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nbacooldudes:

Brittney Griner — Phoenix Mercury

nbacooldudes:

Brittney Griner — Phoenix Mercury

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NBA Championship rings over the years.

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Clippers’ Nakase Aspires to Be N.B.A.’s First Female Head Coach

Nakase, the Clippers’ assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers’ bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach — something no woman has ever accomplished.
“I don’t want to just coach,” Nakase said. “I want to win championships.”

And from a couple of years ago:
Dream Role: The NBA’s first female coach - by Kate Fagan

[Nakase] attacks the beach workout as if her NBA future depends on it. And in some ways, it does.
The pushups, the sprints, the crawls, the slides — they fortify Nakase and will help her to destroy one of the excuses NBA people will use to dismiss her. General managers and coaches won’t say, “We don’t hire women.” They’ll have other reasons and arguments, such as, “We need someone who challenges our guys.” They’ll have justifications, an endless supply, for upholding the status quo.
Natalie Nakase wants to be the first female coach in the NBA. And when you’re trying to do something never before done, you must first understand all of the reasons you might not succeed.

Clippers’ Nakase Aspires to Be N.B.A.’s First Female Head Coach

Nakase, the Clippers’ assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers’ bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach — something no woman has ever accomplished.

“I don’t want to just coach,” Nakase said. “I want to win championships.”

And from a couple of years ago:

Dream Role: The NBA’s first female coach - by Kate Fagan

[Nakase] attacks the beach workout as if her NBA future depends on it. And in some ways, it does.

The pushups, the sprints, the crawls, the slides — they fortify Nakase and will help her to destroy one of the excuses NBA people will use to dismiss her. General managers and coaches won’t say, “We don’t hire women.” They’ll have other reasons and arguments, such as, “We need someone who challenges our guys.” They’ll have justifications, an endless supply, for upholding the status quo.

Natalie Nakase wants to be the first female coach in the NBA. And when you’re trying to do something never before done, you must first understand all of the reasons you might not succeed.

LeBron James watches his son at an AAU game in Lexington

Shoni Schimmel - WNBA All Star Game

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.@Patty_Mills @aronbaynes & Larry making a new friend! Check out their trip, http://t.co/nqZm0vdsMu #SpursTrophyTour pic.twitter.com/k9w1Pyq9Ti
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs)
July 20, 2014
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Two seals play basketball at San Diego zoo, c. 1950.

historyinimages:

Two seals play basketball at San Diego zoo, c. 1950.

chrisbosh: Chillin with my new friend

chrisbosh: Chillin with my new friend

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Good win @swaggyp1 :: http://ift.tt/1xCzYmj

instanba:

Good win @swaggyp1 :: http://ift.tt/1xCzYmj

The other side of NBA free agency

"I’ve been a pretty optimistic guy my entire life,” he said. “Especially where I come from, optimism really helps you." Bazemore grew up in Kelford, North Carolina, a tiny town where the per capita income is less than $10,000 per year. His family struggled. "No heat in the winter, no air conditioning in the summer, food gets scarce. Four people in the house and my dad got laid off and my mom was the only one making any money." 
The desperation of that situation was integral to getting him here, to a point where multiple NBA teams call for his services. “That’s why I applaud people like Steph [Curry],” Bazemore explains. He doesn’t understand how anyone gets here without the hunger of poverty. So in some ways his good friend Stephen Curry, a man from comfortable means, is a mystery. 
Bazemore used that hunger to get here, but there’s a downside to the trait he trusts. All that gnawing energy took him to a place where energy couldn’t help him: the bench. At times, he was miserable riding pine. People loved his sideline celebrations, but those were as much expressions of frustration as they were of joy. He was antsy in his seat. “I went to a dark place,” Bazemore recalled of all his DNPs. “You only can contain the tiger in the cage for so long.” 

The other side of NBA free agency

"I’ve been a pretty optimistic guy my entire life,” he said. “Especially where I come from, optimism really helps you." Bazemore grew up in Kelford, North Carolina, a tiny town where the per capita income is less than $10,000 per year. His family struggled. "No heat in the winter, no air conditioning in the summer, food gets scarce. Four people in the house and my dad got laid off and my mom was the only one making any money." 

The desperation of that situation was integral to getting him here, to a point where multiple NBA teams call for his services. “That’s why I applaud people like Steph [Curry],” Bazemore explains. He doesn’t understand how anyone gets here without the hunger of poverty. So in some ways his good friend Stephen Curry, a man from comfortable means, is a mystery. 

Bazemore used that hunger to get here, but there’s a downside to the trait he trusts. All that gnawing energy took him to a place where energy couldn’t help him: the bench. At times, he was miserable riding pine. People loved his sideline celebrations, but those were as much expressions of frustration as they were of joy. He was antsy in his seat. “I went to a dark place,” Bazemore recalled of all his DNPs. “You only can contain the tiger in the cage for so long.” 

stormingthefloor:

Sunset hoop

stormingthefloor:

Sunset hoop

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