19 Sep

The Best NBA Dunker at Every Position

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Nothing better captures the absurdity of NBA athleticism than a rim-rocking dunk.

Monster jams ignite arenas, cause viral chaos and, in some cases, even bring about game-changing momentum shifts.

In essence, these are aerial acrobatics performed by supersized, world-class athletes. Each should probably be considered a sight to behold. But as any hoops fan can attest, it takes a special kind of slam to get you out of your seat.

10 Jul

Why Hornets believe point guard Terry Rozier is worth $58 million the next 3 years

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The $58 million point guard Terry Rozier will make over the next three years is now the largest financial obligation on the Charlotte Hornets’ books.

What persuaded general manager Mitch Kupchak to invest so much in Rozier, who has started only 30 games in his previous four NBA seasons?

“One thing I know: Nobody is going to outwork him. Nobody is going to play harder than him.” Kupchak said during a conference call with Charlotte media Saturday night. “He loves to play defense, He’s a great worker. I believe he can score in this league. He’s got the physical tools.”

Kupchak and coach James Borrego flew to Ohio on Wednesday to meet with Rozier. That was after Rozier agreed to terms but before he could sign the deal on Saturday.

06 Feb

KEVIN KNOX ADDED TO NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

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A shred of light was cast upon the dreadful Knicks on Wednesday when rookie Kevin Knox was named an injury replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge.

In replacing injured Lonzo Ball, Knox will join newly acquired Dennis Smith Jr., who is in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend. Knox originally was snubbed as just three rookies were selected for the U.S. team for the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15. The game features the NBA’s best rookies and sophomores.
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30 Jan

TERRY ROZIER KEEPS THRIVING WHEN CALLED UPON AS STARTER

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BOSTON — After the display, he put on down the stretch last season, it’s not the most well-kept secret that Terry Rozier can more than aptly serve as a starter.

With Kyrie Irving still sidelined due to a left hip strain, Rozier started for the second straight game. The result was the 24-year-old posting his first double-double of the season and third of his career in a 126-94 throttling of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Rozier dropped 17 points with a team-high 10 assists, adding five rebounds and three steals.
Some teams struggle to find one suitable guard to run their offense, but the Celtics are in the enviable position of having one of the best in the game in Irving, plus a reserve in Rozier who would start on many other NBA teams.
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29 Jan

HORNETS’ J.P. MACURA DROPS GAME-HIGH 30 POINTS

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Macura totaled 30 points (13-21 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and six steals in 41 minutes Saturday against Delaware.

Macura shot an impressive 61.9 percent from the field and contributed across the board in a 111-105 comeback victory. The former Musketeer continues to impress in the G League this season, as he’s averaging 15.1 points along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals through 22 contests (21 starts).
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29 Jan

DWYANE WADE OFFERS ADVICE TO DERRICK JONES JR. ON DEALING WITH BONE BRUISES

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As Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. prepares for at least a six-week absence due to two bone bruises in his right knee, he can look no further than veteran 37-year-old teammate Dwyane Wade on how to deal with the injury.

Wade, in his 16th and final season, has had a history with bone bruises, battling through it during Miami’s 2013 run to the Heat’s third title.

“Just take his time to get back,” Wade said at Heat practice on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday night’s home game against the Chicago Bulls. “That’s something you don’t want to come back too soon, and you have to deal with it because it takes bone bruises a while to heal. For you to be healthy and do the things you want to do on the court, you want to make sure that you’re fully healthy.”
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15 Jan

CAVS SIGN DENG ADEL TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Deng Adel to a Two-Way contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today.

Adel (6-7, 200) has played in 25 games (24 starts) this season for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.6 minutes per game. He played three years collegiately at Louisville, where he averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game over 89 games (71 starts). The Khartoum, South Sudan native originally went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.
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13 Jan

DERRICK JONES JR. CHANGES THE HEAT

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There hasn’t been an invitation to this year’s Slam Dunk Contest yet, but Derrick Jones Jr.’s athleticism has earned him something else.

A spot in the Heat’s rotation.

After starting the season as a situational player, Jones has become a consistent part of Miami’s rotation because of his athleticism and versatility on both ends of the court. Entering Tuesday’s contest against the Bucks that kicks off a four-game trip for the Heat (21-20), the 6-foot-7 forward has played in 17 of the past 18 games.

Jones, a 21-year-old who went undrafted out of UNLV in 2016, has found a skill he can excel with the help of his leaping ability and persistence. Nicknamed “Airplane Mode” because of his high-flying game, Jones has turned himself into one of the NBA’s top offensive rebounders at his position.
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