/ Oct 11, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The sophomore slump is a rite of passage for most second-year players. It’s mostly precipitated by fatigue, as the slog of an 82-game season inevitably begins to take its toll. It often manifests itself in shooting droughts and/or nagging injuries.
On the surface, Damian Lillard was mostly immune to this last season, but if you were watching closely, you noticed that his field goal percentage came in peaks and valleys, and there were times throughout the season when he was downright streaky. Read More »
We tried to come up with a few puns or sarcastic jabs to discuss the photos Lady Gaga posted to Instagram of her posing with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. We even quickly jotted down our list of favorite Gaga songs – that may or may not begin with “Bad Romance” – for inspiration. But upon reading the songstress’ sincere, gracious captions, we’ll simply let the pics speak for themselves. 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 »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
/ Sep 30, 2014 / 2:30 pm
Now that Kevin Love has joined forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, NBA fans can rest easy that this season will not pass by (in fact, the real worry might be how many minutes can pass by) without hearing the words “The Big Three.” Read More »
/ Sep 21, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Tony Parker (photo. Léquipe 21 Vine)
Not even close, Shabazz Napier. Move over, Andre Drummond. Your halfcourt trick-shots pale in comparison to Tony Parker’s. Read More »
With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »
Players taking discounts to stay in San Antonio has been an integral part of the Spurs’ incredible success over the past decade. Reigning All-NBA Second Team honoree and four-time champion Tony Parker is the latest Spurs star to continue that trend, agreeing a to three-year, $43.3 million extension that will keep him in San Antonio for the long-haul. Read More »
/ Jun 20, 2014 / 1:45 pm
Boris Diaw, Tony Parker (Brendan Maloney, USATODAY Sports)
The 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs were a unique team for many reasons, but perhaps most for their sense of fellowship. Though Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich are the organization’s stalwarts, it’s fair to say that no pair of Spurs is closer than affable Frenchmen Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. And now, we finally have video evidence of their longtime bond. Read More »
/ Jun 19, 2014 / 9:03 pm
Tony Parker (Soobum Im, USATODAY Sports)
Maybe now more than ever before, it’s easy to overlook Tony Parker. As Kawhi Leonard ascends to stardom, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili play on into twilight, and Gregg Popovich gets more consideration as the greatest coach of all time, San Antonio’s All-NBA Second Team point guard has become a relative afterthought. Think back on the Finals: Does it seem like Parker led the Spurs in scoring at 18.0 points per game? It doesn’t, but this video of his top 10 plays from the 2013-2014 season is a great reminder of just how important he is to San Antonio’s success. Read More »