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National Basketball Retired Players Association

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Here They Come: The Rise of the WNBA

by Sam Smith “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put ...Read More >

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Humility and Hard Work: Bringing Vin Baker Back to the Bucks

by Sarah Mellema 25 years ago. Vin Baker, the highly prized prospect out of Hartford, was picked eighth overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Today, the league is celebrating the legacy of this great man, his incredible career and most importantly, his rise back to the Bucks after finding himself in ...Read More >

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Against the Odds: Caron Butler’s Rise to the Top

by Ben Ladner For many young National Basketball Association (NBA) players, a rookie contract represents an immediate flow of cash into bank accounts that might once have been empty. The allure of a second contract, and a third, opens up a theoretical wellspring of disposable income to be spent, lent and flaunted. But if not ...Read More >

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Jayson Williams Gets the Rebound

Jayson Williams first found fame as a cheerful basketball player from St. John’s University and then eventually in the NBA. He was selected in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft to the Phoenix Suns, and soon after, signed with the New Jersey Nets in 1993. Williams played in an All-Star Game alongside Michael ...Read More >


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