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The Post Up: Luck of LeBron*

March 18th, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie
*I’m not actually implying that anything to do with LeBron is luck, I just liked the way the title sounds.
Bulls taking down the Celtics? Really? As I said yesterday, it feels more like April Fools day rather than St. Patricks day. I worked a night shift so unfortunately by the time I got home, all of the NBA action was over and I was stuck watching highlights and reading boxscores.
In other words… FILL ME IN.
Saw highlights of  LeBron, [...Read More at Source]

Video: Iguodala Wins it, Ariza Gets the Blame

March 18th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni

Thrilling finish in L.A. last night, as the Sixers hung tough with the Lakers, and in the end escaped Staples with a win at the buzzer. According to several members of the hometown team, it should should’ve never come down to that.
Welcome to blame-ville, Trevor Ariza:
Lakers coach Phil Jackson seemed nonplussed that Ariza didn’t foul before [...Read More at Source]

Coming Soon to Your Local Cineplex: Dwight Howard

March 18th, 2009

Somewhere, Shaq is preparing a bitter reaction: “Magic C Dwight Howard is going … Hollywood? Howard told the Sentinel on Tuesday that he possibly will have a role in a movie this offseason and wants to pursue acting opportunities. ‘I’m a good actor,’ Howard said after the team’s shoot-around in Cleveland. ‘But that’s all for later [this summer].’ Howard, 23, is certainly animated and can mimic cartoon [...Read More at Source]

Top 40 Dunks: Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant

March 17th, 2009

The last time SLAM sat down and made an official “Greatest Dunkers of All Time” list, Kobe was No. 15 and Jordan was No. 2. But that was eight years ago.
This video doesn’t confirm or deny our assertion. It should be noted that the creator is a Kobe fan, but he’s not saying that Kobe is a better dunker than Michael or Michael is better than Kobe. He merely presents the evidence — the majority of the two’s greatest NBA dunks are here, and in good quality too — and asks, Who gave the rim more pain?
The similarities [...Read More at Source]

Links: Only Weeks Away…

March 17th, 2009

by Lang Whitaker
I just got chills watching this. Playoffs start April 18. I’m just saying…

h/t peachtreehoops


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Flo Rida

March 17th, 2009

1600×1200 pixels (4:3 ratio, high-resolution, standard screen)
1680×1050 pixels (8:5 ratio, high-resolution, wide screen)
Under the setting Florida sun, just weeks before his fifth All-Star Game, Dwyane [...Read More at Source]

Got Trophies?

March 17th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 66
Sixty-plus issues later and Kobe is still stuck at three trophies. Could this be the year that changes? Tune in. – Tzvi Twersky



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Gallinari’s Season Likely Over

March 17th, 2009

And there’s talk of back surgery: “Danilo Gallinari’s once promising rookie season appears to be over. The Knicks announced early Tuesday that Gallinari is headed to his home country of Italy to see back specialists and that he may need surgery to correct a back problem that has affected him since July…This is potentially devastating development for the sixth overall pick of last June’s NBA Draft. There is no telling how long Gallinari will be sidelined [...Read More at Source]

KryptoNates Hit House of Hoops

March 17th, 2009

by Chris O’Leary
Just got word from Foot Locker that Nate Robinson will make a special St. Patrick’s Day appearance at the House of Hoops in Harlem (268 W 125th St) this afternoon from 4–5:30 to debut his green KryptoNate shoe’s retail release. For anyone in NYC who’s reading this and is physically capable of travel, considering what day it is,  I hope you get down to House of Hoops to take part in this. As far removed as I am from the event, I’m hyped about it!
Also, anyone around 34th St. [...Read More at Source]

Dallas Reigns Supreme At State Tournament

March 17th, 2009

by Glenn Smith
Dear Nation,
Tell me, what must Dallas do to get your respect? When it comes to Texas basketball, you give Houston all the love. We can only win so much. The NBA shows us love—DISD alone has over 11 guys in the NBA getting quality minutes. Every major basketball conference respects our toughness but, for some reason, no one loves us… but us. So we sent six teams down to the state tournament, and three came back as champions in their classification.

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Carl Landry Shot in Leg

March 17th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
Upon returning to Houston late last night, Landry was picking up some fast food when his car was side-swiped. As he got out to investigate the damage, shots fired from a car driving by, the second of which hit his calf.
The Houston Chronicle has the report:
Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg [...Read More at Source]

It’s Not ‘LeBron or Bust’ for Donnie Walsh

March 17th, 2009

Donnie doesn’t need one of these shirts, it seems: “You always have a backup plan,” Walsh said from his Westchester office on the videotape, in which he answers submitted questions from fans. “I really didn’t know what the list of free agents were. It wasn’t like I was going after LeBron or this guy. It was just, we have to get in the free-agent market. The [...Read More at Source]

Shawn Marion is …

March 17th, 2009

… Well, still Shawn Marion: “Marion hasn’t played well, the Raptors’ disappointing season has only gotten worse and now Marion isn’t happy there, either. Some of it is the system, some of it is his teammates, but it doesn’t sound like he’s very much into staying after his contract ends this summer. At least not right now. ‘I’m pissed off; I want to win,’ Marion said after the Raptors fell to 2-8 since the trade. ‘I [...Read More at Source]

The Baron Returneth

March 17th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Tonight marks the return of one of the most popular athletes in the history of the Bay Area, as Baron Davis at last pays a visit to the arena he once ruled.
Many things have changed in Oakland, as the team legs out a disastrous season following the Davis trade to L.A. The leadership is questionable at best; guys are injured; some are being told they’re no longer welcome; and the GM has been cut off at the knees. Even Baron can’t explain it.
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Are the Jazz Headed for a Breakup?

March 17th, 2009

It’s in the back of everyone’s mind: “That’s something we think about a lot,” admitted [Deron] Williams. “In the back of our minds - we don’t talk about it - but we know we might not have the same team coming back next year. While we have this team in tact we need to try to make a run at a title this year. It’s tough. We have a lot of guys coming up on contracts…Millsap, Boozer, Memo, Ronnie Brewer…guys are going to need contracts and it’s going [...Read More at Source]

A Cool Thousand for Popovich

March 17th, 2009

Milestone time for the Spurs’ coach: “Few coaches in the NBA are as allergic to personal praise as the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich. So it should come as no surprise that he didn’t even know Monday’s game against the Thunder marked a milestone in his coaching career. The game was Popovich’s 1,000th as a head coach, making him the 24th in NBA history to join that club. He is one of only seven to accomplish the feat with one team. Asked before the game [...Read More at Source]

Post Up: Bobcats Burn Raps

March 17th, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie
For all of those Raptor fans thinking they were about to witness a strong finish to the season, HA. Feels like April Fools rather than St Patricks day after seeing the 26-point loss to the Bobcats last night to follow the 23-point win against the Pacers. The Raptors were dreadful last night. Not much else to say besides that.
The most painful part was watching Sean May score on us twice in the fourth. Sean. May. Yikes.
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Meet the New Joakim Noah

March 17th, 2009

I’m not sure who this new guy is, but I like him a lot more than his predecessor: “As with the rare jump shot he made Saturday, Joakim Noah is taking his reduced playing time in stride. Since the Bulls traded for center Brad Miller on Feb.19, Noah has been more likely to clock 28 to 32 minutes than the 38 to 42 he often got before Miller arrived from Sacramento. ‘I’m feeling comfortable out there playing,’ Noah said after practice Monday. ‘Whatever [...Read More at Source]

Sean Williams Isn’t Pleased With the Cell Phone Plan You’re Suggesting

March 17th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
As such, he’s going to shout, grab a computer monitor and smash it.
Sadly, none of the above is fictitious, as the Nets’ Williams was arrested yesterday following an incident at a mall in Denver.
The Star-Ledger reports:
Nets forward Sean Williams was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief Monday after an altercation [...Read More at Source]

Leslie De-commits; Clifford to Utah State

March 17th, 2009

by Franklyn Calle
One of the top juniors in the nation has open up his recruitment once again, according to multiple reports. C.J. Leslie de-committed from N.C. State during the weekend after giving the Wolfpack a verbal during his freshman year. The 6-9 power forward might also be considering Memphis at the moment. Leslie is a Raleigh, North Carolina native who currently attends Word of God Christian Academy. N.C. State is down to one verbal commitment for the 2010 recruiting class in Ryan Harrow, a 6-0 point guard from George Walton Comprehensive H.S. in [...Read More at Source]

Enter SLAMonline March Madness!

March 16th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
You probably thought we forgot to create the SLAMonline NCAA Tourney group this year. The truth be told: We did. If it wasn’t for a chat from Holly this proud, three-year tradition would have gone kaput. After strolling to my desk in a semi-allergic daze this morning, I opened my GTalk and our conversation went something like this:
Holly: Hey Ryne, are we doing the SLAM bracket challenge this year like we did last year?
Ryne: Um… What Bracket [...Read More at Source]

Stephen Jackson Suspended After All

March 16th, 2009

Jax is getting T’ed up at almost twice the rate as he was ‘06-’07, his previous high season in technical fouls. How’s that for a fancy little stat? Jackson’s two-tech ejection in yesterday’s loss to the Suns put him over the 16-technical limit, tying him with Rasheed Wallace for this season’s complainer crown.

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Game Notes: Bulls at Sixers

March 16th, 2009

by Michael Tillery
R.I.P. Bill Davidson. Your teams were your mirror…lock, stock and barrel. The city of Detroit as well as true fans of the NBA will remember what you have given us forever more. Thank you sir. I wish your family peace.
That the Sixers defeated the Bulls 104-101 behind Thaddeus Young’s career high of 31, Andre Iguodala’s 25 and Andre Miller’s 13 assists added to the once in a life time moment. I was glad to be here. Being from the area, there were many events held [...Read More at Source]