DALLAS – This season marks Klay Thompson’s 13th in the NBA. The 11th pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Washington State hasn’t played in Pullman for some time but the Cougars remain near and dear to his heart.
Rick Carlisle knows the Indiana Pacers got a steal when they drafted Andrew Nembhard early in the second round (31st overall) of the 2022 NBA Draft because the entire organization knew Nembhard, who played his final two collegiate seasons at Gonzaga, was undoubtedly a first-round talent.
SEATTLE – When Nate McMillan’s name pops up in the news, you typically want it to be for a good reason. “Mr. Sonic” is not only beloved in the Emerald City but respected in most circles in the basketball world.
LeBron James is too difficult to explain. A teenage phenom and the subject of our curiosity who dared to believe his own hype, then had the audacity to crush all that pressure while dominating the league for two decades.
LeBron James, typically gregarious, could not muster any charm. It was early October and, after a preseason game, the attention shifted to his relationship with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as James prepared to break his NBA record for career points. James refused to pretend.
Former Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs is only four years removed from being a two-sport star at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, but the school didn’t waste any time showing Sugg how much he meant to the school. Minnehaha retired Suggs’ basketball and football jersey during a ceremony Thursday night at the school’s gymnasium prior to a varsity basketball game.
The Boston Celtics may be looking at a familiar face to upgrade their frontcourt ahead of the NBA trade deadline next week. Utah Jazz big man Kelly Olynyk is drawing trade interest from both Boston and the Miami Heat, according to Steve Bulpett of Heavy Sports.
Corey Kispert is fully aware that above all else the NBA is a business, a fact recently reinforced in a big way when fellow Gonzaga product and close friend Rui Hachimura was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday.
LeBron James had just sat down after leaving the shower when he looked over and saw Rui Hachimura about to leave the Lakers' locker room to conduct his first postgame interview with the media after a 113-104 win over San Antonio.
Hachimura, the former Gonzaga standout, is kind of a classic "buy low" player. He has the size and shooting you'd want out of a modern power forward, but durability and roster construction problems in Washington have kept him from taking any large developmental steps.
Former Gonzaga and Los Angeles Lakers center Rob Sacre stays busy in Spokane with his excavation business and working with his kids’ basketball teams as well as coaching at Flett Middle School. Keeping up with his former NBA team isn’t Sacre’s top priority, but he understands what awaits former Zag standout Rui Hachimura, who was traded Monday to the Lakers, one of the preeminent franchises in the sports world located in the second biggest media market in the U.S.