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Video Games / Jul 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

NBA 2K15 Working Hard At Las Vegas Summer League

Tim Hardaway Jr.

LAS VEGAS — Just like the NBA rookies and hopefuls angling to find a roster spot on a team in the fall, the good folks over at NBA 2K are also hard at work in the heat of Las Vegas in July. 2K has sent some of their facial-capture specialists out to Las Vegas summer league to get the appropriate likenesses of each rookie and player they may not already have in their database. While this concept may not be new, it just goes to show the year-round work that is required for those associated in the entertainment aspect surrounding the NBA. Read More »

NBA / Jul 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Chris Bosh Is Ready For The Challenge Presented By LeBron’s Departure

Chris Bosh

He was all but gone and nobody would have blamed him if he left.

But instead of departing for a more promising situation in Houston, Chris Bosh has decided to save the Miami Heat from immediate extinction as a NBA contender. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 16, 2014 / 3:30 pm

For Young Dante Exum, What You See Is What You Get

Dante Exum

LAS VEGAS — If you like the mysterious type, then Australian native and Utah’s newest rookie Dante Exum might not be the player for you. Leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft, questions surrounded the riddle that was the 6-6 Exum. Except, one conversation with him, and you see he is as forthcoming as the Las Vegas heat in July. Read More »

NBA Draft / Jul 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Cleanthony Early On ‘Melo, Phil & Some Light Rookie Hazing

Cleanthony Early

LAS VEGAS — Cleanthony Early is a name that grew in the basketball community as result of Wichita State’s impressive and unexpected past season. Many projected the 6-7 forward as a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but it was the New York Knicks who were shrewd enough to select him when he fell to them in the second round with the No. 34 pick. Read More »

NBA / Jun 12, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Road To Recovery: Nuggets Forward Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

Maybe you forgot about them, or simply blocked their injury from your mind — convinced they were never on your team anyway. Perhaps you’ve eagerly awaited updates about their return to the hardwood, but we doubt it. When an NBA player goes down with a serious injury most fans figure he’ll never return to form, or he’ll be out of the league soon. We’re not most fans. Welcome to the first edition of the “Road to Recovery,” where we spotlight those players working their butts off to return to the court. Read More »

NBA / May 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

The Brooklyn Nets Asked For This

Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Paul Pierce

It didn’t come to them exactly as planned or in the form they would have most preferred, but they got what they angled for and that was a shot at the champs. The Nets were constructed to compete against the Miami Heat, even acquiring noted Heat antagonists Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to join their cause. The duo was supposed to be the shot in the arm that provided the experience, professionalism, personality and heart anybody with a pulse could see the Nets lacked.

It almost worked, too. Read More »

NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Former Stars Now Embracing Different Roles With The Mavericks

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion

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

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‘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

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 »