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NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 5:15 pm

Kevin Durant Says He Has Killer Instinct Of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant

26 year-old Kevin Durant, already established as one of the greatest basketball players the game has ever seen, is finally comfortable in his own skin. The reigning MVP and four-time scoring champion made that clear in an illuminative, wide-ranging interview with Sam Amick of USA Today. Absent from the piece are platitudes, generalities, and typical company lines that Durant so frequently espoused as he grew to super-duper-stardom since being drafted in 2007. In their place are moments of real, unfiltered insight, like Durant’s admission of the profane thoughts he had for those who criticized his decision to withdraw from FIBA World Cup play this summer. Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Kobe Bryant: “Physically, I Don’t See An End To The Tunnel”

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s two-year, $48 million contract expires after the 2015-2016 season, and most have assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers legend will retire thereafter. But don’t get depressed too quickly, Kobe Nation – your hero might be longer for the NBA than anyone’s anticipating. At Lakers media day yesterday, Bryant refused to offer a timeline for the remainder of his career, insisting that he doesn’t “see an end to the tunnel” of his playing capabilities. Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Us And Them: A History Of The Term “The Big Three”

Kevin Love, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

Now that Kevin Love has joined forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, NBA fans can rest easy that this season will not pass by (in fact, the real worry might be how many minutes can pass by) without hearing the words “The Big Three.” Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Harden Admits: “I’m Not A Really Good Defender”

James Harden

It’s been a so-so summer for James Harden. He helped lead a dominant USA Basketball team to a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. But he also had to re-live Damian Lillard‘s series-clinching shot at the buzzer all summer long. There was more ribbing about his defense from peers and some bad sequences even at the World Cup, but he admitted during media day he sees the tweets GIFS and comments, and while he doesn’t pay attention, he does confess, “I’m not a really good defender.” Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 2:30 am

Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine Show Out At Timberwolves’ Dunks After Dark Event

Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins

The Minnesota Timberwolves opened training camp for the 2014-2015 season in style, hosting a midnight madness-style practice at Minnesota State University. Admitted free of charge, hordes of excited fans packed the rafters of Bresnan Arena to welcome the new-look ‘Wolves, highlighted by Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, and rookie high-fliers Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. Read More »

NBA / Sep 29, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Mike Miller Says David Blatt’s Offense Is “Borderline Genius”

David Blatt

After two wholly successful yet mostly overlooked seasons as the Miami Heat’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra suddenly found himself guiding the most heavily scrutinized team in sports come fall 2010. When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and company opened their first season together by going 9-8, many were calling for the seemingly overwhelmed Spoelstra’s head. That was eons ago, of course, and Spoelstra used all that talent to win two championships, make four finals appearances, and firmly establish himself as one of the best coaches in basketball throughout the ensuing several seasons. Read More »

NBA / Sep 29, 2014 / 12:15 pm

LeBron James’ New Hairline Is Already Gone

LeBron James

Remember when LeBron James debuted a fabulous new hairline? That was just two weeks ago, but a lack of time hasn’t stopped his old, retreating hairline from returning in the interim. Read More »

NBA / Sep 28, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Paul Pierce Is Representing The Celtics At Derek Jeter’s Final Game In Boston

Paul Pierce

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter’s farewell tour is of almost no interest to us. Kudos to Jeter on a fantastic career apparently performed with utmost class, and he deserves congratulations for writing such a storybook ending to his time wearing pinstripes earlier this week, too. But basketball is our game – we’d much rather wax nostalgic about the imminent NBA twilight of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett than talk the Yankees captain. Except for now, that is. Jeter is playing his final game at Boston’s Fenway Park today, and Paul Pierce – who, you may remember, now plays for the Washington Wizards – is there to represent the Celtics. Read More »

NBA / Sep 27, 2014 / 8:30 pm

LeBron James Says Cleveland Cavaliers Are “Kyrie’s Show”

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love

LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers was about far more than basketball, but rest assured that a player like Kyrie Irving was wearing wine and gold at the time of James’ decision made it even easier. And as LeBron’s suddenly star-studded group embarks on the 2014-2015 season, he is doing everything he can to make sure Irving – Cleveland’s franchise player before The King came home – knows that the Cavs are his team, too. Read More »

NBA / Sep 27, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Mitch Kupchak Says Lakers Didn’t Think They Had Real Chance At LeBron, Carmelo

Mitch Kupchak

The luster of the Los Angeles Lakers has worn off. Not completely, of course. No other NBA team boasts the combination of history and glitz that the Lakers do, a reality likely here to stay. Competing franchises can’t simply summon all-time greats like George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant their way, just as they’re unable to fabricate from thin air sunny, room temperature weather, beautiful beaches, and a notable Hollywood fan base. Read More »