TAG: Tony Allen

NBA / Dec 18, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Which Team Has Been A Bigger Bust This Year: Cleveland Or Memphis?

Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

With everyone so focused on the double travesties going down in the Big Apple — New York is ready to can Mike Woodson and Brooklyn has resorted to all types of shady practices involving soda to try to win games — two other underachievers have gotten away relatively unscathed. Cleveland was supposed to be one of the up-and-coming teams in the East this year. Instead, in one of the worst conferences we’ve ever seen, they’re still just 9-15 and out of the playoff picture. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Nov 18, 2013 / 11:40 pm

Tony Allen Ejected For Karate Kicking Chris Paul’s Face

Chris Paul Tony Allen

Towards the end of the first quarter in tonight’s intense Western Conference battle between the Clippers and Grizzlies, Tony Allen did a Bruce Lee leg kick that caught Clippers point God Chris Paul directly in the face. This was one time when CP3′s animated reaction to a foul was totally warranted. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Smack / Nov 11, 2013 / 9:30 pm

Lance Stephenson Called For Laughable Taunting Technical

Lance Stephenson, Tony Allen

The Indiana Pacers are go 8-0 after beating their Western Conference doppelgängers, the Memphis Grizzlies. But it’s Lance Stephenson that’s the story. He put together a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Pacers win their eighth consecutive game to start the season. It makes Stephenson’s ridiculous taunting technical almost worth it, too. Read More »

NBA / Oct 29, 2013 / 2:00 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies (photo. @memgrizz)

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Grizzlies team that’s again being underrated in the West. Read More »

NBA / Oct 25, 2013 / 12:45 pm

10 Hip-Hop Songs To Match 10 NBA Players

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

The basketball culture expands further than the court, the players and their appearance. Music and basketball have also had their influence on each other through the years. As I scrounged the NBA this year, studying players and their style of play, I also happened to be listening to music. It’s simple, an easy comparison. Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The 15 Best Backcourts In The NBA

Deron Williams

Damian Lillard (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard — the orchestrator — and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.

With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Right Now

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant (photo. Nike Basketball)

When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated‘s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:

1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams. 2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement. 3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The NBA’s 20 Best Role Players

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

The NBA is a league dominated by stars. However, some of the most important guys are the secondary players, the ones who do the little things that help their team win. Most of the guys on this list are limited in some areas – and that is why they are role players. There are no scoring title winners or All-NBA players on this list – just guys who have a well-defined role who put the success of the team far above their own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 19, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The 20 Toughest Players In The NBA

Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks

Zach Randolph (photo. Nike)

Let’s establish this first: the NBA isn’t always given its fair due in regards to tough athletes. In an era where flopping has become such a frequent occurrence that fines have been instituted to eradicate them completely, the NBA’s reputation is slowly gaining traction again. Plays like Chris Bosh flopping like a sack of soggy potatoes after a Carlos Boozer post move, or Manu Ginobili flailing through the paint to draw imaginary fouls are indeed terrible, but could start dwindling now that players’ pockets are being attacked. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Sep 13, 2013 / 5:00 pm

Friday The 13th: The 5 Scariest Defenders In The NBA

(photo. Instagram/LarrySanders)

(photo. Instagram/LarrySanders)

Today is a day where you get to gripe about the usual twists of fate and blame the day instead of whichever deity you identify with. It’s also the day that inspired one of the best movie franchises in horror history: Friday the 13th. In honor of Jason Voorhees and his ilk, we thought we’d provide 5 of the scariest defenders in the NBA. It’s Friday the 13th, and that black cat running across the landscape is really just a defender getting ready to swipe the ball. Read More »