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The entire Miami Heat team seemed to show up for Shane Battier‘s annual karaoke event, “Battioke 2014.” Check out LeBron James and Michael Beasley‘s rendition of “Back That A__ up,” comedian Ken Jeong, Greg Oden in a blonde wig and Battier doing the Backstreet Boys; Dwyane Wade‘s fiancÃ©, Gabrielle Union, crooning, and Chris Bosh doing Tom Ford‘s “It’s Not Unusual.” This whole thing is hysterical, so check it out. Read More »
Every name in this list had the potential to be stars in the NBA but have yet to — or will never — reach it. The list includes players drafted high that were expected to develop into quality professionals and have failed to do so. Most of these players have showed signs of success at times but have not lived up to expectations so far in their career, whether it’s injuries that are the culprits, or perhaps a messy attitude. Read More »
Behind every great team, the superstars and the dynasties, are the guys that the average fans don’t know about. Regardless of the amount of talent at the top of the roster, coaches are forced to look for production from role players on a nightly basis. While the average fan may not realize these players exist, their impact, while consistently failing to show up in the box scores, is not disregarded by teammates or coaches. Read More »
When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rose out of the stage amid the pyrotechnics and billowing smoke that bore resemblance to meeting the end boss of a video game, we were inclined to believe that these three alone were going to be devastating enough of a trio to wipe the floor with the NBA. Any record that had stood the test of time was to be toppled over, becoming nothing more than a pile of dust in the wake of this super team. 72 wins, unbelievable winning streaks, and dynasties were going to cower in fear and submit to a new idea of success.
What we failed to realize, and what history should have told us, is that three All-Stars, no matter their influence or talent, was not going to be enough to win a title or create the dynasty we envisioned. Read More »
Being a great sixth man is all about energy. Currently, the NBA’s Sixth Man award’s criteria is quite simple: a player must play more games coming off the bench than they start. The rule has no minutes per game requirements. Why is this important? Last year, J.R. Smith won the award playing 32.5 minutes a game, which was second most on his team. Essentially it doesn’t matter if you’re a key guy on your squad — players like Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Lamar Odom have all won the award in recent years while being one of the top players on their teams. Read More »
The NBA is a state of repair.
No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.
It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »
Erik Spoelstra is boring holes through me as he answers my question on whether his Miami Heat are missing anything when Michael Beasley, the team’s newcomer that was sitting out Saturday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, isn’t available.
Adamantly, he speaks highly of his bench, specifically the volume of talent, saying, “Depth’s one of our biggest strengths on this roster, so we don’t like to use excuses.” Read More »
With the 2013-14 regular season reaching the conclusion of its first quarter, it’s time to look at some of the more surprising developments after the first 20-odd games. We haven’t yet reached Christmas and the lead-up to the 2014 All Star Game in New Orleans is still around two months away, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some developments that caught a lot of people off guard. Read More »
Dime has been chronicling Kevin Durant‘s rise to fame since the OKC star was still a youngster in high school. The subject of multiple magazine covers — from his cover at Texas, when he asked that his fellow starting Longhorns pose with him on it, to his most recent in Dime 73 this past spring — Durant’s story often reads like something out of a basketball comic book: He was blessed with limitless abilities… and from there he went on to fight basketball crime… Read More »