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NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Former Stars Now Embracing Different Roles With The Mavericks

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Transforming from all-star to role player can be a begrudging process for NBA players used to a certain level of personal success on the court. Not every player is capable of making the transition in a smooth and non-disruptive fashion that benefits their current team. But the Dallas Mavericks are graced with two veterans who understand their time in the spotlight has passed and have embraced the responsibility of fitting in. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Feb 18, 2014 / 12:07 am

Dime Q&A: Dwight Howard Vows To Become NBA All-Star Game Starter Again

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (Derick Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

A somewhat maligned figure in the basketball community in recent years, Dwight Howard has never stopped being an All-Star-level talent. He has had to learn to let the criticism roll off his broad frame and now has the poise that embodies his veteran credentials. His focus has become tunnel vision dedicated to improving, enjoying life and propelling the Houston Rockets to a potential championship. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 16, 2014 / 9:00 am

Dime Q&A: John Wall Talks About His Dunk Contest Influences

John Wall

John Wall (Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports)

John Wall‘s breakout season is continuing at NBA All-Star Weekend. Not long before he was named Dunker of the Night during the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, he took some time to sit with us at the adidas suite in the French Quarter. His growth as a NBA professional transcends the basketball court and has been on full display as adidas has maked him one of their featured athletes. Wall opened up about his thoughts on the dunk contest, his career season, the Washington Wizards and the new shoe he is rocking this weekend. Read More »

NBA / Jan 21, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Most Improved Player? Don’t Forget About Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward (photo. Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

When NBA players in Utah put up big numbers, do they make a sound?

Utah is in rebuilding mode but has a multi-talented wingman in Gordon Hayward, improving at a rate most casual NBA fans are unaware of. Since arriving on the scene from Butler three seasons ago, he has quietly raised his game in each campaign, becoming more integral to Utah’s plans each season. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Why DeMar DeRozan Should Be An All-Star

DeMar DeRozan, Lance Stephenson

DeMar DeRozan, Lance Stephenson (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Not since the days of Chris Bosh have the Toronto Raptors had anyone worthy of getting an All-Star nod. Enter DeMar DeRozan, who is making a strong case to represent Canada in New Orleans come February. Read More »

NBA / Nov 22, 2013 / 4:15 pm

NBA’s 20 Most Underpaid Players

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (photo. Reebok Basketball)

The term underpaid isn’t the perfect adjective to describe athletes who make a pretty penny when compared to the common person. So I am going to take this somewhere my editors might not want me to go, but we are going to discuss NBA players providing great value in relation to their respective contracts. Read More »

NBA / Nov 14, 2013 / 2:15 pm

Al Horford On Being The Man In Atlanta & Playing Out Of Position

Al Horford

Al Horford (photo. Instagram/al_horford)

Al Horford might be the NBA’s most under-appreciated star. A two-time Eastern Conference All-Star, the former Florida Gator just came off a season that saw him average career-highs in both points (17.4) and rebounds (10.2) per game in leading Atlanta to their sixth-straight postseason appearance. It’s not surprising, considering Horford was drafted six years ago. He’s a rock in the middle, and will be counted on more than ever before now that longtime Hawks Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are both gone. Read More »

NBA / Nov 6, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Kevin Love Is The Dark Horse NBA MVP Candidate To Watch

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

“If they pass on him, Kevin Love will not make it to you at your pick. I’m sorry.”

Those were the words my friend uttered to me minutes before our fantasy draft in which he held the fourth pick and I the fifth.

Curses to you random fantasy draft order. Curses.

Sure enough, said friend was able to get Love with the fourth pick and thus is enjoying one of the best players in the league on his roster. Meanwhile, I pine over the Minnesota Timberwolves box scores “Draking” over what could have been. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 8:00 pm

Greg Oden & Michael Beasley Are Looking For Different Types Of Redemption In Miami

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley (photo. Instagram/miamiheat)

Everybody likes a comeback story, especially if that story involves someone that has been brought down from a place of esteemed height at one point. What people also like is a story of positive transformation. That brings us to the Miami Heat’s two biggest offseason acquisitions, Greg Oden and Michael Beasley. Read More »

NBA / Aug 28, 2013 / 1:15 pm

The NBA’s 10 Most Intriguing Injury Comebacks To Watch Next Season

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

The amount of stars the NBA lost last season due to injury could fill an All-Star Game roster. If the names were put on paper, it would indeed be longer than Pippen‘s arms… to borrow a quote from Jay-Z.

Fans were lucky to enjoy a great season full of drama, but what ifs loom in the shadows of the minds of fans whose teams were affected by serious injuries. Read More »