Dan Feldman

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ramon Sessions attends the Reebok X Packer Shoes launch party to celebrate Allen Iverson at Reebok FitHub Union Square on September 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Reebok)
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Hornets’ Sessions donates $1 million to alma mater Nevada

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Hornets point guard Ramon Sessions has donated $1 million toward the development of a basketball practice facility on the University of Nevada campus, the Wolf Pack athletics department announced Tuesday.

Sessions played for Nevada from 2004-2007 before entering the NBA as a second-round draft pick.

The Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center will be housed at what is currently Lombardi Recreation Center. Construction will begin later this year with the project expected to be completed next August.

Sessions said in a release Tuesday “this was always a second home for me, a place that gave me a chance when a lot of schools didn’t. Coming up as a college kid, we didn’t always have access to a gym. … I’m blessed to give back to my second home.”

Jaylen Brown shakes Richaun Holmes, spikes through powerful slam (video)


You already saw a down in Jaylen Brown‘s young career.

Now, enjoy one his ups – a way up.

Knicks, Rockets, Celtics, Lakers, Kings lock arms during national anthem


NBA teams have apparently found their preferred method for “protesting” during the national anthem.

After the Raptors locked arms, several teams followed suit for their preseason games tonight.

Celtics (see video above):

Knicks and Rockets:



Colin Kaepernick has sat and kneeled during the anthem in protest of America’s systematic racism, including police brutality. What these NBA players are advocating – the Celtics listed the vague “unity” – is far less clear.

Erik Spoelstra: I hope relationship with Chris Bosh can continue

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  Erik Spoelstra and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat talk on the sideline against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chris Bosh accused Pat Riley of not calling to deliver the news that the Heat were no longer working toward Bosh’s return from blood-clot issues. Riley blamed Bosh for cutting off communication.

Caught in the middle: Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

Spoelstra, via Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:

“My thoughts don’t change. And they won’t change,” coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday when asked how Bosh’s comments on Friday toward the organization made him feel.

“I love Chris Bosh, his family. I said this so many times, Chris was very important to me as a head coach. With those teams, he was somebody I really leaned on. That extended outside the lines. It’s something I really have enjoyed and my hope is that relationship can continue.”

Player-coach relationship? Or friend-friend relationship? There’s a world of difference – potentially about $75 million in cap flexibility over the next three years.

I don’t envy Spoelstra, who – like many who’ve interacted regularly with Bosh – has come to respect the player and enjoy his company. Bosh, if healthy, would also make Spoelstra’s job easier by providing star-level production on the court. But Spoelstra’s boss has taken a different path, and Spoelstra can’t easily split from Riley.

It’s a difficult line to walk, though Spoelstra is trying.

Joel Embiid blocks Jaylen Brown dunk attempt (video)


The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick this year, because he can get to the rim and elevate like this.

The 76ers drafted Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick two years ago, because he can block shots like this.

Just before that highlight rejection, Embiid scored his first NBA points (preseason, regular-season or postseason) on this sweet post move: