TAG: Kyle Lowry

NBA / Mar 31, 2014 / 3:30 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Can anyone believe the NBA season is almost at an end? The playoffs are almost upon us, which means some teams will be reaching for NBA championships while other teams will be at home reaching for the remote. Every season that passes by there are players that have taken their game to the next level. These players have made the “leap” essentially, star players finally asserting themselves as dominant, All-Star caliber talents. Read More »

College / Mar 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

The 20 Best College Teams Of The Last 25 Years To Never Win An NCAA Title

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early. Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 22, 2014 / 1:30 am

Video: Kevin Durant Hits Game-Winning Three-Pointer In 2nd OT On 51-Point Night

Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

This is March Madness, NBA-style. The Raptors and Thunder played a doozy of a double-overtime thriller on Friday night, and the apogee of action crescendoed at the end in what should do even more to cement Kevin Durant‘s status as the 2014 MVP. After beating the Cavs with 35 last night, Durant was even better in Toronto, hanging 51 on a tough Raptors team including the game-winner in the second overtime session. Read More »

NBA / Feb 10, 2014 / 2:15 pm

The 10 Biggest Surprises & Disappointments Of The NBA Season

Greg Oden

Greg Oden (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

A little more than halfway through the year and we, the NBA fanbase, have been subject to a few surprises and disappointments we surely didn’t see leading into the 2013-14 season. As far as how the season has gone thus far, a majority of it has been expected. The teams we expected to be at the top of the East are there, and the same goes for most of the West, with the exception of Portland, stunning opponents with some incredible shooting. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Smack / Feb 6, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Were The Raptors Robbed By The Refs On Kyle Lowry’s Called Foul?

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

This is almost a rhetorical headline because Kyle Lowry got jobbed Wednesday night by the refs in Sacramento. Trailing 105-99 with 28.5 seconds remaining, Lowry curled around the three-point arc for a look off an inbounds play. As his momentum carried him into the shot, rookie Ben McLemore was all over him. The shot fell and McLemore appeared to foul him on the attempt, giving the Kings a chance to cut the lead to one. Except, the refs called an offensive foul on Lowry. Read More »

NBA / Feb 6, 2014 / 11:30 am

10 Upcoming Unrestricted Free Agents Who Could Be Traded This Year

Danny Granger

Danny Granger (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Owning an unrestricted free agent (UFA) in the NBA is a sticky situation. Most of these players have proved their worth, and are circling a large contract in the coming offseason. As a contending team it could be tough to retain the services of these players while remaining under the tax moving forward. There is also the risk of locking a player down long term only to see their best days are behind them. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Jan 31, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 5 Worst NBA All-Star Game Snubs

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Every year there are players whose on-court performance earned them a place in the NBA All-Star Game. But with only 24 spots available, some are inevitably left out each year. The snubs. I’d like to sit here and say I know exactly how the coaches make their decisions, but that’s about as truthful as a positive Anthony Bennett scouting report (He’s really putting it all together at practice! It’s only a matter of time!!!). The point is I have no idea how they pick the way the way they do; if I had to take a guess, I’d say they value veterans and winning over a young-and-up comer in the midst of a career year in a losing effort. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Why DeMar DeRozan Should Be An All-Star

DeMar DeRozan, Lance Stephenson

DeMar DeRozan, Lance Stephenson (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Not since the days of Chris Bosh have the Toronto Raptors had anyone worthy of getting an All-Star nod. Enter DeMar DeRozan, who is making a strong case to represent Canada in New Orleans come February. Read More »

Smack / Jan 14, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Kyle Lowry Gifts Sneakers To Fan Who Missed Out In Chicago

Alan Vale, Kyle Lowry

Alan Vale, Kyle Lowry (photo. Raptors.com)

This story is going to make you love Kyle Lowry, and if you’re a Raptors fan, you might want to send a letter of approval to GM Masai Ujiri, so he doesn’t deal the point guard before the February deadline — as has been hinted in the past. Lowry tracked down a Raptors fan who missed out on his sneakers while the Raps were in Chicago, and surprised him before a home game with his own pair on Monday night. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Dec 13, 2013 / 12:30 pm

James Dolan Nixes Kyle Lowry Trade Over Concerns Raptors GM Had Fleeced Him Again

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields (photo. http://instagram.com/demar_derozan)

According to the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola, MSG Chairman and Knicks owner James Dolan vetoed a trade that would have brought Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry to New York in exchange for Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and New York’s first-round pick in 2018. Dolan is concerned with the perception Raptors GM Masai Ujiri would again be taking advantage of the Knicks owner. Read More »