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College, NBA Draft / Jun 28, 2012 / 1:30 pm

Dime Q&A With The Best Shooter In The 2012 NBA Draft: John Jenkins

John Jenkins

John Jenkins (photo. Vanderbilt University)

The NBA Draft process is a once in a lifetime experience for those who go through it. While there are many broad similarities between the experiences of players during this process like hectic travel schedules and grueling pre-draft training, each player takes something different away from the process. I decided to talk to 10 different players eligible for this year’s draft to ask them all the same set of questions to use as a means of comparing their experiences. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 26, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Big Dreams & Long Shots: Life On The NBA’s Fringe

Steve Tchiengang

Steve Tchiengang (photo. Vanderbilt University)

Every kid who grows up playing basketball dreams of playing in the NBA one day. However, 99 percent of kids with that dream never actually achieve it. For some, the dream is shattered as they get cut from their high school team. For others it comes when, after a successful high school career, the only colleges willing to accept you are Division III. And for some more, the realization that they will never play in the NBA comes in college when they are sitting on the bench behind players who will likely get a chance to achieve their childhood dream someday. Read More »

College / Jun 6, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Starstruck No Longer: How My Opinion Of NBA Players Changed

Jeffery Taylor

Jeffery Taylor (photo. Vanderbilt University)

Ever since I can remember, I have been in awe of NBA players. At the age of five I would cut out newspaper clippings of my favorite players like Allan Houston and Patrick Ewing and put them in a shoebox. I have basketball cards in stacks of binders that I’ve been buying since around the same age. My autograph collection is deep, ranging from guys like Houston, Jason Kidd and Allen Iverson to Primoz Brezec, Moochie Norris and Brandon Armstrong. Any time I had the chance to meet one of my favorite players I remember being more nervous talking to them than talking to girls. Read More »

College / Mar 12, 2012 / 12:30 pm

5 Teams To Watch In The 2012 NCAA Tournament

Jeffery Taylor

Jeffery Taylor (photo. Vanderbilt University)

Now that we know the brackets and who will be playing where, the real fun begins. Anyone can fill out a bracket with four No. 1 seeds cutting down the nets and making the Final Four. But what fun is that? And more appropriately, how often does that even happen? There will be upsets and inevitably, a mid-level team will get hot. Take a look at LSU in 2006 (as a No. 4 seed) or Alabama in 2004 (as a No. 8 seed). Read More »

College / Jan 27, 2012 / 4:30 pm

The Top 5 College Basketball Sleeper Teams Right Now

Jeffery Taylor

Jeffery Taylor (photo. Vanderbilt University)

With 342 Division I basketball teams in America, there will always be teams that fly under the radar. Every year, every tournament, there will be bracket busters and new faces. Spring is a time of new life. And March always brings us fresh, unknown blood. We’re at the midway point in the year and there are a few teams that could gain some steam as the years goes on. Read More »

Smack / Dec 3, 2011 / 4:03 am

Rajon Rondo Wants To Be A Celtic; Everyone Wants Arron Afflalo

Rajon Rondo (photo. Kozowyck)

Rajon Rondo (photo. Kozowyck)

There’s no player in the league who draws as much conversation as Rajon Rondo. For some reason, people either love him or hate him. Maybe it’s the jumper (or lack thereof). Or maybe it’s the attitude. He has talent, but in certain areas, he desperately struggles. There have been rumors all summer about where he could be ending up, and yesterday he told Boston that all he wants is clarity. Rondo would love to be in Boston, as long as he was sure the Celtics wanted him. You can feel his pain; Danny Ainge has told him he isn’t trading him, and yet we’ve heard his name in trade rumors for three consecutive summers. Read More »

Smack / Nov 29, 2011 / 1:49 am

The Lakers Could Get Dwight Howard… And Chris Paul; Brandon Roy Is Probably Out In Portland

Dwight Howard (photo. Mannion)

Dwight Howard (photo. Mannion)

As many pointed out on Twitter yesterday, if the Lakers got both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, they might as well start the next lockout immediately. We aren’t trying to rain on anyone’s “end of the lockout” parade. Quite frankly, we don’t believe it’ll happen either. But it’s a thought, a thought that a few people in the business have. What if it just so happened that the Lakers didn’t just get Dwight Howard (a very real possibility), but they also nabbed CP3 as well? Howard has this weird fascination with following whatever Shaq did. He also wants to play with Kobe more than anyone else. He also loves warm weather. The Lakers also have assets up the a–. The Magic are also extremely worried – getting more nervous by the day – that Superman 2.0 will leave them just like the original did. Read More »

Smack / Nov 22, 2011 / 12:51 am

‘Melo, D-Wade, LeBron & CP3 Putting Together A Star NBA Tour

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Paul

The last time we were supposed to have some type of world basketball tour, we had denials and confirmations, we had a long list of All-Stars agreeing on playing, we had a schedule and we had the first night all planned out. Then we ended up with nothing. But LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony – four of the biggest stars in the world – are teaming up to try again. They’re planning on putting together a four-city homecoming tour of their respective cities: Akron, New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, starting December 1. We just want to see one of these ideas come to fruition. Too many heartbreaks and cancellations this year … Read More »

College / Nov 14, 2011 / 1:00 pm

TicketCity Legends Classic Preview

TicketCity Legends Classic

With the college basketball season underway, the Championship Rounds of the TicketCity Legends Classic begin on Nov. 19 at the IZOD Center with Vanderbilt facing NC State at 6:30 p.m. and Texas squaring off with Oregon State at 8:30 p.m. Why should you care? Let us tell you: Read More »

Smack / Nov 14, 2011 / 12:00 am

Allen Iverson Would ‘Relish’ Signing In Boston; LeBron Says He’d Take Kobe 1-On-1

Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller (photo. Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics)

You know big expectations are in store when you win by 16 points and yet the opposing crowd is still chanting overrated. But that’s just how it’s going to be all season for North Carolina. UNC Asheville isn’t much competition, no matter what Tyler Zeller (27 points) tried to say after the game was over. North Carolina did the same thing on Sunday that they did against Michigan State: play well enough to take control, and go on cruise control the rest of the way. Honestly, this team is so loaded with star power that they can get away with it. Yesterday, it wasn’t just Zeller but all of the big guns. Harrison Barnes dropped another cool 17 points, but was still out-shined by Kendall Marshall (15 assists) and John Henson (20 points, 12 rebounds). It is still early, but do you think they are at all overrated? … Read More »