A Year Ago, Tony Brown Was Reffing His First NBA Finals. Now, He’s Fighting For His Life. The Veteran Referee Opens Up About The Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis That Changed His Course

July 14, 2021

To NBA fans he’s official No. 6. To the NBA community, including players, coaches and referees, he’s Tony Brown, a longtime official who has worked the playoffs and All-Star Games in the NBA, WNBA and CBA over the past two decades. Brown, 54, had hoped to be working this week but has spent these past few months as a spectator instead. Here’s his story: As I watch the Milwaukee Bucks…


Giannis Dominating Like Kareem Revives Bucks’ Title Hopes The Two-Time MVP Is Playing Reminiscent Of Abdul-Jabbar In Milwaukee

July 12, 2021

Long before Giannis Antetokounmpo was born, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Milwaukee Bucks to their lone NBA title in 1971 by dominating in the paint. In order for Antetokounmpo to bring a long-awaited second title to Milwaukee, playing like Abdul-Jabbar in the post appears to be the best way to make that happen. Antetokounmpo dominated in the post like Abdul-Jabbar during the Bucks’ 120-100 Game 3 victory over the visiting Phoenix…


‘It’s Not An Accident’: Suns General Manager James Jones Has Made Most Of Opportunity The Former Player Has Helped Build Phoenix Into A Championship Contender

July 9, 2021

PHOENIX – James Jones made a rare public appearance on the Phoenix Suns Arena floor before Game 2 of the NBA Finals to present star guard Devin Booker with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Immediately afterward, the Suns general manager departed to his private suite in the arena to watch the game. Jones has declined to be interviewed during the NBA playoffs because he prefers the focus be on…


The NBA Finals Features A Strong African Coalition Seven Players Of African Origin, Including Giannis Antetokounmpo And Deandre Ayton, Are Active For The Series

July 8, 2021

Star big men Giannis Antetokounmpo and Deandre Ayton highlight a large number of players of African origin playing in this season’s NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. The Finals, which continue Thursday with Game 2 (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), feature seven players who were either born in Africa or have at least one parent who was born on the continent. That list includes the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo (Nigeria),…


Down For The Count? Giannis Is Embracing Taunts At The Free Throw Line ‘I Focus On What I’ve Got To Do. I Focus On Myself. I Focus On The Task.’

July 7, 2021

PHOENIX – One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! 10! 11! 12! That is the familiar chant Giannis Antetokounmpo has heard throughout the NBA playoffs whenever he goes to the free throw line, as opposing crowds are targeting the two-time NBA MVP for abusing the league’s 10-second rule. The loud count has become so popular it has traveled from Miami; Brooklyn, New York; Atlanta; and now Phoenix in…


Devin Booker’s Dad Pushed Him To Go Farther, Go Further, Go Harder Playing In His First NBA Finals, The Suns Star Is Taking It To The Next Level

July 6, 2021

NORTH SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker recently texted a picture to his father of the song “Mr. Carter” playing on his car’s satellite radio. When Melvin Booker II saw the text, the former NBA player reminisced about 2008 when he and his then-12-year-old son rapped a verse on the song that holds special meaning. “As I share mic time with my heir Young Carter, go farther, go…