TAG: James Johnson

NBA, Video / Feb 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The 10 Best Dunks In The NBA Last Week

James Johnson

James Johnson (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

It seems as if the All-Star Game only inspired players to throw down dunks that were far more vicious and creative than anything we saw in the first half of the season. Right out of the gate after the All-Star break, observers have been subject to some of the league’s best posters and alley-oops, whether they’re done by two players or only one, to start off the second half of the season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 22, 2014 / 12:34 am

Video: James Johnson Self Alley-Oop Off The Glass

James Johnson, Matt Barnes

James Johnson, Matt Barnes (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

We saw Draymond Green inadvertently do this for himself two nights ago with the Rockets at Oracle, and Larry Bird used to do it all the time when he ran into traffic in the lane. That’s forgetting to mention T-Mac‘s iteration on the break during the 2002 All-Star game. But Grizzlies athletic forward James Johnson might be the first one we’ve seen do it in a regular season game in the half-court that finished with a flush. Against the Clippers Friday night, Johnson knowingly tossed himself an alley-oop off the backboard for the two-handed smash. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 29, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Video: The Amazing James Johnson & His Putback Slam

James Johnson, Mo Williams

James Johnson, Mo Williams (Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports)

Grizzlies power forward James Johnson has been astounding for Memphis since getting called up from the D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers in December. The former No. 16 pick by the Bulls in 2009 had floated around the fringes of the league since disappointing in Chicago, but he’s got the highest net rating for any Grizzlies player that’s logged more than 500 minutes. His putback dunk on the Blazers illustrates what an intriguing player he’s become for Memphis. Read More »

NBA / Jan 13, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The NBA’s 30 Biggest Unsung Heroes

Andray Blatche

Khris Middleton (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Behind every great team, the superstars and the dynasties, are the guys that the average fans don’t know about. Regardless of the amount of talent at the top of the roster, coaches are forced to look for production from role players on a nightly basis. While the average fan may not realize these players exist, their impact, while consistently failing to show up in the box scores, is not disregarded by teammates or coaches. Read More »

NBA, Video / Dec 27, 2013 / 11:00 am

LeBron’s 20 Best Dunks In The NBA

LeBron James

LeBron James (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

This past Friday, I found myself removed from my seat following another towering slam by LeBron James when I came to the realization that the four-time MVP may be the best entertainer in the country at the moment. And if that didn’t convince me, all I had to do was watch the Heat on Christmas. Those two dunks he caught from Dwyane Wade? OMG. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 4, 2013 / 2:15 pm

90 NBA Players Reveal Their Favorite Pregame Music

Drake

Drake (photo. Jordan Brand)

Go into any locker room in the NBA… actually, go into any locker room in the country and you’ll hear some Meek Mill. Some Jigga. Some Drake. Music and basketball. The NBA and hip-hop. It all goes together. Read More »

NBA / Jul 10, 2013 / 12:00 pm

The Best Current NBA Player From Each Of The 50 States

Amar'e Stoudemire

We all have a hometown. Whether you loved it or couldn’t wait to leave it, it’s a part of who you are. There’s something about your hometown that just sticks with you, whether it’s the people you meet, the lessons you learn, or the sheer pride you might have for it. Read More »

Smack / Dec 29, 2012 / 9:00 am

Chris Paul Keeps The Clippers’ Streak Alive; The Heat Lose A Head-Scratcher In Detroit

Chris Paul & CP3.VI

Chris Paul & CP3.VI (photo. Casey Rogers from AP for Jordan Brand)

Chris Paul wasn’t about to let his team lose its 15-game win streak, not like that. So in Utah on Friday night, down 19 points halfway through the third quarter, CP3 broke out the defibrillator and shocked life back into the Clippers. Why’s that impressive? Well, the 16-game streak is the longest since the Celtics had a 19-gamer in 2008. Two, Salt Lake City is not an easy place to play even in the post-Sloan era and the Clippers struggle there — they’ve gone 20-61 there all-time. Three, mental toughness was not something associated with this franchise until recently — oh, about the time CP3 and Chauncey Billups arrived, to be honest. 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 »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 17, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.17

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson (photo. Bethany Gilbert)

Beast of the Night: Al Jefferson took full advantage of a triple-overtime marathon against the Mavericks, posting 28 points, 26 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in more than 54 minutes of burn. He shot 56 percent (14-25) from the floor and had one turnover. For the season, Jefferson has exceeded expectations by producing top six averages. Barring major changes in the Jazz’s roster or Jefferson’s health, he should be viewed as a first-round player in next year’s drafts. Read More »