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NBA / Jul 23, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Dominique Wilkins Always Wanted To Play “Against” The Best

Dominique Wilkins in Twilight Zone Pump

For some, the “Human Highlight Film” Dominique Wilkins exemplifies all that was great about the physical, badass aura of ‘80s and ‘90s basketball. For others, memories of his legendary dunk contest performances – most notably, taking down Michael Jordan in 1985 – can’t be beat. But beyond his ultra athleticism, he was also a gifted scorer, dedicated defender and a terrific rebounder. At the Reebok Classic Breakout roundtable on the Philadelphia University campus, Dime spoke with the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time leading scorer to go over the evolution of the game, dunk contests and why he wanted to “beat” other stars, not team up with them. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Report: Rivers Would Leave Clippers Next Season If Sterling Is Still Owner

Doc Rivers

There’s a laundry list of despicable reasons why embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has no place in the NBA. Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified in court today, offering yet another case of why the franchise must be officially wrested from Sterling’s hands: Doc Rivers would likely resign if he remains as team owner. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The Thunder Have A New “Draft And Stash” Strategy

Josh Huestis

It was announced last Friday the Thunder’s Development League affiliate would relocate from Tulsa to Oklahoma City next season. Compared to everything else that’s happened this off-season, this seems like just a footnote on the news feed. But given the Thunder’s innovative strategy with how they employ their D-League roster, it could have a huge impact on the team and the league going forward. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Breaking Down The New Eastern Conference Contenders

Joakim Noah, Nene

With one Sports Illustrated essay, the entire hierarchy in the Eastern Conference was destroyed.

The Miami Heat, the champions of the Eastern Conference for the last four seasons, lost their best player. The Cleveland Cavaliers, an Eastern Conference laughing stock for the last four years, instantly became Las Vegas’ favorites to win the championship next year, and between all that, a number of other teams improved as well. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Kobe Says He Cold-Calls Industry Titans For Advice

Kobe Bryant

As one of the most talented, decorated, and competitive players in NBA history, one might assume that Kobe Bryant relies on no advice except his own. But as he readies himself for a post-playing career that he recently called “scary as hell,” Bryant admits that he’s sought guidance from a litany of people that have enjoyed similar success on other career paths. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 11:15 am

Watch Ray McCallum Hit Running 3-Pointer As Kings Take Summer League Title

Ray McCallum

The Sacramento Kings defeated the Houston Rockets 77-68 to capture the Las Vegas summer league title on Monday night. Ray McCallum dropped 29 points including a running three-pointer after sprinting from the back-court to beat the shot clock in the final 1:30 of the fourth. Read More »

NBA / Jul 21, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Report: Sterling, Ballmer Have “Friendly Conversation”

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling

Despite a five-week offseason that’s already been more exciting and financially fruitful than any in recent memory, the black cloud of Donald Sterling still hangs over the NBA landscape. The disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner has been legally fighting Steve Ballmer’s pending $2 billion purchase of the team since since his wife, Shelley Sterling, agreed to the sale in late May. However, ESPN reports that Sterling and Ballmer had a “friendly conversation” earlier today, a welcome development in an ugly situation that will hopefully lead to Sterling finally acquiescing to the league’s rulings. Read More »

NBA / Jul 21, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Maverick Carter: Return To Cavs Made In LeBron’s Heart

LeBron James

It’s long been assumed that LeBron James’ family and circle of advisors has preferred he eventually return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. From an instagram post by his wife, Savannah Brinson, that some thought implied his free agency choice to a report that his agent, Rich Paul, was pushing James that direction, The King’s decision seemed anything but just his own. However, LeBron’s business partner, Maverick Carter, told ESPN’s Jason Whitlock that his colleague’s seemingly final basketball destination was “made in his heart.” Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 21, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Love Talks Reach Impasse Again

Andrew Wiggins

It’s been a peculiar start to Andrew Wiggins’ professional career. As news of LeBron James’ prodigal return to Cleveland caused a ripple effect throughout the league during the height of the free agent frenzy, it also unexpectedly rendered Wiggins’ future with the team that drafted him number one overall increasingly uncertain. Read More »

NBA / Jul 21, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Mike Krzyzewski: “I’d Trade For Kevin Love”

Kevin Love

The decision for legendary Duke University and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is an easy one: If he were the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’d trade for Kevin Love without “one second of hesitancy.” Read More »