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Smack / Aug 31, 2014 / 10:45 am

Report: Rajon Rondo Tells Celtics He Wants Out

Rajon Rondo

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be a free agent next summer, but the Celtics wanted to see how much better he’s gotten since ACL surgery, and trading him before he possibly leaves in free agency isn’t a priority. Except, new revelations from the estimable Jackie MacMullan indicate Rondo wants out, as he’s told GM Danny Ainge and the C’s brass despite the public facade. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 30, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Watch Kyrie Irving & James Harden Jaw At Each Other During Shooting Contest

Kyrie Irving, James Harden

Gotta love this. Team USA is in Spain today readying to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET in their first game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, previously referred to as the World Championships. Heralded starting guards, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, showed during a shooting contest at practice their competitive juices are already flowing. Read More »

Smack / Aug 29, 2014 / 12:30 pm

John Calipari Says Anthony Davis Could Soon “Be The Best Player In The NBA”

Anthony Davis

There might not be two basketball minds that know Anthony Davis better than the University of Kentucky’s John Calipari and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Monty Williams. Calipari watched Team USA’s best player evolve from a gangly high school senior to the NCAA’s Player of the Year, while Williams has enjoyed a first-class seat for Davis’ development from talented, inconsistent rookie to dominant, two-way force. And it’s all been in a span of four years. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Shumpert Is Excited About Doing More On Offense Than “Standing In The Corner”

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert’s 2013-2014 was among the most disappointing in basketball. As trade rumors swirled around him from last season’s outset, the two-way prowess that made Shumpert one of the league’s most promising young wings the year before all but vanished entirely. He notched career lows in points per game and field goal percentage, dipped from 40.2 percent to 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and let his uncertain status as a member of the New York Knicks affect his effort on the other end of the floor, too. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 1:45 pm

D-Wade & Gabrielle Union Make Wedding Guests Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade

The upcoming nuptials on Saturday between Heat guard Dwyane Wade and his actress/model girlfriend Gabrielle Union, is sure to include a bevy of stars in attendance, but good luck finding any delicious gossip about what goes on during their “I do’s.” The pair is making everyone involved in the wedding sign a non-disclosure agreement barring guests from discussing anything about the goings on, or face a hefty fine, TMZ has learned. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

J.R. Smith Says He’s “On Pace” To Be Among Best Shooters Ever; He’s Right

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith doesn’t need to tell us that he has an inflated sense of his abilities. That’s been obvious since the talented but wildly inconsistent shooting guard was drafted as an 18 year-old high school graduate in 2004. It takes a “special” mindset to be an effective gunner, basically. Smith has it in spades, and his latest antics on Instagram are just further confirmation of that fact. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Jerry Colangelo Calls James Harden A “Natural Leader”

James Harden

There’s precedent for members of Team USA to use their summer with the national program as a springboard to a career season in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony in 2008-2009 and Kevin Durant in 2010-2011 are the most notable examples, and Anthony Davis appears to be next in line. But the void left by this summer’s rash of late departures from USA Basketball – Durant, Paul George (injury), Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge – needs to be filled by more than a single player. And by all accounts heard and seen leading up to the FIBA World Cup, James Harden has taken a major step forward, too. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Dick Bavetta’s Three Favorite NBA Crowds: L.A., New York, Boston

Dick Bavetta

Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 10:45 am

Love Responds To Former Owner’s Critique: “Emotions Are Definitely Running High”

Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson

After the deal sending Kevin Love to Cleveland was completed last weekend with former No. 1 pick’s Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett heading to Minnesota along with Philly’s Thaddeus Young in the three-team swap, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor kicked a little dirt on his former star. Love responded to his former owner’s comments on the “Mike and Mike” show this morning. Read More »

Smack / Aug 26, 2014 / 7:15 pm

ESPN Writer Continues To Claim Rajon Rondo Has Bad Reputation With His Peers

Rajon Rondo, Celtics teammates

The same ESPN writer who said NBA players don’t want to play with Rajon Rondo, ESPN Insider’s Jeff Goodman, spoke with SB Nation’s Celticsblog.com today to discuss his thoughts on Rondo, particularly in relation to Rondo’s peers. Goodman was pointedly asked why he publicly derides Rondo’s leadership ability and espouses the theory some NBA players don’t want him as a teammate. Read More »