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Smack / Dec 17, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Kevin Durant On Players Not Wanting To Play With Kobe: “That’s [Expletive]”

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

After Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Kevin Durant sent him a congratulatory text. The 2014 NBA MVP recently spoke with USA Today‘s Sam Amick and extolled the Lakers great for his work ethic and commitment to the game. When asked if the ideas in Henry Abbott’s infamous ESPN feature — that reported players didn’t want to play in LA because of Kobe — were true, Durant couldn’t hold back about the “BS.” Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 17, 2014 / 11:30 am

GIF: Russell Westbrook Destroys Rim On Tomahawk Jam, Then…Raises The Roof?

Russell Westbrook

If we had to make a list of the most entertaining NBA players to watch right now, Russell Westbrook would be at, or near, the top. The Thunder point guard is also playing out of his mind since returning from a hand injury that kept him out of 15 games earlier this season. Against Sacramento last night, Russ continued to abuse OKC opponents, and even brought back a celebration that was at its peak way back in the 1990s. Read More »

Latest News / Dec 17, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Marc Gasol & The Grizzlies End Warriors’ 16-Game Winning Streak

Klay Thompson, Marc Gasol, Marreese Speights

The Warriors and Grizzlies, who own the top two records in the NBA through the NBA’s first quarter of the season, squared off in Memphis last night, and the Grizzlies ended the Warriors franchise-best 16-game winning streak, defeating them 105-98. Despite the win, the Warriors were right in the mix late in the game, and with a hopeful return of Andrew Bogut from a lingering knee issue, they’ll do a lot better at stopping Marc Gasol, who led the way for Memphis with 24 points and seven rebounds in the home win. Read More »

Latest News / Dec 16, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Pacers Owner Would Welcome Stephenson Back, But “Bird Has To Decide”

Lance Stephenson, Solomon Hill

The Pacers lost Lance Stephenson to the Hornets this past summer when he inked a three-year, $27 million deal with owner Michael Jordan. But Stephenson has struggled with his shot, and the Hornets are at 6-18 so far after finishing 44-38 last season for a No. 7 seed in the playoffs. Pacers owner Herb Simon says he’d welcome Stephenson back with open arms, but it’s not his decision to make. Read More »

Smack / Dec 16, 2014 / 11:45 am

Evan Turner Compares Himself To Jesus In Return To Phildelphia

Evan Turner

It seems Evan Turner‘s return to Philadelphia was similar to Beatles first coming over to America, with girls “fainting” and Turner getting his “hand kissed by people” before the game. But when the game started, the boo’s rang down, prompting Turner to align his plight with that of Jesus Christ. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Dec 15, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Watch Steph Curry Put Jrue Holiday On Skates And Drop 34 In Warriors Win

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

There was no stopping Stephen Curry in the opening quarter against the Pelicans on Sunday afternoon when he went 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep for 13 points. The same could be said for Steph in the overtime session, when he scored eight of Golden State’s 17 points on the way to a 128-122 win — their 16th in a row. In between those brilliant displays, he found his teammates for seven assists and toasted Jrue Holiday on a crossover. Read More »

NBA / Dec 15, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Steve Kerr On Whether Warriors Could Match 72-Win Bulls: “Oh God, No. No!”

Steve Kerr

After a thrilling, closer-than-expected 128-122 win over the Pelicans on Sunday night to extend Golden State’s winning streak to 16 games and give them a 21-2 start to the season — the best in NBA history for a rookie head coach — hyperbole, of course, entered the fray. Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN.com asked Steve Kerr if his Dubs team could match the 1995-96 Bulls — who went 72-10 with Kerr as their three-point specialist. Kerr was pretty adamant the idea is hogwash so early in the season, saying,”Oh God, no. No!” Read More »

Latest News / Dec 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Report: Kings Can Malone & May Hire Del Negro, Which Compounds The Mistake

Mike Malone, DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings fired coach Mike Malone on Sunday night, as Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick confirmed. He’ll be replaced by assistant coach Tyrone Corbin on an interim basis. There was a clash over playing style between GM Pete D’Alessandro and Malone, who were hired in the reverse order by headstrong owner Vivek Ranadive. The news has surprised most NBA watchers, who were impressed by the way the Kings were playing with DeMarcus Cousins before he went down with viral meningitis. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News / Dec 12, 2014 / 11:15 pm

GIF: Vince Carter Nails Corner 3 To Force 2nd OT

Vince Carter

After culminating a successful trio of seasons in Dallas with a game-winning buzzer-beater over the Spurs in the first round last April, we just knew Vince Carter was going to hit the game-tying three-pointer when he got open in the near corner in tonight’s Grizzlies – Hornets double-overtime thriller. He drilled it to force a second overtime where Memphis escaped a scare at home, 113-107. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 12, 2014 / 11:30 am

Video: James Harden Drops 44, Forces OT With Long 3-Pointer, Then Dominates OT

Jason Terry, James Harden, Patrick Beverley

A day after scoring 34 points in a loss to the Warriors where Golden State surged ahead in the final minutes, James Harden went off again in Sacramento last night while hitting the game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime. On this night, the Beard won it for his team with 12 of their 18 points in the extra session for a 113-109 win. Read More »