Rockets guard Jalen Green partners with new Asian league
Before Jalen Green joined the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest-drafted Asian American player in the NBA, he'd already experienced close up how passionate the people of the Philippines were about the game he loved to play. The eight-team, pan-regional league will launch in October and feature the winners and runners-up from the Japanese, South Korean and Philippines leagues as well as the Taiwanese champions and the Bay Area Dragons, a roster of players from across greater China based in Manil a for Season 1. Green, who grew up in California with his Filipino mother, Bree Purganan, already had a big following before he was selected second overall in the draft and made the NBA's All-Rookie team for 2021-22.news.yahoo.com
Knicks' Obi Toppin wins dunk contest as others struggle
Obi Toppin won the slam dunk contest, earning a 47 on his final dunk when he needed to do little more than put the ball in the basket after Juan Toscano-Anderson couldn't on his previous try. Toppin, the New York Knicks forward, beat Golden State's Toscano-Anderson in the final round to win the event after finishing second as a rookie. Houston rookie Jalen Green and Orlando guard Cole Anthony failed to advance.news.yahoo.com
A top high school basketball player could net up to $1 million by skipping college and playing for the NBA's G League
As the world awaits the return of hoops on the court, the National Basketball Association announced a pair of transactions that is certain to change the landscape of its G League. Top high school prospects Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd agreed to terms to play in the G League, the league said. But Green is expected to net over $1 million when factoring in possible endorsement deals he's eligible to sign. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the president of the G League, told CNBC the new team would help monitor elite talent domestically, as the trend of seniors leaving high school and playing overseas continues to rise. "If you talk to a lot of the top high school seniors, all of them had options to go somewhere abroad," Abdur-Rahim said.cnbc.com
6 things to know ahead of Saturday's Iowa State v UT matchup
It will be chilly, but with their season on the line, expect the Texas Longhorns to leave it all out on the field in this weekend's matchup against Iowa State. Iowa State put up 41 points on the road last week in Norman. After driving down the field and scoring a touchdown to make it 42-41, Iowa State opted to go for two and the attempt didn't succeed. This was part in thanks to a controversial no-call on a potential pass interference that might have turned a conversion for Iowa State into a game-sealing interception for the Sooners. The stadium will be loud, and Iowa State will certainly be looking for some reprisal this weekend when the Horns come to town.