TAG: Frank Vogel

Video / Jun 21, 2012 / 2:45 pm

Video: Indiana Pacers Head Coach Spins Basketball On Toothbrush

Frank Vogel

Indiana Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel, is known to be a young, hardworking coach that has motivated his team to get better each season he has been there. Thanks to Dan Devine over at Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie, we now know that as a 13-year-old, Vogel appeared on the David Letterman Show for their “Stupid Human Tricks” segment where he spun a basketball on a toothbrush while brushing his teeth! Sounds too good to be true? Here’s the video evidence. Read More »

Smack / Jun 9, 2012 / 12:00 am

Everyone Believes In LeBron James Again; Doc Tells His Celtics To Pack For A Week

LeBron James & Nike+

Unless you’re Skip Bayless and your job is to swim against the current of popular opinion — that being LeBron James keeping Miami almost single-handedly from exiting the playoffs was an incredible, once-every-50-years performance — LBJ was the first thing you talked to your friends about around the water cooler. And why wouldn’t he be? The wrong-footed jumpers (he even banked one in over Kevin Garnett; so filthy), the tip-dunk where his head was at the rim, the 15 rebounds, there was more than enough to go around for conversation. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / May 11, 2012 / 1:28 pm

Pacers Coach: Heat ‘Are The Biggest Flopping Team In The NBA’

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

Indiana coach Frank Vogel knows his team will face a huge challenge in Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but believes the talents in South Beach include an inordinate amount of flopping. A hatred toward flopping, seemingly even more pronounced than usual, has become the campaign issue du jour of the NBA postseason. Will it mean the win or loss of a series? Likely not. Is it the easiest thing to work up hate about? Yes. Read More »

NBA / May 1, 2012 / 11:30 am

Dime Q&A: Chris Webber & Steve Smith Discuss The NBA’s 3 Best Closers

Chris Webber

It’s been two days – one weekend – and the NBA Playoffs have already thrown some twists our way. Derrick Rose is done, Nick Young and Reggie Evans spearheaded what might’ve been the greatest comeback ever and Andrew Bynum is setting records. Who would’ve thought? It only promises to get better from here as the Eastern Conference is now a complete disaster, and in the West, everyone outside of San Antonio has question marks. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 28, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Paul George Calls NBA Slam Dunk Contest “A Joke”

Paul George

I like Jeremy Evans a lot. Everyone here at Dime does. We’ve supported the #LetJeremyDunk movement since the beginning. I spent some time with him over All-Star Weekend, and we joked about his admittedly horrendous Call of Duty skills and the worst dunker on Utah. But he shouldn’t have won the dunk contest. Paul George had the best dunks. I’m not accepting arguments. That’s a fact (although it would’ve been Derrick Williams winning had he been able to finish his last one). Read More »

NBA / Dec 22, 2011 / 11:30 am

The NBA’s Top 5 Sleeper Teams

Danny Granger

Danny Granger (photo. Stephen Hill)

When we throw around the word “sleeper” in reference to an NBA team, it doesn’t really say much other than we think Team X will surpass expectations. Some sleepers could win championships, a la the Dallas Mavericks of a year ago. Others, such as the Memphis Grizzlies of last season, will slip into the playoffs and make a deep run after they weren’t expected to amount to anything.

So in picking the top five sleepers for the 2011-12 NBA season, there’s going to be some good teams that turn out to be super good and some bad teams that might surprise us by not completely floundering about. There’s a few prerequisites to being a sleeper, however. Read More »

NBA / Dec 12, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Where’s The Remote? The NBA’s Top 10 League Pass Teams

Zach Randolph

Russell Westbrook (photo. Jeff Forney)

Laker fans never have to worry. When the NBA released its revised schedule about a week ago, they made sure the league’s most polarizing franchise was delivered to it’s ever-expanding fan base. Is 29 out of 66 enough? 29 times this season the Lakers will be playing on national TV, which is only about 25 times more than the New Jersey Nets, despite their star point guard and despite their jet ski-riding, womanizing owner (and even those four games got the shaft that is NBA TV). The NBA knows the big names and the big teams will make the most money. Cleveland at Milwaukee in February is for no one outside of the diehards. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Nov 30, 2011 / 12:30 pm

NBA Trade Rumor: Indiana And Boston Discussing Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo (photo. Gary Land)

If Rajon Rondo does make it all the way to opening night still in New England, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and all the rest of Boston better be sucking up to him because dude will be pissed off. Not long after rumors began that Danny Ainge was dragging Rondo’s name into talks with rival GMs, Chris Paul came up. It turned out the league’s reigning best PG (at least in the public’s eye) was the guy Boston wanted, and if it cost them Rondo so be it. New Orleans wasn’t jumping at the deal, and now Rondo has his own suitor: the Indiana Pacers. Read More »

Smack / Jul 7, 2011 / 12:46 am

Michael Beasley Is In Trouble Again; Clippers Somehow Resist Blake Griffin Mania

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley (photo. Omar Vega)

So we’re guessing this is how they get down in Minnesota. After what could be described as a tumultuous beginning to his career in Miami, Michael Beasley put together an altogether by-the-book first season in Minnesota. Well, it looks like Beasley might have taken a major step backwards, as he was ticketed for speeding in a Minneapolis surburb and was reportedly in possession of 16.2 grams of Mary Jane. Read More »

Smack / Jul 6, 2011 / 12:00 am

Some Think Kobe Is Cockier Than LeBron; And Dale Ellis Thinks He’s The Best Shooter Of All-Time

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

Contrary to public opinion, Kobe‘s still the same. He never changed, never mellowed or dried himself up. He’s still arrogant, cocky, believing he can’t be stopped, won’t ever be made mortal. Somewhere along the way, LeBron took his place as the most hated in the game…expected actually, because every great player has to go through this. It all peaked last summer. Read More »