LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)
It’s perfect, really. LeBron and Wade squaring for Miami’s sovereignty. But before we get to that, there’s another piece of news that might just set the Dime one-on-one world on fire. Another upset.
That’s right: Dirk Nowitzki snuck past Carmelo Anthony with an 11-9 victory. In the 4th quarter final matchup, Kobe Bryant smacked Derrick Rose, reeling off 11 straight points after going down 2-0. So check back at 1:00 P.M. EST for the Dirk/Kobe face-off. Read More »
Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)
*If you haven’t, you can still vote for the Carmelo Anthony/Dirk Nowitzki matchup. Voting will continue until 11 A.M. EST on Wednesday.*
Kobe‘s lost a step. He relies on a diverse platter of get-off-me pull-ups and KG‘s-got-nothing-on-me fadeaways. Less breathtaking? Probably. Less impressive? Definitely. Less efficient? No chance. Until his body literally shuts down, Kobe will continue to reinvent himself. Read More »
Carmelo Anthony, Dime #25
*You can still vote for the Kevin Durant/Dwyane Wade matchup until 2 P.M. EST today.*
One quietly re-signed with his original team. One ensnared the entire NBA in gossip-filled trade speculation. One fades away, pulls up and does whatever it takes to create separation. One thrives on contact, absorbing its reverberation and eventually casting it aside. Both have the late-game pedigree. Both have arguably unstoppable offensive repertoires. Both are built for one-on-one. Read More »
Kevin Durant (photo. Rob Hammer)
*You can also vote for the LeBron James/Paul Pierce matchup. Voting closes on Tuesday at 11 A.M. EST.*
Either the Kevin Durant venom is more widespread than I thought or the love affair with Monta Ellis is more than a fling. Either way, Durant only skated by with a three-vote victory thanks to some last-second faithfuls. He may not be so lucky this week. Read More »
LeBron James vs. Paul Pierce (photo. Nike Basketball)
LeBron James and Paul Pierce are rivals.
This is what a Celtics fan uttered to me the other day. My gut reaction compelled me to intensely berate him. You know when a friend refuses to alter his mind-boggling stance on a sports issue? And you know how that causes you to abandon any sliver of respect you had saved for him? That’s how I felt. James and Pierce aren’t even on the same stratosphere. Derrick Rose is a rival to James. Dwight Howard is a rival. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are rivals. But not Pierce. Read More »
*you can also still vote for the Derrick Rose/Dwight Howard matchup. Voting closes tomorrow at 11 A.M. EST.*
Kobe Bryant may just be the most fascinating NBA superstar of the last 15 years. Most pundits agree that Kobe will go down as the second-greatest shooting guard ever. Looking at the all-time numbers, it’s pretty hard to disagree. A rare few have matched Kobe’s longevity â€“ he’s been widely considered a top-five NBA player for many seasons. Read More »
Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)
*If you haven’t voted yet for the Chris Paul/Carmelo Anthony matchup, voting is still running until 1 P.M. EST today*
I have to get this off my chest â€“ Dwight Howard should have been this season’s MVP. (Cut to multiple commentors charging at me with an axe.)
Anyway, back to the task at hand. You know, this whole one-on-one thing.
Dwight Howard may be simple to figure out in five-on-five, but otherwise he’s pretty much just controversy wrapped in conflict. Read More »
Carmelo Anthony (photo. Mannion)
Reminder: The winners of the D-Wade/JJ and Durant/Ellis matchups will be announced in Smack tomorrow.
When Chris Paul‘s knee gave way, we waved goodbye. It was all gone â€“ the supreme court vision, deceptive explosiveness, pinpoint dimes, everything.
Before the injury, he was ascending the stairway to greatness. Any point guard can see the passing lines â€“ but Paul wasn’t any point guard. He was a master puppeteer, manipulating his opponents and teammates on a whim to create easy buckets. He was so dominating, so assertive that he didn’t even need to score to leave his fingerprints all over the game. Read More »
Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)
*the winners from day one in voting were announced earlier today in Smack. Voting for the Kevin Durant/Monta Ellis matchup will continue until 1 p.m. EST today. And don’t bother voting a million times (as some inexplicably have)…only one vote for each will count*
I’m not going to lie â€“ if I faced Dirk in a game of one-on-one, I’d be frightened. Just the knowledge that there’s potentially nothing you can do to alter your opponent’s shot has to be the ultimate deflator. Read More »
Kevin Durant (photo. Dorothy Hong)
*And if you didn’t get a chance to vote on the Dwyane Wade/Joe Johnson matchup, there’s still time. Voting closes 24 hours after each matchup is posted.*
If LeBron is the mortal enemy, then Kevin Durant is the NBA’s beloved son. He’s the savior that will promote and empower the ideal NBA role model. He’ll end world hunger. He’ll find a cure for cancer. He’ll broker a peace in the Middle East. When Russell Westbrook refused to defer to his lankier teammate, we were personally offended. So what did we do? Read More »