TAG: Scott Brooks

Latest News / Sep 29, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Scott Brooks Says Russell Westbrook Is “Best Point Guard In Basketball”

Russell Westbrook

A sizable contingent of supposed NBA experts think Russell Westbrook is a shooting guard, and some even believe the Oklahoma City Thunder would be better off without him. Don’t count coach Scott Brooks among them. At the team’s media day, Brooks said his much-maligned star “is the best point guard in basketball.” Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 2:00 pm

A 6-Step Guide To Fixing The New York Knicks

New York Knicks

After the Knicks lost to the Mavericks on a Dirk Nowitzki buzzer-beater Monday night, Carmelo Anthony stands at the free throw line at Madison Square with his hands on his knees in disbelief. In that moment you can feel all of the air leave the arena. Anthony had put out his best effort, scoring 44 points and has been carrying this team the whole year. Hours later, around 2:00 a.m., there is a report that Raymond Felton has been arrested on gun charges. Read More »

NBA / Jan 14, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Kevin Durant Says He Needs To Shoot Less

Kevin Durant

Ever since Russell Westbrook started experiencing swelling and discomfort in that surgically repaired right knee, the Thunder have floundered in his absence following a third surgery. With Russ out until after the All-Star break, the Thunder’s leader, Kevin Durant, is expected to pick up the slack left by the absence of his All-NBA teammate. Except, in an about-face from most superstars in his place, KD is worried he’s shooting the ball too much. Read More »

NBA / Dec 10, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Russell Westbrook On His Knee: “I Don’t Worry About It Anymore”

Russell Westbrook

There’s something remarkable about Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook. Something almost heroic about the way he competes on a basketball court and shuns everything else. After a bionic-like stretch where he never missed a game through high school, college at UCLA and his first five years in the NBA with the Thunder, Westbrook finally succumbed to the corporeal world when he suffered a torn lateral meniscus in Game 2 of the Thunder’s first-round playoff series against the Rockets. Read More »

NBA / Sep 25, 2013 / 5:30 pm

The Top 15 Coaches In The NBA Right Now

Gregg Popovich

There is a wide belief among sports fans that basketball would be the easiest sport to coach as a player. The assumption that a player could play major minutes on a professional basketball team while playing productively and controlling the ego of million dollar players does not seem like an easy thing for a person to do. This becomes incredibly important when you remember the amount of video that coaches watch to reinvigorate stagnant offenses and to keep defenses strengthened. Read More »

NBA / May 17, 2013 / 1:06 pm

Don’t Blame Kevin Durant For the Thunder’s Playoff Exit, Blame Scott Brooks

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Whenever something in sports doesn’t go according to plan, we as fans are quick to place blame. The easy way to explain why the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t get back to the Western Conference Finals, much less the NBA Finals, would be to blame Kevin Durant for not being able to carry his team to the next round. Let’s take a deeper look before placing blame.

What became of the Thunder the second Russell Westbrook‘s meniscus tore falls on many parts of the organization. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Feb 26, 2013 / 2:00 pm

Mike Krzyzewski Reiterates He Won’t Coach Team USA In 2014

Mike Krzyzewski

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was adamant last August that his second Olympic gold medal as Team USA head coach would be his last. Essentially everyone took him at his word, until a report three weeks ago by ESPN said that his Team USA boss didn’t Read More »

NBA / Dec 11, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Even Without Harden, OKC Looks Like The Best Team In The West

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Before the season started, the Oklahoma City Thunder were relegated by many to a tier just below the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs for supremacy in the Western Conference. Even though they defeated the mighty Borg that is San Antonio to come out of the Western Conference in last season’s playoffs, the offseason was generally considered unkind to the young upstarts from Oklahoma City. But things certainly changed over the season’s first quarter, and the Thunder are playing superb basketball right now. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 30, 2012 / 2:30 pm

The Top 10 Candidates For NBA Coach of the Year

NBA Coach of the Year

There are established patterns to winning NBA Coach of the Year. You either guide a team with high expectations to its expected goal, stun with an eye-popping turnaround out of the Lottery or take a team from the playoff fringe into a team no one wants to face in the opening round by catching fire. We’ll call them the Excellence’s Status Quo, Out Of Nowhere, or Next Step plans to earning respect, respectively. With the curtain being drawn on the 2012-13 season tonight, Dime is projecting the major awards all week, and today we look at the top coach. Read More »

NBA / Sep 11, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Does The NBA Need Phil Jackson Back? Dime Debates

Phil Jackson

We thought it, too. When the Lakers bowed out of the Western Conference Semifinals in 2011 in acrimonious fashion against the Mavericks, it was at the front of our mind: Phil Jackson can’t go out like this, can he? Jackson, with his children in the stands wearing hats commemorating his 11 NBA titles as a coach, had dominated with cool precision in Chicago and Los Angeles. But now the Lakers were frustrated, knocking over J.J. Barea and turning any thought of playing D in Big D into a joke. Read More »