So these dunks from the Bradley League are quite good

I never heard of the Bradley League but apparently there’s one thing the players are really good at – dunking the ball with authority.

With the new NBA season inching closer and closer, why not take time to enjoy a collection of nasty dunks to get you ready for the real deal come October.

Seriously, these players have no mercy for the rim.

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Our favorite discarded court ideas

We hit the doldrums of September. With the FIBA World Cup ending, we will really have nothing to talk about. So, thank you Zach Lowe for ranking the NBA court designs and filling our days with something fun to talk about. Lowe went with the classic Lakers and Celtics courts as the best in the […]

James Harden loses his man. . . just a little bit

James Harden is not known for his defense. It has become a favorite Internet meme. But . . .

So . . . that is not very good defense.

Fortunately Team USA is dominating Serbia thanks to Harden’s offense and Kyrie Irving’s incredible performance from beyond the arc.

No video yet of Harden flying out of his shoes to contest a 3-point shot . . . without a pump fake or shot being taken.

[Mike Prada, SB Nation]

NBA rookies really don’t know their NBA 2K15 ratings

NBA 2K15 ratings are a big deal.

In fact, they might be bigger than the game itself.

Where a player ranks on this video game rating system gets fans talking. Did so-and-so get the right rating? How come someone got a bigger rating than this player? It definitely creates debate and now the upcoming freshman class of the 2014 NBA season try their hand at guessing their NBA 2K15 rating.

Needless to say, a majority failed miserably.

Carmelo Anthony: Nobody would go to Atlanta now

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[There] ain’t nobody [who] would want to go there. At the end of the day, Atlanta … I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.

Atlanta is a great city, a great market, great people, great atmosphere. But as far as the comments were made, I think it was uncalled for. From an owner, from a GM, those are not things you play with.

As a player, as an athlete, we’re looking for a job, we’re trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment, but those comments right there, we would never look at. I’m speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don’t care what it is.”

–Carmelo Anthony to Tim Bontemps of The New York Post

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U.S. Boogies to World Cup gold

At one point, DeMarcus Cousins was on the bubble to make the U.S. roster. No one really had any idea what to expect from the U.S. as they made their roster selections, but many believed they would elect to go small. It became clearer though that the U.S. was anticipating that matchup against big and […]

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Has Adam Silver made his first mistake? On sleep?

It is hard to argue that Adam Silver’s tenure as commissioner of the NBA since February has been anything but flawless. Since taking over for David Stern, Silver has shown a willingness to take on new ideas and approach longtime problems in the NBA with fresh ideas. He has been willing to listen to players […]

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Team USA needs to take care of business on Sunday in FIBA Championship

On Thursday afternoon, in their semifinal game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Team USA destroyed Lithuania — with current NBAers Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas — by the score of 96-68 in yet another easy victory, the US’s eighth of the tournament. Kyrie Irving led the way with 18 points while James Harden and […]

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Audio of Hawks’ Danny Ferry’s alleged racist remarks emerge

Well this did not take long. By now everyone knows what is going on with the Hawks. Instead of dealing with a new season, they are dealing with allegations of racism among the team owner and general manager Danny Ferry. And now you can hear exactly what Ferry said (allegedly) in the audio below. Of course Ferry […]

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FIBA World Cup Upset Alert: France defeats Spain

It was thought to be another Team USA vs. Team Spain matchup for gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Well so much for jumping to conclusions and dismissing other teams. Team France came into the tourney limping. No Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Kevin Seraphin, Nando De Colo. They were counted out as legit threats […]

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The Hawks got one thing right — their new court

It is a bad news week for the Atlanta Hawks. This will likely not lessen that blow or keep the franchise from succumbing to the turmoil it is currently in. We can find one bright spot though. And we are going to celebrate it as historians of the game. The Philips Arena court is getting […]

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Spurs have brightest future, according to ESPN

ESPN released their updated “Future Power Rankings” on Tuesday and, surprisingly, the Spurs have the brightest future in the league. Of course, you say, the Spurs are on top. They are the defending champions and with everyone returning they have a really good chance to win again. I would tell you that you are right. […]

Luol Deng responds to Hawks racist scouting report

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“HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”

 “These words were recently used to describe me.  It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just “a little”. For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.”

–Luol Deng

[Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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NBA expected to renew broadcast deal for $2 billion

Every free agent in the NBA has had an eye on next summer and the summer after. That explains why LeBron James took a one-year deal with a player option for the second. It is because he, and everyone associated with the league, knew what was coming down the pike. The market is set and […]

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Hawks’ strange situation gets a little stranger

Over the weekend, news was made over how Atlanta Hawks co-owner, Bruce Levenson, was going to sell his share in the team over some reportedly racist emails he sent a few years ago. Considering the entire Donald Sterling situation of this past year, the report was certainly intriguing. One of the emails, posted here by […]

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