TAG: Bill Walton

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 »

NBA / Nov 21, 2013 / 2:45 pm

The NBA’s 5 Best Outlet Passers

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

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

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)

(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

Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce (photo. Celtics.com)

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 »

NBA / Apr 12, 2012 / 4:21 pm

The NBA’s Most Disappointing MVP Encores

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Not everyone gets to take a bow like they want to after winning the NBA MVP. We’ve seen it by now, that some MVPs portend a superstar future (Jordan in 1987-88) or one that won’t ever reach higher (Allen Iverson in 2000-01).

Those evaluations, though, rarely come so quickly as the next season. This isn’t a knock against Derrick Rose of Chicago, who had such an incredible second season last year that he took home the Bulls’ first MVP since Jordan. Even if you’re a hardened Eastern Conference fan, you had to at least begrudgingly give him his due after getting 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Read More »

College, Featured Gallery / Apr 3, 2012 / 1:30 pm

The 5 Best National Championship Performances Ever

Doron Lamb

Doron Lamb (photo. UK Athletics)

You know you’re good when you make one shot, and yet everyone agrees: you were the best player, the one who made the biggest impact, in the most important college basketball game of the year. Anthony Davis was on his way to becoming the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, and shooting 1-for-10 in the biggest game of his life didn’t affect his destiny one way or another. That might have had something to do with the rest of his night (16 rebounds, five dimes, three steals and six blocks), which was one of those unique, Rajon Rondo statlines that Kentucky seems so fond of producing. Read More »