TAG: Barack Obama

College, NBA / Jul 4, 2012 / 11:00 am

The Top 5 Basketball Moments Of The U.S. Presidency

Barack Obama

Buckets Obama

The first U.S. President didn’t even want the job in the first place. George Washington was the original distributor, even if he assumed the presidency 102 years before the game was invented. Since its birth though, not only have the presidents wanted the top job but a few also have wanted the ball. Today, Independence Day, there’s more than enough stuff to get worked up about patriotism over. But what about hoops, the born-in-the-USA game that’s become one of America’s best exports? Here’s a look at the top five presidents who believed in roundball diplomacy and their best basketball moments. Read More »

Smack / Nov 20, 2011 / 12:00 am

Dirk Nowitzki Will Sign With A Team In Europe ‘Soon’

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)

Dirk Nowitzki wants back in. He’s had his vacation, his time off. He wants to ball again. Without the NBA, there are only a few options left for him. He admits he’s not in the greatest shape, but expects he’ll be ready to go within a few weeks. Now it’s just a matter of where. The NBA probably isn’t coming back anytime soon. He’s heard the rumors about Real Madrid’s interest, and says he would play there. There’s also their rival Barcelona who could be a good fit. And finally, there’s his hometown league, the German Bundesliga, which holds weight. It’s the best way to promote this game in the area he grew up, as well as a nice finishing touch. That’s where he started his career. It would be great to go back at some point … Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Sep 23, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Unacceptable Blackness: The NBA Lockout As A White-Collar Race War

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. David Alvarez)

What are we really fighting about?

For the scarred veterans of countless throw-downs with significant others, it is the grand question that hovers over each petty incident—the subtitles that clarify the curse words. And every now and then, the more mature versions of ourselves can diffuse a hostile situation by asking that question.

But sometimes it only makes things worse. Read More »

NBA / Feb 10, 2011 / 3:30 pm

Defining Jerry Sloan’s legacy

A little piece of Utah died today. The announcement that Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is resigning after 22 and a half seasons with the team came as a shock to those outside of the organization and marks the end of an era for the NBA. We will likely never see a coach who sticks around with one team as long as Sloan, not to mention one who defines his team’s identity as much as Sloan.

When Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, Dime reader and Jazz fan/blogger Amar penned this piece on the legacy of a true pro’s pro: Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 17, 2010 / 5:30 pm

Celebrity Smack Talk Soundboard

Celebrity Smack Talk

Kobe going at Shaq. Floyd going at Oscar De La Hoya. The Situation going at Ronnie? Our friends over at Complex developed their own Celebrity Smack Talk Soundboard. The soundboard compiles some of the best sound bites from their favorite trash-talking athletes, actors, rappers, and politicians.

You can also hear Read More »

NBA, The NBA's 30 Best Go-To Players / Nov 8, 2010 / 12:30 pm

Ranking the NBA’s 30 Go-To Guys (#14: Tyreke Evans)

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans (photo. Nicky Woo)

Who do you want your offense to run through with the game on the line? Counting down from 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…

TYREKE EVANS, Sacramento Kings It’s called instinct for a reason. Lion cubs must be taught the tricks of hunt, but they’re already ingrained with the knowledge that survival depends on catching prey.

In other words: You can teach the method, not the motivation. Read More »

Smack / Sep 13, 2010 / 12:01 am

USA beats Turkey for gold medal; Miami/Orlando rivalry heats up

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom (photo. Jeff Forney)

As much as everybody nit-picked and scrutinized along the way, when you look at what really matters, Team USA put together a pretty impressive performance at the World Championship. Bottom line: They took care of business and won the gold medal. Kevin Durant was dominant, Lamar Odom and Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala and almost every member of the team played their roles like they were supposed to, and the U.S. won each tournament game by an average of 24.5 points and only had one close call … Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Aug 9, 2010 / 10:45 am

Barack Obama’s Dream Team

Barack Obama, Derrick Rose & Joakim Noah (photo. Pete Souza)

We mentioned it in Smack this morning, but figured we’d give you a little more detail into what actually went down yesterday in President Barack Obama‘s pickup game. As you can see from the picture, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah got the invite, but who else was selected for Obama’s personal Dream Team? Read More »

Smack / Aug 9, 2010 / 12:09 am

Detroit still undecided on T-Mac

(photo. Marc Morrison)

(photo. Marc Morrison)

It’s like there’s no middle ground: NBA teams either make decisions that seemingly take no forethought (e.g. New York re-hiring Isiah Thomas and subsequently pissing off Donnie Walsh), or they overthink decisions that should be easy. The most recent example of that? Detroit still mulling whether or not to sign Tracy McGrady. Why wouldn’t Joe Dumars make the move? From everything we’re hearing it’s a one-year, vet-minimum contract, so no risk there. It’s not like you’re throwing off the chemistry of a championship-contending group. Read More »

Smack / Jul 21, 2010 / 12:44 am

Painful Start for Team USA

Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire (photo. King Lawrence)

David Lee is getting paid ($80 million), but he may not know what he’s getting into going to Golden State. Not to say there’s a curse on the franchise, but, well, No. 6 pick Ekpe Udoh has already gone down with a wrist injury that could put him out up to six months. And his replacement in the rotation will likely be Brandan Wright, who is about as durable as a cheap pinata.”That was nine days ago in Smack. Then, in his first real court time as a member of the Warriors — yesterday’s opening session the Team USA training camp — Lee suffered what was believed to be a serious right middle finger injury. Read More »