Enjoying the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend on a budget

By Jourdan Kerl Medill Reports The price of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game tickets rose to an average of $1,900 per seat but it did not stop thousands of fans from traveling across the globe to see the league’s top talent, even if they would not be seated in Staples Center. Instead, they were in […]

Ben Simmons picked by NBA Rising Stars to be the next All-Star

By Serena Yeh Medill Reports LOS ANGELES – The Rising Stars are playing it nice. Fourteen of the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge players were asked over the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles who they thought among them, excluding the player himself, would be the first to make the All-Star Game. And most were loyal […]

Players weigh in: Who is the Rookie of the Year?

by Nathan Smith Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — Two players have jumped out ahead in NBA Rookie of the Year race, but most of their peers can’t decide which one is in the lead. Donovan Mitchell, the top scorer for a Jazz team rolling into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak, and Ben […]

NBA family delivers food, love at LA Food Bank

Athena Liu Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — No matter if they play for different teams, at different levels or in different generations, when it comes to giving back to the community, the NBA unites as a family. On Friday, NBA All-Stars Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Larry Nance Jr. and Eric Gordon joined NBA legends at […]

Stars turn out for All-Star Weekend bowling fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation

LadyLike Founder Leah Cher Pump with NBA legend Isaiah Thomas

By Richard Foster-Shelton Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — Publicly, All-Star Weekend is notable for being a time when celebrities descend on the host city to enjoy a work-free weekend. Privately, one woman worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes to make sure the gathering of big names was not in vain. On Thursday, Leah Cher Pump, president and CEO […]

DeRozan returns to Compton roots

By Connor Yahn Medill Reports COMPTON, Calif. — DeMar DeRozan, like countless other children across the world, dreamed of one day playing in the NBA and becoming an All-Star while watching Kobe Bryant star for the Los Angeles Lakers. For DeRozan, that dream began in Compton, California, and he has since developed into one of […]

NBA elites give back to community during All-Star Weekend

By Serena Yeh Medill Reports LOS ANGELES –Draymond Green played 38 minutes and recorded his third consecutive double-double in a game Wednesday night, but 13 hours later, the Golden State Warriors forward was at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, chatting and playing games with young patients.

Filayyyy hits L.A.

By Nathan Smith Medill Reports LOS ANGELES – Jesse Jones is almost too famous to be here. A dozen men took turns shooting threes and executing exotic dunks in an empty Staples Center on Wednesday, all part of the dress rehearsal for the NBA All-Star Weekend’s competitions. Some, like Jones, played college basketball. But only Jones […]