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FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 31, 2014 / 11:15 am

Giannis Antetokounmpo Euro-Step Dunk & Steal For The Coast-To-Coast Slam

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee’s growing wing, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is playing for his native Greece in the 2014 FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain. In Greece’s opening game against Senegal, Antetokounmpo showed why Bucks fans continue to salivate over his bright future in the Association. Read More »

Smack / Aug 31, 2014 / 10:45 am

Report: Rajon Rondo Tells Celtics He Wants Out

Rajon Rondo

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be a free agent next summer, but the Celtics wanted to see how much better he’s gotten since ACL surgery, and trading him before he possibly leaves in free agency isn’t a priority. Except, new revelations from the estimable Jackie MacMullan indicate Rondo wants out, as he’s told GM Danny Ainge and the C’s brass despite the public facade. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 31, 2014 / 9:30 am

Report: Kevin Durant Near Record Nike Deal, As They Match Under Armour

Kevin Durant, Nike KD VI

The purported 10-year, $265-285 million deal Under Armour offered Kevin Durant was supposed to scare Nike or any other shoe brand away. But, at the last moment, Nike reportedly told Roc Nation, which represents KD, they’ll match the mega-deal, thereby keeping the 2014 NBA MVP in their stable of signature basketball players. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

GIF: Harden To Rudy Gay For One-Handed Alley-Oop Dunk

Rudy Gay

The USA Basketball team who took the floor against Finland today was supposed to be one of the weaker iterations of the American powerhouse that’s won the last World Championship (now called the FIBA World Cup), and the last two Olympic gold medals. That said, they dominated Finland on Saturday with some stellar defense, and the last addition to the team, after Paul George went down, Rudy Gay, even skied for a pretty one-handed thump. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Derrick Rose’s Explosive Crossover For The Two-Handed Jam

Derrick Rose vs. Finland

USA Basketball suffered a lot of setbacks before finally arriving in Spain today for their opening game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Paul George went down in gruesome fashion, Kevin Durant dropped out, and the old standbys LeBron, ‘Melo and Kobe didn’t participate. Even Derrick Rose suffered some soreness, but today’s beat-down of Finland offered a glimpse of the Rose’s return to his athletic apex. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 30, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Watch Kyrie Irving & James Harden Jaw At Each Other During Shooting Contest

Kyrie Irving, James Harden

Gotta love this. Team USA is in Spain today readying to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET in their first game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, previously referred to as the World Championships. Heralded starting guards, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, showed during a shooting contest at practice their competitive juices are already flowing. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Aug 30, 2014 / 11:15 am

Report: Spurs Making Run At Free Agent Ray Allen

Ray Allen, Tim Duncan

An active NBA summer in 2014 is drawing to a close with the FIBA World Cup starting today in Spain with only two weeks until training camps after it draws to an end in September. Despite all the movement, the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-pointers, Ray Allen, has yet to make up his mind about whether he’s going to retire, or where he’ll continue his first-ballot hall-of-fame career. A recent report from ESPN’s Marc Stein has the defending champion Spurs joining a crowded group for the marksman’s services. Read More »

NBA, Playground / Aug 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Fear & Loathing in Seattle: Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am Helps a City Heal

Jamal Crawford

When you walk into the Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne, it doesn’t feel like a college arena. It feels more like a high school gymnasium, and there’s an immediate air of intimacy here that’s rare given the fact that the upcoming game features so many professional basketball players.

It’s a little before 4 p.m., and Dime arrived in Seattle this Saturday in late July just in time for the final game of Week 4 of the Seattle Pro-Am, a match-up featuring Jamal Crawford and his DRG Wolverines versus Alvin Snow and the Stranger Cougars. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 29, 2014 / 8:00 pm

The 2014 Jordan Brand Holiday Preview Explores The Past, Present & Future

Jordan Brand Holiday Preview

Much like waiting on a great meal can almost be better than actually eating it, sneaker aficionados thrive on anticipation. As such, the Jordan Brand Holiday Preview has become a week to circle on the calendar, serving to whet our appetites for what lies in store for the winter. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 29, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Jerry Colangelo Says This American Team Is “By Far” Better Than 2010′s

Kenneth Faried (photo. USA Basketball Twitter)

This World Cup squad isn’t the one USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo envisioned before this summer. 2012 Olympians Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love and Team USA locks Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge all elected against representing their country before training camp began in late July. After Paul George’s devastating injury and Kevin Durant’s subsequent departure just days later, the United States bore barely passing resemblance to the group Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski thought they’d field in Spain. Read More »