TAG: Kawhi Leonard

NBA / Aug 18, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Kawhi Leonard Is Too Busy Working Out To Celebrate With Championship Trophy

Kawhi Leonard

Until the 2014 NBA Finals, casual NBA fans likely knew the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard as much for his almost pathologically measured personality as his rare and developing two-way, on-court influence. Winning Finals MVP changed that, of course, thrusting Leonard from local and niche favorite to nationwide star. Such a rapid ascent to the spotlight would change most 23 year-olds, but not Leonard. 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 »

Smack / Aug 6, 2014 / 11:45 am

Video: Kawhi Leonard Beats Michael Jordan At Hot Shot

Michael Jordan

Fresh off nailing 11 successive jumpers at his basketball camp, Michael Jordan faced off against Jordan Brand athlete and 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in an impromptu game of Hot Shot yesterday. Both players partnered up with a camper, and both knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key, but only one would come out the winner. Read More »

NBA / Jul 4, 2014 / 2:15 pm

10 Players On The Rise In NBA Fantasy Next Season

Anthony Davis

As the 2013-14 NBA season has come to a conclusion, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year for fantasy owners. Finding value is crucial in keeper leagues and is a big part of building a championship roster. Drafting fresh each year becomes a daunting task of finding players who are ready to break out and have a bigger impact than they did the year before. Below is a list of 10 players who should be selected earlier than they probably went in your fantasy draft last year. These players had impact seasons this year and should take the another step next year to become big time fantasy studs. Read More »

NBA Draft / Jun 26, 2014 / 2:30 pm

2014 Draftees TJ Warren And Jerami Grant Could Be The Next Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

As we count down the final hours until the 2014 NBA draft, the doubt that existed about last year’s draft class – arguably one of the worst in league history – simply doesn’t exist this time around. What I can promise you about this year’s crop of prospects is that it will bring the excitement back to the NBA draft. As almost anyone who follows basketball will know, this class is loaded with young talent and star power. We’ve seen how high Zach LaVine can jump after many questioned his decision to leave school early, and will likely see 18 year-old phenoms Aaron Gordon and Dante Exum get drafted as top-10 picks. Read More »

NBA / Jun 18, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Kawhi Leonard Talks Increased Expectations & Contract Extension

Kawhi Leonard

It’s been a surreal couple of days for Kawhi Leonard. He was named Finals MVP, his teammates paid tribute to him on the podium, and now all everybody wants to talk about is how he’s ready to become the next superstar in this league. Well, almost everyone. Yesterday, Leonard spoke about the increased expectations and his potential contract extension this summer with the Spurs. Read More »

NBA / Jun 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Why The Champion Spurs Are Impossible To Duplicate

Tim Duncan

The 2013-2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs made you believe. In experience, in persistence, in togetherness, in quality depth, in pounding the rock, in the value of adhering to a strict set of organizational ideals from top-to-bottom. More than anything, these Spurs just made you believe in basketball. Not just any brand of basketball, either, but this amazing game as it was explicitly meant to be played. There’s never been anything like it, and unless they can somehow repeat it over the next couple years, there never will be again. Read More »

GIFs / Jun 17, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Video: The Top 10 Dunks Of The 2014 NBA Finals

Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobili

The Spurs were supposed to be too old to hang with the athletic Heat, but when we look back at the lopsided 2014 NBA Finals, we see instances where Kawhi Leonard asserted his own dominance in the air. Plus, Manu Ginobili got up and Tim Duncan also even turned back the clock for one emphatic flush. Which dunk will be No. 1? Read More »

We Reminisce / Jun 16, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Tony Gwynn Passes Away At 54; We Remember His Basketball Career

Tony Gwynn

Former San Diego Padres star and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away today at the age of 54 after battling cancer for the past several years. He’ll be remembered as one of the best hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. That part of his sports story, you probably already know. We’re here to tell you about the other part, the one involving his basketball career and how he was drafted by an NBA team. Read More »

Twitter / Jun 16, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The NBA Reacts On Twitter To Spurs Title Win

Tim Duncan

After the Spurs clinched the title last night, folks from around the NBA reacted to their victory on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of our favorite tweets from last night. Read More »