Allen Iverson, Dime #1
11+ years, more than 70 issues and more than 5 million print copies in circulation – Dime Magazine has not only been a mainstay in the basketball universe, but it has also changed the way readers consume basketball content. Before us, there were no magazines that focused on what happened on the court and what ballplayers were into away from it.
We broke new ground, pioneered, and then championed basketball culture. And I have been lucky enough to be here for every minute of the ride. It’s high time we take a look back at how far we’ve come and the generations we have traversed. Here are all of Dime‘s covers in chronological order, from the most recent all the way back to gem you see at the top of this post from 2001.
There’s a story behind every single one of these covers. Some were more challenging to pull off than others (I have spent a lifetime waiting in hotels for Allen Iverson), some were ridiculous (Shaq was very specific about his “Godfather” costume as well as the requested gummy bears on set for Dime #38) and some were downright inspired (look no further than Kobe Bryant‘s self-authored cover story and art-directed cover shoot for Dime #22). Some day we will get around to telling all of the stories, but for now, here’s a visual tour of how far we – and the game – have come: Read More »
By now you may have seen the news that LeBron James might be starting at center tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. Before you start snorting about how Erik Spoelstra and the Heat are desperately grasping at straws to save their asses, take a step back for a second. Could this actually be a stroke of genius? Could this be a mind game move on the Phil Jackson level? Read More »
Over the weekend, it started to become increasingly evident that Lionel Hollins is likely out at Memphis Grizzlies coach, and today we’re seeing more and more evidence as to why he’s been given permission to speak with other teams.
From what is being reported, it seems like this current situation is the most intense example yet of “old school” coaches and coaching philosophy clashing with new school, analytics-driven front office management. Read More »
When I watched the NBA Draft Lottery earlier this month, I kind of laughed when I saw the Cavaliers contingent go nuts celebrating when they won win the No. 1 pick in this summer’s draft. I mean, I get why they were fired up – having the No. 1 overall pick is a wonderful tool to fire up your fan base, sell tickets and merch, generate buzz around your team, etc. And having the top pick is better than a terrible pick or no pick at all, right?
But in this draft, with (in my opinion) no clear No. 1 player and no surefire game-changers in the entire first round, you could do just as well for yourself with the 5th pick, the 8th pick, the 11th pick, or beyond. My immediate thought for the Cavs – a team with multiple needs – was that they should trade down for more picks and assets to improve themselves overall instead of taking a flyer on on one guy who might never pan out. So it’s no surprise that the Cavs are rumored to be floating that No. 1 pick to see what they can get in return. Read More »
There’s something sort of thrilling about watching Lance Stephenson in these NBA playoffs. Nobody – not the Heat, not Frank Vogel, not even Lance – really knows what he’s going to do when he gets the ball. Sometimes it ends up in a terrible shot or turnover, but other times, more and more, it results in something really great for the Pacers.
Born Ready came up huge for Indiana las night against the Heat, going 9-15 from the floor to finish with 20 vital points. Watch Lance’s buckets here – what might be most impressive is the strength he shows on some of these drives. It’s one thing to go through Mario Chalmers like he isn’t even there, but to bully LeBron James on drives to the hoop? Read More »
I truly love everything about this video. Setting: 1997 NBA All-Star Game in the Eastern Conference locker room. Watch as Dikembe Mutombo talks trash to Michael Jordan‘s face about how in ‘Dik’s six years in the NBA, MJ has never dunked on him. Mutombo calls in in Scottie Pippen (who is apparently “The Decider” of all things MJ-related) to back him up.
You can guess what happens a few weeks later. Read More »
Check out this pic that surfaced last night that supposedly shows a sample of LeBron James new signature shoe, the Nike LeBron XI.
It looks like this one features a teal/pink colorway with a new iteration of a Foamposite upper called “Armorposite” as well as new Nike Swoosh logo placement. It’s rumored to be the lightest LeBron shoe ever. Read More »
Did you catch this after the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Golden State Warriors last night in Oakland? The Warriors players remained on the floor after the final buzzer to thank their fans, with Stephen Curry taking the mic to address the home crowd.
For a young player who is still just realizing how good he can be while balancing the huge disappointment of elimination, Steph showed a ton of class and poise in this moment. Read More »
On this day in 2001, Allen Iverson was presented with his NBA MVP Award before Game 5 of his Sixers’ Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series against Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors. [Check out A.I., White Chocolate and the 20 Best Crossovers in NBA History]
How did the shortest MVP in NBA history follow up his award presentation? By putting 52 points on the VC and the Raps – his second 50-point performance of the series. Read More »
By now you may have seen J.R. Smith‘s comments following the Knicks‘ rotten performance last night in Indiana. New York’s offense has been atrocious, and J.R. (7-22 from the field last night) is taking the blame. Read More »