Rockets guard Jalen Green partners with new Asian league
Before Jalen Green joined the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest-drafted Asian American player in the NBA, he'd already experienced close up how passionate the people of the Philippines were about the game he loved to play. The eight-team, pan-regional league will launch in October and feature the winners and runners-up from the Japanese, South Korean and Philippines leagues as well as the Taiwanese champions and the Bay Area Dragons, a roster of players from across greater China based in Manil a for Season 1. Green, who grew up in California with his Filipino mother, Bree Purganan, already had a big following before he was selected second overall in the draft and made the NBA's All-Rookie team for 2021-22.news.yahoo.com
Knicks' Obi Toppin wins dunk contest as others struggle
Obi Toppin won the slam dunk contest, earning a 47 on his final dunk when he needed to do little more than put the ball in the basket after Juan Toscano-Anderson couldn't on his previous try. Toppin, the New York Knicks forward, beat Golden State's Toscano-Anderson in the final round to win the event after finishing second as a rookie. Houston rookie Jalen Green and Orlando guard Cole Anthony failed to advance.news.yahoo.com
A top high school basketball player could net up to $1 million by skipping college and playing for the NBA's G League
As the world awaits the return of hoops on the court, the National Basketball Association announced a pair of transactions that is certain to change the landscape of its G League. Top high school prospects Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd agreed to terms to play in the G League, the league said. But Green is expected to net over $1 million when factoring in possible endorsement deals he's eligible to sign. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the president of the G League, told CNBC the new team would help monitor elite talent domestically, as the trend of seniors leaving high school and playing overseas continues to rise. "If you talk to a lot of the top high school seniors, all of them had options to go somewhere abroad," Abdur-Rahim said.cnbc.com
Caden Sterns out as injuries mount on Texas' secondary
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The injury news keeps getting worse for No. Cornerback Jalen Green is expected to miss at least that much time with a dislocated shoulder. Another defensive back, Josh Thompson, is out indefinitely with a broken foot and linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr., will miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament sprain. Texas (3-1, 1-0) is already struggling against the pass. 6 Oklahoma, which has one of the top passing offenses in the country, on Oct. 12.