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Latest News / Oct 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

GIF: ‘Wolves High-Flyer Zach LaVine Gets Loose For Huge Tomahawk Slam

Zach LaVine

There may not be much winning for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014-2015, but there will definitely be lots of dunking. Rookie Zach LaVine – one half of the “Bounce Brothers” – gave us a preview of what’s to come during the regular season by getting loose for a huge tomahawk slam in his team’s exhibition against the Bulls tonight. Read More »

Video / Oct 24, 2014 / 10:45 pm

Watch Tony Parker Flop After Minimal Contact With Vocal, Physical Theatrics

Tony Parker, Terrence Jones

Tony Parker, Terrence Jones (photo. clutchfansDOTnet YouTube)

Come on, Tony Parker. Couldn’t you have waited to flop until the games actually mattered next week? We came all this way to the final night of preseason play with only one egregious dive! Well, actually it’s probably prudent to get in mid-season flopping form now. Watch the San Antonio Spurs’ point guard draw the whistle by embellishing contact and yelling “Hey!” upon releasing an uncontested shot. Read More »

Twitter / Oct 24, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Photo: 7-9 Chinese Basketball Player Makes The Rock Look Like A Child

Dwyane Johnson, Sun Ming Ming

So this is what a 7-9, 370-pound human being looks like. Except even bigger normally, actually, because Sun Ming Ming of the CBA’s Beijing Ducks is standing next to 6-5 behemoth Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read More »

Video / Oct 24, 2014 / 6:00 pm

GIF: Watch Nate Wolters Walk To Sideline, Fake Timeout, Get Easy Layup

Nate Wolters

Nate Wolters (photo. r/nba GIF)

This is a heady play by Nate Wolters. But why bust it out in a meaningless exhibition game? After the bench prompted the Milwaukee Bucks point guard to call timeout, he lulled the Minnesota Timberwolves to sleep by dribbling slowly to the sideline before darting to the lane for an uncontested layup. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:00 pm

ESPN Ranks Kevin Durant Eighth Best Player; He Tweets, Deletes Response

Kevin Durant

Disclaimer: Before Kevin Durant suffered a stress fracture that will keep him sidelined for approximately two months, ESPN ranked him as the second-best player in the NBA. In fact, ESPN NBA Rank voters nearly bestowed him a perfect score of 10.0 – KD’s pre-injury 9.94 was barely lower than LeBron James’ mark. But the worldwide leader polled their analysts again after Durant’s unfortunate break, asking them to account for negative impacts of his injury. Eighth-best is where that new assessment placed him. Not bad. But given Durant’s humorous – and since-deleted – response on Twitter, he isn’t exactly pleased with it, either. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Report: Anderson Varejao Named Cavaliers Starter Over Tristan Thompson

Anderson Varejao

Just three weeks ago, Tristan Thompson had the inside track to be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting center. Now days removed from his team’s regular season opener, though, coach David Blatt has gone a different direction. According to a report by Northeast Ohio Media Group, Blatt named Anderson Varejao Cleveland’s fifth and final starter. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Grant Hill Says Handing Cavs Eastern Conference Title Is “A Bit Premature”

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland Cavaliers are clear NBA title contenders, and perhaps favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Sportsbooks across the betting world place Cleveland’s odds to win the championship ahead of the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs’. And while folks within the league and those covering it think Vegas is a bit optimistic with the Cavs, they’re still exceedingly high on LeBron James’ team. In overwhelming fashion, league GMs and ESPN Forecast predicted Cleveland to win the Eastern Conference. At least one NBA analyst, though, thinks it’s remiss to anoint the Cavaliers as Eastern kings so soon. Read More »

Video / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Watch Blake Griffin & Chris Paul Star In Jordan Brand’s “BGCP3TV In HD” Premier

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin (photo. Jordan Brand)

Last night, at 12:12 a.m. ET on the Adult Swim network the Jordan Brand sponsored “BGCP3TV in HD” sketch comedy show premiered. Say what you want about the Clippers teammates and Jordan Brand NBA all-stars failing to reach the Western Conference Finals last season, but — as you’ll see — they’re pretty decent with the off-kilter dry humor on display in the debut. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:30 pm

J.R. Smith Says Triangle Is A Struggle, Admits To Putting Self Before Team In Past

J.R. Smith

Only two weeks, ago, J.R. Smith said that the triangle offense was “going to take a few months” to learn. So it’s no surprise that the New York Knicks’ notorious chucker is still adjusting to his team’s new offensive scheme with the regular just days away. As Smith admits, his prior basketball mentality makes playing in the triangle “a struggle.” Read More »