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NBA / Oct 29, 2013 / 6:15 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Utah Jazz

Gordon Hayward

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Jazz team with a lot of cap room, a young roster and very little chance of winning. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Building A Dynasty Using The Best Players Without A Ring

Charles Barkley

They are the ones history frowned upon, the ones shirked by Lady Luck; seminal players that dominated professional basketball in their own way, and yet were never able to climb to the peak of their profession. We retroactively watch as one season after another becomes a brutal, Sisyphean endeavor. Individually, they’re footnotes in other’s history; collectively, they can make up a dynasty. Read More »

NBA / Jul 24, 2013 / 5:18 pm

Happy Birthday, Karl Malone! His Top 10 Quotes To Celebrate A Hardworking Hall of Fame Career

Karl Malone

Today the Mailman, Karl Malone, turns 50. To celebrate, we thought it only fitting to provide you 10 of his best quotes over an NBA career that stretched from 1985 to 2004. Malone has scored more points than anyone in NBA history not named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but his scoring accomplishments and unchallenged Hall of Fame pedigree wouldn’t have happened without a lot of hard work. Read More »

NBA / May 8, 2013 / 11:00 am

How To Fix The Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams

The second round of the playoffs is underway and with only eight teams remaining, it means another eight have been eliminated from title contention. The offseason is the time for these teams to retool to prepare for deeper runs next season. The Brooklyn Nets finished the year with a 49-33 record, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. However, their first-round opponent, the Chicago Bulls, surprisingly beat them at home in a Game 7. Read More »

Smack / Nov 7, 2012 / 12:00 am

The NBA’s Most Surprising Team Finally Loses; Toronto Suffers A Major Injury Scare

Joakim Noah

On the day that Chicago’s most famous face took center stage in the presidential election, the Bulls beat down the undefeated Magic, 99-93. Over the final five minutes, the Bulls closed the door with some ferocious interior defense, forcing guys like Big Baby into impossible shots, and on the other end, Joakim Noah (20 points, nine boards, five blocks) and Taj Gibson (playing over Carlos Boozer to end the game) provided some offensive highlights. Read More »

NBA / Sep 11, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Why Don Nelson Deserved To Be In The Basketball Hall Of Fame

Don Nelson

Why is Don Nelson in the Hall of Fame if he never even coached a team to the NBA Finals?

Donald Arvid Nelson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. this past Friday. As with all inductions over the last few years, there’s a surrounding debate (ameliorated by the communal effect of technology) about the legitimacy of an inductee’s inclusion. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Jul 19, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Paying Homage To Utah Jazz Legends With Art & T-Shirts

Jerry Sloan

When you think about the Utah Jazz, the first thing that comes to your mind is the Hall of Fame duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone. Of course, one of the great architects of this duo is Jerry Sloan, who coached the Jazz for 23 seasons. It is safe to say that these three are still held in high regard in Utah and among Jazz fans. Read More »

Smack / Jul 14, 2012 / 1:00 am

Elton Brand Is Dallas’ Latest One-Year Wonder; Goodman Battles Team NYC

Elton Brand

We’ve written a lot in this space about the league’s “one more try” theme going into this next NBA season with the amount of older players getting contracts. One of the more intriguing teams trying to put it together is Dallas. On Friday they won Elton Brand off waivers to join Chris Kaman and Darren Collison as new additions in Mavericks blue. We’re sure they’re excited to have a home but it’s only temporary: all those contracts are for one year just in case the Magic hold onto Dwight Howard and he enters free agency next summer. Read More »

NBA / Jun 26, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Discovering Nothing About Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Deron Williams, Gordan Giricek, Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur. That was the starting lineup of a once-Western Conference Finals participant, I swear. The Utah Jazz lost in five games to the mightier San Antonio Spurs that year (2007), the eventual NBA champion. Utah lost to the Lakers in the playoffs the next three years rather quietly, and a once promising young franchise slinked into mediocrity for the foreseeable future. Read More »

Smack / Jan 10, 2012 / 12:00 am

The Knicks Survive; Philly Is The Best Team No One Is Talking About

Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks haven’t exactly been outclassing people, but a win is a win even if it took them all of 48 minutes to get one over the Bobcats. Carmelo Anthony (6-for-18, 22 points) struggled for most of the night, but when it counted he hit the buckets and free throws, and gobbled up enough boards to send New York home with a much-needed four-point win. Charlotte had their chances. Down one in the final 20 seconds, D.J. White missed a crazy jumper off the bounce (who drew that one up?). Then, D.J. Augustin (12 points, eight boards) hit a wild three on the following possession to make it a one-point game. Read More »