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Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 27, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Jordan Brand Introduces Chris Paul’s Jordan CP3.VIII

Jordan CP3 VIII

The gala nature of the unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9 back in April was no surprise — nearly three decades of heritage behind the annual game shoe dictated a grand premiere that featured royalty such as Jordan Brand designer extraordinaire Tinker Hatfield and Michael Jordan himself.

But with Chris Paul seven All-Star Games and eight acclaimed signature sneakers deep — for perspective, Penny Hardaway only had four over the course of his career — it’s only fitting that CP3’s new sneaker gets some similar shine befitting one of the best players in the NBA for close to a decade. Read More »

NBA / Aug 27, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Doc Rivers Agrees To New Five-Year, $50 Million Contract With Clippers

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer

Apparently $21 million over three years wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers. Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer thought so, too. Rivers has agreed to a five-year contract worth in excess of $10 million annually to remain with the Clippers through the 2018-2019 season, reports say. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 27, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Report: Turner To Lay Off 550 Employees In Advance Of Upcoming NBA TV Rights Deal

Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley

Following the 2015-16 season, the NBA will have negotiated a historically large television rights deal, which could cost networks like ABC/ESPN and Turner (TNT/TBS) close to $15 billion for an eight-year agreement — double their current contract. In anticipation of such a cataclysmic cost to televise live NBA games, and to address a dearth in original programing, John Martin, the CEO of Time Warner’s cable television division, which includes TNT, TBS and CNN, is looking to buy out employees, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll go with pink slips, with 550 employees getting let go. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 27, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Kobe Says He’d Rather Miss 30 Shots Than Miss His First 9 And Stop Shooting

Kobe Bryant

An aging, wistful Kobe Bryant is the quotable gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already touched on several anecdotes from Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated cover story and Gotham Chopra’s documentary on the Los Angeles Lakers legend, but this one might the best yet. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Dick Bavetta’s Three Favorite NBA Crowds: L.A., New York, Boston

Dick Bavetta

Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 27, 2014 / 1:30 pm

LeBron James To Dion Waiters: “Be Ready”

Dion Waiters, LeBron James

LeBron James might have more confidence in teammate Dion Waiters than anyone else in the NBA. Since the four-time MVP announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, those close to James have insisted that he has special appreciation for Waiters’ mostly unrealized talents. And now comes a report that a call LeBron made to Waiters before his decision was made public confirms that belief. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 27, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Watch Anthony Davis Continue Two-Way Dominance Against Slovenia

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis (photo. USABasketball Twitter)

There’s nothing Anthony Davis can’t do on a basketball court. The 21 year-old New Orleans Pelicans All-Star and Team USA might the most versatile player in basketball aside from LeBron James, a fact extra scary considering Davis is just scratching the surface of his limitless potential. Read More »

Twitter, Video Games / Aug 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

Joel Embiid On Why Shabazz Napier Gets Dunked On By LeBron In NBA 2K15 Trailer

Joel Embiid

2K Sports released an extended trailer for NBA 2K15 this week. In it, Miami Heat rookie guard Shabazz Napier is featured prominently towards the end when he’s on the receiving end of a slam dunk from LeBron James. Sixers rookie Joel Embiid took to Twitter last night and explained why. Read More »

Video, Video Games / Aug 27, 2014 / 11:15 am

Watch Damian Lillard Suffer From “Carroting” In New Madden NFL 15 Spot

Von Miller, Damian Lillard

Fresh off EA Sports made him the cover athlete for NBA Live 15, Blazers all-star Damian Lillard appears in EA Sports’ new Madden NFL 15 ad with Broncos linebacker Von Miller; except, Miller has a surprise in store for Dame. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 10:45 am

Love Responds To Former Owner’s Critique: “Emotions Are Definitely Running High”

Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson

After the deal sending Kevin Love to Cleveland was completed last weekend with former No. 1 pick’s Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett heading to Minnesota along with Philly’s Thaddeus Young in the three-team swap, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor kicked a little dirt on his former star. Love responded to his former owner’s comments on the “Mike and Mike” show this morning. Read More »