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  • If Every NBA Team Had A Rapper As A Global Ambassador

    With the recent announcement that Drake would be the Toronto Raptor’s “global ambassador,” SPIN compiled a list of who the rest of the NBA should choose as their rapping envoys. Some are obvious (Jay Z for the Nets), some are funny (DMX for the Suns), and some are just plain confusing (Jewel for the Jazz). After reading the list, I  think we all feel bad for Portland.

  • The Jordan XX8 SE North Carolina Will be Wearing This Season

    This season the North Carolina Tar Heels will be sporting these camo patterned Jordan XX8 SE on the court. Camo patterns have gained momentum in the past year with most of the top active wear companies, now Jordan follows suit with a classic camo pattern suited for Mr. Jordan’s alma mater. Georgetown and possibly Maquette will be sporting the same pattern in their school’s color way as well. Russell Westbrook, one of Jordan Brand’s new poster child will be rocking a wild patterned version for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s opener. The shoes will also include new responsive foot plate technology we’ve only seen in the XX8, The Flight Plate. The Flight Plate’s main purpose is to maximize the responsiveness of Zoom Air cushioning. By compressing and deflecting on the units during action, the Flight Plate “unlocks” the power of Zoom Air. Jordan XX8 SE

  • Los Angeles Clippers unveil “Back in Blue” Nautical Uniform for First Time since 1985

    Adidas and the Los Angeles Clippers unveiled a “Back in Blue” pride uniform at media day for the 2013-14 season. The jerseys feature a light-blue colorway with short sleeves, which seem to be the growing trend in college and pro-ball. For the first time since the team was based in San Diego in 1985, the team will rock a light-blue jersey as their kit for all Sunday home games this season. The nautical flags on the side are mean to represent L-A-C, the team’s letters that represent Los Angeles Clippers and homage to a coastal city with a heavy heritage of the sea. Light blue has a rich history with the organization and has been a part of the team’s identity since they were the Buffalo Braves in the 1970’s

  • Larry Bird’s Poorly Decorated Florida Mansion Can Be Yours For $4.8 Million

    Larry Bird has put his Naples, Florida mansion up for sale for the low price of $4.8 million. What do you get for such a bargain? Pretty much what you would expect from a midwesterner who retires to Florida’s Gulf Coast in a four bedroom, 6000-square-foot house. The ceiling fans have palm frond blades, the bar has an aquarium, the pool has an adjacent tacky tiki hut…you get the idea. Hopefully he’s taking the Florida-grandma inspired furniture (plaid living room chairs, floral patterned dining room set, etc) back to Indiana when returns as Pacers’ team president. Oh, and of course there’s a basketball hoop in the driveway (but not an actual court).   

  • Bizarre Revelations From NBA Jam Designer

    Mark Turmell, lead designer on the original NBA Jam arcade game, did an interview with ESPN The Magazine where he revealed all sorts of interesting facts about the game, from a special code in the programming that favored the Pistons over the Bulls when the two played each other to arcade machines haunted by Drazen Petrovic. Now to gather some quarters from under the couch and find an arcade with an original NBA Jam machine. Anyone remember how to enable big-head mode?

  • Lakers Unveil “Hollywood Nights” Black Uniforms

    The Lakers need a change. That’s apparent. You stick with what works, until it’s broke. Then you fix it. Easy, right? Sometimes. But every now and again a little mix-it-up does a team good. While these new “Hollywood Nights” jerseys might not fit the classic style of the Lake show, in my honest opinion, I think they’re straight fire. Somehow I think The Black Mamba had something to do with this.

  • Stop the Presses. LeBron James Finally Shaved His Head.

    LeBron James has finally decided to do the inevitable and shave his head. We all knew it was coming. Maybe the Guide To Baldness in the latest issue of GQ gave him the confidence to bust out the razor. He debuted the new look while in the Philippines for Nike’s “Witness History Tour,” promoting the sport of basketball in Southeast Asia, and he can definitely pull off the look. Some before shots…

  • You’ll Love the New Phoenix Suns Jerseys in 10 Years + 20 Photos of Suns Retro Jerseys

    The Phoenix Suns unveiled a simple variation of a vibrant 90′s style jersey yesterday, announcing three variants that would them into the coming season. Many people are up in arms about the less than appealing kits, but the suns have never been a traditional team when it came to their jersey. This seems to be a minimalist approach to the jersey worn by Sir Charles himself in the 90′s. To this day that jersey is flying off the shelves.  Here are the Suns Jersey’s through the years.

  • Kevin Durant Teaches Kids About The Real World

    Just an Instagram Video of Kevin Durant teaching kids about the real world, by taking them on a little ride called ‘Get that sh*t outta here.’ Come on kid, he’s Kevin Durant, you know he’s going to to block that shot. Every youth of American deserves to get at least one jump shot blocked by Kevin Durant in their lifetime. That’s how you get better.

  • What is the Most Dangerous Sport? (Infographic)

    Every activity comes with a certain risk of danger, but isn’t that part of the fun? Last March in college basketball’s most acclaimed tournament, Louisville player, Kevin Ware, broke his leg so bad, the bone was exposed. The injury to put it simply, was a fluke, no contact or foul play caused the incident, but it will live on as one of the worst injuries to be caught on film. Take a look at this infographic including the most dangerous sports in the world based on sheer volume of injuries sustained and the top ten worst sports injuries through history. Note: This does not indicate how severe the injury, which is most likely why basketball trumps sports like football and hockey, two of the toughest contact sports around.

  • The Evolution of NBA Team Logos (Infographic)

    The NBA has always been known as a flashy league, with near acrobats soaring through the air with a flair for the dramatic. So it makes sense to have their logos and uniforms match the eccentricity of the players style of play. Over ther past 70 years the league has gone through some drastic changes and with that progression comes team name changes and logo redesign to keep the team looking fresh. There has only been one team older than 20 years old that has never gone through a team logo redesign can you guess who?

  • 16 Professional Athletes In Film: The Good, The Bad, and The Cringingly Reprehensible

    Athletes love the spotlight—something that is given by the fact that they compete whilst being spectated by millions. Given the aforementioned fact, it seems obvious that many athletes would try and garner more publicity via Hollywood’s legendary silver screen. And—as one would have guessed—many athletes have done so. This list will be going over some notable films that athletes have appeared in—the good, the bad, and the cringingly reprehensible. Before beginning, it must be noted that this list only covers films. So, such TV series as “The Rifleman” starring Major League Baseball pitcher Chuck Connors will be excluded.

  • The Longest Professional Sports Careers

    The average playing career for an NFL players is 3.5 years, the average MLB career is 5.6 years, the average NBA career is 4.8 years, and the average NHL career is 5.5 years. Playing in one of the major four American sports takes a toll on a person’s body that is nearly unfathomable. The aforementioned being established, it is truly an incredible feat when an athlete exceeds the career length average of their respective league. The praiseworthy nature of such a feat is heightened when athletes break their sport’s average career length by a sizable amount. Hence, it is the intent of this article to explore the athletes whose Herculean fortitude has seen them experience generation-bridging careers. But first, those worthy of an honorable mention will be listed. A Pair of NHL Legends: Considered the greatest hockey player to ever play the sport, Gretzky’s career lasted from 1978-1999. And, one of his most notable teammates makes the final list. But, Gretzky is unfortunately trumped by other NHL greats for the primary portion of the list. Moreover, Martin Brodeur—the greatest goalie in hockey history—misses the list by the mere span of a year. But, the fact that he hasn’t retired clearly more »

  • The Future Sports Video Gaming

    Sports games have come a long way since its primordial era that featured such classic titles as “Tecmo Bowl”. Hence, players no longer exclusively play as Bo Jackson, and the birds eye view has long since been nixed. With the current era of consoles coming to its conclusion, there is a mass speculation among gaming fans about the upcoming developments that are expected to accompany an exciting new chapter in video gaming. The news has thus far been as such: the upcoming era of sports gaming is certain to bring fresh technological innovation and a renewed sense of inter- company competition.

  • Top 10 Matchups of Athletes Returning to a Former Team

    Ask any professional athlete; there is always some level of animosity when facing a former team. A sportsman’s competitive nature always forces them to compete, but situations where players face teams for which they previously played are especially amplified with intensity. The following matchups are examples of highly publicized first matchups between a notable player and his former team. Mostly, players on this list managed to perform to a reasonably high level of performance. However, some managed to make it on the list due to the sheer highly publicized nature of the bitter reunion. Hence, not all players on this list managed to perform highly in their first matchup against their former team. Furthermore, there is one instance where the player’s new team was trumped by their former team. However, all of the following reunion matchups were highly publicized at the time of their happening. The list is as follows: 10. Jeremy Lin Returns to New York There was a time when Jeremy Lin dominated sports headlines—the birth of the national sensation known as “Linsanity”. During his hot streak with the New York Knicks, Lin was reputed as a breakout superstar that was performing feats of seemingly divine magnitude. ESPN more »

  • NBA Stars Trying To “Make It” In The Summer League [15 Photos]

    Every year the NBA’s top up-and-coming talent partakes in NBA Summer League activities with the hopes of impressing team officials enough to make the big boy squad. Almost every NBA star, ever, scrubbed it up in the summer league. Here is a look at some of the biggest names in the NBA today back in the day at Summer League.

  • LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Which Basketball Player Is the Greatest?

    The division between generations in America’s most popular court sport is becoming progressively more apparent; Michael Jordan last played in the NBA ten years ago, and a new generation of athletes now dominate the NBA’s landscape. While there are a few players like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan who still carry the torch from yester era, it is clear that LeBron James now dominates the game. This is something that is undeniable, regardless of whether you view James as a heroic icon or an anathema. But, the purpose of this article is not to antagonize the already massive legions of LeBron haters and LeBron admirers. Instead, this article is meant to discuss one question: who is the better basketball player, LeBron or Jordan? There will be two aspects discussed: championships and athletic ability. Both of which will be assessed equally. Ultimately, the better player will be crowned. Hence, it will finally put an end to an elongated debate between the legions of basketball fans. First of all, the subject of championships needs to be assessed. Jordan won his first title with the Chicago Bulls in 1991—he was 28 years old during the first of many Windy City triumphs. In contrast, more »

  • 5 People to Not Confuse NBA Commissioner Silver With

    Last night was a touching draft for the NBA, as Commissioner David Stern announced the 2013 draft picks for the last time. In fitting form, the fans gave Stern the booing, we’re sure deep down he’ll miss, before giving him a standing ovation for 30 years of (Overall)  solid service. While Stern has caught some heat for intervening a bit too much in the league, it has run like a well oiled money making machine for the better part of his thirty year reign. The new guy, Adam Silver, is well suited for the job, Darth Mauling  Supreme Chancellor Stern. Silver became NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer in July 2006 after his appointment was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors. Silver is pretty acclimated already in his career being named to the 100 Most Influential People in Sports by BusinessWeek, the Sporting News and the SportsBusiness Journal and named to Time’s 20 Global Business Influentials. With that said, Silver is a fresh face in a sea of faces already in the public eye that mirror his own. We’re here to distinguish those faces you know and recognize from Commish Silver. You’ll thank us later.

  • Germaphobe Rajon Rando Meets with Fans on Kimmel

    Jimmy, Cousin Sal and Rajon had a little fun with fans at a staged autograph signing where a sickly Rando requested that fans go through a vigorous quarantine process before meeting with the PG. Rando played up the joke to a tee, constantly purel-ing himself and the area around him. The fan took everything in good spirits going through extensive steps for a picture with his hero.

  • The 2012-13 Miami Heat by the Stats (infographic)

    This in depth Chartball poster is a look at the astonishing season of the 2013 Miami Heat. A radial look at wins, losses by points and by margin of point differential, as well as a breakdown of the roster and points. To the right is a look at each player and their season performance stats above their playoff performance stats. LeBron James dominates every category. Across the bottom of the entire image is a franchise history of the Miami Heat by winning percentage along with a timeline of star players and their careers.

  • The Face of Dejection: Tim Duncan’s Post Game Interview

    This is the face of a man in the twilight of his carrer, who played the game he was born to play above and beyond the expectation of someone his age. A man who’s seen the trophy at the end of the road and managed to grab it every time he’s come within reach of it. You can talk about how a player acts when he wins a championship, LeBron’s class and appreciation for a worthy adversary, a humble post game interview from the contemporary best player in the world. But if you want to see the face of a man uphold his integrity after he worked, arguably, harder than any player on the court only to have his 5th NBA title taken away from him, then take a look at Tim Duncan in this post game 7 press conference. A devastated Duncan addressed the media, anguish oozing from his eyes when asked if game 6 would be the game that sticks out in his mind, he replies “For me, no, Game 7. Missing a lay-up to tie the game, making a bad decision down the stretch, unable to stop Dwyane and LeBron. For me, Game 7 is always going to more »

  • Top 5 Least Likely Professional Athletes

    Professional Sports are filled with athletes who are seemingly superhuman— legions veritable physical phenomenon that constantly push the boundaries of human performance. It is often thought that if someone is too slow, too short, or not up to par in terms of strength, that they have no shot at making it into the ranks of professional sports. Often, this is the case—a fact that is brought about when one looks at some of the great athletes who, while being physically gifted, still failed in professional sports: Troy Williamson, Matt Jones, among others. But, this article is the opposite of the aforementioned; who are some of the key players who managed to succeed—or even get playing time—in professional sports despite the fact that they may be seen as below their league’s athletic standard? There will be five athletes—football players and basketball players—who managed to overcome any perceived physical shortcomings and compete admirably in their respective leagues.

  • 5 Reasons Why The Spurs Will Still Lose The NBA Finals

    Shhhh, can you hear that? It’s the sound of the LeBron haters slow-crawling out of their crooks and crevices following the Miami Heat’s 113-77 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. These are the same guys who believe that Tim Tebow can be a capable starting quarterback, and that the NBA fixes games to appease bigger markets.

  • How NBA Teams Stack Up in Social Media (infographic)

    The NBA Finals are in full-swing right now, with only the Spurs and Heat left to battle for this year’s championship. But more importantly to internet-types like me, how do these teams compare in their social media marketing? A sports team is a dream client for any social media manager, as they already have fans built-in! We’ve compiled an infographic in a play-off tree style layout to show which NBA teams have the most followers across each of the major social networks. As you’ll see, the Los Angelas Lakers dominate on almost every social network.

  • NBA Finals Ad Preserves Winning Shots ‘Forever’

    The NBA Finals 2013 campaign, “FOREVER is BIG,” celebrates contemporary NBA living legends. Players who are still playing the game, but because of last minute heroics in the Finals, their shadow lives on in pop-culture forever. The two spots feature Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki making an incredible signature fade away jump shot in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat and by Lakers megastar Kobe Bryant with an incredible slam dunk in the 2002 Finals against the Nets. Both players are suspended in air while that moment resonates around the world in lifestyle from figurines, t-shirts and even wedding cakes. The shot arrives back at the superstar, suspended, alone in the moment. Forever.

  • 10 Athletes I’d Love to See Chase After a (Speeding) Justin Beiber

    Justin Beiber is under investigation after allegedly speeding through a gated community in LA in his white ferrari. The cops aren’t the only ones interested in Beiber’s activities, former football player Keyshawn Johnson followed Beiber to his house to confront him on his reckless driving, but Beiber danced his way into his house without talking to Johnson. Keyshawn was a prolific receiver, but he wasn’t fast back in his prime so there’s no way he could chase after the Beibs these days. But I can think of at least 10 athletes today that can stop the Beibs today and make everyone regret being a Belieber.