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instagram, NBA / Jul 31, 2014 / 11:45 pm

Kobe Bryant Still Has Mesmerizing Footwork

Kobe Bryant (photo. kb24fans instagram)

We’re not long for Kobe Bryant’s basketball life, a reality that’s become far too comfortable given achilles and knee injuries that have forced him to miss all but six games of last season. So despite assurances that Bryant is fully healthy as 2014-2015 approaches, it’s still heartening to see flashes of the unmatched skill that’s made him so dominant throughout his legendary career. On the Nike RISE campaign in China, Kobe showed off the typically mesmerizing footwork we’ve so missed the last 15 months. Read More »

Smack / Jul 31, 2014 / 10:15 pm

Swaggy P Tells Lakers Fans Not To Worry, Calls Kobe Bryant “Batman”

Nick Young

Flamboyant Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Nick Young has developed a cult following among NBA fans. Known as much for his quotable persona and glitzy off-court life as he is actual basketball merit, Young became a fixture of the Lakers’ future this summer when the team signed him a to a four-year, $21 million contract. And with longevity in Los Angeles assured, Swaggy P is already amping-up his antics. In an interview with ESPNLA 710 earlier today, Young called Kobe Bryant “Batman” and eased concerns of Lakers fans by saying, “Y’all got Swaggy P back, so don’t worry!” Read More »

NBA / Jul 31, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Rose Admits To Past Tensions With Bulls, Stresses “New Beginning”

Derrick Rose

After confirming widespread suspicion of disharmony between he and the Chicago Bulls during his rehabilitation from knee surgery last season, Derrick Rose stressed optimism about the current state of his team. “It’s a new beginning,” the 2011 MVP told the Chicago Sun-Times. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Jul 31, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Colangelo On Love Playing In World Cup: “It’s Possible”

Kevin Love

When USA Basketball announced last week that Kevin Love had withdrawn from consideration for the FIBA World Cup team, the justification given was due to his “current status.” Despite no confirmed change in Love’s tenuous position with the Minnesota Timberwolves, national team managing director Jerry Colangelo said today “it’s possible” that he’ll play for the United States in Spain later this month. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Top 5 Most Flavorful Moves Of The 2013-14 NBA Season

Andre Iguodala, Quincy Miller

It’s summer time, so a ball is always bouncing at Harlem’s temple, Rucker Park. Bacardi Flavored Rum is hosting “Flavor at the Rucker” nights every Thursday at 6 p.m. ET during a partnership with this summer’s Entertainers Basketball Classic The NBA is focused on the win, but Rucker’s where players can showcase their personal flavor of hoop brilliance. That’s what makes these next five sequences from the 2013-14 season such bold indictments of the defenders involved. In the NBA, you’re embarrassing the best. Read More »

Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 5:00 pm

James Harden Lights Up Drew League In Week 11

James Harden

After 11 weeks of stellar basketball at the Drew League, 28 teams have been narrowed down to 16 who have earned their place in the knockout format of the playoffs. Already 15 of the 16 playoff spots have been determined as the Drew entered its final week of regular season action. But that did extinguish the the always competitive and explosive play that went down in Week 11. Read More »

We Reminisce / Jul 31, 2014 / 2:45 pm

We Reminisce: On This Day In 2007, The Celtics Traded For Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

Seven years ago today, the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to trade Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics. It ended a disappointing era in Minnesota, and reignited Garnett’s career and revived the Celtics franchise. Read More »

NBA / Jul 31, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Isaiah Thomas On Family, Free Agency & More

Isaiah Thomas

Second-round draft picks tend to carry limited value, and for good reason: the second round is, for the most part, a complete and utter crapshoot. That being said, a vast majority of second-round talent rummaging around today’s NBA was plucked late. Prime examples include Carlos Boozer and DeAndre Jordan, who were both selected with pick 35, and Chandler Parsons was taken with pick No. 38. Still, it’s pretty much unheard of for the last pick to become something in the Association, and that’s where Isaiah Thomas – the one who inked a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix – was drafted. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Jul 31, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Watch Kyle Korver And Klay Thompson’s Beautiful Three-Point Contest

Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson

Korver, Thompson (photo. Rich Twu YouTube)

There surely isn’t room on Team USA’s 12-man FIBA World Cup roster for both Kyle Korver and Klay Thompson. The spot for which they’re vying on the National Team is that of designated sharpshooter, and there’s only one up for grabs. To help managing director Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzewski, and legions of basketball fans across the country make the unenviable choice between them, Korver and Thompson got right to the point at a recent practice, going around the world in a two-man three-point shooting contest. Read More »

High School / Jul 31, 2014 / 1:30 pm

10 High School Basketball Players Who Dominated The Summer Circuit

Ben Simmons

While skill academies and AAU tournaments continue to take place, talent on the grassroots level has been on full display this summer. The past two summers, we’ve seen big names such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, and Stanley Johnson dominate the high school basketball scene. And if recent weeks are any indication, we’re going to be treated to similarly gifted players over the next few years, too. The following 10 players have made the biggest splash on the summer hoops circuit, ensuring they’ll be among basketball’s household names in the near future. Read More »