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National Basketball Retired Players Association

News from the NBRPA

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Homecoming: Juwan Howard brings NBA swagger to Michigan

by Caleb Friedman Juwan Howard stands at the podium, taking a deep breath as those in the room applaud and cheer. About to speak, he stops. He bows his head and covers his eyes before they begin to swell with tears – tears that embody the emotion Howard feels in this punctuating moment for what ...Read More >

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Calling the Shots: Jim Jackson Has Become A Fox Sports Fixture

by Martin Kaufmann Even before he played his first NBA game, Jim Jackson realized that he had to begin preparing for life after basketball. Jackson was the fourth pick in the 1992 NBA draft after an All-American career at Ohio State. But he only played 28 games his first season with the Dallas Mavericks because ...Read More >

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jerome Williams: Shaping the Next Generation of Youth

Jerome Williams, known to many as the Junk Yard Dog, earned his nickname during his stint with the Detroit Pistons. His teammates coined him ‘JYD’ for his hard work ethic and willingness to do a lot of the “garbage” jobs, such as rebounding, playing defense, setting strong screens and the other basic fundamentals. Since the ...Read More >

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hall of Fame: 2019 Enshrinement

by Sean Deveney SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It was a night for the overlooked, the underrated and the trailblazers whose contributions to the game have been too obscured by history. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame held its induction night this weekend and welcomed a field of new members that included center Vlade Divac, a ...Read More >


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