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NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Kobe Bryant Following Lakers’ First Practice: “I Felt Like Myself”

Kobe Bryant

For the Los Angeles Lakers to defy long odds and make a playoff run in the loaded Western Conference, they’ll need 36 year-old Kobe Bryant to perform as the transcendent Hall-of-Famer he’s been throughout his career. With each passing day, that possibility appears far more likely than most anyone but his ardent fans anticipated. Following the Lakers’ first practice of the 2014-2015 season, Kobe said he “felt normal” and “like myself.” Read More »

Latest News / Sep 30, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Report: Kevin Durant Can’t Palm A Basketball

Derek Fisher, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant stands at least 6-10. His wingspan is approximately 7-5, and his fingertips hang less than 10 inches from the rim when he puts his arms above his head. Despite those Gumby-like proportions, though, there’s finally something KD can’t do on the court that some of our reads can – palm a basketball. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Wall Responds To Waiters: “You Got To Be A Starting Backcourt To Be The Best”

Dion Waiters, Bradley Beal

The rivalry for which we pined earlier today is already developing. Responding to Dion Waiters calling Bradley Beal’s boasts of the Washington Wizards having the league’s best backcourt “nonsense,” John Wall fired back with even greater aplomb. Read More »

Dime Training, DimeTV, GIFs / Sep 30, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Video: I Love Basketball TV Teaches You The Spin Move Step-Back Jumper

Coach Rocky I Love Basketball TV

Once you’ve dribbled off the pass, you’re no longer in triple-threat position. Sometimes, you’ve even dribbled below the arc, and you’re spinning past your defender for a pull-up. Coach Rocky of I Love Basketball TV shows how to counter tight defense with a step-back after the spin to give you the separation you’ll need to get an open look at the the hoop. Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 5:15 pm

Kevin Durant Says He Has Killer Instinct Of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant

26 year-old Kevin Durant, already established as one of the greatest basketball players the game has ever seen, is finally comfortable in his own skin. The reigning MVP and four-time scoring champion made that clear in an illuminative, wide-ranging interview with Sam Amick of USA Today. Absent from the piece are platitudes, generalities, and typical company lines that Durant so frequently espoused as he grew to super-duper-stardom since being drafted in 2007. In their place are moments of real, unfiltered insight, like Durant’s admission of the profane thoughts he had for those who criticized his decision to withdraw from FIBA World Cup play this summer. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 30, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: LeBron Thought Amnesty Of Mike Miller Was “Unnecessary Change”

Mike Miller, LeBron James

There are still Miami Heat fans who are shuffling around South Beach wondering what happened this summer. Their basketball team now has a banged up Josh Roberts, Chris Bosh on a max deal, and veritable third scorer and perimeter defender Luol Deng after losing LeBron James in free agency. According to former Heat and current Cavs sharpshooter, Mike Miller, LeBron thought Miami’s amnesty of Miller before the 2013-14 season was an “unnecessary change.” Read More »

D-League, Overseas / Sep 30, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Elijah Millsap on His Future, Overseas Ball & His NBA All-Star Brother

Elijah Millsap

Although pushed aside with ample opportunities to quit, Elijah Millsap is still pursuing his first opportunity in the NBA. After stints overseas and multiple seasons in the D-League, the 27-year-old recently signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Milwaukee Bucks and is looking to make the team’s final roster. Read More »

Video / Sep 30, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Nick Young Or Iggy Azalea? Kobe Chooses “Fancy” Singer Over Teammate

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USATODAY)

Perhaps Nick Young’s perpetual act is finally wearing as thin on Kobe Bryant as we all expected. In a series of rapid fire questions by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Kobe was asked to choose between Swaggy P and his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Bryant’s answer? Iggy, of course. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 30, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Damian Lillard And The Trail Blazers Are Ready for Big Things This Year

Damian Lillard

“Hungry.”

That’s the word Damian Lillard used to describe his mentality toward the coming season as the Portland Trailblazers opened training camp Monday at the Moda Center. Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Kobe Bryant: “Physically, I Don’t See An End To The Tunnel”

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s two-year, $48 million contract expires after the 2015-2016 season, and most have assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers legend will retire thereafter. But don’t get depressed too quickly, Kobe Nation – your hero might be longer for the NBA than anyone’s anticipating. At Lakers media day yesterday, Bryant refused to offer a timeline for the remainder of his career, insisting that he doesn’t “see an end to the tunnel” of his playing capabilities. Read More »