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Style - Kicks and Gear, Video Games / Sep 19, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Kevin Durant Intros NBA 2KTV Debut On NBA 2K15

Kevin Durant NBA 2K15 2KTV

The folks at NBA 2K just keep upping the ante, and their latest trailer for NBA 2K15 features cover athlete Kevin Durant introducing a new, weekly in-game television program, NBA 2KTV. Hosted by sports broadcast personality, Rachel DeMita, she’ll be featured live every time you turn on the game, filming new segments every week after the game’s release on October 7. As KD says in the trailer after the jump, “Whoa man, that’s sick.” Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 19, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Rumor: Rockets Let Parsons Out Of Contract As Part Of Dwight Howard’s Deal

Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard

When the Rockets declined their fourth-year option on Chandler Parsons in early June, the reaction was split whether they were making a mistake. Dallas’ three-year, $45 million offer sheet lured him away from Houston permanently, and many blamed GM Daryl Morey for making an unusual (for him) tactical mistake. But a new report makes it seem like Houston’s decision to forego Parsons’ fourth year, that would have meant paying him less than $1 million before he became an unrestricted free agent next summer, might have been tied to Dwight Howard‘s decision to sign with Houston in the summer of 2013 since agent Dan Fegan represents both players. Read More »

instagram, Video / Sep 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Shabazz Napier Makes Seated, Rolling Halfcourt Trick Shot

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier (photo. Miami Heat Instagram)

The Miami Heat’s Shabazz Napier went from LeBron James favorite on a perennial title contender to third-string point guard on a solid but transitioning team. If he shoots in games like he does in practice, though, perhaps the rookie first-rounder will render his currently underwhelming reality fleeting. Read More »

We Reminisce / Sep 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

We Reminisce: The Raja Bell-Kobe Bryant Rivalry

Kobe Bryant

When you think about Kobe Bryant‘s greatest individual rivals, the list is pretty short. Ruben Patterson called himself “The Kobe Stopper,” but the Blazers never defeated the Lakers in the playoffs. Tracy McGrady might have been a rival in terms of talent, but his Houston Rockets never competed for championships like Kobe did. And then there was Raja Bell, the pesky defender who got under Kobe’s skin once upon a time. Bell turns 38 today, and we look back at his rivalry with Kobe during the 2006 playoffs. Read More »

Smack / Sep 19, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Andrew Wiggins Says He’s Glad To Have More Freedom With Minnesota

Andrew Wiggins

The NBA career of Andrew Wiggins has been a whirlwind before it’s even started. Drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers to be their superstar wing of the future, his prospects with the Cavs were drastically altered two weeks later when LeBron James decided to return home. Wiggins went from surefire starter and major contributor to opportunistic understudy ready to learn from the game’s best player. But then the Kevin Love trade rumors swirled almost sooner than he could adjust to his new circumstances, calling their short- and long- term viability into question in the first place. Until finally, after weeks of rumors and reports refuted and substantiated, Wiggins was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in late August. Read More »

instagram / Sep 19, 2014 / 11:30 am

Video: Watch James Harden Do The “Carlton Dance” With Carlton From Fresh Prince

Alfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton, James Harden

With a Beard that’s become part and parcel of his persona and a laid-back demeanor, which can unfortunately extend to his defense, it’s safe to say James Harden is a pretty cool guy. Perhaps that’s why he struggled to mimic Alfonso Ribeiro — aka Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air who recently tried to teach James his famed “Carlton Dance.” Read More »

Latest News / Sep 19, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: Gary Payton Will Be A Special Advisor To The Greek Freak

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert

At summer league, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd surprised a few people when he played Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard. According to a report, the audition might have convinced Kidd to pursue this idea when the season starts, as Gary Payton is expected to work with Giannis as a special advisor when training camp opens. Read More »

NBA / Sep 19, 2014 / 10:30 am

Report: Taj Gibson Wants To Start, But Will That Benefit The Bulls?

Taj Gibson, Drew Gooden

After finishing as the runner-up in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year voting during the 2013-14 season, Taj Gibson — and most of his adoring fans in Chicago — expected he’d be in the starting lineup next season. This became even more of a foregone conclusion when the team finally amnestied last season’s lame-duck starter Carlos Boozer, who rarely finished the game with the rest of the starters. Except, with the signing of Pau Gasol in the offseason, Gibson again finds himself with the warmups on at the opening tip, something he’s not too keen on, but which may benefit the Bulls in the long run. Read More »

instagram, Latest News / Sep 18, 2014 / 10:15 pm

Joel Embiid Posts Instagram “Photo” Of Rihanna Cheering Him On At Kansas

Joel Embiid (Instagram)

We chronicled Joel Embiid’s (successful?) courtship of Rihanna all summer long. The Philadelphia 76ers big man turned to the pop superstar after striking out with Kim Kardashian, getting her to follow him on Twitter at the very least – and depending on whom or what you want to believe, perhaps more. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Monty Williams: “People Don’t Know How Hard Harden Works”

James Harden

The legend of post-practice one-on-one games between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden in the early stages of Team USA training camp is well-known. Long, intense, and highly competitive, these battles featuring three of the league’s brightest young stars goes to show just how much time and effort NBA players spend on their craft. Unbeknownst to most but apparently commonplace, though, is that Harden was getting in extra work before training camp practices, too. Read More »