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Smack / Jul 21, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Kirilenko Says Kidd Couldn’t Handle Pressure Of Brooklyn

Andrei Kirilenko (Gary A. Vasquez, USATODAY)

Jason Kidd’s sudden departure from the Brooklyn Nets certainly didn’t sit well with Andrei Kirilenko. In a wide-ranging interview concerning the state of his team, Kirilenko said that Kidd couldn’t handle the pressure that accompanies playing and coaching for Brooklyn. Read More »

Smack / Jul 21, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Kobe On Seattle: “I’d Much Rather Come Here In The Postseason Than Oklahoma”

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher

During Kobe Bryant‘s whirlwind tour of Seattle for Richard Sherman‘s celebrity softball game — where he he hit a home run — and the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am — where Crawford introduced him as “this generation’s Michael Jordan,” Kobe also found time to stick it to Oklahoma City. Read More »

instagram, Smack / Jul 21, 2014 / 10:00 am

Jamal Crawford Calls Kobe Bryant “This Generation’s Michael Jordan”

Jamal Crawford

The Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am this weekend in Seattle saw Kobe Bryant stop by to take in the action; Bean was also in town to play in Richard Sherman‘s celebrity softball game. Crawford took a few minutes to introduce Kobe before he came into the gym, and that’s when compared Mamba to Michael Jordan. Read More »

Smack / Jul 20, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Celtics Owner Says Team Hoped To Make Bigger Moves This Summer

Wyc Grousbeck

The Boston Celtics seem like they’re still in the running for Kevin Love, but owner Wyc Grousbeck appears to have already moved on from the dream of acquiring him. According to WEEI 93.7 in Boston, Grousbeck says the Celtics “definitely hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason.” Read More »

Smack / Jul 19, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Chalmers: “I Never Thought Anybody Would Want To Leave Miami For Cleveland”

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers was often the on-court whipping boy of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh over the past few years, but the Miami Heat’s Big Three were always quick to dismiss those many disagreements as nothing more than typical familial strife. They frequently called Chalmers their little brother, James even doing so in his letter for Sports Illustrated that announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That very public bit of lasting goodwill between the former teammates not withstanding, though, Chalmers says he still can’t understand why anyone would want to leave Miami for Cleveland. Read More »

Smack / Jul 18, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Of Course LeBron Wants Kevin Love In Cleveland

LeBron James, Kevin Love

A popular sentiment offered by league executives, agents, and analysts at Las Vegas Summer League: “David Griffin might be GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but LeBron James is calling the shots.” With news that James has reached out to Kevin Love to express his desire to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ stranded superstar dominating headlines, it seems only a matter of time before the Cleveland Cavaliers have their new Big Three. And though playing with an athlete like the mouth-wateringly tantalizing Andrew Wiggins has obvious benefits, it’s still abundantly clear why LeBron has dreams of teaming with Love. Read More »

Smack / Jul 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Phil Jackson Explains How Kobe’s Comment Pushed Dwight To Houston

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

In an update to his autobiography “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success”, Phil Jackson went into detail on what happened when the Lakers met with Dwight Howard during free agency last summer, and how an answer from Kobe Bryant might have sealed the deal on Dwight’s exit from Los Angeles. Read More »

Smack / Jul 17, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Players Don’t Want Rajon Rondo As A Teammate?

Rajon Rondo

Lost in the shuffle of the offseason’s superstar movement and the potential of it has been Rajon Rondo. Though his place with the Boston Celtics has been tenuous since before last season and his contract expires at the end of 2014-2015, Rondo has mostly been on the rumor sidelines this summer. Yesterday in a Twitter exchange with SBNation’s CelticsBlog, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman offered revelatory insight as to why Boston’s mercurial point guard is stuck in limbo with the Celtics. Read More »

Smack / Jul 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Drake & Brian McKnight Sing “Sidepieces” At The ESPYs

Drake, Brian McKnight

Drake did an OK job hosting the ESPYs last night. Maybe his opening monologue wasn’t as ruthless as Norm McDonald‘s in ’98, but he was entertaining to us — specifically with his Lance Cam. Perhaps his bravest choice of the evening came when he launched into the ballad “Sidepices” as a piano tinkled behind him — he was later joined onstage by Brian McKnight — and a room full of professional athletes sat and awkwardly laughed while stealing covert glances at their spouse. Read More »

Smack / Jul 16, 2014 / 6:15 pm

J.R. Smith Wouldn’t Blame Knicks If They Looked To Trade Him After Last Year

J.R. Smith

On ESPN’s “First Take” today, Knicks wing J.R. Smith admitted he wouldn’t blame the Knicks, or president of basketball ops Phil Jackson, if they decided to trade him this summer. Some Knicks fans are screaming at their computer screens, “But there’s still time!” Read More »