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Latest News / Oct 25, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Report: Victor Oladipo Out For A Month After Surgery For Facial Fracture

Victor Oladipo

The Orlando Magic have no ambitions of contention in 2014-2015, but this is still supposed to be a season of major progress. In year three of its post- Dwight Howard existence, Jacque Vaughn’s team needs to take steps forward to ensure its heading the right direction. The month-long absence of Orlando’s best guard isn’t a good start. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Rookie of the Year runner-up Victor Oladipo will miss the first four weeks of the regular season after enduring surgery to repair a fracture in his face. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 25, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Watch Derrick Rose Continue Dominating With 27 Points Versus ‘Wolves

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (Jeff Curry, USATODAY)

Make that 57 points in the last two games for Derrick Rose. As the Chicago Bulls superstar plays like he did against the Cleveland Cavaliers a few days ago and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, it’s easy to believe that he’s capable of leading his team to a title. There’s just nothing defenses can do to stop a player of Rose’s unmatched explosion when he’s confident, aggressive, and his jumper is falling. Read More »

GIFs / Oct 25, 2014 / 12:15 pm

GIF: Andrew Bogut Goes Around The Back, Throws Perfect Outlet For Dunk

Andrew Bogut

For his first two seasons in a Golden State Warriors uniform, Andrew Bogut was little more than defensive anchor. It speaks to his immense value in only such a role that his impact on the Warriors still loomed so large despite his skills on the other end being wholly underutilized. But Steve Kerr has rocked the boat in the Bay, and the all-court playmaking prowess that the former number one pick showed so frequently as a Milwaukee Buck has finally returned. Watch Bogut grab the loose ball, go around his back, and throw a perfect, 65-foot, baseball-style outlet to Andre Iguodala for the flush. Read More »

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 »