• The Pepsi Septuagenarian

    The breakout star of this year’s N.B.A. finals was not a member of the Miami Heat or the Oklahoma City Thunder, but instead a man appearing to be well into his 70s who had supernatural basketball gifts and referred to himself simply as Uncle Drew. In a series of short…

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  • Kyrie Irving: USA Basketball’s next big star

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving, 20, has a politician’s poise and polish, and he left USA Basketball’s pre-Olympics summer training camp with every endorsement that mattered. “Kyrie always impresses me,” USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “This week, he’s been who I think he is, which is one of the…

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  • Kyrie Irving wins rookie of year

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drove past defenders with ease all season. It was no different in voting for rookie of the year. Irving, who played beyond his years and above everyone’s expectations including his own, was chosen the NBA’s Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, winning an…

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  • Shaq on importance of college education

    Too many young kids — particularly black kids — are still dropping out of school way too early. This country will never compete globally when nearly one in four kids fails to complete high school on time. For you parents out there: Don’t just encourage your children to complete high…

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  • Kyrie Irving’s Burden

    On opening night a 39-year-old Cavaliers season-ticket holder named Jason Herron walked into the team shop at Quicken Loans Arena, fished out his debit card and paid $25 for the last available Kyrie Irving jersey T-shirt. This one, he figured, he’ll never have to burn. Herron holds an incendiary place…

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  • As good as it gets SHANE VICTORINO

    Philadelphia Phillie Shane Victorino has an on-the-field style that fires on nothing less than all cylinders, and an off-the-field demeanor that is humble, irrepressible and generous – both in money and time. Nicknamed “The Flyin’ Hawaiian,” the beloved center fielder has endeared himself to Phanatics everywhere – from the city…

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  • Shaquille O’Neal bonds over basketball with his TNT analyst friends

    Shaquille O’Neal sat all of his 7-foot, 300-plus-pound frame down in a black chair in the green room for TNT’s “Inside theNBA” show at Staples Center when a thought suddenly popped in his head. He called over his cohorts from TNT, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Reggie Miller, and asked, “Who would you take, [Clippers forward] Blake…

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  • Shaq-a-Claus Returns to Toys for Tots Campaign

    Although he has retired from professional basketball, Shaquille O’Neal is continuing in his role as “Shaq-a-Claus” for the Toys “R” Us annual holiday campaign for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.Enlarge This Image The new Toys for Tots campaign, featuring Shaquille O’Neal.Last week the retailer announced details of its collaboration…

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  • Shaq Shoots for Shoe Comeback

    NEW YORK — Shaquille O’Neal is reconnecting with an old teammate to get back in the footwear game. The player, who retired this past June, has brought back former brand manager Mary Gleason to help revamp his Shaq-branded footwear and apparel. “She’s the LeBron James of my shoe team,” O’Neal…

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  • Big Shaq Talks Up Big Social-Media Plans

    Shaquille O’Neal says he isn’t retired. The Big Aristotle announced via Twitter in June that he was done with basketball. But since then, he has busied himself by promoting his book, “Shaq Uncut,” and by preparing to team up with Charles Barkley as a TNT basketball analyst this year. O’Neal…

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