After an offseason that saw them miss out on Dwight Howard at the final hour and seemingly overpay for the defense-challenged backcourt tandem of Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis, many believed the Dallas Mavericks had no chance to compete in a loaded Western Conference in 2013-2014. But Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki worked their typical magic, pushing Dallas to 49 wins, a playoff birth, and a decisive seventh game in the first-round agains the eventual NBA champions. Dallas has bigger ambitions for next season, and it starts with making a splash in free agency this summer. To that end, the Mavs reportedly plan to pursue Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol. Read More »
A few days ago, we received news regarding Carmelo Anthony, who intends to opt out later this month with reports indicating the Bulls and Rockets are his preferred destinations. With his upcoming free agency basically a foregone conclusion, other suitors are lining up and expressing their interest publicly.
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After the Spurs clinched the title last night, folks from around the NBA reacted to their victory on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of our favorite tweets from last night.
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It’s been exactly three years since LeBron James last walked off a basketball court having lost a playoff series. After leading his team to the 2011 NBA Finals in his first season with the Miami Heat, LeBron lost in six games to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Read More »
Some teams will hope to improve this summer by relying heavily on a deep NBA Draft class, while others will look elsewhere to fill the void in their lineup. Every summer, the NBA season always becomes more interesting with the NBA Draft at hand: players get traded, stars opt out of their contracts looking for sweeter deals, or a free agent is simply looking to play somewhere else. Read More »
Mavericks 35-year-old forward Dirk Nowitzki will be inducted into Springfield soon, but he’s not quite done with his Hall-of-Fame career. The 2013-14 season saw him rebound from an injury-plagued 2012-13 campaign, with his true shooting percentage and player efficiency rating bouncing back to within the the top 10 of the NBA. Read More »
/ May 17, 2014 / 2:35 pm
“Game of Thrones” is easily the most exciting show on television today. Dime’s editor emeritus will battle to the death if you argue otherwise. That’s what makes this “Game of Zones” spoof featuring NBA teams and players as Thrones characters, the most incredible parody of all time. Read More »
Why do we watch? If the NBA were predictable, it would simply be boring. Yet, as we all know just from this postseason alone, expect the unexpected. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards each blew double-digit second-half leads to their opponents this weekend, allowing the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers to either tie the series or take a commanding series lead. Read More »
/ May 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm
The NBA is “Where Amazing Happens” and the 2014 NBA Playoffs have given a new definition to the word amazing. Living on the East Coast, each morning as I stretched my arms and grabbed my iPhone, highlights would show up of yet another late-night, overtime game being decided in the final moments. The NBA Playoffs can make or break a career for a player, especially those perceived as “stars”. Have one bad game and basketball Twitter will open the casket and dig a grave. Read More »
According to ESPN’s sources close to the situation, Kevin Durant will supplant LeBron James‘ two-year reign and be named the NBA’s 2014 MVP. It will be the first MVP award for the 25-year-old Durant, after he finished second to James three of the last four years including the last two. Read More »