TAG: Grant Hill

Smack / Oct 24, 2012 / 1:19 am

James Harden Fails A Big Test; LeBron Earns One Of The Weirdest Technicals Ever

James Harden

James Harden (photo. Nicky Woo)

Even if James Harden wasn’t, we all had waited a long time for last night. Both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t suit up, which meant the Beard would finally get a long-awaited chance to be the no. 1 option versus a top defense like the Bulls. Harden never really wanted this, dating all the way back to the draft when he reportedly actually wanted to be picked by OKC because he could fit in rather than dealing with the pressure of being “the man.” But anyone on the cusp of getting a max contract should be willing to test themselves. It’s safe to say Harden failed this one. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Oct 9, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Freddie Gibbs Dishes On Chicago, Carlos Boozer & His New Mixtape

Freddie Gibbs

The biggest complaint in hip-hop today is that everything is soft. Grown men are circling their neighborhoods in skin-tight jeans, and are crooning instead of rapping. The aggressive lane has become a recessive trait in hip-hop. Bars are depreciated because nobody listens to sixteens anymore. Everybody needs a catchy hook and a melodic beat in order to smoothly digest a record. The gangsta in gangsta rap is diminished. Still, there’s some hope. Indiana’s very own Freddie Gibbs, commonly referred to as Gangsta Gibbs, has no desire to let the epitome of gangsta rap die. Read More »

NBA / Oct 5, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Grant Hill! His Top 10 NBA Moments

Grant Hill

Grant Hill turns 40 today, one of the game’s greatest in his Detroit prime yet still one of its greatest comeback stories today. His career path is well trod now, but one of the very best to not win a ring has that chance as a Clipper. The man whose ankles nearly killed him has played about five years without even ankle braces, a remarkable story that he hopes ends in storybook fashion this season alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Los Angeles. Read More »

Smack / Sep 19, 2012 / 11:18 pm

Chris Paul Wanted The Clippers, Not The Lakers; Steve Nash Gets Thrown Into Duke/UNC Beef

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)

Chris Paul might not be Dwyane Wade, who seems intent on turning himself into some sort of fashion icon. But he’s stylish enough to make the cover of GQ (along with actors Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem), and in the subsequent interview, he admitted he was happy to end up with the Clippers instead of the Lakers. The former JV team had better pieces, and as Paul said, “winning with the Clippers would be legendary.” Read More »

NBA / Aug 23, 2012 / 3:00 pm

The 10 NBA Players Who Need To Be In A Movie Next

Rajon Rondo

Kevin Durant‘s contribution to his new movie, Thunderstruck, has been interesting to watch evolve. Maybe the biggest reason for that feeling is that I just don’t picture KD as a guy with movie ambitions. Need him on set? He’s probably still at the gym hoisting his 500th jumper of his second shooting session of the day (conveniently, he plays a basketball player in the new movie). So the thinking began: Who else could make a surprising movie star — and do they have a role tailored for them? Read More »

NBA / Aug 8, 2012 / 4:00 pm

The Top 10 Winners Of NBA Free Agency

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

The NBA offseason still isn’t quite over – we don’t know what’s going to happen with Dwight Howard … will anyone give Tracy McGrady and Gilbert Arenas another chance? … who is signing Josh Howard? – but for the most part, the big moves have been made. Deron Williams, Eric Gordon, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and the rest of the best available names have chosen teams for next year. Read More »

NBA, Video, We Reminisce / Jul 30, 2012 / 5:00 pm

We Reminisce: The Best Pass Of Allen Iverson’s NBA Career

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson (photo. Reebok)

This weekend, LeBron James had one of the best passes I’ve ever seen at any level: a nearly full-court bounce pass that split the defense and hit Kevin Durant in stride for a dunk. Insane. But upon watching it, I was reminded of a very similar play from Allen Iverson just a few seasons ago. This might’ve been the only highlight from a rather disappointing Motor City run for the Answer, but that doesn’t take away from how unreal it was. With one hand, through the legs of Grant Hill, hitting Rip Hamilton right in stride for a layup, you can go a whole career and not have a dime this sick. Read More »

2012 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 23, 2012 / 9:00 am

Grant Hill Thanked Phoenix Fans In A Full-Page Ad

Grant Hill

Expect a standing ovation for Grant Hill next season upon his return as a new Clipper to Phoenix. The player who is basically the poster boy for class in the NBA, Hill followed Nate McMillan in Portland and Ray Allen in Boston and took out a full-page ad in the city’s newspaper to thank the fans. Read More »

2012 Free Agency / Jul 17, 2012 / 2:10 pm

Report: Grant Hill Will Sign With The Clippers

Grant Hill

Grant Hill‘s career was supposed to be derailed in 2000 because of chronic ankle injuries that nearly cost him his life. Instead, he’ll begin his 18th season this fall with his fourth team — and it’s the Clippers. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Hill has reached an agreement with the other L.A. team many believed he sign with after former Phoenix teammate Steve Nash went to the Lakers. The Lakers had pushed hard for a reunion and the Knicks were suitors, too, but he’ll join a team with new additions Lamar Odom and Jamal Crawford. Hill hasn’t yet signed the deal but has committed to joining the team. Read More »

Smack / Jul 17, 2012 / 3:10 am

Kobe Talks Retirement; O.J. Mayo Finds A Team

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

It wasn’t easy, but a W is a W. Team USA struggled early against Brazil and were down by as many as 10. A struggle? They were having problems just converting layups. Russell Westbrook was missing breakaway lay ins; the rest of the team couldn’t make a shot in the lane. At the end of the first quarter, it was 27-17 Brazil, and we thought Coach K might break a blood vessel. Everything was going wrong for the USA early, even the Kiss Cam. Barack Obama and Michelle were in the building, and they were put on the Kiss Cam. Michelle refused the president twice, even after he went in for the kill, and the crowd wasn’t feeling it. Obama was swagging out all night in Under Armour – at a Nike event – but it took him a second try at the Kiss Cam to give his woman a smooch. Read More »