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Timeout: Steve Nash



Edilson Silva With Steve Nash Timeout Basketballbuzz Magazine

First and foremost, on behalf of BBM, I would like to use these lines to send our deepest condolences to the victims of hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the affected and we hope for a smooth and speedy recovery. It’s very unfortunate that these victims have lost everything they once owned, but this is yet another great example that reaffirms that “nothing lasts forever.” I have used this famous quote since my early high school days and it seems like it has become more evident over the years, especially during trying times. So live life to the fullest and enjoy every second of it, because “nothing lasts forever.”

Now, I would like to apologize to our faithful readers who have managed to stay patient with us in between issues. BBM underwent several structural changes that will allow us to continue to move forward in a positive direction. The timing couldn’t be better to welcome everybody back to the pages of Canada’s premier basketball magazine with a content-packed issue #3.

Gracing the cover of BBM for the first time is the one-and-only Steve Nash. The 2004-2005 NBA MVP has been an integral part of the development of basketball in Canada for several years now. Steve has devoted his time, energy, knowledge and most of all, his experience, to our national team but more importantly, he has opened numerous doors for upcoming Canadian players. So it’s only fitting that he graces the cover to close out the phenomenal year he has had.

Also in time for the upcoming basketball season is our ‘05-06 NBA and CIS season previews. In an attempt to increase the profile of university basketball in Canada, we took the time to give you the lowdown on the Men’s and Women’s game across the country, from the contenders to the pretenders, we have you covered. In a demand to increase NBA content, we hooked up with one of the brightest stars in the game, Andre Iguodala, who just seems like the perfect sidekick for Iverson down in the city of brotherly love. Expect “Iggy” to surprise a lot people this year.

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Random thought time: I will be taking a much needed break over the Christmas season. That’s right your man J. Silva is heading over to Germany, Portugal and down to Angola for some long overdue family visits, so stay tuned next issue for all the details. PS. Since it’s the holiday season, make sure you get your full year subscription, because we got hotness coming in ’06.

Merry Xmas, Happy New Year and all that good stuff.

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Miami Heat ink Canadian guard Mychal Mulder



Miami Heat Ink Canadian Guard Mychal Mulder
Shoot your shot. Canadian Mychal Mulder inks with Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have signed Canadian guard Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ont.) to a training camp deal.

Mulder averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds on 16-of-38 (42%) shooting in five games for the Chicago Bulls at the 2019 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The Canadian guard had solid a 18-point, 4-rebound, 2 assists outing against Cleveland — knocking down 6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 triples.

The 6’4″ guard has spent the past two seasons sharpening his toolkit with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League. In 47 starts with Windy City — Mulder elevated his game from averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists — knocking down 46.1 % of his (229/497) attempts.

Mulder went undrafted in 2017 after two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats — appearing in 56 games and contributing 4.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 2016-17 — his final collegiate campaign under John Calipari.

The Miami training camp roster features three Canadian players. Six-year NBA veteran Kelly Olynyk, under-guaranteed contract returns for his third-season with the Heat. Recently undrafted 7-footer, Kyle Alexander (Milton, ON) also signed a training camp deal, and similar to Mulder are expected to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Heat’s G-League affiliate team.

Mulder’s training camp deal brings a record total of 24 Canadian basketball players currently under contract with NBA teams — 16 guaranteed, with the remainder, a combination of non-guaranteed contracts ranging from two-way, exhibit 10 to training camp deals.

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career



Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
The Greatest Comeback Ever Told...

“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.

Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.

But boy did he.

He almost lost his leg.

But man he didn’t.

When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.

But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.

But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.

With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.

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But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.

He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.

Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland, as the Warriors look to maybe Six Man legend Jamal Crawford to replace in joining big signing D’Angelo Russell in backing up the backcourt.

Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.

Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.

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