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Playground / Dec 10, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Video: Nick Young Step-Back 4-Point Play On Nik Stauskas

Nick Young

Last season, the Lakers’ Nick Young led the league, and set a franchise record, with seven successful four-point plays. Say what you want about Swaggy P’s outgoing personality, but credit should be given to the 29-year-old for his knack at positioning his body to create contact while still generating enough upper-body space to launch the long ball with decent accuracy. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Nov 19, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Video: New Jordan Kilganon “Scorpion” Dunk

Jordan Kilganon

Just when you think that you have witnessed every dunk creation possible, some athlete surfaces and blows you mind away with a new concept. That is exactly what 6-1 professional high-flyer Jordan “Mission Impossible” Kilganon has been up to lately, as his list of original dunks continues to grow. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, Playground / Oct 20, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Watch The Jamal Crawford Documentary “J.Crossover”

Jamal Crawford "J.Crossover"

At one point in Ballislife‘s excellent documentary on Jamal Crawford, the two-time Sixth Man of the Year says of playing basketball over football and baseball: “I was doing reverse cradle layups when I was eight, nine years old, so I was like ‘OK, this can work.'” And work it did. The Ballislife crew spent most of the summer at the Seattle Pro-Am grabbing footage and interviews for the doc, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of Crawford as we are, you’re going to want to check it out. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Oct 11, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Video: 38-Year-Old Jason Williams Still Dazzles

Jason Williams

One of the greatest ankle-breakers in history, West Virginia’s White Chocolate, Jason Williams, is now 38 years old. We can remember him bursting onto the scene out of Florida in the middle of some ugly play on tap during the strike-shortened 1999 season. Now, 15 years later, you can see not much has changed as we watch him tear up the Orlando Pro-Am. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Oct 3, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Watch “Lipek” Shut Down The 3×3 World Tour Oi Galera Dunk Contest

Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski

The spotlight at the Oi Galera Dunk Contest during the recent 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Stop in beautiful Rio de Janeiro was centered on one of the most prolific international dunkers today, Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski. Lipek has been causing chaos (in a great way) and slamming his way to multiple contest wins on the blacktop all summer long. He is already a two-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour Dunk Champion, and in Rio, he added another victory to his resume thanks to his astounding athletic abilities. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Sep 24, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Watch Jamal Crawford’s Sick Mixtape From This Summer’s Seattle Pro-Am

Jamal Crawford

With NBA training camp just around the corner and the regular season approaching closer every day, basketball fans have a quick breather to look back and appreciate the incredible hoops that graced the hardwood this summer. Clippers sixth man Jamal Crawford and his Seattle Pro-Am arguably snatched up the top prize for the best source of summer ball this year. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Sep 11, 2014 / 4:30 pm

GIF: Chris Staples’ 360 Eastbay Wins Detroit Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Chris Staples

NBA Nation has been taking its Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown across the nation this summer in pursuit of finding the top amateur dunker in the country. So far they’ve traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Indianapolis, and Detroit in this incredible search for supreme hops. The winners from each of the eight tour stops are awarded $2,500 and a spot to compete at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York City, where the winner will be rewarded $10,000. Read More »

NBA, Playground / Aug 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Fear & Loathing in Seattle: Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am Helps a City Heal

Jamal Crawford

When you walk into the Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne, it doesn’t feel like a college arena. It feels more like a high school gymnasium, and there’s an immediate air of intimacy here that’s rare given the fact that the upcoming game features so many professional basketball players.

It’s a little before 4 p.m., and Dime arrived in Seattle this Saturday in late July just in time for the final game of Week 4 of the Seattle Pro-Am, a match-up featuring Jamal Crawford and his DRG Wolverines versus Alvin Snow and the Stranger Cougars. Read More »

GIFs, High School, Playground / Aug 29, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Video: Stanley Johnson Tears Up The Drew League

Stanley Johnson

Incoming Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson has put together quite an impressive summer resume. The four-time California state champion earned MVP honors for his 43-point performance at the Ballislife All-American Game in May, and he lit up arguably the two most entertaining and competitive pro-am/summer leagues in the nation: the Seattle Pro-Am and the Drew League. 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 »