Outside Shots with Mike Ojo: The Overseas Waiting Game

Last time on “Outside Shots,” Mike Ojo reflected on the good times he had in Greece, on and off the court. This week, he reflects on riding an emotional roller coaster while awaiting his professional fate during the summer of 2015. For some, writing acts as a cathartic release. I happen to be one of those people. With history somewhat repeating itself, the timing of this posting couldn’t be better. I was on a high in 2015. Post-injury, I felt as if I’d taken two steps in the wrong direction. But in actuality, I managed to thrust myself two steps forward.  From Sweden to the Greek A1 League? Blessings. And… Read More

The NBA’s International Presence in 2019-20: A CloseUp Look

Another year, another record for the NBA’s international contingent. The league opened the 2019-20 season—its 74th to date—with 108 players born outside of the United States, representing 38 different countries. Add in the 11 players from eight nations on two-way contracts, and the Association now boasts 119 international players—an all-time high. The Dallas Mavericks boast the most foreign-born NBA players with seven, including reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic and All-Star Kristaps Porzingis. The Philadelphia 76ers, though, have eight such players in their organization, with Norvel Pelle (Antigua and Barbuda) and Marial Shayok (Canada) filling two-way spots alongside established All-Stars like Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Australia) and Al… Read More

Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris Donates $1 Million Through Innovative Charity ‘Draft’

Tobias Harris had 180 million reasons to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency this past summer. But the 27-year-old from Upstate New York wanted to extend his commitment to the City of Brotherly Love off the court. Rather than simply starting a new chapter of Tobias’ Troops in Philly or giving a chunk of his newfound wealth to one organization in particular, the eight-year veteran out of Tennessee decided to divvy up donations among a selection of charities through a “draft”—an idea that came out of a brainstorming session with his team. “I said, ‘That’s a good idea. Let’s do a draft, like an NBA draft,'” he told… Read More

Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Matisse Thybulle Visits Young Leukemia Patient

Before Matisse Thybulle started making a name for himself as a master thief on the court in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers rookie showed that he’s just as inclined to give back off of it. Two days prior to the Sixers’ season-opening win over the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, Matisse paid a visit to a seven-year-old leukemia patient named Freddy at a local hospital. on the last @RTRSPodcast, I mentioned Freddy, the 7yo family friend who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. the Sixers sent him a bunch of stuff. yesterday, Matisse Thybulle, who lost his mom to leukemia, visited Freddy himself. we got a good… Read More

Malcolm Brogdon’s Hoops2o Program Expands NBA Lineup, Doubles Fundraising Goal

Malcolm Brogdon moved from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Indiana Pacers during NBA free agency this summer, but his impact will still be felt the most in East Africa. After raising more than $250,000 to build water wells on the continent during the inaugural season of his Hoops2o program, the 26-year-old Atlanta native has his sights set on doubling donations in 2019-20 with the help of an expanded lineup of his professional basketball peers. This year’s group will include Donte DiVincenzo of the Bucks, Kyle Guy of the Sacramento Kings and Tim Frazier of the Detroit Pistons, in addition to the returning “Starting 5” of Malcolm, Joe Harris and Garrett… Read More

NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Signs Multi-Platform Deal with WarnerMedia

Dwyane Wade may be done playing basketball in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking it easy in his retirement. The recently retired Miami Heat legend has inked a multi-year agreement with WarnerMedia that will see him doing everything from analyzing games for Turner Sports to behind-the-scenes work at Bleacher Report. Dwyane will take his knowledge of the game and on-camera personality to TNT’s Tuesday night coverage, alongside Hall of Famer (and former Heat teammate) Shaquille O’Neal and Los Angeles Sparks All-Star Candace Parker. D-Wade will also be part of TNT’s tentpole NBA events and contribute to coverage of the NCAA Tournament Final Four and National Championship. “I’m thrilled… Read More