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NBA, We Reminisce / Sep 16, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Happy 80th Birthday To Elgin Baylor! Truly One Of The NBA’s Forgotten Greats

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A lot of names get bandied around when it comes to the increasingly divisive (and almost always insufferable) Greatest of All Time debate. But one name in particular that is usually inexplicably omitted from this discussion is Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor, who is considered by many one of the most criminally-under-appreciated players in NBA history, and by others – namely the eternal Bill Russell – quite simply the best player to ever set foot on a basketball court. Read More »

NBA / May 29, 2014 / 4:15 pm

The 10 Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History

Kevin Durant, LeBron James

The small forward used to compliment the frontcourt, but in the contemporary game it’s a position that’s turned out elite wing players with the body of a power forward from just a generation prior. Small forwards are basketball renaissance men who can do it all: shoot, pass, handle the ball and create havoc for opponents. That’s what makes this list so difficult to pin down. Read More »

NBA / May 16, 2014 / 4:15 pm

The 10 Best Individual Performances In NBA Playoff History

LeBron James

Did you see Kevin Durant last night? If you didn’t, go back and watch the tape. Legend status. In one of the biggest games of his career, the MVP overcame a slow start to post one of those statlines (39 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, five three-pointers and two blocks) you can’t turn away from. Yet as great as KD was, that performance probably doesn’t come close to the best we’ve ever seen. Read More »

NBA / Jan 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

A Breakdown Of Every 60-Point Game In NBA History

Carmelo Anthony

There is a special place of being, an existential plateau that transcends the game of hoops. When an individual has no fear and the utmost confidence, we as the fans get to witness something truly special. Last week, Carmelo Anthony had a scoring explosion that will be remembered by Knicks fans long after his modest achievements with the franchise are forgotten. Read More »

NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The 15 All-Time NBA Western Conference Starting Lineups

Dirk Nowitzki

Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally — yes, Wally Szczerbiak — here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »

NBA / Dec 19, 2013 / 3:30 pm

The 5 Most Dysfunctional Franchises In The NBA

Shaun Livingston, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson

If there’s one thing more entertaining than a franchise that has all of its bearings together and knows how to put out a great, watchable product, it’s a franchise that is capable of doing the exact opposite. A dysfunctional franchise is a gift to the casual NBA viewer in need of entertainment through the early, slower part of the regular season. Even though the team is usually bad — there are dysfunctional franchises that could put out a respectable team — it brings so much joy to watch a team struggle at some of the most simple aspects of the game. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Building A Dynasty Using The Best Players Without A Ring

Charles Barkley

They are the ones history frowned upon, the ones shirked by Lady Luck; seminal players that dominated professional basketball in their own way, and yet were never able to climb to the peak of their profession. We retroactively watch as one season after another becomes a brutal, Sisyphean endeavor. Individually, they’re footnotes in other’s history; collectively, they can make up a dynasty. Read More »

NBA / Aug 6, 2013 / 11:30 am

The 10 Worst Teams To Ever Make The NBA Finals

Allen Iverson

Even casual NBA fans will never forget Magic‘s Lakers, Bird‘s Celtics, Jordan‘s Bulls, Shaq‘s Lakers or even (gulp) LeBron‘s Heat. How can you? They’ve all won multiple championships, and as players, are five of the greatest who ever laced up. They’re historic. What we do forget, though, are the teams that didn’t make it easy for them to reach that plateau. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Mar 20, 2013 / 1:00 pm

2009 NBA Draft Do-Over

Blake covers Dime #49

“What ifs” in sports can run deeper than still waters. What can be a simple question or proposition on the surface, may also result in major changes to a player or players’ careers and, in some instances, even swing titles. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Oct 12, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Julius Erving Speaks On Old School Sneakers & His Era Versus The Dream Team

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This piece was originally published in Dime #71. To see the feature in its entirety, check out the magazine on newsstands nationwide…

Julius Erving had a marketable nickname, incredible mid-air acrobatics and a flair for the dramatic. He was the first modern superstar. Even though he stopped dunking on centers’ heads 25 years ago, with his connection to the current NBA, it feels like Dr. J never really left. But now that the Philadelphia 76er legend is hooked on with the team as a Strategic Advisor, we can expect to see a whole lot more of the Doctor. Read More »