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Rank ’em: Which player made the best fashion statement at the 2017 NBA draft?

The NBA draft is a chance for the latest crop of basketball talent to make eye-catching fashion choices — and the 2017 NBA draft class did not disappoint.

Some players, such as Malik Monk with his “The Woodz” pattern or Zach Collins with his homage to the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, incorporated nods to their hometowns. Other fashion decisions carried deeper sentiment: The lining of No. 5 overall pick De’Aaron Fox‘s suit featured breast cancer ribbons as a tribute to his mother, a breast cancer survivor.

Which prospect made the best fashion statement at this year’s draft? Using the arrows next to each choice, weigh in by ranking the sharply dressed players below.


Bowties and shoes

Still other prospects went for flashy, unique accessories and footwear:

While the NBA draft picks were dressed for success at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night, it remains to be seen how they’ll look — or play — in the uniforms of their new teams when the 2017-18 NBA season begins.

— Brendan C. Hall

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19712893/which-player-made-best-fashion-statement-2017-nba-draft

Nowitzki named a captain for NBA Africa Game

NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA’s Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that the Dallas Mavericks star will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Team Africa will be captained by the Lakers’ Luol Deng, who is from the South Sudan, and Atlanta’s Thabo Sefolosha, whose father is from South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time All-Star. Last season, the German became the first international player with 30,000 career points.

The game will take place in Johannesburg. A full roster of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19679836/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-serve-captain-nba-africa-game

NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Las Vegas Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-schedule-release

NBA Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-summer-league-schedule-release

Rumor Central: Devin Harris not worried regarding future with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris is under contract for next season, but the team can waive him in the offseason and owe the 13-year NBA veteran only $1,339,662 of his $4,402,546 salary. Harris says he’s not fretting about what might happen with the Mavericks.

Rumor Central“I don’t really worry about it,” Harris told The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, I’m in a little bit of limbo, but I’m just preparing like I’m going to be here. And if I’m not, I’m not.”

This is the first offseason in a few years that Harris will have a surgery-free summer, which allows him to work on his game ahead of training camp.

“It’s very peculiar,” Davis said regarding his contract situation. “I go about my day like I’m going to be here when October starts. And if something different happens then I’ll deal with it then.”

In 65 appearances this season, Harris averaged 6.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/43298/rumor-central-devin-harris-not-worried-regarding-future-with-mavericks

Dallas icons Jason Witten, Dirk Nowitzki share secrets of success

9:27 AM ET

FRISCO, Texas — Last week there was a celebration of Tony Romo‘s career with the guest list as varied and star-studded as it could get. President George W. Bush was there. Jimmy Kimmel was there. Dirk Nowitzki was there.

It was not, however, called a retirement party. Stories were shared and laughs were had as Romo’s 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys was remembered.

At one point during the night, Jason Witten, who caught 649 passes for 7,287 yards and 37 touchdowns from Romo, found himself talking with Nowitzki.

For years Witten and and the Dallas Mavericks star have admired each other from afar as they operated in the rarified airs of their respective sports. On this night, two of the most iconic players in Dallas talked about their approach as they enter the final years of their careers.

“You think about how he hones in on his shot what goes into it, I mean, I think we all know that he’s got a great shot, but he doesn’t just walk out there and shoot like that,” Witten said. “The details that he goes into to performing at that level and the gym rat that he is, and just the repetitions, I’m similar. I gain a lot of confidence in the individual part of practice and the footwork and the steps and the stems of the route tree. Those are things I hang my hat on.”

Nowitzki turns 39 in a week. He is entering his 20th season with the Mavericks. Witten turned 35 in May. He is entering his 15th season with the Cowboys and signed a four-year extension with the club in March.

“We just talked about work ethic, preparation, how he doesn’t like to take days off even in the offseason because he feels rusty after,” Nowitzki said. “He is loyal, puts the team first. It’s never about him. He’s so durable and dependable.”

Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star. Witten is a 10-time Pro Bowler. Four times Nowitzki was named All-NBA first team. Four times Witten has been named a first-team All Pro. Nowitzki is one of six players in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points. Witten is seventh in NFL history with 1,089 receptions, the second-most by a tight end.

“Look, every time I go out there, I’m a competitive guy and I want to win,” Witten said. “And if I don’t think I can beat that guy across from me, I don’t need to play. I have a lot of confidence in that. I don’t look at it as an age thing. It’s ‘can you perform?’ I know I can play at a high level. I know my expectations are higher than they’ve ever been. How long will it be like that? I don’t know, but I’m sure at some point I won’t be able to play up to my expectations. Right now that’s not where I’m at.”

For the first time in his career, Witten is getting ready for a season without Romo. He acknowledges it has been strange not to see his best friend every day as he had for 14 years. But he has also seen contemporaries, like DeMarcus Ware and Doug Free, retire as well. For the briefest moments after the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers in January, Witten wondered if he, too, was done.

After some reflection and a meeting with coach Jason Garrett, he was all-in.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever been around, a great example of how to conduct yourself as a player on the field, off the field, in the locker room, on the practice field, during the game that I’ve been very fortunate to be associated with,” Garrett said. “I think his coaches feel that way. I know his teammates feel that way. And he’s still a really, really good football player. He can play the position. The versatility he has as a receiver, as a blocker, he can do all that we ask him to do. I don’t think there’s another tight end in football like him.”

And that’s what mattered most to Witten.

“They believe, and it’s not because it’s ‘We like Witten and everthing he’s made of,’” Witten said. “It’s ‘Hey, it’s third-and-8 and we’re throwing it to that guy.’”

The Mavericks still call on Nowitzki in clutch situations. Twice last season he hit tying shots in the final 10 seconds of a game. They know to get him the ball at the top of the circle and allow him to shoot over a defender as the shot clock winds down. The process to get to that point even as Nowitzki has aged has not changed.

The process for the Cowboys to get to that point with Witten for the big third-down conversion has not changed as he has aged, either.

“I feel like I get an edge when it comes to being able to focus on the details,” Witten said. “I think Dirk is the best example of any we have known for over the last 15-20 years with how he approaches it as a 7-footer. Anyone that’s been around him says the same thing about him: It’s how he works.”

Witten’s 69 receptions were second on the team last season. It was the 13th consecutive season he caught at least 60 passes. Only Jerry Rice (17) and Tony Gonzalez (15) have more 60-catch seasons in NFL history.

Nowitzki has said he will continue to play as long as he is having fun, but he has a championship. Witten is still chasing his.

“I don’t really get caught up in ‘Hey, it’s a young team and I’m the old guy,’” Witten said. “It’s not that approach. It’s not ‘Win it for Witten.’ The standard and my goals don’t change. If anything, they’ve gotten higher as I’ve gotten older.”

ESPN NBA reporter Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-cowboys/post/_/id/4760167/dallas-icons-jason-witten-dirk-nowitzki-share-secrets-of-success