Ryan's Hope

May 18, 2015
May 18, 2015

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May 18, 2015

  • Through Sunday, Blake Griffin had more triple doubles this postseason (three) than the rest of the league combined (zero). He's always been known as a scorer and a rebounder, but he's become a threat as a passer. Per SportVU, Griffin is averaging 70.4 passes per game in the playoffs, trailing only John Wall and Derrick Rose. His 6.9 assists per game are tops among power forwards and centers, and they are generating 17.0 points. (That's more than 2014--15 MVP Stephen Curry's.) Griffin has truly become a threat all over the court.


Ryan's Hope

Remembering Gia

LAST NOVEMBER, PELICANS forward Ryan Anderson opened up in an SI feature (Nov. 17, 2014) about losing his girlfriend, Gia Allemand, to suicide. Afterward Anderson heard from players, coaches and refs, as well as countless strangers; one reader said Ryan's story had saved him from a very dark place. Last week, after the Pelicans were eliminated by the Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Anderson flew to New York City to receive the Survivor Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in honor of his courage to speak publicly and for planning to start the Gia Allemand Foundation. On an emotional night at Lincoln Center that raised more than $400,000 for suicide education, research and public policy advocacy, Anderson broke down briefly upon taking the stage, then spoke about his experience and the power of letting someone know, simply: "You are not alone. None of us are alone."

This is an article from the May 18, 2015 issue