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NBA, Smack / Mar 14, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Durant Says Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan Are “Neck And Neck As Far As Skill”

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

The back-and-forth bar discussions about the greatest basketball player of all-time usually stop and start with Michael Jordan. Most rational basketball fans agree he’s the GOAT, but in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Daily News as part of their profile, Kevin Durant claimed that Kobe Bryant was the greatest ever and Mamba and MJ were “neck and neck as far as skill.” Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Mar 13, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Pairing NBA Stars With Their House Of Cards Twins

House Of Cards

Fair Warning: There are spoilers throughout the piece below from episodes of both Season 1 and Season 2, which can be found on Netflix.

Both sports and television shows are forms of entertainment; why not combine the two? Dime analyzed the NBA and Netflix’s hottest show, House of Cards, and dug up league stars and their best-fitting counterparts from the show. Both character traits and actions, as well as player relationships and rivalries with one another, were used to determine the pairings. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Draft Classes Of All Time

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh (photo. David Alvarez)

The 2014 NBA Draft has seen an enormous amount of hype, if it yields anything less than three or four future stars, it will be considered a disappointment. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum and Julius Randle highlight a cast of talented youngsters. Assuming some of these NBA hopefuls reach their ceilings, we could be looking back at this draft class as one of the best ever. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:47 am

Report: Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Want Mike D’Antoni As The Lakers Coach

Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

We already let you know earlier today rumors were circulating coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t long for Laker land. Sources informed Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher the Lakers had assured a pair of Lakers D’Antoni was done next season, and Stephen A. Smith said close to the same on ESPN’s “First Take” (thought at a higher decibel level). Now the Sporting News reports that sources are saying Kobe Bryant has “no interest” in playing D’Antoni’s fast-paced style when he returns to the court next season. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Mar 11, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Nike Unveils Elite Series Team Collection

Nike Basketball Elite Series

Nike Basketball Elite Series (photo. Nike Basketball)

Today, Nike unveiled their latest Elite Series Team Collection, featuring new colorways of the LeBron 11, Kobe 9 and KD VI. With the regular season winding down and crunch time approaching, the Elite Series features exact specifications, premium details and advanced construction to push the league’s biggest stars into the biggest moments of the season. Releasing April 11, the collection will be available at Nike.com and select retail locations globally. Read More »

NBA / Mar 7, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Why The Lakers’ Historic Loss To The Clippers Is No Watershed Moment

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lakers suffered their worst loss in franchise history on Thursday night, falling to the Clippers, 142-94 in an abortion of every defensive principle at the professional level. As such, the media has deemed it the changing of the guard in Los Angeles since the Lakers suffered the ignominy of such a lopsided loss at the hands of Staples Center partners, the Clippers. But before we overreact to a single game in an injury-plagued Lakers season, let’s not forget that it’s the Lakers and Clippers we’re talking about, and the Clippers still have yet to ever advance beyond the second round of the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The 10 Most Exciting Teams In NBA History

Sacramento Kings

As an NBA fan, there is nothing worse than watching a boring basketball game. Every few years we get lucky to witness a team that displays an absurd amount of showmanship on the court; a current example is “The Lob City” Clippers. In a sport that is played at a fast pace, we have seen teams throughout the years elevating the excitement on the court. I counted down the most exciting teams in NBA history. Read More »

Video / Mar 5, 2014 / 2:25 pm

Video: New Foot Locker Commercial Introduces The “Kobe Piano”

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant could make anything amazing, even a piano. In this latest gem from Foot Locker, watch the Mamba craft something beautiful with his own hands. Foot Locker has put out some amazing commercials over the past few years, but this ranks right up there with the best of them. You could imagine Kobe actually doing this. Read More »

NBA / Mar 3, 2014 / 2:30 pm

4 Dumb Reasons For Fans To Argue About NBA’s Mount Rushmore

Kevin Durant, LeBron James

Kevin Durant, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Like we were campaigning for office, the heated debates we get swept up in concerning the greatest NBA players of all time have become as much a part of our lives as the game themselves.

That’s only been amplified with the career of LeBron James cresting at its highest point, as well as Kevin Durant earning the recognition of challenging for MVP. As long as those two continue to play at a Hall of Fame-bound level, they’ll be the subject of abject criticism and have their careers picked apart. Read More »

instagram, NBA, Twitter, Video / Mar 2, 2014 / 2:44 pm

Video: Philadelphia Retires Allen Iverson’s Jersey; Current NBA Players React

Allen Iverson No. 3 Jersey

Allen Iverson No. 3 Jersey (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson‘s No. 3 jersey at halftime on Saturday night with the Wizards in town. A bespectacled AI wearing a bucket hat told the assembled 20,000 throng of ardent AI onlookers, “They all wanted me to talk about how much y’all loved me, but trust me, the feeling was mutual.” Read More »