Devin Booker Announces ‘Starting Five’ to Receive Donations from Phoenix Suns Charities

After Devin Booker signed his five-year, $158 million extension with the Phoenix Suns in 2018, he knew he wanted to give back to the city in a big way. This week, the budding All-Star moved closer to that goal by naming the five organizations to which he will be donating through Phoenix Suns Charities. The “Devin Booker Starting Five” includes Special Olympics Arizona, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, UMOM New Day Centers and Ability360. Each of those organizations will receive $100,000 per year for the next five years—matching the duration of Devin’s extension and totaling $2.5 million. “It’s very important to me when… Read More

Kevin Durant’s Venture Capital Firm to Join Canadian Cannabis Investment Company

Kevin Durant has already reached the highest of heights on the court, as an NBA MVP and two-time champion, and off of it, as an early investor in tech companies like Postmates, Lime and Coinbase. Now, the injured Brooklyn Nets is looking to climb even higher in the cannabis industry through the latest endeavor by Thirty Five Ventures, the venture capital firm he co-founded with Rich Kleiman. According to Forbes, KD’s company is joining the strategic advisory board of Canopy Rivers, an investment company affiliated with the Canada-based Canopy Growth Corporation. With Thirty Five Ventures’ support, Canopy Rivers will look to co-invest in marijuana-related businesses, and draw on KD and… Read More

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Hosts Trayvon Martin’s Family at Game vs. Miami Heat

Steve Kerr doesn’t just talk about social issues, though the Golden State Warriors’ head coach does plenty of that. He also backs up his words with actions, as he did Friday night for his team’s game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Steve invited the family of Trayvon Martin—the unarmed African-American teenager who was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, in 2012—to the Warriors-Heat game. Afterwards, the eight-time NBA champion (five times as a player, three times as a coach) and 2016 Coach of the Year met with Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and wore a wristband that read “I Am Trayvon Martin”… Read More

Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker Signs New Sneaker Deal with Nike

The NBA’s most hyped sneaker free agency of the year is officially over. Houston Rockets forward and noted shoe enthusiast P.J. Tucker has officially re-signed with Nike on a multi-year deal. P.J., whose previous contract with the Swoosh expired in October, announced his decision on social media with a letter to “The Shoe Game” via Uninterrupted. To The Shoe Game, I’m signing back with the swoosh. Leaders of the old school and the new.#SincerelyYours, PJ Tucker pic.twitter.com/D5hpNAlzrh— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 27, 2019 To The Shoe Game, My taste in sneakers came from my experiences growing up. I would literally get two pair of shoes a year: for my birthday and… Read More

Tequila Brand Co-Founded by Michael Jordan, Other NBA Owners Becomes Official Lakers Sponsor

Once upon a time, Michael Jordan and the Boston Celtics were among the Los Angeles Lakers’ fiercest adversaries. Now, those and other NBA entities will be doing business with the purple and gold, thanks to a tequila brand co-founded by Lakers governor Jeanie Buss. This week, the team announced that Cincoro tequila has become an official sponsor. The award-winning tequila, which launched this past September, is the product of a partnership between MJ, Jeanie, Emilia Fazzalari and Wyc Grousbeck of the Celtics, and Wes Edens of the Milwaukee Bucks that began in 2016. While in New York City for the NBA’s annual owners’ meeting, that group wound up discussing the… Read More

Spurs’ Dejounte Murray Joins Kawhi Leonard, Darius Bazley as New Balance NBA Endorser

Dejounte Murray has reunited with Kawhi Leonard—just not on the San Antonio Spurs, or any NBA team, for that matter. This week, the 23-year-old Seattle native officially signed with New Balance, joining Kawhi and Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Darius Bazley among the sneaker brand’s basketball endorsers. The announcement came by way of a tongue-in-cheek ad, in which Dejounte describes himself as a “professional basketball player and hair icon” while wearing the black and white New Balance OMN1S “Lights Out” colorway. Dejounte has worn New Balance gear throughout the NBA season to date. His “Lights Out” edition of the company’s flagship basketball shoe is set to drop on December 4, and… Read More