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Latest News / Aug 28, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Report: Lillard Would Be Team USA’s First Injury Replacement

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard was always a long-shot to make Team USA. The Americans are stacked at point guard, and this USA Basketball cycle was no different despite the absence of 2012 Olympic team members Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook – Derrick Rose, Steph Curry, and Kyrie Irving are All-Stars that have prior experience with the national program. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 27, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Despite Reports, Nike Can Still Match Under Armour’s Offer To Kevin Durant

Nike KD7 "Lightening Strike"

The sneaker war over 2014 NBA MVP, Kevin Durant, heat up last week when a report said Under Armour — until now, a bit player in basketball performance sneakers — had offered Durant between $265 and $285 million in a 10-year deal. The report said Nike would have to match the insane offer or possibly lose one of their marquee basketball names. News today indicated that because Nike still hadn’t matched the offer, KD was now with Under Armour. That story has been proven false. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 27, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Report: Turner To Lay Off 550 Employees In Advance Of Upcoming NBA TV Rights Deal

Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley

Following the 2015-16 season, the NBA will have negotiated a historically large television rights deal, which could cost networks like ABC/ESPN and Turner (TNT/TBS) close to $15 billion for an eight-year agreement — double their current contract. In anticipation of such a cataclysmic cost to televise live NBA games, and to address a dearth in original programing, John Martin, the CEO of Time Warner’s cable television division, which includes TNT, TBS and CNN, is looking to buy out employees, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll go with pink slips, with 550 employees getting let go. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 27, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Kobe Says He’d Rather Miss 30 Shots Than Miss His First 9 And Stop Shooting

Kobe Bryant

An aging, wistful Kobe Bryant is the quotable gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already touched on several anecdotes from Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated cover story and Gotham Chopra’s documentary on the Los Angeles Lakers legend, but this one might the best yet. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 26, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Wolves Owner Questions If Going To Cleveland Is Good For Kevin Love

Kevin Love

If you’re like us, you thought the public mismanagement of the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers ended once the deal finally became official last weekend. But that’s proven wishful thinking. ‘Wolves owner Glen Taylor continued the nonsense earlier today when he questioned whether or not Love and the Cavaliers made the right choice by seeking each other out. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 26, 2014 / 6:15 pm

LeBron Called Kevin Love Right After Choosing Cavs

Kevin Love

It started at the 2012 Olympics. LeBron James routinely complimented the game of Kevin Love, though Love wasn’t sure if LeBron was being serious. It became clear later James was, and their relationship crescendoed this weekend, when Love was officially traded to the Cavaliers after more than a month of speculation. On Tuesday, the Cavs formally introduced Love in a press conference, and we heard about James’ communiqué with Love right after SI published LeBron’s essay announcing his decision to return to the Cavs this summer. That phone call was all Love needed to make up his mind. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Aug 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Irving Fools Dragic With Sick Cross In Team USA’s Win over Slovenia

Kyrie Irving

Anthony Davis was Team USA’s best player in its 101-71 win over Slovenia today, but it was Kyrie Irving who provided the exhibition’s top highlight. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 26, 2014 / 10:15 am

Hornets Coach Clifford Says Lance Stephenson “Can Do Everything” Offensively

Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Bobcats were one of the most surprising teams of the 2013-2014 season. Broadly questioned when they signed Al Jefferson to an outsized contract of three years and $40 million last summer, the Bobcats rode his low-post supremacy and team-wide defensive improvement to 43 wins and the seven seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round, of course, but that belies the big-picture development in Charlotte: The Bobcats weren’t only successful, but figured to be even more so in the future. Read More »

Latest News, Smack / Aug 24, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Jerry Colangelo Explains Presence Of Four Centers On Team USA

Andre Drummond (Stephen R. Sylvanie, USATODAY)

This iteration of Team USA is built far differently than those of the recent past. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s most notable squads – the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams – put premiums on speed, athleticism, and skill more than anything else, a strategy made most evident by NBA wings like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony playing nominal power forward next to a traditional center. USA Basketball’s 2010 FIBA World Championships group was constructed in that same vein – the only full-time big man Krzyzewski took to Turkey four years ago was Tyson Chandler. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Watch The First Trailer For Upcoming Documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”

Kobe Bryant

The first trailer for upcoming Showtime documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” has been released. This preview offers a fleeting glimpse of the film’s primary ethos, showing Bryant honing his basketball craft with a voiceover that extolls both the virtues and pitfalls of the extreme dedication that’s made him so successful. Read More »