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By October 31, 2019
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    NBA great Jordan and his Nike-affiliated company began the release, "The Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community."

    The donations will be made over the next 10 years, going to organisations "dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

    The announced donations are the latest and largest corporate response to date in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. 

    Floyd, who was African American, died in the custody of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking protests against police brutality and racism across the United States and worldwide.  

    "Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement," the press release said. "Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people." 

    Jordan, who was criticised at times during his playing career for not being more of an activist, is now the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.  

    Forbes estimates that Jordan is worth over $2billion and is the fourth-wealthiest African American.  

    "Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family," the statement said. "We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice."

    The company plans to continue its Jordan Wings Program, which has provided college funding for over 1,800 students in the U.S. and China.  

  • Farewell, Vince Carter? An incredible 22-year NBA career in numbers Farewell, Vince Carter? An incredible 22-year NBA career in numbers

    The NBA may be coming back next month, but Vince Carter will likely not be returning to the court again.

    Only the 22 teams with the best records will recommence the 2019-20 season in Florida, with the campaign now officially over for eight clubs, including Carter's Atlanta Hawks.

    The 43-year-old became the first man to play an NBA game in four different decades earlier this year, but he had also confirmed this would be his final season before retirement.

    Though 'Vinsanity' will not be afforded the farewell many of his peers received, we take a look at the eight-time All-Star's brilliant career using Stats Perform News numbers.

     

    LONGEVITY

    Carter entered the league in 1998 having been drafted fifth overall and he played in 50 games for the Toronto Raptors during a lockout-shortened campaign, during which he won Rookie of the Year.

    Incredibly, the guard has barely missed any significant time over the past 22 years - only sitting out the final 22 games of the 2001-02 season and the start of the following term due to injury - and he started all 82 games for the New Jersey Nets in 2006-07.

    In all, Carter has played 1,541 games - third-most of all time - a total only Robert Parish and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar can better, and he was only 20 appearances away from moving up to second on the list.

    The honour of playing in the most NBA seasons does belong to Carter, though, as this campaign was his 22nd, one more than Parish, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Willis.

     

    JOURNEYMAN

    Unlike Dallas Mavericks icon Nowitzki - the NBA's ultimate one-team man - and Garnett, who represented only three clubs, Carter has called almost a third of the NBA home at one point or another.

    After lengthy spells with the Raptors and Nets, Carter played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings before arriving in Atlanta in 2018.

    Of those to have played for eight NBA teams, Carter's 25,728 points are 6,314 more than anyone else, with Jamal Crawford next on that list ahead of Otis Thorpe and Willis.

    Carter has played at least 50 games per season at each of those eight stops, another record he holds along with others such as Crawford and Matt Barnes.

     

    POINTS

    Naturally given such longevity, it is no surprise to see Carter flying high on all-time points lists too.

    His 25,728 points are the 19th-most of all time, more than notable names such as Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley.

    Moreover, Carter is a top-five scorer for two different franchises - the Nets (where he has the third-most points ever) and the Raptors (where he has the fourth-most). Others to own that distinction include Chris Bosh (the Raptors and Miami Heat) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers and Heat).

    Carter's accuracy from beyond the arc certainly helped his numbers, as he drained 2,290 three-pointers - sixth-most of all time - from 6,168 attempts - fifth-most of all time.

    He may not get the rapturous send-off his career deserves, but Carter's impact on the NBA over the past two-and-a-bit decades has certainly been felt.

  • Coronavirus: NBA G League cancels remainder of season Coronavirus: NBA G League cancels remainder of season

    The NBA G League announced on Thursday that it has cancelled the remainder of its suspended 2019-20 season.

    The decision came shortly after the NBA Board of Governors approved a plan to restart its season with a 22-team format at the Walt Disney World complex near Orlando, Florida. The NBA paused its season on March 11 due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the G League doing so the following day. 

    The G League, the NBA's primary developmental league, was scheduled to end its regular season on March 28. According to The Athletic, the league paid its players in full for the 17 canceled days and extended their health benefits.  

    "While canceling the remainder of the season weighs heavily on us, we recognise that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league," G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. "I extend my sincere gratitude to NBA G League players and coaches for giving their all to their teams and fans this season. And to our fans, I thank you and look forward to resuming play for the 2020-21 season." 

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