Knicks Sign Walker

Kemba Walker is now a member of the New York Knicks.

The product of Rice High School in Harlem reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $18 million on Thursday.

Walker, 31, agreed to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder one week ago and needed to clear waivers before signing with the Knicks. The four-time NBA All-Star was acquired by the Thunder in June from the Boston Celtics with two years and $74 million remaining on his contract.

Walker averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with the Celtics during the 2020-2021 season. For his 10-year NBA career with Charlotte and Boston, he’s averaging 19.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

A first-round pick for Charlotte in the 2011 draft, Walker will share point guard duties with Derrick Rose, who joined the Knicks this past season and was just signed for three more years with the Knicks.

The two guards once played a high school game against one another at Madison Square Garden. Rose later played at Memphis, leading the Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Division I championship game, and Walker led the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA championship.

Lakers Add Griffin to Summer Roster

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this month.

The Lakers open Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2 against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers will meet the Knicks on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. The league concludes with the championship game on Aug. 17.

Griffin played two seasons at the University of Illinois before transferring to Syracuse University. He declared himself eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft and was not selected, making him a free agent. At Syracuse, he averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 43.1 percent from the floor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Breen Being Honored at Naismith Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

Salesian High School and Fordham University graduate Mike Breen will be honored this weekend at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.

Breen is the recipient of the 2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award for his work calling basketball games. He currently calls NBA games for ESPN, ABC and the Madison Square Garden Network. Previously, he called NBA and Olympic basketball games on NBC, NFL games NBC and FOX, and delivered sports updates on the Imus in the Morning show on WFAN (660 AM). 

Click here to read a Catholic New York story following Breen’s selection to the Hall of Fame.

PHOTO COURTESY OF FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Jerome Shines for Oklahoma City

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome had back-to-back strong games for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder this past weekend.

In a 119-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday, Jerome finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. The next day, he collected 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 128-122 win over Memphis.

Jerome, 23, is averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during the 2020-2021 season.

Jerome led the University of Virginia to the 2019 NCAA Division I championship and was a first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Jerome and the Thunder will play the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta on Thursday night.

Former Kennedy Star Elijah Hughes Drafted by Pelicans, Traded to Jazz

Former John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School athlete Elijah Hughes was drafted with the 39th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans and was traded to the Utah Jazz.

Hughes played at Syracuse University where he led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring during the 2019-2020 season, earning first-team ACC honors.

Hughes played in high school at Beacon High School, Kennedy Catholic and South Kent School. He helped Kennedy Catholic to a 26-2 season and a spot in the CHSAA state championship game as a junior, earning first-team all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

He competed for one year at East Carolina University. He transferred to Syracuse and played two seasons there before announcing he was entering the NBA Draft after his junior season.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNEDY CATHOLIC

New Home for Iona Prep Grad

Iona Preparatory School graduate Ty Jerome is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Phoenix Suns traded the 2019 first-round draft pick with Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick to the Thunder for Chris Paul and Abdel Nader.

Jerome helped the University of Virginia capture the 2019 NCAA championship before being drafted by the Suns. The 23 year old averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 31 games during his rookie campaign with the Suns.

PHOTO COURTESY OF IONA PREP

Pat LaFontaine’s Charity Golf Event Raises Over $120,000 for Foundation

Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine hosted his annual Companions in Courage (CiC) Foundation Golf Classic at Huntington Country Club on Long Island that raised over $120,000 for the foundation on Oct. 5.

LaFontaine was joined by a group of celebrities at the event, including Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak and his father Walter, and retired hockey players Benoit Hogue, Bob Nystrom, Pat Jablonski, Randy Wood and Steve Webb.

Johnny Glavinic won the tournament with a 66, followed by Wally Szczerbiak’s 68. Szczerbiak’s foursome with Glavinic, Tommy Nagolo and Mike Matura captured the low gross team award with a 62. Greg Heinssen (longest drive), Brian O’Day (closest to pin) and Nike Patti Jr. (closest to goal) also won awards.

CiC serves almost 60,000 pediatric patients each year in North America with Xbox Kiosks and Lion’s Den playrooms.

CiC has 20 Lion’s Dens at hospitals scattered across North America with four being in the archdiocese — Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla; Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown; Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, Manhattan, and New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital opened the first Lion’s Den in 2005.