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GIFs, NBA / Nov 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

Video: Tayshaun Prince Turns Back The Clock For Poster Dunk On Valanciunas

Tayshaun Price, Jonas Valanciunas

Perhaps it was the Vince Carter homage he watched before the game? Tayshaun Prince is 34 years old — which seems low, to be honest — and Jonas Valanciunas is 22. The age discrepancy didn’t matter in the air at the Air Canada Centre last night when Tayshaun threw it down on the young Raptors center. Read More »

NBA / Nov 4, 2014 / 9:00 pm

GIF: Accidental ‘Punch’ By Sebastian Telfair Draws Blood From Jonas Valanciunas

Sebastian Telfair, Jonas Valanciunas

Who would draw blood first in a fight between Jonas Valanciunas and Sebastian Telfair? If the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard’s accidental punch to the face of the Toronto Raptors center is any indication, you guessed wrong. Watch the six-foot Telfair deliver a nasty, inadvertent blow to the seven-foot Valanciunas in tonight’s matchup between the Thunder and Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Video / Sep 12, 2014 / 10:30 am

Watch DeMarcus Cousins Scare Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarcus Cousins

The USA cruised past Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup semifinals yesterday, 96-68, and it got a little feisty after the game concluded. Before Coach K did his Van Gundy impression, though, DeMarcus Cousins came very close to slugging Lithuanian and Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas and undoing all the good will he’s engendered during his first international tournament. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Sep 11, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Coach K Breaks Up On-Court Tussle After Team USA Beats Lithuania

Team USA, Lithuania (photo. _MarcusD_ GIF)

We thought the potential for on-court drama involving Team USA in the FIBA World Cup mostly died after France stunned the basketball world by beating host nation and American rival Spain in the quarterfinals yesterday. Well, we were at least sort of right. As the clock ticked to zeros in the United States’ ho-hum semifinal win over Lithuania today, a minor fracas involving several opposing players broke out on the floor. The keeper of peace? You guessed it – Team USA coach and Army man Mike Krzyzewski. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 10, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Faried: Notion That USA Will Struggle Versus Size Is “Massively Disrespectful”

Kenneth Faried

After intended frontcourt stalwarts Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge opted against playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, the Americans’ biggest strength became its litany of super-talented guards. Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden are all franchise cornerstones when healthy, capable of directing and creating offense like only a select few players in the world. Read More »

Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 5:00 pm

James Harden Lights Up Drew League In Week 11

James Harden

After 11 weeks of stellar basketball at the Drew League, 28 teams have been narrowed down to 16 who have earned their place in the knockout format of the playoffs. Already 15 of the 16 playoff spots have been determined as the Drew entered its final week of regular season action. But that did extinguish the the always competitive and explosive play that went down in Week 11. Read More »

instagram / Jul 8, 2014 / 9:30 am

Video: Jonas Valanciunas Tries Teaching Raptors Dancers Lithuanian Moves

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

Raptors 6-11 big man Jonas Valanciunas finished his second year in the NBA when Toronto was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs after a brutal Game 7 home loss to the Nets. During the offseason, the 22-year-old center decided it was time to show the Raptors dance team his native Lithuanian moves and wardrobe. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 6, 2014 / 11:45 am

GIF: Brandon Knight Hammers On Jonas Valanciunas

Brandon Knight, Jonas Valanciunas

After a big block on Birdman, and a game-winner against the Knicks, Brandon Knight continues his slow recovery from last season’s cataclysmic stuff by DeAndre Jordan. Saturday night, he did his own rendition. Even though the Bucks lost gameNo. 63, 102-98, on one sequence Knight showed off his hops. Read More »

NBA, Video / Feb 4, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 100 Best Dunks Of The NBA Season

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

For only a half season’s worth of basketball, the NBA’s top athletes have put together a strong resume and large volume of impressive slams, so much so that we had to list 100 of them. There weren’t any that had to be forced on, either, to complete the list. No, there were plenty of worthy candidates to make this list go beyond the threshold of 100. Read More »