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NBA / Jul 25, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Report: Bulls Are Loyal To Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly prefer the Chicago Bulls’ potential trade package of Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and Nikola Mirotic for stranded superstar Kevin Love. One small problem for the ‘Wolves: Chicago might not actually offer it. According to the Chicago Tribune, of the reasons the Bulls are hesitant to complete such a trade is an assurance they made to Mirotic that he’d be in the Windy City for the long-haul. Read More »

NBA / Jul 25, 2014 / 11:30 am

Jeremy Lin On Lakers Trade: “I Just Want To Be Myself”

Jeremy Lin

The Lakers introduced Jeremy Lin at a press conference on Thursday. He spoke about Kobe Bryant and was asked about the Linsanity era in New York. Read More »

NBA / Jul 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Jordan’s Record $33 Million Contract Up For Auction

Michael Jordan Gatorade Commercial Phil Jackson

The maximum two-year, $48 million extension that injured, 35 year-old Kobe Bryant signed last November has been a lightning rod for criticism. Just imagine the derision he’d face if Bryant were allowed a salary similar to Michael Jordan’s last one with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s record $33 million contract for his final season in Chicago is up for auction, and serves as a stark reminder of how little today’s superstars are paid in comparison to those of the past. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 24, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Bold Predictions For The 2014-2015 Rookie Class

NBA Draft

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 »

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 »