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Hart, a shooting guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, formed this scholarship with Wine Access in an effort to make the wine industry more welcoming and inclusive—particularly for members of the BIPOC community who have historically been left out. Hart is a wine lover himself (he even has an Instagram dedicated to sharing his favorite bottles), and he’s one of the more recent players to become an outspoken member of the NBA’s unofficial wine club—a club that’s still going strong, as demonstrated by the hundreds of bottles that were shipped to the league’s “bubble,” the sports complex in Orlando that safely housed teams for the 2020 season.
Other players, like Dwyane Wade, share this goal. “One of the reasons I got into the wine industry was to change the common misconception of wine as pretentious,” Wade said. “I didn’t grow up knowing what wine is. Wine was perceived in this really uppity kind of way and I wanted to be a part of showing that it’s not that—of respecting what goes into making one simple bottle of wine.” In 2014, Wade created his own wine brand, Wade Cellars, in partnership with Napa’s Pahlmeyer winery.
The partnership rolls out nationwide at retailers later this month and kicks off with limited-edition NBA Dynasty Oreo cookies. For a playful spin on the sandwich cookie, each pack features six unique embossments on top of the chocolate wafers that spotlight logos of some of the greatest dynasties in NBA history: the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Hall-of-Famer and Auburndale native Tracy McGrady opened his restaurant and sports bar to the public on Wednesday. The new hot spot, called HomeCourt, has been fully constructed and ready to go for months, but the opening was delayed because of risks surrounding COVID-19. “I always wanted to come back home and you know, leave a legacy, something for my community,” McGrady said at a soft opening event Tuesday.