Slam

Sure Shot

April 7th, 2009

And to think, winning the Slam Dunk Contest is probably only the second-biggest highlight of Nate Robinson’s season. Clearly, the first is his burgeoning friendship with Will Ferrell. What do you think of these two giving dap during games? (Note that is not Ed. sitting in the expensive seats.) Whoever writes the funniest caption will win a dope prize from our vault and see their name in Trash Talk next issue.

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What’s My Name?

April 7th, 2009

CB4? That’s not a nickname—that’s a Chris Rock movie. RuPaul? You know we love Shaq, but come on, that was foul and uncalled for. No, Chris Bosh needs a real nickname. Obviously it’s been a terrible season in Toronto, but we’re confused as to why it’s Chris’ fault. We’d like to aim our questions at one Bryan Colangelo, for starters. Anyway, Chris Bosh. Olympian. All-Star. Player in need of a good nickname.
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Michael Beasley ‘Agrees’ With Coming off the Bench

April 7th, 2009

Well, sort of: “Erik Spoelstra said after consulting with assistant coach Ron Rothstein and then meeting with Beasley before Saturday’s victory over the Washington Wizards, it was decided to maintain Beasley’s role as a sixth man…’The bench has been playing well, and we didn’t want to make two changes,’ Spoelstra said after Monday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. ‘He actually agreed.’ [...Read More at Source]

The Day That Was

April 7th, 2009

by Cub Buenning
Our fair college basketball season has finally reached its conclusion with last night’s 89-72 victory by North Carolina over an overmatched Michigan State Spartan team. The Tarheels entered the season as the favorite, spent much of the season near the top of the nation’s pecking order (those silly polls), and finished by playing a beautiful last two months of the season. Impressive, late-season double-digit wins over the likes of Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Villanova, Duke (twice) and Michigan [...Read More at Source]

Optimism in Indiana

April 7th, 2009

Sometimes, you just gotta have faith: “The record isn’t close to anything Larry Bird and Jim O’Brien desired. The playoffs? They’re not going to happen for these Indiana Pacers. They may be mathematically alive — barely — but coach O’Brien has been conceding for weeks now that the playoffs are a pipe dream beyond rational consideration. And yet … It has been a good season. A productive season. A season of significant growth. Seriously. What? [...Read More at Source]

A Look at the Nets’ Financial Woes

April 7th, 2009

With operating losses for the year at close to $30 million, it’s not a pretty picture: “In a sign that the recession has already eaten away at the bottom line in sports, revenue for the New Jersey Nets’ operating company dipped sharply in fiscal 2009, the last five months of which coincided with the economy’s contraction. Many observers have suggested that because teams’ selling season for suites, season tickets and sponsorships finished before the economy cratered, sports would only begin [...Read More at Source]

Andrew Bynum Returns This Week

April 7th, 2009

That’s the plan, anyway: “After today’s practice went well, Andrew Bynum said he plans to play Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies and April 14 against the Utah Jazz. Those are the Lakers’ final regular-season games. Bynum has said all along that he hoped to play in a couple of regular-season games before rejoining the active roster for the playoffs…’I just have to get my timing back,’ said Bynum, who did not travel with the team for Tuesday night’s [...Read More at Source]

At Long Last, MJ’s Comeback Fantasies Have Ended

April 7th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
The inevitable took place yesterday, as Michael Jordan entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The GOAT wasn’t too excited, however, about dwelling on his past accomplishments. The man was too busy regretting the fact that he’s no longer an NBA player.
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Turkoglu and Okur: Keys to Solid U.S.-Turkey Relations

April 7th, 2009

Naturally: “Everybody knows that President Obama is a hoops fan. He references Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur in his speech today to the Turkish Parliament. ‘The ties among our people have deepened as well, and more and more Americans of Turkish origin live and work and succeed within our borders,’ NBC First Read reports. ‘As a basketball fan, I’ve even noticed that Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur have got some pretty good [...Read More at Source]

Should the Heat Retire Tim Hardaway’s Jersey?

April 7th, 2009

Tim sure thinks so: “With Alonzo Mourning’s Heat number retired, Tim Hardaway said, ‘I deserve to be up there’ too. Hardaway attributes his inability to get an NBA job to his 2007 ‘I don’t like gay people’ comment — despite his apologies. ‘I thought we were supposed to forgive and forget but it’s not happening.’”

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Manu Ginobili Will See You Next Season

April 7th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
The San Antonio Spurs are going to be in the Playoffs this season, but can we really expect anything meaningful from them - without the services of one Manu Ginobili? Um, that was a rhetorical question, kids.
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NCAA Championship Live Blog

April 6th, 2009

by Jeff Fox
It’s finally time to put an end to the Madness, in a ridiculously cold and snowy Detroit.  I know what you are thinking - “You’re Canadian - you should be used to this weather”.  But it’s April - enough already.
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Game Notes: Jazz at Hornets

April 6th, 2009

by Toney Blare
Pregame
– Tonight is “Nola Night.” Lang favorite Trombone Shorty is on the stage outside the main gate. Speaking of Nola, I dj’d a street festival on Saturday. One of the acts covered “Family Affair.” And y’know the part where Sly sings, “One child grows up to be someone that just loves to learn/Another child grows up to be someone we just love to burn?” Yeah, well, that became “One child grows up to be…Trombone Shorty/Another child grows up to be…Ray Nagin.” Word.
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Strictly Business

April 6th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 84
Allen Iverson, at times known equally for his image as his incredible game on the court, posed in a suit in accordance with the newly implemented dress code. AI made it look good in only a way that he could—sporting baggy slacks and a chain to supplement the collared shirt that David Stern deemed to be oh so important for the league’s image. — Adam Fleischer

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Be A Legendary Designer

April 6th, 2009

by Chris O’Leary
It’s the dream that everyone has had at some point in their sneaker-loving lives. Whether it’s in admiration of a something that makes the leap from footwear to art, or if it’s scowl-inducing disgust at something that actually made it out of the planning stages, we’ve all wanted to be a sneaker designer. If you’re a high school student with the dream, Jordan Brand has opened up a window for you.
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Marcus Jordan Commits to Central Florida

April 6th, 2009

Sorry Illinois fans, at least the winters will be nicer for MJ Jr. at UCF: “He made his decision based on two criteria,” said Tyrone Slaughter, Jordan’s coach at Whitney Young High in the Chicago area. “One was the ability to go in and make an immediate impact. He wanted to go in and have an opportunity to play right away at the collegiate level. Secondly, if it was a [...Read More at Source]

How Big Was Will Bynum’s Record Performance?

April 6th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
Strictly looking at individual bodies of work this season, Will Bynum has been the Pistons’ second-best guard. It took a Rip Hamilton ejection and an injury to Allen Iverson, but when Bynum got on the court against the Bobcats, he showed just how valuable he’s been.
In the 4th quarter, he was all buckets passing Jerry Stackhouse and Isiah Thomas en route to becoming the Pistons’ record holder for points in a quarter. Twenty-six points in the 4th. Pistons beat reporter [...Read More at Source]

‘You Can’t Say Josh Howard Doesn’t Care’

April 6th, 2009

Then again, everyone looks good when you score 81 points by halftime. From the Morning News blog: “He’s playing with a lot of emotion. A little too much emotion after what he thought should have been an and one, getting T’d up for showing up the ref. But you can’t complain about Josh Howard’s game today. He has 18 points on 8-14 shooting despite playing on an ankle that will [...Read More at Source]

Video: Von Wafer’s Reverse Dunk

April 6th, 2009

You have to love Wafer’s reaction, whether it’s after burying a trey, swatting a shot or just putting the good ‘ole fashioned hammer on your former team.

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It’s Official: Arizona Will Have a Coach Next Season

April 6th, 2009

Talk about a change of heart. The former Xavier head coach allegedly accepted a seven-year deal worth about $18 million with a $1 million dollar signing bonus. Why the Wildcats targeted USC coach Tim Floyd before Miller doesn’t make sense, but ‘Zona got the best possible hire in the end.

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Zach Randolph Arrested on DUI Suspicion

April 6th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
There’s a blueprint for getting busted for drunk driving, and Zach Randolph followed it to the tee this morning. As TMZ reports, Randolph was…
1) Driving early in the morning. Check ( 2:25 a.m.).
2) In a flashy vehicle. Check (Bentley).
3) Unable to stay in one lane. Check.
5) Failing field sobriety tests. Check.
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Video: Wizards Bring Back Freestyle

April 6th, 2009

Waiting for June’s Draft can get wearisome, so the young cats (and Mike James) are doing what they can to keep occupied. Notice the homage to the team’s favorite decade, the 80s, with the goggles, afros and the alwasy funkadelic sprinkler dance. (H/T FanHouse)

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What Shirts Are Players Wearing?

April 6th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
Is it the NBA’s goal to play in 100 percent organic cotton jerseys, have players lace up in sneakers made from trash, and shoot recycled Spaldings? Would players be willing to trade their gas-guzzling H2 hummers for Acuras? Not yet and probably not ever, but teams and players are at least sending the right message about the environment this week.
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Slamadaday: Durrell Summers on Stanley Robinson

April 6th, 2009

UConn recruits defensive-minded frontcourt talent — from Okafor to Thabeet. But these guys have a strong tendancy to find themselves the poor victims of the sickest slams. Many times.


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