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NBA / Jul 23, 2013 / 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Gary Payton! His Top 5 Trash-Talking Moments

Gary Payton

Elected to the Basketball Hall Of Fame earlier this year, Gary Payton turned 45 years old today. Unbelievable. As a kid growing up in the Northwest, the Sonics of the Shawn Kemp/GP/George Karl era were my favorites for reasons I couldn’t have detailed at the time. But they played fast, Kemp was like a video game character come to life and Payton carried an attitude that was unmistakable, even at age 8. Too young to remember the Portland Trail Blazers’ glory years, the Sonics ran the Northwest as far as I was concerned. Payton was their ring leader and it’s obvious why. Read More »

NBA / Jul 15, 2013 / 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Damian Lillard! Check Out The Rookie Of The Year’s Cover Story From Dime 72

Dime 72: Damian Lillard

Before the NBA All-Star break, we unveiled the new cover of Dime Magazine, featuring Portland Trail Blazers phenom Damian Lillard. As today is his 23rd birthday, check out the full cover story from the issue here… Read More »

NBA / Jun 4, 2013 / 3:15 pm

The NBA’s Top 10 Showstoppers, Led By The Guy With The Nastiest Handle In The League: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Whether you have access to League Pass or can only watch the games on cable TV, there are always a few players that you plan your schedule around. In this era of on-demand viewing, to be an appointment-viewing player may be the ultimate compliment. These 10 fit that bill as the ultimate NBA showstoppers. Read More »

NBA / Apr 13, 2013 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 Plays of Baron Davis’ Career

Baron Davis

I’ve been a West Coast guy all my life, and I distinctly remember hearing about this new guard UCLA was about to give heavy play in its rotation. In 1998, Baron Davis came out and became Pac-10 freshman of the year and had become appointment viewing for Pac-10 fans. On one hand he was tearing apart my favorite team. On the other hand, it was effortless. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 15, 2013 / 4:30 pm

JR Smith Doubts The Knicks’ Heart Down The Stretch

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One stat in particular jumped out at us last night as we watched Portland’s detonation of the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks: Since Jan. 1, the New York Knicks are 17-16, while the Wizards, formerly the embarrassment of the league, are 17-18. Knee injuries to Anthony and Tyson Chandler on Wednesday night in Denver have left the Knicks short-handed, but swingman J.R. Smith sees another reason for New York’s 6-9 record in its last 15 games: Not enough heart. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Mar 15, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Video and Q&A: How Andre Drummond Made This Trick Shot In A Shoe Warehouse

Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond has been hurt for four weeks with a stress fracture in his back, but while his trick shot over a wall of shoeboxes Thursday at Portland’s Oddball.com shoe warehouse isn’t part of his rehab, it’s still pretty awesome. So is the backstory of how it happened. Detroit is in town to play the Trail Blazers, and Drummond made a stop at a store that’s becoming an increasingly popular place for NBA players to cop footwear, its co-founder says. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 15, 2013 / 2:15 pm

Cleveland’s Daniel Gibson Fires Off On “Dirty Player” Dahntay Jones

Daniel Gibson

In the first 24 hours after Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant landed on Atlanta’s Dahntay Jones‘ foot and severely sprained his ankle, the reaction around the NBA for breaking an unwritten rule was mostly unspoken. I’ve seen reports from several local beat writers who turned to the teams they cover for comment, and the responses were guarded. Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 14, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Kobe Bryant: Dahntay Jones “Jalen Rose’d Me” On Ankle Injury

Kobe Bryant

Despite Kobe Bryant‘s ruthless pursuit of victories — which translate this season into simply, “the playoffs” — he can live with an opponent playing just as hard as he. What he can’t stomach is an opponent straying from basketball’s unwritten rules to do so. Case in point, last night in Atlanta. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 14, 2013 / 2:00 pm

The 8 Most Interesting Potential First-Round Series Of The 2013 NBA Playoffs

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In theory, these first-round matchups could all be null soon. The reality is that in the Eastern Conference, three teams are tied for fifth, at 14.5 games behind Miami. In the West, just 3.5 games separate sixth from ninth. Read More »

College / Mar 14, 2013 / 11:30 am

Colorado’s Andre Roberson Is The Best Wing Player You’ve Never Heard Of

Andre Roberson

*This feature was originally published in Dime #72. To see the piece in its entirety, check out your local newsstands now.*

Colorado’s Andre Roberson is one of the best rebounders in the nation for his size, but even after a breakout sophomore season he’s enjoying another leap in 2013. Read More »