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Smack / Jul 14, 2011 / 1:09 am

The Ballers Run The ESPYS

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Rob Hammer)

So The ESPY’s may not be an all-hoops award show, but outside of the U.S. Ladies and their overseas patriot smorgasbord, the ballers stole the show. It started off solid with SNL’s Seth Meyers making us laugh while making every athlete in the room sweat. Our favorite: Meyers mentioning that the Heat’s Big Three was a reference to how many quarters they play in big games. Sick. Burn. Dude. Or the one when Meyers said Kim K is only marrying a Net because she was sick of dating pro athletes. Wow. Read More »

Smack / Jul 13, 2011 / 12:00 am

Kurt Rambis Is Finally Out In Minnesota; Detroit Wants To Keep Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Prince (photo. Keith Allison)

Apparently, Joe Dumars wants Tayshaun Prince back in Detroit. Joe D contacted the free agent’s agent (Bill Duffy) just before the lockout started to let him know that the marriage wasn’t quite beyond repair just yet. Despite that, we doubt Prince wants to go back. Detroit is a mess right now, with no real direction and no real future. Prince is now 31, and has seen his stock drop in the last few years. Some contender is bound to come calling. And we’re pretty sure Prince will listen Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 10, 2011 / 11:00 am

Dime Q&A: C.J. Watson Tells You Everything You Want To Know About The Chicago Bulls

C.J. Watson

C.J. Watson (photo. Eastbay)

Behind every Sherlock lies a Watson. Lurking in the shadows of a potential MVP can be tough for anyone, though C.J. Watson seems to be making the best out of his back-up role in Chicago. Coming from a Warriors team where he was averaging 27-plus minutes and putting up good numbers, you would think C.J. would be upset about getting significantly less playing time. Not so much. As an integral part of the surging Bulls’ second unit – a bench many regard as the best in the League – he is now playing for a team destined to make a serious splash in the postseason. Last I checked, the Warriors aren’t exactly contenders. We got up with Mr. Watson to discuss playing behind Derrick Rose, his favorite sneakers and Miami’s “Crygate.” Read More »

NBA / Feb 11, 2011 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 5 Most Dysfunctional Player-Coach Relationships

Deron Williams

Deron Williams (photo. Christian Kozowyck)

Life is all about change, but there are still some things we always expect to be the same. I cannot imagine the day when Coach K leaves Duke. It will be surreal when Joe Paterno is not on the sidelines for Penn State. And I’m sure, for most of us, the same can be said for Jerry Sloan‘s absence from the Utah Jazz bench.

After 23 years in the same place, what could make the Hall of Fame NBA coch resign in the middle of a season? The rumors are swirling that Sloan’s relationship with Deron Williams was the culprit. Read More »

Featured Gallery, Latest News, NBA / Dec 22, 2010 / 5:30 pm

Michael Jordan’s best (and worst) choices to replace Larry Brown

Michael Jordan

In his first nine months as majority owner of an NBA franchise, Michael Jordan has been through a few years’ worth of experiences:

He watched his Charlotte Bobcats make their first-ever playoff appearance, then watched them suffer their first-ever postseason series sweep. In free agency he re-signed a promising future building block (Tyrus Thomas), then let a potential All-Star point guard walk (Ray Felton). Now he has helped facilitate the departure of his team’s head coach, Larry Brown, meaning Jordan’s next big task will be hiring a replacement. Read More »

Hit List, Latest News / Dec 13, 2010 / 9:00 am

Dime NBA Power Ranking: Mavs, Celtics, Heat cited for streaking

Dwyane Wade

Gilbert Arenas

Ranking the NBA from worst to first…

30. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-17) Last week — Lost at Philadelphia, lost to Chicago, lost at Houston, lost at Oklahoma City They could snap this eight-game losing streak at Miami on Wednesday. And Brett Favre could go one week without appearing on SportsCenter, and Mel Gibson could actually respect people who aren’t like him. Read More »

NBA / Oct 15, 2010 / 6:00 pm

Golden State Warriors 2010-11 NBA Season Preview

Stephen Curry (photo. Nicky Woo)

Stephen Curry (photo. Nicky Woo)

As the NBA regular season approaches, we preview the upcoming campaign with the “Highs and Lows” system — predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team.

Added: David Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Dorell Wright, Louis Amundson, Charlie Bell, Rodney Carney, Dan Gadzuric, Jeremy Lin

Lost: Anthony Randolph, Corey Maggette, Anthony Morrow, Raja Bell, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike, C.J. Watson, Anthony Tolliver Read More »

NBA / Sep 23, 2010 / 12:30 pm

You Be The GM: O.J. Mayo or Monta Ellis?

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo (photo. John Sturdy)

One of the biggest myths about the NBA has resurfaced during the Carmelo Anthony trade rumor mill, as teams like Chicago and New Jersey debate whether or not to part with non-superstar centers like Joakim Noah and Brook Lopez to get a proven superstar in ‘Melo. That myth:

Scorers come a dime-a-dozen.

Not true. Yes, any player who is good enough to be in the NBA would treat your Wednesday rec league to a heaping plate of Buckets Tempura. Read More »

NBA / Sep 17, 2010 / 11:00 am

The Other “Decision”: Dirk Nowitzki on why he picked Dallas

photo. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Almost every year heading into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks are among the favorites to contend for the big prize. They come into every season stacked with experienced veterans and a deep bench of players who could start for most other teams. In recent years, we have seen them active during the trade deadline, improving their team by bringing in guys like Jason Kidd and Caron Butler.

Despite all of their appeal, though, the Mavs always disappoint their believers by falling short of their championship goal. Read More »

Smack / Sep 14, 2010 / 12:01 am

LaMarcus Aldridge is headed down ‘Sheed Avenue

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

And we’re back to no basketball. The day after the World Championship wrapped up, reality set in that we’re still a couple of weeks away from NBA training camp and even farther away from preseason action. (Question: What happens if the All-WC squad of Serbia’s Milos Teodosic, Turkey’s Hedo Turkoglu, Lithuania’s Linas Kleiza, Team USA’s Kevin Durant and Argentina’s Luis Scola played the Timberwolves’ starting five?) … This is the time when everyone is predicting who will have a breakout season, and while there are 100 candidates for which you could make a solid argument, definitely keep an eye on LaMarcus Aldridge. Read More »