/ Dec 18, 2014 / 2:15 pm
Dwyane Wade (photo. NBA)
This is the season of giving. And while NBA stars like Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and Steph Curry are putting their fortune to generous use off the court, they won’t be doing so onit. In this amusing new spot from the NBA, watch Irving, Wade, Curry, and more fuel training in advance of Christmas day games by insisting they’re giving “no gifts” this season. Read More »
/ Dec 16, 2014 / 11:15 am
Who says defense can’t be thrilling? Two of the Bulls’ stars, Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, each flexed their defensive muscles on Monday night while visiting the Atlanta Hawks, but it was their offense that eventually failed them. Read More »
Pau Gasol is an underrated rim-protector. This play isn’t a good example of that reality. Watch the Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller power right through the Chicago Bulls big man for a powerful two-handed smash. Read More »
/ Nov 18, 2014 / 5:15 pm
Just how good are things for the 8-3 Chicago Bulls? After soundly beating the Los Angeles Clippers last night to remain undefeated on the road, the preternaturally serious Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah laughed and gesticulated like schoolboys. Read More »
/ Nov 18, 2014 / 4:45 pm
Pau Gasol definitely knows how to COUNT THE RINGZZZZZ. Before the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center last night while Gasol was sidelined, the former Los Angeles Laker said that L.A. would “always be a Lakers city.” Read More »
Game recognizes game. After the Lakers lost to the Grizzlies last night, 107-102, they traveled to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans tonight at 8PM ET. The Orange County Register‘s Bill Oram talked to Kobe Bryant about young stud power forward Anthony Davis, and Mamba was effusive with his praise for the 21-year-old Pellies big man. Read More »
/ Nov 11, 2014 / 10:15 am
The dramatic open-court skills of Derrick Rose were on full display last night with a few moves that made Bulls fans caterwaul for different reasons then they have over the last two seasons. Rose scampered for a one-man fast break and showed off his ridiculous hang-time for a double-pump assist to Joakim Noah. Another of his team-high seven assists showed how nimbly he vivisects the defense on the break. Read More »
/ Oct 30, 2014 / 10:15 am
The Chicago Bulls cruised past the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, 104-80, and they didn’t even need a spectacular game from returning point guard Derrick Rose. He was relatively quiet in his 21 minutes of action, but he did manage to drop a wrong-footed floater high off the glass. Read More »
/ Oct 27, 2014 / 11:45 am
In Minnesota’s 113-112 win over the Bulls during Friday’s final preseason games, recent free agent signee, Pau Gasol, only played a little over three minutes of action in the fourth quarter and wasn’t on the court down the stretch. He tells Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, how important finishing games means to him, even though coach Tom Thibodeau has been noncommittal when it comes to who among Pau, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah will be on the court at the end of the game. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »