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Smack / Dec 20, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Local Houston TV Station Uses NBA 2K15 Pic Of Troy Daniels To Report Trade

Troy Daniels

Yesterday’s trade sending Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves to the Rockets included Houston’s brief hero from last year’s playoffs, Troy Daniels. The sharpshooter was dealt to Houston in the exchange for Daniels and a draft pick in a three-team exchange that also included the 76ers’ Alexey Shved going to Houston and Ronny Turiaf going to Philadelphia. One local Houston station reporting the story used a NBA 2K15 screen grab rather than a real-life photo of Daniels in their segment. Read More »

Smack / Dec 20, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Rajon Rondo At Mavs Intro: “I’m Dying To Get Another Ring. I Want A Parade”

Rajon Rondo

For the majority of his career, Rajon Rondo has known nothing but competing for titles. But the four-time All-Star was forced to embrace a new reality over the past two seasons as his Boston Celtics began a years-long re-building project. Let’s just say he’s glad to be playing for a contender again. At his introductory press conference after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, a rejuvenated Rondo said that he’s “dying to get another ring.” Read More »

Smack / Dec 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Kobe Bryant Says He Isn’t Currently Recruiting Kevin Durant To Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant’s contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season. And while there’s been no indication that the 36 year-old will play beyond his current deal, there has yet to be confirmation that he’ll hang up his Nikes for good then, either. You know what might make Mamba more inclined to play further into his late thirties? If the Los Angeles Lakers had the chance to compete for a championship. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Dec 19, 2014 / 11:45 am

Phil Jackson To Commentating Barkley: “Do I Have To Mute This Game?”

Phil Jackson, Charles Barkley

On Thursday night, Charles Barkley was working the Bulls-Knicks game not from TNT studios with the rest of the “Inside the NBA” crew, but court-side in Chicago where he was acting as a color commentator. Knicks president Phil Jackson was also watching the telecast on TNT and eventually threatened to mute Chuck in a tweet because of Barkley’s comments about the much-maligned triple-post offense. Read More »

Smack / Dec 18, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Struggling Nicolas Batum Says Overall Game, More Aggression “Is Coming”

Nicolas Batum

It speaks volumes of the Portland Trail Blazers’ wealth of talent that they’ve started the season 20-6 despite uncharacteristic play from Nicolas Batum. The multifaceted 6-9 wing is shooting career-low marks from the field and three-point range, and using fewer possessions than he has since his rookie year. But this wasn’t the plan for 2014-2015, and Batum is confident that his game – and health – will come around soon enough as the result of a more aggressive mindset. Read More »

Smack / Dec 18, 2014 / 9:15 am

Video: Brandon Jennings Ignores Open Layup To Miss Mid-Range Jumper

Brandon Jennings

This is the Pistons in a nutshell. During Detroit’s 117-106 loss to the high-octane offense of the Mavericks, Brandon Jennings made an excellent back-cut to the rim and was awarded with a wide-open layup. As you’ll see, the Pistons point passed up on the open look at the rim to then shoot a mid-range jumper; it rattled out. Read More »

Smack / Dec 17, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Tyson Chandler Says He Feels Sorry For Carmelo Anthony Amid Knicks Woes

Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

Tyson Chandler’s departure from the New York Knicks was contentious. Phil Jackson did everything but outright call him a cancer, and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year responded aggressively. But bonds forged through basketball supersede such talk, and Chandler hates to see a certain former teammate struggle to lift the Big Apple’s team from its nadir. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Dec 17, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Damian Lillard Left Off Top Point Guard Lists; Tweets “It’s Always Been This Way”

Damian Lillard, Isiah Thomas, Greg Anthony

Damian Lillard received only one collegiate scholarship offer. He played four years at Weber State. And he was cut from USA Basketball’s FIBA World Cup squad in August. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard knows what it’s like to be underappreciated, and has used that feeling as fuel for a still burgeoning All-Star career. And he was just afforded even more of it. Read More »

Smack / Dec 17, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Kevin Durant On Players Not Wanting To Play With Kobe: “That’s [Expletive]”

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

After Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Kevin Durant sent him a congratulatory text. The 2014 NBA MVP recently spoke with USA Today‘s Sam Amick and extolled the Lakers great for his work ethic and commitment to the game. When asked if the ideas in Henry Abbott’s infamous ESPN feature — that reported players didn’t want to play in LA because of Kobe — were true, Durant couldn’t hold back about the “BS.” Read More »

Smack / Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Reggie Miller: Bad Michael Jordan Is “10 Times Better” Than Good Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan

Comparing anyone to Michael Jordan is futile. There likely won’t ever be another player who can match his gaudy team and individual accomplishments, and there certainly won’t ever be one that carries the same level of cultural clout. But Kobe Bryant brings it on himself – with on-court brilliance, maniacal dedication, and an admission that Jordan is who he emulates. We doubt that will make Reggie Miller’s assessment any easier for Mamba – let alone his legion of rabid fans – to stomach. Read More »