Dwight Howard donning a Superman costume, Blake Griffin posterizing a sedan, harlequin mascots being used as hurdles - the NBA Slam Dunk Contest has recently mutated into a bizarre circus. What once used to be an unparalleled exhibition of pure athleticism, featuring some of the greatest competitors to ever play the game, has now become merely a platform for product placement and decaffeinated showmanship. It’s not even called “the NBA Slam Dunk Contest” anymore; it’s officially referred to as the “Verizon Slam Dunk”. So where did we go wrong?
With All-Star voting preparing to close in the coming days and the rosters set to be revealed on January 25th during NBA on TNT’s pregame coverage of Wizards-Thunder, the debate over the rosters continues to intensify. Although before the season it seemed as though the Western Conference would have some gut wrenching snubs while the East would be scraping for bench warmers to have on their team, it’s turned out to be an absolutely loaded crop in both conferences. With the emergence on young stars like Victor Oladipo and Kristaps Porzingis the East hasn’t been as star-less as many assumed it would be going into the season. There will surely be some brutal snubs in both conferences this year. In fact, this may be the most loaded crop of All-Stars in the last decade. Here are the picks:
After a miserable first half consisting of missed open shots, layups, and overall bad basketball, the Celtics found a way to make another 20-plus point 2nd half comeback to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday afternoon in London winning their 7th straight game.
Who’s the greatest British basketball player of all-time? Trick question - there’s no such thing. I joke. Despite the ostensible lack of relevancy, there are actually a handful of NBA players who hail from the London area. To commemorate the upcoming NBA London game, let’s take a look at a few of the most impactful of those NBA players who came over from across the way.
Early on in the NBA season, it seemed as if Sixers' rookie Ben Simmons had locked up the NBA's Rookie of the Year award for the 2017-18 season. However, here at the mid-way mark, that has seemed to change. There are multiple players in true contention for the honor, including the Celtics very own, Jayson Tatum.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for Anthony Davis isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Why, you ask? Because Boston simply has not seen Tatum’s ceiling, nor Brown’s ceiling quite yet. Though a compelling one, the trade would be inherently unfair. One party has a coherent scouting report on the player that they’re receiving; the other has nothing but phantasmal projections. And what good are those?
The Celtics have officially hit the halfway point of the season finishing their first 41 games with a record of 31-10. They were the first team in the NBA to hit the 41 game mark and before they head into the second half of the season, it’s time to look back on the first half that was and give out some team and individual grades. Here are the Celtics first half grades:
Terry Rozier outscored "The King," LeBron James, last night. Yes you read that correctly. LeBron dropped in 19 points, while Rozier tallied 20 points in the Boston Celtics 102-88 win over Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
The Paul Pierce comparison is coherent and obvious, but there is another great, bordering on legendary, Celtics player whom Jayson Tatum could learn from. Appropriately enough, this guy was the ying to Pierce’s yang - the one to his two. He was a hard-nosed gamer and a Tom Heinsohn favorite, earning “Tommy Points” inestimable throughout the course of his lengthy NBA career.