/ Aug 14, 2014 / 11:45 am
Isaiah Thomas (photo. NBA YouTube)
The basketball public measures the quality of a crossover mostly by the reaction of the defender. If he reaches and misses – good. If he loses balance – better. If he falls entirely – best. But that’s not always the best way to judge the merit of juke dribble. Context always matters in basketball, and the defender’s quality, size, and position is overlooked far too often in assessing crossovers. If Ty Lawson shakes Al Jefferson to the floor in an isolation at the top of the key, that doesn’t mean Lawson’s cross is any better than a similar one done by Stephen Curry that barely fools Ricky Rubio. But it sure does seem that way, and rightfully so; not even a poster dunk asserts a player’s dominance over an opponent like an ankle-breaking crossover. Read More »
/ May 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm
It didn’t come to them exactly as planned or in the form they would have most preferred, but they got what they angled for and that was a shot at the champs. The Nets were constructed to compete against the Miami Heat, even acquiring noted Heat antagonists Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to join their cause. The duo was supposed to be the shot in the arm that provided the experience, professionalism, personality and heart anybody with a pulse could see the Nets lacked.
It almost worked, too. Read More »
/ May 9, 2014 / 9:30 am
In Game 1, Kevin Garnett was held scoreless in the playoffs for the first time in his hall-of-fame career. In Game 2 the Heat held Deron Williams without a point for the first time since 2006 — when he was a rookie. He only played nine minutes in that game his rookie year, but logged 36 minutes last night during an 0-for-9 performance in the 94-82 Heat victory. Read More »
With Brooklyn’s season on
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the line tonight, someone threw up a “MISSING” poster of Deron Williams on a pole right outside the Barclays Center. Cold-blooded. Read More »
/ May 1, 2014 / 2:15 pm
The NBA kingdom is being conquered by the one-two punch of the point guard and shooting guard combo. Long gone are the days of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal banging away in the paint. The Memphis Grizzlies “grindhouse” style of basketball is the closest image of the days where the big men ruled the hardwood and people just refer to that style as “boring” in today’s game. Read More »
The Raptors took care of business at a raucous Air Canada Centre in Game 5 to take a 3-2
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series lead over the Nets. Kyle Lowry was the biggest reason why. Not only did he end the first half in style, but he absolutely duped Deron Williams on this behind-the-back move before hitting the scoop shot in the lane. Read More »
Kyrie Irving (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
You have to admit Dime has good timing. Only hours after we recently posted the 30 greatest ankle-breakers in league history, Andre Iguodala set Twitter aflame with his season-defining move on Denver’s Quincy Miller. Read More »
For better or for worse, technology appears to be evolving at the speed of light. One of the many positives of this rapid change is the ability to be entertained from multiple areas, including the .gif, compressed image files. Read More »
Allen Iverson (photo. Reebok)
In the game of basketball there is nothing like witnessing an ankle-breaker. Dunks are cool, but there is something about watching a defender surrender to gravity and falling on the court after a vicious crossover. Whether you fight it to this day, we have all been victims. Read More »
If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early.
Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »