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Smack / Oct 4, 2011 / 12:00 am

Isiah Thomas Gives The Real Reason Why People Hate LeBron James

LeBron James

We’d normally be abuzz with preseason and training camp talk around this time but you already know how it goes by now. As Blake Griffin tweeted: First day of training camp finally here can’t wait for… Oh what’s that NBA owners? You won’t let us play? Sorry everybody… On the morning of the start of training camps last year, what was everyone doing? Checking for photos of new J.R. Smith tattoos or seeing how long it might take Boris Diaw to get in shape or even to get some funky quote from Ron Artest or Stephen Jackson. Now this year? The gyms around the league look pretty vacant. Read More »

Smack / Oct 2, 2011 / 12:00 am

The NBA & The Day Of Reckoning

Dwyane Wade

It has come to this. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul have made up their minds: we will lose the season if the owners try to force them to make any more concessions. They won’t mind the missed games; they’re refusing to budge anymore. Of course, they aren’t worried. Those stars will be fine either way. But what about everyone else? They’ve made the stance that they won’t go lower than the 53 percent (down from 57 percent in the last CBA) of the share on the basketball related income and that the owners need to come meet them. How much blame should David Stern get in this? Depends. While most contend he desperately wants to avoid any missed games, Stern also got into a shouting match with Wade during one of the meetings because of his bullying tactics and the way he was speaking to the players. Read More »

Smack / Oct 1, 2011 / 12:00 am

Rashard Lewis: Taking It Back To Seattle

Rashard Lewis

You know those players who over time fail to live up to their deal and by the end of it – speaking of the last year or two – when their trade value spikes and they’re referred to as “So and so’s contract?” Well, that’s sort of where Rashard Lewis is. He’ll be the second-highest paid player in the league next season, and for the last year or so hasn’t looked at all like the guy who once regularly dropped 20 a night in Seattle, or even the three-point specialist during his first run in Orlando. Injuries have played a big part. The situation with the lockout has put added attention onto the contract of a guy who has become the very definition of a one-dimensional player. Lewis is promising next year won’t be like that. He’s working out, showed more explosiveness in the Impact League and even had platelet rich plasma treatment in March. Read More »

Video Games / Sep 30, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Hall Of Famers & Hip-Hop Legends Help Launch NBA 2K12 In Style

NBA 2K12 Demo

The elite of the basketball and hip-hop communities gathered last night to celebrate the launch of one of the most highly anticipated video game releases in years: NBA 2K12. The 2K franchise has crushed all competition and so did its launch party, which took place at “Good Units” in the basement of the Hudson Hotel on West 58th street.

With 13 championships between them, Scottie Pippen and Robert Horry went at it on one of the many video screens set up around the event. The young guns were in attendance as well. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2011 / 2:17 am

Ben Wallace’s New Offense; Kobe Bryant Closes in on Europe

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Ben Wallace had a greater offense this weekend than Tom Brady. On Saturday night, he was reportedly booked on drunken driving charges as well as for the unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon. The police didn’t release his blood alcohol level and Big Ben will be back in court on Oct. 3. The pistol is something we can’t defend, and neither is the driving. But drinking (Wallace says he had four beers) is what happens when you’re part of an organization that seems intent on making itself the most dysfunctional group in all of sports. All of those players seemed like they were wound-up soldiers ready to pop at any second because of the frustration. We can only imagine the amount of stress they were under this year. For his part, Wallace says he was driving from Virginia to Michigan and just forgot that the gun – registered to his wife – was in a backpack in his backseat … Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2011 / 12:00 am

Homeward Bound: Kobe Bryant Inches Closer To Playing In Italy

Kobe Bryant

How does $1.5 million over 10 games sound? Pretty good? Yea we think so. Well that’s the latest offer on the table for Kobe Bryant. According to the Associated Press, Virtus Bologna, an Italian club, has now offered Kobe $2.5 million over a span of 40 days (10 games). After taxes, the offer stands at $1.5 million. According to Kobe, it’s “a dream come true.” The deal would extend from October 9th to November 16th, including an “out” clause which would allow Kobe to return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends. The 33-year-old Bryant told ESPN that Italy is his home, where he learned to shoot a basketball. He went on to say that he doesn’t know what’s going to happen these next three months, but that Italy will always be in his heart. Read More »

Video Games / Sep 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm

NBA 2K12 Player Ratings Revealed

NBA 2K12

When I was younger, nothing involving video games took up more of my time than editing rosters. This was before they did it for you, and back when the game would arrive without 20-30 legit NBA players in it. There were always guys who would make teams and get run, but wouldn’t be in the game. It shouldn’t have, but it did matter to me who was a 57 and who was a 62. Read More »

Smack / Sep 27, 2011 / 12:00 am

Second-Round Picks Are The Real Losers Of The Lockout; Carmelo Anthony Had Secret Knee Surgery

Josh Selby

We tend to highlight the Rashard Lewises and Eddy Currys whose contracts, concocted largely in part by NBA front offices, lead to pro ball purgatory (i.e. the NBA Lockout). However we often lose sight of the other end of the spectrum on the road to a new CBA: second round draft picks. USA Today published a piece on second round rookies like Travis Leslie, Isaiah Thomas and Josh Selby and how they’ve managed their finances, or relative lack thereof, until play resumes. Read More »

Smack / Sep 24, 2011 / 12:00 am

Kobe Bryant Mulling Huge Offer To Join Italian Club

Kobe Bryant

There ain’t nothing like going home. Except for Kobe Bryant because home is a number of different places for him: in Philadelphia where he went to high school and first received a brush with fame; in Los Angeles where he’s become world famous, and in Italy where the first seeds of a love affair with a game took him to places none of his childhood friends thought possible. Wouldn’t it be fun to go back there and shove it all in their faces? See how good I’ve become. See how successful I’ve become. The Mamba has a great chance now to do that. Hoping that chance would appeal to his competitive fire, the Italian club Virtus Bologna has offered Bryant a one-year deal for $6.7 million to play for them. Read More »

Smack / Sep 20, 2011 / 12:00 am

Bank Of Kobe

Kobe Bryant

No NBA players will be hitting up Bank of America if they’re in need of loans during the lockout. Why, just go to Kobe Bryant. He’ll hand out loans. Seriously. Billy Hunter, president of the Players Association, told the Los Angeles Times that the Laker star is intimately involved in the talks and negotiations and that he’s (along with other unnamed players) prepared to offer loans to players who may need help during the lockout … Read More »