TAG: Bill Walton

NBA, Video / Apr 29, 2014 / 10:30 am

In Memoriam: Hall of Fame Coach & Broadcaster Dr. Jack Ramsay (1925-2014)

Dr. Jack Ramsay

One of the best people the NBA ever gave fans was Dr. Jack Ramsay. The coach of that fantastic 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers team that captured an NBA championship with the first (and best) version of the fast-breaking offense, Dr. Ramsay (he had a doctorate in education) passed away Monday morning after a 10-year battle with cancer. The NBA looks back on one of the most adroit minds in the game. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 22, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The 10 Greatest Centers In NBA History

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal (photo. Chenoa Maxwell)

Often considered the most valuable spot on the court, the center position has been graced with a stable of elite big men. Ranking them is not easy; choosing just eleven is not easy. The top five could go in almost any order, it depends a lot on what defines greatness and legacy for you personally. I know that a certain Celtic defined winning in sports and a lot of people might have him number one. Many value individual performances, like 100-point games. Read More »

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

The 10 Best NBA Draft Classes Of All Time

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

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

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 »

NBA / Nov 21, 2013 / 2:45 pm

The NBA’s 5 Best Outlet Passers

Kevin Love

The art of an outlet pass is one of the most beautiful sights in the game of basketball. For those that are in the dark regarding outlet passing, it is a pass – typically long – from a defender following the opposing team’s made basket, defensive rebound, or steal to start a fast break. It is typically made by a big man, and usually in the form of an overhead pass. It is not as flashy as an alley-oop, but when executed correctly, the result is equally as thrilling. Read More »

NBA / Aug 7, 2013 / 1:45 pm

The 30 Best NBA Careers Ruined By Injury

Tracy McGrady

The NBA sees a lot of talent come in and out at a rapid pace. Some players make it and become legends, but others are not as fortunate. Throughout the history of the league, there have been players that have an unlimited amount of skill and potential, but constant injuries slow them down. Read More »

NBA / Nov 5, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday Bill Walton! His Top 5 Moments On The Mic

Bill Walton

Has there ever been an NBA player who’s lived a life of more varied interests than Bill Walton? It’s not often a college legend who became an NBA MVP, champion, All-Star and cautionary tale about injury shortened careers is almost remembered more for his interests outside of his playing. Take, for example, his public love for the Grateful Dead, a fan since 1967 and friend of the late Jerry Garcia. Chances are you know, love or revile him because of his work as a broadcaster. That’s why we’re here today. Read More »

Smack / Jul 16, 2012 / 12:49 am

Carmelo Anthony Calls Out Jeremy Lin’s “Ridiculous” Contract Offer; 2 Hard 2 Guard Reigns Over L.A.

Carmelo Anthony

Somewhere in the future we will likely see an economics thesis written about what Jeremy Lin‘s value is. He’s the NBA’s version of the hot new start-up that’s the most talked-about thing that no one is positive can bring in money. His two months on top of the NBA’s mountain as social-media king has been parlayed into an offer from Houston, of course. Read More »

NBA / Jun 21, 2012 / 1:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Kevin Love, Bill Walton Talk Olympics & NBA Finals

(photo. Samsung Galaxy S III Launch NYC)

We had a chance to check out the launch for the new Samsung Galaxy S III, where Bill Walton and Kevin Love we’re promoting the product. No doubt the new phone was pretty cool, but we’re basketball guys – we came to talk to two of our favorites in Walton and Love. Read More »

NBA / Jun 5, 2012 / 4:00 pm

The Top 5 0-2 Comebacks In NBA Playoff History

Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce

Ninety-four percent of all playoff series that went to 2-0 were won by the team with the first two. When the figures about the teams that have escaped that hole and won are broken out, it’s never to inspire hope in a rally; instead that percentage is like hearing your probability of living after a grisly diagnosis. You have a 94 percent chance of not making it past the next month. Alert your kin. When we were bringing out those figures just a week ago in these NBA playoffs, though, we didn’t see the defibrillator being brought in the back door. Read More »