NBA Nation has been taking its Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown across the nation this summer in pursuit of finding the top amateur dunker in the country. Thus far, NBA Nation has traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Indianapolis. The winners from each of the eight tour stops are awarded $2,500 and a spot to compete at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York City, where the winner will be rewarded $10,000. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm
Kobe Bryant’s sheer will and competitive fire knows no bounds. That much is clear while watching him play, obviously, but that doesn’t make learning behind-the-scenes anecdotes confirming that belief any less enjoyable. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Lost in the offseason shuffle to acquire Kevin Love, was the very real possibility Golden State would trade their young shooting guard Klay Thompson, along with Harrison Barnes and former all-star David Lee, to acquire Minnesota’s ubiquitous trade bait. The fact the Dubs even debated sending Klay to Minnesota has him allegedly “pissed,” sources tell Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 3:15 pm
Doug McDermott (photo. Comcast Sportsnet)
Let’s just say this: Doug McDermott is definitely a better shooter than he is a singer. The Chicago Bulls rookie began his Windy City initiation by leading Wrigley Field’s rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during a recent Cubs game. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 2:15 pm
The Atlanta Hawks of the late 2000s and early 2010s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Entrenched in the dark confines of mediocrity, General Manager Rick Sund made one ill-timed move after another to maintain his big-name, slightly-above-average core for the sake of perennial playoff berths, (all of which ended in first- and second-round exits).
It wasn’t matching Memphis’ five-year, $58 million offer sheet to Josh Smith that killed them; that was an understandable move in principle, despite its repercussions: they wanted to keep a 23 year-old hybrid forward oozing potential on both sides of the floor and touting a PER above 19. What killed them in the long run, were the moves which followed, the ones that reeked of desperation in an attempt to keep a middling roster in a small market heading to the playoffs every year. Then came Danny Ferry and everything changed. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm
Tim Leiweke announced yesterday he will be leaving his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment by June 2015. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors, which means this will have a significant impact on the basketball team.
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It’s hard for a certain generation of basketball fans to remember how regal and dominating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame career. The stalwart Bucks and Lakers center won six MVP awards and was named Finals MVP 14 years apart (1971 and 1985). Perhaps the best way to show young fans how the man most Lakers players referred to as simply, “Cap,” conducted himself on the court, is to show you a clip of a young Michael Jordan swooping along the baseline in an attempt to dunk on the man who blocked the third-most shots in NBA history. Read More »
We have some tattoos, and a few of them came while there was some bourbon in our blood stream, which you’re not supposed to do. Despite our predilection for permanent tattoos on our bodies, we don’t have any of our favorite NBA stars — there isn’t enough epidermis for that. That being said, one fan recently got a Damian Lillard tattoo, and Dame RT’d the work last night on Twitter. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:30 am
Kawhi Leonard (photo. LenArtMovies YouTube)
Training camps don’t open for another few weeks, but it’s never too early get excited about the looming NBA season. After a wild summer that saw an influx of promising young talent, several contenders reap the benefits or fall victim to the pitfalls of free agency, and the world’s best player return to his roots, 2014-2015 promises to be among the most exciting campaigns in recent memory. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:15 am
It’s been a less than ideal offseason for the Indiana Pacers. After consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, Lance Stephenson left for Charlotte in free agency, and Paul George suffered a season-ending injury while playing for Team USA. Add to the fact that the other centerpiece of the team, Roy Hibbert, struggled mightily in the second half of last season, and there are a lot of question marks in Indiana. But fans of the team might find comfort in knowing that George Hill has been having a great summer.
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