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Video: Carlos Delfino plays volleyball with Pietrus’ shot

November 30th, 2009

This clip comes from Saturday’s Magic-Bucks game, but trust me, it’s worth a second look. Actually, no, scratch that. It’s worth a second listen. Turn up your speakers and enjoy the smacktastic sound of Milwaukee’s Carlos Delfino(notes) stuffing the damn Stove Top out of Mickael Pietrus’(notes) attempt at the basket.

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Video: Watch TNT Shannon Brown explode

November 27th, 2009

If you’re at work today, I’m sorry about that. I really am. So, to make your Black Friday go a little bit smoother — and a whole lot faster — here’s a 10-minute highlight reel of Lakers guard Shannon Brown(notes) blocking and dunking on absolutely everyone in sight. Yes, even that fat guy at Walmart. Enjoy.

Cheers, Oh Me Oh My, The Jello’s Jigglin’!

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Video: The Donte Greene Show spins, drives, elevates

November 26th, 2009

I’m Canadian, but screw it. Today, I am thankful for Wade’s dunk over Sideshow Bob, Steve Nash(notes), ginger ale, Durantula, The Roots, ketchup, people that lend me ‘The Wire’ DVDs, Carmelo’s jumper, LeBron’s chase down blocks, Kobe’s everything, the Yahoo! Sports heavyweights, this movie scene, Ron Artest(notes) in Hollywood, all the Ball Don’t Lie readers and for not being a New York Knicks fan. Hello!

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Video: Kobe playin’ H-O-R-S-E, hits over-the-backboard shot

November 22nd, 2009

In the span of just two minutes, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant(notes): (a) hit a shot from behind the backboard after being forced baseline by Thunder rookie James Harden(notes), (b) nailed a pretty up-and-under reverse layup, and (c) banked home a difficult runner — with his left hand — to beat the first quarter buzzer.

He will accept the My Little Pony/H-O-R-S-E trophy from inaugural winner Kevin Durant(notes), postgame.

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Josh Smith’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Hawks Past Rockets (VIDEO)

November 21st, 2009

Last night the Houston Rockets and surprising Atlanta Hawks were locked up at 103-103 with mere seconds left on the clock. With three seconds remaining, Hawks guard Mike Bibby fired off a shot that rattled off the rim and backboard, appearing to send the game to overtime. Yet forward Josh Smith flew off the paint and shoved the ball through the hoop with 0.7 seconds left in regulation. The 11-2 Hawks prevailed, 105-103, and continue to hold a one-game lead over the Orlando Magic in the Southeast division.


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Ron Artest Plays Keep-Away With Trevor Ariza’s Shoe

November 16th, 2009

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The Rockets strode into Staples Center ready for a gunfight. But emerging capo Trevor Ariza wasn’t exactly ready for a game of keep-away. In this video, Ariza loses a sneaker during an early defensive possession. Sworn enemy Ron Artest notices and tosses Ariza’s shoe out-of-bounds. And, of course, Artest capitalizes on his gambit the next time down. (Before you curse out Ron-Ron, know that he got his comeuppance: Rockets 101, Lakers 91.)

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Oklahoma City? [Nba]

November 15th, 2009

You’re young, rich, one of the most talented players on the planet. If you’re Kevin Durant, how do you spend your days off? Getting into slapfights, and filming them.

Because I’ve had my fill of hate mail recently, and because OKC fans have already made their feelings known when I dared to suggest that the wind is the defining feature of their city, I’m going to refrain from pointing out that if KD played in New York or L.A., there are actually clubs and bars that are open on Thursdays.

But I will say there’s a certain segment of our audience, perhaps from a certain Pacific Northwest city, that’s not exactly rooting against the Thunder’s franchise player going down with a career-ending slap-related injury.

I Guess This Is How You Pass The Time On An Off Day
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Brandon Jennings’ 55 Points Sets NBA Record

November 14th, 2009

Brandon Jennings dominated tonight’s game against Golden State, scoring 55 points — including 29 in the third quarter. Jennings’ amazing performance set an NBA record, passing LeBron James as the youngest player ever to score 50 points.

Jennings was drafted 10th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft after playing in Europe for one year instead of attending college in the U.S. Stay tuned for video — we will be adding it to this entry as it comes in.

The AP has more:

(AP) MILWAUKEE — Brandon Jennings scored 55 points, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise rookie record, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a come-from-behind 129-125 victory Saturday over the Golden State Warriors.

Jennings poured in 29 points in the third quarter, then scored 10 in the final 2:15 to hold off the Warriors and become only the third Bucks player to score more than 50. The last player to do it was Michael Redd, who set the franchise record with 57 points against Utah on Nov. 11, 2006.

Jennings scored 15 straight points during the third period to help the Bucks overcome a nine-point deficit and win four straight for the first time in more than two years. The Bucks (5-2) are off to their best start since 2005, the last season the team made the playoffs.

The 29 points by Jennings were the most ever scored in a quarter against the Warriors. During the period, Jennings hit four 3-pointers and an assortment of jumpers and driving layups as he took over the game. At several points after scoring, he waved his arms in the air to get the crowd to cheer louder. In all, he hit 12 of 13 shots in the quarter, his only miss a 3-point attempt with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Abdul-Jabbar scored 51 points on Feb. 21, 1970. The NBA rookie record was set by Wilt Chamberlain with 58 points for Philadelphia against Detroit in a January 1960 game in Bethlehem, Pa.

Andrew Bogut added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.

Monta Ellis led the Warriors (3-6) with 26 points and Corey Maggette added 25.
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Jennings hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:15 to give the Bucks a 117-115 lead. Luke Ridnour then hit a driving layup with 1:40 remaining to increase the Bucks’ lead to 119-115.

After an offensive foul on Maggette, Jennings hit another jumper to make it 121-115.

Maggette made a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw to cut the lead to 121-118, but Jennings came back and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 34 seconds remaining and the Bucks held on to win.

The Warriors lost starting guard Kelenna Azubuike in the first quarter. Azubuike drove across the lane with 9:12 remaining in the quarter and slipped on the floor. He immediately grabbed his left leg and screamed in pain. After a five-minute delay, Azubuike left the court on a stretcher cart and went to the Warriors’ locker room.

NOTES: Redd, sidelined with strained left patella tendon for the last four games, will try to return next week as the Bucks play Dallas on Monday and New Jersey on Wednesday. Bucks forward Kurt Thomas played in the 900th game of his career.

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Timberwolves GM Wants Fans To Know He Is Aware Of How Much Team Sucks [Nba]

November 14th, 2009

Mired in a nine-game slide, the Timberwolves are struggling to get acclimated to Kurt Rambis’ triangle offense. Further, the team stinks. So, GM David Kahn did the only sensible thing – he wrote a letter to the team’s 10 fans.

Kahn provided the letter to the Timberwolves blog, On the Wolves, for dissemination. The new general manager for the T-Wolves wants the fans to know he is not happy about the way the season has started and he will not accept it, nor will he give up. In fact, he’s just going to dedicate himself even more to attempting to correct the team’s shortcomings.

At times like these, I am motivated to work harder. I want to scout more, watch more film, crunch more numbers, ask more questions. I know Kurt and the coaching staff feel the same. The coaches are the strength of our ballclub right now – I am proud to be working with them. We all recognized when we signed up for this mission that it takes a Herculean effort, from all corners, to turn around a franchise and make it championship-caliber.

I understand that it should be considered refreshing that a general manager would choose to be up front and honest with a team’s fans, and that a proactive approach such as this should be applauded. On other other hand, it has all the appearances of an act of desperation by an already beleaguered GM only 10 games into the season.

But who knows? Maybe Kahn can turn the crappy franchise around – as former Timberwolves star KG once said, ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!’

But seriously, it aint going to happen.

From David Kahn [On the Wolves]

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Ty Lawson Dunk VIDEO: Lawson Destroys Lakers DJ Mbenga, Josh Powell

November 14th, 2009

The Denver Nuggets hosted the Los Angeles Lakers last night in a rematch of the 2009 Western Conference Finals. During the final moments of the Nuggets’ comfortable 105-79 victory over the defending champions, Denver point guard Ty Lawson drove towards the basket and unleashed a spectacular dunk on Lakers center D.J. Mbenga and forward Josh Powell. Lawson, a rookie drafted 18th overall in June, is just 5’11′, but still managed to bulldoze the 6’9′ Powell and 7’0′ Mbenga.


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Video: Will Bynum steals the show

November 12th, 2009

Via Need4Sheed, five-foot-nothing Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum(notes) delivers not one, but two of the best dunks of the young season. Throw a nice perimeter block into the Crock-Pot mix and you have one hell of a Bynumite goulash going. Add beef broth. Stir well. Replay highlights.

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Rick Morrissey Actually EATS His Column [Video]

November 10th, 2009

joakim-noahRemember the story earlier today about Morrissey showing up at Bulls practice with salsa claiming he was going to literally eat his negative column about Noah?  Back in 2007, Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune claimed he would eat his column with salsa on it if Noah even proved to be ‘useful’.

Well not only did he talk the talk, he walked the walk.  He literally slathers his column with salsa and then proceeds to eat it with Noah getting his respect throughout.  Fast-forward to 5:00 if you want to see less bitching from Morrissey and more newspaper eating.

Earlier today when I heard it, I thought the stunt was a bit over the top and gimmicky. I still feel that way, and I still hate Morrissey, but that was hilarious. They should literally sit down all the great sports ‘journalists’ out there and force them to do this with all their columns. I’m looking at you Mariotti!

For more Chicago Bulls coverage from this author, check out Pippen Ain’t Easy.

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Video: Dwyane Wade takes on the entire Bulls’ defense

November 6th, 2009

Video: Dwyane Wade takes on the entire Bulls’ defense: “

Dwyer’s ‘Behind the Box Score’ column is running a little behind schedule this morning. (Damn you, Comcast! Damn you to Internet hell!) So in the meantime, why not enjoy this clip of Heat guard Dwyane ‘Mr. 10,000 points’ Wade cuttin’ through the lane against the Bulls and finishing with style?

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Video: God bless Charles Barkley

November 6th, 2009

Two words: Watch Chuck get confused while taping a promo for ‘NBA on TNT.’

Two more words: I’m on a diet, no more bull penis.

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The Greatest Thing You’ll Watch All Day: Tyler Hansbrough’s Acting Class [Tyler Hansbrough]

November 5th, 2009


The incomparable J.E. Skeets, Esq. provides us with a glimpse into how Psycho T honed his acting chops before his car wow-filled commercial debut. [BasketballJones]

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November 5th, 2009

by Joey Whelan

This story isn’t about Stephen Curry.

Not entirely.

This story is about moving forward, appreciating what once was and finding inspiration to continue the tradition.

It had been nearly 40 years since Davidson College had truly been relevant to basketball fans before Stephen Curry came along. The glory days of back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 1968 and 1969 under Left Driesell and Terry Holland had long since faded. The team was something of a prehistoric Gonzaga back then, the little team from the Southern Conference making all that noise with the bigger programs. The 1960’s were the best of times for the Wildcats: five regular season conference championships, three NCAA Tournament berths, three All-American selections and six consecutive seasons ranked in the AP Poll, including four times in the top ten.Davidson Duke Basketball

Then the school slipped from memory. Sure, there were a handful of first round exits from the NCAA Tournament over the next several decades, but Davidson was nothing more than that double-digit mid-major seed that gets eliminated in brackets before the game is even played. That all changed the day that a rail thin, boyish looking assassin from North Carolina put on a red and white uniform for the first time and put an entire program, an entire community on his narrow shoulders.

Maybe we should have seen it coming because his father was NBA gunner Dell Curry. Maybe we should have seen it coming when he demolished Michigan for 32 points in only his second collegiate game. The glimpses were there, but the meteoric rise of the tiny liberal arts school led by a modern day Pistol Pete could never have been anticipated. Curry may not have been an innovator or a dominant physical presence in the game, but his nightly displays of shredding opposing defenses captured a nation’s imagination. Suddenly the media was descending on this little school of 1,700 students tucked away just north of Charlotte, wanting to know more about the team and capture this budding star in action.

Then, seemingly as quickly as it all happened, the ride ended. Curry is beginning his career in California with the Golden State Warriors and the quiet campus of Davidson has returned to its traditional state – and that is where this story begins.

When Davidson takes the floor for its season opener at Butler next Saturday there will be little fanfare for the visiting team. There will be no swarm of reporters, there will be no ESPN cameras and the five-second attention span of this country’s interest in the latest media darling will have moved elsewhere. All that means for 21st-year head coach Bob McKillop is earning praise and attention the old fashioned way – the end result.

‘You had a player that was so wonderful to watch, so talented, so engaging and so charismatic,’ McKillop says of Curry. ‘That player has left, so what is there that is going to attract people – we have to win, that’s the bottom line.’

Most aren’t expecting the victories to come as free flowing as they have in each of the last two seasons when the Wildcats won a combined 56 games. Davidson was projected to finish third in the Southern Conference’s South Division, receiving just one first place vote after having won the division each of the last three years.

No one around the program is surprised by the lowered expectations after losing Curry who led the nation in scoring as a junior. Rather than focusing on the tremendous void that will have to be collectively filled by the returning members of the roster, many of Davidson’s players are looking at this season as a chance to once again prove their doubters wrong.

‘Obviously with Steph here the last couple of years there have been a tremendous amount of expectations,’ says senior guard Bryant Barr. ‘When he declared for the draft those expectations for this season went right out the window. We have no pressure on us, we’re not supposed to be any good in conference, we’re supposed to be a lot worse of a team now that he’s gone. In one sense that’s nice to not have any weight on our shoulders, but we feel like we’re going to surprise a lot of people.’

Butler Davidson BasketballBarr states that the strength of this team which used to be the explosive scoring of their star guard, will now lie with the tremendous cohesiveness the team developed in the off-season. Davidson took a two week trip to Italy this summer where the team had an opportunity to get a jump on practice time while also competing against professional teams from several different countries. The experience helped to solidify a unit that had already been exceedingly close as a result of the improbable run of the previous two years.

Still, the challenge for this Davidson team will be quickly adapting to life after Curry and learning how to redefine the roles of each player. While many of the returning upperclassmen were often relegated to the supporting cast over each of the previous two seasons, there was never a sense of division on the team. Senior swingman Will Archambault says that it was the desire to put the team and the program first before personal gains that led to the storybook run for the Wildcats.

‘We knew we were a team and we all had our roles, there was never any resentment of Steph,’ Archambault says. ‘Whether your job was to be a practice player or anything else, we knew that you helped the team reach where we did.’

‘Steph is going to be irreplaceable. He’s a great guy, a great teammate and a great player. But the fact that he brought leadership to the team and he always knew how to act on and off the court benefitted us a lot.’

And the reverberations of that presence are something that will be felt for quite a while according to those around the program. Recruiting has benefitted greatly, with a solid freshman core joining the team this year, including top-50 shooting guard JP Kuhlman. As a whole the school has benefitted from Curry’s star power as well, reporting a record number of student applicants for entrance into the school following the 2008 Elite Eight run.

The immediate success of the basketball program in the Stephen Curry-era are a great source of pride for all involved, but Bob McKillop knows from his more than two decades of coaching that the true mark of greatness will be the ability to extend the accomplishments in a post-Curry world. No easy task.

‘That’s the hardest thing for a program at the mid-major level to do, stay consistent and endure year after year,’ McKillop says. ‘That’s what makes those BCS