John Wall and Bradley Beal feel the love. The Washington Wizards have been an excellent example of that difficulty. General manager Ernie Grunfeld opened this decade by selecting two very promising guards in John Wall (the first-overall pick in 2010) and Bradley Beal (third in 2012), and both have impressed enough to earn max-level contracts as the future leaders of the franchise.
Michael Jordan helped propel Jamal Crawford‘s NBA career – one that has already lasted 16 seasons and resulted in more than $120 million in earnings and three Sixth Man of the Year awards. Jordan also fostered an environment where Crawford could’ve derailed it. Crawford was drafted for the Bulls in 2000, when Jordan was contemplating a comeback he’d eventually make with the Wizards. In preparation, Jordan frequently invited Crawford to play pickup basketball with him. Mike Wise of The Undefeated: In between Crawford’s first and second year in the league, after the pickup games at Hoops the Gym, many of Jordan’s friends and associates would go next door to his contemporary American restaurant,
What was the first Canadian team in the NBA or a league that would become the NBA? Toronto Raptors or Vancouver Grizzlies? Nope. It was the Toronto Huskies, which played the 1946-47 season in the Basketball Association of America (which merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association). The Raptors are paying home to their Toronto predecessors with these Huskies throwbacks: The Raptors previously wore white Huskies uniforms. The blues are new – and I like them up close. The design is relative simple, but the illusion of a thick belt with buckles is a nice nod to the 40s. My biggest potential gripe is how the blue numbers, outlined in white, show up against