TAG: USA Basketball

NBA / Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Ranking The NBA’s Biggest Offseason Losers

Kobe Bryant

Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

GIF: Kyrie Irving’s Pretty Crossover In Team USA Win

Kyrie Irving, Juan Coronado

USA Basketball faced off against the Dominican Republic last night at Madison Square Garden. The big news was the late scratch of Derrick Rose, amid rumbles about sore knees — the same knees Rose had major surgeries performed on. But Kyrie Irving, the ostensible USA sixth man, started in his place and showed off why the Cavs signed him to a max deal to star alongside LeBron in Cleveland. Read More »

GIFs, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Nene Compares Anthony Davis To Street Fighter’s Yogi “Dhalsim”

Dhalsim, Anthony Davis

Wizards Brazilian big man Nene never struck us as a player prone to hyperbole. That’s what make his complimentary comments about Anthony Davis to NBA.com’s Steve Ashburner all the more flattering. When Nene compares you to an iconic Street Fighter character, you know you’ve made it. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

NBA 2K15 Uncensored: Durant Says He’s Best At Scoring & Talks Team USA

Kevin Durant NBA 2K Uncensored

Kevin Durant was sitting right next to James Harden when Harden said he was the best all-around player in the NBA. Durant had his turn to talk, too, during the NBA 2K Uncensored event, and he explained his decision to leave USA Basketball after training with them in Vegas, his video game peers and why he’s the best scorer in the NBA. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

Report: Derrick Rose Bothered By Knee Soreness; Should Play In Exhibition

Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has sat out the last two practices in the lead up to USA Basketball‘s exhibition game tonight against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. He’s said to be experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired knees, but is expected to play tonight, according to National Team coach Mike Krzyzewski. Read More »

Smack / Aug 19, 2014 / 10:15 am

James Harden Believes He’s The Best Player Alive Today

James Harden, LeBron James

During USA Basketball tryouts, James Harden has gotten a chance to compete against the best players in the world. All apologies to Europe and Asia, but the NBA is the toughest league in the world, so it makes sense when ESPN’s Scoop Jackson asked Harden who the best player in the world was right now and Harden answered clearly, “Myself,” as a million basketball fanboys scream bloody murder. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Aug 15, 2014 / 11:45 am

Derrick Rose On His Health: “I Have No Fears…I Think Everything Will Go My Way”

Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

Yesterday, Team USA practiced for the first time since witnessing Paul George‘s horrific injury in an intrasquad scrimmage on the first of August. After practice, Derrick Rose spoke about his own health, and why he has no concerns going forward. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 14, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Rudy Gay Hopes DeMarcus Cousins’ Injury Was Boogie “Just Being A Drama Queen”

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay

During a USA Basketball scrimmage in practice today, Kings power forward and FIBA World Cup hopeful DeMarcus Cousins, went down with a right knee injury. While the extent of the damage isn’t yet known — he’ll have what USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called a “precautionary” MRI — he didn’t appear to be in a lot of pain. Teammate and recent USA Basketball invitee, Rudy Gay hopes Boogie was “just being a drama queen.” Read More »

NBA / Aug 14, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Stephen Curry On Scalabrine’s Comments & Paul George’s Injury

Stephen Curry

It was hard for us not to ask Stephen Curry to pose back-to-back and see if maybe we had a fraction of an inch on him. We’re 6-3, but Steph seemed slightly shorter, even though his ropey arms, made taut with coiled muscles, made our reluctance to work out more obvious as our morning with him wore on. Perhaps that’s also why he was so easy to talk with, even after he’d gone through the paces a few times before chatting with Dime during a DEGREE Men event earlier this week. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 6, 2014 / 11:15 am

Blake Griffin: “My Back Is Not Fractured, I’ll Be Fine”

Blake Griffin

There’s been some mystery surrounding Blake Griffin this summer. First, he withdrew from the 2014 FIBA World Cup, citing the need to rest and prepare for the upcoming season. Then, it was revealed Griffin had suffered a small back fracture, which was reported after photos came out of him doing backflips into the Adriatic Sea. This week, Griffin clarified his injury status. Read More »