For Clippers fans, there’s one phrase that is a staple in their vocabulary: “There’s always next season.” Thankfully, that time is now. Yesterday at Clippers Media Day, I got a chance to chat with four of the young guns that will be supporting rookie Blake Griffin this season, and you could tell that the expectations are high. Check it out.
While in Chicago for Gatorade REPLAY, I got up with Carlos Boozer to talk about beards. Yes, beards. From his beard to Deron Williams‘ beard to the best beard in the NBA, listen to Prof. Boozer teach Beard Growing 101.
School is back in session. Earlier this week, Amar’e Stoudemire, everybody’s favorite announcer Gus Johnson, and the New York Knicks dancers were at the Dunlevy Milback Center in Harlem to welcome NYC back to school, handing out backpacks and other school supplies and speaking to kids about the importance of education. During the event we got up with Amar’e to talk about the upcoming season and life in NY.
Being the “Basketball Lifestyle Magazine” that we are, we at Dime always try to keep our ear to the ground on what’s going on in urban culture around us â€“ so naturally we’ve been up on the online show “Maestro Knows” and its mastermind Levi Maestro for more than minute now. Maestro, a 24-year-old L.A. resident â€“ who originally migrated coastal from Tucson at age 19 â€“ has been filming his own daily happenings, experiences and travels for more than a year now and throwing them on his site, maestroknows.com. And through his video creations, he’s been able to rub shoulders with some of the most influential apparel, creative, athletic and musical peeps on the planet. Read More »
This summer, I got to spend the day with Utah Jazz swingman C.J. Miles and go sneaker shopping. Starting at his apartment outside the city, we drove in to hit up Niketown and Flight Club where the damage totaled 16 pairs between the two spots. Also, both tracks on the video are from C.J. himself.
This summer, you could find trainer Rob McClanaghan between two small Southern California high school gyms in Santa Monica and Hollywood (when he did make it out West). And despite battling above 90-degree heat at times outside and his players’ hectic off-court schedules, McClanaghan managed to have an incredibly productive offseason. We got up with him in L.A. for two separate workouts â€“ one with Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and O.J. Mayo, and the other with Evans, JaVale McGee and Jarron Collins. This is what ensued.
Things got kind of crazy yesterday up at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. So in addition to impromptu dunk contests and Hassan Whiteside juggling, DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson hopped on the 1s and 2s to scratch with Jay-Z‘s DJ Neil Armstrong. While Cousins still has some work to do, Lance wasn’t half bad.
I told you that this was the place to be. During my interview with Sacramento Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside, when I asked him one thing that most people don’t know about him, he told me that he could juggle. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe him, but I definitely wanted to see. While I looked around for some tennis balls or something, he told me he could actually juggle basketballs. Check it out.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you know that I’m up at the Knicks’ practice facility for the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. And while there will be many more videos to come, with interviews from every rookie in attendance, we figured that y’all might like to check this out. Especially everyone from Big Blue Nation. Watch as Washington’s John Wall takes on Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in a friendly game of one-on-one during some downtime this morning.