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WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 Come out and have a great time playing golf, meeting celebrities, enjoying world-class golf and above all supporting some wonderful non-profits. The JYD Project is a 501c3 charity funded by individuals and business. Your support is critical to our work providing positive youth programs in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Our youth development initiatives help young people realize their full potential. With your generous contributions we are able to teach scholastic, interpersonal and life skills designed to guide them through life to become productive citizens of the world.

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Donations from the proceeds of this event will also be made to Communities in Schools, NBRPA LV and the Children’s Heart Foundation.

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition


Remembering Stuart Scott


Letter from Chapter President Jerome Williams


NBPA: Touching Lives


NBPA Present: The 1st Annual Player Awards in Las Vegas


The Future of Orthopedic Medicine Is Here Now Regenexx


Player Profile: Who’s Finals MVP?


CBN Top 20: NBA All Star Rankings


Baller’s Garage: DeMar DeRozan’s Flat Black G Wagon


Human Highlight: Dominique Wilkins


WNBA: What’s New Lisa Leslie


CBN Top 20: High School Players Rankings


CBN Top 20: College Players Rankings


NBRPA: Touching Lives


Coaches Corner Alvin Gentry


Kawhi Leonard A New Hope On The Riverwalk


Lou Williams Sixth Man Of The Year


Player Brand Building


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greetings and welcome to the 1st edition of Champions Basketball Magazine. the Champions Basketball Network (CBN) is a minority owned company that is a destination for basketball fans of all ages and from all over the world. We are proud to be a part of this 1st edition magazine and look forward to communicating with you in the days and months to come. Also the NBRPA las vegas Chapter is connected to CBN with over 350 members of retired players who aim to make a difference each and everyday. our unique programs are the driving force behind a collective group of driven men and women with a passion for the game. the Champions Basketball Network (CBN) will be the first basketball network dedicated to “Everything Basketball” by players via television, the internet, and mobile devices. Coverage of live games including College, high school and Professional Player events using a variety of new and different technologies for broadband and digital streaming as well as live television broadcasts. Additionally, the company creates original basketball focused content including news, documentaries and interview shows at our full service iP studio in henderson, Nv. We look forward to bringing basketball fans everywhere, the real stories of what’s happening in the world of basketball with a players perspective through NBRPA lv Programs, CBN Magazine and the many digital platforms and outlets that make up Champions Basketball Network! We welcome and invite you to be part of NBRPA lv & the CBN family in the future.

Jerome “JYD” Williams

President/ Co-owner NBRPA lv/ Champions Basketball Network

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NBPA: touching lives

It is with great pride and purpose that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) & Las Vegas Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association makes community outreach a top priority. Through numerous initiatives aimed at positively impacting families throughout the globe, the NBPA, NBRPA LV and its more than 400 players & over 350 members embody the spirit of giving, leading by example and selflessly contributing

to the betterment of society. As part of the NBPA’s mission to address critical social issues and exhibit a yearround commitment to philanthropy, the Union has teamed up with several partners to reach its community goals. The NBRPA LV also travels overseas to improve lives and impact communities. In addition to distributing toys and food to the residents of Las Vegas

NBPA: touching lives

during the holidays, the NBRPA also has plans to visit China, India and Puerto Rico, as well as other international locations, hosting basketball clinics for local children at each stop. The NBPA and NBRPA LV encourages all of its Members to take an active role in their communities and provides a host of resources to assist players and retired players in such efforts.

To learn more about what the NBPA/ NBRPA LV and its players are doing in the community, visit the “News” section on or


Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition


For all the players out there that don’t complain about not starting, this ones for you!!! Andre Iguodala waited till game 4 of the NBA Finals to get the nod as a starter from Head Coach Steve Kerr. He did what any NBA talent would do, he showed his worth. “I just want to thank God & all the NBA Chaplains for what they did for us all season”, Andre said following his game 6 performance. Andre is the 2015 NBA Finals MVP but he is also the Vice President of the NBA Players Union assisting all players in the league.


Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition




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Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition


PlAYER PRoFilE: Who’s FiNAls MvP?


The two player race for top billing as the king of the NBA was won by Stephen Curry. Both he and Lebron James were spectacular in the NBA Finals and carried their teams throughout the playoffs.


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stephen Curry James harden Russell Westbrook Anthony Davis laMarcus Aldridge DeMarcus Cousins Blake griffin Dwayne Wade Marc gasol

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Kobe Bryant Kyrie irving Al horford Klay thompson Damian lilliard DeMar Derozan Chris Paul John Wall Jimmy Butler Jeff teague

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DeMar DeRozan plays for the NBA’s toronto Raptors. A 6’7” shooting guard who is also capable of playing small forward, DeMar was drafted 9th overall by toronto out of usC in the 2009 NBA Draft. DeRozan was selected for the 2014 NBA All star game and helped team usA win gold at the 2014 World games. on March 30th 2015 DeMar scored a career high 42 points in a toronto win verse the houston Rockets. When DeMar is not scorching the competition for 40-plus performances, he is ever increasing



his swag as an avid car buff. All the rides in his garage come with a unique flare and attitude. so his 2014 Mercedes g-Wagon has what it takes. From the street view, the flat black whispers “what is this”, but then the Red Brembo calipers hit you over the head. one can only admire DeMar’s stylish approach. Just like his basketball game, he is not afraid to pull the jumper in the customizing world.

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition



on March 5th, 2015 one of the NBA’s top 50 players of all time received the ultimate gift, a statue. Dominique Wilkins was born to score the basketball, like few others in history. he could get buckets in transition, with his back to the basket, off of iso’s, coming off picks, however you wanted to use him. he would pull up for a jumper,

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springing halfway to the ceiling to shoot over any defender. he would pump fake and dunk on anyone who tried to get in the way. if he had size on you, he’d back you down on the left block (as long as he could beat Kevin Willis to that side while the offense was setting up). he was also an aboveaverage free throw shooter (81 percent for his career) who knew how to get to the line regularly. As his career went along, his jump shot became more and more accurate. Between 1984 and 1993, Nique averaged 28.2 points

per game. Midway through the 1991-92 season, while averaging 28.1 ppg, Dominique ruptured his Achilles tendon. he returned eight months later and played 71 games for the hawks in 92-93, and averaged 29.9 ppg. Nique was known for his dunking, but if you think of Wilkins as only a dunker, you’re missing the point.

The points were the prose; the dunks were the punctuation.

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April 6, 2015, Indianapolis, IN. – Today, at a Press Event presented by Haggar Clothing Company, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 11 members of the Class of 2015 to be honored September 10-12, 2015 during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts. This year’s list includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, threetime College Coach of the Year John Calipari, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo,

seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White and threetime WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie. They join the five directly elected members who were announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball. They include Louis Dampier voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, John Isaacs from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Lindsay Gaze from the International Committee, Tom Heinsohn from the Veterans Committee and George Raveling from the Contributor Direct Election Committee. The Class Announcement

was made at a press conference in Indianapolis, the site of the 2015 NCAA Final Four, and televised live on NBA TV with host Jim Nantz from CBS Sports. “We are honored to recognize the highly distinguished Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “They have contributed a great deal to the game we all love, as players, coaches, teachers, mentors and more. They have dedicated themselves to their craft and serve as an inspiration to many. We look forward to honoring each of these inductees during the Enshrinement festivities in September.”


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NBRPA: touChiNg livEs

the las vegas Chapter of the NBRPA & JYD Project has partnered with sportsPower international brining global outreach throughout the world.

the sportsPower team is a vision that was executed by former NBA Chaplain Bill Alexson who said, “we are all led to be disciples of the one true King Jesus Christ”.

the sportsPower team recently went on a trip to Minsk, Belarus to play the Belarusian National Basketball team. in addition to the game, the group led by global Ambassador Jerome “JYD” Williams, visited schools, an orphanage and a Baptist church. the group also visited parliament of Belarus with Congressman stephen Pearce for a prayer introduction.

With over 350 members and growing, the JYD Project & NBRPA lv has had members travel to Europe, China, india, israel, haiti and Africa performing goodwill appearances, games and basketball clinics for kids. As we look to expand our reach across the globe, more and more players will add their individual expertise to this already impressive group.


the NBRPA lv Chapter goals for 2015 include more Champions Basketball Network legends programming, more global legends clinics and more legend mentoring today’s youth. We plan to expand our Dallas Chapter’s legends African Art Museum by Willie Davis throughout the world. Also our New York Chapter has plans to partner with the Boys & girls club to better Police relations with the community.

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition



Well if steve Kerr can return the Warriors to the NBA playoffs, i suppose Alvin gentry can return the glory to the New orleans Pelicans. Another former NBA head coach officially has returned! Alvin gentry arguably one of the best coaches in Phoenix suns history

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looks to bring his high octane offense to a city with a future NBA MvP in Anthony Davis. Alvin gentry had his 1st NBA head coaching debut while with the Detroit Pistons in 1999. he was hired as the head coach of the Phoenix suns in 2009 and led them to the Western Conference finals in 2010.

Most NBA coaches have deep roots in the game of basketball, Alvin’s roots are blood thick his cousin is hall of famer David thompson who played for the Atlanta hawks. Also his former college head coach at Appalachian state was “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s Dad.


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Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition

Champions Basketball Network | June 2015 | 1st Edition


Many didn’t think it was possible for yet another face to be run alongside timmy D in san Antonio, but young Kawhi leonard has not only become a key player for Coach Pop he’s become “the guy”. san Antonio has been doing this for so long i truly don’t know why we continue to be surprised. Finding gems in unexpected places e.g. tony Parker 28th pick, and Manu ginobili 57th pick, this is just what they do. they scout incredibly well and develop what they have. Kawhi is the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year and has risen from a great secondary act to the lead role in a two year span. While winning the Finals MvP is nice, becoming the new face of a stable franchise is another thing completely.



if the spurs are able to lock Kawhi up for the foreseeable future they could continue their run of retooling on the fly as the Big 3 begin to step away.championships and the spurs are well on their way to another Finals run in 2015 and beyond.


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the Champions Basketball Network will assist all players, retired, current, and future to find new avenues to expand on their current Brand by developing multiple platforms to help push their Brand to fans, while allowing players to explore the opportunity to build their skills as Play by Play, Color Analysts, in-studio and Mobile show hosts, Expert Analysis, skill instructors, and Podcasts and Radio Commentary personalities. these Branding opportunities will be pushed to the worldwide basketball fan through various social media and other marketing campaigns developed by CBN for each individual player. the Champions Basketball Network’s iP technology will produce many opportunities to reach a worldwide audience for player brands that will deliver their Brand into many other media opportunities outside the realm of sports! CBN offers the players of the game something they don’t get from any other Media entity, the opportunity to become an owner of their Brand and its development as a profit center for today and their future thru its Player investment Program!

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Media Training/Broadcast Distribution/Branding Development An initiative where members have the opportunity to be trained by a former NBA producer with usA today and/or have media content syndicated on a platform where their content can possibly be distributed globally in multiple countries. the MBA Media group & Basketball Channel will be involved in assisting players developing shows, documentaries as well as written and recorded content to leverage that content for distribution thru a rights agreement that allows for that product to be branded by the player on the Basketball Channel as well as the other various Media outlets available for distribution thru tBC. HEADED BY: MBA Media group, usA today’s larry Berger & the Basketball Channel, Dan gross (Coo)


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