Archive for the 'Playground' Category

Playground / Apr 15, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Reasons To Watch Philly’s “The Basketball Tournament” This June

Aquille Carr

Aquille Carr (photo. Douglas Sonders)

For some NBA fans, the summer is the most exciting time of the year, especially if your team is rebuilding. You can’t help but get excited about where the ping-pong balls may fall for the upcoming NBA Draft. You then get to take a sneak peak at your team’s rookies in action during the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. We often get to see our favorite NBA players play in charity events and prestigious summer leagues as well. Read More »

D-League, Overseas, Playground / Mar 25, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Scott Odom, The First One-Legged Pro Basketball Player

Scott Odom

Scott Odom (photo. Scott Odom)

There are constantly conversations in the NBA about players wanting more money and leaving teams just to get a few extra million. Lost in all the glitz, glamour and money is the ugly undercut of basketball. While everyone just enjoys the competition placed on national TV night after night, no one thinks about the people that don’t get that shot, the players that must leave their families, travel to different countries, praying to get a shot to live their dreams. Read More »

Playground / Feb 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Surviving The Storm: How To Make B-Ball Your Refuge

Basketball as a refuge

Basketball as a refuge (photo. Instagram.com/kneub6)

There’s something about stepping onto the hardwood that makes you forget about everything else going on in the world.

You see that when Steph Curry goes into heat-check mode, pulling up and knocking down triples from the other side of the San Francisco Bay. You see it when J.R. Smith takes shot after ill-advised shot, strategy and game situation be damned. Though the court can be a place of respite for paid professionals, who face trade rumors and scrutiny on a daily basis, it can also be a haven for everyday citizens. Read More »

Playground / Jan 15, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Indianapolis Crowned Red Bull Midnight Run Champion

Red Bull Mightnight Run Champions, Indianapolis

Red Bull Mightnight Run Champions, Indianapolis (photo. Red Bull)

After seven months, the Red Bull Midnight Run has reached its conclusion, and the team outta Indianapolis upset a number of heavy favorites to claim the ultimate bragging rights as the “best basketball city in the country.” (Take a look at all the top plays and top dunks during the Final Round last week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.) Read More »

Playground / Jan 9, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Video: Top 8 Plays Of Red Bull Midnight Run

Red Bull Midnight Run Top Plays

It’s been more than seven months, and we’re finally coming to the heavily-anticipated conclusion of the Red Bull Midnight Run. Tonight and tomorrow, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center plays host to the Finals as we finally found out which of the nine cities will claim the ultimate bragging rights. We’ve already shown you the top eight dunks from the opening round, but now we’re showing the top eight plays in the lead-up to the new champion. Read More »

Playground / Jan 8, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Video: Top 8 Biggest Dunks Of Red Bull Midnight Run

Red Bull Midnight Run

The Red Bull Midnight Run will finish up in Brooklyn this Thursday and Friday night to settle the age old debate: which city deserves the ultimate bragging rights? After first round stops in nine different cities, the best eight players in each city have been selected, and now they’ll square off to finally decide which city features the best ballers in the country. But first, lets take a look back at the best eight dunks through the first nine stops around the country. Read More »

Playground, Video / Dec 12, 2013 / 10:00 am

Barclays Center Hosts Upcoming Red Bull Midnight Run Finals

Deron Williams

Round one of the Red Bull Midnight Run started half a year ago on the first day of June. Over the course of three months, in nine different cities, eight players were selected among the hundred best in each city by talent scouts such as John Wall and Anthony Davis. On January 10, following the Heat’s visit to face the Nets, those players are meeting in Brooklyn to decide which city will have the ultimate bragging rights. Read More »

Playground, Video / Nov 10, 2013 / 6:15 pm

The Most Hysterical Streetball Video We’ve Seen In a While

Streetball

This video appears to feature just another lazy weekend where some guys were getting some run in on the courts in Brooklyn. Except one baller was noticeably more pale and schlubby than the others and was, almost certainly, a throw-in so one team had enough teammates to match the other. But that same guy started raining three-pointers and things dissolved into hilarity from there. Read More »

Playground / Oct 21, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Tarron “The Beast” Williams Wins The Red Bull King Of The Rock 1-On-1 Challenge

Tarron "The Beast" Williams

This year’s Red Bull King Of The Rock challenge spent its last year on Alcatraz Island, as the international one-on-one tournament will be heading to Taiwan next year. In the last year on Alcatraz, 64 of the best international ballers around the world made the final Alcatraz challenge epic. Read More »

Overseas, Playground, Video / Oct 2, 2013 / 11:00 am

Aquille Carr’s Ridiculous 2013 Summer Mixtape

Aquille Carr

High school legend Aquille Carr spent most of the past summer killing the competition overseas, including shutting it down at the adidas Eurocamp in Italy. However, he still had time to come home to Baltimore and show how it’s done during the Goodman versus Melo League showdown and the Will Barton Stop The Violence Challenge. Check out the highlights after the jump. Read More »