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NBA / Sep 18, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Anthony Davis Is Thrilled At Omer Asik’s Stated Desire To Just Defend, Rebound

Anthony Davis, Omer Asik

There was some debate in 2012 as to whether or not Anthony Davis the draft prospect could play both spots in the frontcourt. Rail thin and mostly subsisting on offense at the rim in his lone season at Kentucky, the uninitiated feared that Davis – a blue-chip prospect regardless – was too lithe to be a center and not skilled enough to be a power forward. But those concerns were always unfounded, and Davis has rendered them completely irrelevant two years later after bulking up to nearly 240 pounds and showing rare range and driving ability for a player of his length. Read More »

NBA, sponsored01 / Sep 18, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The Equalizer Part 3: The Dominating Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin

Don’t call him Slim Reaper. Despite Kevin Durant‘s reluctance to embrace any nickname other than a simple “KD” the OKC sharpshooter headlines the final entrant in a three-part series where we’ll give you the NBA players who best represent an “Equalizer,” a person who levels the playing field so everyone gets a fair shake. There aren’t many players capable of navigating the various obstacles blocking the bath to equanimity in the most dire of on-court situations, but our three Equalizers certainly fit the bill — both on and off the court.   Read More »

NBA / Sep 18, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Popovich Says Heat Didn’t Respond Well Mentally After Game 2 Finals Win

Gregg Popovich

Always deflecting attention away from himself and his brilliant championship team, Gregg Popovich says the San Antonio Spurs’ mesmerizing play in the last three games of the NBA Finals was about more than their standalone performance. According to the future Hall-of-Famer, the complacent attitude of their opponents was influential to the Spurs’ incredible and ultimately crowning success. Read More »

NBA / Sep 17, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Report: Detroit’s Brandon Jennings Gained 25 Pounds Over The Summer

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings’ first season with the Detroit Pistons hardly went according to plan. His numbers declined almost across the board as the Pistons fell well short of preseason hopes that they would at least seriously challenge for a playoff spot in the woebegone Eastern Conference. But 2014-2015 is the beginning of wholesale changes in Detroit, and Jennings is confident he’s due for a bounce-back campaign. Why? The sage guidance of Stan Van Gundy will obviously be beneficial, but Jennings – ever-slight since he came entered the league in 2009 – says he’s feeling especially physically fit after gaining a whopping 25 pounds over the summer. Read More »

NBA / Sep 17, 2014 / 2:30 pm

LeBron James Might Have A New Hairline

LeBron James

We’re hardly an authority on hair. But even we can tell something looks a bit different about LeBron James. The King showed up to Nike’s unveiling of the LEBRON 12 yesterday sporting coverage and color that belies his long and obviously receding hairline. Read More »

NBA, We Reminisce / Sep 16, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Happy 80th Birthday To Elgin Baylor! Truly One Of The NBA’s Forgotten Greats

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A lot of names get bandied around when it comes to the increasingly divisive (and almost always insufferable) Greatest of All Time debate. But one name in particular that is usually inexplicably omitted from this discussion is Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor, who is considered by many one of the most criminally-under-appreciated players in NBA history, and by others – namely the eternal Bill Russell – quite simply the best player to ever set foot on a basketball court. Read More »

NBA / Sep 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Report: Fully Healthy, Deron Williams Plans On Resuming Superstar Status

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The cause of Deron Williams’ basketball NBA nadir was no secret. The Brooklyn Nets’ supposed franchise cornerstone played on injured ankles in each of the last two seasons, culminating in the most disappointing campaign of his career in 2013-2014. When it was announced in late May that Williams had double surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle and a loose bone fragment from his right, it hardly spelled a comeback for a player many once considered the league’s best point guard. Read More »

NBA / Sep 15, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Ranking The Top 10 NBA Rookie Of The Year Candidates For 2014-2015

NBA Draft

The NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award is not only one of the most popular postseason accolades among fans, but it arguably the most prestigious award a young player can win outside of MVP. The list of former winners ranges from Hall of Famers such as Wilt Chamberlain, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and Michael Jordan to current NBA superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Tim Duncan. More often than not, the winner of the ROY award goes on to become a really good NBA player. Read More »

NBA / Sep 15, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Report: Kevin Garnett Will Start And Play Significant Minutes For Nets If Healthy

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett isn’t going anywhere. Not only will the 38 year-old KG stave off retirement and play this season, but Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins has big plans for the future Hall-of-Famer, too. Read More »

instagram, NBA / Sep 15, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Durant Says Allen Iverson Is “Pound For Pound The Best” In Instagram Post

Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson

It’s only natural that today’s NBA generation would idolize 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson. The twentysomething superstars of 2014 were still in their formative basketball years as The Answer rose to such rare heights in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surely influenced by Iverson’s flair, attitude, and, most importantly, success. Kevin Durant counts himself among that group, as the reigning MVP confirmed on Instagram yesterday by calling Iverson “pound for pound the best.” Read More »