An online petition called “Keep Nate Robinson in Chicago” was put together by a Bulls fan who says, in part, “Nate Robinson is an integral part of Chicago Bulls family. His energy, passion and scoring prowess have contributed heavily to the success of this team. Robinson, a seven-year veteran, has always showed flashes of genius, but it wasn’t until this year with the bulls that he really seemed to come into his own.”
Indeed he did. So much so that the NBA went so far as to make a commercial around his Game 4 heroics.
Who knows what the future will bring for Nate Robinson as it relates to the Bulls? He’s obviously earned himself a pay raise plus job security in the form of a long-term deal next season based on his performance this season.
adidas Basketball has designed a Rookie of the Year edition of the Real Deal basketball shoe from the late 1990s for Damian Lillard. The shoe pays tribute to all of Damian’s stops in his basketball career (Oakland, Ogden and Oregon).
510 pairs of Damian’s Rookie of the Year “Real Deal” will be available on May 23 for $120 at Compound (Portland, Ore), Shoe Palace (Oakland, Calif.) and adidas.com. Damian will be in attendance at Compound on May 23 between 6:00pm and 7:00pm for the official launch.
On Tuesday May 21st, Damian Lillard will make an appearance at the Champs Sports in Times Square, NY. Damian will be in attendance at Champs from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Check out the flyer below for more details.
- Piazza Matteotti to Host Top School Basketball Teams from Across Italy in National Finals -
UDINE, ITALY, May 14, 2013 – The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers will highlight the NBA Schools Cup Finals presented by Agenzia Turismo Friuli Venezia Giulia taking place in Udine, June 1-2, it was announced today. The schedule for the final qualification phase has also been released with 14 cities across Italy hosting Schools Cup tournaments.
Over 2,900 schools across Italy were initially invited to participate in the preliminary stages of the 2013 edition of the NBA Schools Cup that began in March. Dozens of schools will be competing in each of the 14 cities across Italy over the next month with the top 48 teams qualifying for the National Finals in Udine in the presence of Damian Lillard in June.
At 23 years of age, Lillard became only the fourth unanimous recipient of the Rookie of the Year award in NBA history. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average. He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this season.
The final phase of competition tipped off in Como and will visit Trieste, Pesaro, Varese, Bologna, Torino, Bergamo, Verona, Vicenza, Florence, Gorizia, and Rome.
The historic Piazza Matteotti in Udine will be transformed for the NBA Schools Cup Finals, with multiple outdoor basketball courts, as well as fun interactive basketball activities for fans of all ages. Radio Deejay will provide nighttime entertainment on Saturday with a live DJ set from the popular DJ Vic.
“The partnership with NBA is efficient to the project of conveying the brand Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy and worldwide and to increase the incoming of athletes and their families in our region. So specially in this season ideal for summer camps, school trips and short breaks, the NBA Schools Cup is a working way to promote Friuli Venezia Giulia to all students, parents and teachers who will take part to the event. For NBA Schools Cup we are going to distribute 10,000 brochures to the 3000 schools, many proposals for itineraries of education to the teachers, in order to promote school trips all over the region as well as special packages for overnights in Udine”.
“The NBA Schools Cup is a great way to tip-off our events in Italy this year and bring our game to school children throughout the country,” said Ben Morel, Senior Vice President, NBA Europe. “Thanks to the support of Agenzia Turismo Friuli Venezia Giulia and our family of partners, we remain committed to developing the sport across Italy, providing a foundation for the stars of the future.”
Fans can attend the two-day event in Udine free of charge to experience the sights and sounds of the NBA in a fun a family atmosphere that will include spectator games, prizes and music.
adidas, Algida, and Radio Deejay join as partners for NBA Schools Cup.
For more information, please visit: http://www.golivefvg.com/contest/nba-contest/nba-schools-cup/ and https://www.facebook.com/NBAItalia
On Saturday April 13th, DeMar DeRozan presented North Kipling Junior Middle School and the Big League Book Club with a $15,100.00 donation to support the sports and literacy after-school program targeting boys in grades 1-6. The participants are taught the game of basketball while incorporating the important life skill of reading.
DeRozan has sponsored the book club since his rookie year, contributing Raptors game tickets, t-shirts and basketball gear to the 120 boys from the Etobicoke area of Toronto. With drastic budget cuts to after-school curriculum, DeRozan stepped in to save the 12-week program from ending.
While learning the fundamentals of basketball from high school/mentor coaches, the boys are also required to read an average of 6 books and complete book reports.
Here are some photos from DeMar’s appearance: