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NBA, NBA Draft / May 30, 2013 / 12:00 pm

Allen Iverson, Michael Redd & Ranking The Best & Worst NBA Draft Classes From 1989-2000

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson (photo. Reebok)

Pundits and fans constantly analyze the NBA Draft, thinking they can nail the right pick. But sometimes you just get a bad draft. The draft might be deft of superstars and your favorite team may be left with a middling player who ends up sitting on the bench for the majority of his NBA tenure. And sometimes, you get a draft where you can’t miss. Read More »

Smack / Jan 14, 2013 / 2:00 am

A Hungry Carmelo And Chris Copeland Will The Knicks Over New Orleans; The Lakers Get Dwight And A Win

New York Knicks

On Sunday, the Knicks were looking to Chris Copeland (22 points) to guide them early harder than someone lost looks for the North Star. The “other” guy in the Knicks’ recent starting five hit his first three threes in rapid fire to keep his team afloat in the first quarter and got another bucket before the first quarter was over. Read More »

Smack / Jan 12, 2013 / 3:00 am

Kevin Durant And OKC Spare No Mercy On Los Angeles; Damian Lillard Puts Up For His City

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Nike)

Before Ric Bucher left ESPN this fall, he tweeted one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets to take into consideration whenever Oklahoma City and the Lakers play. Bucher said that underneath the “We’re all friends!” vibe Team USA put out in winning gold in London last summer, Kobe Bryant was trying to create a wedge between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant by telling Russ he deserved to be the team’s alpha male. The young OKC stars were wise to the Mamba’s plot then and apparently want to destroy L.A. each time they play the Lakers now because of what Kobe tried to do. Read More »

NBA / Dec 3, 2012 / 1:00 pm

The 14 Strangest Fines, Ejections & Suspensions In NBA History

Latrell Sprewell (Dime #11)

Tyrus Thomas (photo. John Sturdy)

Every year, NBA players, owners, coaches and general managers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. Not all of their philanthropy is voluntary. In the NBA, it’s a fineable offense to wear a headband upside down, to publicly criticize an official, or to execute a chin-up on the rim. As you can imagine, some of these things happen quite frequently. Read More »

NBA / Jul 28, 2011 / 12:00 pm

The 5 Most Memorable NBA Deals Of The 1999 Lockout

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury

Right now, moves in the NFL are being made so ferociously that I can’t even keep up. One minute it’s Donovan McNabb. Then dudes like Roy Williams are being released and Carson Palmer is talking retirement. Now it’s Albert Haynesworth.

With the lockout being abruptly lifted, it’s a mad dash to training camp, who can secure which players and who will come out on top. While lockouts have always sucked, the aftermath is normally like shoving all the owners into a closet, giving them caffeine and then telling them not to come out until at least half the teams have discussed epic trades. Read More »

NBA / Feb 11, 2011 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 5 Most Dysfunctional Player-Coach Relationships

Deron Williams

Deron Williams (photo. Christian Kozowyck)

Life is all about change, but there are still some things we always expect to be the same. I cannot imagine the day when Coach K leaves Duke. It will be surreal when Joe Paterno is not on the sidelines for Penn State. And I’m sure, for most of us, the same can be said for Jerry Sloan‘s absence from the Utah Jazz bench.

After 23 years in the same place, what could make the Hall of Fame NBA coch resign in the middle of a season? The rumors are swirling that Sloan’s relationship with Deron Williams was the culprit. Read More »

We Reminisce / Dec 13, 2010 / 1:30 pm

Dime Exclusive: Vince Lombardi Transcended Basketball

Vince Lombardi

The story of Vince Lombardi is one that is universally familiar to sports fans. When you hear the name Lombardi you associate it with the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl championships, the Lombardi trophy and one of the greatest coaching minds to ever live. Don’t get me wrong, this would be an accurate depiction of Vince, but there’s much more behind the man who was known for telling his players, “Winning isn’t everything, its the only thing.” Read More »

NBA / Feb 24, 2010 / 4:00 pm

Amazing Find: Lost Letter From Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell

If you’ve never visited the blog, Rocking The Suburbs, then you’re missing out. Chris & Graham met when they were both working for the Memphis Grizzlies, bonded over a shared love for George Costanza‘s “Jerk Store” line and the rest is history. Yesterday, the guys posted an amazing find: a lost letter from Latrell Sprewell. Check it out larger after the jump. Read More »

NBA / Dec 9, 2009 / 11:19 am

The Thunder Will Make the Playoffs

Kevin Durant

Last season the Oklahoma City Thunder won 23 games and finished third-to-last in the Western Conference. 2008-09 marked the organization’s end in Seattle and the supposed beginning of a long haul back to the playoffs.

The plan in 2007 was to rebuild the team around fresh legs. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis were traded, and the franchise tag now donned the chest of a lanky rookie out of Texas in Kevin Durant. With any rebuilding plan, architects and fans alike have to cope with the possibility of many losing seasons. Similar situations have succeeded in Atlanta and Portland, while Sacramento is still recovering. Read More »

NBA / Aug 5, 2009 / 1:16 pm

Al Harrington almost choked out Don Nelson

Al Harrington

Al Harrington

Just yesterday, I was watching an old Suns/Rockets game on ESPN Classic when I was reminded of the time Robert Horry threw a towel in Danny Ainge‘s face when Ainge was coaching Horry in Phoenix. (The only team with which Rob didn’t win a championship.) Like a lot of older controversial sports stories, I always wonder how things would’ve played out differently had it happened in 2009 with today’s media climate.

I thought that same thing just now when I heard about Al Harrington‘s interview with Bay Area radio station KNBR. Read More »