TAG: Jonas Valanciunas

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 »

NBA / Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm

6 Rebuilding NBA Teams That Could Takeover In The Future

Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard

This NBA season, it seems some teams are in full tank mode. If you just take a look at the Eastern Conference standings alone, you will understand. This year’s NBA Draft prospects are the perfect cash crops for GMs and owners around the league who are looking to rebuild their teams. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 3, 2014 / 9:45 pm

GIFs: Raptors Feed Big Man Jonas Valanciunas For A Pair Of Slams

Jonas Valanciunas

These two buckets by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas might say more about the defense of the Wizards than it does about the cutting ability of the second-year Lithuanian, but he finished a pair of zapped entry passes with two-handed dunks that almost ripped the rim off the glass. The primary culprit for Washington on both plays was Marcin Gortat. Read More »

NBA / Dec 30, 2013 / 4:15 pm

5 Teams That Will Resurrect The Eastern Conference Next Year

DeMar DeRozan

The NBA’s Eastern Conference is in need of immediate assistance because outside of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, there are 13 other teams that are on life support.

The Atlanta Hawks are the only other team in the East with a record above .500 and that’s not going to last much longer with Al Horford now out indefinitely. That leaves the likes of the Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards to compete for the coveted third seed. Read More »