Former University of Miami standout guard Lonnie Walker IV was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 18th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft Thursday. Walker IV is tied for Miami’s second-highest draft pick ever – Rick Barry was taken No. 2 in the 1965 draft. Former Hurricanes star and current Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin was also taken No. 18 back in the 2013 draft. “It’s extravagant,” Walker said on ESPN. “I can only thank my mom and dad and family and friends.” The All-ACC freshman team selection averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his lone season in Coral Gables. “Day in and day out, I’m always going to progress as a man on and off the court,” the Reading, Pennsylvania, native said. Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga and his staff were in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In Reading, thousands of people crowded at the FirstEnergy Stadium to watch their hometown hero get … [Read more...] about Miami Hurricanes’ Lonnie Walker IV selected 18th, Bruce Brown Jr. picked 42nd in NBA Draft
On almost every level, the NBA has been the most socially progressive of the four major sports leagues. It was the first to have an openly gay player when Jason Collins joined the Nets. It was the first to employ a woman as a full-time assistant coach when the San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon. It was the first to use its financial muscle to make a bold statement of inclusiveness when it pulled its All-Star Game out of Charlotte after North Carolina passed anti-LGBT legislation. And it was the first league since 1943 to ban an owner for life, after recordings surfaced of Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments in 2014. Despite all of this, the NBA has fallen short when it comes to the #metoo movement. The question is whether that will change in the next week when the Dallas Mavericks reveal the results of an investigation into a workplace culture that was likened to a "real-life Animal House" in an article on the franchise in Sports Illustrated in February. At the … [Read more...] about Will NBA drop ball on harassment?
Christopher D Davis Central Florida Future Published 7:12 p.m. UTC Jul 27, 2016 Alumnus Jermaine Taylor is set for an NBA comeback. In a seven year span after graduating and leaving UCF as the men’s basketball all-time leading scorer, Jermaine Taylor has faced basketball ambiguity. From being chosen 32nd overall in the 2009 NBA draft to being humbled by professional demotion with stints in the NBA Development League, Taylor’s career faced was faced with its hardest challenge when a demoralizing left knee injury. But thanks to years of mental, spiritual and physical maturity, Taylor is prepared for an NBA comeback. In 2013, Taylor tore his ACL and meniscus just two games into the NBA D-League season with the Maine Red Claws. Generally, an injury of that nature takes about two years to recover from, but Taylor made a quick return 15 months removed from his first major injury at the pro level, finding his way back to the basketball court and eventually onto the roster … [Read more...] about UCF alumnus set for NBA comeback
Violet Palmer Place of Residence: A National Basketball Association arena near you or Los Angeles. Why She’s a Game Changer: Palmer is currently the only female referee in the NBA. Sometimes longevity under difficult circumstances deserves praise. Palmer became one of two women to infiltrate the all-male referee ranks of the NBA in 1997. Her fellow groundbreaking female referee left after five years, leaving Palmer to hold it down on her own for the last several years. “I didn’t just kick the door — I knocked it down,” Palmer told espnW. Palmer’s skill has also earned her the distinction of being the first woman to serve as a referee during the playoffs of any major American sport. The climb upward hasn’t been easy. Palmer spent nine years refereeing high school and women’s college games, including two NCAA Final Fours and the championships. The NBA took notice and recruited Palmer. “The NBA was never my goal, … [Read more...] about Violet Palmer: NBA’s Only Female Referee
LeBron, Durant and Curry (Internet Photo) LeBron, Curry, Durant among NBA Finals stars reacting to Trump revoking Eagles’ White House visit Several players along with Kerr had plenty to say Tuesday regarding Trump’s decision to disinvite the NFL champs By Jack Malone Early on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump rescinded the Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl championship. Later in the day, during media availability ahead of Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and other stars were asked about their reaction to the President’s decision. Most, unsurprisingly, continued their criticism of Trump. LeBron and Curry each noted that regardless of which team wins, the NBA champion this season will not be visiting the White … [Read more...] about LeBron, Curry, Durant among NBA Finals stars reacting to Trump revoking Eagles’ White House visit