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Basketball

Talk about anything and everything basketball - professional, collegiate, streetball or otherwise.
Andrew C (✔)
This no-look, full-court Rajon Rondo assist will tie your brain in knots | For The Win - http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015...
He scoops up a loose ball and just throws it over his shoulder easily 30 feet in the air, and Monta Ellis gets an easy fast break layup out of it. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Kirk on Twitter: "Amar'e called out his teammates dressed like this. I'm sure his thoughts made a real impact. http://t.co/RBkCp1a66q" - https://twitter.com/KirkSer...
Kirk on Twitter: "Amar'e called out his teammates dressed like this. I'm sure his thoughts made a real impact. http://t.co/RBkCp1a66q"
Andrew C (✔)
http://youtu.be/RQLdHBB... - this is a pretty crafty move. Jeremy Lin looks like he's using the pick to go down the sideline, then spins back towards the center and Davis flips to re-screen Dragic twice within seconds.
Andrew C (✔)
Race To The NBA’s Bottom! — The Cauldron — Medium - https://medium.com/the-cau...
Race To The NBA’s Bottom! — The Cauldron — Medium
"Here’s how dedicated Hinkie is to creating a tanking environment: the team hired a mascot who hates the Sixers! Imagine the tanking brainpower needed to search for a bitter Knicks fan to don a Sixers dog costume." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes erupts for 30 points in four-plus minutes | The Dagger - Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs...
"Inspired by his teammate's words, Rathan-Mayes unleashed a late-game shooting display that will linger in the memory of those who witnessed it long after they've forgotten that Florida State still lost 81-77 in spite of his heroics. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of Wednesday's game, a stunningly swift barrage that included six 3-pointers, a pair of layups and eight free throws." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Damian Lillard Is The Best Rapper In The NBA! Here's The Proof! - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Damian Lillard Is The Best Rapper In The NBA! Here's The Proof! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr_Z1J0LE-s
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Andrew C (✔)
Warriors: From one-dimensional and one-and-done to NBA title favorites | SI.com - http://www.si.com/nba...
Long feature on the Warriors and Steve Kerr in particular. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Big trade deadline day. Kevin Garnett traded to the T-Wolves by his choice - he had to waive his no-trade clause. Goran Dragic (and brother) to the Heat. Andre Miller to the Kings...
Andrew C (✔)
Watch every shot of Klay Thompson's record-breaking 37-point quarter - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
Andrew C (✔)
If it wasn't for Kyrie, Steph might have the best handle in the league: http://www.youtube.com/watch...
If it wasn't for Kyrie, Steph might have the best handle in the league: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZurA01IYulE
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Andrew C (✔)
Wanted: Good Basketball for Beleaguered Reporter - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Wanted: Good Basketball for Beleaguered Reporter - NYTimes.com
"The Knicks, in an effort to rebuild through the N.B.A. draft and free agency, appear to have officially given up on this season. They’re an unthinkable 5-32, and on Monday night they traded away J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, leaving a roster that might struggle against an N.B.A. Development League team. So we feel it’s only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball. He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it might exist. Any suggestions? Maybe there’s another N.B.A. team that warrants his attention, or perhaps a high school or a college squad. For that matter, maybe you know of a strong coed team at your local Y that Scott should write about. Tell us where to send him. Submit your ideas in the comments section." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Wow. - Bren from iPhone
I like this. I like this a lot. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Andrew C (✔)
The Postapocalyptic Lakers Are the NBA’s Most Entertaining Team, and We Have Proof « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
The Postapocalyptic Lakers Are the NBA’s Most Entertaining Team, and We Have Proof «
"So why do we keep talking about them? It’s a fair question. I keep talking about them because decay is dope as hell. We’re fascinated with decay and collapse, and the Lakers are the most fascinating postapocalyptic team in NBA history." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Kobe Bryant’s Dreams Finally Came True As He Literally Took a Shot Against Five Defenders | The Big Lead - http://thebiglead.com/2014...
Andrew C (✔)
The best parts of the New York Times' 'How Dolan Wooed Jackson' article - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
"Jackson laid out some of his philosophies, with Dolan absorbing as much as he could. ("He talked about the seven something-or-other things of offense," Dolan said, noting that he was impressed by Jackson's technical expertise.)" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"SEVEN SOMETHING-OR-OTHER THINGS OF OFFENSE" - Andrew C (✔)
Hey, they said he absorbed "as much as he could." - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
Byron Scott expects Carlos Boozer 'to play better' defensively, which is insane | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs...
"It should be noted, however, that the Lakers knew what they were getting into when they hired Byron Scott. Scott’s teams in Cleveland were /terrible/ defensively. Since the NBA expanded to 30 teams, Scott is the only coach to run a team into the bottom five in defensive efficiency for three straight seasons. All the bluster that Scott brought to the podium after his Los Angeles hire about defensive principles and anti-Mike D’Antoni maneuvers have proven to be empty promises thus far. D’Antoni at least got this team to 28th in defense last season – again, a good ten points per 100 possessions better than where the Lakers are currently at." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"No one has ever doubted the man’s confidence. That’s, in large part, where the People Yelling at Mario Chalmers phenomenon began. “No matter what, no matter how tough we are on him, he actually thinks he’s the best player on this team,” Wade said back in 2012. “That’s a gift and a curse.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
3 reasons to believe the Lakers are secretly tanking - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/nba...
"3. There is a lot of credible deniability here This is what makes this all so intriguing: All of the Lakers' most tanktastic moves can also be framed as 'win now' moves in the right light. The Boozer claim is a cheap deal for a big name who won't help the Lakers win. It can look like a desperate flail of a team trying to make some flavor of magic happen. And that's exactly how the Lakers framed it (minus the desperate flail bit, which is just assumed because it's freaking Carlos Boozer). The Lin deal, described above, is similarly deceptive." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Byron Scott is a Lakers legend who has Kobe's support ... which overshadows the fact that he was so awful in Cleveland and has a bizarrely retrograde basketball philosophy. Meanwhile, Kobe gets heat for the loss of Dwight and other free agents, which masks the fact that once Melo and LeBron were off the table, the Lakers didn't actually want to sign any decent free agents in 2014. The deniability is so rich that it looks like even Kobe has been fooled." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Steve Nash out for season with back issues, according to reports - Silver Screen and Roll - http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2014...
Terrible way for a legend to end his career. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"I put the question to Konchalski, the Canadian national team coach, and we run through the usual comparisons, mostly slow-footed white guys with killer J’s, like Bird and Nowitzki. Konchalski makes a bold claim: “Those guys could do more than Oscar. They had more all-around games. But I don’t believe neither Bird or Dirk could shoot with Oscar. They couldn’t shoot with Oscar.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers' downfall? - http://espn.go.com/espn...
"The story of the Lakers' losing Howard has been told as one of the big man chafing under Mike D'Antoni's offense. One Lakers source, though, says Howard's issue wasn't really with the offensive scheme but that "he saw one particular player play outside that scheme with carte blanche, with no accountability. These people who say Dwight couldn't handle the pressure of Los Angeles ... that's nonsense. LA was everything Dwight wanted. To be celebrated. To be among stars. To be among women of this caliber. To live, basically, in one big reality TV show. This was a perfect setting for him."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Starks Sees Big Things With Bargnani | KnickerBlogger.Net - http://knickerblogger.net/starks-...
"I’m pretty convinced most ex players and a lot of fans evaluate players using a kind of skills checklist. They ask “What can he do that many other players at his position cannot do?” They do not ask if he does those things well enough to actually add value and they do not take an inventory of the things he does poorly." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Lakers might be the worst team in the NBA* - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/nba...
"Mid-range jumpers are the least efficient shot in basketball. Corner threes are among the most efficient. Over two games, the Lakers have taken 95 mid-range jumpers and eight threes ... none of which were in the corners. That's just incredible." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Here's the thing: we know L.A.'s defense is going to be pitiful. The backcourt as presently constructed is a sieve, Boozer is an active detriment on that end and there's basically no one to play small forward, which is actually a critical defensive position. Jordan Hill is a good shot blocker and Lin will get steals. But add in Scott's horrific defensive numbers from his three seasons... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Ahh crap forgot Boozer is on Lakers now. Oh well I'll catch them next year then. Can't stand to see him on any court. - Steve C, Team Marina
In a preseason game, Boozer got in a layup with the team down 21, then flexed and pointed at his bicep. Greatest player ever. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Phoenix Suns to Morris brothers: Here's 52 million. You split it up. - Bright Side Of The Sun - http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2014...
Phoenix Suns to Morris brothers: Here's 52 million. You split it up. - Bright Side Of The Sun
"With the agreement of managing partner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough, he offered a total of $52 million over 4 years to the brothers as a package deal, and asked them to split it how they wanted. [...] "I did something I've never done before," Lon Babby said to Bright Side of the Morris negotiations. "Once we agreed on the amount of money, I gave them the first crack at how to divide it up."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Somehow, the brothers agreed to a split pretty quickly and it wasn't even right down the middle. Markieff gets $8 million per year, while Marcus gets $5 million per year. Keef put up 13 and 6 in 26 minutes per game last year, while Marcus put up 10 and 4 in 20 minutes. This year, Markieff is slated to start at power forward, backed up by brother Marcus. Keef can slide to the center... more... - Andrew C (✔)
interesting - Steve C, Team Marina
Andrew C (✔)
Former top NBA draft pick Darko Milicic is retiring to become a kickboxer - Extra Mustard - SI.com - http://www.si.com/extra-m...
Former top NBA draft pick Darko Milicic is retiring to become a kickboxer - Extra Mustard - SI.com
"He hasn't played in the NBA in almost two years, but he's only 29. At 7-feet, 275 pounds, Milicic may have a hard time finding someone willing to fight." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple « - http://grantland.com/feature...
"Wallace was always more complicated: competitive, but lighthearted and always testing his coaches. In practice one day, Wallace took an ill-conceived 15-foot baseline shot too early in a possession for Smith. The famed head coach blew his whistle and halted the practice immediately. “Do you think that’s a good shot?” Hanners remembers Smith asking Wallace. Wallace replied that he did. “Well, let’s see you make 10 of them in a row,” Smith challenged him. Wallace drained eight straight from the same spot before Smith told him to stop." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"OK, slow down. Before we name our firstborn sons “Andray” in gratitude for Blatche’s service to Philippine basketball, how did this even happen? How did an NBA player with no Philippine heritage, a native of Syracuse, New York, who had never visited the Philippines before a weekend in June when he flew to Manila to introduce himself to the country, become a Filipino?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The answer is less zany than you’d expect. The Philippines chose to naturalize Blatche so he could represent them in international basketball competitions, beginning with the World Cup, but also — they hope — the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympics. Naturalizing players is common in international... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The gaffes and the goofing around highlighted the obvious question: If the Philippines wanted to naturalize an NBA big man, why in the world would it choose Andray Blatche? This was a player whose lapses in judgment and unprofessionalism have become almost legendary in today’s NBA. Yes, he hosted Lap Dance Tuesday at a Miami strip club. Yes, he was once held out of a game with the box... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
This Is The Only Kobe Bryant Quote - http://deadspin.com/this-is...
"Kobe was like, 'I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9. 0-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you've just now lost confidence in yourself.'" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Yikes. That comment section escalated quickly. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
From Sterling to Ballmer -- a rags to riches story for Clipper fans - Clips Nation - http://www.clipsnation.com/2014...
"There's a story I tell about Donald Sterling. I've probably told it to you at some point. A few years back I was invited to Sterling's annual "White Party" at his Malibu beach house. (I know, the "White Party" has additional freight now.) Sterling takes his White Party very seriously. If you show up at his White Party wearing anything other than white, you either put on the white T-Shirt they hand you at the door, or you don't go in. So you're at this party with 500 or so people, all in white." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The Donald stayed hidden for awhile. He made his appearance at his own "White Party" about two hours after it started -- dressed all in black, like Johnny freakin' Cash." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
LeBron James lost so much weight he looks like an 18-year-old again - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
LeBron James lost so much weight he looks like an 18-year-old again - SBNation.com
"He apparently "cut carbs" over the last two months, and now he looks like an 18-year-old again." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
EXCLUSIVE: "I'm coming home" by Brian Scalabrine | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com - http://www.csnne.com/page...
EXCLUSIVE: "I'm coming home" by Brian Scalabrine | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"I had passion for my team just like the fans. I guess I was kind of like the fans except I had a courtside seat for free and if we were up by 20 with less than two minutes to play I would get to go into the game." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In Boston, nothing is given. Remember in the movie The Departed when Francis Costello said, “No one gives it to you. You have to take it.” That was a great scene and a great Boston movie. I’m ready to accept the Scallenge. Boston, I’m coming home." - Andrew C (✔)
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