TAG: Steve Francis

Video / Apr 27, 2012 / 3:30 pm

Clip Of The Day: Steve Francis’ ‘Finer Things’ Music Video

Steve Francis

Bump this at your neighborhood barbecue this weekend. Steve Francis recently released a music video for his “Finer Things” track, and we mentioned it in Smack, but doesn’t he sound an awful lot like Ja Rule? Read More »

Smack / Apr 27, 2012 / 1:08 am

The NBA Playoffs Are Set; The Bobcats Are The Worst Team Ever

Josh Smith

Josh Smith (photo. Blake Peterson)

Normally, we’d start a 13-game night off with some recaps, but since the average margin of victory across the NBA last night was like 87 points, it felt good just to look forward to the weekend. The regular season is over and the matchups are set. In the West, it’ll be San Antonio and Utah, OKC against Dallas, the Lakers taking on Denver and then Memphis hosting the Clippers. The East looks pretty good as well: Chicago takes on Philly, Miami and New York do battle, Indiana will host whatever’s left of the Magic, and even though they’re the No. 4 seed, Boston will open the playoffs in the ATL. Read More »

NBA / Dec 29, 2011 / 11:00 am

The Top 10 NBA Superstar Trades With The Largest Impact

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett (Photo. Gary Land)

It is pretty rare when an elite superstar, a player at the top of their game, is traded off by a team. Circumstances have to reach a boiling point where the team is not going anywhere or the player sees greener pastures and nothing will stop that fixation. In the NBA today, superstars (and those who think they are superstars) are all built the same. If their team has not won a championship or when they see their friends winning them in a brief amount of time, they see it as a need for a new setting. Read More »

NBA / Nov 4, 2011 / 1:30 pm

The Forgotten: 5 Players The NBA Needs To Bring Back

Rex Chapman

Dwight Howard hears your concerns, especially you Magic fans out there. He appreciates the Stay Dwight campaign, and doesn’t seem like he really wants to leave. It’s as if he’s slowly being pulled away towards the big city – L.A. or New York. He wants to show he cares. So come Nov. 13, he’ll be throwing his own charity game, which has so many former or current Magic players, we might as well just call it a preseason scrimmage. Everyone from DeShawn Stevenson to Ryan Anderson will be in the house, but the one guy I want to see – no, must see – is Steve Francis. Stevie Franchise… or whatever’s left of him. Read More »

Smack / Nov 4, 2011 / 12:09 am

Dwyane Wade Gives The Real Reason Why Miami Didn’t Win It All

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. Mannion)

Did the Heat lose in the Finals last year because LeBron played like he was scared? Did they lose because J.J. Barea went off? Did they lose because Dirk did everything outside of morphing into Larry Bird to stop them? Dwyane Wade doesn’t believe any of that was the real reason they lost. The Heat lost because of misplaced emotion. Wade and his teammates wanted to win to spite people because so much of the public actively hated them. Public Enemy No. 1. Even Ice Cube in his heyday never felt this hated. And yet Wade told Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on his radio show that the team was wrongly fueled by hate, and didn’t win the championship because of that. Do you buy it? Read More »

NBA, Playground / Aug 16, 2011 / 4:00 pm

How To Get Freaky With The Rock: The Art Of The Dribble

Jamal Crawford

Honestly, there are few things that feel better than dribbling a basketball. Very few…and those are all outside of basketball. It seems natural: Basketball in hand. The basketball pounding against the gym floor. The sneakers squeaking. On the court, it’s art. Dribble low. Dribble high. Fast. Quick. I know it sounds corny, but for me it’s true. I could be in the gym for hours, and do nothing but push the rock through drills. Read More »

NBA / Mar 29, 2011 / 2:30 pm

What Is The Most Important Skill A Point Guard Needs?

Steve Francis

Steve Francis (photo. Gary Land)

Daaaaaaamn. That’s all a fourth grader could say. And it wasn’t even like I actually spoke the words either; my nine-year-old cheeks would’ve gotten smacked if I had. I was young, but I wasn’t stupid. Still, I knew special when I saw it. Allegany Community College. Cumberland, Maryland. Steve Francis was ill even before the NBA, even before Maryland. Back then, in case you forgot, The Franchise was just beginning his takeover. Read More »

Smack / Feb 18, 2011 / 1:38 am

D-Rose d-rops 42 on San Antonio; All-Star Weekend 2011 is here

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

Has it really come to this? Derrick Rose can drop a 40-ounce on the best team in the League, the team with a 13-time All-Defensive pick patrolling the paint, and it’s not even a big surprise? At least it wasn’t to D-Rose, whose reaction at the end of his 42-point torching of the San Antonio Spurs last night had all the enthusiasm of a guy stuck in morning traffic … Chicago was up by seven at halftime, when Rose already had 21 points. He opened the third quarter in a brief jump shot duel with Tim Duncan, then took a backseat as Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer got theirs. Read More »

All-Star, Featured Gallery, NBA / Feb 16, 2011 / 11:00 am

Dime Q&A: Nate Robinson On Everything Dunk Contest

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson (photo. Matt Brown)

Although his reel of in-game dunks is about as short as he is, it’s hard to argue with that fact that Nate Robinson is one of the best dunkers in NBA history. He’s competed in four of the last five dunk contests, and won three of them – making him the only three-time dunk champion in NBA history. And when you think about it, at 5-9, it would be incredible if he just did dunked, period. So in anticipation of this year’s All-Star Saturday Night, we got up with Kryptonate to talk about his dunk legacy and this year’s contest. Read More »

Featured Gallery, NBA / Dec 27, 2010 / 12:30 pm

Steve Francis is done with China

Steve Francis

Steve Francis

Less than two weeks after his debut with the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, former NBA All-Star Steve Francis is being cut.

According to reports confirmed by Francis’ agent, the 33-year-old is done with the Ducks after four games where he averaged 0.5 points in 14 total minutes. Francis was originally signed to a two-year contract. He made headlines last week when he was given a warning by the CBA for waving his middle finger while sitting on the bench. Read More »