There’s precedent for members of Team USA to use their summer with the national program as a springboard to a career season in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony in 2008-2009 and Kevin Durant in 2010-2011 are the most notable examples, and Anthony Davis appears to be next in line. But the void left by this summer’s rash of late departures from USA Basketball – Durant, Paul George (injury), Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge – needs to be filled by more than a single player. And by all accounts heard and seen leading up to the FIBA World Cup, James Harden has taken a major step forward, too. Read More »
After you’ve knocked down jumper after jumper, defenders will play you air-tight. After you take advantage by beating them off the dribble, help defense will meet you in the paint. Coach Rocky of I Love Basketball has already taught you to master your jumper and hone your handle, and now he’s back to make your game even better. Read More »
The sneaker war over 2014 NBA MVP, Kevin Durant, heat up last week when a report said Under Armour — until now, a bit player in basketball performance sneakers — had offered Durant between $265 and $285 million in a 10-year deal. The report said Nike would have to match the insane offer or possibly lose one of their marquee basketball names. News today indicated that because Nike still hadn’t matched the offer, KD was now with Under Armour. That story has been proven false. Read More »
The gala nature of the unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9 back in April was no surprise — nearly three decades of heritage behind the annual game shoe dictated a grand premiere that featured royalty such as Jordan Brand designer extraordinaire Tinker Hatfield and Michael Jordan himself.
But with Chris Paul seven All-Star Games and eight acclaimed signature sneakers deep — for perspective, Penny Hardaway only had four over the course of his career — it’s only fitting that CP3’s new sneaker gets some similar shine befitting one of the best players in the NBA for close to a decade. Read More »
/ Aug 27, 2014 / 4:30 pm
Apparently $21 million over three years wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers. Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer thought so, too. Rivers has agreed to a five-year contract worth in excess of $10 million annually to remain with the Clippers through the 2018-2019 season, reports say. Read More »
Following the 2015-16 season, the NBA will have negotiated a historically large television rights deal, which could cost networks like ABC/ESPN and Turner (TNT/TBS) close to $15 billion for an eight-year agreement — double their current contract. In anticipation of such a cataclysmic cost to televise live NBA games, and to address a dearth in original programing, John Martin, the CEO of Time Warner’s cable television division, which includes TNT, TBS and CNN, is looking to buy out employees, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll go with pink slips, with 550 employees getting let go. Read More »
An aging, wistful Kobe Bryant is the quotable gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already touched on several anecdotes from Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated cover story and Gotham Chopra’s documentary on the Los Angeles Lakers legend, but this one might the best yet. Read More »
/ Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm
Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week.
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LeBron James might have more confidence in teammate Dion Waiters than anyone else in the NBA. Since the four-time MVP announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, those close to James have insisted that he has special appreciation for Waiters’ mostly unrealized talents. And now comes a report that a call LeBron made to Waiters before his decision was made public confirms that belief. Read More »
Anthony Davis (photo. USABasketball Twitter)
There’s nothing Anthony Davis can’t do on a basketball court. The 21 year-old New Orleans Pelicans All-Star and Team USA might the most versatile player in basketball aside from LeBron James, a fact extra scary considering Davis is just scratching the surface of his limitless potential. Read More »