JARRETT ALLEN AND LOCAL 4-H KIDS FIND INNOVATIVE WAY TO TRACK FITNESS

February/28/2018

BROOKLYN – Jarrett Allen is a self-professed tech lover and plays basketball for a living, so anytime he can combine his two passions, he’s all in. Especially when it’s for local children.

The Nets rookie center partnered with 4-H, a organization that focuses on mentoring kids, to build fitness monitors last Friday at the HSS Training Center. This is the second time that the player and organization worked together, as they initially collaborated for a Thanksgiving event a few months ago. Allen, whose father works at Dell as an operations manager, was excited to take part.

“It’s almost like building a computer basically, I have a passion for that so doing this small thing was pretty fun,” Allen told BrooklynNets.com.

Allen and the kids spent 20 minutes building the devices, called “Incredible Wearables” from scratch. After the units were built, Allen and the 4-H’ers took the court to try it out.

To watch how Allen and the kids were able to build the “Incredible Wearables,” check out the video below: http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2018/02/28/allen-4h-build-fitness-monitors

 

BY Alex Labidou / PUBLISHED February/28/2018 / NBA.com

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1 thing Jeremy Lin misses while rehabbing from season-ending injury? His team

February/07/2018

Jeremy Lin was back on the basketball court this weekend, but unfortunately for Nets fans, not quite for an NBA practice.

Instead, it was for a clinic with PGC Basketball — the company’s president, Mano Watsa, started his career running basketball camps as a teen in high school (his parents, he said, were very cool about it considering they were suddenly hosting dozens of kids in their backyard).

“The most interesting (times were) when we had a rain day. So when it rained we had to take 80 kids into my parents living room for an hour or two. So the good thing was my parents were good sports.”

Decades after starting his camps in his parents’ backyard, Watsa met Lin at a clinic in Charlotte and the two decided to team up for the event in New York at the NBPA headquarters. A group of high school students came for a day of basketball and learning about teamwork.

“We’re teaching them the game of basketball, but things beyond just the game,” Lin said. “They’re things that can be applied to the game but definitely go beyond like teamwork, communication, leadership, life skills, those kinds of things.

“We’re just looking to give these kids opportunities to be able to have experiences they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else and we’ve had the NBPA open up their offices and home facilities with the floor and classroom film area. I think it’s pretty cool because the kids get to come out here and work out on the floor that the NBA players work out on in the summer and that’s been pretty cool to see.”

We spoke to Lin about the clinic and how rehab is going.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE CLINIC?

My favorite moment is just — because we spent an hour and a half in the classroom before we even got on the basketball floor to start — and I wasn’t sure how that was going to work because there was so much information being thrown at them. Just to see them pick up everything and apply it to the game. They were playing 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 and going through drills and we emphasize a lot being positive and high fiving teammates, calling them by name and the tone in which you communicate. To see them do that and bring so much energy to each other, I almost forgot about the basketball. The energy in there and the way in which they treated each other, I was just excited about that.

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’RE REALLY MISSING?

I miss that and just being a part of some team that’s chasing a greater purpose. Rehab is very individualized and focused on the individual injury. The reason why I love basketball is because I wanted to be on a team and this was a great opportunity to do that. But yeah, I definitely miss it.

I READ THAT YOU TEXT (NETS COACH) KENNY ATKINSON ALL THE TIME WITH TIPS. DO YOU TEXT A LOT OF YOUR TEAMMATES? WHO ARE YOU TEXTING WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING GAMES?

I text a lot of my teammates. They actually check up on me a lot. Also, just we’re all friends on Instagram and Snapchat. A lot of times the person I text is the person I feel like I need to pick up and encourage or someone who I think has done something really great and I just want to let them know their hard work is paying off and I want to encourage them in that area. The reverse is a lot of my teammates just checking in, always asking how I’m doing, when I’ll be back. It’s been really cool and I feel far distance-wise but I feel very close to what’s going on because there’s been so much communication.

HOW’S REHAB GOING?

Everything’s going smooth and exactly to the game plan and the timeline so it’s been very very smooth and I’ve just been really thankful for all the work that other people have put into my rehab as well.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR SPARE TIME OUTSIDE OF REHAB?

Rehab is probably more time-consuming than if I [was playing] because it’s really an all-day thing so I really don’t have that much time. But I try to spend my free time working on my off-the-court stuff as well, try to get that going and headed in the right direction but yeah not that much spare time.

I have an e-sports team, I have a basketball school that I’ve opened up in China and we’ll expand to five locations soon and then there’s a lot of the social media stuff, other things, endorsements and all of that and maybe figuring out where we want to go next.

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Tandem Signs 76ers Forward Trevor Booker for Full-Service Representation

February/06/2018

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Tandem Signs Philadelphia 76ers Forward Trevor Booker for Full-Service Representation

 

Arlington, VA, February 6, 2018 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed NBA forward Trevor Booker for full service representation, Tandem president Jim Tanner announced. Tandem will oversee contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships and community relations initiatives for Booker.

“Trevor brings incredible energy to his team,” Tanner said. “He’s a team-first player and is known throughout the league as being a good guy on and off the court. We’re especially impressed with Trevor’s businesses outside of basketball. He’s a highly successful entrepreneur and has tremendous business acumen.”

Booker was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in December. He spent the 2016-17 season and the beginning of the 2017-18 season with the Brooklyn Nets and has also played for the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. Booker was the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He is averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Prior to the NBA, Booker played four years at Clemson University and was an All-ACC First Team selection as a senior (2009-10).

Outside of his basketball career, Booker is known as a savvy and successful entrepreneur. He and his business partner own several businesses in areas including training academies, real estate and recovery supplements.

ABOUT TANDEM SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT

Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, Michael Beasley, 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, 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”).

Contact:

Meredith Geisler

Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC

(703) 740-5015

mgeisler@tandemse.com

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BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED February/6/2018 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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Derrick Williams: “People count me out. That’s why I got to the NBA”

February/05/2018

Derrick Williams was a rotation player for the Miami Heat and then the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. He averaged just over 17.0 minutes per game for the Cavs and won the Eastern Conference title with the squad during his first career postseason appearance. While he has not yet received a contract offer from an NBA team this season, he has played well since signing a contract to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. The former No. 2 pick recently spoke with HoopsHype about his experience.

How much time had you spent abroad before you took the move overseas?

Derrick Williams: I’d been to China before with the Kings. We were here for a week. But in general, I’ve been all over the place. I went to the Philippines during the lockout year for about five days and played a few games for a couple showcases with Kobe BryantDerrick RoseJames HardenKevin Durant and a few other guys. I’ve also been to Europe plenty of times. I’ve been everywhere. Travelling is one of my favorite things.

The other American on your roster is Pooh Jeter. How are you two as teammates?

DW: He’s been an excellent help. He’s from Los Angeles as well and he’s been on a couple other teams with Mike BeasleyJeremy Tylerand a couple other American guys that I actually know. He’s that old-school, veteran guy that you need off the court and on the court. But you can’t play Americans together in the first or fourth quarter. I didn’t know about that.

Did you speak with others who have played in China before you made your decision?

DW: I actually didn’t. I was looking into different options in Europe, where I had a few offers as well. I just wanted to play basketball. I wasn’t basing my decision on money or anything like that. I was honestly tired of sitting at home. This was my first time without training camp, not playing, waiting. It was awkward for me. I was watching preseason games and then the NBA season started and I just wanted to play! One of the Americans got hurt in China, they called me, I was on the flight the next day. I was so excited to showcase my talent and get out of my comfort zone. I got here January 1.

What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed in your life since moving?

DW: Everything is different. The food and the lifestyle – everything closes around 10 pm. A lot of stuff is banned online; you can’t go to Google or Instagram or Twitter. Some people here have never even heard of it. You can see what’s important in your own life. It’s a good place to get your priorities right. That’s something Pooh Jeter told me he noticed about playing with Michael Beasley and I think that’s one of the reasons why Mike is playing so well for the Knicks right now. He’s doing the things we all know he is capable of doing.

Everything has been on the up for me since I got here. I really came here to open people’s eyes again and really bring back to life what I bring to the table not just my game but my personality, character and different things to different teams. Every stop in my career, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about what I can bring to the team.

How big of a deal are Americans (like former teammate Jimmer Fredette) out there?

DW: He’s super big out here. He’s very successful and there are guys that are superstars out here. He might not be an NBA All-Star or anything like that but it’s a great opportunity to get your confidence up, too. They love Americans out here. They love basketball in general. We bring the NBA identity and they feed off it. I know he’s had different people call him from NBA teams but he’s been excellent.

I mean, I get recognized here every single day. People bring me cards from my rookie season or cards from the Cavs, the Knicks. People don’t forget. They aren’t so much the “what have you done for me lately?” type. They remember college and high school stats and have magazines from ten years ago. They love when Americans come here and really enjoy the culture of what we bring. It’s not just us trying to go there and enjoy what they bring. They try to embrace the exchange.

You were a spot-up shooter for the Cavs but played in transition for the Knicks. Where do you feel most comfortable?

DW: When I played for the Knicks, it was the first time in the NBA that someone tried to use my athleticism to the advantage of the team. It’s often about the opportunity. Which coach is going to give you a chance to display what you can bring best? New York let me showcase my ability and the Cavs let me run with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those guys encouraged me to get the rebound and just go.

Whether I’m getting a rebound and starting a fast break or one of those guys does and I got out in the open court, it was awesome. I was able to knock down spot-up shots or corner threes in the half-court offense in Cleveland, too, because I’m a slasher. I’m able to get to the lane and use my hybrid to my advantage. It’s so crazy because when I was drafted as a hybrid 3-4, that’s not something front offices were looking for. But now all of a sudden that’s exactly what they’re looking for in a player. That’s what I do. That’s how I got into the league. I’m a mismatch nightmare and play both positions.

Let’s play rapid-fire reactions to some NBA storylines this season. Lauri Markkanen?

DW: He’s an excellent player. I watched the tournament and in the game that they were eliminated, the other team went zone and he didn’t touch the ball in the second half. I’m not really sure why not, it was obvious that dude could hoop, and I was asking everyone I was with why he didn’t get all the shots because he was their main guy. It’s awesome to see a guy coming from overseas go to Arizona and then have the impact right away. It’s great to see players from your alma mater do well. I’m very excited and I’m not surprised. With his size and athleticism, there aren’t too many players in the league who can shoot like him.

The next guy I’m going to mention will likely be the highest draft pick from Arizona since you: DeAndre Ayton.

DW: I’ve watched a few games from him and, dang, that’s a big boy right there. I can’t exactly pinpoint a comparison other than like Dwight Howard who dominates in the post. He’s going to be a very good big man, very unique, potential franchise player. You can’t teach size and strength like that. You really can’t stop him.

What was your immediate reaction to the recent Blake Griffin trade?

DW: That was crazy! I was there with Carmelo Anthony when he was on the Knicks and I knew he had a no-trade clause in his deal. I think people were hating on him for that but I don’t know why you’d hate on that. I believe if Blake Griffin would have been able to do that, he wouldn’t have ended up in Detroit. That caught me by surprise. He signed for a ton of money this summer and he is a franchise player. There were still a few days before the trade deadline. But even though it’s a game we love to play and watch, it’s also a multi-billion dollar business. I don’t even think that Blake would have expected to wear a Pistons jersey after this offseason but front offices are going to play chess sometimes. No one is safe in their positions. I’m excited about what he’s going to do in Detroit, though. He’s already off to the right start.

What are your observations about the development of Kristaps Porzingis?

DW: It’s great that he’s getting the opportunity to be the face of the franchise. When you have someone as big as Porzingis who can shoot the three-pointer from NBA range with that kind of basketball IQ and athleticism, you have to take full advantage of that. He’s a one-of-a-kind player and I can’t even imagine what he’s going to be like in four of five years when he has his legs under him and that strength we want to see him develop. He already has that touch and he is going to evolve over time. He can add like three different moves that you can’t guard. I was there for his rookie season and it got me so excited.

What are you seeing from the struggling Cavaliers after being on the team last year?

DW: I was there for that run last season and I was around those guys, multiple All-Stars. I was finally around NBA winners. That’s what I lacked my first few years in the league. I was never with a winning organization. I needed to be around people who wanted to win, who hated losing. I got that chance and I wish it was the whole season. They’ve had a few injuries this year and they have so many new players. It’s hard to adjust when you have that many new players on your team. There are teams like the Spurs who have had the same core for so long. I didn’t think they would be in this position but you still see flashes of potential from them. There are bumps in the road, too.

They’re just missing the toughness. They’re missing energy and excitement. LeBron will bring that but he can’t do it all himself. There will always be five men on the court. That was a little bit of what I brought to the team last season. I brought energy, effort, efficiency. Right now it feels like there is a little bit of coasting, to be honest. It’s a long season but you can’t get bored of winning. LeBron will never get that way but you never know with other players.

What are some of your biggest motivations and inspirations both on and off the court?

DW: I’m 26 years old. People love to count me out. That’s the reason why I got to the NBA, though. The position that I’m in now is the reason why I made it. It’s like adding fuel to the fire. When I see people like Beasley coming back from where they are, people bring them down and they bring it right back. That’s what I live for. I just can’t wait until that happens again. It’s all about the daily grind and getting back to the basics. If people stopped hating so much, the world would be so much better. But someone will always talk bad about you. It’s how you get back, people are going to knock you down.

What is something you would tell a front office looking to sign you?

DW: I’ve always been a team player. I’m young in the basketball world. I have a lot of time to really get better, too. I’m going to focus, that’s why I’m here in China. Sometimes, people just get too comfortable in the NBA. I wouldn’t say I went that route. But the reason I got to the league was that I was comfortable with being uncomfortable. I was the No. 2 overall pick but it was wild considering I wasn’t ranked in the ESPN Top 100 coming out of high school. But two years later, I was right there.

The things you dream can come to fruition. I’m a prime example of working to your goals. I’m not in the spot I want to be in but sometimes you do things you don’t want to do. I want to be in the NBA. I’m an NBA player with NBA talent. Things happen for a reason and when I get a call back to the NBA, I won’t take it for granted. I will live like this until the day I can’t play basketball any longer.

BY Bryan Kalbrosky / PUBLISHED February/5/2018 / HoopsHype

http://hoopshype.com/2018/02/05/derrick-williams-china-cavs-michael-beasley-nba-return/
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Tandem Signs Derrick Williams for Full-Service Representation

January/30/2018

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Tandem Signs Derrick Williams for Full-Service Representation

 

Arlington, VA, January 30, 2018 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, for full service representation, Tandem president Jim Tanner and basketball operations coordinator Max Wiepking announced. Tandem will oversee contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities for Williams

“Derrick is an extremely talented player and is looking for the right NBA opportunity,” Tanner said. “He’s playing well in China right now and he’s more motivated than ever to get back into the league. We’re really looking forward to working with Derrick and helping him in the next stage of his career.”

Williams was drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves after two years at the University of Arizona where he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors (2010) and Pac-10 Player of the Year honors (2011). After his rookie season with the Timberwolves, Williams was an All-Rookie Second Team selection (2011-12). He also participated in the 2012 NBA Dunk Contest.

Throughout six NBA seasons, Williams has played for the Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he won an Eastern Conference Championship (2017). Williams currently plays for Tianjin in China.

ABOUT TANDEM SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT

Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, Michael Beasley, 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, 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 January/30/2018 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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Damien Wilkins on surprise in-game gender reveal

December/28/2017

When Damien Wilkins looked up during a timeout and saw his fiancée Jasmine Mitchell on the court, he assumed she was there for a Pacers trivia thing that they did with fans or something.

So, he ignored what was happening and went back to focusing on what his coaches were saying about the game.

But then, he saw a sign that said ‘it’s a boy.’

It took a second to sink in.

In the video posted by the Pacers he can be seen glancing at the screen, looking away and then doing a hilarious double take.

“I was totally caught off guard,” he said. “She did a good job with that one. That was impressive.”

But when it did, as everyone was still talking basketball around him?

“I was like ‘oh (expletive)’. That’s us! The video gets my reaction totally perfectly. My reaction said it all.”

Despite the life-changing news, Wilkins said he managed to stay locked into the game. But he of course couldn’t shake the feeling of being excited and nervous after the surprise reveal.

“Yesterday morning she told me she had a dentist appointment at 9 a.m. so she left the house and me presumably thinking she’s going to the dentist. But she (went) to the ultrasound.”

Mitchell gave the gender results to the Pacers’ director of player development, who set the reveal at the game – where they both learned they were having a baby boy.

Wilkins isn’t the only NBA player to have a creative gender reveal this week. Langston Galloway dunked a basketball in front of his teammates – with his wife watching – to reveal that he was also having a boy.

Wilkins said he had spoken with his fiancée about a gender reveal, but hadn’t been sure about the whole thing – even if it’s trendy right now.

“But I was super happy,” he said. “We’re blessed.”

BY Nina Mandell / PUBLISHED December/28/2017 / USA TODAY

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Ray Allen + Grant Hill Eligible Candidates for the Class of 2018 HOF

December/21/2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Today, December 21st, marks the Birthday of Basketball – the game that was invented by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts and has grown into an international pastime. As part of the celebration of this momentous day, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the eligible candidates for the Class of 2018, after revealing earlier in the week that players would now be eligible after just three seasons of retirement.

A first look at the list of eligible nominees was provided by The Jump on ESPN, hosted by Amin Elhassan and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady. A complete list of eligible candidates can be found below.

A press conference announcing the Finalists from the North American and Women’s committee for the Class of 2018 will be held during NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th in Los Angeles, California. The entire Class of 2018, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

Enshrinement festivities will take place in Springfield, Mass., September 6-8, 2018. Tickets for the various Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Enshrinement events are on sale as of noon eastern time on www.hoophall.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

For more information:

Visit us online: www.hoophall.com

… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF

… on Twitter/Instagram: @hoophall #18HoopClass

… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

 

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Ballot

* Indicates First-Time Nominee

 North American Committee Nominations

  • Mark Aguirre (PLA)
  • Ray Allen (PLA)*
  • Chauncey Billups (PLA)*
  • Muggsy Bogues (PLA)
  • Irv Brown (REF)
  • Jim Burch (REF)
  • Maurice Cheeks (PLA)
  • Charles “Lefty” Driesell (COA)
  • Hugh Evans (REF)
  • Steve Fisher (COA)*
  • Bill Fitch (COA)
  • Cotton Fitzsimmons (COA)
  • Richard Hamilton (PLA)*
  • Tim Hardaway (PLA)
  • Ed Hightower (REF)*
  • Grant Hill (PLA)*
  • Bob Huggins (COA)*
  • Kevin Johnson (PLA)
  • Marques Johnson (PLA)
  • Bobby Jones (PLA)
  • Jerry “Tiger” Jones (COA)
  • Gene Keady (COA)
  • Ken Kern (COA)
  • Jason Kidd (PLA)*
  • Rollie Massimino (COA)
  • Gary McKnight (COA)
  • Danny Miles (COA)
  • Sidney Moncrief (PLA)
  • Dick Motta (COA)
  • Steve Nash (PLA)*
  • Jake O’Donnell (REF)
  • Jim Phelan (COA)
  • Lamont Robinson (PLA)
  • Lee Rose (COA)
  • Bo Ryan (COA)
  • Bob Saulsbury (COA)
  • Jack Sikma (PLA)
  • Steve Smith (COA)
  • Harry Statham (COA)
  • Eddie Sutton (COA)
  • Rudy Tomjanovich (COA)
  • Ben Wallace (PLA)
  • Chris Webber (PLA)
  • Willie West (COA)*
  • Paul Westphal (PLA)

BY Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame / PUBLISHED December/21/2017 / Hoops Hall

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Tandem Signs Michael Beasley

November/28/2017

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New York Knicks Forward Michael Beasley Retains Tandem for Full-Service Representation

 

Arlington, VA, Nov. 28, 2017 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed New York Knicks player Michael Beasley, Tandem president Jim Tanner and vice president of athlete representation Derrick Powell announced. Tandem will provide full-service representation for Beasley, overseeing contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities.

 

“Michael is an extremely talented player, and he’s ready to show how he’s matured both on and off the court,” Powell said. “He has a story to tell and has made tremendous progress. He wants the public and the fans to know who he really is and the values he stands for. Michael is focusing his efforts on being a team player while helping the Knicks reach their full potential this season. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Tandem family and are excited to see him grow and tell his story.”

 

Beasley was the No. 2 overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft.  After his first NBA season, he earned All-Rookie First Team honors. Beasley holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. Throughout his decade in the league, Beasley has played for the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Beasley played at Kansas State University in 2007-08. He averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three-point range. Beasley was named the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award). He also received the 2008 Pete Newell Big Man Award.

 

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, Alana Beard and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, 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”).

 

Contact:       

Meredith Geisler

Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC

(703) 740-5015

mgeisler@tandemse.com

 

 

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BY Tandem Sports + Entertainment / PUBLISHED November/28/2017 / Tandem Sports + Entertainment

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Jim Tanner discusses NCAA scandal, FBI investigation

November/15/2017

Agent Jim Tanner discusses NCAA scandal, FBI investigation and more

 

We spoke with Jim Tanner, the founder and president of Tandem Sports and Entertainment Agency, about the NCAA bribe scandal rocking the agent business right now.

Tanner, whose list of clients included NBA legend Tim Duncan and Ray Allen, currently represents players around the league including Jeremy Lin as well as rookies Jarrett Allen and Justin Jackson. He tells us about his career in the industry and a lot more.

Tell me about your background before you founded the Tandem Sports agency in 2013.

Jim Tanner: I’ve been a sports agent since 1997 and I’ve been an attorney since I graduated law school in 1993. I was a corporate attorney at Skadden Arps for four years, where I was working in mergers-and-acquisitions. I loved it and thought it was a great foundation but didn’t see myself practicing as a corporate lawyer for the rest of my life.

Then I had the opportunity to work for one of the top litigation law firms with Williams & Connolly. They represented Grant Hill and then around the time that I joined, Tim Duncan became a client as well. I was there from 1997 until 2013 and became a partner there and ran their sports practice.

What are you looking for in potential clients? What are the players are looking for?

JT: We’re looking for great players, obviously, but also great people. That’s something we’ve defined Tandem. You want to work with guys who understand and want to follow advice and maximize their careers. We’re also looking for people that have a great support structure around them so we can be a part of that.

I think the players are looking for integrity. When a client hires us, they know we’re going to represent their best interest in everything that we do. They’re also looking for personal attention and they’re made to feel very important by us. With someone like Duncan, he’s obviously lower-maintenance than some. The key is to give him all the attention he wants and then give the next client all the attention that he wants. You have to treat them like individuals and get to know what they want to provide the best service. Some demand more than others but we personalize and specialize based on the client.

Describe the biggest changes you’ve noticed in your 20 years as a sports agent.

JT: When I first started doing this, I saw a wave of consolidations so smaller agencies joined into bigger agencies. Then, you saw it go back the other way where it was more about the boutique agencies. That’s been a bit of a pendulum. But what I’ve seen the most, as highlighted by what was happening with the FBI recently, is more stories about decisions based on illegal practices that include illegal payments to players or family members or AAU coaches. That has dominated a lot of the most recent agency selections.

But that’s not a victimless crime. The players sometimes have no idea that money is exchanging hands and that player can never be certain of the motives of an agent or how hard that agent is going to fight for them or how loyal that agent is going to be to them.

Some may say players should be paid anyways and argue that they’re giving them the money they deserve. What are your thoughts on this?

JT: When players don’t know someone around them is being paid on their behalf, there is a huge gap in trust. This can extend deeper into other decisions that impact the player. And if you’re being represented by an agent who paid an influencer of yours – whether or not you were informed – who is the agent really working for? As soon as those unethical behaviors begin, the agent/player relationship is tainted and as a result, I don’t think a player can ever be sure the agent is 100 percent working toward what’s best for the client.

Explain what separates and honest agency from one that is dishonest in this space.

JT: We follow the rules, laws and regulations. It’s illegal to offer inducements so we avoid that at all costs and don’t participate in that game that’s being played. We avoid conflicts of interest and put their interests ahead of ours. That’s why there’s generally such a bad reputation. There are ethical agents and professional agents that tend to do things the right way but as a whole, the industry is painted very negatively.

I don’t take joy in seeing people go down. It saddens me to see people I know and consider friends caught up in this. I feel bad for them and their families.

Do you have predictions for changes that you think will come from the FBI investigation?

JT: The whole system needs scrutiny. I see a potential for the agent industry to be disrupted. I hope people change their way of doing things. I hope players and families reset how they select agents and go more towards selecting on the merits of the agent to identify the best, most qualified agent for that particular player. I’d like to see more college coaches get involved.

When I first started, they would have someone from the business school and the law school participate with the players. I’d like to see more schools go back to that and have more of the compliance office involved in the selection process. The biggest mistake programs can make is to keep all agents away. I think the best way to address it is to invite agents in at certain times and bring everything into the light. Schools will sometimes keep everyone away until the end of the year but that keeps away agents that are inclined to follow the rules while it opens the door for agents who are not.

You mentioned disruption in the agent industry. Can you expand on this? 

JT: Companies are always looking for ways to disrupt their industry to attract consumers and position the company positively. Think about the way Airbnb has disrupted the hotel industry and what Uber has done to the taxi industry. In the agent industry, this disruption is coming from third parties – namely the FBI and the U.S. Attorney.

With greater scrutiny on corruption and unethical practices in the agent industry, I’m hopeful that big changes are coming.  This is an opportunity for players and their families to have a more open, honest and professional agent selection process than ever before. It’s something everyone here at Tandem is already doing, and I believe it can go a long way for the players and preparing them for the next level.

Some of your clients have played in the G League. Could that replace one-and-done?

JT: The whole one-and-done system in the NCAA needs to be eliminated, I don’t think that’s been successful. I’d like to see significant reform. The developmental league has gotten better every year. I think the salaries need to come up even more even though they recently raised them. I’m very optimistic about the future of the league.

But I tend to like the baseball model. It doesn’t prevent a player who’s good enough to be in the NBA out of high school from doing that. But if you make a commitment to go to college, you’re required to stay for a particular amount of time.

You studied under then-professor Barack Obama. Could he have a role in the NBA?

JT: I could certainly see him doing that. He loves basketball. Not only did I have him as a professor, but I remember playing pickup games with him at the University of Chicago. He’s always loved the game. I could see him being involved in the sport either as an owner or something else.

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So… About My Hair

October/03/2017

So…About My Hair

 

So … I have dreads now.

And you probably have some questions and comments. I definitely want to hear them.

But first, really quick, I hope I can take you back through my journey to get them.

I never thought I’d ever think so much about hair. Honestly, at first I was surprised anyone would care what I did with my hair. When I started growing it out a few years ago in Charlotte, it was just something I was doing with six of my family members and friends. It was meant to be fun, and to be an expression of freedom.

I didn’t really plan for it to be anything more than that.

Then I kept going with it and it started to become … a thing. Looking back, I can see why my hairstyles turned some heads. (What was I thinking here?) But I liked how the process of changing my look actually made me feel more like myself again. I realized that in the years since Linsanity, I had spent a lot of time in a box, worrying about other people’s opinions on what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I wanted to stop basing my decisions so much on what strangers or critics might say about me. It was cool how something as simple as how I wore my hair could pull me out of my comfort zone and make me feel more free. Before I got older and had a family and kids and all of that, I wanted to be able to say to myself, Who cares what anyone else thinks? For me, the different hairstyles became a fun way to do that.

People definitely had a lot of opinions about my hair. A lot of people didn’t like what I was doing — they sometimes questioned my judgment. The loudest person in this camp was my own mom. At one point, I even challenged myself to rock a double ponytail (I know, I know) just to test whether I was truly past the point of obsessing over outside approval. And yeah, maybe the whole thing seemed like it was a stunt to get attention. I can understand that view … even if I knew that it wasn’t my real motivation. Over time it stopped bothering me when people made fun of me — the whole point was for me to enjoy being myself, no matter the reaction.

There was one type of response, however, that made me pause. With my other hairstyles, the worst thing people said about them was like, “Dude, that looks dumb.” But I didn’t care too much. I was doing it for me.

But with dreads, I came to understand that it was different.

Friends would say things like, “Bro, what about appropriation?”

I’ll be honest: At first I didn’t see the connection between my own hair and cultural appropriation. Growing up, I’d only ever picked from one or two hairstyles that were popular among my friends and family at the time. But as an Asian-American, I do know something about cultural appropriation. I know what it feels like when people get my culture wrong. I know how much it bothers me when Hollywood relegates Asian people to token sidekicks, or worse, when it takes Asian stories and tells them without Asian people. I know how it feels when people don’t take the time to understand the people and history behind my culture. I’ve felt how hurtful it is when people reduce us to stereotypes of Bruce Lee or “shrimp fried rice.” It’s easy to brush some of these things off as “jokes,” but eventually they add up. And the full effect of them can make you feel like you’re worth less than others, and that your voice matters less than others.

So of course, I never want to do that to another culture.

But I had never really deeply considered how something as seemingly personal as my hair — as an Asian-American NBA player — could affect anyone else.

Which brings me to the dreads.

Actually, it all started with braids back in Charlotte — not dreads yet. I didn’t know much about braids, but Kemba helped me out. He even lent me one of his do-rags because I had no idea how to care for my braids or where to get a do-rag.

When I got to the Nets, the conversation continued. When I first signed in Brooklyn, I remember talking to Rondae about hair. He told me he would grow his hair out with me — and that he’d get dreads with me. One time, Caris chose my braid design when I wasn’t sure what to get. Before this season, D-Lo, DeMarre and I discussed what the process of getting dreads is like — how painful the beginning process is, whether you could still rock a hat, how to maintain them, things like that.

I still wasn’t sure. A recent conversation I had with Savannah Hart, a Nets staff member who’s African-American, really resonated with me. I told her about my thought process — how I was really unsure about getting dreads because I was worried I’d be appropriating black culture. She said that if it wasn’t my intention to be dismissive of another culture, then maybe it could be an opportunity to learn about that culture.

Savannah introduced me to Nancy Moreau — my kind and amazing braider from the All Hair Matters Salon in Rockland County — who did my hair when I first got to Brooklyn. Nancy is already well-known around the Nets practice facility for doing hair for myself and the Nets staff, and the players and their children. And Nancy gave me another push to go for dreads.

I took some time to think about it but still had reservations. I asked Rondae if he’d be willing to get dreads with me and he said, “Bro, I’ve been growing my hair out for you. Let’s do it.” So this weekend, Rondae and I got our hair dreaded — for eight hours straight.

At the beginning of this article, I said I wanted to hear what you think. I truly do.

Because honestly, I may be wrong here. Maybe one day I’ll look back and laugh at myself, or even cringe. I don’t have the answers. But I hope the thing you take away from what I’m writing is not that everyone should feel free to get braids or dreads — or that one gesture can smooth over the real misunderstandings that exist in our society around race and cultural identity. Not at all.

This process started out about hair, but it’s turned into something more for me. I’m really grateful to my teammates and friends for being willing to help me talk through such a difficult subject, one that I’m still learning about and working my way through. Over the course of the last few years and all these hairstyles, I’ve learned that there’s a difference between “not caring what other people think” and actually trying to walk around for a while in another person’s shoes. The conversations I had weren’t always very comfortable, and at times I know I didn’t say the right things. But I’m glad I had them — because I know as an Asian-American how rare it is for people to ask me about my heritage beyond a surface level.

It’s easy to take things that we enjoy from other cultures — that’s one of the coolest things about a melting-pot society like ours. But I think we have to be careful that taking doesn’t become all we do. With all the division, political turmoil and senseless violence in our society right now, we need to talk to each other more than ever.

To listen to the real concerns of someone from a different background — and not just their everyday, superficial experiences — that’s pretty uncomfortable. After Linsanity, for instance, a lot of people were excited about celebrating the underdog who happened to be a minority — which is great. But when it comes to more complicated topics — like racial discrimination, police brutality or the day-to-day difficulties of being a minority — sometimes people aren’t always as interested to go there.

Taking the time and energy to ask about the things we don’t know may be messy — but we don’t really have a choice. We can’t let our divisions get worse.

Again, I may not have gotten it right with my idea to get dreads. But I hope that this is a start, not an end, to more dialogue about our differences. We need more empathy, more compassion and less judgment. That takes actual work and communication. So let’s start now — please join me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this … now I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment or question on any of my social media platforms.

BY Jeremy Lin / PUBLISHED October/3/2017 / The Players' Tribune

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/jeremy-lin-brooklyn-nets-about-my-hair/
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