In their first exhibition match in preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo in a few weeks, the Nigerian Men’s National team defeated Team USA 90-87. The victory surprised many throughout the sports world, but if you have been following this squad this outcome should be expected.
Ime Udoka, former NBA star and Nigeria Men National Basketball team player, becomes the 18th Head Coach in Boston Celtics history. After a seven year NBA career, Ime began serving as an assistant coach for nine years including seven years with the San Antonio Spurs under the legendary coach Gregg Popovich. Check out the official press release here.
It will be great to see what Ime does with two NBA stars Jayson Tatum & Jalen Brown. The future is bright for both Udoka and the Boston Celtics. The Celtics team color scheme are perfect for Udoka as well.
Grammy nominated & multi-platinum recording artist Wale joined ESPN The Jump to discuss his new single Angles, Nigerian basketball, the Washington Wizards, and the NBA Playoffs/Finals. As you can see Wale is always repping for Nigeria (we need that Nigeria Basketball shirt on sale somewhere). Check out the full interview here:
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the biggest star amongst stars last night during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. Team Lebron defeated Team Durant 170 – 150 led by the reigning back to back MVP. Giannis becomes the second recipient of the honorary Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award.
One of the main storylines coming of out of the 2020 NBA Draft was the record number of Nigerians drafted. There was a record of 8 Nigerians that got drafted including 6 players drafted as first round picks. Here’s the breakdown of the draft picks:
Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the 2019-2020 NBA Most Valuable Player for the second straight regular season. Giannis led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the league with a record of 56-17. He continues to put up great numbers on a yearly basis with averages 29.5 PPG (5th in the league), 13.6 RPG (2nd in the league), 5.6 APG, and a league leading 31.94 PER.
As I mentioned previously, Giannis joins Michael Jordan (1987-1988) and fellow Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-1994) as the only players to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Giannis received 85 out of 101 first place votes from a total of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Bam Adebayo had one of the greatest blocks in NBA history last night to give the Miami Heat the victory over Boston Celtics during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This played showed why Bam was on the the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
With the Toronto Raptors facing a potential 3-0 hole in the second round of the NBA playoffs, OG Anunoby came up clutch with the game winning shot last night. The win gives the Raptors its first win this tough series vs the Boston Celtics (BOS leads 2-1).
On Tuesday 8/25, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the 2019-2020 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Giannis led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA and their defense played a major factor. The Bucks held opponents to a league’s low in field goal percentage at 41.4% and Giannis was the captain of that defense.