This story was originally printed in Dime #69. Check the issue to see the feature in its entirety…
As ballplayers, we all have a natural instinct to entertain. It’s fun to play to the crowd and throw up some three goggles after a deep trey every now and then – even if the majority of us aren’t collecting checks with a mini Jerry West logo stamped on ‘em.
In Los Angeles, entertainers of another breed are getting their own weekly hoop fix inside of a private gym just east of Santa Monica, in the E League. Read More »
He wasn’t made for this, not originally. The glitz, the fame, Spike Lee sitting courtside rocking his jersey on a nightly basis. None of this was supposed to be in Landry Fields’ wheelhouse. That is, until he made the nation take notice of just how ready he really is.
You can find the feature printed below in our newest issue, Dime #68. Read More »
We knew this would happen. Despite concerns that he was too old or too beat up to still compete at his usual level, Kobe Bryant has once again shoved monster game after monster game in all of our doubting faces this season. Dude’s been bananas lately.
So, it’s only natural with as much success as Kobe’s had during his career that a likely progression would be to share his secrets to success with others. Other successful people that is. Enter the #KobeSystem. Read More »
It’s been a while since a team in the Pacific Northwest has had a surefire go-to-guy to call their own. While one team has long bounced to the Great Plains, the other has already gone through two potential superstars – both now likely lost to injury. Which is why when LaMarcus Aldridge decided to have his breakout moment in his fifth NBA season, it was beyond a breath of fresh air. Read More »
It’s no secret, but Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook are undoubtedly two of the quickest dudes in the world with the ball in their hands. Which is why when we learned that the pair were to become Nike’s two lead ballers to rock their new Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011, we were understandably intrigued. And to help further introduce the sneakers, Nike has posted up a new web film to show exactly what makes their new shoe so quick. Although it’s doubtful that I’ll ever find cheetah milk, throwing stars and falcon feathers in my possession anytime soon, this clip makes me want to test out these kicks on the court more than ever.
Ty Lawson has arrived. After shipping off Denver native Chauncey Billups to New York last February, the Nuggets saw a resurgence of both energy and speed to finish the season – ending as the fifth seed out West. At the helm of that spike was the 5-11 Lawson. He’s now resting comfortably in the Nuggets’ starting point guard slot and has taken the reigns of a suddenly refreshed squad. Read More »
While most of the NBA’s Lottery teams were busy selecting first-round talent in last week’s Draft, the Clippers found themselves on the outside looking in. Yeah, in a perfect Clippers’ world, Cleveland’s No. 1 selection of Kyrie Irving could have possibly been theirs – a piece lost in the Baron Davis-Mo Williams midseason swap – instead, they were left searching for new talent in the second round with a pair of selections. Read More »
During the Red Bull King of the Rock L.A. qualifier in Venice Beach this past weekend, we were able to catch up with a few of the guys trying to fight their way through the bracket and hear a little more about their respective hoop travels. Whether they played college ball, hooped overseas or got lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way, all of these dudes commanded respect on the court in some way. Here are a few of their stories.
Last year, in Red Bull’s first season of unleashing its King of the Rock one-on-one tournament onto the hoop world, ballers battled it out in six West Coast qualifying rounds to earn a spot playing at Alcatraz Island. This time around – along with Dime, Skullcandy and 24 Hour Fitness – they’ve upped the ante to 21 qualifying rounds around the nation, with even more going down overseas. And to kick off the race to 10 G’s and bragging rights at Alcatraz on September 24th, Los Angeles’ finest congregated to rock the courts in Venice Beach this past Saturday. Read More »