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NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:00 pm

ESPN Ranks Kevin Durant Eighth Best Player; He Tweets, Deletes Response

Kevin Durant

Disclaimer: Before Kevin Durant suffered a stress fracture that will keep him sidelined for approximately two months, ESPN ranked him as the second-best player in the NBA. In fact, ESPN NBA Rank voters nearly bestowed him a perfect score of 10.0 – KD’s pre-injury 9.94 was barely lower than LeBron James’ mark. But the worldwide leader polled their analysts again after Durant’s unfortunate break, asking them to account for negative impacts of his injury. Eighth-best is where that new assessment placed him. Not bad. But given Durant’s humorous – and since-deleted – response on Twitter, he isn’t exactly pleased with it, either. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Report: Anderson Varejao Named Cavaliers Starter Over Tristan Thompson

Anderson Varejao

Just three weeks ago, Tristan Thompson had the inside track to be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting center. Now days removed from his team’s regular season opener, though, coach David Blatt has gone a different direction. According to a report by Northeast Ohio Media Group, Blatt named Anderson Varejao Cleveland’s fifth and final starter. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Grant Hill Says Handing Cavs Eastern Conference Title Is “A Bit Premature”

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland Cavaliers are clear NBA title contenders, and perhaps favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Sportsbooks across the betting world place Cleveland’s odds to win the championship ahead of the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs’. And while folks within the league and those covering it think Vegas is a bit optimistic with the Cavs, they’re still exceedingly high on LeBron James’ team. In overwhelming fashion, league GMs and ESPN Forecast predicted Cleveland to win the Eastern Conference. At least one NBA analyst, though, thinks it’s remiss to anoint the Cavaliers as Eastern kings so soon. Read More »

Video / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Watch Blake Griffin & Chris Paul Star In Jordan Brand’s “BGCP3TV In HD” Premier

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin (photo. Jordan Brand)

Last night, at 12:12 a.m. ET on the Adult Swim network the Jordan Brand sponsored “BGCP3TV in HD” sketch comedy show premiered. Say what you want about the Clippers teammates and Jordan Brand NBA all-stars failing to reach the Western Conference Finals last season, but — as you’ll see — they’re pretty decent with the off-kilter dry humor on display in the debut. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:30 pm

J.R. Smith Says Triangle Is A Struggle, Admits To Putting Self Before Team In Past

J.R. Smith

Only two weeks, ago, J.R. Smith said that the triangle offense was “going to take a few months” to learn. So it’s no surprise that the New York Knicks’ notorious chucker is still adjusting to his team’s new offensive scheme with the regular just days away. As Smith admits, his prior basketball mentality makes playing in the triangle “a struggle.” Read More »

Latest News / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Blazers Owner Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Tackle Deadly Ebola Virus

Paul Allen

Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen recently donated $26 million to help curb the sweeping, deadly impact of Ebola. A few days later, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder has quadrupled his efforts – he’s pledging an additional $100 million. Read More »

instagram / Oct 24, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Excellent Rookie Hazing At Warriors Open Practice

Mitchell Watt, Sean Kilpatrick, Aaron Craft

Rookie hazing in the NBA is light years from the aggressive forms of torture rookies have undergone in the NFL, but it’s still a rite of passage however tame. The Golden State Warriors, especially, seem to delight in silly costumes and forced renditions of songs. It happened again last night during their open practice with rookies Aaron Craft, Sean Kilpatrick, Mitchell Watt and James McAdoo rocking mortifying getups while singing such hits as “I Can Show You the World” in front of thousands of their fans at Oracle Arena. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Joakim Noah Has “Ways To Go” In Rehab From Offseason Knee Surgery

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah had minor, arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early May that was supposed to keep him sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Nearly six months later and with the 2014-2015 season just days away, the Chicago Bulls center says he still has a “ways to go” to reach full recovery. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 24, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Watch Ronald Roberts Posterize Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko, Ronald Roberts, Jr.

Jonas Jerebko, Ronald Roberts, Jr. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

You’re probably not familiar with Sixers camp invite, Ronald Roberts, Jr.. The four-year player out of Saint Joseph’s went undrafted in June, and he’s on the bubble to make the Philly team after getting a camp invite and suffering a quad contusion that’s kept him out of their last four games. His explosive dunk on Jonas Jerebko during preseason action last night is definitely a big point in his favor, though. Plus, this year’s Sixers squad isn’t exactly a world-beater. Read More »