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Smack / Sep 20, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Video: Adorable Little Girl Recites Allen Iverson’s Infamous “Practice” Rant

Maggie, Allen Iverson

It was over 12 years ago that the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson – who Kevin Durant recently dubbed “pound-for-pound the best” – ended his season in ridiculously quotable fashion by going on, and on, and on about practice. The original video is awesome, and certainly worthy of your time. Far more entertaining, though, is this adorable little girl’s take on The Answer’s rant. Read More »

Video / Sep 20, 2014 / 5:00 pm

This Sick Passing Highlight Video Shows Off DeMarcus Cousins’ Versatility

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins (Ed Szczepanski, USATODAY)

Think of DeMarcus Cousins. 6-11, 270 pounds, with a burgeoning post-game, Boogie is surely banging, powering, and willing his way to bucket after bucket in your head. And you’re not wrong for imagining him that way, but doing so still does a disservice to the skill and finesse that makes Cousins one of the league’s best and most unique big men. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 20, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Chris Paul Cried After Blowing Game 5 Against OKC, And He Won’t Forget

Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul

There are those atavistic few who believe an athlete’s tears are a sign of weakness. But for many they’re a sign of just how much that athlete cares about the game they hold so dear. That’s why when Chris Paul cried after the Los Angeles Clippers’ blew a late lead in a watershed Game 5 that would have given them a 3-2 advantage in their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Thunder, it engendered in us the empathy and respect of the latter reaction. Paul, for his part, is turning it into fuel for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: C.J. Watson Talks Paul George, Pacers, And His New Role This Season

C.J. Watson

The Indiana Pacers’ prospects for the 2014-2015 season took a drastic turn in early August when superstar wing Paul George was lost for the year due to a broken leg. Combining George’s absence with the free agency departure of Lance Stephenson leaves the Pacers without their two top playmakers, making offense even more difficult for a team that labored as much as any on that end down the stretch of 2013-2014.

Of those players expected to pick up the scoring slack is guard C.J. Watson, who shored up one of his team’s biggest weaknesses last season by providing consistent two-way play off the bench. Watson took time from his busy offseason schedule recently to talk with Dime, and painted a measured, realistic picture of Indy’s adjusted place among the league hierarchy in 2014-2015. And if the Pacers defy expectations and emerge as legitimate threats in the Eastern Conference, you can bet an ultra-aggressive Watson will be helping to lead the charge. Considering Watson’s rare, winding, and unlikely path to such a rock solid career, we certainly wouldn’t be shocked if that ultimately proves the case. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Warriors’ Oft-Damaged Andrew Bogut Says Avoiding Injury Is “To Be A Puss”

Andrew Bogut

In Andrew Bogut‘s last season in Milwaukee (2012-13), he only appeared in 12 games. In his first season in Golden State, he played in 32 games after offseason microfracture surgery. Last season, he totaled only 67 games with a shoulder injury and was kept him out of Golden State’s final regular-season games and their seven-game first-round series against the Clippers with a fractured rib. The Aussie center recently told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle his body “feels great” before offering a unique perspective on staying healthy. Read More »

Video / Sep 20, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Watch Shaq Perform An Impromptu Jon Bon Jovi Classic At An LSU Bar

Shaq

Shaq (photo. TMZ)

This past week, Shaquille O’Neal was back in the bayou at Louisiana State University, where he played for the Tigers basketball team for three years before going No. 1 in the 1992 NBA Draft. During the Diesel’s sojourn to his former school, he even found time to rock the mic with a local band, breaking into Jon Bon Jovi‘s classic, “Shot Through The Heart.” Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Sep 20, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Report: Andray Blatche Signs One-Year Deal In China

Andray Blatche

Say it ain’t so, Andray Blatche. According to his agency, Blatche has signed a one-year with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Read More »

Smack / Sep 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Tyson Chandler Strongly Refutes Knicks’ Hint That He Was Chemistry Problem

Tyson Chandler

If there’s one thing Phil Jackson’s first six months as president of the New York Knicks has clearly exhibited, it’s that the Zen Master’s mind tricks will be just as prevalent from the front office as they were on the sideline. Even before very publicly manipulating Carmelo Anthony into re-signing with New York for a hometown discount, Jackson had already used his notorious, unapologetic strategy to support the late June trade of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. And though Jackson’s pointed comments came and went without much fanfare, Chandler – broadly lauded for his leadership abilities at every stop in his career – made it clear yesterday that he hasn’t forgotten them. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 19, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Report: Suns Not Interested In Trading Bledsoe To Timberwolves

Eric Bledsoe

Pump the brakes, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves fans. The latest report has Eric Bledsoe staying put. Read More »

Video / Sep 19, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Learn To Handle Like Kyrie Irving With I Love Basketball TV

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving (photo. NBA YouTube)

You’ve already mastered Kyrie Irving’s signature crossover. But with even more expert guidance from Coach Rocky of I Love Basketball, the full repertoire of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dribbling wizard will be at your disposal in no time. Read More »