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Latest News / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:15 am

GIF: Nerlens Noel Beats Andre Drummond To Peak For Massive Block

Nerlens Noel

Josh Smith got Nerlens Noel. Andre Drummond didn’t. Watch the Philadelphia Sixers’ rookie collect the most impressive of his five blocks by beating the Detroit Pistons’ fellow high-flyer to the mountain top and authoritatively swatting his layup attempt to the other end. Read More »

Video / Oct 23, 2014 / 11:30 pm

GIF: Josh Smith Winds Up For Dunk On Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel, Josh Smith

Nerlens Noel, Josh Smith (photo. r/nba GIF)

Rookie defensive maven Nerlens Noel had himself a night. The future of the Philadelphia 76ers had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 blocks in his team’s exhibition against the Detroit Pistons, showing off his wholly unique blend of disruptive tools. But you have to contest a shot to get a block or reach for a dribble to get a steal, and Pistons high-flyer Josh Smith caught a confident Noel going for the swat before taking full advantage with a wind-up lefty slam. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 23, 2014 / 9:00 pm

NBA Unveils Revolutionary New Replay Center For 2014-2015 Season

NBA Replay Center

The days of minutes-long replay reviews in the final minutes of close games are over. Instead of on-site referees cycling back-and-forth with a TV producer to find the best angle of a 50-50 call, a satellite center in Secaucus, NJ will decipher which angles gives officials the best views possible to make the correct decision. And according to those in the know, the Man Cave – as some league personnel have dubbed it – is a “game-changer.” Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Report: Steve Nash Will Miss 2014-2015 Season Due To Nerve Damage In Back

Steve Nash

This might be the end for Steve Nash. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, the future Hall-of-Famer will be ruled out of the entire 2014-2015 season due to recurring nerve damage in his back. Read More »

Video / Oct 23, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Watch Guy Dupuy Jump Over Someone And Finish Off-The-Wall Eastbay

Guy Dupuy

Guy Dupuy (photo. TeamFlightBrothers YouTube)

Whether he is flushing down an incredible between-the-legs jam over a convertible or putting on a dunkfest at this summer’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at Union Square in Manhattan, Guy Dupuy has completed some of the highest degree of difficulty dunks we have ever seen. After all, there is a reason Dupuy has been called “The Best Dunker In The World.” Read More »

Latest News / Oct 23, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Video: Watch Jabari Parker Score 18 Points, Grab 9 Boards In Preseason Finale

Jabari Parker, Thaddeus Young

This is the type of box score line that will be common for Jabari Parker in 2014-2015: 18 points, (7-19 FGs), 9 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks. That’s a double-edged sword, of course. It’s tough to fault the scoring and rebounding production, but you’d wish it came with increased efficiency and greater all-around impact on the game. But that’s just an accurate reflection of the ballyhooed Milwaukee Bucks rookie’s game right now, and will even likely be enough for him to take home some postseason award hardware. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 23, 2014 / 4:45 pm

GIF: Huge Marcin Gortat Block Leads To John Wall’s Reverse, Double-Pump Slam

Iman Shumpert, Marcin Gortat

Iman Shumpert, Marcin Gortat

Of the countless attributes why basketball ranks as the world’s best game is a near constant stream of end-to-end action. There’s no waiting, players perform on both sides of the ball, and offense turns to defense and vice versa in a flash. This huge block of an Iman Shumpert dunk by Marcin Gortat and ensuing reverse, double-pump jam by John Wall is a shining example of what makes hoops – played at its highest level, too – so enthralling. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Dwight Howard On Return To Full Health: “I’m Getting There”

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard’s goofy personality, oft-ugly post game, and contentious departures from the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers make it easy to forget that he’s still suffering ill-effects from 2012 back surgery. Recent praise from Houston Rockets teammate Trevor Ariza and franchise player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon suggested Howard is finally close to full health, though, and the three-time Defensive Player of the Year confirmed that assessment yesterday. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 23, 2014 / 3:45 pm

GIF: Marc Gasol Whips Curving Cross-Court Pass For Open Three-Pointer

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol (Nelson Chenault, USATODAY)

Box scores will never do the all-encompassing impact of Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol justice. The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year and former All-NBA Second Team honoree doesn’t block shots at an elite level, isn’t a super productive scorer, and fails to pull down 10 rebounds in a single game far more often than it seems he should. But Gasol is the Grizzlies’ fulcrum on both ends of the floor, yielding two-way influence similar to that of Joakim Noah’s that must be seen to be properly appreciated. Sometimes that means setting a bone-crushing pick, thwarting a pick-and-roll, or making the extra pass for a hockey assist. On occasions like this sick, cross-court, curveball pass to Quincy Pondexter in last night’s exhibition, though, Gasol’s rare and varied skill-set is plain to the naked eye. Read More »

Smack / Oct 23, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Jeanie Buss Says Anyone Afraid To Play With Kobe Is “Probably A Loser”

Kobe Bryant, Jeanie Buss

Fallout from ESPN’s excellent, sprawling, and scathing report on the ill-effects of Kobe Bryant’s presence with the Los Angeles Lakers continues. In response to the story quoting a source close to the team opining that Bryant’s ego is “scaring off free agents,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss didn’t exactly refute the claim in an interview on “SportsCenter.” Read More »