NBRPA Day of Caring a huge success with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on December 19 for a “Day of Caring.” As part of this very special holiday community event, more than 40 former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters visited with patients at children’s hospitals in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix.

“On behalf of the NBRPA Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Chapter Presidents and all of the members who participated in the Children's Miracle Network Legends Day of Caring,” said Board Chairman Otis Birdsong. “As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the NBRPA is dedicated to giving back and serving communities – especially during the holiday season. Thank you to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, our philanthropic partner, for making this incredible day possible.”

Steve Hayes, a member of the NBRPA Board of Directors, visited Texas Children's hospital with the NBRPA Houston Chapter -- the largest group participating in the Day of Caring.

"We had a great turnout from the Houston Chapter and it was a great event to be a part of -- seeing how the members of our organization truly care and feel for these kids, their parents, and appreciation to the hospital workers for taking care of these kids," Hayes said. "We brought lots of smiles to children, their parents, and staff. The highlight of the day was Moses Malone playing the guitar while the Legends sang Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to a little girl."

Click below to watch video of Moses Malone leading fellow Houston Chapter Members Robert Reid, Major Jones and Reggie Dixon in a singalong.

NBRPA Members talked about the event on Sirius/XM’s new NBA Channel and local media outlets from FOX and CBS covered the Day of Caring. Several of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals came back to the NBRPA with glowing reports about our members.

CHICAGO: The guys were SO fabulous ... kind, funny, and jumped right in to hang with the patients and families. Everyone had such a great time. We are happy to have them back any time

DETROIT: They were a hit with both patients and the staff, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Our staff remarked that this was the best visit we have had in a long time because they were so down to earth.

HOUSTON: The hospital has a very high census at this time so their visit was a wonderful distraction for the patients and their families. In the two hour time-frame, we were able to visit one inpatient floor as well as our Renal Dialysis Unit. All in all I’d say it was a great success! Hope the guys left feeling very satisfied for the time they spent at Texas Children’s bringing joy to our patients.

PHOENIX: The guys had a fantastic time and the kids had so much fun with them. They were super laid back and incredibly funny which made it a great visit. We had one mom thank them for making her son smile for the first time all day.

Participating NBRPA Members included:

CHICAGO CHAPTER: Emmette Bryant (Boston Celtics/New York Knicks/DePaul), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls/DePaul), Jeff Sanders (Chicago Bulls), and Kevin Porter (Detroit Pistons/Washington Bullets)

DALLAS CHAPTER: Cincy Powell (Dallas Chaparrals/ABA All-Star), Willie Davis (Dallas Chaparrals), Ira Terrell (Phoenix Suns/SMU), Steffond Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers)

DETROIT CHAPTER: Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons), Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Maceo Baston (Indiana Pacers/University of Michigan), Earl Higgins (Indiana Pacers/Eastern Michigan)

HOUSTON CHAPTER: Major Jones (Houston Rockets), Ollie Taylor (New York Nets/University of Houston), Howard Smith (Harlem Globetrotters), Louis Dunbar (Harlem Globetrotters/University of Houston), Moses Malone (Hall of Fame/Houston Rockets/Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Loder (Kansas City Kings), David Lattin (San Francisco Warriors/UTEP), Allen Leavell (Houston Rockets), Steve Hayes (Houston Rockets), Skyy Foreman (Harlem Globetrotters),George Campbell (Harlem Globetrotters), Robert Reid (Houston Rockets), Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets/Utah Jazz) and Reggie Dixon (Harlem Globetrotters)

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER: Spencer Haywood (ABA MVP/NBA All-Star/Seattle Sonics), Keith Starr (Chicago Bulls), Jerome Williams (New York Knicks/Toronto Raptors)

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER: Michael Cooper (5x NBA Champion/NBA Defensive Player of the Year/Los Angeles Lakers), Sam Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Rick Darnell (Virginia Squires)

ORLANDO CHAPTER: Tree Rollins (Orlando Magic/Atlanta Hawks), Greg Minor (Boston Celtics), Tony Battie (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics) and Greg Kite (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics)

PHOENIX CHAPTER: Matt Fish (Los Angeles Clippers), Nick Sheppard, Claude Terry (Denver Nuggets), Steven Colter (Portland Trailblazers/Washington Bullets)

NBRPA PARTNERS WITH CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS FOR ‘DAY OF CARING

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) today announced that several of its chapter cities are participating in a “Day of Caring” with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on December 19, 2013. As part of this very special holiday community event, former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters will visit with patients at children’s hospitals in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix.

“As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the National Basketball Retired Players Association is dedicated to giving back and serving communities – especially during the holiday season,” said Otis Birdsong, a former NBA All-Star and NBRPA Chairman of the Board. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is our philanthropic partner and our chapters and members are thrilled to join forces with this organization to visit local member children’s hospitals and meet young patients.”

Details of the NBRPA/Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Day of Caring hospital visits on December 19 are as follows (all times EASTERN):

CHICAGO CHAPTER – 3 p.m. ET
Lurie Children's Hospital
225 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Emmette Bryant (Boston Celtics/New York Knicks/DePaul), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls/DePaul), Jeff Sanders (Chicago Bulls), and Kevin Porter (Detroit Pistons/Washington Bullets)

DALLAS CHAPTER – 3 p.m. ET
Cook Children’s Medical Center
801 Seventh Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Cincy Powell (Dallas Chaparrals/ABA All-Star), Willie Davis (Dallas Chaparrals), Ira Terrell (Phoenix Suns/SMU), Steffond Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers)

DETROIT CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Beaumont Children's Hospital: 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons), Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Maceo Baston (Indiana Pacers/University of Michigan), Earl Higgins (Indiana Pacers/Eastern Michigan)

HOUSTON CHAPTER – 11 a.m. ET
Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Major Jones (Houston Rockets), Ollie Taylor (New York Nets/University of Houston), Howard Smith (Harlem Globetrotters), Louis Dunbar (Harlem Globetrotters/University of Houston), Moses Malone (Hall of Fame/Houston Rockets/Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Loder (Kansas City Kings), David Lattin (San Francisco Warriors/UTEP), Allen Leavell (Houston Rockets), Steve Hayes (Houston Rockets), Skyy Foreman (Harlem Globetrotters),George Campbell (Harlem Globetrotters), Robert Reid (Houston Rockets), Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets/Utah Jazz) and Reggie Dixon (Harlem Globetrotters)

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER – 1 p.m. ET
Saint Rose Dominican Hospital
3001 State Rose Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Spencer Haywood (ABA MVP/NBA All-Star/Seattle Sonics), Keith Starr (Chicago Bulls), Jerome Williams (New York Knicks/Toronto Raptors)

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Michael Cooper (5x NBA Champion/NBA Defensive Player of the Year/Los Angeles Lakers), Sam Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Duane Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers)

ORLANDO CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
92 W Miller St.
Orlando, FL 32806
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Tree Rollins (Orlando Magic/Atlanta Hawks), Greg Minor (Boston Celtics), Tony Battie (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics) and Greg Kite (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics)

PHOENIX CHAPTER – 12 p.m. ET
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Matt Fish (Los Angeles Clippers), Nick Sheppard, Claude Terry (Denver Nuggets), Steven Colter (Portland Trailblazers/Washington Bullets)

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

 

NBRPA Member Jeff Hornacek Named Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have named former Sun and 14-year NBA player Jeff Hornacek the 16th head coach in franchise history, the team announced today.

“We are thrilled to introduce Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Jeff has all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach—he is a leader, a teacher and a student of the game. Jeff's name has been high on our list ever since my first interview with the Suns. His successes as a player and as an assistant coach, along with his deep ties to this franchise and this community, give us confidence that he will do great things as the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.”

A basketball lifer and the son of a coach, Hornacek played the majority of his 14-year professional career under renowned NBA coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons, the 14th-winningest coach in league history, and Jerry Sloan, who owns the third-most wins in league history. Hornacek joins the Suns after most recently spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with Utah (2010-13). Prior to that stint on the bench, he served as the team’s shooting coach for three seasons beginning with the 2007 NBA Playoffs (2007-10).

The NBA career of the first-time head coach comes full circle as Hornacek takes the reins of the Suns, the franchise that originally selected him 46th overall (second round) in the 1986 NBA Draft. A fan favorite, Hornacek played 468 games in a Phoenix uniform from 1986-1992, averaging 13.7 points, including a career-high 20.1 points in his final season as a Sun, before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the summer of 1992 in the blockbuster deal that landed the Suns Charles Barkley.

Overall, the 1992 NBA All-Star averaged 14.5 points in 1,077 career games with the Suns, Sixers (1993-94) and Utah Jazz (1994-00), making 11 career playoff appearances in 14 seasons, and earning two trips to the NBA Finals (1997,1998). In that time, the former walk-on at Iowa State University also established himself as one of the NBA’s premier shooters, finishing his career as a 49.6-percent marksman overall, 40.3 percent from three-point range, and 87.7 percent from the free-throw line, which still ranks 14th-best in NBA history 13 years after his retirement. He twice won the league’s Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend (1998, 2000).

A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Hornacek attended Iowa State and went from a walk-on to a Big Eight All-First Team selection as a senior, leading the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and setting a school record for career assists. In 1991, he became just the fourth athlete in program history to have his number retired. The Jazz also retired Hornacek’s jersey in 2002.

Hornacek and his wife, Stacy, reside in Phoenix, and have three children: Ryan, Tyler and Abby. Ryan is a graduate of Notre Dame, Tyler is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and Abby is currently a student at USC. He is the brother-in-law of Suns Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson.

-Phoenix Suns

AUDIO VAULT: Former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos on Sports Byline USA

NBRPA Member Cedric Ceballos lead the NBA in field goal percentage (57.6) in 1992-93 with the Suns, who reached the NBA finals that year. He also led the Lakers in scoring in 1994-95 with a 21.7 average and made the All-Star team. In the 1995-96 season, Ceballos again led the Lakers with a 21.2 average, notching the Lakers' first 50-point game in over 20 years in 1995, and he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest with a blindfolded dunk in 1992.

Ceballos joined Ron Barr of Sports Byline USA on May 17 for two segments to discuss basketball, his career and life after the game

SEGMENT 1: Cedric Ceballos with Ron Barr

SEGMENT 2: Cedric Ceballos with Ron Barr

NBRPA Chapter shines in the desert

Led by Co-Presidents Matt Fish and Bernard Thompson, the NBRPA's Phoenix Chapter hosted the Eighth Annual Phoenix Area Kids Fight Cancer Golf Classic at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler on May 2. Fish and Thompson are pictured above, alongside Phoenix Chapter members Jim Paxon and NBRPA President & Chairman of the Board Bob Elliott.

According to Fish, 76 golfers attended and supported the popular tournament. The Phoenix Chapter would like to thank Pinnacle Nissan and Chick Fil A for their support of the Phoenix Chapter.