TAG: Paul Westphal

NBA / Aug 6, 2013 / 11:30 am

The 10 Worst Teams To Ever Make The NBA Finals

Allen Iverson

Even casual NBA fans will never forget Magic‘s Lakers, Bird‘s Celtics, Jordan‘s Bulls, Shaq‘s Lakers or even (gulp) LeBron‘s Heat. How can you? They’ve all won multiple championships, and as players, are five of the greatest who ever laced up. They’re historic. What we do forget, though, are the teams that didn’t make it easy for them to reach that plateau. Read More »

NBA / Jan 3, 2013 / 11:15 am

5 Teams That Should Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins is an interesting individual. He’s obviously a very talented player. At 6-11, he’s shown off his tremendous skill set as a premier big man since his days at Kentucky. With a knack for scoring around the basket, rebounding at an alarming rate, and dishing off the rock like a pure point guard, he’s an all-around commodity. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jul 4, 2012 / 10:00 am

Video: Sacramento Fans Greet No. 5 Pick Thomas Robinson With A Huge Ovation

The Sacramento Kings selected Thomas Robinson with the No. 5 pick, gaining stability and a first class work ethic for their eclectic roster. Remember, we’re less than a season removed from the DeMarcus Cousins-Paul Westphal drama, and the Kings are embroiled in a battle to keep the franchise in Sacramento. So it’s nice for the city to acquire a player that everybody can like right off the bat – and it doesn’t hurt that he’s supremely talented as well. Read More »

Hit List, Latest News, NBA / Jan 9, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Dime NBA Power Rankings, Vol. II: How Good Is Philadelphia?

Andre Iguodala

Ranking the NBA from worst to first …

30. Washington (0-8) Last Week: 30, — As we wrote in Smack, no one’s feeling sorry for the Wizards right now. You can’t have multiple players ready to stage a mutiny (Lewis, Blatche), guys who don’t always play hard (McGee) and other cats who smile during blowout losses. John Wall was supposed to make the jump this year. Who would’ve ever thought this team would be going backwards? Read More »

Smack / Jan 6, 2012 / 2:16 am

Miami Steals A Triple OT Thriller; Portland Looks Like The Best Team In The West

Chris Bosh

Is there any team in the league that pisses off basketball fans more than Atlanta? In reality though, why should we get so aggravated when they struggle? As Reggie and Charles pointed out, you’re only as good as your best player. Despite that, with LeBron and Dwyane Wade dressed up (What the hell was that shirt ‘Bron had on?) on the sidelines, the Heat rode Chris Bosh (33 points, 14 rebounds) and a bunch of role players to a surprising 116-109 win in triple OT. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 5, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Breaking News: Sacramento Kings Fire Head Coach Paul Westphal

Paul Westphal

In a 66-game season, a 2-5 start isn’t that easy to turn around. So what do you do if you’re the Sacramento Kings? You fire your head coach. See you later, Paul Westphal. Read More »

Featured Gallery, NBA / Dec 14, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Top 10 NBA Shooting Guards In The Game Today

Kobe Bryant (photo. Chris Sembrot)

The two guard is the most glamorous position in basketball. You can thank Michael Jordan for that. Every kid of my generation grew up wanting to play the two, rock a sweatband on the left elbow, wear baggy shorts and the number 23, and we all thought we’d grow up to be 6-6. Power players may traditionally determine who’s got the juice, but shooting guards are nearly as important. The very best can create shots anywhere on the floor, and routinely finish games by getting shots in the closing moments. These are normally the very best athletes in the world; graceful, but still powerful… explosive, but still finesse. No one has the same combination of jaw-dropping athleticism and phenomenal ball skills the greatest shooting guards wield. Read More »

NBA / Dec 12, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Where’s The Remote? The NBA’s Top 10 League Pass Teams

Zach Randolph

Laker fans never have to worry. When the NBA released its revised schedule about a week ago, they made sure the league’s most polarizing franchise was delivered to it’s ever-expanding fan base. Is 29 out of 66 enough? 29 times this season the Lakers will be playing on national TV, which is only about 25 times more than the New Jersey Nets, despite their star point guard and despite their jet ski-riding, womanizing owner (and even those four games got the shaft that is NBA TV). The NBA knows the big names and the big teams will make the most money. Cleveland at Milwaukee in February is for no one outside of the diehards. Read More »

College, Video / Dec 7, 2011 / 10:00 am

2011-12 USC Trojans Team Intro Video

2011-12 USC Trojans Team Intro Video

While the Trojans decide to highlight some of their NBA success stories, there are two guys noticeably missing: O.J. Mayo and Brian Scalabrine. I can legally understand one, but the other just baffles me. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 25, 2011 / 1:00 pm

And So It Begins: Dime’s NBA Draft Diary With Isaiah Thomas, Part 4

Isaiah Thomas

After leading Washington to back-to-back conference titles in the Pac-10 Tournament over the last two seasons, junior Isaiah Thomas (who also claimed back-to-back conference MOP honors in those same title runs) decided the time was right to test his talents on another level: the NBA. During his time in Seattle, the 5-9 guard was nothing short of an offensive force. After averaging 16.9 points and 3.9 assists a game as a sophomore, he returned this season to drop 16.8 and 6.1 per and navigate UW to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament. And as the kid embarks on his journey away from college and into the pros, we wanted to give him his own space, and voice, to roam. So, follow along with Isaiah on his Dime NBA Draft Diary and the start to his journey as a member of the Sacramento Kings… Read More »