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College / Mar 19, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The 5 Best Arizona Wildcats Since 2000

Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams (photo. Luke Adams/Arizona Athletics Photography)

The one thing you can’t overlook about the Arizona Wildcats throughout the years has been their exemplary guard play. I mean, these boys had some relentless gunners–no pun intended on Gilbert Arenas. Lute Olson took this team to the top of college basketball with a plethora of shoot-first guards like Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby, Jerryd Bayless and Jason Terry. While Arizona is dubbed “Point Guard U” because of their immense guard play, Olson also had big men who were vital in shaping the success of the program. Read More »

NBA / Jun 24, 2013 / 11:00 am

Darko, The White Mamba & The NBA’s 12 Most Unlikely Champions

Eddy Curry

Eddy Curry

NBA championship teams are built around franchise players, Hall Of Fame coaches and close-knit team chemistry. While superstars are necessary for getting buckets and making plays, a championship team would not be complete without the guys who ride the pine all year long. Read More »

Smack / Apr 2, 2013 / 2:04 am

Utah Moves Into Final West Playoff Spot; Kobe Bryant & Shaq Are Friends Again

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson (photo. Bethany Gilbert)

Two weeks ago, we pronounced Utah dead, a casualty of a terrible stretch of scheduling and the expected rise of the Lakers. Now? They’ve won six games in a row, and have a half game lead on L.A. for the West’s last playoff spot after taking care of business against Portland last night, 112-102. Read More »

Smack / Mar 19, 2013 / 2:02 am

LeBron James Saves Miami’s Winning Streak; Andrew Bynum Is Done For The Year

LeBron James, Paul Pierce

LeBron James, Paul Pierce (photo. Nike Basketball)

On this night five years ago, the Boston Celtics ended Houston’s 22-game winning streak. They nearly did it to Miami last night, up 13 with only eight minutes left. But then LeBron James happened … In Miami’s incredible 105-103 win, James (37 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists) scored twice in the last minute – once on an inbounds play and another on a jumper in Jeff Green‘s face – and Boston missed a couple of gimmies before Paul Pierce was short on a wild three in the closing seconds. Read More »

NBA / Jan 18, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Cleveland Cavaliers Are The Latest To Try Cryotherapy: “Your Mind Is Telling You, ‘I Might Die’”

Dion Waiters

If you pluck the following quote out of context, you’d have a hard time telling if the story was about state-sponsored torture or team-sponsored injury prevention: “They’re putting you in a room that’s, like, minus 180. So your mind is telling you, ‘I might die.’” This is about the latter, specifically the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent visit to U.S. Cryotherapy outside Sacramento, the destination of several, frozen trips by other teams. The Cavs’ trip just comes off a lot funnier than most others. Read More »

NBA / Jul 19, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: What NBA Players Would Win Certain Olympic Events?

Chris Bosh

Over at the summer league, various NBA players were asked what other NBAers would be the best at certain Olypmic events, including the 100m dash, ping pong, fencing, weightlifting and synchronized swimming. Some important notes: Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jul 9, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Report: Brooklyn Nets’ Proposed Deal For Dwight Howard May Now Involve Four Teams

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

The Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets are now working on a complicated, four-way deal that will land Dwight Howard in Brooklyn. The deal will involve 13 players, four first round picks and three million in cash changing hands. Instead of rehashing it ourselves, we’re just going to let ESPN.com take over from here. Read More »

College / Nov 3, 2011 / 2:30 pm

Memphis Plans To Seek & Destroy Once Again With Young Talent

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson (photo. Joe Murphy)

*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks. After we broke down Florida this morning, we’ll keep this going with No. 9-ranked Memphis (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll).* Read More »

Smack / Aug 23, 2011 / 12:00 am

A Rose That Grew From Concrete

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Derrick Rose is going to win multiple championships. That’s straight from the MVP’s mouth. Doesn’t it really feel as if Rose won the MVP like five years ago? Between the lockout, Capital Punishment and Kevin Durant becoming the story of the summer, D-Rose became lost in the shuffle. He likes it like that though, and will probably remain mute until next season officially starts. But he did give us a taste of the competitiveness that has Chicago looking pretty good for the next decade, telling HoopsHype that he will win multiple titles, and has no doubts about it. Read More »

Smack / Jul 24, 2010 / 12:01 am

You Gots To Chill

Chris Paul (photo. Chad Griffith)

Chris Paul (photo. Chad Griffith)

Is anybody getting tired of how over-the-top and dramatic some of these writers and other media types have become during the NBA offseason? With Chris Paul as the latest center of attention, we keep reading and hearing terms like, “destroying his legacy” and “throwing everything away” when it comes to CP’s latest drama with the Hornets. SETTLE DOWN. We can list some potential legacy-destroying and image-trashing acts that guys like Magic, Kobe, Jordan, Karl Malone and Bird have committed over the years, but here’s the truth of the matter: Read More »