TAG: Brandon Roy

NBA / Dec 13, 2012 / 5:20 pm

Minnesota Could Have A Franchise Player Back This Weekend

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio (photo. adidas)

Toronto was down to just eight healthy players for Wednesday night’s game against Brooklyn, but you won’t hear any sympathy for the Raptors from Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have endured the NBA’s worst injuries this season, at times missing Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy. Now the team is projecting a not-so-distant future where all but Budinger will be back. The next piece in reassembling the Wolves roster could be in place Saturday. Read More »

NBA / Nov 19, 2012 / 5:15 pm

A Similar End Likely Awaits Brandon Roy and Darko Milicic’s NBA Careers

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy (design. Ryan Hurst)

The player who accomplished so much in such short time meets his likely end the same day as the player who did so little given so many chances. Brandon Roy and Darko Milicic entered with similar expectations as top-six picks in the NBA Draft and could quietly drift away just 20 days into this NBA season. Without this timing we’d have almost nothing to tie the two together. Their beginning and end points are neatly tethered together, but the gulf between their careers in between resembles a bell curve and its mirror image. Read More »

NBA / Oct 17, 2012 / 12:00 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge, The Ghost of Brandon Roy And Portland’s Still-Vacant Leadership Role

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge (photo. Hance Taplin)

LaMarcus Aldridge is an All-Star, a top-5 forward in the NBA’s Western Conference and the epitome of the player — the perfect melding of character and game — Portland searched for to escape its Jail Blazers era. This season he will be the rock to which the likely Lottery bound Trail Blazers cling. In a city that prides itself on its all-local mantra, he’s managed the near impossible by becoming the rare import with universal popularity. Whether under the Rose Garden’s roof or over a microbrew’s pint, countless prayers will be offered this season by Portland’s faithful to keep him healthy, as he is the only No. 1 option. He is not, however, a natural-born No. 1 player. Read More »

Smack / Oct 14, 2012 / 6:58 am

The Nets bring Brooklyn to the Boardwalk; Lakers roll out the Big Five (minus One)

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez, Dime #43

Now that Dwight Howard is in Hollywood about to become the next Michael Clarke Duncan — any movie producers need a muscle-bound giant for a bit part? — it’s been accepted without argument that Philly’s Andrew Bynum is the best center in the East. But Brook Lopez might have something to say about that. When the Brooklyn Nets made their post-relocation debut Saturday night in Atlantic City, Lopez led the way with 19 points, nine boards and three blocks in a win over the Sixers. 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 »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 2, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Minnesota’s Not Sold On Brandon Roy, But Is Happy Two Are Gone

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy (design. Ryan Hurst)

There may not be a more fascinating front office than Minnesota’s, where GM David Kahn has been a lightning rod of criticism ever since 2009, when he succeeded Kevin McHale. He drafted Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn with consecutive picks in the same 2009 NBA Draft and gave Darko Milicic a $20 million contract, but also kept Kevin Love in uniform until at least 2015. This offseason was no different in Minneapolis, either. Most interesting are the doubts and decisions stemming from the latest moves from inside the organization itself. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2012 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Most Unlikely Comebacks

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady (photo. Marc Morrison)

Not since 1999 at Brookline has the chaste golf world let its hair down quite like it did yesterday at Medinah for the Ryder Cup. If you didn’t happen to catch the only tournament that sounds like a college football game, Europe tied a record for largest comeback to beat the U.S., and rallying from a 10-6 hole to win 14.5-13.5. It sent the Euros into a Moet-soaked celebration and the wife of former world No. 1 Luke Donald to tweet, “FYI Sergio gets drunk on 1 beer…” Read More »

Smack / Sep 19, 2012 / 11:18 pm

Chris Paul Wanted The Clippers, Not The Lakers; Steve Nash Gets Thrown Into Duke/UNC Beef

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)

Chris Paul might not be Dwyane Wade, who seems intent on turning himself into some sort of fashion icon. But he’s stylish enough to make the cover of GQ (along with actors Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem), and in the subsequent interview, he admitted he was happy to end up with the Clippers instead of the Lakers. The former JV team had better pieces, and as Paul said, “winning with the Clippers would be legendary.” Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 18, 2012 / 2:30 pm

A Cruel Summer: A Review Of The 12 Biggest Storylines Of The NBA’s Offseason

G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer

Leave it to Kanye West to postpone the summer as long as David Stern did the NBA season a year ago. The G.O.O.D. Music performance that capped off Jay-Z‘s Made in America music festival teased us almost as much as a new NBA 2K13 trailer from 2K Sports. But the best things in life are always worth the wait. Now, Yeezy has dropped Cruel Summer upon us, while the NBA’s offseason is at a dead period until training camp starts. Read More »

NBA / Aug 31, 2012 / 11:15 am

Why Sam Presti Should’ve Picked James Harden Over Serge Ibaka

James Harden

James Harden (photo. Nicky Woo)

Fellow Dime colleague, Dylan Murphy, is right. No one’s talking about Sam Presti picking Serge Ibaka over James Harden. And there are plenty of reasons behind the continued silence. The entire topic is a moot point. It’s clearly apparent to every basketball fan that James Harden should’ve been the choice for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More »