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NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 10:45 pm

Video: Watch Alec Burks Embarrass Kobe Bryant, Lakers With Sick Crossover

Kobe Bryant, Alec Burks

Kobe Bryant might still be an offensive force, but his play on the other end has quietly been a liability for the past few seasons. If the Los Angeles Lakers tasked their living legend with defending top-tier wings instead of the opponent’s worst perimeter threat, his defensive deficiencies would be common knowledge. This epic crossover by Alec Burks that left Kobe and his teammates embarrassed are further of evidence that sad reality. Read More »

Video / Oct 19, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Worst Flop Of Preseason? Lance Stephenson Wildly Embellishes Contact

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson (photo. @cjzero Vine)

Frankly, we’re not too concerned with flopping. The vast majority of today’s so-called flops involve players slightly embellishing contact that would merit a whistle even without such gesticulation. It’s telling that throughout tens of exhibition games, we’ve yet to come across a play that would get the league’s millions of armchair officials calling flop. Having said that, this one from Lance Stephenson – a repeat offender – is about as bad as it gets. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:45 pm

44-Minute Game Experiment Clocks In At Under Two Hours Of Real Time

Marcus Thornton

The NBA’s 44-minute game experiment came and went today without much fanfare, especially considering the stir of discussion it created earlier this week. We’ll have to wait and see if the league considers the common sentiment of players and coaches that cutting games from the regular season schedule would be more beneficial than shortening the length of them. The takeaway for now is that the first 44-minute game – a 95-90 Boston Celtics win over the Brooklyn Nets – clocked in at under two hours of real time. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Video: Watch Rookie Shabazz Napier Lead The Heat Past Spurs In OT

Jeff Ayres, Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier is forcing Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra into an uncomfortable position when it comes to the Heat’s point guards. With Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers ahead of Napier in the depth chart, something might have to change if Napier continues to torch teams in preseason like he did in Miami’s OT win over the still short-handed defending champs on Saturday night. Read More »

Smack / Oct 19, 2014 / 6:30 pm

NBA Should Penalize Tristan Thompson For Kissing Sideline Reporter (Video)

Tristan Thompson

It’s the year 2014, and this type of behavior is inexcusable. When Tristan Thompson kissed Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton on Friday night, it marked a huge lapse in judgement and a dunderheaded ignorance of women’s rights in this country. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 19, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Manu Ginobili Says He’s Pain-Free But “Way Behind Basketball-Wise”

Manu Ginobili

No team’s system is more effective or relentless than the San Antonio Spurs’. In the past two seasons alone, Gregg Popovich and company have turned cast-offs Danny Green, Boris Diaw, and Patty Mills into extremely valuable, role-playing cogs that helped them to two consecutive Finals appearances and the 2014 NBA championship. More than any other organization in the league, the Spurs consistently push their players to the peak of their ability. But make no mistake – San Antonio needs its stars to play like stars to be its best. To that end, the Spurs will be pleased to know that 37 year-old Manu Ginobili says he’s fully healthy for the first time in years. But the Argentinian legend also warns that he’s “way behind” in terms of on-court comfort. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 5:30 pm

GIF: Andre Drummond Twice Rejects Al Horford

Andre Drummond, Jeff Teague

Andre Drummond brought the ruckus yesterday against in Atlanta. He had 19 points and 17 rebounds in 38 minutes of action as the Pistons won 104-100. With Al Horford making his return to the court from a pectoral tear, Dre decided to re-introduced himself by way of a pair of rejections. Read More »

GIFs, Overseas / Oct 19, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Olimpija Player Hits The Shot Of The Century

Olimpija

Many basketball fans only know Slovenia as the birthplace of Goran “Dragon” Dragic. But after a player on Slovenian club team Olimpija, aka Košarkaški klub Olimpija Ljubljana or KK Union Olimpija, hit a shot of a lifetime against Serbian club KK Partizan, that might all change. Read More »

Smack / Oct 19, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Popovich Says Suns Owner Should Have Been Wearing A Chicken Suit For Comments

Gregg Popovich

Two days after Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver apologized to his fans for the San Antonio Spurs bringing a depleted team to an exhibition between the Western Conference foes, Gregg Popovich fired back in a way only he could. Calling Sarver’s comments “silly,” the legendary Spurs coach upped the ante by quipping that he was surprised the CEO of Western Alliance Bank wasn’t wearing a chicken suit when he took the mic during Thursday’s game. Read More »

Video / Oct 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Watch LeBron James Star In New “Beats By Dre” Ad Set In His Hometown Of Akron

Akron marquee

The athlete’s rags-to-riches trope is as old as sports itself, and runs parallel to the Horatio Alger-esque American Dream: If you work hard enough, anything is possible. But when you spend any time in an inner-city American ghetto, that ethos can make your skin crawl — reality doesn’t usually fit into a snug narrative like this one. But we couldn’t help get goosebumps as Gloria James narrates this new commercial for Beats by Dre starring her son, LeBron James, returning to his old Akron high school gym, now named The LeBron James Arena. Read More »