NBA To Launch Grant Program For Minority-Owned Businesses Fast Break For Business Will Provide $6 Million In Grants And Business Services

The NBA, in partnership with an online legal services company, will create a small-business grant program targeted to businesses owned by people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community, the league announced on Thursday. The league and LegalZoom have committed $6 million over the next three years to Fast Break for Business, which will offer grants and legal and business services to minority-owned businesses as small businesses across…

October 14, 2021
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Chris Paul On His Second Season With Suns And The HBCU Docuseries ‘Why Not Us’ Paul Returns As Executive Producer Of Season Two Of The Docuseries

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul returns as executive producer of season two of the HBCU docuseries Why Not Us, which premieres Thursday with the focus on Florida A&M’s football program. And when the NBA season begins next week, Paul and the Suns will probably be saying “why not us?” after being often overlooked nationally despite advancing to the 2021 NBA Finals. “I re-signed with the Suns for…

October 14, 2021
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LaMelo Ball’s Confidence And Star Quality Ignite Charlotte Hornets The 2020-21 Rookie Of The Year’s Confidence And Ballhandling Give High Hopes To The Hornets For The Upcoming Season

In 1984, the Chicago Bulls added a young star named Michael Jordan who was not only an electric scorer but also a box-office draw with his memorable swag and an air of confidence. For years, the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets have been looking for a superstar with the ability to bring that same energy to his franchise. And perhaps the Hornets finally found it in LaMelo Ball, the 2020-21 NBA Rookie…

October 6, 2021
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‘NBA Lane’ Director Rick Famuyiwa’s Love Of Basketball Is Fit For Commemorating The NBA’s 75th Season ‘I Was Just Flattered And Honored To Have This Come My Way, And That I Was Entrusted With Helping To Tell This Story.’

LOS ANGELES – When filming a walk down NBA Lane to celebrate the league’s upcoming 75th anniversary, director Rick Famuyiwa rolled cameras at Universal Studios and CBS’ backlot. But, the Los Angeles native thought – with the predominantly Black NBA in mind – that it was important to add soul, too, by bringing NBA greats past and present to South Central Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood. “There are these Black…

October 4, 2021
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Klay Thompson: ‘What 2020 Really Taught Me Is That We Still Have Such A Long Way To Go’ The Warriors Guard Will Finally Return From Injury This Season And Has Used His Time On The Sideline To Speak Out Against Racism And Social Injustice

SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson has had countless hours to think about more than basketball after being sidelined since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Since then, the Golden State Warriors guard has gained a greater appreciation for being a professional basketball player and has begun using his platform to speak out against racism and social injustice. “I’ve learned that as professional athletes and NBA players, we have a…

September 28, 2021
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Carmelo Anthony On Teaming Up With LeBron James: ‘I Think It Was Meant For It To Happen At This Point’ Entering His 19th NBA Season, Anthony Reflects On Joining The Lakers, The Pressure To Win, Kobe Bryant And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

LOS ANGELES — When Carmelo Anthony enters his 19th NBA season, there will be no other active player who has suited up in more regular-season games without a title. Only Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone has scored more points in NBA history without winning a title, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But perhaps in playing with LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 37-year-old now has his…

September 27, 2021
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