When people hear the name “Shabazz Napier” they think of a two-time NCAA National Champion. They think of a kid who has become a household name. They think of the guy Miami traded for on draft night to try and make LeBron James happy.
But for me, I think of the feisty little kid with cornrows and glasses that I once called my teammate in the Roxbury YMCA’s “No Books, No Ball” basketball league. I think of his mom, Carmen Velasquez being the loudest in packed gym during our Saturday morning games. I think of his older brother Timmie leading his high school team to the state championship game at the Boston Garden and scoring 27 points. Read More »
There was plenty of buzz on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn last night as the Barclays Center was home to the NBA Draft for the second consecutive year. From Isaiah Austin hearing his name called despite recently finding out that he’ll never play competitive basketball again to Jabari Parker saying that he never wants to leave Milwaukee, there were many fans, players, coaches and front offices that walked away as winners on this memorable June night. While most organizations had reason in their respective war rooms, there were a select few that missed a golden opportunity to improve their ball-club. We take a look at the 5 Biggest Losers Of the 2014 NBA Draft. Read More »
A few weekends ago, I had the chance to coach a group of former Division I and professional basketball players in the first annual TBT Basketball Tournament held at Philadelphia University. For someone with dreams of one day running their own NBA franchise, this platform provided me and others with the rare opportunity to recruit who ever we wanted to play in this 32-team, single elimination open tournament. Read More »
Buckle up NBA fans, the 2014 NBA Draft is expected to be one hell of a ride. If you live for the mock drafts and offseason trade rumors, then forget Christmas – this is your favorite time of the year.
It seems like every day leading up to the draft there has been a change in who will go number one to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while new trade rumors have popped up across Twitter timelines by the second. With just hours left until the fortune and fame of the NBA turns the lives of sixty young men upside down, we attempt to put a finger on just how tomorrow night might play out in Brooklyn. These are Dime’s five predictions for the 2014 NBA Draft. Read More »
/ Jun 10, 2014 / 12:45 pm
For what Washington Wizards Power Forward Trevor Booker lacks in size he makes up with his blue-collar approach. At 6-8, the Clemson product wore many hats this season for an exciting Washington Wizards team that made the playoffs for the first time since a DeShawn Stevenson – LeBron James beef turned into a Jay-Z diss track. Read More »
According to multiple sources, All-Star forward Kevin Love was in Boston this past weekend to check out the city and “see what it’s like.” After “never really [spending] that much time” in the city, Love’s impromptu trip has been the main topic of conversation in Beantown, creating a whirlwind of speculation over the last 72 hours after speculation around the NBA about his possible future in the capital of the commonwealth. Read More »
Many guys have dreams of breaking into the NBA but don’t quite know where to start. Organizations in the National Basketball Association often march to the beat of their own drum, making it very difficult for a recent college grad to break into this extremely competitive industry. Read More »
/ May 22, 2014 / 4:15 pm
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably heard three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love is planning on opting out of his contract in Minnesota next summer. It’s no surprise the 25-year old superstar now seeks greener pastures after his club has failed to reach the postseason in all of his six seasons. Love’s 26.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game last season make him arguably a top-10 player in the Association and certainly a key ingredient for becoming an NBA contender. Read More »
Landry Fields is not your average NBA hooper. The dude owns a Stanford Degree, once sold his own jersey in disguise and hosted Jeremy Lin on his couch while NYC erupted into “Linsanity”. While he now resides north of the border, the 6-foot-7 shooting guard has recently added to the resume: musical entertainer.
On May 31, a Saturday, at 8 p.m. ET, Landry Fields will start a new journey on ABC’s “Sing Your Face Off.” The Stanford grad is now part of a new roster that includes himself, comedian Jon Lovitz, Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, soap opera star Lisa Rinna and talented Disney personality China Anne McClain. Read More »
Boston, Massachusetts, isn’t exactly the hot bed for fostering young talent. If you were asked to name all of the NBA players that have truly come from the Boston area, you’d likely struggle after naming Patrick Ewing, Nerlens Noel and Michael-Carter Williams. Of course, there’s former Celtic Dana Barros, current Milwaukee Buck Jeff Adrien and Chris Herren was raised an hour away in Fall River, but the above average basketball fan would have a hard time naming guys after that. Read More »