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With Friday’s announcement that Henson is out indefinitely – his surgery could keep him out beyond the all-star break – Maker’s time has come to again prove himself as a capable part of the Bucks’ rotation. He didn’t want his latest chance to come due to an injury to any of his teammate, but the third-year center knows how much the Bucks are counting on him to consistently perform as their backup center. “Every single time I check in I got to find a way to give us a boost,” Maker said. “It’s unfortunate with John’s situation, but he said the same thing. He just said, ‘You’re up. It’s your opportunity. Just go out there and show the world what you’re made of.’”

For Bucks center John Henson, who has missed the past four games with a back injury and was one of the last players on the floor doing drills with assistant coach Greg Foster, there’s another number that’s close to his mind right now. “Day 11,” Henson said dripping with sweat after his workout referring to how long he’s been rehabbing his back. “Getting better. I’m just worried about tonight and then I’ll go from there. That’s kind of the mindset.”

With Henson out again on Tuesday, Maker and veteran Tyler Zeller will be counted on to maintain the momentum the group has enjoyed recently. Despite his struggles throughout the season, the Bucks’ confidence in Maker has never wavered. “It came from last year, really,” Bucks swingman Khris Middleton said. “He started tons of games for us last year, started in the playoffs for us last year and he played well in his rookie year. This year he’s been up and down, I don’t know why, but when he’s gotten in the game [in the playoffs], he’s produced. That’s where the confidence is coming from. We’ve all seen him before.”
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Though it’s not unusual for an athlete to have a late-career surge, the reason for McGee’s is: his began when he gave up meat. “I was in Dallas and I had gained weight and knew becoming a vegetarian was the quickest way to lose it,” he said. “I just wasn’t sure if I could do it.” It was 2015, and he was a bench player for the Mavericks struggling to find minutes. A trip to Whole Foods led to his discovery of a plant-based culinary company by the name of Beyond Meat — and with it, renewed energy.
Irving said he mentioned his diet change during an interview at the beginning of last season, and Beyond Meat offered to send him samples. “I was noticing that I wasn’t able to recover as fast after games and workouts,” he said. “I did a lot of research and learned that my diet could be a factor. “It was good timing as I was struggling to find quality plant-based foods that still had a lot of flavor.” But can he and other NBA evangelists really get people to grill tasty sunflower seeds instead of ground beef? “Not only do I think it will be a permanent change among athletes,” Irving said, “but I think we will see people who aren’t professional athletes making the change as well.”
This is the square footage, among the disconnected and the disenfranchised and those being odd for effect mixed with those who are effectually odd, this is where Supreme Bey chooses to meet. “I love it here because everyone is so f—— weird,’’ says the man more commonly known as Chris Douglas-Roberts. “It’s the only place that no one stares at me.’’ As he sits down on a white sectional inside the relatively simplistic Cadillac Hotel, he is 11 years and a lifetime of self-discovery removed from the player who helped Memphis reach the Final Four in 2008. Now 32, he has bobbed-length dreads with gold tips and a full-mouthed diamond grill, and he wears both a black warmup jacket and black loafers with his DCTG (Don’t Cheat The Grind). A pair of bright socks peek out of his pants, Michael Jackson-Billie Jean video style, and black sunglasses shade his eyes, even as nightfall sets in.
Now here are the particulars. DCTG Sportswear is a trademarked brand, and you can buy the clothes online. Supreme says he has factories in Pakistan and China to mass-produce the apparel. He likes to keep supply low in order to ratchet up demand, but he also is the first to say that this is mostly a hobby. Raven, who played at Memphis, sketches her designs but is also just getting her line off the ground. The model, Mason, did sign a deal with APM, a boutique agency in New York, and Supreme did negotiate the contract. But Mason is not, technically, a supermodel. His foundation will focus on families in need in Memphis, but he’s only just returned there to get that started. As for the sports agency, he has eyes on a few players he’d love to represent. They just don’t know it yet.