Twenty years before Colin Kaepernick made his stand by sitting for the national anthem during preseason games — something he has every right to do: if we are going to force compliance in our rituals of allegiance how are we different as a nation than the countries we rail against for forced indoctrination? — the NBA had Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. For those that don’t remember, Abdul-Rauf was a good NBA guard and a member of a Denver Nuggets in the mid-1990s. He had converted to being a Muslim during his playing career. As his faith and beliefs grew, he came to view the flag as a symbol of oppression. In the middle of the 1995-96 season, he told the NBA he would no longer stand for the anthem. Everything
You know how, during the late 1990s, everybody felt like the one thing the Backstreet Boys were really missing was a 7-foot mustachioed New Zealander who wasn’t, like, great at singing? Thunder teammate Andre Roberson accompanied Adams on his trip to New Zealand to host youth basketball camps, and offered some accompaniment on the tune, too.
Ty Lawson said that wherever he signed, “they’re going to get me for cheaper than I feel I’m worth … I feel like I’m overlooked in free agency.” That lucky team — at least in Lawson’s mind — is the Sacramento Kings. They have reached a one-year deal with him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. Lawson bounced between Houston and Indiana last season, and struggled at both stops — he shot 39.3 percent last season with a far wbelow replacement lever PER of 9.7. He was better in Indiana than Houston. Lawson also brings the baggage of a couple of DUIs in recent years and a reputation as a partier — including showing up to practice with alcohol on his breath. That hurt is free