For players lucky enough to participate, All-Star weekend is a balanced mixture of relaxation, fun, self-promotion, and a valuable opportunity to collect lifelong memories. For Brandon Knight, that last part is most depressing. For Kyrie Iring, well, by the time his career’s all said and done it’ll be the most insignificant footnote.
As long as he plays for the Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans will be an overlooked waste of basketball talent. His repute as a lane-slashing positive impact has fallen so drastically in the last three seasons that the one-time formality of Sacramento inking him to a second contract has dwindled from “obvious,” to the strong possibility that whoever owns the team six months from now won’t be signing his pay checks.
Evans is a talented, supremely athletic guard who tricked us all into thinking he was Russell Westbrook or Derrick Rose before Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose launched themselves into the sport’s stratosphere. While he routinely gets to the rim with similar ease, Evans’ ability to elevate his teammate’s level of play (ie passing the basketball) has managed to get worse instead of better. Read more…
A 24 point, 14 rebound, 14 assist triple double? Check. Connecting on a three-point dart with the game on the line to force a third overtime? Check. Dropping Danilo Gallinari square on his tush with the filthiest step back between the legs crossover of 2013? Yes sir, check and mate.
This will go down as the In-N-Out Burger of ankle shattering moves. (Ray Felton supporters: I promise that’s not a fat joke! Well, actually, it kinda is. Sorry!)
Earlier today, ESPN Insider’s Neil Paine beautifully broke down whether or not Heat center Chris Bosh is worthy of the Hall of Fame. You can either read it (suggested), OR look at the clip above and laugh the heartiest laugh. (After you finish laughing you should probably still read the article. It’s really good.)
John Wall is back, and Ish Smith was the last to know.
In one of the more fascinating individual match-ups you’ll see all season, Avery Bradley (a top 3 on-ball perimeter defender) guarded James Harden (one of the four or five hardest perimeter players to defend in the league) for much of Friday night’s Rockets/Celtics game. For the most part, Bradley stifled Harden better than anybody yet this year. But as we all know, it’s an offensive player’s league. That’s why this happened. Afterwards it was unanimously decided by me that both players are still elite in the area they’re known for being dominant.
This play is the definition of putting a defender on skates.
You really can’t describe Jamal Crawford’s handles with words, or read descriptions of his movement on a laptop screen and expect to absorb what he did. I won’t even take a stab at trying. Just watch the clip, and know that until further notice, Crawford is the NBA’s King of the Crossover.