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Smack / Sep 19, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Andrew Wiggins Says He’s Glad To Have More Freedom With Minnesota

Andrew Wiggins

The NBA career of Andrew Wiggins has been a whirlwind before it’s even started. Drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers to be their superstar wing of the future, his prospects with the Cavs were drastically altered two weeks later when LeBron James decided to return home. Wiggins went from surefire starter and major contributor to opportunistic understudy ready to learn from the game’s best player. But then the Kevin Love trade rumors swirled almost sooner than he could adjust to his new circumstances, calling their short- and long- term viability into question in the first place. Until finally, after weeks of rumors and reports refuted and substantiated, Wiggins was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in late August. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Monty Williams: “People Don’t Know How Hard Harden Works”

James Harden

The legend of post-practice one-on-one games between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden in the early stages of Team USA training camp is well-known. Long, intense, and highly competitive, these battles featuring three of the league’s brightest young stars goes to show just how much time and effort NBA players spend on their craft. Unbeknownst to most but apparently commonplace, though, is that Harden was getting in extra work before training camp practices, too. Read More »

Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Nick Young Is Making Lakers Rookie Jordan Clarkson Call Him “Daddy Swag”

Nick Young

If sheer entertainment value is what the Los Angeles Lakers had in mind when signing Nick Young to a four-year, $21.3 million contract, then Mitch Kupchak and company are surely pleased with Swaggy P’s offseason performance. Whether it’s jet-setting with his superstar musician girlfriend, showing off his underrated hops, or playing pick-up with unsuspecting youngsters on the blacktop, Young has clearly made the most of his time off. Read More »

Smack / Sep 17, 2014 / 12:45 pm

LeBron: Kyrie Irving “Can Be The Pest Point Guard In the League Very Soon”

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James

LeBron James’ affection for Northeast Ohio knows no bounds, but he surely would not have returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers if he didn’t believe his hometown team could immediately compete for a championship with him in tow. So it’s not surprising that James would hold Cavs cornerstone Kyrie Irving in extremely high-esteem. At the release of his new signature sneaker yesterday, though, The King lavished praise on his point guard that is sure to ruffle feathers of fans around the league. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Sep 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Charles Barkley’s “Turrible” One-Bounce First Pitch At Cubs Game

Charles Barkley

Yesterday, the Round Mound of Rebound Charles Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before a Cubs-Reds game. He decided to throw from the top of the pitcher’s mound (usually athletes and celebs stand in front), and paid for it by bouncing it way right. “Well, that was my ego,” Chuck said about standing on top of the pitcher’s mound. “I was living in the past.” Read More »

Smack / Sep 16, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Proposed New LeBron Billboard Puts Emphasis On City Of Cleveland

LeBron James

The hope is that LeBron James’ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers goes differently than his first. And though NBA teams have yet to open training camp, The King’s actions since announcing his return home have helped ensure that will be the case. That trend continued today, as the Cleveland City Planning Commission revealed a proposed billboard in the former spot of Nike’s “Witness” banner that puts an emphasis on the place James holds so dear to his heart. Read More »

Smack / Sep 16, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Tim Duncan Will Be Appearing In An Issue Of The Punisher

Sydney Duncan, Tim Duncan, Draven Duncan

Tim Duncan once wore a knee brace with the logo of Marvel’s The Punisher on it. Now, the five-time NBA champion will appear in an upcoming issue of the Marvel comic series. Read More »

Smack / Sep 16, 2014 / 11:11 am

Klay Thompson’s Agent Says He’s The “Best Two-Way, Two-Guard In Basketball”

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

While some have criticized the Golden State Warriors for failing to offer up young shooting guard Klay Thompson in order to snag Kevin Love in a trade this summer, others believe it was in the best interests of their team moving forward. Now Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy — getting a head start on a max extension he’s seeking for Klay before the Oct. 31 deadline — has declared Klay the “best two-way, two-guard in basketball.” Read More »

Smack / Sep 15, 2014 / 11:45 am

Mario Chalmers Says Heat Deferred To LeBron Too Much In The NBA Finals

Mario Chalmers

LeBron James averaged 28.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and shot scintillating marks of 57.1 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from three-point range. More impressive? The King did it all against Gregg Popovich, one of the greatest coaches of all-time, who helmed an elite defense forged by Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and a seamless, team-wide commitment to scheme. James’ matters certainly weren’t made easier by the performance of his supporting cast, either: Dwyane Wade was two steps slow, Chris Bosh hardly rose to the occasion, and the Heat’s banged-up, depleted peripheral pieces struggled to make a positive impact on either end of the floor. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 14, 2014 / 5:13 pm

Watch James Harden Get Led Astray On Defense Again

James Harden

It’s tough handling the spotlight when you’re the cornerstone of a franchise like Rockets shooting guard James Harden. The Beard has taken some lumps over the last year for his sub-par defense, and more evidence of his brain farts on that end of the court were revealed during the championship of the FIBA World Cup today against Serbia. Read More »