TAG: Arron Afflalo

Smack / Nov 7, 2012 / 12:00 am

The NBA’s Most Surprising Team Finally Loses; Toronto Suffers A Major Injury Scare

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (photo. Monte Isom)

On the day that Chicago’s most famous face took center stage in the presidential election, the Bulls beat down the undefeated Magic, 99-93. Over the final five minutes, the Bulls closed the door with some ferocious interior defense, forcing guys like Big Baby into impossible shots, and on the other end, Joakim Noah (20 points, nine boards, five blocks) and Taj Gibson (playing over Carlos Boozer to end the game) provided some offensive highlights. Read More »

Video / Oct 30, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: A Day In The Life Of Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo

In the documentary short Arron Afflalo: A Day in the Life, one of the newest Orlando guards lets us all come along for a day in his hometown of Los Angeles. Always considered a hard worker, Afflalo hits his old high school gym for a summer session in the short video, and you get a chance to hear him reflect on both his past and the future. The jury is still out on whether he can handle the load Orlando will give him. But it seems he’ll be ready to go to work this season regardless. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 23, 2012 / 2:30 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Today

Kobe Bryant

In the midst of the NBA’s point guard revolution, the off guards have lived up to another moniker — cast to the side, buried underneath near endless highlight reels of Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.

But even with positions as fluent as they’ve ever been, the shooting guard remains an all-important cog in the NBA lineup. Some of the league’s best players, old and young, occupy the position once defined by Michael Jordan, and a close look reveals a surprisingly deep crop of talent. Read More »

NBA / Oct 4, 2012 / 3:30 pm

5 NBA Players Who Will Struggle On New Teams

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala (photo. Kelly Turso)

Struggle is a part of life. Sometimes we forget that when we’re looking at professional basketball players. They make so much money, they’re so talented, and there’s so much hype around players changing teams that it’s easy to overlook how much harder a transition can be than just putting on that shiny new jersey. Read More »

NBA / Aug 16, 2012 / 12:30 pm

The Orlando Magic May Have Taken The Best Deal Available After All

Dwight Howard Nets trade rumors

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

Yep. Magic GM Rob Hennigan recently spoke with SI‘s Sam Amick about the progression of the Dwight Howard trade talks, and there was a lot of revealing information previously unavailable to the public eye. Before we get to analyzing what actually went down, let’s hear the details first. Read More »

NBA / Aug 10, 2012 / 3:00 pm

The Dwight Howard Trade’s Top 5 Losers

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

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

Finally, after months of back and forth, the worst PR trainwreck in NBA history (this made LeBron‘s 2010 summer look like a day spent rebuilding after Katrina) is now over. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports confirmed this morning on Twitter the call with the league office is over, the trade was phoned in, and Dwight Howard is now officially a Los Angeles Laker. Howard is going to the Lakers, the team we’ve been saying would get him all along, and we have ourselves one of the most star-packed trades of the past few years to get through the most boring part of the NBA year (August). Read More »

Smack / Aug 10, 2012 / 12:01 am

Dwight Howard Deal To L.A. Is Done; The U.S. Hits The Semis

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

Is this End of Dwightmare Eve? Could the league’s best center — who also leads the NBA in being publicly disgruntled — actually be leaving for Laker pastures? It’s almost a near certainty that by this time tomorrow, Howard will be readying for his official debut as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ storied tradition of centers. Wilt, Kareem and Shaq also arrived at Los Angeles from another stop elsewhere, and all went on to next-level careers in the purple and gold. It’s time to introduce the wet blanket on this party in Lakerland, however: “IF.” Read More »

Smack / Apr 22, 2012 / 5:03 am

D-Rose is back, D-Wade is hurt, and T-Pain puts Phoenix on the brink

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Saturday morning, things looked pretty good for the Heat: All they had to do was beat the craptastic Wizards at home, and if the Bulls lost to the Mavs in a game that injury-racked Derrick Rose (head, shoulders, knees, toes) probably wouldn’t play in, Miami would be in prime position to snatch the No. 1 playoff seed in the East before the regular season wraps up next week … Saturday evening, it was a different story: D-Rose was cleared to play, and Miami’s plan to give LeBron and Chris Bosh the night off suddenly looked stupid when Dwyane Wade hurt his finger in the opening minutes and never returned. By the end of the night, Chicago had stretched its lead over Miami to 2.5 games, and shrunk the Heat’s margin for error down to zero … Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 17, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.17

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson (photo. Bethany Gilbert)

Beast of the Night: Al Jefferson took full advantage of a triple-overtime marathon against the Mavericks, posting 28 points, 26 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in more than 54 minutes of burn. He shot 56 percent (14-25) from the floor and had one turnover. For the season, Jefferson has exceeded expectations by producing top six averages. Barring major changes in the Jazz’s roster or Jefferson’s health, he should be viewed as a first-round player in next year’s drafts. Read More »

Smack / Apr 15, 2012 / 10:42 pm

Miami Gets A Win In A Playoff Atmosphere; Orlando Is Falling Apart At The Seams

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. Jordan Brand)

Three-thousand miles away and two big games to start a Sunday afternoon. … Jeff Van Gundy isn’t coming through that door wrapped around someone’s ankle, and Allan Houston won’t be joining, either. Still, that can’t temper a playoff matchup we’d love to see that was previewed Sunday: Heat vs. Knicks. The Garden has seen its high points this season (think Linsanity and ‘Melo’s Easter blowout) but we’d love to watch this series once it gets back to the World’s Most Famous Arena after how Sunday’s game looked until late. Read More »