/ Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant (photo. Nike Basketball)
When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated‘s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:
1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams.
2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement.
3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »
/ Sep 24, 2013 / 3:00 pm
Kyrie Irving (photo. Instagram/k1irving)
With so many young players gracing the Cavaliers roster this upcoming season, it makes sense that some would be considered kids to new head coach Mike Brown. The Cavs are so young, even third year point guard, 21-year-old All-Star Kyrie Irving is considered a veteran by some. But he has no idea why Brown has recently taken to calling him the “The Pied Piper” of Cleveland basketball. Read More »
/ Sep 16, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Cavs General manager Chris Grant is not in danger of losing his job, writes the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Mary Schmitt Boyer in this weekend’s mailbag. He’s drafted well, and the Baron Davis trade that landed the Cavs presumptive franchise player Kyrie Irving was a smart move when combined with lottery luck. But the optimism heading into next season should be tempered by the countless injuries the Cavs have suffered in the wake of LeBron’s (original) Decision. Read More »
Jaime Boyer (photo. @JaimeBoyer)
Mixtapes, highlight reels and climaxed dunks in the middle of grassroots tournaments have become the newest fascination in a multimedia driven basketball world. Let’s face it, as we are now fully in the “mixtape culture,” videographers give a picture to the visuals certain people can’t get to. It would be foolish to think every basketball aficionado has been to the Goodman League, Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Drew League or any other event of magnanimous proportions. Read More »
Kobe Bryant (photo. Mannion)
From Germantown to Cobb’s Creek, Philadelphia’s notorious neighborhoods have always boasted some of America’s most cutthroat and ruthless styles of basketball.
Whether it was historic battles in the ’70s between Eugene Banks and Lewis Lloyd to the most recent scraps with 2013 top recruits Rysheed Jordan (Saint John’s) and Brandon Austin (Providence), the competition is still readily available. Read More »
James Harden (photo. @jharden13)
While all of America is gearing up for fantasy football, we here at Dime feel that it’s never too early for fantasy basketball draft preparation. And while most believe in building their fantasy teams around point guards and big men, that doesn’t mean shooting guards can be totally ignored. Unlike the point guards we went over earlier this week, there isn’t much depth at the two, so having a stud there could help put your squad amongst the elite. Read More »
Damian Lillard (photo. Aaron Hewitt)
Predictably, Damian Lillard headlines this year’s NBA All-Rookie First Team, where he is joined by Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters, Anthony Davis and Harrison Barnes. After the craziness that was this year’s All-Defensive Teams, it was good to see that Lillard, this year’s Rookie of the Year, was the only unanimous selection. Read More »
/ Apr 17, 2013 / 12:00 pm
Serge Ibaka, Dime #58
As much as I enjoy watching LeBron James at the peak of his NBA powers, as much as I enjoy watching the veteran Celtics come together since Rajon Rondo went down, as fun as it is to watch Carmelo Anthony drop 35-plus night after night en-route to his first scoring title, and Chris Paul continuing to be the best point guard of this generation, what makes the NBA so great night in and night out is everyone else. Read More »
Today’s Smack breaks down all of the bad things that Norris Cole did to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but you should see some of the highlights, two in particular.
First up, check out the dunk that Dion Waiters puts on the Birdman. Read More »
For some reason, one of the NBA’s go-to rookie hazing pranks is filling a player’s car with popcorn. I mean, it was funny the first few times we saw it, but now we’ve seen it over and over again for years. Why no one will mix it up is beyond me, but whatever, the guys seem to really love it (and I get it that popcorn won’t actually damage the car).
The latest to get the treatment is Cavs rookie Dion Waiters, who got popcorn’d over the weekend and posted the aftermath on his instagram feed. Read More »