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NBA / Aug 28, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Marcus Smart On Team USA Minicamp, Becoming A Respected Shooter & More

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart has had a busier summer than most 20 year-olds. Aside from NBA Summer League and the rookie photo shoot, this year’s No. 6 pick has already had the chance to compete against some of the best players in the NBA as a member of the Team USA Select Team. Read More »

NBA / Aug 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Lakers Therapist On Kobe’s Pain Threshold: “It’s The Highest I’ve Ever Seen”

Kobe Bryant

There’s no end to the mythologizing that’s happening every time we see a new facet to Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated feature on Kobe Bryant. First, came Steve Nash‘s hysterical three-word summary of the Mamba, then we heard about Kobe’s text to LeBron after his 2010 “Decision.” Yesterday came an even bigger scoop, when Kobe waxed poetic about the confidence in wanting to go 0-for-30 rather than 0-for-9. Today, Ballard dropped another gem, highlighting Bryant’s almost superhuman tolerance for pain. Read More »

NBA / Aug 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Sixers GM, Sam Hinkie, Doesn’t Know If Joel Embiid Will Play Next Season

Joel Embiid

By now we all know the story behind Joel Embiid‘s roller-coaster entry into the NBA. He was the ostensible No. 1 pick in an acclaimed 2014 Draft despite sitting out Conference play and the NCAA Tournament with a wonky back. Then he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and fell from his pre-draft perch as the largely unanimous No. 1 pick. Philadelphia’s GM, Sam Hinkie, swooped in to snag Embiid with the No. 3 pick, and now we’re here — with many Sixers fans holding back any enthusiasm for the selection until Embiid actually trots out on the hardwood. Read More »

NBA, Playground / Aug 28, 2014 / 11:30 am

Tony Wroten Shows Out At Seattle Pro-Am, Checks In On Joel Embiid

Tony Wroten

The Philadelphia 76ers are not going to win many games next season. This means a lot of players on their roster will get a chance to prove themselves. One of them is Tony Wroten, who showed off some moves recently at the Seattle Pro-Am. Read More »

NBA / Aug 27, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Doc Rivers Agrees To New Five-Year, $50 Million Contract With Clippers

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer

Apparently $21 million over three years wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers. Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer thought so, too. Rivers has agreed to a five-year contract worth in excess of $10 million annually to remain with the Clippers through the 2018-2019 season, reports say. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 27, 2014 / 1:30 pm

LeBron James To Dion Waiters: “Be Ready”

Dion Waiters, LeBron James

LeBron James might have more confidence in teammate Dion Waiters than anyone else in the NBA. Since the four-time MVP announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, those close to James have insisted that he has special appreciation for Waiters’ mostly unrealized talents. And now comes a report that a call LeBron made to Waiters before his decision was made public confirms that belief. Read More »

NBA / Aug 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Report: Saunders Has Confidence In Bennett, Says He’s “Rotation-Type Player”

Anthony Bennett

The narrative of Anthony Bennett’s rookie season was never fair. As the top choice of a historically weak draft that was bothered by multiple health maladies before and during his debut campaign, the odds were always stacked against him to meet expectations. That Bennett was playing for a Cleveland Cavaliers franchise at the height of its longstanding ineptitude only further darkened his basketball reality. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 26, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Did Getting Cut From USA Basketball Gift Damian Lillard Extra Motivation?

Damian Lillard

There oozes a certain ironic happiness when news came Damian Lillard, 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2014 all-star, did not make the USA Basketball team heading to Spain this summer in an attempt to win the FIBA World Cup of basketball. This might be just the lightening in a bottle Blazers fans were secretly hoping for in an attempt to motivate Lillard going into his third NBA season. Read More »

NBA / Aug 25, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Kyrie Irving Is Ready For Pressure Of Leading LeBron, Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving USA Basketball

After USA Basketball practice on Thursday, Kyrie Irving went up to assistant coach Archie Griffin and asked to feed him the ball while he got up some shots . Kyrie was the only player on the floor still shooting. Determined to get better, at around 50 shots in, Kyrie went on a bad streak of finding the iron on the rim. The anger on his face was evident, as he screamed “What is going on?!” By the look on his face and his drive to make shot after shot, you can tell how good he really wants to be. He calmly settled down and made the next five shots. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 25, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Report: Irving Will Start Final Tuneup; Could Rotate With Rose For World Cup

Kyrie Irving

And Kyrie Irving’s charmed offseason continues. After inking a max-level extension that cemented his status as a franchise cornerstone and watching as the previously woebegone Cleveland Cavaliers completed a wholesale roster overhaul highlighted by the addition of two of basketball’s best players, Irving has emerged as the likely starter at point guard for Team USA. Read More »