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Notebook: KU Great Nick Collison Retires

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KU great Nick Collison calls it a career after 15 years in the NBA |
While his NBA statistics, outside of longevity, might leave a little to be desired, Nick Collison will forever be remembered around these parts as one of the greatest Kansas basketball players of all time.

4 KU tennis players pick up Big 12 honors on eve of NCAA Tournament |
A senior transfer, Despoina Vogasari, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year on Thursday, and made the All-Big 12 singles first team and doubles second team.

Former KU teammate Brett Ballard: Collison 'at peace' with decision to retire |
In Nashville to check out the Justin Timberlake concert with his wife, Kelly, former Kansas basketball player and current Washburn head coach Brett Ballard got a first-hand look this week at the end of an era.

Roy Williams, former KU players laud Collison on day 15-year NBA veteran retires
Nick Collison’s mom, Judy, and dad, Dave, summoned their son to a hallway of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena after a recent playoff game against the Utah Jazz.

Skechers sues Adidas, references FBI college basketball probe, two KU players
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday night in Los Angeles, comes shortly after an FBI indictment released last month charged former Adidas executive Jim Gatto with giving illegal payments to the parents and guardians of college athletes, which included family members of two Kansas players believed to be Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. Both Preston and De Sousa are mentioned by name in Skechers' lawsuit.

Why KU basketball faces an interesting offensive challenge in 2018-19
The Kansas men's basketball team is expected be good next season; KU not only is ranked No. 1 in NBC Sports' updated preseason poll, but it also has taken the top spot in previous rankings put out by ESPN, CBS Sports and Yahoo.

Zach Lowe on the Boston Celtics' toughness - NBA playoffs
Brett Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers head coach, is fond of saying, "The pass is king." As the Boston Celtics extended to a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals, making seemingly every big play, some Celtics staffers began whispering their own version: "Toughness is king."

NBA -- the secret behind the Warriors' dominance
It begins like this: Cavs guard Dwyane Wade misses a jumper, Warriors forward Draymond Green devours the rebound and rifles a length-of-the-court pass to teammate David West, who is fouled and sinks two free throws. Warriors guard Klay Thompson blocks a layup, Green collects the ball and feeds teammate Shaun Livingston, who races through the lane and lays it in. Four points, 20 seconds. Cavs players stare at the floor, their shoulders starting to sag. Coach Tyronn Lue calls timeout.

Steve Kerr likes Golden State Warriors' chances, dispels talk of Houston Rockets having edge
"No, I like where we are," Kerr told reporters Thursday ahead of Game 1 on Monday in Houston. "Our guys have rings. That's a good position to be in. To me, the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you don't know -- you don't quite know -- if you can do it.

Kevin Love says Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics both overcame injuries, chaos to make Eastern Conference finals
For the second straight Eastern Conference finals and the third time in the past four postseasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against the Boston Celtics. But so much has changed -- for both teams -- between last year and now.

Other News

‘Love is an excessive thing’: Online matchup leads to 65,000 text messages and a stalking charge. - The Washington Post
What did happen, according to police, was a bizarre series of encounters and anti-Semitic messages stretching back to last summer. Ades allegedly piled up her love interest’s inbox with thousands of text messages, sometimes 500 a day and many laced with threats. “Oh, what I would do w ur blood!” she allegedly once wrote. “I’d wanna bathe in it.”

More Wild Rumors Hint the Obi-Wan Movie Could Be Closer Than We Thought
Fanthatracks reports that the long-rumored Obi-Wan Star Wars Story—allegedly directed by Stephen Daldry—has gone into pre-production (at least, specifically an art department has) at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Given that the film has still yet to be officially announced, take things with a pinch of salt, but the site reports Lucasfilm plans to film sometime in Spring next year, for a release in 2020.

Kilauea Volcano Could Erupt 'Explosively,' But What Does That Mean?
The outlook for Kilauea volcano took a turn for the worse this week, when the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) warned that the dramatic draining of the summit crater could herald an “explosive” eruption.