Zach LaVine is quickly becoming the most exciting player of this year’s NBA draft class. Born in Renton, Washington, LaVine made his inaugural appearance at the Seattle Pro-Am All-Star Game this weekend, where his interplanetary athleticism was on full display.
The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie sat down with Dime after the game to chat about all sorts of topics, like his love for the television show Castle, how Smush Parker influenced him as a dunker (no, really), the ongoing Kevin Love rumors, his Draft night controversy, and more. Read More »
The NBA draft has come and gone, and those that were selected are now ready to embark on a journey they have waited for their entire lives. The class of 2014 was a very deep, and only time will tell how special it will ultimately be. Which rookies will show out in their first season? Which will fade cound could be bound for Europe? With the draft behind us and regular season rapidly approaching, it’s time for some bold predictions for the 2014-15 rookie class. Read More »
When people hear the name “Shabazz Napier” they think of a two-time NCAA National Champion. They think of a kid who has become a household name. They think of the guy Miami traded for on draft night to try and make LeBron James happy.
But for me, I think of the feisty little kid with cornrows and glasses that I once called my teammate in the Roxbury YMCA’s “No Books, No Ball” basketball league. I think of his mom, Carmen Velasquez being the loudest in packed gym during our Saturday morning games. I think of his older brother Timmie leading his high school team to the state championship game at the Boston Garden and scoring 27 points. Read More »
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 »
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 »
Surprisingly, the NBA Draft went according to plan – for the most part at least. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid were widely considered the top three prospects in this year’s class, and they ended up being the first three players to hear their names called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
First-round picks are supposed to make immediate impacts on their new teams. Cleveland is hoping Wiggins can develop into the second coming of LeBron James, the Jazz are hoping Dante Exum really is a mix of Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook, and the Lakers expect Julius Randle to be a centerpiece of the team’s future. Those are the kind of expectations that come with being a first-round pick. The expectations for a second-round pick, though? Well, they aren’t nearly as lofty. Read More »
In recent months, NBA draftniks and team player personnel have privately expressed concern over the proposed raising of the NBA draft age. The fear, as relayed to me by various well-placed team sources, is that sought-after prep stars will look to bypass the college system entirely, choosing instead to take short money in overseas leagues until they are draft-eligible.
The consensus #1 pick of the 2015 draft has taken a similar path. In 1999, PG/SG/SF/PF/C Matthew Pierce finished a prolific senior season at Christian High School (O’Fallon, MO), where he led his team to the brink of a .500 record. For the next 15 years Pierce marinated his game, first under legendary small college coach Garth Pleasant, then with various rec league teams, then at the notoriously high-stakes 6am men’s fellowship pickup games at First Bible Church in Decatur, Alabama.
Now that Pierce is finally declaring himself eligible, he is a near-universal projection to be the first overall pick. Read More »
There was plenty of buzz on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn last night as the Barclays Center was home to the NBA Draft for the second consecutive year. From Isaiah Austin hearing his name called despite recently finding out that he’ll never play competitive basketball again to Jabari Parker saying that he never wants to leave Milwaukee, there were many fans, players, coaches and front offices that walked away as winners on this memorable June night. While most organizations had reason in their respective war rooms, there were a select few that missed a golden opportunity to improve their ball-club. We take a look at the 5 Biggest Losers Of the 2014 NBA Draft. Read More »
This past Thursday night Jabari Parker seemed genuinely excited to be drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. His enthusiasm for the franchise — just a little over an hour north of his hometown of Chicago — even hinted at a career-long stay with the team during his interview session. Parker engendered even more love from Milwaukee sports fans on Saturday when he threw out the first pitch in the Brewers – Rockies game. Read More »
The NBA Draft has finally arrived. Analysts, journalists and reporters have been picking apart each player in the class of 2014 for months, pointing out their strengths, highlighting their weaknesses and predicting when they will hear their names called.
Dime took a break from the typical draft coverage and caught up with former Kentucky Wildcat star and current Boston Celtic James Young, talking about his favorite types of movies, favorite pre-game songs, relationship with JAY Z and more. Enjoy. Read More »