During the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick, and promptly traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. At the time, it seemed like a big win for the Hornets, since Divac was one of the better big men in the league and Kobe was coming out of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, one of the first guards ever drafted straight out of high school to the NBA. Kobe recently compared Charlotte’s big mistake to the Cavs sending Andrew Wiggins (plus Anthony Bennett and a protected first-round pick) to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love, who — to be fair — is perhaps a shade more talented than Divac was at the time. Read More »
18 years ago, at the 1996 NBA Draft in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Charlotte Hornets held the 13th pick in the draft. They came into the evening looking to land a center and found a willing partner in the Los Angeles Lakers, who were shopping Vlade Divac in order to open up cap space to pursue a free agent center named Shaquille O’Neal. To acquire Divac, the Hornets selected a 17 year old teenager named Kobe Bryant with their first round pick and sent him to the Lakers.
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/ Jun 9, 2014 / 4:45 pm
Irony, thy name is Divac. Former Kings, Lakers and Hornets center Vlade Divac has long been thought of as the progenitor of flopping, which roils up NBA fans and bloggers until they’re foaming at the mouth with incredulity. In a recent interview with Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin at the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, Divac blamed Shaq for the ongoing issue. Read More »
/ Mar 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm
As an NBA fan, there is nothing worse than watching a boring basketball game. Every few years we get lucky to witness a team that displays an absurd amount of showmanship on the court; a current example is “The Lob City” Clippers. In a sport that is played at a fast pace, we have seen teams throughout the years elevating the excitement on the court. I counted down the most exciting teams in NBA history. Read More »
/ Jan 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally â€” yes, Wally Szczerbiak â€” here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »
/ Aug 19, 2013 / 3:15 pm
The NBA is always loaded with incredible talent. Players come from all over the world, and the best part about the NBA’s diversity is that some of the best talent the league comes from many different countries. Dime thought it would be appropriate to rank some of the best talent born outside of the States in NBA history. Read More »
Remember watching Tyrus Thomas during LSU’s run to the Final Four in the 2006 NCAA Tournament? The man was an animal, destroying top overall seed Duke during a Sweet 16 matchup and then hanging 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and blocking three shots against Texas in a regional final. He went from being a complete nobody during the preseason to looking like a surefire NBA star. Read More »
/ Sep 14, 2012 / 5:30 pm
In the new issue of Dime Magazine, we took a look at the best – and worst – the game has offered since the turn of the century. From the players to jerseys to sneakers to teams to even trends, you can relive the past 12 years by scooping up the new issue currently on newsstands nationwide. In those pages, you’ll find the following feature… Read More »
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Alas, the NBA season is upon us. And, finally, pertinent NBA questions may now enter the purview of the DimeBag. So flood the inbox with your musings, compatriots. Sadly, the short-lived NBA Fight of the Week has come to an end. No longer need we fill our minds with mindless thought experiments. Anyway, today’s installment will quantify the return of the NBA season, discuss jerseys and assess UNC and Kentucky â€“ among other things, of course. Let’s get to it. Read More »
/ Jul 28, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Right now, moves in the NFL are being made so ferociously that I can’t even keep up. One minute it’s Donovan McNabb. Then dudes like Roy Williams are being released and Carson Palmer is talking retirement. Now it’s Albert Haynesworth.
With the lockout being abruptly lifted, it’s a mad dash to training camp, who can secure which players and who will come out on top. While lockouts have always sucked, the aftermath is normally like shoving all the owners into a closet, giving them caffeine and then telling them not to come out until at least half the teams have discussed epic trades. Read More »