TAG: Shane Battier

NBA / Apr 16, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The 10 Biggest X-Factors In The 2013 NBA Playoffs

Shane Battier

In preparation for the start of this weekend’s NBA Playoffs, we thought that would be interesting to take a look at this postseason’s x-factors. While it is more conventional to say that Player X is the x-factor for their franchise entering the playoffs, you always need to dig a little deeper, go a little bit more in depth by taking a look at other specific variables within different team’s situations that have the capacity to swing a series. Read More »

Smack / Apr 5, 2013 / 1:27 am

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Rip Up a Rival; The Denver Nuggets Suffer a Potentially Disastrous Injury

Kevin Durant

If last night’s Thunder/Spurs game was a preview of the Western Conference Finals, we’d be more than ok with it. The Manu-less Spurs made the trip to OKC and fought valiantly, but still got a whole facefull of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant buckets. The NBA’s top dynamic duo combined for 52 of the Thunder’s 100 total points in a 100-88 victory. Russ put in 27 (as well as seven boards and seven assists), despite playing 10 minutes less than KD (25, nine boards, six assists) … We’re not going to lie, after Durant dribbled through half the Spurs’ team and then hit San Antonio with a huge dunk, we 100% laughed out loud when TNT was going to commercial showing a replay and Reggie Miller yelled, “Mommmy has some things for daddy to do!” … Read More »

NBA / Mar 7, 2013 / 2:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Playoff X-Factors

Stephen Jackson

Not everyone can be LeBron James. That’s okay, especially in the playoffs when just as many big games are determined not by the last shot, but by the defensive rebound or the charge or the swing pass or the block that set up that last shot. The club of playoff x-factors is long and memorable, and we’ll see some more names be inducted this year. Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 1, 2013 / 11:29 pm

Miami Heat Harlem Shake Video

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Smack / Nov 16, 2012 / 2:07 am

The Knicks Can’t Be Stopped Even When ‘Melo Is; LeBron Puts The Nuggets To Sleep

DimeTV: Behind The Scenes Of Raymond Felton's Photo Shoot

The Knicks only had 3-of-12 shooting by Carmelo Anthony (nine points though he did get 12 boards) and were on the road in San Antonio and yet New York went into Texas and still won, 104-100 to stay undefeated against all odds. And by against all odds, we mean Raymond Felton dropped 25 points, Jason Kidd kept up his torrid shooting by going 4-of-6 from three and the Knickerbockers had just five points in transition. Read More »

NBA / Oct 10, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Heat Players Are Worrying They’re Too Wide Open

Shane Battier

Shooting is tough enough with a hand in your face. But wait just a second, Miami’s players are saying: try shooting with no one near you. The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh trio is so good at bunching defenders together in one place that it’s leaving Heat shooters in a predicament few would consider a drawback. They’re simply too wide open. “You’re naked,” Shane Battier told the Sun-Sentinel today. Read More »

NBA / Aug 23, 2012 / 3:00 pm

The 10 NBA Players Who Need To Be In A Movie Next

Rajon Rondo

Kevin Durant‘s contribution to his new movie, Thunderstruck, has been interesting to watch evolve. Maybe the biggest reason for that feeling is that I just don’t picture KD as a guy with movie ambitions. Need him on set? He’s probably still at the gym hoisting his 500th jumper of his second shooting session of the day (conveniently, he plays a basketball player in the new movie). So the thinking began: Who else could make a surprising movie star — and do they have a role tailored for them? Read More »

Smack / Jul 1, 2012 / 12:01 am

Dwight Howard Still Wants Out Of Orlando; Kevin Garnett Returns To Boston

Dwight Howard

*Incoming phone call by Dwight Howard* If you’re Rob Hennigan in your first two weeks on the job as Orlando’s GM, this is a call you don’t want to take. This is the call everyone knows where you just look at the ID for a couple seconds as you decide. Or, maybe if you’re Hennigan you’re psyched to take it because you have all this Oklahoma City front-office confidence and after all didn’t Howard just say he wanted to stay near Disneyworld? Yeah, he did say that last season at the trade deadline — and now, he’s told Hennigan he wants a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that news Saturday night and even if it’s a a walk back from his last stance, it’s not a surprise with Howard, you know? Read More »

Video / Jun 26, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Video: PEAK’s ‘I Can Play’ Campaign With JaVale McGee, Kyle Lowry & Shane Battier

JaVale McGee

Back in 2006, Shane Battier was one of the first NBA players to sign with Chinese sneaker company, PEAK, and since then many players like JaVale McGee and Kyle Lowry have also signed on with the company. While you won’t find a lot of ads for their shoes in the US, PEAK has a strong international presence and recently debuted their new “I Can Play” commercial campaign featuring McGee, Lowry and Battier. Each ad highlights a signature part of that player’s career. Read More »

Smack / Jun 24, 2012 / 12:00 am

Hero Of The NBA Finals Must Decide Future Soon; There’s Another Unlikely Draft Promise

Dion Waiters

We can at least thank the lockout for this much: It pushed the season back and now that the Finals are over – even if they ended much quicker than any of us expected – the NBA Draft is literally right around the corner. And the first round promises are flowing. We already know about Dion Waiters. There are reports Royce White has one from the Celtics. Now, the agent for West Virginia’s Kevin Jones says he has a promise among the first 30 selections, that someone has committed to him in the first round. We can’t say we expected that. Jones was a solid college player, even if his numbers this year made him out to be a beast (20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds) but perhaps he turns into another Taj Gibson. Read More »