Words by Justin Walsh
Michael Hawkins is a baller. He’s a lefty with a slippery drive to the hoop, a quick release on his J, and a cock back so good, you’ll wanna slap yo’ momma (Like the Friday sequels).
When people think about the roughest dunkers on the asphalt, you might mention some of the TFB cats, or possibly Emak ‘n [...Read More at Source]
by Lang Whitaker
A few weeks ago, I saw a note on the video screen on the elevator here at work that some person had passed away, and that this person was known as one of the world’s greatest thinkers. Ever since reading that, I’ve realized I need to step my thinking game up. Sure, I can produce words on a screen, I can tweet, I can write stories, whatever. But I wondered: Why can’t I be a great thinker? Because thinking is on some other ish. You can think anywhere. You can think everywhere. You can [...Read More at Source]
by Eric Woodyard
“It’s cool to love to win but it’s better to hate to lose…”
— Nas, The N—-r Tape (2008)
If there’s one thing that can be said about Kobe Bryant, it is that he hates to lose. With such a burning desire to rise above the competition, why would he even think about a negative outcome?
Despite the Lakers success this season on the road, KB24 and the Lake Show have struggled recently in the Motor City. L.A. hadn’t tasted victory in the [...Read More at Source]
Were you expecting anything different?: “For the first time collectively, the Charlotte Bobcats are playing for actual stakes – the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Half of the eight-man rotation hasn’t done this before. They’re not managing it well, as losses to Minnesota, Indiana and Washington demonstrate. And time is running out with 11 games left in the season. ‘There’s definitely something to that,’ shooting guard Raja Bell said at practice Thursday. [...Read More at Source]
by Matt Caputo
It’s just-under two hours until tip-off at Madison Square Garden and Mike Taylor is warming up for a game that he might not play in. He’s smiling though - an hour before his more senior Clipper teammates make it to the gym, Taylor is burying deep threes on both sides of the key. His swishes echo throughout the empty arena when the blaring sound system being tested goes mute. Taylor, who became the first player selected in the NBA Draft directly from the NBA D-League, knows that he once doubted he’d get the opportunity to be there at [...Read More at Source]
How charitable of you, Mr. Thomas: “Thomas is doing what he can to try to get back into the game, and with his daughter set to attend Loyola Marymount, he offered to work for the Clippers without getting paid because he is still receiving money from the Knicks, Dunleavy said. The Clippers were sympathetic to Thomas’ overtures. ‘Isiah came to us,’ Dunleavy said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. ‘I wasn’t going [...Read More at Source]
by Aaron Kaplowitz
On Saturday, the battle for Pennsylvania will be settled in Boston. Following Pittsburgh’s 60-55 victory over Xavier and Villanova’s 77-54 manhandling of Duke, Penn’s pride is on the line when the two Big East powers meet for a chance to reach the Final Four.
In the opening game, Xavier took a 37-29 lead to the locker room, putting the Big East on notice. The Musketeers beat the Panthers at their own game, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and outscoring the favorites 16-10 [...Read More at Source]
by Marcel Mutoni
Seems like he does this almost every week, doesn’t it?
Shaquille O’Neal was back it last night, following his Suns’ loss in Portland. When the subject of his his little tiff with Joel Przybilla during the game was broached (plus his thoughts on Greg Oden), reporters in the locker room perked up as they knew that some typically Shaq-esque responses were on their way.
Hoopsworld got the [...Read More at Source]
Bosh wants the world to know that he’s no deadbeat father: “In the immediate aftermath of the lawsuit being made public on Tuesday, Bosh would only say he loved his daughter, loved himself and respected his daughter’s mother. His attorneys, meanwhile, said earlier this week they will respond to the Mathis filing ‘within the next week or so.’ It was revealed yesterday in another Toronto publication that Bosh had in fact filed a petition in Dallas before his daughter [...Read More at Source]
It’s so palpable that musicians are paying him unsolicited visits in the Nets’ locker room: “Bruce Hornsby was ushered into the Nets locker room by Kiki Vandeweghe Sunday, and the GM asked the musician whether there was anyone he’d like to meet. Hornsby said he was interested only in Josh Boone, ‘because he looks so sad.’”
by Holly MacKenzie
Happy it’s Friday? I don’t know where this week has gone. Durant/Green/Westbrook and Co. in town tonight and I’m excited.
My hands are also tired of typing. I had two liveblogs last night and those college games took forever! Villanova took down Duke… Well, slaughtered them would be a better way to put it. How many of you had them defeating Duke? How many of you are happy people today?
16-60. That’s what the Blue Devils shot for the game.
And, dammit. [...Read More at Source]
He’s got his teammate’s back no matter what: “Garnett is well aware of the criticism Marbury has received at various NBA stops. In fact, it’s likely he had his own bone to pick when the point guard left him and the Wolves to pursue glory on warmer stages. But Garnett insists that none of what he’s heard can alter his impression. ‘That’s what you hold onto,’ he said. ‘Someone can have an opinion. It don’t make or break what [...Read More at Source]
by Marcel Mutoni
Two nights ago, the Orlando Magic defeated the Boston Celtics in Florida, and in the process leap-frogged the C’s in the Eastern Conference standings. This made their coach a very happy man, and one who simply couldn’t resist throwing a shot at the team he’d just beaten.
Stan Van Gundy, who’s already gotten into one war [...Read More at Source]
Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 103
Ben Wallace’s stare, along with his work ethic, hustle and tenacious defense, once sent chills throughout the League and caused opponents to think twice before coming in the lane. Undrafted out of college, the four-time Defensive Player of the Year probably never saw himself kicking it in a whip that nice. Playing D pays off, kids. — Adam Fleischer
PRODUCED, DIRECTED & EDITED BY: ERIC WOODYARD
There’s nothing like writing and reporting on an NBA game… but to be able to bring that text to life with video is even better!
Game Notes may be the coldest game reviews on the ‘Net, but if you could really see what we see behind-the-scenes wouldn’t that be magical? This is why I wanted to enhance SLAMonline and show the editing skills that I’ve learning at my internship this [...Read More at Source]
by Russ Bengtson
There are many ways I could start these notes. For example, I could ask a not-so-rhetorical question: “If Team A loses a game against Team B because Player C celebrates a would-be dagger dunk a bit too exuberantly, what chance is there that same player gives the refs the chance to make the same exact call in the same exact situation the very next time the teams meet?”
Or I could go to the same well I drew from for my last batch of notes—the [...Read More at Source]
Slamonline proudly presents the third and final SLAM/NBA Breakdown Trivia Challenge (Pt 2 was detailed here, and won by Albert of New York, who reports that he loved his prize). All you have to do to win is check out the April trivia question here on the contest page and then listen to the entertaining NBA Breakdown show on internet radio to win a great SLAM prize pack.
Hosts Dave Mendonca and Audley Stephenson will reward the first caller with the correct answer.
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Even it’s at a Bar Mitzvah: “In an event that took place Saturday night, a Bar Mitzvah that featured T.I. as a performer and Dwayne Wade as a guest, it’s being reported that fisticuffs broke out. Not between the Hip-Hop artist or his crew, or Dwayne Wade and his associates, but between Cleveland Cavalier’s owner Dan Gilbert and former Rock Financial honcho David Hall. There have been rumors, since Hall’s abrupt departure from Rock Financial over a year [...Read More at Source]
The MVP debate this year has centered around three players. LeBron, Kobe and D-Wade. Though it’s pretty clear to everyone that James has the award all but locked up, the complete list of candidates continues to take shape.
Tony Parker’s name has now been thrown into the hat by his teammate, Tim Duncan.
CBS reports: [...Read More at Source]
There must be something in the Bay Area and Dallas water systems: “I think anybody can beat anybody, just like when we beat Dallas, we were eight and they were one,” Nelson said. “I think it could happen again.” Why? Because injuries are playing havoc with the West. Nelson believes that with the Lakers missing center Andrew Bynum, nothing is guaranteed. “I don’t think everybody’s as deep as they thought,” Nelson said. “Even the Lakers are lacking something. They’re [...Read More at Source]
by Marcel Mutoni
Though A.I. maintains that he will be a good soldier, and faithfully come off the bench for the Pistons once his back feels better, a lot of people are skeptical. Among those is Reggie Miller, who shared his feelings with a national TV audience.
From the Detroit News:
What Reggie Miller said on the TNT broadcast Tuesday night was what a lot of people, [...Read More at Source]
You can’t touch the refs, Nene: “Nuggets center Nene has been suspended by the league for [last night's] game here and Friday’s game at Dallas for his role in an altercation Monday. Nene was ejected Monday night in Phoenix after throwing an elbow at Louis Amundson. It appeared he had slight physical contact with official Bill Spooner upon leaving the court.”
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