TAG: Kawhi Leonard

GIFs, Smack / Apr 17, 2014 / 11:44 pm

See The “Mount Spursmore” Haircut Featuring The Spurs’ Big Four

Mount Spursmore

The playoffs are starting soon, so fanaticism is amping up as teams go into the real season, which starts Saturday. While a tattoo is permanent enough to make — lets say — a Charlies Villanueva tattoo a bit dicey, let alone two, haircuts come and go. Still, it takes a special kind of dedication to groom the top four Spurs: Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — aka “Mount Spursmore” — into your scalp. That’s why Spurs fan Joe Barajas turned his receding hair into a reasonably good facsimile of the big four Spurs visages. Read More »

NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Charles Barkley Claims Kawhi Leonard Is “A Top 10 or 15 Player In The NBA”

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki ( Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Maybe it was bombast, or the result of Kawhi Leonard hanging 16 points and 16 rebounds on the Mavs last night in Dallas, including a game-clinching three-pointer in the final minute, but Charles Barkley proclaimed the third-year wing, “a top 10 or 15 player in the NBA.” Kawhi certainly looked the part during a coast-to-coast sprint against the Mavs that culminated in a dunk Dirk Nowitzki wanted no part in trying to prevent. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

LeBron James Blames Shooting Ills On Sleeve Jerseys

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

After appearing to blame his mask on his shooting woes in the first quarter last night — during a rematch in San Antonio of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs — LeBron James had a different culprit in mind following San Antonio’s 111-87 win. He takes umbrage with the NBA’s new sleeved jerseys, and says they’re impinging on his shooting motion and humbly adds, “I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot.” Read More »

College, High School, NBA / Feb 5, 2014 / 12:45 pm

The 25 Breakout Players To Watch In 2014

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The next wave of basketball superstars are on the brink of making an impact. The game is in good hands with LeBron James and Kevin Durant running the show at the moment. But who are the guys that could breakout and become stars in the future? Back in 2011, we devoted a whole issue of the magazine to breakout players–such as Paul George, John Wall and James Harden. Now it’s time for a new list. Read More »

NBA / Jan 7, 2014 / 3:15 pm

5 NBA Playoff Series We Know You Want To See

Paul George, LeBron James

Paul George, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.

Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 27, 2013 / 1:20 am

GIF: Spurs Wing Kawhi Leonard Goes Coast-To-Coast For The Slam

Monta Ellis, Kawhi Leonard

Monta Ellis, Kawhi Leonard (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

Another year, another opportunity for Kawhi Leonard nerds — that’s us — to make excuses for why he seems to float through the regular season like an ethereal specter that’s never really as present as when the weather turns warm in the spring. The word potential hangs heavy when discussing Leonard’s often pedestrian regular season stats, but come playoff time — like he showed us last year in the Finals — he has an extra gear that allows him to reach the upper tier of the NBA. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 10, 2013 / 10:15 pm

Raptors’ Amir Johnson Snuffs Kawhi Leonard’s Dunk Attempt

Amir Johnson, Kawhi Leonard

There weren’t many standout moments for the Raptors tonight in a 116-103 victory for the visiting Spurs, but center Amir Johnson — coming off a career night against the Lakers — was able to emphatically send back Kawhi Leonard‘s attempt at a dunk. Read More »

NBA / Nov 28, 2013 / 10:30 am

10 Reasons To Be Thankful For The NBA This Holiday Season

(photo. Instagram/NBA)

(photo. Instagram/NBA)

It’s that time of year again, where turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings mix with family to create a gluttonous mass that’s only awakened out of their food coma by those Black Friday discounts and the knobby elbows of other customers. The holiday season is upon us, which means the NBA season is underway and there are plenty of things for NBA fans to give thanks for. Here are 10 wide-ranging reasons the people at Dime are thankful for the NBA this season. Read More »

NBA / Nov 5, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The 20 Best Small-Ball Lineups In The NBA

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #53

Just a short year ago, we were blessed to watch the USA Men’s basketball team storm into London and pick apart each opponent with a variety of different tactics that emphasized speed and transition defense. Those lineups, at times, were sorely lacking in the height department. We would occasionally find the 6-8 Carmelo Anthony at the center position where he would rebound and “attempt” to guard opposing centers. Read More »

NBA / Oct 28, 2013 / 7:30 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

Tim Duncan (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

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 San Antonio Spurs team still reeling from coming so close to winning the 2013 NBA Finals. Read More »