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NBA, NBA Draft / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Draft Classes Of All Time

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh (photo. David Alvarez)

The 2014 NBA Draft has seen an enormous amount of hype, if it yields anything less than three or four future stars, it will be considered a disappointment. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum and Julius Randle highlight a cast of talented youngsters. Assuming some of these NBA hopefuls reach their ceilings, we could be looking back at this draft class as one of the best ever. Read More »

NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The 15 All-Time NBA Western Conference Starting Lineups

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally — yes, Wally Szczerbiak — here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »

Smack / Jun 28, 2011 / 12:00 am

Tim Duncan Isn’t Opting Out; Dwyane Wade Promises Vengeance

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

The San Antonio Spurs have a reputation for not playing around. Players are as good as gone if they don’t fit the system and culture of the franchise. You’d think three-time NBA champion Tony Parker would’ve known better when he, en francais, said earlier this summer that the Spurs’s door to chasing a title closed last season. Parker got conspicuously tight lipped following the situation when the NY Daily News revealed the organization’s reaction. Read More »

NBA / May 18, 2011 / 5:00 pm

The 10 Greatest NBA Players With No Championship Jewelry

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson, Dime #6

Dirk Nowitzki‘s scalding destruction of the Thunder last night was one of the best shooting performances in NBA history. It was so good, Dirk had people suddenly vaulting him into the discussion with the best players ever. While Nowitzki will ultimately be considered one of the 20 best players in the game’s history, he needs a capper. He needs that ring. That way when he walks into a room, Barkley and Malone and Reggie all have to shut up. Amazing right? Read More »

Smack / Jun 15, 2010 / 3:33 am

Do-or-Die for the Lakers in Game 6; Amar’e heading to Miami?

Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire, Dime #14

How much of this summer’s NBA free agency drama is going to play out on Twitter? Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) almost caused an international incident a couple weeks ago when he tweeted, “Should I stay or should I go?” Bosh then wrote another post — something like, “I should plan my vacation later next year” while he was watching a Lakers game — that created more rumors and speculation. Which brings us to yesterday, when Amar’e Stoudemire (@amareisreal) posted this: “Just touched down in my home state Florida. Miami what’s good?” Read More »

Latest News, NBA / May 14, 2010 / 12:00 pm

3 Things the Denver Nuggets Have To Do This Summer

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #53

While we’re headed for potentially the most hectic NBA offseason in history, not every team is in line for a complete overhaul. Not every team is targeting, or trying not to lose, a franchise cornerstone. But every team has an agenda.

Overall, the Nuggets are in pretty good shape. While losing in the first round of the playoffs to a lower seed wasn’t what the ’09 Western Conference finalists would consider a good run, they’re coming off a 53-win season and a Northwest Division title. None of their key rotation guys are free agents, and their two best players are far from flight risks: Read More »

NBA / Apr 28, 2010 / 6:30 pm

Why The Denver Nuggets Will Win Game 5 Tonight

Denver Nuggets

With Game 5 and a possible exit for the Denver Nuggets looming tonight, ‘Melo and company will certainly have to dig deep to get it done against Utah, who is up 3-1 in the series. A lot of talk has been swirling around the Nuggets since head coach George Karl left the team to undergo treatment for throat cancer in February – and while I agree with Austin about not speaking on behalf of everyone at Dime, I know that all of our prayers are with Coach Karl and his family during this time – about Denver collapsing internally. Read More »

Smack / Apr 20, 2010 / 2:40 am

LeBron serves Chicago a cold 40; People of Utah take Carmelo’s homecourt

LeBron James

Right before Cavs/Bulls tipped off last night, Charles Barkley said, “Unless something happens to LeBron James in the next two minutes, this game is history.” It wasn’t nearly that easy, but LeBron did dominate down the stretch as Cleveland won by 10 and took a 2-0 series lead … The first half was memorable for LeBron unleashing a dunk on James Johnson that may technically count as rookie hazing. Or as Reggie Miller put it: “Click-click, get ready for your Kodak moment!” The game was close until late in the fourth, when LeBron (40 pts, 8 rebs, 8 asts) started raining jumpers to stretch the lead. Read More »

NBA / Jan 14, 2010 / 1:00 pm

Defining Dirk Nowitzki’s place in Dallas history

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Monte Isom)

Clearly, the Dallas Mavericks don’t measure up to the Celtics or Sixers in terms of NBA tradition. So that’s why, in contrast to earlier discussions about Paul Pierce and Allen Iverson, I’m going in a different direction with this one.

Last night, Dirk Nowitzki dropped a baseline jumper in the third quarter of Mavs/Lakers to crack the 20,000-point mark for his career. The moment was significant enough that it almost eclipsed the fact that Dallas eventually lost the game; Dirk even (maybe) got a haircut in preparation for the special day. Read More »

Smack / Dec 10, 2009 / 5:00 am

Stick to the Script

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

Last night, as Kobe Bryant (27 pts, 8 asts) hit a dagger pull-up jumper and the Lakers were turning the screws into the Jazz during a 20-0 run in the fourth quarter, one of the Utah announcers said dejectedly, “You can almost write this script every time we come to town.” Moments later, Carlos Boozer tossed up an airball and Jordan Farmar beasted his way through the lane for an and-one. “Yeah, the wheels are off,” confirmed the other Jazz announcer. Thing is, Boozer and Deron Williams and them were doing OK well into the second half, then L.A. just turned on the “Wait a minute, we own these guys” switch and ran them out the building … Read More »