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NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

GIF: Blake Griffin Palms Loose Ball To Start Break, Finishes Lob Left-Handed

Blake Griffin

We’ve always maintained that more frightening than Blake Griffin’s otherworldly explosiveness is his unmatched blend of strength, coordination, and dexterity. No big man in the league has better balance than Blake, a trait that’s become more apparent as he’s expanded his offensive game to include a handle that belies his size. But the leaping ability sure is great, too – it’s certainly tough to choose one attribute over the other. Fortunately, this incredible sequence from last night’s Los Angeles Clippers-Denver Nuggets exhibition in Las Vegas ensures we don’t have to, and shows off the total package of Griffin’s surreal athleticism. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 19, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Report: Kawhi Leonard May Miss Start Of Regular Season With Eye Infection

Kawhi Leonard

This is awful news. An infection in Kawhi Leonard‘s right eye that’s kept him out of all but one preseason game has spread to his left eye and he’ll miss the rest of the preseason. His return for the start of the regular season against Dallas (Oct. 28) is now in jeopardy. Leonard played 29 minutes in San Antonio’s preseason opener in Berlin, but afterwards complained about an eye infection when the team arrived in Istabul for their second overseas game. He hasn’t played since. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Video: Kobe Bryant Explodes For Vintage Dunk During Lakers Practice

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant has been the lone bright spot of an otherwise disastrous preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers. Notably absent from Mamba’s game despite his surprising success so far, though, is a flash of athleticism that hearkens back to his days as one of the most explosive players in the NBA. No more. At Lakers practice today, Kobe split the defense and propelled off two-feet for a vintage jam. Read More »

NBA / Oct 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Fully Healthy, Wilson Chandler Wants Playoffs & Sixth Man Award

Wilson Chandler

The effects of serious injuries on professional athletes are rippling. Weakness or surgery inevitably means time away from training, practice, and games that often lets related parts of the body atrophy. But when players begin rehabilitation or even return to the playing field, it’s easy to concentrate solely on the specific injury as opposed to connected areas that were also affected by trauma related to it or simply a period of rest to which they’re unaccustomed. Health maladies are rarely a one-off. 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 »

Video / Oct 18, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Watch Jabari Parker Seal His Team’s Win With Sick Spin And Dunk In Crunch Time

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker (Benny Sieu, USATODAY)

Top picks of the NBA draft Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker faced-off for the first time last night, but you probably don’t know it. For reasons that continue to leave us baffled, Friday night’s preseason match-up between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks wasn’t televised – anywhere. But this is still 2014, and fans in attendance were able to capture highlights of the rookies’ (mostly meaningless) show-down. Thank god, too. We would’ve been even more upset if this absolutely sick move by Parker wasn’t caught on camera. Read More »

College / Oct 17, 2014 / 9:30 pm

Video: Drake Uses Lint-Roller, Air Balls Jumper At Kentucky Midnight Madness

Drake

Drake is a fan of University of Kentucky basketball. Other than the Wildcats’ unparalleled success since John Calipari took reins of the storied program in 2009, we’re not exactly sure why. But that’s beside the point here. At UK’s Midnight Madness event to kick off the 2014-2015 tonight, the Nothing Was The Same rapper not only appeared, but sarcastically used a lint-roller and not so sarcastically air balled a jumper. 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 »

NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Dwight Howard Will Have MVP-Caliber Season

Dwight Howard

After Trevor Ariza recently said Dwight Howard is more athletic than ever, Houston Rockets legend and player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon has added even more fuel to optimism about Howard’s game. Citing improved health and a new work ethic, Olajuwon thinks that the player formerly known as Superman will have an MVP-caliber season in 2014-2015. Read More »

Video, We Reminisce / Oct 17, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Watch Shaq And Vlade Divac Joke About Flopping

Vivek Ranadive, Vlade Divac, Shaquille O'Neal

Back in the day, when Shaquille O’Neal dominated the block like no other big man since Wilt Chamberlain, it was almost impossible for opposing centers to slow the Big Aristotle down. Then along came the crafty Serbian, Vlade Divac, and flopping became the defense du jour when you didn’t have enough fouls for Hack-a-Shaq. The two were back at it, but without the pressure of a playoff series, when Vlade and the Kings minority owner were joined by Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive to look for a birthday present for Vlade at the adidas store in Beijing. Read More »