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 David Stern, former NBA Commissioner, dies at 77

January 02, 2020

​NBA Commissioner Emeritus, David Stern passed away on January 1, 2020 as a result of a brain hemorrhage he received approximately 3 weeks prior.

 

Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014,  the NBA had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry and made NBA basketball a global brand and perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.

Stern was also credited with transforming the league into a global, multibillion-dollar business. He also oversaw the creation of the WNBA and the NBA Development League.

All NBA players and referees will wear a black band on their uniforms for the remainder of the season to honor Stern 

LeBron James named AP Male Athlete of the Decade

December 30, 2019

LeBron James is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer.

James, who turns 35 soon, was a runaway winner in a vote of AP sports editors and writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. In this decade, James played in eight straight finals, won three titles, and also took home three MVP awards. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders. Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years.

 

Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer’s Lionel Messi was fourth, and Michael Phelps — the US swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth.  Serena Williams was announced as the AP’s Female Athlete of the decade.

BBA lists invitees to Sr. Men's National Team tryouts

December 20, 2019

The following individuals have been invited to try out for the BBA's 2020 Senior Men's National Team in preparation for the CBC's FIBA pre-qualifying tournament next summer:

Steveland Brown-Darrell           Kieron Burgess           Adam Correia           Chris Crumpler
Dion Easton Jr .                             Mykal Glasgow           Bryce Gonslaves       Jaren Haley
Kameron James                            Eric Lambert               Vernon Lambe III     John Lee
Jason Lowe                                     Jonathan Lowe          Amaury Majors         Kariim O’Connor
Caelin Peters                                  Sullivan Phillips         Kobie Reid                  Tejour Riley
Akil Smith                                        Darae Smith               Jorel Smith                  Seward Smith
Kevin Stephens

Basketball Africal League unveils new lgo

December 19, 2019

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, unveiled the league’s official logo. 

The new logo, which features the silhouette of a basketball player taking a jump shot on a vibrant green, yellow, red and royal blue background, celebrates the Pan-African footprint of the league, Africa’s diversity and the continent’s rich basketball heritage.

The logo’s colors convey multiple meanings.  The red and royal blue connect it back to the NBA, while also symbolizing love, energy, confidence and strength.  The yellow and green speak to Africa’s optimism, joy and wisdom, while celebrating health, harmony and environment.

Kevin Stevens is named Finals MVP

December 19, 2019

Kevin Stevens was named Most Valuable Player of the 2019 ECL Finals. 

Despite starting out slow in the first half due to foul trouble, he would play better in the first half. Late in the game, his aggressiveness was rewarded as the Warriors could not locate him on the perimeter as he connected on three straight 3 point field goals. He would finish the game with a game high 31 points.

Hornets are ECL 2019 Champions

December 19, 2019

The BGA Hornets became the  the Elite City League (ECL) Champions after defeating the Eastern Zone Warriors 65-53 in the deciding match at the CedarBridge Academy Gymnasium.

Hornets, who won game one 69-65 before losing game two 65-58, trailed by four points at half-time but clicked into gear in the second half thanks to impressive displays by key trio Kevin Stephens, Kameron James and Akil Smith.

Shooting guard Stephens was the game’s top scorer with 31 points while James and Smith delivered disciplined defensive performances to help disrupt the rhythm of Warriors danger man Te’jour Riley who finished with 21 points. Dion Easton Jr. would chip in 13 points in the loss.

Caelin leads Colonials to first win of the season

December 14, 2019

Senior guard, Caelin Peters led the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Colonials to their first win of the season, a 77-49 Suburban One League American Conference victory over rival Wissahickon.

Despite an injury to his thumb the first day of the season, Caelin scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and dished out a game-high 5  assists. Offensively, he hit 5 three-pointers and finished in a variety of ways at the rim, including an emphatic slam in the fourth quarter. Defensively, he used his size and energy to harass Wissahickon's ball handlers.

Rattlers head into 2020 on a down note

December 05, 2019

A rough end to the first semester for both the Medicine Hat College’s Men and Women's basketball teams. Both Rattlers squads fell in their final games of the semester to the Olds College Broncos, while each earning splits over the weekend following wins against Red Deer College.

In the first game of the weekend, the Rattlers held on in the last seconds to take an 84-82 victory for only their second win of the season.  Kieron Burgess led all scorers with 31 points and an astounding 21 rebounds.

In the second weekend game, the Rattlers would fall to the Broncos 82-57. Fighting foul trouble in the fourth quarter, Kieron was only one of two Rattler players to reach double figures, scoring 17 points and securing 15 rebounds.

Going forward, the 2-7 Rattlers men’s team will have their work cut out for them in the second semester if they want a playoff spot.

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