Mike Bibby, Coach on the Rise: Former NBAer Now Helms a Prep Powerhouse

PHOENIX — Mincing words is not a part of Mike Bibby's coaching DNA. August Mendes, one of his assistant coaches at Shadow Mountain High, is saying as much to the color guard. It's Feb. 1, less than three hours before MaxPreps' No. 7 boys basketball team in the nation has a crosstown matchup with a highly ranked rival, and Mendes is pleading with the flag-twirling brigade to find another place to practice before his boss arrives.

Looking for Work One Minute, Lighting Up the NBA the Next: That's Gerald Green

CHICAGO — You laugh, but when Gerald Green says it with a straight face, you realize he's not joking, that in fact the newest member of the Houston Rockets didn't have a trainer working with him as he waited for an NBA team to call. He didn't even have a human being with him as he put up shots this fall. "I just played one-on-one outside in my driveway with my Rottweiler," Green said during an idle moment before a recent Rockets practice in Chicago.

Georgia's Cast-Aside Star QB: How Jacob Eason Faced Up to Season on Sidelines

"Things happen. That's life," Eason said. "Injuries are common. It's kind of one of those things where you can take it and you can be mad about it and sulk about it all season, but I took what happened, and I did what I could with it." He hasn't always demonstrated this zen-like approach to his injury-instigated demotion. Coaches, friends and family say it understandably took Eason some time to arrive at this place of peace.

Trent Richardson's Long Journey Back to the NFL Might Not Be Over Yet

Inside a packed Canadian stadium far away from the NFL, Trent Richardson, a man once considered a can't-miss prospect and a favorable comparison to Adrian Peterson, looked like he still might be. Granted, it was only four games, but donning No. 33 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he danced around CFL defenders, and at times, opted to bulldoze over them. Back was the power, the speed, the swagger that made him a star in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

What Are LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Getting Themselves into in Lithuania?

Prienai, Lithuania, is a far cry from Chino Hills, California. But for LaVar Ball and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, ball is life, or, well, business. Former American players say the rural Lithuanian town where the two teens have signed to play is like living on a farm. No restaurants, no malls, but hey, no traffic congestion. Players stay at the Royal SPA Residence in Birstonas, 10 minutes from the arena.

Inside the Secret World of Football in North Korea

Among the well-connected Koreans returning home, wearing red pin badges of the "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung or his son, the "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, proudly on their breasts, the Lebanon national team is difficult to miss. The players are wearing red training tops with "LEBANON" stitched onto the back in huge letters. The hall is subdued, as if the squad of perhaps 30 players and officials nervously await bad news.

'My Country Is Misery:' The MLB Stars Who Are Too Scared to Go Back Home

After a trying first half of the season, Carlos Gonzalez just wanted to relax with his family during the All-Star break in July. But as he sat around the pool at his house in Florida, the topic no Venezuelan can avoid kept coming up. "Venezuelans, we only talk about politics now," the Colorado Rockies right fielder said a week or so later. "There doesn't go one day that we don't say anything about a political issue. That's it. If you see someone from Venezuela, it's the first thing that comes up." The conversations aren't easy, because what has gone on in their homeland this year hasn't been easy. The marches and battles in the streets are a constant in their lives, no matter their views on the underlying issues and even though they have the safety of distance.

Whatever Happened to O.J. Mayo? Not Even Some of His Closest Friends Know

With the exception of a TMZ airport ambush and a handful of Instagram posts from the other side of the world, NBA fans haven't heard a word from O.J. Mayo since last July, when the league announced his dismissal for an unspecified violation of its anti-drug program. One year later, it seems no one in or around the NBA has heard from him, either. That's the takeaway from 10 months of reporting, in which attempts to reach nearly 40 of Mayo's former teammates, coaches, agents, GMs and players union reps turned up little more than a parade of no comments—when they responded at all. Most of our dozens of calls, emails and Twitter messages were never returned.
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