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Smack / Nov 25, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Kevin Garnett Included Hakeem Olajuwon As One Of His Top 3 Trash Talkers?

Hakeem Olajuwon

There aren’t many players who can yap at an opponent on the court like Kevin Garnett. Even non-basketball fans know about the Honey Nut Cheerios rumor with Carmelo Anthony and the ensuing verbal fracas after the game. Although it was later revealed to be a total fabrication, KG had been jawing at guys like he’s got a perpetual stick of gum in his mouth for years before that night. But when ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk asked KG for his own top three trash talkers, one of the names he dropped was a big surprise. Read More »

Smack / Nov 12, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Dirk Nowitzki On Hakeem: “I Came Up With My Own Dream Shake…The White Version”

Dirk Nowitzki, Hakeem Olajuwon

Dirk Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon last night for ninth on the league’s all-time points list, becoming basketball’s top international scorer in the process. It’s poetic that Olajuwon is the legend Nowitzki usurped for the latter milestone especially. Both players revolutionized the way we think about big men with play that could be encapsulated in an unstoppable signature move: Dirk’s one-legged fade and Hakeem’s Dream Shake. Read More »

Video / Nov 12, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Watch Dirk Nowitzki Pass Hakeem Olajuwon On The All-Time NBA Scoring List

Dirk Nowitzki, Carl Landry

Dirk Nowitzki, Carl Landry (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Kobe Bryant wasn’t the only future Hall-of-Famer to make history on Tuesday night. However, this record-breaking achievement came with more of a positive spin. On a classic catch-and-shoot jumper in the fourth quarter against the visiting Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki passed the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list. Read More »

NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Dwight Howard Will Have MVP-Caliber Season

Dwight Howard

After Trevor Ariza recently said Dwight Howard is more athletic than ever, Houston Rockets legend and player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon has added even more fuel to optimism about Howard’s game. Citing improved health and a new work ethic, Olajuwon thinks that the player formerly known as Superman will have an MVP-caliber season in 2014-2015. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint, instagram / Aug 26, 2014 / 9:45 am

Watch Amir Johnson Work On His Post Game With Olajuwon & Al Jefferson

Amir Johnson, Al Jefferson

There aren’t many 6-9 power forwards like Amir Johnson, who can hit at better than 30 percent from beyond the arc. Amir added the three-point range last year, but this offseason, he looks to be working on his low-post moves under the dual tutelage of Hakeem Olajuwon and Al Jefferson, the latter of whom is still an Eastern Conference rival. 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, Video / May 13, 2014 / 4:31 pm

The 15 Worst Playoff Collapses In NBA History

Paul Pierce

Why do we watch? If the NBA were predictable, it would simply be boring. Yet, as we all know just from this postseason alone, expect the unexpected. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards each blew double-digit second-half leads to their opponents this weekend, allowing the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers to either tie the series or take a commanding series lead. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 22, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The 10 Greatest Centers In NBA History

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal (photo. Chenoa Maxwell)

Often considered the most valuable spot on the court, the center position has been graced with a stable of elite big men. Ranking them is not easy; choosing just eleven is not easy. The top five could go in almost any order, it depends a lot on what defines greatness and legacy for you personally. I know that a certain Celtic defined winning in sports and a lot of people might have him number one. Many value individual performances, like 100-point games. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 1:45 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Finished Careers In The Most Unexpected Places

Michael Jordan

The trajectory of a player’s career doesn’t always include the storybook ending of playing in the location that meant most to them. Often times, you’ll find veterans bouncing from franchise to franchise, what you might call ring chasing. As you’ll see in the case of the veterans on this list, the traditional colors they wore throughout their career were sometimes traded in for the colors of a team they rode the bench with. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Draft Classes Of All Time

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

The 2014 NBA Draft has seen an enormous amount of hype, if it yields anything less than three or four future stars, it will be considered a disappointment. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum and Julius Randle highlight a cast of talented youngsters. Assuming some of these NBA hopefuls reach their ceilings, we could be looking back at this draft class as one of the best ever. Read More »