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NBA / Sep 20, 2011 / 3:30 pm

Conference Realignments, Sucker Punches & Salary Caps

Syracuse

One of the biggest sports weekends of the year may have left us with more questions than it answered. On the college football gridiron, the weekend really kicked off on Thursday night, as LSU showed the nation why they may have the best defense in the league and made Mississippi State look like a junior varsity team. On Saturday night, a relevant Florida State team played its version of the national championship game, as Oklahoma came into Doak Campbell Stadium and handed them a nail-biting loss. And of course the other major story in college sports this weekend was the departure of Pitt and Syracuse from Big East. Read More »

Overseas, Video / Sep 15, 2011 / 3:00 pm

Footage Of Deron Williams In His First Game In Turkey

Thanks to a stealthy camera man in Turkey and the Nets’ blogosphere, we were treated to 19 minutes of Deron Williams‘ first game for Besiktas against Montepaschi Sienna. If you’re a Nets fan (or a fan of good basketball in general) you are just counting down the days ’til this lockout ends. But looking back on D-Will’s decision, didn’t he make the right move? He is getting paid to be the best player on the floor, gain more experience as an on-court leader in a different environment, and he doesn’t have to battle in the U.S. summer leagues with all the young guns trying to make a name for themselves. Good move, Deron. We’ll see you when the lockout ends.

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Video, Video Games / Sep 14, 2011 / 5:00 pm

The Honey Badgers: NBA JAM’s Secret Unlockable Team

If you played as much NBA JAM as I did, both as a five-year-old with my babysitter and as a freshman in college, then you would know that the game is all about the unlockable teams and characters. Eventually, all those hours of two-dimensional razzle-dazzle dunks, on-fire streaks, and shoving actually pay off. So on the eve of the release of the newest game, NBA JAM: On Fire Edition, the geniuses at EA Sports have unleashed even more secret teams, including the phenomenon that has already swept the Internet: the honey badger. And yes, he’s pretty badass. We caught up with the game’s product manager, Jeff Appleby, to tell us a little bit more about how the honey badger found its way into the game, and what else NBA JAM fans have to look forward to. Read More »

Video Games / Sep 8, 2011 / 4:00 pm

Dime’s Definitive NBA 2K12 Preview: “My Player” Mode

NBA 2K12

We recently got rid of one of the city’s most beloved players, Gilbert Arenas, and now we’re building around young talent like John Wall, JaVale McGee, Nick Young, and Andray Blatche. How would you feel about coming in and not being a star right away? Could you take a back seat? Need some time to think about it?

This is just one of the many questions that you are forced to consider as you wind your way through the draft process in NBA 2K12‘s “My Player” mode. Read More »

NBA / Sep 2, 2011 / 4:00 pm

Five Bars In Five Cities To Hit Up During Labor Day Weekend

STATS

Whenever there’s a long weekend, we try and take advantage of it. So seeing as how it’s Friday afternoon before Labor Day Weekend, we here at Dime wanted to let our readers in on some the best spots in five major cities to “talk about the lockout” with their friends. Read More »

NBA / Aug 30, 2011 / 11:00 am

Rivalries Renewed: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics

Knicks-Celtics

The NBA tends to come full circle. I mean, did we ever think that after the Mavericks watched the Heat celebrate on their home floor that they would come back to South Beach a mere five years later and return the favor? Did we ever think that the great Phil Jackson could have even had a chance to win 12 titles, coaching two different teams in three different decades? But the NBA has been around a long time, and while we may not have anything on a Red Sox–Yankees level, there are several matchups that come back to rear their ugly head, again and again, kind of like a bad Freddy vs. Jason movie. In honor of this week’s Sox-Yanks series, here is one of our favorite rivalries, Knicks vs. Celtics, which has been renewed from decade to decade. Read More »

NBA / Aug 11, 2011 / 1:45 pm

Why The NBA Needs “Hard Knocks”

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (photo. Rob Hammer)

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. and “Sugar” Shane Mosley took center stage on HBO’s hit program “24/7″, they sat across a table from each other in a room that looked like one of the interrogation chambers from “Law and Order”. They bickered back and forth as Max Kellerman moderated:

Mosley: Remember at the Olympics at Turin, when you first was comin’ up, what were those words you said to me?

Mayweather: Whatever I said, I don’t remember. You can refresh my memory, but I still don’t remember. Read More »

College, We Reminisce / Aug 10, 2011 / 2:00 pm

What Could Have Been: Terrelle Pryor The Basketball Player

Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor (photo. adidas)

Charlie Ward. Antonio Gates. Tony Gonzalez. Terrelle Pryor? Yes, Pryor could have been the latest in a long line of crossover stars that played basketball and football in college. The 6-6 Pryor was a standout on both the gridiron and the hardwood, and could have pursued a career in basketball if he wanted to. In May of 2008, before the quarterback entered his freshman season at The Ohio State University, he was ranked the No. 7 power forward prospect on ESPN U’s Top 150, and put up 23 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, four assists and four steals in Jeanette High School’s Class AA championship victory, their first in over 20 years. This was after he led the football team to the state title in the fall. Read More »

NBA / Aug 4, 2011 / 3:00 pm

Danny Green Helps Showcase The Healing Power Of Basketball

Malone Mulhall Benefit Game

Thousands of fans from the Queens and Long Island area decided to forget about the beach for one Saturday and instead watch basketball for a great cause. They packed the bleachers of St. John’s University’s Carnesseca Arena to catch pro ball players and college stars take the court in the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game. Despite the great show, an air of sadness, as well as hope, filled the arena. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Aug 4, 2011 / 1:00 pm

NBA Stars Set To Kill It In London’s Basketball Competition

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

It’s hard to believe, but the 2012 Olympic Games are right around the corner. With the lockout possibly preventing us from seeing our favorite stars this winter, we are more excited than usual about international competition. Later this month, we will get a taste of six of the best the world has to offer at the London International Basketball Competition at the new Basketball Arena in east London. This will be the first action at London’s Olympic Park. Read More »