/ Oct 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Shabazz Napier is forcing Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra into an uncomfortable position when it comes to the Heat’s point guards. With Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers ahead of Napier in the depth chart, something might have to change if Napier continues to torch teams in preseason like he did in Miami’s OT win over the still short-handed defending champs on Saturday night. Read More »
/ Oct 3, 2014 / 9:15 pm
DJ Sackmann (photo. djsackmann Instagram)
The unofficial halfcourt shot competition is over. Need not apply any further, NBA players. This latest offering is simply unbeatable. In one of the craziest trick-shots we’ve ever seen, noted skills coach DJ Sackmann does a push-up with the ball and flings it behind his back. Read More »
Shabazz Napier (photo. Miami Heat Instagram)
The Miami Heat’s Shabazz Napier went from LeBron James favorite on a perennial title contender to third-string point guard on a solid but transitioning team. If he shoots in games like he does in practice, though, perhaps the rookie first-rounder will render his currently underwhelming reality fleeting. Read More »
2K Sports released an extended trailer for NBA 2K15 this week. In it, Miami Heat rookie guard Shabazz Napier is featured prominently towards the end when he’s on the receiving end of a slam dunk from LeBron James. Sixers rookie Joel Embiid took to Twitter last night and explained why.
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Last season news broke the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets would debut a new idea from the NBA where they would replace the last names on the back of their uniform with a nickname of their own choosing. The NBA went ahead with the plan as various monikers were spotted on the back of the uniforms for both teams, but we wanted to know what nicknames this year’s crop of rookies would choose if given the chance. Read More »
The 2014 NBA Draft has been hyped for a couple years now. Some think it’s right up there with the 2003 Draft that featured the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Others think it’s too early to tell what stars it might produce. Regardless, these rookies are already larger than life, so we thought it only appropriate to ask them during the 2014 NBA Rookie Shoot yesterday in Tarrytown, New York which superhero is their favorite. Read More »
When people hear the name “Shabazz Napier” they think of a two-time NCAA National Champion. They think of a kid who has become a household name. They think of the guy Miami traded for on draft night to try and make LeBron James happy.
But for me, I think of the feisty little kid with cornrows and glasses that I once called my teammate in the Roxbury YMCA’s “No Books, No Ball” basketball league. I think of his mom, Carmen Velasquez being the loudest in packed gym during our Saturday morning games. I think of his older brother Timmie leading his high school team to the state championship game at the Boston Garden and scoring 27 points. Read More »
Shabazz Napier was selected with the 24th pick of the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and every University of Connecticut fan’s dream had come true. Napier would team with former Husky Kemba Walker in the Charlotte backcourt to re-create the magic that led UConn to the 2011 NCAA title. But then 60 seconds passed, those hopes were dashed, and new ones emerged – those of LeBron James. The Miami Heat agreed to a trade with the Hornets that would land Napier in South Beach. Read More »
This marks the last mock before the 2014 NBA Draft begins tonight. While there continues to be a ton of activity, even at the front of the draft, these are the best guesses as to the order each player will be selected and which team will acquire them. Based off all the chatter so far, we’re bound to see some huge changes before it’s all said and done, though. Read More »
Mario Chalmers is an unrestricted free agent and coming off arguably the worst stretch of play in his six-year career. Norris Cole is the only player on the Miami Heat roster with a guaranteed contract for next season, but seems best suited to continue his role as a backup going forward. With so much uncertainty at point guard, Pat Riley is reportedly targeting LeBron James favorite Shabazz Napier in Thursday’s NBA draft. Read More »