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GIFs, High School, Video / Aug 23, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Derrick Jones, Kwe Parker, & Josh Jackson Put On Show At Elite 24 Dunk Contest

Kwe Parker

Kwe Parker (photo. HoopMixTape)

It speaks to the incredible quality of the Elite 24 Dunk Contest that class of 2015 star Derrick Jones won the event but might not have had the most impressive slam of the night. Putting on a show at an idyllic outdoor setting in New York City, Jones and fellow prep high-fliers Kwe Parker and Josh Jackson (2016) pulled-off some of the best dunks we’ve seen all summer. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 23, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Report: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins Trade Is Finally Official

LeBron James, Kevin Love

The wait is finally over. With the 30-day moratorium on trading Andrew Wiggins having finally expired, Kevin Love has officially been dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Team USA Announces Final Roster; Cuts Hayward, Korver, Lillard, Parsons

DeMar DeRozan

So much for roster analysis gleaned from USA Basketball’s exhibition games. Despite not playing last night in the Americans’ 112-86 win over Puerto Rico, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond were among the 12 players officially named to Team USA. Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, and Chandler Parsons were the national program’s final cuts in advance of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Aug 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Indiana Shows Out At Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Kenneth Edwards

NBA Nation has been taking its Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown across the nation this summer in pursuit of finding the top amateur dunker in the country. Thus far, NBA Nation has traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Indianapolis. The winners from each of the eight tour stops are awarded $2,500 and a spot to compete at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York City, where the winner will be rewarded $10,000. Read More »

Smack / Aug 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Nash Describes Kobe As “Motherf**king A**hole”; Kobe Loves It

Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s sheer will and competitive fire knows no bounds. That much is clear while watching him play, obviously, but that doesn’t make learning behind-the-scenes anecdotes confirming that belief any less enjoyable. Read More »

Smack / Aug 22, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Report: Klay Thompson “Pissed” He Was Mulled Over For Possible Love Trade

Klay Thompson, Kevin Love

Lost in the offseason shuffle to acquire Kevin Love, was the very real possibility Golden State would trade their young shooting guard Klay Thompson, along with Harrison Barnes and former all-star David Lee, to acquire Minnesota’s ubiquitous trade bait. The fact the Dubs even debated sending Klay to Minnesota has him allegedly “pissed,” sources tell Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Read More »

Video / Aug 22, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Doug McDermott Sings “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” At Wrigley Field

Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott (photo. Comcast Sportsnet)

Let’s just say this: Doug McDermott is definitely a better shooter than he is a singer. The Chicago Bulls rookie began his Windy City initiation by leading Wrigley Field’s rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during a recent Cubs game. Read More »

NBA / Aug 22, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Danny Ferry And The Transformation Of The Atlanta Hawks

Mike Budenholzer, Danny Ferry

The Atlanta Hawks of the late 2000s and early 2010s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Entrenched in the dark confines of mediocrity, General Manager Rick Sund made one ill-timed move after another to maintain his big-name, slightly-above-average core for the sake of perennial playoff berths, (all of which ended in first- and second-round exits).

It wasn’t matching Memphis’ five-year, $58 million offer sheet to Josh Smith that killed them; that was an understandable move in principle, despite its repercussions: they wanted to keep a 23 year-old hybrid forward oozing potential on both sides of the floor and touting a PER above 19. What killed them in the long run, were the moves which followed, the ones that reeked of desperation in an attempt to keep a middling roster in a small market heading to the playoffs every year. Then came Danny Ferry and everything changed. Read More »

NBA / Aug 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

How Tim Leiweke’s Departure Affects The Raptors & GM Masai Ujiri

Tim Leiweke

Tim Leiweke announced yesterday he will be leaving his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment by June 2015. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors, which means this will have a significant impact on the basketball team. Read More »

GIFs, We Reminisce / Aug 22, 2014 / 12:30 pm

We Reminisce: The Time A Young Michael Jordan Tried To Dunk On Kareem

Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It’s hard for a certain generation of basketball fans to remember how regal and dominating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame career. The stalwart Bucks and Lakers center won six MVP awards and was named Finals MVP 14 years apart (1971 and 1985). Perhaps the best way to show young fans how the man most Lakers players referred to as simply, “Cap,” conducted himself on the court, is to show you a clip of a young Michael Jordan swooping along the baseline in an attempt to dunk on the man who blocked the third-most shots in NBA history. Read More »