TAG: Jamaal Magloire

Smack / Sep 6, 2012 / 9:53 pm

Don Nelson Talks About Fight With Chris Webber; Golden State Has The Next Reggie Miller

Chris Webber

Chris Webber will forever be known as the best underwhelming NBA player ever. He was one of the greatest power forwards of this generation, and yet, it always felt like he should’ve been more. That dates back to his early feuds in Golden State with Don Nelson, one of the first instances where everyone realized this Generation X of players had way too much power. Read More »

Smack / May 18, 2012 / 12:26 am

Miami Goes MIA As Roy Hibbert Erupts; San Antonio Has Won 16 In A Row

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Roy Hibbert is so big it invites comments like Shaq‘s from Game 2 about how he needs to get 28 and 15 to live up to his God-given size. We even saw a tweet from a national writer about how he is in the category of Jamaal Magloire as players whose All-Star nods were anomalies. We can’t be sure he read those missives or heard the (rightly deserved) criticism as he stood around in Game 2. In front of a gold-out in friendly Indianapolis, though, Hibbert had the game of his playoff life. Read More »

All-Star, Featured Gallery, NBA / Jan 19, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Filling Out The NBA All-Star Lineups

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

Thank you NBA fans. You’ve officially destroyed any drama that I ever got out of the All-Star voting. Not that it really matters. Almost every year, you can bank on certain names garnering the most votes and a starting spot in the Sunday capper of the best midseason weekend in basketball. Kobe Bryant could do his whole “watch what happens when I don’t shoot, world” routine for four weeks straight, and his fans would probably declare he’s the best passer in the world and should be in the game. LeBron James could act like a train off its tracks, and keep up that weird “I’m here, but don’t ask me to do anything heroic” face he’s had on since last June, and fans would still call him the most talented player in NBA history. Blake Griffin could blow out his knee or decide to never dunk again as long as the refs continue to screw him (Watch him complain on every call. Hubie almost had a heart attack last night: “GET BACK ON D! YOU GOTTA GET BACK!”), or he could have both happen, and Quake would still be in February’s ultimate showcase. Read More »

Smack / Jan 14, 2012 / 1:33 am

The Heat Get Beat… Again; Kobe Bryant Scores 40… Again

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson (photo. Nike)

What was that we said about the Heat being by far the best team in the league? They definitely aren’t playing like it. At least Denver is holding up their end of the bargain. The Nuggets played like legitimate Western Conference threats last night, their energy wearing down Miami in the second half of their win. Would there be any team more fun to play on than Denver? George Karl doesn’t just want to play fast. He wants quicker shots. He wants a faster pace. And he wants to run teams out of the gym. It also helps to have Ty Lawson too. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 5, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Miami Heat

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh (photo. David Alvarez)

The Miami Heat‘s shortcomings last season were well-documented. That said, it should do nothing to diminish the fact that this time has some serious fantasy firepower. Aside from the Big Three, there is some residual value to be had on this squad. Whenever the NBA starts up again, fantasy owners would do well to keep a close eye on which players the Heat adds to its roster, and which of its free agents it chooses to re-sign. It’s very possible that this team will have a whole new batch of role players once its retooling is over with. Read More »

NBA / May 31, 2011 / 10:00 am

If LeBron Wins The Title, Don’t Delegitimize The Accomplishment

LeBron James

LeBron James, Dime #58

On July 8th of last year, LeBron James announced in front of a national audience on ESPN, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” That announcement unleashed a strong legion of “haters” – primarily from Cleveland – but with members all over the country. These haters are people who suddenly became fervently anti-LeBron for a variety of reasons: “The Decision” was a slap in the face to Cleveland, he’s a coward who can’t win without Dwyane Wade, he turned his back on a city that adored him, and the list goes on and on. I must admit, I am one of those people. Read More »

Smack / Jan 28, 2011 / 3:28 am

Amar’e, Gallinari shoot New York past Miami; NBA All-Star starters

Danilo Gallinari (photo. NY Daily News)

On a night where everybody walked out of Madison Square Garden talking about Danilo Gallinari, the Dime crew had perfect seats for the show. A few rows behind our spot on press row was a fan who was screaming out rooster calls whenever Gallo was at the free-throw line, and right beside us was an Italian journalist who didn’t even pretend to be objective while rooting for The Rooster: He scoffed when the crowd chanted “MVP” for Amar’e Stoudemire — apparently still banking on Andrea Bargnani making a late push — and when Gallinari knocked down some huge clutch shots in the fourth quarter to help New York upset the Miami Heat, dude’s reaction sounded like something you’d hear in a Peter North movie … Read More »

NBA / Nov 22, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Erick Dampier should be on the Miami Heat any day now

Erick Dampier

Maybe he killed Pat Riley‘s fantasy team one year. Maybe Riley, a Kentucky alum, just doesn’t deal with people from Mississippi State. Those are about the only two logical reasons why Riley, master and commander of the Miami Heat, would not take the opportunity to sign free agent center Erick Dampier when he had the chance. Read More »

Smack / Sep 25, 2010 / 12:01 am

Carmelo Anthony is going to the Nets. At least we’re pretty sure.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #25

In a summer where the NBA was turned on its side by the free-agency decisions of LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e and others, the now (reportedly) imminent trade of Carmelo Anthony will change so much more in a League that is hardly recognizable from the one we last saw in June … According to the New York Daily News, last time we checked, ‘Melo has given his OK (in that he promised to sign an extension with his new team) for a four-team trade that would send him to the Nets. Read More »

NBA / Aug 31, 2010 / 11:00 am

How Much Do You Want It: The Miami Heat’s Battle To Be The Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

One way or another, there are going to be a lot of broken hearts in Miami this year. Either the new-look Heat don’t win a championship, or they do, and three guys who signed this summer don’t end up getting a ring. Now that Miami has inked former West Virginia star Da’Sean Butler, the 42nd pick in this year’s NBA Draft, he becomes the team’s 18th player under contract going into training camp. So while it’s going to be an uphill battle for Butler as he works to come back from a torn ligament in his left knee, let’s look at the roster and try and figure out who will be on the outside looking in this year. Read More »