TAG: Lil Wayne

High School / Apr 2, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Top Prospect Tyus Jones Speaks On Emulating Chris Paul

Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones (photo. Kelly Kline)

No position has quite the impact on the game as the point guard. Call it the quarterback of basketball; point guards have developed from game-managers to game-changers over the years. With score-first points like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard bursting onto the scene in recent years, you might think that the set-up man is on the verge of extinction. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 4, 2013 / 2:15 pm

90 NBA Players Reveal Their Favorite Pregame Music

Drake

Drake (photo. Jordan Brand)

Go into any locker room in the NBA… actually, go into any locker room in the country and you’ll hear some Meek Mill. Some Jigga. Some Drake. Music and basketball. The NBA and hip-hop. It all goes together. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 20, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The 50 Greatest Basketball References In Hip-Hop History

Jay-Z

Jay-Z (photo. Nike)

A wise man once said “I swear sports and music are so synonymous ’cause we want to be them, and they want to be us.” There is a lot of truth in that quote, especially considering the influence the game basketball has had on the lyrics of our favorite hip hop artists. Emcees since the beginning of time have been referencing the NBA in their music. From Kurtis Blow to Jay-Z, the game of basketball and the rap game are inextricably linked. Read More »

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

15 NBA Players Who Remind Us Of Rappers

Drake

Drake (photo. Jordan Brand)

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, Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 13, 2013 / 6:32 pm

The 2013 NBA Rookie Mix-Tape: Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Drake, A$AP Rocky & More

NBA Rookies eating lunch (photo. Instagram/NBA)

NBA Rookies eating lunch (photo. Instagram/NBA)

We had a chance to speak with some of the newest players in the NBA last week during the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot as part of the four-day Rookie Transition Program that wrapped last Friday. While we enjoyed some of the high-jinks during the all-day affair, we also had to talk over a thrumming bass line as hip hop blared in the background for most of the day.

The loud setting plus the incredible lyrical moment from Kendrick Lamar during the debut of the Big Sean track, “Control” last night — featuring a K. Dot verse where he goes after most of his peers in the rap game — synthesized around our rookie mix. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 15, 2013 / 11:30 am

NBA Players From 5 Playoff Teams Reveal Pregame Music Playlists

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried (photo. adidas)

Go into any basketball locker room in the world — CYO leagues, middle school, high school, or even in the NBA — and you’ll find sharpshooters, bench warmers, you’ll see Jordans, adidas and Reebok, you’ll see tall oafs and slippery guards, coaches that rarely say a word and coaches that never shut up. Every team will have it’s own unique flavor, it’s own unique environment. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 10, 2012 / 12:15 pm

Lil Wayne On Kobe: “He’s The Greatest Player To Touch A Basketball”

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne mentions in this interview with The Los Angeles Times that he is “crazy insane” and that’s how he makes his music. Well, most basketball fans would probably say the self-description fits. He calls Kobe Bryant “the greatest player to touch a basketball,” which is almost sacrilegious. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 26, 2012 / 6:27 pm

In The Place To Be: Live From The NBA All-Star Game

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. Mannion)

I’m back in here like Jordan with the 4-5. The NBA All-Star Game is set to “tip off” in exactly 54:40, according to the shot clock, and unlike last night, I did a better job navigating the traffic. No late bus ride. No idiot drivers. No being stepped on and abused by Ne-Yo and his entourage. No awful elevator system. Of course, my incredible security checkpoint luck continued. As I said, last night, I went through with Ryan Howard. Tonight? David Robinson. Read More »

College, Video / Jan 17, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Add Rap Skills To The Scouting Report For SDSU’s Tim Shelton

Aztec Motto

Give it up for San Diego: It’s got the best weather in the country, one of its best college basketball teams and arguably now the best rapper in college, too. All of which means it was a good Monday in San Diego for the Aztecs, and an even better start of the week for one of their stars, Tim Shelton. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 11, 2011 / 4:00 pm

The Top 11 of ’11: Dime’s Cultural Guide To The Year That Was

Lil' Wayne

Lil' Wayne

Without the NBA in our lives, we fans might have time for the things we’ve been putting off for too long. Maybe we’ll have time to finish that historical biography that sits next to the bed getting dusty. Maybe we’ll get more exercise. Maybe we’ll start following hockey? As we get closer to the end of year, we’ll take a look back at all things — inside basketball and out — that occupied our attention alongside the game we love. That means over the next few weeks, we’ll break down the best music, movies, styles, plays, players and more. Each debate will be put to a vote by you the readers, and by the close of the year, we’ll have compiled a list of the Top 11 of ’11. Read More »