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2014 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Multiple Sources Say Kobe Is To Blame For Steep Decline Of The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Former ESPN True Hoop head honcho and one of the most respected writers in the game, Henry Abbott, published a sprawling, multifaceted feature on Kobe Bryant today. It’s not the usual puff piece, though, with tales of Mamba’s preparatory diligence scattered among clichéd paeans to his greatness. Instead, it’s a roundup from agents, league insiders, front office executives and others around the NBA (many of whom are unnamed) dismaying at all the carnage wrought on the Lakers’ franchise by Bryant. Based on Abbott’s rather extensive array of quotes and anecdotes from sources, it’s Bryant who inherits the majority of blame for LA’s current status as an NBA also-ran. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 2:00 pm

LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls “Are Much Better Than Us Right Now”

LeBron James

Though it’s much-improved this season, the Eastern Conference is still a two-horse race in 2014-2015. That’s no secret. According to LeBron James, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a ways to go before reaching the exalted level of the Chicago Bulls. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe On Julius Randle Having Him As A Mentor: “It Means He Can’t F**k It Up”

Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle

The Lakers stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Utah Jazz at home last night, 98-91. Kobe Bryant‘s 26 points and Ronnie Price‘s defense were the biggest reasons why. Rookie Julius Randle had a decent game, too, with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. When asked about mentoring Randle after the game, Kobe made it clear it was on the rookie to soak up as much as he could from Mamba and coach Byron Scott. Read More »

Smack / Oct 19, 2014 / 6:30 pm

NBA Should Penalize Tristan Thompson For Kissing Sideline Reporter (Video)

Tristan Thompson

It’s the year 2014, and this type of behavior is inexcusable. When Tristan Thompson kissed Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton on Friday night, it marked a huge lapse in judgement and a dunderheaded ignorance of women’s rights in this country. Read More »

Smack / Oct 19, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Popovich Says Suns Owner Should Have Been Wearing A Chicken Suit For Comments

Gregg Popovich

Two days after Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver apologized to his fans for the San Antonio Spurs bringing a depleted team to an exhibition between the Western Conference foes, Gregg Popovich fired back in a way only he could. Calling Sarver’s comments “silly,” the legendary Spurs coach upped the ante by quipping that he was surprised the CEO of Western Alliance Bank wasn’t wearing a chicken suit when he took the mic during Thursday’s game. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Oct 18, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Blake Griffin Says He May Retaliate To Hard Fouls In Future (Video)

Trevor Booker, Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin might have finally reached his breaking point. After taking a hard foul from the Utah Jazz’s Trevor Booker and instigating a minor scuffle last night, the Los Angeles Clippers superstar says he might retaliate against similar plays in the future. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 7:30 pm

LeBron: “I Love Kobe. I Love His Competitive Nature. I Love Competing Against Him”

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

We’ve never understood the vitriol between loyal followers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Both players are not only unquestioned all-time greats, but also reigned supreme in the NBA at disparate times – Kobe’s prime coincided with LeBron’s slow maturation, and the latter’s prime is currently coinciding with the former’s slow descent. Appreciating the gifts of one doesn’t mean you can’t similarly appreciate the other; their collective fandom isn’t mutually exclusive. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Mavs Coach Carlisle Says LeBron James Is “No Doubt” A Top Five Player Of All-Time

LeBron James

If any coach in the NBA could underappreciate LeBron James, one would assume it might be Rick Carlisle. After all, it was Carlisle’s Dallas Mavericks that beat LeBron’s Miami Heat in the 2011 Finals by rendering the four-time MVP a broken shell of his normally dominant self. Instead of gloating or feeling excessive pride over forcing James to a career nadir that would prove the genesis of so much unparalleled success in the interim, though, Carlisle seems to think more of LeBron than most of his coaching peers. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 9:00 am

Kobe On No. 40 ESPN Ranking, “They’re A Bunch Of Idiots”

Kobe Bryant

Welp, this was bound to happen following Kobe Bryant‘s torn Achilles tendon at the end of the 2012-13 regular season and his broken leg only six games into the 2013-14 season. ESPN’s argument machine #NBARank dropped Mamba 15 spots this year to No. 40. You can imagine his response. Read More »

Smack / Oct 16, 2014 / 12:30 pm

LeBron James On Forgiving Dan Gilbert: “I’m A Man. Men, We All Make Mistakes”

LeBron James

It’s hard to remember now, but a few months ago there were so many obstacles between LeBron James and a potential return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chief among them, many believed, was the seemingly irreparable nature of his relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert. After the founder of Quicken Loans wrote that immature, embarrassing letter – in Comic Sans! – condemning LeBron for leaving Cleveland in 2010, it was easy to believe that James would never play for a Cavs team with Gilbert at the helm. Read More »