Alana Beard Named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year

September/12/2017

Los Angeles’ Alana Beard Named 2017 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year

 

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2017 – Los Angeles Sparks guard/forward Alana Beard has been named the 2017 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today.  Beard earned the honor for the first time in her 12-year career and became the second Sparks player to win the award, joining Lisa Leslie (2004, 2008).

Beard received 28 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters.  Three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx finished second with five votes, while two-time winner Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury was third with four votes.  Sparks forward Candace Parker earned two votes and Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas received one vote.

Beard led the WNBA in steals for the first time, averaging 2.09 per game while starting all 34 of Los Angeles’ games.  Behind Beard, the Sparks paced the WNBA in steals (9.29 spg) and opponents’ turnovers per game (16.4).  They also ranked second in defensive rating (96.0 points per 100 possessions) and points allowed (75.2 ppg).

On Aug. 18, the four-time All-Star had a season-high seven defensive rebounds to go with a season-high-tying five steals in a 115-106 double-overtime road win against the Chicago Sky.  Beard also had five steals in a 78-68 home victory against the Seattle Storm on May 13, the opening day of the WNBA season.

Also this season, Beard averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists and shot a career-best 49.7 percent from the field.  Her contributions helped the defending champion Sparks (26-8) finish with the third-most victories in franchise history and earn a double bye as the No. 2 seed in the WNBA Playoffs 2017 presented by Verizon.  Los Angeles opens its postseason tonight against Phoenix in Game 1 of the Semifinals (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Beard has been selected to the WNBA All-Defensive Team seven times.  The former Duke star was the second overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft and played six seasons for the Washington Mystics before joining the Sparks in 2012.  She ranks fourth on the WNBA’s all-time steals list with 654, the most among active players.

In honor of being named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Beard will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. 

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Don’t Forget About the Islands

September/09/2017

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE ISLANDS

 

Hey, it’s Tim.

I’m not normally one to speak directly in the media, or write stuff publicly. So I’m a little out of my comfort zone here. I don’t use Twitter. I don’t have a Facebook. Interviews are O.K., I guess, but I prefer when they’re on the shorter side.

But here I am, talking right to you, asking you for a favor. I promise I wouldn’t be asking if it didn’t matter so much. The basketball community has already given so much to me over the years. But right now I need your attention for a couple of minutes.

Right now as I type this, the U.S. Virgin Islands — the place where I was born and where I grew up — has been badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. The people there, many of whom are old friends of mine, are suffering. Weather reports say that another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Jose, is close behind. No one knows what the place will look like when the rain stops.

Now time is of the essence.

I’m donating $250,000 immediately — tonight — to the storm relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And going forward, I pledge to match your donations up to the first $1 million. That’s where you come in: You can go here to make a donation. I’ve included more information at the end of this article, too.

I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. — after all, a lot of you just got done giving financial support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the fires on the West Coast. But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to St. Croix, the biggest town in the Virgin Islands. And I’m already busy putting together a team — some from the Virgin Islands and some who will fly in from elsewhere — to help manage the relief effort.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my old neighborhood in St. Croix, where I recently took my kids. I showed them where I used to play with my friends when I was their age. I showed them my high school. Now I’m asking myself, What will still be there after the storms?

We can pray. Then we must act.

Right now you — we — can really, really make a difference.

Coach Pop has always been a “say less, do more” kind of person, and I’ve always admired that in him and tried my best to follow his example. But Pop also knows when it’s time to talk, so in that spirit I want to take a moment to tell you why my home is so special, and why it needs your help so urgently right now. I’ll even try to work in a lesson I learned about Chef Boyardee somewhere if I can.

See, the thing that’s really hard to get your head around when someone in a faraway land is asking for relief money after a disaster is … well, it’s hard to imagine how it’ll help. I mean, how exactly it’ll help. And I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault because it’s hard to put yourself in someone else’s experience if you’ve only see it on TV or read about it in the news. It’s easy to imagine the funds being wasted — or worse, never spent on what was intended.

But I’ve lived through a hurricane before. I’ve seen its destruction. I’ve seen why getting help — immediate and sustained help — is so vital.

The biggest storm to ever hit the Virgin Islands was Hurricane Hugo. Hugo was a Category 5, just like Irma. It was 1989 and I was 13 years old. I’d just started back to school. People still talk about Hugo. Some people even say that the island never really returned to normal. That’s how bad the damage was. They talk about the lag in relief efforts in the critical days and weeks after the disaster, which was mostly due to the island’s small size and distance from big cities.

Hugo hit at night. The first thing I remember is a loud boom from the windows blowing out of our house. My mother and sister burst into my bedroom and led me by the hand into another room. We spent the rest of the night sitting in a small bathroom, our eyes wide open. None of us could sleep. We heard the bangs and booms of debris. Once in a while, I’d peek down the hallway at my dad, who was watching our ceiling. One of the beams had a crack in it, and the crack slowly grew bigger throughout the night. I think my dad was praying.

Our roof stayed on, but others were not so lucky. Some people died and many were injured. Those of us who survived woke up to find our neighborhood destroyed. Many houses on our block were missing roofs, or entire walls. Our next-door neighbors lost their house. They had spent the night hiding in their kitchen cabinets. They ended up moving in with us for a while after that.

Hugo crippled the economy. People lost their businesses. Food prices went way, way up. For the next six months, parts of the island didn’t have power, and school was canceled for almost two months. We had to boil water to drink or cook. I got good at showering with a bucket. Without electricity, we had to get crafty to keep food and drinks cold. I remember tying ropes to jugs of milk or orange juice and then lowering them down into a cistern, which collects rainwater. The water was a lot cooler in there. I learned to adapt, like everyone else.

Every once in a while, people would get a generator and each family would take turns using it for a few hours at a time. The priority was always powering the lights and the fridge. As a kid I wanted to watch TV or play video games. (I had the original Nintendo, and Zelda had just come out.) But we knew we had to focus on what we needed, not on what we wanted.

Looking back now, I’m so impressed by how calmly my parents got my family through it. We did get through it. Not every family’s home or job was safe, but we were lucky.

Now that I’m older, I also know how important it is to get relief and to get it quickly — and how easily a small island can be forgotten. I can’t let that happen again.

Which is why I mentioned Chef Boyardee earlier.

I lived off that stuff after Hugo. Chef Boyardee was my guy. A distribution center was set up in our neighborhood, and cans of Chef Boyardee were some of the only meals available to us. Tang was a treat, as well, if they had it in the latest shipment — we’d boil water to make sure it was clean, and then mix in the Tang powder.

So this week I’ve been thinking a lot about those cans. Because they were a godsend. They were like magic to me. Someone had sent them — I don’t know who, or what organization, but someone had sent them. And I was so happy and grateful. Not because I loved them — I’ve probably haven’t had Chef Boyardee since — but because that food was a necessity. It got us through.

Islands like ours tend to get forgotten after storms. We’re remote, which makes it hard to deliver supplies quickly, cheaply and adequately. A lot of people don’t think of the Virgin Islands as someone’s home, but as more of a getaway — it was only when I got older that I figured that out. I remember the cruise ships. They’d come to the island. Groups of people would stroll downtown to check out the shops. They’d hang out at the beach or charter ships to nearby islands. It was always cool that all these strangers wanted to visit my faraway little island. After a few days, the cruise ships would leave.

After Hugo, the cruise ships didn’t come back for a long time.

I’m writing this to ask for your help in the relief efforts, but I’m also asking you not to forget about the Virgin Islands — and others in the Caribbean.

The news of the storm may fade from the headlines, but there are still real people there — good people — who need your goodwill, and who will never forget your generosity.

To join my effort, go to my Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief Page here.

I will match your financial donations up to the first $1 million. I’ve just started things off with my initial $250,000 contribution. 

And if you’re interested in contributing material goods, we’re setting up two drop off locations in San Antonio on Monday and Tuesday from 7am-7pm:

H-E-B Grocery Store
17238 Bulverde Rd, San Antonio, TX

and

H-E-B Grocery Store
4100 S New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX 78223

Thank you, again.

BY Tim Duncan / PUBLISHED September/9/2017 / The Players' Tribune

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/tim-duncan-hurricane-irma-us-virgin-islands/
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Gerald Henderson, Jr. Medical Update

August/17/2017

Gerald Henderson, Jr. Medical Update

 

Arlington, VA, August 17, 2017 – NBA player Gerald Henderson, Jr. had successful surgery on his left hip today, Tandem president Jim Tanner announced. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edwin Su performed the surface replacement procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Henderson will return to his home in Charlotte next week to begin rehabbing in preparation for his return to the NBA.

If you have any questions regarding this update, contact Meredith Geisler at mgeisler@tandemse.com or (703) 740-5015.

ABOUT TANDEM SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT:

Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Danny Barnes, three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt and authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).

 

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BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED August/17/2017 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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Gerald Henderson, Jr. Makes Announcement Regarding 17-18 Season

August/02/2017

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Gerald Henderson, Jr. Makes Announcement Regarding 2017-18 NBA Season

 

Arlington, VA, August 2, 2017 –NBA player Gerald Henderson, Jr. is evaluating surgical options for his left hip. The following is a statement from Henderson regarding details around this decision.

“Despite receiving genuine interest from several NBA teams, I have made the decision to continue to evaluate surgical options on my left hip. I have been playing through severe pain that has made it difficult to play to the best of my ability. Now the pain has started to impact my everyday life off the court. My family, my agent and I are working closely with my medical team to give me all of the information I will need to make the best decision, personally and professionally. I am as competitive as they come and want to play. I will fully commit myself to getting healthy. I am thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had and I look forward to returning to playing in the NBA.”

Henderson was the 12th overall selection by Charlotte in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Duke graduate most recently spent the 2016-17 season playing for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact Meredith Geisler at mgeisler@tandemse.com or (703) 740-5015.

ABOUT TANDEM SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT:

Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Danny Barnes, three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt and authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).

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Contact:
Meredith Geisler
Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC
(703) 740-5015
mgeisler@tandemse.com

BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED August/2/2017 / tandemse.com

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WNBA’s Alana Beard is learning to swim

July/21/2017

WNBA superstar Alana Beard has won LHSAA state titles, ACC crowns and now has a WNBA championship to her credit.

But the 35-year-old Shreveport native, Southwood and Duke graduate, who has stood in virtually every ocean in the world, does not know how to swim.

That bothers her — and Beard has always been one to do something about things that bother her. That’s why she was willing to fly into Shreveport Friday morning after playing a WNBA contest with the Los Angeles Sparks Thursday night, just to work with a group of about 30 young people involved with Common Ground Community.

The 2004 John R. Wooden Award as the national collegiate player of the year is learning to swim with them during the second annual Alana Beard’s Swim Safety event at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.

“It is very important to me to keep this going because up to 75 percent of African- Americans do not know how to swim,” Beard told The Times. “It’s not in their households to learn. It’s close to my heart after learning about the tragedy on the Red River in 2010.”

Six youngsters drowned that fateful day trying to save a friend in the swirling water.

Speaking with the panache of a CEO, Beard addressed her Common Ground visitors, who were rapt with attention. When she asked how many could swim, most of them raised their hands. When she asked how many could swim the length of the YMCA pool, only a couple of hands remained up.

“We’ll find out tomorrow when we get in the water,” Beard said smiling.

The students will be put through a hands-on swim session Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. Beard will be in the pool with them before heading back to L.A. to continue trying to lead the second-place Sparks to a second consecutive title. She was obviously still reveling in her first championship as a pro on Friday afternoon. As a “Dukie,” she advanced to a pair of Woman’s NCAA Final Fours, but her Blue Devils lost in the semifinals both times.

“It felt absolutely amazing and it took a lot of mental capacity from all of us to pull it off,” Beard said. “I’ve never been that locked in about anything. Candace Parker and I were talking about it last night that we were just so overwhelmed with excitement, but were also exhausted.”

Beard, a past WNBA All-Star, has always been about family, which made sharing the 2016 WNBA title, her first in 12 professional seasons, with her mother, Marie, special.

“The best part was hearing the release from my mom,” Beard said. “She came on the floor and she was screaming. I’ve gone through so many tough times and my family has always been my support system.”

Beard has another half season with the Sparks, but her future as a pro is unclear at this point. Although she’s healthy and looks like she could still suit up for Steve McDowell on Walker Road, her contract is up after this season.

“I don’t know what will happen then. I don’t want to be one of those athletes who keeps hanging on. I want to leave the game on my own terms,” she said. “Some of it is dependent on my body. Right now it’s maybe, maybe not.”

Beard took questions from her new Common Ground friends, most of them surrounding basketball. One young man wanted to know if she could dunk.

“I’m 35,” she said with a smile.

Another asked about her scoring average?

“You’ll have to Google that. I’m about defense, but I can score when I need to,” said the shooter who posted 48 points with 20 rebounds in the LHSAA Class 5A state title game in 2000.

One young man wanted to know if she “made millions?”

“I play in the WNBA,” she said.

The YMCA’s Mason McGee offered some water safety tips, while Beard delivered the gathering some life tips.

“Only 2 percent of college athletes make it to the professional level. That’s why it’s extremely important to get your education,” Beard said. “Dream big, but do things like learn how to swim.”

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Justin Jackson: Quiet but Confident

June/27/2017

The new Kings forward is ready to take on a new challenge after leading his team to a championship at North Carolina.

 

“I’m gonna show y’all why this guy is really the GOAT,” said De’Aaron Fox, holding a cell phone that was streaming video to thousands of Sacramento Kings fans on Instagram Live.

Fox and his fellow Kings rookies had just finished being officially introduced during a press conference, followed by a period of availability where the players had a chance to answer questions posed by the local Sacramento media.

“Hey GOAT…GOAT,” Fox prodded with the phone now facing fellow rookie Justin Jackson, attempting to get his longtime friend turned college opponent turned teammate to acknowledge his “Greatest of All Time” nickname that Fox had just bestowed upon him.

Jackson, standing just a few feet away from Fox, finally turned his attention to the newest Kings guard, seeing the camera and then realizing what was going on, he gave a smile and a wave.

That response should come as no surprise for those who are familiar with Jackson, someone who carries himself with a generally low-key demeanor.

But don’t mistake that quietness for passivity.

During his junior season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel led his team to a NCAA National Championship in 2017, just one season after a heartbreaking loss in the Championship game at the hands of Villanova.

Coming into what would eventually be his final season in the Carolina blue, No. 44 was firmly focused on not letting the disappointment of defeat strike again. Jackson removed himself from all social media, attempting to tune out any distractions from the goal that narrowly eluded his team the season before – championship hardware.

Unlike many top-tier recruits playing for a powerhouse program like UNC, Jackson did not follow a cookie-cutter path of private prep schools leading up to his college career. From the age of four and throughout high school, he was homeschooled. Jackson and his three younger siblings had to move frequently due to his father’s position as a commodities trader.

The Jackson family bounced from Texas, to Oklahoma, to Ohio, and back to Texas – a major reason why Justin’s parents believed homeschool to be the optimal route.

“My parents saw it as the best way to maintain the consistency of our educations,” Jackson wrote in his article published by The Player’s Tribune. “Which is why I valued — and still value — the close relationships I have with my friends and family. When you move around a bunch, you need a tight inner circle of people you can rely on.”

As Jackson would further note in his article, there were stereotypes that he wanted to dispell about the homeschool experience. He noted that people would often assume these kids to be things like “weird” or “antisocial” and that they don’t really actually have any work to do school-wise and that they can just sit around all day.

This was anything but true for Justin. His days started probably earlier than most other kids his age. He was up around 6 a.m. on his way to basketball practice, where he played for Homeschool Christian Youth Association.

After his practices, he would find himself in a joint classroom with fellow students being homeschooled, completing assignments and projects with a variety of kids ranging in ages.

“From this, I learned how to work with classmates of all different ages, each of whom had their own set of skills and experiences,” Jackson wrote. “Because of that environment, I got pretty good at doing assignments quickly, in a short amount of time, which has really helped in college.”

Though not a traditional team, Jackson’s homeschool team played well with the smooth forward at the helm of its success. He was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2014 and took home co-MVP honors for the All-American Game along with Jahlil Okafor, who would go on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers after one season at Duke.

Jackson’s strong play made recruiters take notice and he soon found himself in Chapel Hill, joining one of college basketball’s most storied programs under one of the most accomplished head coaches – Roy Williams.

“When Coach Williams visited me and my parents, I talked with him about the things that were important to me: family, relationships and faith. I was always a bit shy when I was growing up. I always had a small circle of friends,” wrote Jackson.

“I think Coach understood all that from the get-go. He wanted to make me feel welcome and accepted for who I was: a humble homeschooler who liked to play a little basketball.”

As a freshman, Justin earned a significant role, playing in 38 contests with averages of 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in his 26.7 minutes per game.

While the current trends have many players parlaying a single season of college ball into an NBA career, Jackson decided to stay at UNC.

His decision helped him grow as a player, serving as a crucial contributor to the team’s run during the NCAA Tournament that pitted them against Villanova in the final game. However, a buzzer beater by Kris Jenkins of the Wildcats denied North Carolina its sixth National Championship.

“For us, that game — that loss — was so important … because it wasn’t just any old loss,” Jackson wrote. “If you play a sport, you win games and you lose games. And then you move on. But that loss — losing in that way, in the final game, right after Marcus’s game-tying three — is burned into us.”

Justin Jackson would not be denied again.

As a junior, he led his Tar Heel team in scoring (18.3 points per game) and set a UNC record by knocking down 105 shots from three-point range. Jackson was bestowed with ACC Player of the Year honors and was named a consensus First Team All-American. Those individual accolades simply did not satisfy, however. What Jackson and his teammates were fixated on was hoisting that trophy as the confetti fell.

And that’s exactly how North Carolina’s season ended – with a celebration. The Tar Heels topped Gonzaga to capture another National Title after falling just seconds short of attaining it just one year before.

For Jackson, it served as the cherry on top to his college career as he would go on to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Taken at No. 15 overall later that June, Jackson would be acquired by the Kings in a Draft Day trade that sent Sacramento’s No. 10 overall pick to Portland in exchange for Jackson and the No. 20 pick, Duke forward Harry Giles.

While he may not be the first guy you notice when you walk into a room, Jackson has worked tirelessly to make sure his presence is felt on the court. Now, through his quiet confidence, Jackson is presented with another opportunity to be a leader for Sacramento’s young core of talent – a challenge he has proven that he is up for taking.

After all, he does have that nickname De’Aaron gave him to live up to.

 

 

 

 

 

BY Kyle Ramos / PUBLISHED June/27/2017 / NBA.com

http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/justin-jackson-quiet-confident/
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Jarrett Allen Made a Big First Impression

June/23/2017

Most of the work, said Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, is done by general manager Sean Marks and his front office team, sorting through prospects, poring over film and cataloguing possibilities in preparation for the NBA Draft.

“We kind of come in at the end,” said Atkinson.

He and the coaches get to check out what Marks’ crew has found as they’re narrowing things down, and one guy positively jumped out of the crowd.

“When I started watching games games I was immediately … you know,” said Atkinson. “It’s like when you see a beautiful girl. Wow.”

And that was Texas big man Jarrett Allen.

They liked him so much they didn’t know if they’d have a chance to bring him to Brooklyn. But there he was as the Nets’ turn came around at No. 22 in the first round on Thursday night.

“Jarrett was a lot higher on our board,” said Marks. “He was a guy we targeted. We certainly looked to move up in the draft to get him. Thankfully we didn’t have to move up. We’re thrilled.”

Just about 15 hours after Allen’s name was called at Barclays Center by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, he was introduced at HSS Training Center accompanied by Marks and Atkinson.

“He’s a system fit,” said Atkinson. “I know you’ve heard that a lot of from us. That’s obviously real important to our group of coaches here. He does everything you want in a big player. Runs the court. Defends the rim. Has great timing. Great feel for the game. I was really impressed with his passing. I’m up here pinching myself. We got a heck of a player, heck of a young man. Credit to his family. Looking forward to working with him.”

The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Allen comes to the Nets after one season at the University of Texas, where he averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field. His production picked up over the course of his freshman season, as he averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in Big 12 play.

After a standout high school career that earned him a berth in the McDonald’s All-America game and made him one of the country’s most sought-after big man recruits, Allen stayed close to home for college, having grown up just outside of Austin in Round Rock, Texas. And he was pretty comfortable there.

Brooklyn will be a transition.

“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” said Allen. “It’s something I’m honestly not that used to. I’m honestly used to a lot more farm land, more trees. I’m going to be happy to be here though. Personally I think I adjust easily.”

He’s handled a lot just over the last 12 months or so, the whirlwind of making a college choice, adjusting to the college game, and then quickly jumping into the NBA draft process.

“One word, I’ll say it’s been busy,” said Allen. “Busy flying all over the country talking to different people, meeting 10 new people every day. It’s hard to remember names sometimes. It’s been a good process. I enjoyed it. College you get to pick where you go, in the NBA you don’t know. Honestly for me that relieved some of the pressure because I don’t have to make a decision, knowing whether it’s right or wrong. It kind of relieved some of the pressure for me.”

No, this time the choice and it’s accompanying pressure was all on the Nets. Fortunately, they were sure of what they were looking for.

“I think 10 years ago when you talk about big men, you want a guy who can really bang, and power, that type of player,” said Atkinson. “I’m always on Sean, we need speed and skill and versatility. It sounds like we’re talking about a guard. But that’s the thing that really stood out about Jarrett was just how fast he was, how versatile he was, what a good passer he was, the skill level.”

At 235 pounds, Allen and Atkinson are looking for the newest Net to get to work with the team’s performance staff and add some muscle. He’ll soon find himself on the court with 7-foot-1, 275-pound Timofey Mozgov.

With Allen having turned 19 years old just two months ago, the muscle will come. The Nets are excited about what’s already there. Atkinson expects Allen to contribute this season, and it’s an open competition to see how many minutes he can earn. With the Nets’ aggressive style, an athletic big man with strong defensive instincts is just what they were looking for.

“The thing that impressed me watching him was his anticipation, his timing,” said Atkinson. “That’s a big thing, being able to get to the spot before the guy gets his shot off. Amazing timing on his blocked shots without fouling. The moments I did see him switch out on smaller guys, not a problem at all keeping them in front and contesting a shot. It takes an intelligent defender to do that. Probably when you’re talking about the No. 1 pieces I’m excited about that’s his defensive ability and his defensive IQ.”

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Tandem Signs NBA’s Tyler Hansbrough for Full-Service Representation

May/25/2017

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Tandem Signs NBA’s Tyler Hansbrough

 

Arlington, VA, May 25, 2017 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed NBA free agent Tyler Hansbrough, Tandem President Jim Tanner announced. Tandem will provide full-service representation for Hansbrough, overseeing contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities.

“Tyler is a passionate competitor with an incredible work ethic,” Tanner said. “He is ready to be an impact player on an NBA team next season. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Tandem family.”

Most recently, Hansbrough spent the final stretch of the 2016-17 season with the NBA D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He averaged 17.6 points and 12.2 rebounds in 13 games while shooting 54.3% from the field. In three post season games, Hansbrough averaged 25 points on 63.4% shooting and 15.3 rebounds. He was drafted by Indiana as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and played four seasons with the Pacers, followed by two seasons in Toronto, and his most recent NBA season with Charlotte in 2015-16. Hansbrough is looking to return to the NBA as a free agent this summer.

Prior to the NBA, Hansbrough had a dominant collegiate career at the University of North Carolina. He earned First Team All-America and First Team All-ACC honors in all four of his seasons at UNC. He led the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2008 and 2009 and helped UNC win the national title in 2009. He was also the 2008 National Player of the Year. UNC retired Hansbrough’s No. 50 jersey.

 

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Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins, Alana Beard and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt.  Public relations clients include Charles Johnson Foundation, authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).

Contact:

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Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC
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Tandem Signs UNC’s Nate Britt

May/23/2017

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Tandem Signs UNC NCAA Champion Nate Britt for Full-Service Representation

 

Arlington, VA, May 23, 2017 Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed 2017 NCAA National Champion Nate Britt from the University of North Carolina for full-service representation for the NBA Draft and his basketball career. Britt will be represented by Tandem vice president of athlete representation, Derrick Powell. Tandem will handle contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities for the NBA Draft prospect.

Britt helped the Tar Heels win the NCAA Championship this season. He played in 151 games for UNC throughout his four-year career. In his senior year, he scored in double figures six times, including 10 points and five assists in the Tar Heels’ first round NCAA Tournament win against Texas Southern. Britt graduates from UNC this spring with a degree in Management and Society.

Prior to UNC, Britt was a member of the U-18 USA Team in 2012. He was also named the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C.

“Nate is a talented team player and he knows how to win,” Powell said. “His contributions to Carolina over a four-year career are innumerable. He helped them reach the NCAA finals in consecutive years, and win the championship as a senior. He plays with maturity and a level head. Nate will be a contributor to any NBA team.”

Britt is the fourth member of Tandem’s 2017 NBA Draft class. He joins fellow Tar Heel Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen (Texas) and Luke Kornet (Vanderbilt).

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Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins, Alana Beard and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt.  Public relations clients include Charles Johnson Foundation, authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).

Contact:       

Meredith Geisler

Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC

(703) 740-5015

mgeisler@tandemse.com

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BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED May/23/2017 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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Tandem Signs National Champion Justin Jackson

May/04/2017

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Tandem Signs UNC NCAA Champion  Justin Jackson for Full-Service Representation

Jackson was the 2017 ACC Player of the Year and earned First Team All-America honors.

 

Arlington, VA, May 4, 2017 Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed projected first round pick Justin Jackson from the University of North Carolina for full-service representation for the NBA Draft and his basketball career. Jackson will be represented by Tandem president, Jim Tanner. Tandem will handle contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities for the NBA Draft prospect.

Jackson led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship this season. In six NCAA Tournament games, he led the team in scoring (19.5 per game), field goals (41), three-pointers (15), assists (22) and steals (9). He also earned All-Final Four honors.

The 2017 ACC Player of the Year, Jackson also earned consensus First Team All-America honors. He led the Tar Heels in scoring, averaging 18.3 points. Jackson set UNC’s single-season record with 105 three-pointers made and is the second player in UNC history to record 1,600 career points, 150 three-pointers, 400 rebounds and 300 assists, joining 3x NBA Champion Rick Fox.

“With three seasons at Carolina, Justin has already achieved many impressive accomplishments,” Tanner said. “He is mature, a true leader and an incredibly talented player and has huge potential for his NBA career.  We have no doubt Justin will make a positive impact on and off the court.”

Jackson proposed to his girlfriend, Brooke Copeland, a former University of Florida basketball player, last month. The two plan to get married before the NBA season begins.

ABOUT TANDEM SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT

Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, Wayne Ellington, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins, Alana Beard and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, and three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt.  Public relations clients include Charles Johnson Foundation, authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).

Contact:
Meredith Geisler
Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC
(703) 740-5015
mgeisler@tandemse.com

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BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED May/4/2017 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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