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NBA / Sep 4, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Reviewing The Sam Hinkie Era In Philadelphia

Sam Hinkie

It seems as though Sam Hinkie is almost done stripping down the team he took over after the 2012-13 NBA season. With Thaddeus Young officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the only player remaining on the Philadelphia 76ers roster, who was also on the roster when Hinkie took over, is — you guessed it — Jason Richardson. With Thad gone, it’s now official to say this is a Sixers team, with the exception of J-Rich, completely built by Hinkie, and it’s not a very good one, at least not yet. Read More »

NBA / Feb 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The 15 Most Lopsided Trades In NBA History

Joe Johnson

The trade deadline truly brings out the worst in desperate franchises looking to make a hasty deal. The main facilitator behind huge deals made at the deadline is the fact that the main player the deal is surrounding may leave during free agency, leaving the team he plays for with nothing other than an open roster spot. Rather than risk that, teams will instead pull the trigger and trade their star player for what usually turns out to be a couple of draft picks, aging veterans or unproven players. Read More »

High School / Dec 5, 2013 / 4:45 pm

The 25 Most Hyped High School Basketball Recruits Of All Time

Kobe Bryant

We all remember the players from high school that were the hyped uncontrollably, right? You know, the ones that were given notoriety few players at any level can match. From nationally televised games to documentaries, some were given the red carpet treatment even before they attended their senior prom. There are the ones who lived up to it and, well, the ones that fall short. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Oct 24, 2013 / 4:30 pm

15 NBA Players Who Remind Us Of Rappers

Drake

If there’s any genre of music that relates directly to the sport of basketball, it’s hip-hop. Like hip-hop, basketball is predominantly ruled by African-Americans, its legends often come from having nothing before eventually reaching superstardom, and it’s most popular in the inner cities of America. And just like rappers, there are great NBA players, bad ones, overrated ones, underrated ones, controversial ones, and plenty of others. Read More »

NBA / Oct 15, 2013 / 2:15 pm

The 5 Worst Teams In The NBA Right Now

2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Somebody has to be last, and somebody has to deliver the news that there are certain NBA teams that are going to be bad and have no hope for the 2013-14 season. But is it always an insult to consider a team as weak? There are different levels to being bad in sports. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / May 23, 2013 / 2:30 pm

The 20 Biggest Busts In The NBA Draft Lottery Since 2000

Greg Oden

After the lottery went down earlier this week, the 2013 NBA Draft is set. While this draft doesn’t appear to be particularly strong, at least on the surface, there have been other draft classes surrounded by lofty expectations. Those picking in the lottery are looking for a savior. Read More »

NBA / Apr 23, 2013 / 12:00 pm

The Eastern Conference’s Most Disappointing Players This Season

Jason Terry

The marathon NBA season came to its end last week and for some, it’s a blessing in disguise. Everyone had players that didn’t live up to expectations this season. We are going to look at some of these poor souls with one minor disclaimer: The excessively injured will not be included. Read More »

NBA / Dec 6, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Kobe Bryant’s Top 10 Dunks

Kobe Bryant

Originally posted in October of 2011, we’re revisiting some of our favorite Kobe Bryant content after he became the fifth player to ever score 30,000 points last night.

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Kobe Bryant has maintained his spot as the best basketball player in the world because, even as his nagging injuries pile up and he moves into his 30s, he relies more on his skills and fundamentals than simple athleticism and explosiveness. Read More »

NBA, Video / Sep 12, 2012 / 2:30 pm

Video: The Top 200 NBA Fails

Sasha Vujacic

Between the video content and these ridiculously over-the-top terrible songs (who the hell OK’ed this Eminem song?), I couldn’t stop laughing throughout this thing. This seriously made my day. I would pick out some favorites – like at the 7:13 mark when Tim Hardaway nearly punches out a cameraman or at the 8:58 mark when D-Wade decides to toss Mike Bibby‘s shoe into the stands – but it’s all so good, the entire video deserves a look. Before watching, just know the music is not safe for work, while the bloopers most certainly are. So if you’re stuck in an office somewhere, just mute this or put on some headphones. Read More »

Smack / Jul 18, 2012 / 10:49 pm

Jeremy Lin Preferred To Stay In New York; Kobe Calls A David Stern Idea “Stupid”

Jeremy Lin

Now that Lindecision 2012 is all over, and Jeremy Lin is going to be formerly introduced as a Houston Rocket sometime soon, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. No, we’re not talking about how, for once, the Knicks resisted the urge to indulge as they have so many times before (even though, for once, there were PLENTY of reasons to do it). We’re talking about how we got here. Lin never wanted to leave New York, and opened up about it to SI.com yesterday. Read More »