The Best Dunker You’ve Never Seen. That’s the headline we used earlier this month when Jacob Tucker, a 5-11 senior from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., posted a dunk video on YouTube in an attempt to get an invitation to the 2011 State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest. Today, the guard with a 50-inch running vertical is practically a household name. Beating out Lee University’s Larriques “Rico” Cunningham (who has a serious reel as well) in an online vote, Tucker will compete tonight in Houston. Read More »
There are no awards to honor his body of work, but perhaps that is precisely the point. We can dub him the MUP (Most Underrated Player), but it’s a title that’s impossible to assess objectively, and ultimately we’ll find ourselves in something of a Catch-22. What is certain is that without Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls, not only as a team but as a franchise, would not be where they are today. Read More »
With UConn facing Kentucky in the Final Four this Saturday, you knew alumni were going to come out to support. So as part of Nike Sportswear’s “Bring On The Roar” campaign, watch Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins talk about what playing for the Huskies and Wildcats means to them. Oh yeah, and Rudy was stuck in a closet during a tornado in Memphis.
If you’ve been checking the hardwood during March Madness, you’ve most likely noticed that a bunch of guys have been wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010. With that said, check out what Nike Basketball put together for Texas this season. Maybe it’s the colorway, or maybe it’s the school logo on the tongue, but either way I like it. Check ‘em out: Read More »
If you’ve been checking the hardwood during March Madness, you’ve most likely noticed that a bunch of guys have been wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010. With that said, check out what Nike Basketball put together for USC this season. Maybe it’s the colorway, or maybe it’s the school logo on the tongue, but either way I like it. Check ‘em out: Read More »
Last night in Chicago was definitely an exciting one in McDonald’s All American Game history as more than 20,000 fans (an all-time record) came out to the United Center to watch 48 of the nation’s best players put on a show. But with the East squad for both the Girls and Boys coming out victorious, our ultra-competitive friend Austin Rivers wasn’t in the mood for one last update after taking the L. Instead, with the Final Four just days away, we caught up with future Kentucky Wildcats Michael Gilchrist (who took home the MVP) and Bria Goss who both returned to the hotel with a big win.
For the athlete, there are very few awards that can compare to getting your number retired. It’s the ultimate sign of respect. Tomorrow, in what will surely be one of the greatest number-retiring ceremonies ever, the Detroit Pistons will retire Dennis Rodman‘s No. 10. Greg Monroe will continue to wear the number, but that’s beyond my care. I just want to see what the Worm does. With that in mind, I dug into some stats. We’ve done comprehensive lists like this before, most recently with the NBA’s Richest Players and the NBA’s Top 15 Expiring Contracts.
Now check out the stats on the NBA’s retired numbers: Read More »
Even the late Rodney Dangerfield would have agreed that after arriving in Boston, Nenad Krstic has received no respect from NBA referees. If you look at the numbers, he’s being called for 3.7 fouls per game since his arrival, while he averaged only 2.3 an outing in Oklahoma City. But after six years in the League, you’d think he’d earn himself some clout. Watch the following play from Monday night’s game in Indiana to see what Krstic means when he says the refs are making him feel like a rookie again: Read More »