Brad Stevens delivers commencement speech at Butler graduation

Stevens and the bouncy trampoline While addressing students during Butler University’s commencement on Saturday in Indianapolis, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens referenced his first season in the NBA as a lesson in overcoming adversity. “I just participated and was part of a season that didn’t go very well,” said Stevens. “And it was really interesting[…]

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich donates to Hinkle Campaign

Among the donors to the multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign that will renovate Butler’s 86-year-old Hinkle Fieldhouse is a four-time NBA championship coach with no discernable ties to the university. But, as Gregg Popovich notes, he forever remains a Hoosier at heart. “I’m an Indiana boy,” said the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, among several[…]

Heat, Spoelstra to host players from Philippines

MIAMI — The State Department says it is teaming with the Miami Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra this week to host 16 players and two coaches from the Philippines, which is still dealing with the aftereffects of the typhoon that struck last fall. Spoelstra’s mother is from the Philippines. He was actively involved in fundraising[…]