Feb 27

Australia’s Josh Green shone at Basketball Without Borders

Crammed in among the hoopla of All-Star weekend is the Basketball Without Borders camp — an initiative created by the NBA in 2001 to feature the top youth players aged 19 years and under from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa, as selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations.

Known as an athletic two-guard with great verticality, Green wanted in particular to showcase his passing ability.

“I feel like I’ve always kind of had it [passing ability], but I feel like it was important to implement it into my game and I feel like it’s helped out a lot,” he said. “I just really like getting my other teammates involved into the game.”

We were so close to having a team playing in their home stadium, but the Minnesota Vikings simply couldn’t close the deal against Philadelphia in the NFC title game, resulting in a 38-7 shellacking. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars pushed New England further than anyone possibly could have imagined, but they still fell late in an inevitable 24-20 defeat at the hands of the immortal Tom Brady.

“I know Trey can put the ball in the hole and he can get hot,” Hornacek added. “He controls the pace, he’s a guy that can get things going. But defensively I thought he was the key. .. Trey was great on both sides of the court.”

The first game after the All-Star break for both teams marked the first Knicks start for guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who was acquired from Denver in a three-team trade on Feb. 8. It also marked the returns from injury for center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon of the Magic. Vucevic finished with 19 points and six rebounds.

The Magic made 11 of their first 12 shots, including all five 3-pointers, on their way to a 41-point first quarter and a 10-point lead. Orlando shot 61 percent in the first half.bears_089-223x223

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