One Warrior, many small admirers, and his gift pile of brand-new books
Oakland North : November 5, 2010
Dressed in black-and-maroon Nike basketball shoes, black Nike warm-up pants, and a black T-shirt that reads “born to run things” in silver, Vladimir Radmanovic stood in front of—no, towered over—his audience.
While the 6’10″ forward for the Golden State Warriors spoke, the 70 children ranging from pre-schoolers to high school seniors listened intently ... read full article
Homegrown players keep NBA alive in Seattle
Seattle Times: August 14, 2010
For every player, there is a mentor.
For every local basketball product, there is a guy or group helping along the way.
For every teenager who grows up to showcase his talents in NBA arenas across the country, there is someone who has been there before to take ... read full article
Durant turns focus from hoops to holidays
AP Sports Writer : December 15, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY — First, Kevin Durant took on LeBron James. Then it was Carmelo Anthony.
On Tuesday, he took on the challenge of providing a Christmas for kids who otherwise might have gone without one.
In a brief break from a busy stretch of basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant took three young boys on a shopping spree at Penn Square Mall, then delegated some holiday shopping to some fans ... read full article
Wade makes charity his business
Seattle Times : September 6, 2007
The man walking into the Queen Anne coffee shop spends his life in sports. He looks like a bodybuilder or a bodyguard. Head shaved. Torso thick. Arms bulging.
"Big Matt Wade," former Sonics guard Ray Allen calls him.
There's something about the big man's smile. He works with Deion Branch, Jamal Crawford, Brent Barry and Vladimir Radmanovic, and once worked with Allen and Rashard Lewis, though not in the way one ... read full article
"Little man" is a big motivator for Branch
Seattle Times : September 3, 2007
Deiondre Branch can't talk.
He lives under 24-hour supervised care in Louisville, Ky., at a home for children in crisis. Born premature, he contracted viral meningitis as an infant. Doctors feared he wouldn't live longer than six months. He's 6 years old now.
Deion Branch can't stop talking — about his son Deiondre.
The Super Bowl MVP, a receiver who played his best game on the biggest stage in sports, draws his motivation from a child... read full article