TAG: Tim Duncan

NBA, Smack / Apr 16, 2014 / 2:04 am

Suns Ballboy Says, “The Whole Spurs Team Gave Off A Nice Fragrance”

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs (photo. @Spurs)

The r/NBA community on reddit is composed of a fantastic group of readers and contributors. It’s a must-read almost daily for the basketball minutiae they share every day. They’re also a great place for NBA people — Daryl Morey being one — to stop by and chat with redditors. Recently a pair of Phoenix Suns bagllboys stopped by for an AMA (ask me anything), and they had some interesting — though not surprising — things to say about the Spurs’ odor. Read More »

NBA / Apr 5, 2014 / 3:00 pm

5 Candidates For Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Much like the MVP award, the chase for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year can also be looked at as a two-man race. What should go down to the wire between the big men of Chicago and Indiana has turned into an exhibition of each player’s defensive skill-sets. Whether they may be gifted enough to use their large frame to jump straight up in the air, or if they’re incredibly rangy, active and intense, these two have set themselves far apart from anybody else on that end of the floor. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Biggest Bargains In The NBA

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.

So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

LeBron James Blames Shooting Ills On Sleeve Jerseys

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

After appearing to blame his mask on his shooting woes in the first quarter last night — during a rematch in San Antonio of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs — LeBron James had a different culprit in mind following San Antonio’s 111-87 win. He takes umbrage with the NBA’s new sleeved jerseys, and says they’re impinging on his shooting motion and humbly adds, “I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot.” Read More »

NBA, Smack / Feb 19, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Tim Duncan Responds To Retirement Rumor, Says He Doesn’t Know What He’ll Do

Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan

Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Coach turned analyst George Karl made waves on ESPN yesterday when he claimed that he’d heard “whispers,” this would be Tim Duncan‘s last season. After Karl’s words got bandied about the Internet for most of yesterday, Duncan was asked about them by the Express-News‘ Mike Monroe, and denied making any such decision at this time. Read More »

NBA / Feb 7, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The 10 Best Passing Centers In The NBA

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports)

The center position is becoming a role that emphasizes versatility. The art of passing is a beautiful concept in the sport, but when executed appropriately by centers, it is a strength that should not be overlooked. Superstars like Bill Walton and Chris Webber–even though he normally manned the four-spot–exemplified the effective passing center, and their offenses instantly became more dangerous because of this ability. Read More »

NBA / Jan 29, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Players 35 And Older

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Father Time is undefeated and this has been well documented over the history of professional sports. At one time or another, every athlete that has appeared timeless is eventually defeated. The world of basketball offers a unique realm of competition, in which players can compete at a high level into their late 30s and even beyond in some special cases. In 2014, we are still marveling over how teams are comprised of players primarily over the age of 30, such as the Mavericks and Spurs, who still manage to remain in playoff contention in the toughest conference. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 26, 2014 / 5:20 pm

Video: LeBron James’ Pretty Pair Of Dimes To Chris Bosh

LeBron James

LeBron James (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Heat handled the Spurs even more than the 113-102 win suggests. The Spurs made up eight points from a 19-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Six different Heat scored in double-figures, led by Chris Bosh‘s 9-of-10 shooting from the field for a team-high 24 points. Two of those field goals came after a pair of filthy-looking LeBron James passes. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The 20 Best Signature Moves In NBA History

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

When you are playing basketball, there is always that time when you catch yourself imitating a move one of your favorite players did. I can remember when I was younger trying to imitate Jamal Crawford‘s shake-n-bake move, a move he usually pulls off on a fast break when he will dribble the ball behind his back and bring it back around as fast as he can, losing his defender. Let’s just say it did not work out for me (reason No. 76 why I am a writer). Read More »

NBA / Jan 22, 2014 / 12:30 pm

The 10 Greatest Individual Seasons In NBA History

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike)

Defining the ten greatest seasons of all time is no easy matter. For one thing, it’s clearly arguable. When you’re comparing players across different eras, with different rules, schedules, competition, and statistics there are just too many variables to account for. That being said it would be absolutely zero fun to talk about if we knew with 100 percent certainty. Read More »