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NCAA Tourney Live Blog

March 19th, 2009

by Justin Walsh
No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 7 California
Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s bring some east coast/west coast bias into the building in Kansas City, Missouri (cue up the Tech N9ne). In this corner we have Jerome Randle & Patrick Christopher for the California Golden Bears with a 22-10 record and some of the best three point shooting percentages in the country. And in this corner, we have Greivis Vasquez and Greivis Vasquez’s mouth with a 20-13 record and the [...Read More at Source]

Video: Adam Waddell’s Backflip Dunk

March 19th, 2009

Not only did Waddell likely complete the only backflip dunk in NCAA history, he probably is the only 6-10 guy to complete a backflip, without an accompanying quick trip in an ambulance.


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Flight Club

March 19th, 2009

by Matt Caputo
Millions of users from around the world are hooked on the instant gratification of seeing themselves on YouTube, the world’s foremost video website. Team Flight Brothers, a group of nearly two dozen of the best dunkers from around the planet, have built their reputations off constantly uploading videos of their mind-bending dunks for YouTube’s huge audience—forcing an alternative hoops mini-revolution in the process. Eleven thousand subscribers, 700,000 channel views and nearly 13 million video views later, TFB rivals only the NBA in YouTube’s [...Read More at Source]

Xavier Henry Will Be Televised

March 19th, 2009

by Ryan Jones
Our current Basketball Diary writer, Xavier Henry of Putnam City HS in Oklahoma City, wrapped up a state championship over the weekend — you can read more about that in the next issue of the magazine. Assuming you’re one of those people who actually does follow the Diary, you’ll appreciate some footage of Xavier that turned up in the past week or two: This all-access feature from The Oklahoman, OKC’s daily newspaper, [...Read More at Source]

Jerry Sloan Knows Nothing of This ‘Twitter’ Business That You Speak of

March 19th, 2009

Not exactly a shocker here: “Growing up in McLeansboro, Ill., Jazz coach Jerry Sloan’s family didn’t get a phone for the first time until his junior year in high school. So you can only imagine the fun Wednesday in trying to explain Twitter to the soon-to-be 67-year-old. One of the local television stations asked Sloan about Charlie Villanueva sending a tweet (update) from the locker room at halftime of Milwaukee’s game Sunday against Boston and the resulting fallout with [...Read More at Source]

Report: Ricky Rubio is Feeling Draft-y

March 19th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Tired of playing against some of Europe’s fiercest men, according to SI’s Chris Mannix, Ricky Rubio would like to enter the 2009 NBA draft.
Of course, Mannix is the same guy who erroneously reported that Marko Jaric was facing sexual assault charges last week, so take this latest report for what it’s [...Read More at Source]

Going Pro, Straight from Junior High?

March 19th, 2009

Age limit. What age limit?: “This year or next year, Vaccaro predicted, a player will turn pro and head to Europe after his junior year of high school. If that seems like one more sign of the basketball apocalypse, consider that many of the Europeans who populate NBA rosters began playing professionally as young as 14. In any case, Vaccaro believes Europe should be a destination only for exceptionally talented and relatively mature players. And Jennings has cautioned that his Italian sojourn hasn’t [...Read More at Source]

Sean Williams’s NJ Adventure Coming to an End?

March 19th, 2009

Word on the street is that the Nets have grown tired of his antics and may cut him loose soon: “The Nets suspended Sean Williams for two games for conduct detrimental to the team…You also have to wonder if Williams, who rejoined the rotation on Feb. 23 and had been playing well, will ever play again for the Nets. There is no word on whether they will waive Williams outright, which a source said yesterday they could at some point. But it might be hard for coach Lawrence Frank to play him after [...Read More at Source]

Carl Landry Discusses the Shooting

March 19th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Forget the fact that he’s expected to miss very little time after getting shot a couple of nights ago, Carl Landry is thankful and lucky to be alive.
Landry spoke publicly for the first time yesterday about his ordeal, and according to the Rockets forward, the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity. It was also an unimaginably harrowing experience.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
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Marc Iavaroni: The Observer

March 19th, 2009

Jay Triano must be loving this: “A few eyebrows were raised yesterday when Marc Iavaroni attended Raptors practice. Respected throughout the league, Iavaroni will spend the week ‘observing’ the team, a Raptors official said. When he ran the Phoenix Suns, general manager Bryan Colangelo brought in Rick Carlisle for a similar purpose.”

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The Post Up: Overtime Madness

March 19th, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie

Big night on the schedule to discuss today since of course, it was Wednesday.
Before we begin. I beg of you, please, please, please, read this article. The best thing I’ve ever read about Lamar Odom. Beautifully written piece.
I often say that Lamar Odom is my favorite Laker not named Kobe, that more than just a favorite Laker, he’s one of my favorite people in the entire [...Read More at Source]

Down Goes Wally

March 19th, 2009

Add Wally Szczerbiak to this list of Cavaliers wounded. The guard-foward left the game against the Orlando Magic with 3:33 left in the third with a left knee sprain. The team had an MRI performed on Szczerbiak today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.”


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Gerald Wallace Really Hates Hospitals

March 19th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Enough to refuse to visit one despite pleas from his team’s medical staff.
“Crash”, well, crashed yet again last night, and appeared to have badly injured his left knee. Doctors, teammates and fans thought he was done for the night; Wallace had other ideas.
From the Charlotte Observer:
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Game Notes: Nets at Knicks

March 19th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
I learned a nice lesson today, and it’s something I feel is important enough to pass on. It’s more of a pattern, actually and it’s something most people—especially hoops fans—should be aware of. I’ve noticed that, if you convince yourself that it’s there, this lesson can be taught about pretty much anything. It’s not a Law of Nature. It’s not even a theory yet. It’s just a lesson, a parable, if you will. So enough already, let me see if I can put it semi-succinctly here:
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Future Shock

March 18th, 2009

by Brett Ballantini
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
one against whom there was no official complaint,
and all the reports on his conduct agree
that, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint
W.H. Auden, “The Unknown Citizen” (1940)
After contributing consistently here for a couple of months and reading for much longer than that, it seems it’s long since past time to come out of the closet.
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Breaking Down the Tourney

March 18th, 2009

Twenty-one hours and counting until The Dance begins. By now, you’ve surely filled out a fair number of brackets and forked over some significant cash to go with them. We hope you waited to complete your best bracket last because here’s how SLAMonline’s college experts think the Tournament will play out.
Midwest Region
by Justin Walsh
Sweet 16
Louisville (1) vs. Wake Forest (4)
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Jury Duty for Kobe

March 18th, 2009

Oh, alright. Go ahead and make your jokes.



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Slamadaday: Perry Stevenson on Joe Darger

March 18th, 2009

It was Kentucky’s first NIT appearance in three decades and junior Perry Stevenson didn’t disappoint the small but boisterous crowd. Stevenson drove the middle of the lane, took off from about five feet out and buried it over UNLV’s Joe Darger. UK grabbed the momentum and held tight, sprinting out to a 20-point lead.
Said the team’s star Patrick Patterson: “I just started laughing, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. That’s Perry for you. It killed anything I’ve done this season.”

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Sixers Fans Will Do Anything for Their Team

March 18th, 2009

Like offering up the services of their wives, for instance: “Sixers point guard Andre Miller, playing through the discomfort of a strained right calf, is getting all sorts of unsolicited medical advice, but one fan is willing to take it to the limit. Tim Paradise has offered the services of his wife, a native of Thailand who, he said, attended the Wat Pho school of massage in her native land. ‘She makes the lame walk,’ Paradise states.”

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Even More Bad News for the Nets

March 18th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse for New Jersey, they invariably do. As their season implodes, the team must now face the prospect of not having its best player for an extended period of time.
The Nets have just learned that Devin Harris’s shoulder injury is more severe than previously thought:
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Can Wade Play in all 82?

March 18th, 2009

Dwyane is aiming for a career first: “For now, Wade’s goal remains to play in all 82 games for the first time in his six-year career. And whatever Wade wants, the Heat makes every effort to make sure Wade gets it…’I know it’s important for him, considering where he’s been the last two years, when he wasn’t healthy. He wants to play all 82,’ Spoelstra said. ‘He’s really gotten his body ready for the battle of 82 [...Read More at Source]

There Will Be No Twittering on Scott Skiles’s Watch

March 18th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
You hear that, Charlie Villanueva? That’s the sound of your tweeting dreams dying, by the small, yet shockingly strong hands of your coach.
You’re not gonna believe this, but Scott Skiles (and his renowned joie de vivre) has told Charlie V to never use Twitter again during halftime of an NBA game. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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Gasol: Give Me More Shots

March 18th, 2009

Frustrated now? Just wait until Bynum makes his return, Pau: “The Lakers failed to take full advantage of a torrid shooting night from Pau Gasol for a second straight game. Two nights after he made all 10 first-half shots against Dallas but only attempted three more after the break, Gasol made six of seven in the first half against Philadelphia yet finished just 9-for-12. ‘I’m shooting really well right now, but I wish I could just get a couple more looks even if the [...Read More at Source]

Once Again, Nellie Lets Crawford Know He’s Not Wanted

March 18th, 2009

I’m surprised he hasn’t burned Jamal’s jersey by now: “Warriors coach Don Nelson doesn’t hold back about why a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Jamal Crawford won’t work. ‘I don’t think that the mix is good enough, it’s just like with oil and water,’ Nelson said before Tuesday’s game. ‘They’re both really good players, but we need somebody that can guard a 2. Especially when you get into the [...Read More at Source]