Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray should have no problem boosting his production from a solid rookie season. With the preseason kicking off in about a week, fantasy draft season is here. As usual, it’s fairly clear who the top players will be, but while those players are obviously important for the overall success of a fantasy team, it’s also essential to find a few guys who may have the potential to take the next step.
Reggie Jackson’s foundation already has helped to renovate and refurbish two school libraries in Detroit. Two more schools are signed up, and the Detroit Pistons guard wants to bring what the foundation calls “Literacy Lounges” to more schools. A Friday night downtown event will help Jackson and his foundation with that goal. Jackson’s Determined to Assist Foundation will host its second annual “Pistons and Plates” event the Westin Book Cadillac hotel. Jackson and teammates will join event attendees for dinner and live and silent auctions to raise money. Jackson isn’t seeking publicity for his charitable efforts, but does want to get the word out for those where child literacy services are needed.
Add the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat to the list of teams that will sport a sponsorship patch on the upper left corner of their jersey this season, as both teams announced Thursday that they have signed partnership deals with local companies. The Lakers are partnering with Wish, a California-based e-commerce company, on a three-year deal worth $12-14 million annually, according to Sports Business Journal. The Heat's partnership, which was announced during a presentation at American Airlines Arena, is with Ultimate Software, a Florida-based technology company. The 2017-18 season is the first time the NBA will allow teams to wear jersey sponsorship patches. Sixteen of the league's teams