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NBA, NBA Draft / May 20, 2010 / 3:00 pm

What To Watch: The NBA Draft Combine

Rodrigue Beaubois (photo. Nicky Woo)

Rodrigue Beaubois (photo. Nicky Woo)

What makes the regular season and first and second rounds of the NBA Playoffs so good is that you can usually rely on at least one game every night. But once we hit the Conference Finals, NBA Finals, and the offseason, there is just less basketball to watch. This is why I savor things like the NBA Draft Combine, Summer League, and the World Championships/Olympics. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Apr 9, 2010 / 3:01 pm

NBA Draft Update: Derrick Favors is going pro

Derrick Favors

If the rules had allowed, Derrick Favors would already be in the NBA. I first met the 6-10 teenager when he was a sophomore at South Atlanta (Ga.) High School, and I knew even then that he was a future pro whose sights were locked in on the NBA and getting there as soon as possible. The kid who grew up in the same AAU program as Dwight Howard, who was seemingly being groomed to be the next Dwight, would have gone pro straight from high school like Dwight if he could have. Read More »

College / Nov 3, 2009 / 12:35 pm

Matty D’s Top 25 College Basketball Preview (20-16)

Greg Monroe

That’s right, the start of the college hoops season is just one week away and you know what that means: it’s time to unleash the mother effing fury! For the past seven months, I’ve been bottling up a vicious mixture of excitement and rage, just waiting for the moment to release my emotions onto the rest of the world. Well that time has come. Your boy Matty D is back to give you a look at the top teams in the country and to separate the champs from the chumps. Read More »

Smack / Jun 16, 2009 / 12:50 am

Day 1 of the offseason, Kobe is still the headliner

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

As expected, you couldn’t get away from Kobe Bryant yesterday. In fact, if you have any Orlando Magic fans in your life, you might wanna have them stay away from the Internet or any sports TV/radio stations for the rest of the week. The fallout from Kobe’s first “solo” NBA championship has so far revolved around two questions: What is Kobe’s place in history? and What’s next for Kobe and the Lakers? Read More »