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April 1st, 2009

by Lang Whitaker
First of all, I need to say a brief word to our friends here at KING magazine. You may or may not have heard that KING magazine ceased to exist yesterday, yet another in a seemingly endless list of publications hit hard by the current economy (or lack of an economy). Regardless of what you may have felt about the content in KING, it always sucks to see a lot of good people suddenly out of work. Hang in there, KING folk.
Now, on to the NCAA Tournament. I know, I know, I’ve historically been [...Read More at Source]

Slamadaday: Flip Murray on Lou Williams

April 1st, 2009

I think it’s called baiting and switching in the economic, textbooky type world. You have to do it sometimes if you’re a player like Flip Murray. You’re not tall, you don’t pass. You just think you’re the best player in the d*mn League. So you use your average attributes to your advantage. So you fool people in order to do what the best players have done since peach baskets were still en vogue: score.
Take a look at this video again. It’s not in slow motion. It’s just Flip with his “C’mon now, catch [...Read More at Source]

Game Notes: Hawks at Sixers

April 1st, 2009

by Kye Stephenson
Both teams come into the game playoff-bound. The Hawks locked up their spot and, as long as the Sixers don’t completely implode, they’ll be joining Atlanta in the post-season. The Hawks are coming off a big win over the Lakers but have played consistently sub-par basketball away from Phillips Arena (or as SLAMonline editor Ryne puts it, “The Hawks are just as poor as the Jazz on the road!”). But it’s a new day and tonight could be a chance for them to make him eat his [...Read More at Source]

LeBron is ReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyReally Good

April 1st, 2009

The Cavs just launched a LeBron-4-MVP website: LeBronisReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyGood.com. Six “Really’s” total — One for each of LeBron’s NBA seasons. Check it out to see LeBron’s MVP profile (and to listen to some electronic funk).

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Do You Still Hate Duke?

April 1st, 2009

by Vincent Thomas
For about two-thirds of my life, my happiest, most gleeful moment of every Mad March tournament happened either when my squad won the championship or when Duke lost. And, since I can only recall a handful of times “my squad” won (1990 UNLV, 1997 Arizona, 1999 UConn and 2003 ‘Cuse), most of my spring highlights centered around was seeing a red-face Coach K lead wet-cheek Dukies off the court with towels over their heads to hide the tears. I cannot overstate this enough: [...Read More at Source]

Big Z Loves the Kids

April 1st, 2009

Even ones that are hanging on to precious pieces of personal memorabilia: “The ball Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas used to score his 10,000th career point turned up in the hands of a local youngster who left with it after it was thrown into the seats at Quicken Loans Arena following a March 21 game against Atlanta. Ilgauskas, who hit the 10,000 mark early in the first quarter, was hoping to find the ball and keep it as a memento. [...Read More at Source]

The NBA’s New ‘It’ Trainer

April 1st, 2009

Dude is 38, bald, and Jewish. He’s also one of the most sought-after personal trainers by players in the L: “Though he doesn’t know who started it, Mr. Ravin’s nickname in NBA circles is ‘The Hoops Whisperer.’ Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony flies Mr. Ravin to Denver several times a season to help him with his ballhandling. Star New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul turns to him in the summers to sharpen his footwork and Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, [...Read More at Source]

Al Harrington: ‘I Know Donnie Wants Me Here Long-Term’

April 1st, 2009

Despite skepticism from the local press corps, Harrington believes he’ll be wearing a Knicks jersey for a while: “Harrington is signed through next season — an expiring contract that could be dealt this summer. Though the Knicks want to create cap space for the summer of 2010 to sign two players, Harrington claimed he’s been told by Walsh, who drafted him in Indiana, he has a future here. ‘I know Donnie wants me here long-term,’ [...Read More at Source]

Lawrence Frank Might Want to Think About Updating His Resume

April 1st, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Lawrence Frank’s status as the longest-tenured coach in the East might soon change, to that of a guy looking for work. At least, that’s the impression his boss gave to the local media when asked about Frank’s job security.
Rod Thorn attempted to be diplomatic, but his poker face failed him when discussing Lawrence Frank’s future (or lack [...Read More at Source]

Concern Over Thaddeus Young’s Ankle

April 1st, 2009

The injured ankle in on every Sixer fan’s mind this morning: “Late in the second quarter, Sixers officials distributed a release saying that x-rays were negative for a fracture, that Young would obviously not return (the obviously being my addition, not what they said), and that it was officially diagnosed as an ankle sprain. After the game, the Sixers officials said that Young would receive an MRI sometime on Wednesday to determine if there was any ligament damage. Officially, [...Read More at Source]

The Post Up: Bobcats Beat LA

April 1st, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie/ @stackmack
Big night, tired hands. Burning wrists, actually. Gotta try to keep this short.
THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS: Shaun Livingston getting signed to a two-year deal with the Thunder. I just typed Hornets in there, think it’s because I’m watching the Kings/Hornets. Also cried at Vlade’s halftime ceremony. That stuff KILLS me. I love that they scheduled it with the Hornets in town so that Peja would be there.
So, yes. Livingston [...Read More at Source]

Shocker: Allen Iverson is Unhappy

April 1st, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Except for perhaps the most unreasonably optimistic of Pistons fans, anyone following the Allen Iverson situation in Detroit had to know that things would come to a boil, and that A.I. would eventually reveal how he truly felt about coming off the bench.
The pivotal moment happened last night, after Iverson clocked just 18 minutes in yet another Pistons loss to the Cavs.
The Detroit News has the [...Read More at Source]

Phil Jackson: Nothing Wrong With a Playboy Mansion Visit

April 1st, 2009

The Zen Master took the Andrew Bynum “controversy” in stride: “I think there’s a lot being made out of that that is unnecessary,” Jackson said before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “This is a young guy. I don’t think Andrew is 22 yet, is he? He’s a 21-year-old guy. He’s been out of basketball 5 1/2-6 weeks. He’s got to have some energy and vent and have some fun. Now I don’t know if putting a girl on your shoulders…The fact [...Read More at Source]

Video: Behind the Scenes - Lakers at Pistons

March 31st, 2009

PRODUCED, DIRECTED & EDITED BY: ERIC WOODYARD
Kobe Bryant may be the most loved/hated athlete of our generation. Trust me, I found this out with my coverage of him at the Palace of Auburn Hills when the Lakers stormed the Motor City. Instead of profiling him in a negative light, which it seems like everyone wants to read about, I profiled him as a living legend.
I paid homage to his greatness.
As a result, there were mixed feelings, [...Read More at Source]

No Longer the Bargnigma

March 31st, 2009

by Gregory Dole
I made my case for Bargnani at the beginning of the year. I predicted big things. I wrote that I was shocked to see the newly-sculpted Italian show up for Raptors training camp at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He had obviously spent the summer weight-lifting. I said he would be great this season. Of course, I also thought the Raptors would be a great team. So I [...Read More at Source]

Shaun Livingston Earns Another Chance

March 31st, 2009

Trying to avert one of sports’ all-time worst injuries isn’t easy, but Livingston is making progress. He’ll be in uniform for the Thunder’s remaining nine games: “The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Tuesday that it has signed point guard Shaun Livingston, the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, to a multiyear contract.”

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BB4, In The MF’ing House (Of Hoops)

March 31st, 2009

by Chris O’Leary
Great news this morning from Footlocker, who’s announcing that the BB4, the shoe that Vince Carter made famous, will be retroed as a House of Hoops exclusive on April 18.

A little Sole Searching fun-fact: when these shoes originally dropped in 2000, I picked up the white/black patent models for a whopping 250 Cdn bucks. And I went half a size up, based solely on the fear that if I didn’t [...Read More at Source]

Lance Stephenson Will Be Attending…

March 31st, 2009

The anticipation continues to build as Lance will delay his decision a little longer. The New York prep star originally planned on announcing his college committment this morning before the McDonald’s All-American game.

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Video: Marcus Jordan at Nike Extravaganza

March 31st, 2009

Words by Justin Walsh
“I’m standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It’s a hollow play
But they’ll clap anyway”

That’s how it must feel, your blood like seeds from the tree of life. Your father, Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Your father, legend to the hardwood, coated in shine, laden with sweat, speckled with blood. Your father, the savior to our souls, our dreams have been wrought with the release over Ehlo. You play a bad game, possibly a dreadful one. You garner claps, you’re serenaded [...Read More at Source]

Carmelo Anthony is Hungry

March 31st, 2009

Hungry for that elusive Playoff series win: “For Anthony, winning a playoff series is one of the few things not on his resume. Even more troubling, the Nuggets are a pathetic 4-20 in the playoffs during Anthony’s tenure, although he did miss one loss as a rookie in 2004 due to a knee injury. ‘Any great player is based upon what they do in the playoffs,’ Anthony said. ‘As far as being a great basketball player, scoring and just being a top player in the [...Read More at Source]

Spain vs Nate McMillan

March 31st, 2009

If Sergio Rodriguez doesn’t get more playing time soon, it might be a bit hard for his coach to travel around Spain in the future: “Journalist friend Quique Peinado from Marca - Spain’s largest newspaper - checked in last week to inform that the newspaper’s website ran a poll asking readers to vote whether Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan doesn’t play Sergio Rodriguez because he has something personal against him. The results … 80 percent [...Read More at Source]

Larry Brown on the Failed Adam Morrison Experiment

March 31st, 2009

The kid, according to his former coach, just couldn’t handle the pressure: “I was happy Adam got to leave because he was never comfortable here. You were hoping it would be a new lease on life for him. I still think it can be,” said Brown of the Feb. 7 trade that dealt Morrison to the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown said the other factors — the glut at shooting guard and small forward and Morrison’s recovery from a knee injury that cost him [...Read More at Source]

Shaq With Some Tough Love for Robin Lopez

March 31st, 2009

The Suns’ rookie big man learns that more toughness is expected of him: “Put somebody on their (expletive) back,” O’Neal said he told Lopez. “Don’t let anybody oopsy-doopsy layup on you and be laughing at you. Have you ever seen me get dunked on? No, because I put (expletive) on their backs. Period. If you’re going to be a big man, be a big man. Don’t be out there (expletive) around. Lay somebody on their (expletive) back. Period. [...Read More at Source]

Examining the Kevin Garnett Injury Situation

March 31st, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
As Kevin Garnett misses yet another game (he’s expected to sit out the 15th contest out of the last 19 tomorrow night against Charlotte), people in Boston are growing increasingly nervous about his health (and the team’s chances) with the Playoffs nearing.
According to GM Danny Ainge, there’s nothing to worry about - the team is just [...Read More at Source]