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Video / Aug 28, 2014 / 7:18 pm

Watch Andrew Wiggins’ New Ad For BioSteel: “Stay True To Your Roots”

Andrew Wiggins

Despite getting traded before he’s even played an NBA game, Andrew Wiggins was still the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA draft, and he’s expected to be the primary building block for a young, exciting ‘Wolves team next season. Despite all that’s happened since he left high school, though, as his new commercial for BioSteel shows, Wiggins hasn’t forgotten his Toronto roots. Read More »

NBA / Aug 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Lakers Therapist On Kobe’s Pain Threshold: “It’s The Highest I’ve Ever Seen”

Kobe Bryant

There’s no end to the mythologizing that’s happening every time we see a new facet to Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated feature on Kobe Bryant. First, came Steve Nash‘s hysterical three-word summary of the Mamba, then we heard about Kobe’s text to LeBron after his 2010 “Decision.” Yesterday came an even bigger scoop, when Kobe waxed poetic about the confidence in wanting to go 0-for-30 rather than 0-for-9. Today, Ballard dropped another gem, highlighting Bryant’s almost superhuman tolerance for pain. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Shumpert Is Excited About Doing More On Offense Than “Standing In The Corner”

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert’s 2013-2014 was among the most disappointing in basketball. As trade rumors swirled around him from last season’s outset, the two-way prowess that made Shumpert one of the league’s most promising young wings the year before all but vanished entirely. He notched career lows in points per game and field goal percentage, dipped from 40.2 percent to 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and let his uncertain status as a member of the New York Knicks affect his effort on the other end of the floor, too. Read More »

Video, We Reminisce / Aug 28, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Popovich Tells Campers: “I Don’t Really Give A S**t What Your Names Are”

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

An old video has made the rounds today, and Reddit’s excellent r/NBA board first alerted us to the brilliance of the footage. The video features a clip from a 2006 coaching clinic run by cranky Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich. In the sequence captured by the cameras, the grizzled long-time grey and black helmsman introduces himself to the campers involved in a drill he’s running, before telling them he doesn’t really care since he’ll forget their names anyway; except, Pop does so as only Pop can. Read More »

Twitter / Aug 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

The Best #NBACartoons By Teams On Twitter

Jonas Jerebko

The NBA offseason can be a lonely time for basketball fans. Your favorite NBA writers are taking a vacation (well, some are), and players are at the gym working out, playing in the FIBA World Cup, going on promotional tours in exotic locales, or simply chilling at home. That’s why the recent Twitter-inspired hashtag game #NBACartoons caught on so fast the other day when teams combined their players and mascots with popular animated shows and movies. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Aug 28, 2014 / 2:30 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Will Be Team USA’s Back-Up Center

DeMarcus Cousins

Before Team USA trimmed its roster down to the final 12 last weekend, there was a lot of speculation on whether DeMarcus Cousins would make the team, as head coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared to be favoring Mason Plumlee as a secondary big man. Turns out, both players made the team, and now Cousins has been formally named the back-up center heading into the FIBA World Cup. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 1:45 pm

D-Wade & Gabrielle Union Make Wedding Guests Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade

The upcoming nuptials on Saturday between Heat guard Dwyane Wade and his actress/model girlfriend Gabrielle Union, is sure to include a bevy of stars in attendance, but good luck finding any delicious gossip about what goes on during their “I do’s.” The pair is making everyone involved in the wedding sign a non-disclosure agreement barring guests from discussing anything about the goings on, or face a hefty fine, TMZ has learned. Read More »

NBA / Aug 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Sixers GM, Sam Hinkie, Doesn’t Know If Joel Embiid Will Play Next Season

Joel Embiid

By now we all know the story behind Joel Embiid‘s roller-coaster entry into the NBA. He was the ostensible No. 1 pick in an acclaimed 2014 Draft despite sitting out Conference play and the NCAA Tournament with a wonky back. Then he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and fell from his pre-draft perch as the largely unanimous No. 1 pick. Philadelphia’s GM, Sam Hinkie, swooped in to snag Embiid with the No. 3 pick, and now we’re here — with many Sixers fans holding back any enthusiasm for the selection until Embiid actually trots out on the hardwood. Read More »

College, High School / Aug 28, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Remember This Name: Rayjon Tucker, Ferocious Class Of 2015 Wing

Rayjon Tucker

You know a great dunker when you see one, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to describe what makes him so. The human body has its limits, after all, and most of basketball’s rarest slams are performed by those who count dunking as a habit instead of the game itself. There’s just something extra compelling about the best high-level, in-game dunkers even if you can’t exactly put your finger on it. That’s the way we feel about crazy-athletic class of 2015 wing Rayjon Tucker. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

J.R. Smith Says He’s “On Pace” To Be Among Best Shooters Ever; He’s Right

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith doesn’t need to tell us that he has an inflated sense of his abilities. That’s been obvious since the talented but wildly inconsistent shooting guard was drafted as an 18 year-old high school graduate in 2004. It takes a “special” mindset to be an effective gunner, basically. Smith has it in spades, and his latest antics on Instagram are just further confirmation of that fact. Read More »