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Smack / Nov 25, 2011 / 1:38 am

UConn Continues To Roll; Lamar Odom Going Overseas

Shabazz Napier

UConn wasn’t about to let some team from UNC-Asheville steal their shine on Thanksgiving. The Huskies have now won 16 games in a row, and they can thank everyone they have a backcourt like Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier. Those two dominated once again as they both scored 23 points and Napier added seven assists. We’ve had many people – actually most of them have been UConn fans but still – tell us that UConn is just as good as UNC and Kentucky. Those two are considered the two biggest powers in the country by far, and in the public eye have all but wrapped up spots in the championship. Can UConn steal their glory? … Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2011 / 12:00 am

The NBA World Tour Locking In Committed Players; Michael Beasley Drops 56

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley‘s makeover project continues. Yesterday in the Oklahoma City charity game, Beasley’s team didn’t get the win – losing 176-171 in overtime – but in a game of stars, B-Easy showed he can play with anyone. He led everybody with 56 points, Still, the end result didn’t go as planned. Just as he seemingly always is, Kevin Durant was one step ahead of his boy, going for a Wilt-like line of 42 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists. 2K numbers. KD led a team that included LeBron James (40 points) and Russell Westbrook (34 points, 13 rebounds) to a fourth quarter rally, taking out Beasley, Carmelo Anthony (43 points) and Chris Paul (14 points, 13 rebounds and 25 assists). Read More »

Overseas / Oct 6, 2011 / 11:30 am

Deron Williams: Searching For His Game Overseas

Deron Williams

Some folks might say we told you so. Others could be nodding their head in agreement. Still others are going to be shaking their head, flabbergasted and shocked. The rest of his fellow NBA players might be in New York City pointing fingers at the commissioner or hooping at some defense-is-a-disease celebrity game, but Deron Williams is across the ocean playing officially. And he’s not doing too hot. Read More »

Overseas, Video / Sep 15, 2011 / 3:00 pm

Footage Of Deron Williams In His First Game In Turkey

Thanks to a stealthy camera man in Turkey and the Nets’ blogosphere, we were treated to 19 minutes of Deron Williams‘ first game for Besiktas against Montepaschi Sienna. If you’re a Nets fan (or a fan of good basketball in general) you are just counting down the days ’til this lockout ends. But looking back on D-Will’s decision, didn’t he make the right move? He is getting paid to be the best player on the floor, gain more experience as an on-court leader in a different environment, and he doesn’t have to battle in the U.S. summer leagues with all the young guns trying to make a name for themselves. Good move, Deron. We’ll see you when the lockout ends.

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Overseas / Aug 25, 2011 / 11:00 am

In Turkish Basketball Leagues, They Cut Off Goat Heads For Luck

Deron Williams

My high school coach was crazy. It was a good crazy, but it was still out-of-his-mind crazy. At least, that’s what I thought at 16 years old. But if you compare him, and virtually any other coach or team across the U.S., to some of the things that go on in Turkey with their pro teams, you’ll see there is a huge difference.

A few former college players – Rhode Island’s Jimmy Baron, UCLA’s Josh Shipp, Syracuse’s Eric Devendorf – all told ESPN they’ve been a part of some insane (and dangerous) stuff surrounding basketball in Turkey. Read More »

Smack / Jul 30, 2011 / 12:00 am

FIBA Says NBA Players Can Play Overseas During The Lockout

Kobe Bryant

We aren’t sure how much more we can take of this. Something needs to happen. Something. Perhaps FIBA took the first step in announcing that NBA players will indeed be allowed to play in FIBA-affiliated leagues during the lockout. As Deron Williams may or may not be fist pumping in his home’s office (he may or may not really care depending on who you talk to), the deal comes with a few regulations. The biggest one is that when the lockout ends, an NBA player MUST return to his team. Okay, that’s great news for NBA fans, knowing guys like Williams will be able to play somewhere else, but definitely won’t miss any time here. Read More »

Smack / Jul 23, 2011 / 12:00 am

Kobe Bryant Might Have An Overseas Offer; Detroit Hires A New Head Coach

Kobe Bryant

Would you pay to get Kobe to play? It seems like Besiktas is willing to take anything at this point. The club is on the verge of making the biggest international signing ever, but don’t quite have to funds to pull Bryant from the States. Depending on who you talk to, Kobe is interested or had his managers contact the team or is waiting on an offer that might not be worth it unless a sponsorship steps up to front the loot. However, the New York Times is reporting that the Turkish club has indeed made an offer to the Laker and is only waiting on a response from his agent … Read More »

Smack / Jul 19, 2011 / 1:22 am

The Come Up: Brandon Jennings Says It’s Time To Be An All-Star

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings says it’s back to basics this offseason and we’re glad he’s tending to his weak points. Brandon can be quite exciting to watch but aspects of his game leave much to be desired. He never looked comfortable after nursing his foot last year so here’s to him bouncing back. Jennings has a tendency to chuck anything at the iron in hopes of hitting the bottom of the net. It’s all good when he’s actually hitting shots but his itchy, misguided trigger finger stalls Milwaukee’s offense. A smarter shooter’s sense will go a long way for his mid-range game since he already has the quickness to skate by defenders. Read More »

Smack / Jul 8, 2011 / 12:00 am

It’s Confirmed: Deron Williams Plans To Play In Turkey; And Mark Cuban Let’s All In On A Secret

Deron Williams

So it’s true. Following the Deron Williams-to-Turkey saga on Twitter yesterday had us dizzy. It went from “OMG, what?” to “No way that’s true. NO WAY” to “Well, maybe Williams really wants to play” to “Holy s^&* he IS gonna play.” Rumors were rampant all day until Williams’ new agent, Jeff Schwartz, finally confirmed it: the All-Star point guard has a deal in place that will pay him $5 million to play next season for Besiktas while offering an opt-out for whenever the lockout does end. Read More »