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Game Notes: Magic at Knicks

March 24th, 2009

by Russ Bengtson
On some level, Rafer Alston must dread coming back to New York.
It’s not the pressures of playing in front of friends and family—Skip has been doing that for a long time now, both at the Garden and before that on blacktop from Queens to Harlem. No, it’s the hours before the game. More specifically, the media time. Even more specifically than that, the same local reporters who pepper him with the same questions every freaking time. It has to be infuriating.
But Skip takes it all in stride as he always does, talking to a massive [...Read More at Source]

Rock Solid

March 24th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 89
Ask these three Spurs. Basketball sure is fun when you’re winning. – Tzvi Twersky



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Basketbull All-Star Game Recap

March 24th, 2009

by Sammy Newman-Beck
With some of the top colleges heading into the final rounds of the NCAA Tournament, high school hoopers all over the country have been watching, some of whom plan on attending these universities next year to play. While most of these kids finished their respective high school seasons, one basketball program (Basketbull, LLC) set up a talent showcase and All-Star game this past weekend at Springfield College in Springfield, MA—also known as the birthplace of basketball.
The [...Read More at Source]

Video: Chris Roberts’ 75-Foot Game Winner

March 24th, 2009

While you can’t see the ball go in the hoop, there’s no need to guess whether it went in.
Junior guard Chris Roberts takes the inbounds pass at his own foul line with 0.9 left and launches a 75-footer. The ball floats in two seconds of pure silence, banks off glass and through the goal, sending 5,007 Bradley fans into Madness. The prayer shot gave the Braves a 76-75 victory against Oakland, MI. Bradley advances to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Final Four this Wednesday. And, apparently, the CIT is a real [...Read More at Source]

DWade shoe giveaway!!!

March 24th, 2009

by Ben Osborne
SLAM 127 is on sale everywhere (in the US at least) by now and subscription copies have gone out too…time for a-a reminder to those of you who do not have it to go get it! and b-a dope contest related to the issue.
As always, our friends at Converse (what up Paul!) have come up big in an effort to deliver DWade goodies to his real fans. Check out all that we have in store for deserving [...Read More at Source]

Kenny Natt Knows He Has No Authority Whatsoever

March 24th, 2009

Self-awareness is good, and depressing: “The decision to practice during this extended break wasn’t Natt’s only tactical change. During the same four-day game reprieve in early March, he threatened widespread benching if there wasn’t more defensive dedication. But little has changed since, leading Natt to admit his uncertain status hinders his authority. ‘(The players) know my situation,’ said Natt, who has signed a one-year contract option for next season that [...Read More at Source]

Chris Bosh’s Wholesome Image Takes a Hit

March 24th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
CB4, perhaps more than anyone else in the L, works very hard at branding himself and creating a certain public persona. That of an accessible, somewhat goofy, fun-loving guy.
His ex-girlfriend (who became kinda famous last year), though, says there’s an other side to Chris Bosh. The “deadbeat [...Read More at Source]

KG Asks for Your Prayers

March 24th, 2009

He’s desperate for more playing time: “If Celtics [team stats] fans want to see more of Kevin Garnett, the power forward has a simple suggestion. ‘Y’all pray for me, cross your fingers, call (coach) Doc Rivers - start the ‘Give KG more minutes campaign,’ Garnett said after the C’s 90-77 win against the Clippers at the Garden. ‘I think (Rivers) is going by feel. It’s an open dialogue and we’re trying to figure it out as we go.’”

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Stan Van Gundy Stumps for Ewing, Rips Knicks

March 24th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Patrick Ewing and a host of other Knicks greats were feted at the Garden last night. Stan Van Gundy and his Magic were in town, and Orlando’s coach wasn’t exactly in a celebratory mood.
After watching the Knicks honor his assistant coach, Van Gundy tore into them for not giving their former center a fair shot at a coaching gig. From the NY [...Read More at Source]

LeBron Would Like to Show You His ‘Salamba Sarvangasana’

March 24th, 2009

James is on his Yoga game: “When James first came into the NBA at the age of 18 he didn’t even tape his ankles, sometimes ate McDonald’s an hour before tipoff and his main use for ice was cooling beverages. As he’s matured, part out of necessity and part out of pride, he’s serious about preparing and maintaining his body for the rigors of an NBA season. That includes a wide range of measures from diet and recovery techniques to the Vajrasana, Virasana [...Read More at Source]

Penny-Pinching Nuggets Cut Back on Cheerleading Costs

March 24th, 2009

The Denver Nuggets are trying to come up with all kinds of creative ways to save money: “Kroenke Sports Enterprises last week announced layoffs. Also affected has been the Denver Nuggets Cheerleading team, whose performances have been scaled back from all home games to only weekend games…So how money would be saved by benching the cheerleaders for seven games this season? It would seem to be less than $17,000.”

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Nice Watch, Kobe

March 24th, 2009

Wildly expensive, too: “Nubeo, a high-end watch brand known outside the U.S. for its jellyfish-shaped watches, has teamed up with the basketball star to create a limited-edition line of high-tech sport watches starting at about $21,000 and topping out at $285,000. The Black Mamba series — a play on Mr. Bryant’s nickname — will be unveiled this coming week at Baselworld, the watch and jewelry show held annually in Basel, Switzerland, and will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, the [...Read More at Source]

Bill Walton: Still Delightfully Crazy

March 24th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Last week, Harvey Pollack, the legendary Sixers’ statistician, celebrated his 87th birthday. His longtime friend Bill Walton marked the occasion by leaving him precisely what you’d expect a Bill Walton voicemail to sound like.
The Philly Inquirer got their [...Read More at Source]

The Post Up: On Pause

March 24th, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie
I am succumbing to my body’s demands for sleep. It is 1:56 a.m. and I spent the night unraveling some Chris Bosh drama that I’m sure you’ll all hear about soon enough. I’m not a fan of this story but that is an opinion for another place and time. Anyway, I saw some of the Denver/Phoenix game and that’s it!
Today is a throwback day… to SLAMonline pre-Post Up. Fill me in. Fill yourselves in. Please.
Oh, about the news that Gil plans [...Read More at Source]

KG Contest Winner

March 23rd, 2009

by Chris O’Leary
With the Madness and going down all around us, I want to start things off today with an apology to all of you who entered last week’s Kevin Garnett UCLA jersey/sneaker giveaway. I’ve kept you waiting too long on announcing a winner. A crashed laptop (RIP iBook G4) and a chaotic week  have me playing catchup. So let’s get [...Read More at Source]

Slamadaday: Glen Davis on Darko Milicic

March 23rd, 2009

The Celtics did exactly what they’re supposed to in Memphis over the weekend. Big Baby did exactly what he was supposed to and more: 24 points on 8-11 shooting.


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Hibachi No Guarantee for Saturday Return

March 23rd, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
Gilbert Arenas may be back on the court this season. That is, as soon as he makes up his mind about it.
Word of his return came this morning when Arenas texted CSN’s Chris Miller, “Ur the first to get the truth. I’m playing Saturday against Detroit.” Of course, it didn’t take long for Agent Zero [...Read More at Source]

Remember Them Days

March 23rd, 2009

by Ben Osborne
I don’t think Beanie Sigel gave a shit about Steph and KG, but I sure did. I had been a fan of Steph’s  since I met him when he was a sixth grader, and I rooted for KG since he declared for the Draft. And then they were together! A promising first season. A very exciting second season. And in the middle of it all, SLAM hired yours truly as an editorial intern…
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Got Ice?

March 23rd, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 47
Possibly, and silently, the best player of the decade, nine winters ago TD21 told us that his only fears were heights, sharks, and “not being able to play anymore.” Still playing at high level, he doesn’t have to worry about that last fear for at least a few more seasons. —Tzvi Twersky


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Game Notes: Heat at Pistons

March 23rd, 2009

by Eric Woodyard
The act of getting a pregame interview with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is like seeing Bishop Magic Don Juan sporting anything but green and gold (…it just doesn’t happen much!). I found this out when Wade and the Heat made their visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the struggling Detroit Pistons yesterday.
I came into the arena with high hopes! For what it’s worth, it was an ESPN/ABC nationally televised game, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and Wade’s a humble [...Read More at Source]

“He’s still playing?”

March 23rd, 2009

By Matt Caputo

Mateen Cleaves knows how to dance. Back in 2000, Cleaves led Michigan State to the national championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Cleaves, the Spartan’s career steals leader, is Michigan State’s only three-time All-American. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice – leading college and conference in career assists with 816. After four years at Michigan State, the short and stocky entered the NBA draft.
Cleaves slid into the League early in the first round. The Pistons took him with the 14th pick in the [...Read More at Source]

Changing the Stat Quo

March 23rd, 2009

by John Krolik
I am a huge fan of 82games.com. If you consider yourself a real fan of basketball and haven’t been to 82games yet, do so right now. For years, 82games has provided data to fans that has long been misconstrued or only given in anecdotal evidence, and last week I was able to interview its founder Roland Beech. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, which you’ll hopefully enjoy.
SLAM: First off, the [...Read More at Source]

OJ Mayo Stars in ‘The Slump’

March 23rd, 2009

Playing in NBA arenas everywhere: “He sat at his locker for several minutes. Motionless. O.J. Mayo’s hands were cupped to hold his head, but parted enough for the Grizzlies’ rookie to stare at the floor. Presumably, Mayo’s deep thoughts centered on making sense of the downward spiral. When Mayo finally moved, his head wagged right and left — a polite way of denying an interview request while maintaining silence. It was a scene that, frankly, [...Read More at Source]

Patrick Ewing, Still Looking for Head Coaching Work

March 23rd, 2009

He’s tired of waiting for an opportunity to come along: “I hope so,” Ewing told The Post last night before the Magic hosted the Knicks. “I think every assistant coach in this league would love to get an opportunity. Herb [Williams] would love to get some interviews, too. We’re not in it just to be assistants our whole career. We would love to have the opportunity to be a head coach. Either him or myself hopefully will get an opportunity [...Read More at Source]