Dime Blog

Smack / Sep 23, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Grizzlies To Host Promotional Nights Poking Fun At Clippers, Thunder

Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin (Robert Hanashiro, USATODAY)

The Memphis Grizzlies have been a playoff fixture in the Western Conference since 2011, when they beat the San Antonio Spurs in a first-round upset and established themselves as a perennial threat. The Grit ‘N Grind crew’s emergence, unsurprisingly, has led to epic playoff battles every spring. The Grizzlies’ most common and contentious postseason foes of this era? Undoubtedly the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis has squared-off with Oklahoma City in three of the past four springs, and met LA’s best team twice over that same timeframe. Read More »

Video / Sep 23, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Steven Adams Scores On Middle-Aged Man, Does LeBron’s Celebration

Steven Adams (photo. ArDoMi Media YouTube)

Steven Adams (photo. ArDoMi Media YouTube)

You’d think NBA tough guy Steven Adams would have it out for frequent Oklahoma City Thunder thwarter LeBron James. Like the rest of the basketball world, though, it appears the New Zealand is a fan of The King. Watch Adams cross-up and score on an overmatched middle-aged man and christen his “achievement” with LeBron’s signature celebration. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 23, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Behind The Scenes Of The Nike LeBron 12 Launch

LeBron James, Nike LeBron 12

A week ago, Nike unveiled LeBron James‘ newest shoe in his signature line. The Nike LeBron 12 continues the global brand’s ongoing effort to improve and refine the sneakers worn by their signature athletes, none of whom are bigger than James. Dime was one of a handful of media reps invited to the unveiling at Nike world headquarters on their campus in Beaverton, OR, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the research for the construction of James’ newest kick and a chance to take the LeBron 12′s for a spin on the court. Read More »

NBA / Sep 23, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Report: Tristan Thompson Seeking At Least $11 Million Salary From Cavaliers

Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson isn’t worth the $11 million annual salary he’s supposedly commanding from the Cleveland Cavaliers. But whether it’s before the October 31 deadline for extensions or next summer in restricted free agency, there’s still a good chance the Cavaliers give it to him. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 23, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dallas Mavericks Unveil Fan-Created Alternate Uniforms For 2015-2016

Dallas Mavericks (photo. BallwithBryan Twitter)

We had no idea Big D took such pride in its skyline, but still think these new, fan-designed Dallas Mavericks alternate uniforms look pretty, pretty good. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 23, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Nike Celebrates Kevin Durant’s Birthday With Intricate Cake, Huge Pinata

Kevin Durant (photo. Ballislife Twitter)

Almost 26 year-old Kevin Durant is just like any other birthday boy, apparently: He likes his cake and piñatas! The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and reigning NBA MVP is on the Nike campus today for an early birthday party, enjoying his fun as if he were two decades younger. Read More »

NBA / Sep 23, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Mentor Chauncey Billups, Helps Kyle Lowry Grow Wise

Kyle Lowry

If you’re a fan of hardscrabble basketball, then you’ve probably already fallen in love with the tough-nosed point out of Philly, Kyle Lowry. He’s bounced around the league since getting drafted in 2006, but finally found a home — and a new, four-year, $48 million contract — with the Raptors last season. A Lowry profile by Grantland’s estimable long-form writer Jonathan Abrams let us know that retired point guard Chauncey Billups played a big role in tempering Lowry’s tempestuous attitude, which didn’t really let Lowry catch on with a team until this past season north of the border. Read More »

Smack / Sep 23, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Blake Griffin Says He Knew Donald Sterling Was Racist From The Beginning

Blake Griffin

Even before audio of the reprehensible thoughts that ultimately forced Donald Sterling from the NBA surfaced, his racism was no secret. Sterling had harbored and acted on his sentiments about minorities for decades prior, a reality the league did its very best to dismiss until the proper time arose. But the internet – and even public record, in this case – makes any information difficult to conceal, leading Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin to learn of Sterling’s abhorrent behavior and mindset years before the scandal that forced the owner of his team to sell. Read More »

Video, Video Games / Sep 23, 2014 / 12:45 pm

NBA 2K15 Releases Video Showing Massive Overhaul Of “MyCareer” Mode

NBA 2K15 (photo. Chris Smoove YouTube)

NBA 2K15 (photo. Chris Smoove YouTube)

All NBA players take different roads to their place in the league. The overhauled “MyCareer” mode of NBA 2K15 drives home that sometimes humbling reality, putting your create-a-player in the unenviable but opportunistic position of so many real-life prospects – as an undrafted free agent. Read More »

Smack / Sep 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Bruce Bowen Blames James Harden’s Defense On Houston’s Coaches

James Harden, Kevin Durant

It’s become commonplace to yuk it up every time we catch James Harden sleepwalking on defense. It’s such easy fodder for a guy who believes he’s the best all-around player in the NBA. In the same Q&A where Bruce Bowen talked about Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter settling and why it’s unfair he’s been labeled a “dirty player, San Antonio Express-News scribe Dan McCarney also asked Bowen about watching Harden’s defense. Bowen’s answer might surprise you. Read More »