Devean George ’99 offers his take on Kobe Bryant’s retirement in Star Tribune article

Minneapolis Star Tribune - logoThe Minneapolis Star Tribune recently interviewed former Augsburg College basketball player and retired NBA star Devean George ’99 about the upcoming retirement of legendary Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant. George, who retired in 2011, played his first seven seasons in the NBA alongside Bryant.

George said that he knows Bryant is ready to retire from professional sports because he has seen familiar signs from his own retirement. “What I’ve seen him go through this year, you can see the flame is not there and he knows it’s time,” he said. “It’s the old cliché: Father Time, no one can beat it. There comes a time where no one wins. Basketball is a young man’s sport. It’s that simple.”

Read George: When it’s time, it’s time on the Star Tribune site.

KARE 11 news airs segment on development project spearheaded by
Devean George ’99

Kare 11 - logoKARE 11 news staff recently interviewed former NBA player Devean George ’99 about The Commons at Penn Avenue, a mixed-use building development in north Minneapolis that George has been working on for four years. The building includes upscale low-income housing and will be the site of a co-op grocery store that will open this summer.

George compared the complexity of completing the project with the effort required to join the NBA.

“This has been really difficult. It was a little bit like pre-draft for me,” George said. “Coming from a small school I had to prove myself and play well all the time. It was similar to that.”

Watch and read Retired NBA players builds housing complex in north Minneapolis on the KARE 11 site.

Fox Sports North interviews Devean George ’99

Fox Sports North - logoFox Sports North interviewed former Augsburg College basketball player Devean George prior to a recent game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers. George played his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Lakers and was asked about his experience with Kobe Bryant, who is retiring after this season.

In the segment, he is introduced as having drawn “national attention at Augsburg.” When asked about Bryant’s impact on his career, George states, “It was huge. I learned from him everyday.”

Watch: Devean George on playing with Lakers great Kobe Bryant on the Fox Sports North Facebook page.

Devean George ’99 redevelopment project featured on WCCO

WCCOA retail and affordable housing development founded by Augsburg College alumnus and former NBA player Devean George ’99 was featured on a recent WCCO-TV broadcast.

The segment included several statements by George about his desire to help revitalize the area near Penn Avenue and Golden Valley Road in Minneapolis, which is often cited as an impoverished neighborhood with high crime rates. George also discussed his childhood connection with the neighborhood and the importance of affordable housing.

Watch “Former NBA Star Developing Affordable Housing Complex In North Minneapolis” on the WCCO website.

Devean George ’99 redevelopment project featured in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneA redevelopment project by Augsburg College alumnus Devean George ’99, a former professional basketball player, was mentioned in a Star Tribune business article by Neal St. Anthony. The story explores two projects on the North Side of Minneapolis that recently broke ground. George heads Building Blocks, a group working to revitalize urban areas by building affordable housing with accompanying retail spaces. Read “St. Anthony: Two north Minneapolis projects launch” on the Star Tribune website.

Devean George ’99 featured in Star Tribune column

Devean GeorgeA housing project being developed by Augsburg alumnus Devean George ’99 was one of several items featured in a Star Tribune business column. The piece described George’s recent talk at an annual fundraiser for a North Side land trust that works to help families buy refurbished homes. George, who retired from the NBA in 2011, is readying to break ground on a multi-use project that will offer retail space and apartments in the neighborhood in which he was raised. Read Neal St. Anthony’s column, “Horizontal Integration of Minnetonka praised for sustained growth.”

Devean George ’99 redevelopment project featured in Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneA redevelopment project by Auggie Devean George ’99, a former professional basketball player, was the focus of a Star Tribune business article by Neal St. Anthony. The story explores George’s childhood growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, the inspiration for his commitment to his community, and also includes quotes from Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. Read “Developer Devean George is a player in North Side redevelopment.”