THE FLATS – As with most professional and collegiate sports, the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season on March 12, and the G-League followed suit. Some professional leagues overseas continue to operate, and even China recalled players competing in its leagues.
This week’s #ProJackets Report compiles some of the latest news, stories and social media posts on former Yellow Jackets and their activities since the stoppage of play.
Forbes magazine’s Chris Cason offers a profile on the Chicago Bulls’ Thaddeus Young, who is spending his away time with his family, trying to stay in basketball shape and researching investment opportunities and what the future holds for him, his family and his investment fund. He also talked basketball and isolating on 92.9 ESPN Sports Radio in his hometown of Memphis.
Former Georgia Tech student-athlete and NBA player Mario West has joined the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) as the director of its Off the Court Program. West was the Yellow Jackets’ director of player personnel for the first three years of head coach Josh Pastner’s tenure on The Flats.
Life for Georgia Tech Hall of Fame forward Chris Bosh, recently retired from the NBA after a stellar career with the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat, is never slow whether he’s playing basketball or not. He has been busy during this Coronavirus crisis helping get the message out encouraging safety and hygiene measures. The two-time NBA champion turned 36 this week, and there was no shortage of social media traffic recognizing him on his birthday. We’ve compiled many of them below.
New Orleans Pelicans’ standout Derrick Favors talks to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com about what sparked his interest in basketball when he was growing up in Atlanta.
Former Yellow Jacket standout Alade Aminu, who has forged a long career overseas and played in two Olympic games for Nigeria, is now planning next move after coronavirus shut down the Polish Basketball League. He was able to escape Poland before the virus forced the country to shut down travel. Maria Martin from 11Alive in Atlanta caught up with Aminu.
On the other side of the coin, Marcus Georges-Hunt is among the American players playing in the Chinese Basketball Association who have been called to return to that country. Multiple reports have the CBA targeting a re-start in mid-May.
From Eurobasket.com: James White (204-100kg-93, college: Georgia Tech), 26-year old American forward left Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague 1). In 11 games in Russia he recorded 12.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg this season. The last summer White played at San Lazaro (TBS) in Dominican Rep. league where in 10 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg. Among many awards his team was regular season runner-up in Sun Belt West Division in 2013. White received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Governor’s Cup 2nd Team award back in 2016 at his college time. White has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). White has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Beroe), Philippines (Columbian Dyip and Phoenix) and Dominican Republic (Caneros Del Este).
He attended Georgia Institute of Technology until 2016 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
#CodeRedCharity $300,000 Apex Legends Tournament w/ @jerryferrara and @JeffcLive !!! $250,000 go to COVOID-19 relief!! Tune into my twitch at 3pm EST to watch us try to win it all! https://t.co/NLM9d0jABR
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) March 26, 2020
Introducing @MarioWest5, Director of the NBPA’s Off the Court Program.
The NBPA Off the Court program helps to support players in their pursuit of life goals and career aspirations as they transition from their career as professional basketball players. pic.twitter.com/lW3SPIdPWy
— NBPA (@TheNBPA) March 24, 2020
Thank you to our delivery drivers. @Mrs___Young21 getting yall right. Stay safe. We appreciate everything you do. Don’t forget to wash and sanitize your hands. #QuarantineChronicles pic.twitter.com/gB3nU2Z1Wr
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) March 23, 2020
Thad Young is spending his time away from basketball with his wife and kids while also researching further investment opportunities https://t.co/suh4teiTYu
— Forbes SportsMoney (@ForbesSports) March 25, 2020
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) March 24, 2020
— Full Size Run (@fullsizerunshow) March 24, 2020
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 22, 2020
.@chrisbosh‘s ’08 campaign for ASG fan voting is still hilarious.
Happy birthday to the future Hall of Famer. pic.twitter.com/pQP64H16c9
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) March 24, 2020
Usually it’s the other team distracting you when you shoot FT😂. 2020 has been a wild ride to say the least. Try and enjoy this time with your loved ones if you can. Miss you Bean💛💜 #TBT. pic.twitter.com/8C0yD62hmE
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) March 19, 2020
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No where else I’d rather be celebrating my birthday than with my favorite people by my side‼️Ya boy is 36 and I’ve never felt better. Thank you my darling @mrsadriennebosh for always making sure I feel special. The kids went all out today to show me the love and I def felt it. Picking herbs from our garden for dinner, helping set the table, and making me gifts from the heart. Thanks for all that reached out with bday wishes 🙌🏿❤️, stay safe out there🙏🏿 #QuarantineLife #BoshFamily.
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Shoutout to all the health care professionals that are putting in long hours, isolating themselves from their own loved ones, and doing everything in their power to make sure we are taken care of 🙏🏿🙏🏿. I’ve been seeing people not taking this as seriously as they should. This is a crucial time. Please do your part and #StayHome if you can. We got this. Mad love everyone, stay safe ❤️