’s record during the four regular-season weeks that precede the tournament. The schedule for games is below.
Thursday, May 9 Five play-in games
(1 – 8 p.m. PT) Two first-round games
Friday, May 10 Six first-round games
(2 – 8 p.m. PT)
Saturday, May 11 Quarterfinal games
(10 – 2 p.m. PT, 4 – 7 p.m. PT) Semifinal games
THE TURN championship
To create excitement and compelling action, for the first time the NBA 2K League will introduce an “Archetype Ban” concept for the 2019 edition of THE TURN. An archetype is a preset combination of attributes and skills, and players can choose between five different archetypes per position. Prior to every game of the tournament, each team will determine one archetype that cannot be used in the game by either team. The designated home team will make its selection followed by the designated away team. After the selections are made, teams will submit their rosters before the game. More information on NBA 2K League archetypes is availablehere.
All 21 teams will be competing for a prize pool of $180,000. The winner of THE TURN will earn over half of the prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second to eighth place teams (first place – $90,720; second place – $29,760; third and fourth place – $15,360 each; fifth-eighth place – $7,200 each). In addition to prize money, each team that wins a tournament (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN, THE TICKET) takes home a champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. With their victory at THE TIPOFF on April 6, 76ers GC took home the first portion of THE BANNER CHAIN.
National Basketball Coaches Association Announces 2019 Michael H. Goldberg
NBCA Coach of the Year Award
Voted Annually By 30 NBA Head Coaches
New York, April 13, 2019—Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer is the 2019 recipient of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced today.
The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award recognizes the dedication, commitment and hard work of NBA Head Coaches and is presented annually to a Head Coach who helps guide his players to a higher level of performance on the court and shows outstanding service and dedication to the community off the court. It honors the spirit of Michael H. Goldberg who set the standard for loyalty, integrity, love of the game, passionate representation and tireless promotion of NBA coaching. It is unique in that it is the only award voted upon by the winners’ peers, the Head Coaches of all 30 NBA teams.
The voting for this year’s award once again illustrates the depth of coaching excellence in the NBA, as 8 of the 30 Head Coaches received votes. In addition to Budenholzer, the following Coaches also received votes: Kenny Atkinson, Michael Malone, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts.
“The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports,” said Dallas Mavericks Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle. “Mike Budenholzer in his first year as Head Coach of the Bucks, led the franchise to the top record in the entire NBA. Congratulations to Bud on this prestigious recognition.”
In just his first year with the Bucks, Coach Mike Budenholzer guided the team to the best record in the NBA, 60-22. This season the Bucks had their best record since 1980-81, the last time Milwaukee had 60 regular season wins. The Bucks also captured their first divisional title since 2000-01. Their record of 60-22 was a 16 victory improvement over last season, the second best improvement in the league. The Bucks were the only team to rank in the top four in both offensive and defensive rating, and had the best net rating (+9.0) in the NBA.
Budenholzer and his coaching staff were the Coaches for Team Giannis at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. He was also the Head Coach of the Eastern Conference team at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. In six seasons as a head coach, Budenholzer has a 273-219 coaching record and a winning percentage of .555.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers, and that makes this award truly special,” said Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. “Thank you to my colleagues across the NBA, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee. The players’ and staffs’ work this year has given our team and our fans a very special season.
“Michael H. Goldberg was a mentor and a friend to me for many years as he helped me grow to this moment. My staff and I are grateful for all he and the NBA Coaches Association have done and continue to do for coaches in the NBA.”
The National Basketball Coaches Association, and its entire membership, congratulates Coach Budenholzer on his impressive season. The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award trophy will be presented to him at the NBCA Annual Meeting of Head Coaches in September.
“I had the good fortune of working alongside Michael H. Goldberg each and every day. Michael was incredibly generous with his wisdom, advice, guidance and time,” said David S. Fogel, NBCA Executive Director. “The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award is presented each year to the Head Coach who exemplifies the same high level of integrity and excellence that Michael displayed during his highly successful career. Coach Budenholzer exemplifies these values on and off the court, and his tireless work ethic led to one of the most successful seasons in Bucks franchise history. Congratulations to Coach Budenholzer and the entire Bucks Coaching Staff, this honor is well deserved.”
The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award is named after the esteemed long-time Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association. The NBCA encompasses all Head and Assistant Coaches in the NBA, and its alumni. In 1980, just four years after the NBCA was founded, Michael H. Goldberg became its first Executive Director. Building on the existing foundation of the NBCA, he guided it during the years of the greatest growth in professional basketball. He helped gain significant benefits for NBA Coaches, including increased retirement funds and disability insurance. Prior to the NBCA, Goldberg was General Counsel of the American Basketball Association.
The prior recipients of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award are:
2018: Dwane Casey
2017: Mike D’Antoni and Erik Spoelstra
The NBA will announce the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award on June 24 at the third annual NBA Awards Show live from Los Angeles on TNT at 9pm ET.
TIES BROKEN FOR ORDER OF SELECTION IN NBA DRAFT 2019 PRESENTED BY STATE FARM
NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 – Seven tiesamongteams that finished the 2018-19 NBA regular season with identical records were broken today through random drawings to determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm.
The drawings were conducted by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe at the St. Regis Hotel in New York and broadcast live on NBA TV. The tiebreaker process was overseen by Darrington Hobson, a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
The results of the drawings:
The Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63) won a tiebreaker with the Phoenix Suns.
The New Orleans Pelicans (33-49) won a tiebreaker with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks. Second and third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to Memphis and Dallas, respectively.
The Charlotte Hornets (39-43) won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and the Sacramento Kings. Second and third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to Miami and Sacramento, respectively.
The Orlando Magic (42-40) won a tiebreaker with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Indiana Pacers (48-34) won a tiebreaker with the San Antonio Spurs and the LA Clippers. Second and third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to San Antonio and LA, respectively.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33) won a tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics.
The Portland Trail Blazers (53-29) won a tiebreaker with the Houston Rockets.
NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm will be held on Tuesday, May 14 in Chicago. ESPN will air the results live at 8:30 p.m. ET. Under a new NBA Draft Lottery system that takes effect this year, the odds at the top of the lottery have been leveled so that the three teams with the lowest regular-season winning percentages each have a 14 percent chance of receiving the No. 1 overall pick. The odds for the remaining participants in the 14-team lottery reduce gradually after the top three.
NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm will take place on Thursday, June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ESPN’s live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets for NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm will go on sale at a later date.
Below is the order of selection for NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm and the odds for teams in NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm.
2019 FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER
Drawings will be conducted at NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm to determine the first four picks in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm. The remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 5 through 14 in inverse order of their 2018-19 regular-season records. The teams entered in the NBA Draft Lottery and their odds of winning the lottery are as follows:
Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento (to Boston or to Philadelphia)3
The order for the remainder of the first-round picks is as follows:
19. San Antonio
20. LA Clippers (to Boston via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
26. Houston (to Cleveland)
27. Denver (to Brooklyn)
28. Golden State
29. Toronto (to San Antonio)
1 This pick may be conveyed to Boston.
2 This pick may be conveyed to Atlanta. 3 This pick will be conveyed to Boston via Philadelphia or to Philadelphia. 4 This pick may be conveyed to Boston.
2019 SECOND ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER
31. New York (to Brooklyn via Philadelphia)
32./33. Cleveland (to Philadelphia via Orlando via New York)
34. Chicago (to Philadelphia via the Los Angeles Lakers)
36. Washington (to Charlotte via Orlando via Denver via Atlanta)
37./38./39. Memphis (to Chicago)
37./38./39. New Orleans
40. Minnesota (to Sacramento via Portland via Cleveland)
41. Los Angeles Lakers (to Atlanta via Cleveland via Indiana)
42./43./44. Sacramento (to Philadelphia via Brooklyn via Milwaukee)
42./43./44. Miami (to Minnesota via Charlotte)
42./43./44. Charlotte (to Atlanta)
46. Brooklyn (to Orlando via Memphis via Charlotte) 47. Orlando (to Sacramento via New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
52. Oklahoma City (to Charlotte)
55. Houston (to New York)
56. Portland (to the LA Clippers via Detroit via Orlando)
57. Denver (to New Orleans via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
60. Milwaukee (to Sacramento)
Note: Teams that finished the regular season with identical records will select in the second round in inverse order of the order in which they select in the first round. With respect to ties between lottery teams: Since the order of selection in the first round for these sets of teams may change based on the results of the NBA Draft Lottery, the order of selection in the second round cannot be determined until after the NBA Draft Lottery is conducted on May 14.
NBA ANNOUNCES 2019 PLAYOFF OFFICIALS
NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 – The NBA today announced the list of 36 officials who earned spots to work the first round of the 2019 playoffs.
“Just as our players strive to reach the postseason, the same is true of our officials,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “Through their on-court achievement, hard work and professionalism, this dedicated group has earned the right to represent the NBA in the playoffs.”
Playoff officials are selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on three specific criteria throughout the season: NBA Referee Operations graded rankings, play calling accuracy and team rankings. Officials will be evaluated after each round of the playoffs to determine future advancement in the 2019 postseason.
The officials who comprise the 2019 playoff roster average more than 15 years of NBA experience and total more than 550 years of service.
This year’s playoff staff has 17 officials (47%) with 10 or more years of playoff experience, highlighted by Kenny Mauer and Mike Callahan, who will be officiating in the playoffs for their 26th and 23rd
Referees assigned to first-round games include five with more than 125 playoff games worked: Mike Callahan (210), Ken Mauer (208), Scott Foster (176), Tom Washington (165), and Tony Brothers (127).
In addition, Curtis Blair, Nick Buchert, Tyler Ford, Tre Maddox, Gediminas Petraitis, Ben Taylor and Scott Twardoski are set to make their playoff debut as NBA officials.
The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, April 13. Individual game assignments for referees are posted at NBA.com/official at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.
NBA Sets All-Time Sellout Record for Fifth Consecutive Season;
Arenas at 95 Percent Capacity for Second Straight Year
League Establishes Records for Merchandise, NBA League Pass Subscriptions and
NEW YORK, April 11, 2019 – Attendance for the2018-19 NBA regular season finished even with last year’s record mark. The league also set the all-time record for total sellouts for the fifth consecutive year with 760 games sold-out, while achieving 95 percent or more of arena capacity for the second consecutive year and second time in league history.
Even with the arena capacity reductions, this year’s total attendance reached fourth all-time, trailing only last year’s total (22,124,559), the 2016-17 season total (21,997,412) and the 2015-16 season total (21,972,129).
The new league record of 760 sellouts exceeded the previous mark of 741 sellouts set last year.
Additional highlights for the 2018-19 regular season include:
Merchandise: For the third consecutive year, NBAStore.com established a new record for sales during the regular season, with overall sales up 10 percent over the 2017-18 season.
NBA League Pass: NBA League Pass set a record for global digital subscriptions, up 21 percent over last season’s record. This season, NBA League Pass introduced a variety of new offerings, including options to purchase a single game at reduced prices after each quarter and the launch of NBA 10-Minute Pass, which provides 10 minutes of real-time access to NBA League Pass for $0.99.
Social Media: The league established new records across social media this season with 918 million actions (+14 percent) and 11.5 billion total video views (+5 percent), breaking last year’s marks. Overall, the NBA now has more than 1.6 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide.
The 2019 NBA Playoffs tip off on Saturday, April 13, with 16 teams competing for a trip to the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV and the chance to win The Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Reyshawn Terry vuelve a Quebradillas
Quebradillas, P.R – El Jugador Más Valioso de la temporada 2018 del Baloncesto Superior Nacional volverá a vestir los colores de los Piratas en el Guajataca.
El delantero viene de jugar en la liga de Corea (KBL) y promediar 20.7 puntos y 9.6 rebotes en 36 partidos.
En la pasada temporada del BSN, Terry se galardonó como “MVP” al tener promedios de 23.1 puntos y 7.8 rebotes en 36 juegos de la serie regular.
Se espera que el canastero llegue hoy a Puerto Rico y se incorpore inmediatamente a las prácticas del equipo. “Estamos esperando su carta de transferencia para poner fecha a su debut y hablaremos con el jugador para evaluar si necesita unas cuantas prácticas antes de comenzar”, dijo el Gerente General de los Piratas, Luis Gabriel Miranda.
Quebradillas juega para marca de 10-3 y ocupa la primera posición en la tabla global. Mañana jueves reciben a los Brujos de Guayama en el coliseo Raymond Dalmau.
NEW ORLEANS’ ANTHONY DAVIS FINED
NEW YORK, April 4, 2019 – New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis has been fined $15,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident took place as Davis was exiting the court area upon conclusion of the Pelicans’ 115-109 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on April 3 at Smoothie King Center.
MVP AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR CHRIS BOUCHER HEADLINES 2018-19 ALL-NBA G LEAGUE FIRST TEAM AND ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
– NBA G League Rookie of the Year Angel Delgado Highlights All-Rookie Team –
NEW YORK, April 3, 2019 – NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year Chris Boucher of Raptors 905 headlines the 2018-19 All-NBA G League Teams and the All-Defensive Team, which were announced today along with the All-Rookie Team.
Boucher, who averaged 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots, is joined on the All-NBA G League First Team by Agua Caliente Clippers center Angel Delgado, Raptors 905 guard Jordan Loyd, Capital City Go-Go guard and league scoring leader Jordan McRae (30.4 ppg) and Long Island Nets forward Alan Williams. All five members of the First Team played in both the NBA and NBA G League during the 2018-19 season, with Boucher as both an NBA two-way player and assignee and Delgado, Loyd, McRae and Williams as two-way players.
The All-NBA G League Second Team features three NBA two-way players: forward Yante Maten (Sioux Falls/Miami Heat), forward Johnathan Motley (Agua Caliente/LA Clippers) and guard Theo Pinson (Long Island/Brooklyn Nets). Center Isaiah Hartenstein of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and guard Walter Lemon Jr. of the Windy City Bulls round out the Second Team. Hartenstein has spent time on assignment from the Houston Rockets throughout the season. Lemon Jr. earned a GATORADE Call-Up with the Chicago Bulls on March 29.
The Third Team is composed of four NBA two-way players: guard PJ Dozier (Maine Red Claws/Boston Celtics), forward Amile Jefferson (Lakeland Magic/Orlando Magic), guard Kalin Lucas (Grand Rapids Drive/Detroit Pistons) and forward Duncan Robinson (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat). Wisconsin Herd forward Christian Wood, who spent time on assignment from the Milwaukee Bucks throughout the season, completes the Third Team. On Jan. 15, Lucas earned a GATORADE Call-Up by signing a two-way contract.
In all, 15 players on the three 2018-19 All-NBA G League Teams played in the NBA this season.
Delgado, the 2018-19 NBA G League Rookie of the Year and the league’s top rebounder (14.8 rpg), leads the 2018-19 NBA G League All-Rookie Team. Joining him on the All-Rookie Team are Capital City Go-Go guard Chris Chiozza, Sioux Falls’ Maten and Robinson and Long Island’s Pinson.
Joining Boucher on the 2018-19 NBA G League All-Defensive Team are Westchester Knicks guard Kadeem Allen, Austin Spurs center Amida Brimah, Rio Grande Valley guard Gary Payton II and Delaware Blue Coats center Norvel Pelle. For Allen and Brimah, this is their second consecutive selection to the All-Defensive Team.
The complete All-NBA G League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below. The league’s 27 head coaches and general managers selected each team.
– NBA and Kaiser Permanente to Donate $10,000 to Children of Promise–
NEW YORK, April 3, 2019– Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen has received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his efforts to emphasize the importance of education and provide opportunities for youth throughout Brooklyn, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.
Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Allen for providing important STEM opportunities and resources for local youth. Last season, Allen met with students from 4-H, an organization focused on mentorship, to collaborate on “Incredible Wearables,” fitness monitors that track oncourt steps. In March, he hosted the students at the team’s practice facility to test the wearables on the practice court and participate in a STEM-focused exercise incorporating basketball and computers. Allen also helped launch the team’s NETSTEM initiative earlier this season, a program that uses basketball themes to teach kids about STEM topics and is provided to select schools at no cost. By the end of the 2018-19 school year, the program will be implemented in as many as 20 New York City schools and benefit more than 500 students.
Additionally, Allen has held back-to-school events for local Brooklyn youth for the past two years, providing them with free haircuts and school supplies. In November, he hosted his second annual Thanksgiving shopping spree for 25 kids from Ingersoll Community Center and Children of Promise, giving each participant a calculator, a sample grocery list and a $100 budget to teach them financial literacy and math skills. Allen has also made several visits to the Brooklyn Hospital Center to lift the spirits of young patients and attended the team’s Basketball Academy Youth Camps.
“STEM education is something I’m really passionate about, so being able to share that passion with kids in the Brooklyn community was a blast,” Allen said. “I want to be able to give kids access to new and exciting educational opportunities and help open their eyes to the world of possibilities that exist for them.”
Before the Nets’ home game against the Toronto Raptors tonight (7:30 p.m. ET), Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks and NBA Vice President of Social Responsibility Tara Schwartz will present the award to Allen during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 on Allen’s behalf to Children of Promise.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente honors the standard set by NBA legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece. At the end of the 2018-19 regular season, the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award winner will be announced at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia. To learn more, please visithttp://www.nba.com/communityassist/.
HORNETS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT TO LAUNCH 22ND TEAM IN THE NBA 2K LEAGUE
-CharlotteHornets Affiliate to Compete Starting With 2020 NBA 2K League Season -
NEW YORK, April 3, 2019 – The NBA 2K League today announced that an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets will join the NBA 2K League for the league’s third season, which will begin in 2020. Charlotte joins 21 other franchises that currently compete in the NBA 2K League.
“Hornets Sports & Entertainment is thrilled to bring the next professional sports league franchise to Charlotte,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “The popularity and growth of esports both in the U.S. and internationally continues to rise at a tremendous rate. Our NBA 2K League affiliate will provide us with another opportunity to extend the HSE brand and reach a highly-coveted as well as hard to reach younger demographic of fans. We look forward to joining the NBA 2K League in 2020 and bringing the exciting, fast-paced and entertaining esports action to the fans of Charlotte.”
The NBA 2K League’s second season began yesterday with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T and concludes Saturday, August 3 with the 2019 NBA 2K League Finals. The 18-week season is comprised of weekly matchups and three tournaments, culminating with the NBA 2K League Playoffs and Finals. All regular-season games will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York, and will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel.