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2014 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Multiple Sources Say Kobe Is To Blame For Steep Decline Of The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Former ESPN True Hoop head honcho and one of the most respected writers in the game, Henry Abbott, published a sprawling, multifaceted feature on Kobe Bryant today. It’s not the usual puff piece, though, with tales of Mamba’s preparatory diligence scattered among clichéd paeans to his greatness. Instead, it’s a roundup from agents, league insiders, front office executives and others around the NBA (many of whom are unnamed) dismaying at all the carnage wrought on the Lakers’ franchise by Bryant. Based on Abbott’s rather extensive array of quotes and anecdotes from sources, it’s Bryant who inherits the majority of blame for LA’s current status as an NBA also-ran. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Report: Rajon Rondo Could Play In Celtics Regular Season Opener

Rajon Rondo

It seems like yesterday that the internet was abuzz with unsubstantiated rumors that Rajon Rondo broke his hand while at a trampoline park. But that was over three weeks ago, and the Boston Celtics star apparently has a chance to play in his team’s season-opener on October 29. Time sure does fly when there’s NBA basketball – even exhibition NBA basketball – to watch on a nightly basis. Read More »

Video / Oct 20, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Watch Ronnie Price Get Steal, Go Behind-Back To Wes Johnson For Huge Slam

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson (Gary A. Vasquez, USATODAY)

The 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers might not be Kobe Bryant, a crippled Steve Nash, Julius Randle, and a bunch of cast-off, re-treads after all! Well, not really. But this is still a fun highlight. In a clip emphasizing just how talented even middling NBA journeymen are, Lakers reserve point guard Ronnie Price swipes a steal and leaves a behind-the-back pass to a streaking Wes Johnson for a lengthy poster slam. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 2:00 pm

LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls “Are Much Better Than Us Right Now”

LeBron James

Though it’s much-improved this season, the Eastern Conference is still a two-horse race in 2014-2015. That’s no secret. According to LeBron James, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a ways to go before reaching the exalted level of the Chicago Bulls. Read More »

Video / Oct 20, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Blake Griffin & Chris Paul To Star In Jordan Brand Comedy: “BGCP3TV In HD”

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)

Jordan Brand reveiled today they’re going into the sketch comedy business with the signature stars, and teammates, behind the CP3.VIII and Super.Fly 3. Clippers teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will star in a five-minute episode of “BGCP3TV In HD,” so come check out the trailer. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 20, 2014 / 1:15 pm

GIF: Kobe Bryant Flips Slick Behind-The-Back Pass To Carlos Boozer For Layup

Kobe Bryant

We don’t see Kobe Bryant the passer enough. His proclivity for hoisting difficult two-point jumpers often gets in the way of potential assists to awaiting teammates that only a player with Mamba’s court sense, vision, and creative flair is capable of making. Every now and then, though, Bryant will embrace his inner- point guard and become the playmaking maven he was as a young Los Angeles Laker. This slick no-look, behind-the-back pass to Carlos Boozer from last night’s game against the Utah Jazz is just such an example. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 20, 2014 / 12:45 pm

GIF: Dwight Howard Spins For The Towering Slam

Dwight Howard

Before last night, Dwight Howard had yet to suit up in a Rockets uniform during preseason action. He only played 16 minutes in the first half during his first time out against the Warriors Sunday night, but an athletic dunk in the pregame layup-line, and a silky spin move and slam on Ognjen Kuzmic during the game, should make Rockets fans breathe easy after questions about his health have kept him out of preseason action since training camps opened. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, Playground / Oct 20, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Watch The Jamal Crawford Documentary “J.Crossover”

Jamal Crawford "J.Crossover"

At one point in Ballislife‘s excellent documentary on Jamal Crawford, the two-time Sixth Man of the Year says of playing basketball over football and baseball: “I was doing reverse cradle layups when I was eight, nine years old, so I was like ‘OK, this can work.'” And work it did. The Ballislife crew spent most of the summer at the Seattle Pro-Am grabbing footage and interviews for the doc, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of Crawford as we are, you’re going to want to check it out. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News / Oct 20, 2014 / 11:00 am

Video: Taj Gibson Posterizes Bismack Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo, Taj Gibson

Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose led the Bulls to a 101-96 win over the visiting Bobcats Sunday night in preseason action, with D-Rose playing more minutes than usual (he’s fine, take a breathe Bulls fans). Except it was Taj Gibson who sent the crowd into a tizzy with a tasty dunk over Bismack Biyombo. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe On Julius Randle Having Him As A Mentor: “It Means He Can’t F**k It Up”

Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle

The Lakers stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Utah Jazz at home last night, 98-91. Kobe Bryant‘s 26 points and Ronnie Price‘s defense were the biggest reasons why. Rookie Julius Randle had a decent game, too, with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. When asked about mentoring Randle after the game, Kobe made it clear it was on the rookie to soak up as much as he could from Mamba and coach Byron Scott. Read More »