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NBA / Nov 26, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Steven Adams On Guarding Big Al & Z-Bo, Life Without KD & Russ, And More

Steven Adams

When the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, it seemed like the team got absolutely nothing in return. Kevin Martin wasn’t able to replace Harden’s production and Jeremy Lamb never developed into the dangerous offensive weapon the Thunder had hoped he would.

But the Thunder also received the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft as part of the deal, which they used to select Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams. It’s a pick that makes Oklahoma City feel as if they’ve salvaged a valuable piece for their team after the infamous trade with Houston. Read More »

NBA / Sep 25, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Thunder GM Sam Presti Says Reggie Jackson Is “Core Member” Of Team

Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson

After the team deemed it necessary to surrender James Harden two years ago, there’s a growing notion that the Oklahoma City Thunder will feel similarly inclined to part with Reggie Jackson at some point in the next year. General manager Sam Presti tried to put that belief to rest today, insisting Jackson – who will be a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension before October 31 – is a core member of the Thunder’s future. Read More »

NBA / May 29, 2014 / 12:30 pm

A Closer Examination Of Serge Ibaka’s Miraculously Rapid Recovery

Serge Ibaka

Before the start of the Western Conference Finals, Serge Ibaka was declared out for the playoffs with a Grade 2 calf train. But after the swelling subsided, Ibaka was cleared for practice after Game 2 and made his return on Sunday, surprising everyone in the process. Now, the questions are shifting to whether it was a miraculous recovery, a missed diagnosis, or something else entirely. Read More »

Latest News / May 17, 2014 / 2:01 pm

Report: Serge Ibaka To Miss Rest Of The Playoffs With Calf Injury

Serge Ibaka, J.J. Redick

In Game 6, Oklahoma City’s 6-10 power forward and rim protector Serge Ibaka injured his calf muscle in the third period. He did not return, and the team announced on Friday he would miss the rest of the postseason, putting the Thunder’s playoff fortunes in doubt. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 12:30 pm

How The New CBA Destroyed The NBA Trade Deadline

Andre Miller

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, reports were out that NBA insiders expected this to be one of the busiest trade deadlines in recent memory, or more specifically, since the 2011 lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that commenced.

As quickly as those reports leaked, they were contracted. And if last Thursday left your trade deadline fix unresolved and unfulfilled yet again, then you can look no further and blame that aforementioned 2011 lockout and more specifically, the new CBA. Read More »

NBA / Nov 11, 2013 / 12:30 pm

Parity Forever? How The NBA’s New CBA Changed The Game

Dwight Howard, James Harden

We’re early in the season, when every team, except the Knicks, seems chipper and optimistic. Thus far, it seems that this optimism is well placed. For the first time since the 1999 lockout, multiple teams from both the East and West think that they have a solid shot at winning an NBA Championship and, perhaps most importantly, they’re correct. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2013 / 2:00 pm

The 10 Biggest Storylines Of The NBA Season: The Wild Wild West

James Harden, Dwight Howard

With the NBA season less than a week away from officially starting, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been pumping out enough preview content to bury even Hasheem Thabeet. Over the next week, we’ll be taking a look at the 10 biggest storylines of the 2013-14 season. Today, we’re giving you a preview of what’ll surely be one of the craziest playoff races in some time… Read More »

NBA, Smack / Sep 24, 2013 / 10:30 am

Injured Guard Russell Westbrook Still Doesn’t Lack In Confidence

Russell Westbrook

Throughout his high school career at California’s Leuzinger in Lawndale, then UCLA and finally during his first five years with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook never missed a game. That changed when he tore his right meniscus on April 24 against Houston in the opening round of the playoffs. But with training camp starting Saturday, Westbrook is ready to get back on the court and believes he’ll be better than ever. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 28, 2013 / 12:30 am

Nate Robinson Puts on a Show for the Ages in an All-Time Playoff Classic; Kevin Durant Battles Houston All By Himself

nate robinson bank shot

Here’s the new reality: Do not make Nate Robinson angry; you will not like him when he’s angry. C.J. Watson got Nate angry in the first half of yesterday’s incredible triple-OT Bulls/Nets game with this altercation that very nearly erupted in an all-out brawl (and sent Robinson to the locker room to clean up a cut), sowing the seeds for an all-time Nate eruption later in the game: Read More »

Latest News, NBA Draft, Overseas / Mar 27, 2013 / 2:32 pm

Incredible Video: The Secret 6-10 Point Guard Drawing NBA GMs to Greece

Giannis Antetokoumpo

Elite basketball players are physically evolving faster than any creature to ever walk the earth … and the next level of the species has arrived. Meet Giannis Antetokoumpo, an 18-year old, 6-10 Greek point guard with Nigerian roots. Recently discovered by NBA GMs, he could suddenly end up being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Read More »