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LeBron Approves As Ohio State’s Miller Does ‘The Silencer’ Move

By Nick Margiasso IV

In between breaks from watching FIBA Americas basketball all night on NBA TV, you may have briefly flipped over to watch the Ohio State football team play backyard video game football as they crushed Virginia Tech.

LeBron James was watching, too.

He was certainly watching when former QB-turned-WR Braxton Miller put on a show and remembered to stamp it by paying homage to the Cleveland’s King.

An impressed James nodded back.

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Klay Thompson hits a shot from halfcourt (while riding a bike)

By Jeff Case

There’s an old basketball adage that for a really great shooter, his shooting range starts where he enters the building. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson fits such a moniker (remember when he had 37 points in a quarter last season?) … and he made a little tweak to it, too.

Thompson’s range not only extends to just about any spot on the court, but he’s really good hitting shots on the move. And by on the move, we mean while pedaling a bike and launching it from half court …

Working on being more versatile this offseason S/o to @ttwersky for the dime in the shooting pocket

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Watch ‘The Shot’ from a new angle

By Jeff Case

Michael Jordan has a lengthy list of game-winners he drilled throughout his career. But perhaps his first/best known one was the basket he made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the decisive Game 5 of the first round in 1989.

Best known as ‘The Shot’, we can almost guarantee that you’ve seen the following clip before …

VIDEO: Michael Jordan dispatches the Cavaliers in 1989

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet/the Twitterverse, though, a NEW, court-level angle of MJ’s bucket is out there to delight Bulls fans (and further torment Cavs fans and Craig Ehlo) …

(h/t For The Win & @SneakerDave)


Bonner beats Scalabrine in a game of Knockout

By Jeff Case

Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs is heading into his 12th NBA season. Brian Scalabrine hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011-12, but crafted an 11-year career in the league. Both players were second-round picks, both sport red hair, both are/were fan favorites on whatever teams they played and both sport “Mamba” nicknames (Bonner is the “Red Mamba”; Scalabrine is the “White Mamba”).

They’ve got some stuff in common, basically.

Both were in attendance for a Seeds of Peace charity event and played each other in the classic schoolyard game, Knockout. The showdown lasted nearly 10 minutes, according to the San Antonio Express-News, with Bonner emerging as the champ. And even though Bonner is still an active player, the game apparently took a lot out of him (and Scalabrine) …

(h/t Bleacher Report & CBSSports)



Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp (again)

By Jeff Case

Two years ago, we brought you video of Oklahoma City Thunder star and NBA MVP Kevin Durant blocking little kids’ shots at his summer camp. Last season was mighty frustrating for Durant as he missed two-thirds of 2014-15 with nagging foot injuries/surgeries. But, good news — he recently told our Fran Blinebury that he’s feeling good, is on the mend and looking forward to 2015-16.

So, shouldn’t KD take it easy on the kiddos at his camp this summer. Not a chance, apparently …

Stop it, Dwight Howard … you’re making us hungry

By Jeff Case

According to the Waffle House website, the breakfast-focused restaurant got its start on Labor Day of 1955 in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates. Since then, the restaurant has grown into a national chain known for, of course, waffles, and other a.m. fare.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, an Atlanta native, detailed in an interview with’s Ken Berger two years ago how, in an effort to revamp his diet, eliminated almost all grain products from his diet.

Q: Did you also eliminate a lot of grain products – pasta, bread and stuff?

A: Oh, no bread.

Q: You don’t eat bread at all?

A: No bread. Pasta maybe once or twice a week. I don’t eat a lot of steak, so it’s fish and chicken and stuff like that. I had to relearn how to eat on game days, and for a minute it took a while to get used to. They would tell us that we would have to eat at lunch and don’t eat until after the game. So that’s like a long break from 12 o’clock to not eating until after the game. That’s when we found out that almonds were a good way to burn fat and they really help you in games when you have those almonds. I couldn’t eat as much as I wanted to, and I hated that.

Well, it’s the offseason and we’re all allowed to cheat a little bit on our diets, right? Howard posted photos of himself on Instagram demolishing not one, but TWO, breakfasts at Waffle House …

Waffle House is life. 💯

A photo posted by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on

All done. Rd 2 coming u digg. 💯

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Oh ok.

A photo posted by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on

(h/t FTW)


Hawks’ Bazemore tries hand at pro tennis

By Nick Margiasso IV,

So, the NBA offseason means downtime away from the court, right? Not exactly for the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore.

The Atlanta guard headed across town to the BB&T Atlanta Open, a top-tier professional tennis tournament in midtown Atlanta, to try his hand at the sport with a fuzzier ball.

Bazemore took on top U.S. tennis star and four-time NCAA champion Steve Johnson on a mini court to test his mettle in a sport he’s apparently started to take up. It wasn’t a total rigged playing field for Bazemore, though, as he also challenged the former USC Trojans tennis star to a best-of-three horse competition on a mini-mobile court set up at the tournament in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station.

Outside an early string of nice shooting by Johnson, Bazemore pulled away in the end though because, well, he plays in the NBA.

“I had to bring my ‘A’ game, he was pretty good,” Bazemore said of Johnson and his hoops stroke. “He got out here and shot so well that I had to turn it on and lock in to take him.”



2015 NBA Summer League Marathon

7:02 a.m. ET — Here we go again. It’s that time of year when the stars are aligned, when the moon is in its proper season, and when, for one glorious day, we get a full day of live NBA action. That’s right, it’s the day when the Orlando Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League overlap, when we get almost 17 consecutive hours of live NBA action. Like we’ve done a few times in the past, I’ll be here live-blogging along all day. Well, almost all day.

First up! We get the final games of the Orlando Summer League, and the day’s action will build to something of a crescendo tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with what should be a great primetime match-up of 2015 lottery picks, as D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just for the heck of it, after that game we get an NBA Finals rematch, as the Cavs’ and Warriors’ summer league teams will square off at 10:30 PM ET.

So settle in, get your popcorn ready (or your oatmeal or cereal or whatever appropriate breakfast foods you prefer) and let’s watch some basketball! I’ll be checking in throughout the day, up until tonight, when my shift ends at 5 p.m. and I’m replaced by some fresh fingers here on the live blog to carry you through the evening hours.

Leading off the morning, we have the Clippers against the Thunder at 8 a.m. ET on NBA TV, in is the battle for fifth place in Orlando. You have questions? Comments? Thoughts? Drop them in the comments below and let’s talk. Either way, we’ve got a marathon ahead of us. Let’s watch some NBA Summer League action. See ya again here in about an hour or so …

7:28 a.m. ET — So what should you be watching for when Summer League play gets rolling in Las Vegas tonight? We’re glad you asked …

Shumpert switches it up for the summer

By Jeff Case

Few players in the NBA have as recognizable of a hairstyle as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. For several seasons now, he’s been rocking the “Gumby” haircut (shown below), which is basically a really big flat top.

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert is/was a free agent this summer, but reportedly reached a deal with the Cavs to the tune of four years and $40 million. So, it is understandable he’s living it up a little bit this summer and decided why not change the hairdo, too. TMZSPorts caught up with Shumpert, who has a decidedly new look …


Jason Williams (still) making defenders look just plain silly

By Jeff Case

Last time we wrote about former NBA lottery pick, NBA champion and ball-handling phenom Jason Williams in this space, it was two years ago when he was making guys look silly in a league in China. He’s back this time thanks to a highlight reel of his moves at a pro-am in Orlando, where he’s once again diming, dribbling and scoring like he did during his NBA glory days (and doing so at 39 years old, mind you) …