/ Jan 13, 2014 / 4:15 pm
Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rose out of the stage amid the pyrotechnics and billowing smoke that bore resemblance to meeting the end boss of a video game, we were inclined to believe that these three alone were going to be devastating enough of a trio to wipe the floor with the NBA. Any record that had stood the test of time was to be toppled over, becoming nothing more than a pile of dust in the wake of this super team. 72 wins, unbelievable winning streaks, and dynasties were going to cower in fear and submit to a new idea of success.
What we failed to realize, and what history should have told us, is that three All-Stars, no matter their influence or talent, was not going to be enough to win a title or create the dynasty we envisioned. Read More »
/ Jan 9, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
It’s rare when you can have two extremely gifted shooters on your team. The game just flows easier when you have multiple guys that can knock down shots from the stripe. After their breakout performances in last year’s playoffs, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (also known as “The Splash Brothers”) received the ultimate praise from their head coach Mark Jackson when he said in the Western Conference Semifinals last May, “I said I’ve got the greatest shooting backcourt that’s ever played the game.” Read More »
/ Jan 7, 2014 / 3:15 pm
Paul George, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.
Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. Read More »
/ Jan 6, 2014 / 4:45 pm
Elton Brand (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Ray Allen, in his 18th year in the league and arguably the greatest three-point shooter of all time, backpedals to the three-point line and rises up for the biggest shot of his career. “BANG!” Mike Breen is yelling as it swishes through the net and the Heat go on to win the NBA Finals in Game 7. Ray Allen’s legacy describes itself, but he put it best after that shot, saying “I’m still defining my career.” It’s funny, because when Ray Allen’s career is over, the first thing we will remember is Game 6, not the 2900-plus three-pointers he made before that in his 18-plus years in the league. That shot did more than just bring another ring home to Miami. Read More »
/ Jan 6, 2014 / 11:45 am
Ray Allen, Kent Bazemore (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Taking the top spot on this week’s dunks of the week is a small forward throwing down a vicious one-handed alley-oop. At this point, you’d assume I was talking about LeBron James, right? Not this time.
Other members of this week’s list include a pair of big men running the break and putting smaller defenders on a poster, as well as a turn-back-the-clock moment from one of the league’s ageless wonders. Read More »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 10:45 pm
Ray Allen, Kent Bazemore (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
People often forget, especially since Ray Allen became the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers, but as a younger man, he was a spry, athletic shooting guard, someone who could get to the rim in a hurry after coming out of Connecticut. While his shot has always been a study in fluidity and repetition, his explosiveness was a large part of his game in his early 20′s. That athleticism showed itself again tonight when the 38-year-old future Hallâ€”of-Famer threw down the one-handed slam plus the foul against the visiting Warriors. Read More »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
The NBA is a state of repair.
No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.
It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »
Brooklyn Nets, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce (photo. Brooklyn Nets)
The Brooklyn Nets will wear their nickname player jerseys during their January 10 game against the visiting Miami Heat, reports Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York. We already told you about the idea during the offseason, and Spike Lee revealed Ray Allen‘s “Jesus Shuttlesworth” jersey for the Heat, but now we know what three nicknames will be and when they’ll be worn (if the players are healthy). Read More »
Christmas Day games in the NBA always feature some incredible sneakers. From Nike to Under Armour, here’s a quick preview of what we know players will be wearing tomorrow on the big day. Read More »
Spike Lee (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)
Before the season started, when teams were preparing to head back to training camp, the NBA tossed around the idea of players wearing self-coined nicknames on the back of their jersey. The idea caused some consternation among some NBA players, and our own commenters, but the NBA has decided to go ahead and players for the Heat and Nets will rock their own nickname during special games this season. Spike Lee revealed Ray Allen‘s nickname choice on Instagram last night, and it’s not very hard to guess what he’s going with. Read More »