TAG: Monty Williams

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Monty Williams: “People Don’t Know How Hard Harden Works”

James Harden

The legend of post-practice one-on-one games between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden in the early stages of Team USA training camp is well-known. Long, intense, and highly competitive, these battles featuring three of the league’s brightest young stars goes to show just how much time and effort NBA players spend on their craft. Unbeknownst to most but apparently commonplace, though, is that Harden was getting in extra work before training camp practices, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 13, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Video: Coach K Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Mike Krzyzewski

Viral videos and memes are always annoying, but at least the #ALCSIceBucketChallenge is for a worthy cause. The seemingly idiotic videos dominating your social media feed in recent weeks of people dumping ice water on their heads are actually anything but, as evidenced by the surge in donations to the ALS Association. Even better than normal harmless, stupid fun to fight a debilitating disease? When people like Duke University and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski get in on the act. Read More »

NBA / Mar 28, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Watch Out: Anthony Davis Will Be NBA MVP Sooner Than You Think

Anthony Davis

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted what they believed to be the next franchise player–replacing the void left by Los Angeles-bound Chris Paul–with their coveted first pick in the 2012 Draft, Anthony Davis. Despite a gold medal win in the London Olympics and a solid, efficient rookie campaign, questions lingered over his worthiness as a top selection, especially with the Rookie of the Year award going to 2012′s sixth pick, Damian Lillard. Read More »

NBA / Jul 16, 2013 / 1:31 pm

Dime Q&A: Tyreke Evans Reveals His True Position & What Will Motivate Him In New Orleans

Tyreke Evans

Not long ago, people referred to Tyreke Evans as a mini LeBron. We were talking All-Star Games, possible MVP selections and championships. But somewhere along the way, his national standing took a hit, and Sacramento eventually moved on without him. Now that he’s getting a fresh start in New Orleans, it’s time for Evans to reclaim his status as one of the best young talents in the NBA. Read More »

NBA / Jan 25, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Greivis Vasquez Is Pushing New Orleans Into A New Era

Greivis Vasquez

It’s not easy balancing humility and confidence. But New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez is doing it. The former Maryland standout is having a breakout season in his third year in the NBA, averaging 14.3 points, 9.2 assists (third in the NBA) and 4.6 rebounds, and racking up more 20/10/5 games (points/assists/rebounds) than anyone outside of LeBron James. Read More »

Smack / Nov 17, 2012 / 4:03 am

The Grizzlies’ Matchup Nightmare Blows Up The Knicks; Portland’s Duo Outshines James Harden

Zach Randolph (photo. Nike)

One day after New York stayed as the NBA’s last unbeaten team by being selfless and smart (and ridiculously accurate from range), Memphis usurped the Knicks as the NBA’s best team right now by luring them in, then springing the trap. Start spreading the news: Memphis, owner of a seven-game win streak, is mowing down the league’s best teams like the hero of a Tarantino film. Just 10 percent of the season in the Griz are 7-1, but it’s still apt to be cautious about being too effusive with praise. Still, how can anyone deny these signature wins the Griz have just rattled off in their last three games: an 18-point win over Miami, a 10-point win in Oklahoma City and Friday night’s 105-95 win over New York that wasn’t as close as the score looks. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 30, 2012 / 2:30 pm

The Top 10 Candidates For NBA Coach of the Year

NBA Coach of the Year

There are established patterns to winning NBA Coach of the Year. You either guide a team with high expectations to its expected goal, stun with an eye-popping turnaround out of the Lottery or take a team from the playoff fringe into a team no one wants to face in the opening round by catching fire. We’ll call them the Excellence’s Status Quo, Out Of Nowhere, or Next Step plans to earning respect, respectively. With the curtain being drawn on the 2012-13 season tonight, Dime is projecting the major awards all week, and today we look at the top coach. Read More »

Smack / Aug 20, 2012 / 2:00 am

Kobe Bryant Goes Berserk In China; LeBron Wants To Play In Rio

Kobe Bryant

Once the Chinese fans texted Kobe Bryant‘s team a 29-point hole, it was go time. That’s not quite the scenario you expect when you think of Kobe coming to the rescue, or any of his biggest crunch-time exploits that required his saving. But Sunday in Shanghai, in a celebrity all-star game where most of the players were singers, Bryant went off like his 81-spot against Toronto in ’06. OK, some context for that first sentence: Bryant was taking in part a promotional game for one of his sponsors during his tour of China and enjoying himself, according to his Facebook post Sunday about the event. Then, through a fan engagement scenario that seems straight out of SlamBall, fans sent enough texts to put one team 29 points down instead of nine. Read More »

2012 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 9, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Report: Hornets’ Monty Williams On Eric Gordon: “Give The Kid Some Mercy”

Eric Gordon

New Orleans coach Monty Williams hasn’t had a chance to talk with Eric Gordon yet about how much Gordon wants to leave Williams and New Orleans behind. He was going to at Team USA camp this week in Las Vegas, but then Gordon was cut in favor of James Harden. Gordon already turned down one four-year, $50-million deal in the winter, and has since shown a longing to play in Phoenix, which wooed him as a restricted free agent, and a baffling misunderstanding of what it means to be a RFA. Now Williams, speaking from Las Vegas, is giving the world the universal “pump the brakes” sign on Gordon’s behalf. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 11, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Monty Williams: Eric Gordon “Is About As Explosive As Anybody In The NBA”

Eric Gordon

Just off the numbers, Eric Gordon might be the most valuable player in the NBA. With him, the Hornets are 3-2, which I admit is a very small sample size. But still, 3-2 looks a lot better than the 12-40 abomination they are without their starting two guard. Three games into his return from a nearly season-long knee injury, Gordon has been up and down. Twenty five points on 6-for-23 shooting in two games against Minnesota and Denver while dropping 31 in a big loss against the Spurs, Gordon was coming around before a back injury forced him out on Monday night. But even with only a few glimpses this year, Hornets coach Monty Williams believes pretty strongly in his best player. Read More »