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Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Wall Responds To Waiters: “You Got To Be A Starting Backcourt To Be The Best”

Dion Waiters, Bradley Beal

The rivalry for which we pined earlier today is already developing. Responding to Dion Waiters calling Bradley Beal’s boasts of the Washington Wizards having the league’s best backcourt “nonsense,” John Wall fired back with even greater aplomb. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Dion Waiters On Bradley Beal’s Best Backcourt Talk: “That’s Nonsense”

Dion Waiters

There’s a fine line between confidence and hubris. The great players routinely toe it, careful not to cross and fall victim to the pitfalls of brash and outright arrogance. Dion Waiters isn’t and he doesn’t, two realities that led to him butting heads with Kyrie Irving and the rest of his teammates in a toxic Cleveland Cavaliers locker room over the past two years. But Waiters maintains he has a new attitude this season, and is primed for big things on the court given that new maturation and a summer of diligent training. For his pointed dig at the Washington Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal to hold weight, though, Waiters will need to do far more than say all of the right things. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose Confidently Proclaims, “I Know I’m Going To Win A Championship Soon”

Derrick Rose

Despite two surgically repaired knees, two years of rust and just a few weeks of international play — with Team USA cruising in the FIBA World Cup — Derrick Rose still wasn’t shrinking from what he’s also said his primary goal has been: a title. He’s also pretty sure that elusive title will come “soon,” as he informed reporters during media day. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Kevin Durant To Critics Of His Withdrawal From World Cup: “I Was Like ‘F*** ‘Em’”

Kevin Durant

The now familiar Nike slogans drive home the point: Kevin Durant is “not nice” and “the baddest.” It’s a clever campaign, but critiques that KD was ever too respectful or humble to reach his sky-high ceiling were always ridiculous. You don’t become a crunch-time assassin and arguably the best player on earth without unrelenting confidence and a selfish drive to be the best. Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Thaddeus Young Shades Kevin Love: “26 And 12 Didn’t Make It To The Playoffs”

Kevin Love, Thaddeus Young

Today is officially media day for many NBA teams as training camps start, signaling the beginning of the 2014-14 NBA Season. One of the bigger storylines of the offseason surrounds the revamped Cavs team, who acquired LeBron James in free agency and dealt for Kevin Love. Love’s replacement on the Timberwolves, Thaddeus Young, threw some shade on Love while talking with the media today. Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Houston’s Daryl Morey Fires Back At Mark Cuban’s Chemistry Comments

Mark Cuban

The back-and-forth between inner-state rivals the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks got amped up over the summer when Chandler Parsons signed with the Mavs at the club, naturally, and Houston didn’t match. After Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in August Rockets general manager Daryl Morey didn’t compose his roster with any idea about chemistry , Morey fired back at Cuban telling Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski “Hey, if Mark believed so much in chemistry, he wouldn’t have busted up a title team for cap room.” Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 1:00 pm

ESPN is Hypocritical for Suspending Bill Simmons Over Goodell Comments

DeMarcus Cousins, Bill Simmons

“Don’t get fired.”

That’s the mantra over at Grantland when Jalen Rose and David Jacoby weigh in on a controversial topic during one of their wide-ranging and always-entertaining podcasts.

More than just pithy words of wisdom, the saying eventually began to feel like a thin blue line someone would inevitably cross if they got on the air and talked long enough about various hot-button issues. Nobody thought that someone would be Grantland Editor-in-Chief himself Bill Simmons. But that’s precisely what happened Monday during his podcast, The B.S. Report, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the recent Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, during which a surveillance video of Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced and subsequently went viral. Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Lance On Jordan Practicing With Hornets: “I’m Going To Try To Get Up In Him”

Lance Stephenson

Michael Jordan is owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He’s also a six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, and considered by most to be the greatest basketball player of all-time. Jordan hasn’t been shy to practice with his team in the past, and reports from those closed-door sessions are always and predictably glowing: “MJ took Michael Kidd-Gilchist to school!” is a rough approximation of a common refrain. Offseason addition Lance Stephenson, though, plans to put Jordan’s practice success to the test this season. Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 10:00 am

Video: Jeremy Lin Pokes Fun at Chris Paul, Richard Sherman & More In Ad Spoof

Jeremy Lin

It’s summer time and training camps just started opening for team’s this past weekend. That means new Laker Jeremy Lin had plenty of time to film a funny set of parody ads, lampooning Chris Paul and Cliff Paul‘s famous State Farm ads, Richard Sherman‘s Beats by DRE spots, “The Most Interesting Man in the World” series for Dos Equis and more. Read More »

Smack / Sep 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Deron Williams Responds To Kobe Bryant’s “I’d Rather Go 0-30 Than 0-9″ Critique

Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant

Remember Kobe Bryant’s typically laughable opinion that he’d rather shoot 0-for-30 from the field than 0-for-9? Deron Williams, the player whose performance sparked the hot-button assertion, finally responded to Kobe’s critique. And unsurprisingly, he’s standing behind his far more logical take. Read More »