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D-League Spotlight

The NBA D-League season ended Thursday with the Raptors 905 winning the league championship over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. I was continually impressed this year by the wisdom that accompanies minor league basketball. I pulled my seven favorite quotes that encapsulate life lessons from D-Leaguers I covered this season: Damien Wilkins (Greensboro Swarm) on dream chasing: “People might say if I...
Thirty thousand six hundred ninety-nine dots splay across Kobe Bryant’s career shot chart – making it look more like a work of pointillism displayed at the Musée d'Orsay than an NBA stat-sheet. A snapshot of each dot tells its own unique story: virtuoso work from the elbows; impossibly long buzzer-beaters; dunks that defied gravity; and every other bucket that made...
The NBA D-League’s regular season ended on April 1 – with the D-League playoffs in full-swing, PopGates Editor-in-Chief Noah Perkins is handing out the first annual PopGates’ D-League Awards – think of them as you would the Dundies. *Note 1  -  because of the nature of the D-League (minutes restrictions, lineups influx because of callups and demotions, development as...
The phrase ‘better late than never’ described the night Marcus Paige went through while waiting to hear his name called in the 2016 NBA Draft. Despite knowing a few teams had shown interest in him, the second round dwindled down, and it was becoming an increasing likelihood Paige would enter professional basketball as an undrafted free agent. That was until the...
While the University of Kansas men’s basketball team fights to keep its season alive with an Elite Eight matchup against Oregon set for Saturday night, former Jayhawk Perry Ellis will be preparing for the end of his own season. After going undrafted in this past year’s NBA draft and making stops with the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets, Ellis found...
It was the type of scream that you’d hear during an NBA playoff game – as if his team had been down three in the waning moments and an and-one gave him the opportunity to tie it. The second primal howl was longer, hitting a deeper pitch. The third and fourth were quick yips that pierced the air. Damien Wilkins was...

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