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GIFs, Video / Oct 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

GIF: Kobe Bryant Hits Pair Of Clutch Fadeaways In Final Minute Versus Suns

P.J. Tucker, Kobe Bryant

P.J. Tucker, Kobe Bryant (Richard Mackson, USATODAY)

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns in overtime last night, but wouldn’t have even been there without typically heroic late-game efforts of Kobe Bryant. Leading and completing his team’s fourth quarter charge, the Black Mamba hit a pair of insanely difficult fadeaways over P.J. Tucker in the game’s last 90 seconds to twice put his team ahead. Read More »

NBA / Oct 22, 2014 / 1:30 pm

NBA GMs Pick LeBron James For MVP, Spurs To Repeat As Champions In Survey

Tony Snell, LeBron James

According to those most in the know, the NBA’s rich will be even richer after 2014-2015. In a wide-ranging, anonymous survey conducted by NBA.com’s John Schumann, league general managers predict LeBron James to win MVP and the San Antonio Spurs to repeat as champions this season. Read More »

Video / Oct 20, 2014 / 5:15 pm

Epic Phantom Cam Hype Video For 2014-2015 Exhibits Emotion, Intensity Of NBA

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Sam Cooper YouTube)

The wait is almost over. Basketball is nearly here. The 2014-2015 season is just over one week away, so it’s time to whet your NBA appetite with this epic hype video that utilizes Phantom Cam to highlight the burning intensity of the league and its superstars. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Multiple Sources Say Kobe Is To Blame For Steep Decline Of The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Former ESPN True Hoop head honcho and one of the most respected writers in the game, Henry Abbott, published a sprawling, multifaceted feature on Kobe Bryant today. It’s not the usual puff piece, though, with tales of Mamba’s preparatory diligence scattered among clichéd paeans to his greatness. Instead, it’s a roundup from agents, league insiders, front office executives and others around the NBA (many of whom are unnamed) dismaying at all the carnage wrought on the Lakers’ franchise by Bryant. Based on Abbott’s rather extensive array of quotes and anecdotes from sources, it’s Bryant who inherits the majority of blame for LA’s current status as an NBA also-ran. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 2:00 pm

LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls “Are Much Better Than Us Right Now”

LeBron James

Though it’s much-improved this season, the Eastern Conference is still a two-horse race in 2014-2015. That’s no secret. According to LeBron James, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a ways to go before reaching the exalted level of the Chicago Bulls. Read More »

Video / Oct 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Watch LeBron James Star In New “Beats By Dre” Ad Set In His Hometown Of Akron

Akron marquee

The athlete’s rags-to-riches trope is as old as sports itself, and runs parallel to the Horatio Alger-esque American Dream: If you work hard enough, anything is possible. But when you spend any time in an inner-city American ghetto, that ethos can make your skin crawl — reality doesn’t usually fit into a snug narrative like this one. But we couldn’t help get goosebumps as Gloria James narrates this new commercial for Beats by Dre starring her son, LeBron James, returning to his old Akron high school gym, now named The LeBron James Arena. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 7:30 pm

LeBron: “I Love Kobe. I Love His Competitive Nature. I Love Competing Against Him”

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

We’ve never understood the vitriol between loyal followers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Both players are not only unquestioned all-time greats, but also reigned supreme in the NBA at disparate times – Kobe’s prime coincided with LeBron’s slow maturation, and the latter’s prime is currently coinciding with the former’s slow descent. Appreciating the gifts of one doesn’t mean you can’t similarly appreciate the other; their collective fandom isn’t mutually exclusive. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Mavs Coach Carlisle Says LeBron James Is “No Doubt” A Top Five Player Of All-Time

LeBron James

If any coach in the NBA could underappreciate LeBron James, one would assume it might be Rick Carlisle. After all, it was Carlisle’s Dallas Mavericks that beat LeBron’s Miami Heat in the 2011 Finals by rendering the four-time MVP a broken shell of his normally dominant self. Instead of gloating or feeling excessive pride over forcing James to a career nadir that would prove the genesis of so much unparalleled success in the interim, though, Carlisle seems to think more of LeBron than most of his coaching peers. Read More »

NBA, Twitter / Oct 16, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Isiah Thomas’ Perfect Player: LeBron With Kyrie’s Handle & Curry’s Jumper

Isiah Thomas

NBA TV’s star-studded crew of “Open Court” panelists were recently asked to create their “perfect player.” Reggie Miller chose Tim Duncan’s mind and Russell Westbrook’s heart as traits of his amalgam. Kenny Smith opted for a prototype containing the heart of Kevin Garnett and athleticism of Blake Griffin. The rest of the group chose similarly, taking characteristics of at least four different players to build the perfect hooper. Isiah Thomas, though, went a different direction. The Detroit Pistons Hall-of-Famer simply picked LeBron James “as is,” but added the signature skills of two superstar point guards. Read More »

NBA / Oct 16, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Michael Jordan Opposes LeBron & Dirk’s Appeals To Shorten Season

Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James

This coming Sunday, the Nets and Celtics will play a 44-minute exhibition game, the first of its kind. It’s an exploratory measure in an effort to give players more rest, and this is the first test case (not sure how one game provides enough information, but that’s a question for another time). LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki both publicly said they would support decreasing the number of games in the regular season, but that a 44-minute game wouldn’t have much of an impact. Then, Michael Jordan chimed in, and he was miffed why Dirk or LeBron would want to play fewer games. Read More »