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FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 10, 2014 / 1:00 pm

John Wall Doesn’t Think He Was Given A Fair Chance With USA Basketball

John Wall, Damian Lillard

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall was always an unlikely candidate to make USA Basketball’s final roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and he agrees with that assessment. As opposed to his shaky stylistic fit with the international game or the national program’s wealth of elite point guards serving as means behind those long odds, though, Wall believes the deck was stacked against him from the beginning. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint, NBA / Aug 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Our All-Star Soccer Squad Starring NBA Players

Steve Nash

The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.

That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 4, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Report: Team USA Cuts John Wall, Bradley Beal, And Paul Millsap

John Wall

USA Basketball made its first round of cuts in advance of naming the final, 12-man roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Team USA has cut Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap. Read More »

Smack / Jul 30, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Wall On Goal For Wizards: “All You Can Ask For Now Is The Finals”

John Wall

The Washington Wizards just enjoyed their most successful season in nearly a decade, winning a playoff series for the first time since 2005. However, that doesn’t mean John Wall is satisfied with his team’s standing in the Eastern Conference. Discussing his goals for the upcoming season after practicing with Team USA, Washington’s All-Star point guard said, “All you can ask for now is the finals.” Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Jul 24, 2014 / 7:45 pm

Report: Wall Added To Team USA Training Camp Roster

John Wall

Notably absent from Team USA’s 28-man pool of potential players for the 2014 FIBA World Cup squad upon its original January announcement was Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. Less than a week from the opening of training camp, though, USA Basketball has seemingly admitted its mistake – sources told ESPN that Wall has been added to the roster. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Breaking Down The New Eastern Conference Contenders

Joakim Noah, Nene

With one Sports Illustrated essay, the entire hierarchy in the Eastern Conference was destroyed.

The Miami Heat, the champions of the Eastern Conference for the last four seasons, lost their best player. The Cleveland Cavaliers, an Eastern Conference laughing stock for the last four years, instantly became Las Vegas’ favorites to win the championship next year, and between all that, a number of other teams improved as well. Read More »

NBA / Jun 10, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Trevor Booker on Wiz Playoff Run, Gortat’s “300” Impressions & More

Trevor Booker

For what Washington Wizards Power Forward Trevor Booker lacks in size he makes up with his blue-collar approach. At 6-8, the Clemson product wore many hats this season for an exciting Washington Wizards team that made the playoffs for the first time since a DeShawn StevensonLeBron James beef turned into a Jay-Z diss track. Read More »

Latest News / Jun 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Report: Cavs Will Offer Kyrie Irving Max Extension

Kyrie Irving

Reports surfaced the Cleveland Cavaliers were thinking of bucking the conventional wisdom by not offering two-time all-star Kyrie Irving a maximum extension this summer. It appears those rumors were false. Read More »

NBA / Jun 4, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The Next Wave Of The 15 Most Marketable NBA Stars

Damian Lillard

As the NBA continues to grow globally; companies in the international markets have reached out to some of the game’s youngest, brightest and biggest stars to promote their products across the world. Even if it means paying a hefty price to lock down a potential superstar, NBA personalities have become some of the biggest brands in the world. In the age of social media, the culture has changed and fans are following their favorite players more closely than ever. Read More »

Smack / Jun 4, 2014 / 10:45 am

After Randy Wittman Extension, Marcin Gortat Wants Him To Finally Dunk

Randy Wittman, Marcin Gortat

After finishing 44-38 with the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards easily got by the Bulls in the first round and took two games from the Pacers in the Conference Semifinals. Head coach Randy Wittman was awarded with a 3-year extension, so now center Marcin Gortat wants him to make good on his promise to dunk the ball. Read More »