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Latest News, NBA / Oct 26, 2012 / 12:00 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Today

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

Slightly less complicated than ranking the best centers in the NBA is determining who should and who shouldn’t be called a center.

In this faster, more fluid and more versatile NBA, where more coaches are using three-guard lineups and embracing “small ball,” players once pegged as power forwards are not only playing center, but they’re also admitting it. Yao Ming is out, Chris Bosh is in, and suddenly the stigma of the center as a lumbering behemoth quarantined to the low post is gone. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Golf, Basketball & A Racial Double Standard

LeBron James

LeBron James

Filled with equal doses of ignorance and curiosity about the game of golf, yesterday I tuned in to catch the final, crucial holes of the Ryder Cup.

And while my No. 1 fear didn’t come to pass – that circumstances would lead to Tiger Woods taking the lion’s share of the blame for the U.S. team’s epic collapse – I was bothered by what surfaced (or more accurately, didn’t surface) during a post-tournament interview with Jim Furyk, the U.S. golfer who lost a key one-on-one match to Europe’s Sergio Garcia. Read More »

NBA / Sep 24, 2012 / 12:00 pm

The Top 10 Dunkers Since 2000

Vince Carter

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

In the new issue of Dime Magazine, we took a look at the best – and worst – the game has offered since the turn of the century. From the players to jerseys to sneakers to teams to even trends, you can relive the past 12 years by scooping up the new issue currently on newsstands nationwide. In those pages, you’ll find the following feature… Read More »

NBA / Sep 21, 2012 / 11:30 am

The Top 10 NBA Teams Since 2000

Shaquille O'Neal

In the new issue of Dime Magazine, we took a look at the best – and worst – the game has offered since the turn of the century. From the players to jerseys to sneakers to teams to even trends, you can relive the past 12 years by scooping up the new issue currently on newsstands nationwide. In those pages, you’ll find the following feature… Read More »

NBA, Playground / Jul 30, 2012 / 11:00 am

Seattle’s Best Turn Out For Jamal Crawford’s Pro Am All-Star Game

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford, Dime #31

Leave it to my city to turn a friendly game of basketball into a political battlefield.

At the same time that a legitimate proposal to build a new NBA arena is being kicked around the Seattle City Council, an event like the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am All-Star Game takes on a heavier meaning: A community rally of sorts for arena supporters and starving Supersonics fans to point out basketball’s role in the fabric of the Emerald City, but also an opportunity for arena opponents to say, “Why do we need to build a $400 million basketball facility when you guys seem perfectly happy here?” Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Jul 17, 2012 / 12:00 pm

The Dream Team Or Team USA 2012? The Debate Rages On

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA (photo. Nike)

Had Kobe Bryant decided to go to college, I could see him as one of those students that purposely won’t start writing a term paper until the night before it’s due; the type that thrives in classes in which the final exam counts for 50 percent of the grade for the semester.

Meanwhile, on the court, he’d be the type of player that raises his game amidst the madness of March; one of those that relishes a hostile road crowd and egging on the worst chants they can muster. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jul 11, 2012 / 11:45 am

Dime #69′s Cover Story: Derrick Rose & Why He Will Be Back Better Than Ever

Dime #69: Derrick Rose

Four years into his NBA career, Derrick Rose has earned millions of dollars, gained global popularity, and become the leader of a championship-contending team. So what continues to push Chicago’s prodigal son to work like an underdog? Following a major injury that threatens his future, now it’s the challenge of rebuilding his game to an MVP level.

Here is the cover story from Dime #69 on the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune… Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 28, 2012 / 12:15 pm

Renardo Sidney: The 2012 NBA Draft’s Biggest Enigma

Renardo Sidney

Renardo Sidney (photo. Mississippi State Athletics)

From glowing city skylines to gravel country roads, basketball is rich with can’t-miss prospects who somehow, some way, missed.

There was L.A.’s Kenny Brunner, swept away in the darker undercurrents of NCAA athletics.

Louisiana’s Randy Livingston, derailed by one knee injury after another.

Chicago’s Benji Wilson, felled by an assassin’s bullet. Read More »

NBA / Jun 15, 2012 / 11:30 am

Sonic Gloom: A Seattleite’s Spin On The OKC Thunder

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Rob Hammer)

“I’m peaking … It’s my time now. It’s our time. … We’re coming out! Guns blazing!” – Al Pacino, Devil’s Advocate

Lucifer’s soliloquy doubles as the mantra for the avid sports hater during championship competition.

Anybody with an acquired distaste for a particular athlete, team, coach, owner, media member, fan base, school or city – even an entire sport itself – should be hitting their peak form when a title is on the line and the rest of the world is watching.

You want to deliver boxing’s eulogy? You don’t do it during ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights.” You save it for a Mayweather or Pacquiao pay-per-view. You want to shred to pieces the idea that Eli is better than Peyton? Do it during Super Bowl Week, not preseason or the Pro Bowl. Read More »

NBA / May 22, 2012 / 4:00 pm

The Magic Of LeBron James

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

Fourth quarter. Ninth inning. Overtime. The 11th and 12th rounds. Green-white-checkered. And down the stretch they come. The fifth set. The final lap.

Somewhere between the Romans of the 1st century and the Celtics of the 21st, we fused the definitions of crunch time and clutch inextricably with those climatic end-stages of our athletic competitions. As a result, too many of us have adopted the idea that the only time that is crunch time is the “five, four, three, two, one” we counted down on our elementary school playgrounds.

Too many of us forget that the critical juncture of a contest can also take place in the early to middle stages. Ask Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto and see if they don’t agree. Talk to Nick Saban and Les Miles and get their opinion. Read More »