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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 »

Playground / Aug 28, 2014 / 11:00 am

Video: Guy Dupuy Takes NYC Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Guy Dupuy

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. Over the last few weeks, we have shared the Showdown’s thrilling highlights from NBA Nation’s stops in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Indianapolis. Now we bring you the stellar slams to go down in New York City. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Aug 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Indiana Shows Out At Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Kenneth Edwards

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. Thus far, NBA Nation has traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Indianapolis. 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 »

Playground, We Reminisce / Aug 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Mixtaped: How And1 Changed The Way We Watch And Think About Basketball

AND1 Mixtape Vol. 6

Before the turn of the millennium, something happened that would alter the basketball landscape for the entire decade to come. It would change the way fans think about the sport, the manner in which we consume it, and it would spawn whole cottage industries of hoops that few of us could have imagined or predicted. It was the arrival of the And1 Mixtape Volume 1. Read More »

Playground / Aug 13, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Marcus LoVett Jr. & Jamal Crawford Show Sick Handles At Seattle Pro-Am

Jamal Crawford, Marcus LoVett Jr.

High school senior out of Garden Grove, CA, Marcus LoVett Jr. has impressed the nation’s top scouts and recruits with his explosive scoring ability and extraordinary handles. The lefty point guard is undeclared as of now, but UCLA, Marquette, Indiana, and Michigan State top his college list. It’s also no secret Jamal Crawford is among the best in the NBA at putting up points at a rapid pace and doing so with stunning ball-handling skills. So when LoVett Jr. teamed up with Crawford this past weekend at the Seattle Pro-Am, it was nothing short of special. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Aug 12, 2014 / 9:00 am

Young Hollywood Eastbay Jam Over Clipper Darrell Wins Drew Dunk Contest

Young Hollywood, Clipper Darrell

The championship game between C.O.A. and Houdini’s All-Stars may have been the main attraction at the Drew League this past weekend, but its annual dunk contest featured an array of attention-stealing acrobatics that garnered some major buzz amongst the crowd on Sunday. Fresh off his win at the Nike 3on3 Slam Dunk Contest earlier in the weekend, Michael “Airdogg” Stewart joined Haneef Munir, a.k.a. Young Hollywood, Jonathan Clark, Chris Staples, and Steven Mallory in a showcase of gravity-defying and innovating jams at the 2014 Drew League Dunk Contest. Read More »

Playground / Aug 8, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Los Angeles Delivers In The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Kwame Alexander

NBA Nation has been taking its Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown across the country this summer in pursuit of finding the top amateur dunker in the country. Thus far, they’ve traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. 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 contest’s top dunker will be rewarded $10,000. Read More »