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NBA / Nov 18, 2014 / 5:15 pm

GIF: Derrick Rose & Joakim Noah Laugh, Gesticulate Like Kids After Bulls’ Win

Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose

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 »

Smack / Nov 18, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Pau Gasol: “I Think L.A. Will Always Be A Lakers City. 16 Banners Are 16 Banners”

Pau Gasol

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 »

NBA, Twitter / Nov 12, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe Says Anthony Davis “Can Be One Of The Greatest Power Forwards Who Has Ever Played”

Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis

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 »

GIFs, NBA / Nov 11, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Derrick Rose Crosses Up J Smoove & Scoops No-Look Dime To Pau Gasol

Derrick Rose, Andre Drummond

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 »

GIFs / Oct 30, 2014 / 10:15 am

GIF: Derrick Rose Goes High Off The Glass To Finish

Derrick Rose

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 »

Smack / Oct 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

Pau Gasol On Coach Not Letting Him Finish A Game: “He Doesn’t Trust You”

Tom Thibodeau, Pau Gasol

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 »

NBA / Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm

The Top 20 Power Forwards In The NBA Right Now

Dirk Nowitzki

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 »

Video / Oct 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Watch Pau Gasol Dance With Elmo On Sesame Street

Elmo, Pau Gasol

The NBA has a history with Sesame Street and that tradition continued with new Bulls big man Pau Gasol. The Spanish center and power forward got to hang out with Abby, Elmo and the gang in a segment for this weekend’s “NBA Inside Stuff.” Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 6, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Derrick Rose’s Mid-Air Hand Switch On Fast-Break Layup

Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Bradley Beal

Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Bradley Beal (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Anyone who tells you they know what lies in store for Derrick Rose this season is a liar, a fool, or both. Even Derrick Rose isn’t sure what to expect. Sure, he shook off some rust during the FIBA World Cup, but he shot the ball like he couldn’t hit the water if he fell out of a boat. Still, it was pretty fun to see him at full-throttle in tonight’s preseason game against Washington when he started the contest by knocking down four of his first five shots. One finish, in particular, made us jump up like it was 2011 again. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose Confidently Proclaims, “I Know I’m Going To Win A Championship Soon”

Derrick Rose

Despite two surgically repaired knees, two years of rust and just a few weeks of international play — with Team USA cruising in the FIBA World Cup — Derrick Rose still wasn’t shrinking from what he’s also said his primary goal has been: a title. He’s also pretty sure that elusive title will come “soon,” as he informed reporters during media day. Read More »