TAG: Nick Collison

GIFs, NBA / Jan 20, 2014 / 11:30 am

Video: Kevin Durant Pocket-Passing

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Thunder forward Kevin Durant has had quite a weekend. He dropped a career-high on Friday, and led the Thunder to another win over the Kings on Sunday night with, not just an efficient shooting performance, but an all-around game that showed off his passing ability, too, with nine dimes. Two of those assists featured pretty pocket passes for layups. Read More »

NBA, Twitter / Jan 18, 2014 / 5:35 pm

Nick Collison’s Take On Kevin Durant’s Career Night

Draymond Green, Nick Collison

Draymond Green, Nick Collison (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

The Thunder’s forward off the bench, Nick Collison, has never been a big-time first option on offense since coming to the NBA out of Kansas in 2004. At Kansas, he was a first option, but he learned quickly that if he was going to have a long career in the NBA, he’d have to change his game. He has, focusing on defense, rebounding and making his 15-footer as accurate as possible if his team ever needed him to knock one down. That’s why his tweet following Kevin Durant‘s career-night was so perfect. Read More »

NBA / Jan 13, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The NBA’s 30 Biggest Unsung Heroes

Andray Blatche

Khris Middleton (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

Smack, Twitter / Jan 10, 2014 / 10:00 am

Kevin Durant’s Twitter May Have Actually Been Hacked

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. @KDTrey3)

Last night, Kevin Durant appeared to have uploaded a picture of himself smoking to his Twitter account. The picture isn’t actually that shocking — or even new; he was spotted smoking a hookah back in September, and hookah sheesha is legal, in case you were wondering. But the same photo bizarrely surfaced on KD’s Twitter timeline last night before quickly being taken down. Durant claimed later his phone had been hacked, a popular refrain anytime someone famous gets in hot water on Twitter, but in Durant’s case, we think he’s actually telling the truth. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The NBA’s 20 Best Role Players

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

The NBA is a league dominated by stars. However, some of the most important guys are the secondary players, the ones who do the little things that help their team win. Most of the guys on this list are limited in some areas – and that is why they are role players. There are no scoring title winners or All-NBA players on this list – just guys who have a well-defined role who put the success of the team far above their own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 19, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The 20 Toughest Players In The NBA

Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks

Zach Randolph (photo. Nike)

Let’s establish this first: the NBA isn’t always given its fair due in regards to tough athletes. In an era where flopping has become such a frequent occurrence that fines have been instituted to eradicate them completely, the NBA’s reputation is slowly gaining traction again. Plays like Chris Bosh flopping like a sack of soggy potatoes after a Carlos Boozer post move, or Manu Ginobili flailing through the paint to draw imaginary fouls are indeed terrible, but could start dwindling now that players’ pockets are being attacked. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear, Twitter / Aug 13, 2013 / 3:15 pm

The 20 NBA Players You Must Follow On Twitter In 2013

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. @BlakeGriffin32)

Social media is at an all-time high among NBA athletes right now. In the last few weeks, we’ve recapped our top players to follow on Instagram, dropped our top “LOL” moments of NBA social media in 2013 and listed our top NBA fashion trendsetters. As more and more pro ballers continue to dominate our social media networks, we’re taking a look at the top 20 NBA players to follow on Twitter. Read More »

NBA / Apr 26, 2013 / 3:30 pm

6 More Hidden X-Factors In The Western Conference First Round

Kawhi Leonard

From the intensity of the playoffs, the most memorable moments arise. Amid the chaos, reputations are forged, particularly for those whose renown does not (yet) land them gaudy shoe deals. Yesterday we took a look at hidden x-factors in the Grizzlies/Clippers series. Read More »

Smack / Mar 21, 2013 / 1:38 am

LeBron James Destroys Cleveland To Keep Miami’s Winning Streak Alive; OKC/Memphis Put On A Show

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

You would think a hush would’ve rained over Cleveland. But on top of the constant hum, you could almost hear fans crying and wailing, and even Cleveland’s epic broadcast team sounded like they wanted to go lock themselves in a closet. It’s not every day you blow a 27-point lead… and it’s not every lifetime you can blow that lead against a team on a 23-game winning streak that has one of your city’s most hated athletes ever. Read More »

Smack / Feb 23, 2013 / 6:43 am

The Rockets Cut Down The Nets Again; The Thunder Bust Their Losing Streak In A Big Way

James Harden

Only two dozen or so games remain in the NBA regular season and we still don’t fully understand the identity of either the Rockets or the Nets. Brooklyn’s right in the middle of the East’s divide between the upper and lower half of its playoff spots. Read More »