TAG: Mookie Blaylock

NBA / Nov 4, 2011 / 1:30 pm

The Forgotten: 5 Players The NBA Needs To Bring Back

Rex Chapman

Dwight Howard hears your concerns, especially you Magic fans out there. He appreciates the Stay Dwight campaign, and doesn’t seem like he really wants to leave. It’s as if he’s slowly being pulled away towards the big city – L.A. or New York. He wants to show he cares. So come Nov. 13, he’ll be throwing his own charity game, which has so many former or current Magic players, we might as well just call it a preseason scrimmage. Everyone from DeShawn Stevenson to Ryan Anderson will be in the house, but the one guy I want to see – no, must see – is Steve Francis. Stevie Franchise… or whatever’s left of him. Read More »

Smack / Sep 21, 2011 / 12:00 am

The Thunder Prove There’s No Breakup; The Nuggets Are Losing All of Their Players

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (photo. Rob Hammer)

Every time someone comes forward to attempt to break a story about the breakup of the Thunder, we get hit with a spinning forehand right back at our faces. Recently, a team workout was organized for four days on the University of Texas campus. 10 of the team’s 15-man roster showed up. Out of the players who didn’t show up, some were overseas, another was recently married and the other two were Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. This came just before there were reports that Perkins and Russell Westbrook had problems last year. A team with rifts and chemistry problems doesn’t do this, trust us. There were no organization personnel on hand (obviously), and everything was set up by Royal Ivey, who just happens to be like, the last man on the bench. Read More »

NBA, Video, We Reminisce / May 4, 2011 / 5:30 pm

We Reminisce: Chicago Vs. Atlanta In The 1997 NBA Playoffs

It’s been 14 years since Atlanta and Chicago have faced off in the NBA Playoffs. But ironically, 14 years ago, they too met in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the Bulls running away with the homecourt advantage and a No. 1 seed before the Hawks came into Chicago and stole one of the first two games. This series is more memorable for the way the Bulls crushed Atlanta through the final three nights, and for Michael Jordan‘s facial on Dikembe Mutombo. But through two-and-a-half games, Atlanta was arguably the better team. Check out their Game 2 upset:

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Smack / Jan 12, 2011 / 4:42 am

Cleveland Steamer: Cavaliers get annihilated by 55 in Kobe’s house

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum (photo. Jeff Forney)

As much pain as Ben Wallace‘s swollen ankle may have caused him while sitting at home Tuesday, his eyes would have been hurting more had he watched League Pass last night. Big Ben, Gary Payton, Bruce Bowen, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Mookie Blaylock — anybody who’s ever made a living shutting down NBA scorers would have cringed at some of the comical “defense” on display … In Denver, the Suns showed up for about 15 minutes before the Nuggets started shooting holes in their D like a game of Duck Hunt. Read More »

NBA / Sep 28, 2010 / 5:30 pm

Atlanta Hawks 2010-11 NBA Season Preview

As NBA training camps get underway, we preview the upcoming season with the “Highs and Lows” system — predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team.

Added: Jordan Crawford, Josh Powell, Etan Thomas

Lost: Joe Smith, Randolph Morris, Mario West Read More »

Smack / Apr 12, 2010 / 2:12 am

Chicago gores Toronto in crucial matchup; Kobe Bryant comes up short in the clutch

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

All due respect to ABC’s star-studded Sunday lineup, but the game that mattered most yesterday was Raptors vs. Bulls, with the last playoff spot in the East essentially on the line … You hate to say that one team “wanted it more” than the other when none of us really has any idea what’s going on inside each locker room, but for all intents and purposes, it looked like Chicago wanted it more. Right from the get-go they were just more active, more energetic and appeared more focused. Read More »

Smack / Aug 4, 2009 / 5:16 am

Minnesota messed up again, plus Allen Iverson going to Greece?

This never would've worked...

This never would've worked...

Can’t the Timberwolves do anything right? The same franchise that used its first-ever draft pick on Pooh Richardson when Mookie Blaylock, Tim Hardaway and Shawn Kemp were still on the board; that cost itself five years of first-round picks just to overpay Joe Smith under the table; that wasted Kevin Garnett‘s prime by not getting him a good enough supporting cast; that may have fumbled their biggest post-KG opportunity at the ’09 Draft; that’s taking way too long just to eventually hire Elston Turner as its next coach — they’ve done it again. Read More »

Smack / Apr 30, 2009 / 4:03 am

Hawks/Heat goes back to the ’90s; Hornets go home nice and quiet

Joe Johnson (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Joe Johnson (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Heat/Hawks had all the physicality and ill will of a 1990s playoff series — for a minute there we thought Mookie Blaylock and Kevin Willis had checked in unnoticed — but at the same time, it had refs and rules from the 21st century, and Principal Stern was sitting courtside as a constant reminder to everyone not to get too wild … Dwyane Wade was out of control, and not in a good way for Miami. Read More »