After spending most of his first two NBA seasons buried on the bench with the Portland Trail Blazers, former Maryland standout Jake Layman has found his role as a key reserve and sometimes starter for one of the Western Conference's top teams.
Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Golden State Warriors are heading to their fourth straight NBA Finals after fighting back from another big deficit with a huge third quarter and beating the Houston Rockets, 101-92, in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
Under Armour wants to accompany its products with stories about the histories and traits of the athletes or teams they were created for. So it is that Bryce Harper's black Camaro, Stephen Curry's beloved sour candy and Cam Newton's favorite college football rivalry.
Ending a frantic few days of courtship ¿ and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title ¿ Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.
At the League of Gentlemen All-Star game May 19 at Patuxent Valley Middle School, players earned their way onto the court by successfully adhering to standards established by the league, a mentoring initiative begun two years ago to give male students help academically, emotionally, socially and physically.
Under Armour has offered NBA superstar Kevin Durant – one of the nation's most popular and marketable athletes -- a package worth between $265 million and $285 million that would be the company's largest sponsorship deal, according to a media report..
Former Patterson star Aquille Carr has spent his senior season at Princeton Day Academy in Laurel, is trying to rebuild his reputation after a turbulent year that included an arrest and several school transfers. Despite all that, Carr seems to be thinking ahead to professional opportunities overseas.
In some ways, Prince George's is to Washington, D.C., as Brooklyn is to Manhattan when it comes to basketball. While the District has produced hoop legends such as Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing, Prince George's has several of its own, such as Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson, currently in the NBA. Laurel, which also includes parts of Anne Arundel and Howard County, also has its own share of basketball standouts.
What was supposed to be a rousing sendoff for the U.S. team playing its last game on American soil before continuing its pre-Olympic tour later this week in England, turned into an embarrassing first quarter that saw Brazil take a 10-point lead amid an assortment of missed dunks, errant jump shots and porous defense by their more famous counterparts.
As an NBA assistant coach since retiring after a Hall of Fame career, Patrick Ewing might have a better seat than many of his contemporaries to compare this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the fabled Dream Team of 20 years ago.
Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams will all be guaranteed a spot on the 2012 Olympic roster. This leaves five players vying for three open spots: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, James Harden and Baltimore native Rudy Gay.
TV ratings for the NBA playoffs have been through the roof. Saturday's Eastern Conference final set a new high for cable TV. In terms of what is expected to happen on the court, I am already hyped out of my head for game one of the finals between Oklahoma City and Miami Tuesday night on ABC. But I am also worried about what the coverage on Disney-owned ESPN-ABC is going to be like.