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NBA / Jul 1, 2011 / 11:30 am

Then & Now: Comparing The Last NBA Lockout To The Current One

Titanic

Titanic

Well, the NBA lockout has arrived. We’ve seen it coming for a while, but now that it’s here, the fact that we may not have an NBA season come fall is starting to sink in. It’s a feeling that really hasn’t been present since the 1998-99 season, the last time there was a lockout. That one, like this one, started on July 1. But the year was 1998. A lot has changed in the 13 years since then. Here’s a look at some of the major differences between then and now: Read More »

D-League, NBA / Jun 28, 2011 / 1:30 pm

Warriors Become Latest NBA Team To Buy D-League Affiliate

Dakota Wizards

Add the Golden State Warriors to the growing list of teams that own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate. The team’s purchase of the Dakota Wizards makes them the fourth NBA team to own and operate its “minor league” team. They also join seven other teams in having one-to-one relationships with their affiliates. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 23, 2011 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Dayton’s Chris Wright On Small Schools & The NBA Draft

Chris Wright

Chris Wright (photo. Dayton Athletics)

Not going to a big-name school didn’t deter former Dayton star Chris Wright from putting up big-time highlights during his four years in college. And now, following a senior season in which he nearly averaged a double-double (13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds per game), Wright looks to hear his name called tonight. I had the chance to speak with the former Flyer about his workouts, going to Dayton and his relationship with the “other” Chris Wright. Read More »

Latest News, NBA, Playground / Jun 22, 2011 / 4:30 pm

Steve Nash To Host Annual “Showdown in Chinatown”

Steve Nash

Steve Nash (photo. Andrew Federman/The Steve Nash Foundation)

Steve Nash will host his fourth “Showdown in Chinatown” today, a charity soccer match that raises funds for Nash’s seven-year-old foundation. The money will benefit early education.

The match, which will be held at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, will feature not just soccer players but NBA players such as Nash, Brandon Jennings and Marcin Gortat. Read More »

NBA / Jun 22, 2011 / 3:15 pm

Never Call NBA Champion Jason Kidd “Ason” Again

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd, Dime #40

When Jason Kidd walked off the court in San Antonio as a member of the Nets way back in 2003, he walked off a Hall of Famer. He walked off as one of the best point guards in history. But he also walked off without a championship. For Kidd, the 2001-02 and ’02-’03 seasons were arguably two of the best of his career, both stats-wise and record-wise. Those two years saw Kidd make either the first or second All-NBA team and All-Defensive team while leading the Nets to the NBA Finals. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 21, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Michigan’s Darius Morris Getting Advice From John Wall

Darius Morris

Darius Morris (photo. University of Michigan)

As the final seconds ticked off the clock during Michigan’s third-round NCAA Tournament loss to Duke, Darius Morris took a shot that he’s made countless times before. He had made it earlier in the game. It was a shot that, according to him, he normally always makes.

“I got a good look and the shot went out,” says Morris of his last shot attempt in a Michigan uniform. “Everybody thought the shot was falling in, especially me. And when it didn’t, it just was a crazy feeling.”

It was a feeling that left Morris in a tricky position. The star point guard had a decision to make: stay at school, or leave early for the NBA? He ultimately chose to pursue his lifelong dream. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 17, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Vernon Macklin Talks NBA Draft & Billy Donovan

Vernon Macklin

Vernon Macklin (photo. University of Florida)

After seeing limited action his first two seasons at Georgetown, Vernon Macklin thought it was time for a change. So he decided to transfer to Florida, and went on to average 10.6 and 11.6 points, respectively, in two standout seasons for the Gators. Now Macklin, known as a hustle player and the guy that gets the dirty work done, finds himself preparing for the NBA Draft. I had a chance to speak with him about his experiences the last few years and got his thoughts on the upcoming draft. Read More »

NBA / Jun 16, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Surviving The Decision: The LeBron James Effect

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Mannion)

The results of LeBron James‘ first year in Miami are in. And even though the Heat didn’t win it all, the team still made the Finals. Of course, LeBron still has plenty of time to prove that his “Decision” was a worthwhile one that will end in a title for the Heat.

With LeBron (and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) in Miami, the Heat is still in great shape, even without a championship this season. Read More »

Playground / Jun 14, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Kevin Durant Is Taking The Goodman League Indoors

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Goodman League)

Just when you thought the extent of the Goodman League was outdoor basketball, the league comes at you with another twist – indoor games.

A new indoor league called the Goodman Coalition will start on June 18 in Washington, D.C. It will be the first indoor run for the Goodman League, but a reinstatement of sorts of the old “Urban Coalition” indoor league. Read More »

Playground / Jun 8, 2011 / 2:00 pm

Kevin Durant Starts The Summer Off Right At The Goodman League

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. John Moore)

Miles Rawls says he never knows what to expect each summer at the Goodman League at Washington, D.C.’s legendary Barry Farms. Rawls, who runs the league, doesn’t know who’s going to come down and play. But every year there’s at least one person who he can always count on – Kevin Durant. Read More »