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AnyForty x Basketball Reigns Supreme x OhNoes: Basketball Movies Never Looked so Good November 28, 2015 13:15

AnyForty x Basketball Reigns Supreme x Mr OhNoes

It might be the weekend when Black Friday / Cyber Monday cause retail havoc, but that hasn't stopped us knuckling down and dropping one of the coolest t-shirts we've ever had the pleasure to stock.

Our in-house Basketball Reigns Supreme brand has teamed up with streetwear veteran, AnyForty, and Melbourne-based artist, Mr OhNoes, to craft the perfect homage to all the greatest basketball movies ever made!

The amount of detail that has gone into the collaboration is crazy, as Mr Ohnoes pieces together some of the most iconic basketball movie scenes from the likes of White Men Can't Jump, Space Jam, Blue Chips, Above the Rim and many more.

The t-shirt is the first in a brand new series that will be released over the course of the next few months. Each t-shirt will feature the work of a different artist, and pull from the iconography and visual themes of our great sport. Keep an eye out for more coming soon, but in the meantime, check out the 'Movies' tee below and see if you can name them all. 

AnyForty x Basketball Reigns Supreme x Oh Noes

AnyForty x Basketball Reigns Supreme x OhNoes

AnyForty x Basketball Megastore Reigns Supreme x OhNoes

AnyForty x Basketball Reigns Supreme x OhNoes

Harden's 50 Points Pushes 76ers to Worst Record in U.S. Professional Sports November 28, 2015 12:45

James Harden 50 Points

The Philadelphia 76ers were plunged into the professional sports record books last night for all the wrong reasons, thanks to a 50 point game from Houston’s James Harden.

The Sixers have lost 17 straight games to start this NBA season, which is just one away from matching an NBA-worst record start of 0-18, which is held by the New Jersey Nets. Overall, the Sixers have lost 27 games in a row, which is the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history.

What probably makes that harder to take is that they only lost to the Houston Rockets last night by two points, after rallying from an 11-point deficit at the start of the 4th quarter. They opened that quarter on a 24-8 run, but unfortunately they couldn’t hold that lead.

Robert Covington had 28 points and 8 steals of Philadelphia, while rookie Jahlil Okafor had 11 points ad 6 rebounds.

The Rockets, however, were having one of their best shooting nights, going 52% from the field as a team, including 11-20 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 14 points and 13 rebounds, but it was Harden who truly lit things up on the night.

Harden had 50 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists on 14-28 from the field and 16-20 from the free throw line. This was his 3rd career game with 50 or more points.

The 76ers are in Memphis tomorrow to see if they can prevent another negative record being added to the pile, while the Rockets will hope to keep the win tally on the up as they visit New York.

Jason Kidd Gets Ejected For Slapping Ball From Ref November 26, 2015 15:24

Jason Kidd slaps the ball away from the ref

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was ejected late in the game against Sacramento last night, for slapping the basketball away from referee Zach Zarba.

We all know Jason Kidd is second all-time on the NBA steals list, but come on, steals don't count when you're retired.

Check out how the incident happen and watch as he has to be restrained by his players.

The league is likely to fine Kidd for acting like a kid, sorry for the pun. He's also got a good chance of getting suspended.

Golden State Warriors Break Record for Best Start to an NBA Season at 16-0 November 25, 2015 15:52

Warriors 16-0

The Golden State Warriors have made NBA history by going 16-0 to start their 2015/16 campaign. That gives them the best ever start to an NBA season.

The Warriors passed the 1948/49 Washington Capitols and the 1993/94 Houston Rockets, who both had 15-0 starts in those seasons, but they’re not letting their hot start go to their heads. “It’s a special accomplishment any time you can do something that hasn’t been done before,” Steph Curry said to the press after the game. “[But] it’s not going to be total dominance for 82 games.”

Warriors stand-in head coach, Luke Walton, commented along the same lines, saying that “Eventually we will lose. It’s natural to let down at some point.”

Despite the Warriors laid back response to breaking the record for the best start to an NBA season, their performance on the court once again had players on the opposing team feeling frustrated at their current dominance. After the Warriors beat the LA Lakers 111-77 last night to break the record, Kobe Bryant said “I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn’t have made a damn difference.”

Those comments came after Bryant posted one of the worse performances of his career. He shot just 1 of 14 and had only 4 points for the Lakers, who now have the second worst record in the league at 2-12, just ahead of the so-far winless 0-15 Philadelphia 76ers.

The Lakers as a whole didn’t shoot much better than Kobe. Jordan Clarkson was 2-11 from the field, Roy Hibbert was 0-2 and Nick Young was 3-10. The team combined for a 37.8% field goal percentage.

The Warriors weren’t perfect last night either, it took a few minutes for them to get things going. Kay Thompson struggled initially, missing his first 7 shots. The Warriors as a whole missed 5 of their first 6 shots.

Not that it ultimately mattered. Steph Curry sat down late in the 3rd quarter, and didn’t even have to play in the 4th since the Warriors were so far ahead.

Now the Warriors might be looking ahead at some other NBA records that possible to break by this group of guys. The record for number of straight wins is 33, while the record for total wins in a single season is 72.

Next up for the Warriors is an away game to play the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Let’s see if they can keep the streak running.

K1X Fast Break Pack - Pay Homage to the Fast Break November 20, 2015 12:17

K1X Fast Break Pack

The newest drop of apparel has just arrived from K1X in the form of the K1X Fast Break Pack - a trio of long-sleeved t-shirts that pay homage to one of the most beautiful plays in the game of basketball.

Taking visual cues from NASCAR and motor racing brands, to capture themes of speed and fast-paced thrills, the t-shirts are a graphic homage to a play that epitomises all that we love about the game of basketball. The speed, the creativity, hustle, team play, and buckets!

Check out the Fast Break pack below and pay homage to the Fast Break!

K1X Fast Break 1993 Longsleeve

K1X Fast Break 1993 Longsleeve
K1X Coast2Coast Longsleeve
K1X Coast2Coast Longsleeve
K1X Fast Break Longsleeve
K1X Fast Break Longsleeve

Cavaliers Clinch Win After Doubts Cast Over Their Hunger and Toughness November 20, 2015 11:22

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James has been vocal in recent days about his teams heart and toughness, saying that they lost to Golden State in the finals, and the Warriors still look more hungry than they are. Apparently the Cavaliers took that to heart.

Having lost their previous two games, James and the Cavs picked up a win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, and looked like a team who wanted that win.

James, who was looking super retro with his new moustache and wearing a late 1970’s, early 1980’s throwback Cleveland uniform, had 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. He was followed by Kevin Love, who had a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Speaking after the game, James said; “This is how we need to play. There’s no ifs ands or buts. I think we answered the call on what we talked about. We’re just trying to get better.”

The Cavaliers were no doubt happy to avenge the overtime loss that they faced against the Bucks last week, but the Bucks weren’t content to let the Cavaliers walk all over them. Milwaukee battled from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter to cut the lead to 5 by late in the third.

Gianni Antetokounmpo led his team with a career-high 33 points on 12 of 15 shooting and making all 8 of his free-throws. Greg Monroe had 17 points and 8 rebounds, while the newly returned Jabari Parker had 14 points and 3 rebounds.

In the end though, the Cavaliers had the psychological, and physical edge to get the win - they held the Bucks to a franchise low 22 rebounds in the game.


The Cavaliers are now 9-3 on the season, putting them on top in the Eastern Conference.

DeRozen Posterizes Rudy Gobert | Gobert Takes Down a Twitter Troll November 19, 2015 16:39

DeMar DeRozen Posterizes Rudy Gobert

The Toronto Raptors might have lost to the Utah Jazz last night, but DeMar DeRozen made sure he has some fun anyway.

In the 4th quarter he ran at the basket and dunked over 7-foot-1 Jazz centre, Rudy Gobert. Check it out:

To be fair, Gobert held his hands up on Twitter afterwards and made light of the situation… 

 …only to then be trolled by this guy.

Hilariously though, Gobert had the last laugh of all with this comeback tweet that put the Twitter troll down once and for all. 

 Posters, Twitter trolls and Dragon Ball Z… just your standard night in the NBA.

Houston Gets Overtime Win vs Portland as Harden Fills the Stat Sheet November 19, 2015 15:44

Most of us were still reeling over the firing of Houston Rockets head coach, Kevin McHale, as the team took to the court against the Portland Trail Blazers last night.

The Rockets put in a performance that, for the most part, explains why the team started the season 4-7. Bad shooting, lots of mistakes and poor team play. Dwight Howard even managed to book himself an almost guaranteed spot on this weeks Shaqtin-a-Fool, after getting blocked by the rim on what should have been an easy alley-oop.

Portland were up at the half, and the Rockets came out to miss 7 of their first 11 shots in the 3rd quarter, so we really should have expected the Trail Blazers to put this away, right? Not exactly.

Houston went on a 31-5 run in the 4th quarter, to bring the game back to 2 points, and Corey Brewer sunk a running 3-pointer at the close of regulation to finally send the game to overtime.

James Harden put the game away in overtime for a 108 - 103 Rockets win, avoiding a fifth straight loss.

Despite the all-round poor play from Houston, Harden managed to sneak in 45 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. He became the first player in NBA history to put up those numbers in a single game since the NBA started recording steals in 1973.

Probably summing up the game, Portland coach, Terry Stotts said; “In the NBA, strange things can happen. We weren’t able to close it out, and Corey Brewer hits a one-legged runner from the logo, and that’s the way it goes.”

Breaking: Houston Rockets Fire Head Coach Kevin McHale November 18, 2015 15:22

Houston Rockets Fire Kevin McHale

News is breaking, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that the Houston Rockets have sacked head coach, Kevin McHale, after the Rockets go 4-7 to start the season.  

 The Rockets reportedly held a players-only meeting recently after losing straight games, and now it would seem that the franchise have rushed to take action and get things back on track. 

It's reported that J.B. Bickerstaff will take the position of interim head coach, while Chris Finch will move up to assistant head coach. 

No doubt more to come on this. 

While discussions continue about why the Rockets aren't winning, do you think now is the right time to review those video's of James Harden's non-existent defence this season? I think so:

Knicks Fans Cheer Kristaps Porzingis on to Career High 29 Points and 11 Rebounds November 18, 2015 15:05

Kristaps Porzingis

When New York Knicks fans booed at the Barclays Center on Draft Night, as their team drafted Kristaps Porzingis 4th overall, we felt bad for the doe-eyed Latvian 7-footer. Now, there’s no need.

Less than a month into the season, and the fans aren’t booing anymore, in fact, the whole of Madison Square Garden was cheering Porzingis on to a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds last night against the Charlotte Hornets.

Sure there are guys out there putting up bigger numbers, but this stat is coming from a rookie who was a bit of an unknown coming to the season in terms of what he would bring to the team.

Plus he’s doing it in New York, which is a notoriously tough place to make your name, as Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony pointed out after last nights game; “It’s tough playing here in New York, especially for a guy who never did it, a guy who knows nothing about New York. So I want him to succeed.”

Just under a week ago, Porzingis has a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Charlotte wiped off the scoreboard by the referees. The disappointment of that, and the loss to boot, were hard to take for the youngster, but it also made last nights 102-94 win over the Hornets all the sweeter.

Check out Porzingis in action from last night and here's to hoping he can continue to get better and do good things in New York:

James Harden Joins Forces with Stance for His Own Line of Socks & Underwear November 17, 2015 15:33

James Harden Stance

Last month, SLAM dropped reports that James Harden was going to hook up with Stance, and now the news is official! The Beard has become the latest superstar to drop ink with the hottest sock brand around, and by the sounds of it, they're taking things to the next level. 

Stance become the official NBA sock supplier as of the 2015-16 NBA season, and so far, the NBA socks that they've released have been awesome. Harden already gets down to business wearing the new NBA Houston Rockets signature socks.

In joining up with Stance, James Harden joins names like Allen Iverson, Klay Thompson, Andre Drummond, Chandler Parsons and Dwaye Wade, who are all ambassadors of the Stance cause. 

Like Wade, Harden is going to get his very own line of signature Stance socks but he's also stepping out into his own line of underwear. This will also be the first time that Stance has had a bash at producing underwear.

Via SLAM, this is what Stance are saying:

Today Stance announced James Harden has joined its Stance roster as a Punk & Poet. As part of the deal, Harden will release signature lines of Stance socks, as well as Stance underwear – a new product category for the company that’s behind the official sock of the NBA.
“I’ve been a fan of Stance for as long as I’ve known about them,” said Harden. “I’m excited to officially kick this thing off.”
The 26-year-old shooting guard for the Houston Rockets is the first Punk & Poet to represent both the sock and the new men’s underwear category for Stance.
“From his off-court style to his on-court game, James is a perfect fit for Stance,” said Clarke Miyasaki, Executive Vice President of Business Development.
Stance unveiled its very first season of underwear styles today on The collection exemplifies Stance’s uncommon approach to everyday essentials with fabric technology that’s made from milk protein. Called the Butter Blend, the fabric is extraordinarily soft, nourishes the skin and provides odor-resistant properties. Feather Seam panels help eliminate irritation from stitching, while Stance’s Core-Flex elastic waistbands wick moisture and keep things from slipping out of place. The underwear comes in both boxer and brief styles. 

Curry Hits 46 as Golden State Go For a Franchise Best 10-0 Start November 13, 2015 15:00

Steph Curry Goes for 46, Warriors Are 10-0

After last nights win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors are now 10-0 on the season, making them only the 4th team in NBA history to start a season with at least 10 straight wins after being crowned Champions.

This 10-0 start is also the best start to a season in Warriors franchise history, and Steph Curry is looking like he’s out to try and break a few records again this season. Curry’s 46 points last night gave him his 3rd 40-point game this season, and his 52 made 3-pointers so far are putting him on course to break his own record of 3-pointers made in a season…again.

The Warriors chief playmaker, and sharp shooter, opened the game with 21 points in the first quarter - his 4th 20-point quarter so far this season. To put that into perspective - Russell Westbrook led the league in 20-point quarters last season, with 4 total. Curry has had 4 in 10 games.

In a show of frustration, which must be held through much of the league, Minnesota’s Shabazz Muhammad said of guarding Curry, “When you get up on him, he just shoots the ball from farther. It looked like he was shooting from dang near half court.

Shabazz himself had 16 points, with Andrew Wiggins scoring 19 and Karl-Anthony Towns picking up 17 points and 11 rebounds in a game where the Timberwolves fought back hard against the Warriors.

Unfortunately for them, the Warriors have so far proved unstoppable.

While Curry has been an offensive wizard so for this season, there’s also been a lot of talk about just how effective he his for his team when he hasn’t even got the ball. His effectiveness on the court means that he draws so much attention from the defence, that just by being as far away from the ball as possible, he opens up a lot of space for his teammates to get easy buckets. So whether he’s got the ball or not, his team is benefitting.

Last night, Draymond Green benefitted to the tune of 23 points, 12 assts and 8 rebounds, as well as 2 steals and 2 blocks. Kay Thompson had 15 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 and Festus Ezeli had 10.

Next up for the Warriors is Brooklyn in Oakland on Saturday, where they’ll no doubt be odds on to make this an 11-0 start to the season.

Watch every basket that Curry made last night:

Uncle Drew is Back for a Game of HORSE With Ray Allen & Baron Davis! November 12, 2015 16:45

Uncle Drew Chapter 4 Baron Davis Ray Allen

Kyrie Irving is back as Uncle Drew for chapter 4, and this time he’s brought along some faces that we’ve been missing in the NBA.

Uncle Drew has got an old score to settle in Miami, and ends up playing a game of HORSE against his old nemesis, Walt, who is played by non-other than Ray Allen.

Walt gets some in-game backing from J.B. Smoove as 'Angelo' while Uncle Drew gets some support from Baron Davis, as mobility-scooter-bound 'Louis'.

Check it out:

Timberwolves Narrowly Avoid Disaster as Wiggins Ties Career-High with 33 Points November 10, 2015 17:24

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins, the 1st pick from the 2014 NBA draft, was showing some pedigree last night after tying his career-high in scoring, with 33 points, to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks.

Wiggins became the youngest player in Timberwolves history to put up back-to-back 30-point performances and looked like he was having a blast doing it, if this huge dunk over Paul Millsap was anything to go by.

That being said, the Timberwolves almost wrote themselves into the NBA record books for the wrong reasons. At one point, Minnesota was up by 34 points, only for them to allow Atlanta to come all the way back to just 1 point behind with 3:26 left in the game.

If the Hawks had gone on to win, that would have been one of the biggest collapses in NBA history on the part of the Timberwolves. Wiggins scored 7 straight points after the Hawks brought the deficit to just a single point, to ensure a Timberwolves win, but it was close.

The last time a team overcame a 34 point deficit to win, was the Utah Jazz against the Denver Nuggets in 1996.

Luckily Minnesota avoided joining that stat, and chalking up the biggest blown lead in franchise history.

Karl-Anthony Towns, the 1st pick in the 2015 NBA draft, had Wiggins back in the game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go with 3 blocks in the game.

The Hawks really battled in his one though, with Jeff Teague leading them with 24 points, 9 assists and 3 blocks of his own. Paul Millsap followed with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Detroit Pistons Beat Portland After Top Performances from Jackson & Drummond November 09, 2015 16:31

Reggie Jackson / Andre Drummond

The Detroit Pistons have gotten their 2015/16 NBA campaign off to a promising start, and last nights game against the Portland Trail Blazers was certainly one to be proud of.

After being down by as many as 18 points in the second half of the game, the Pistons battled back to beat Portland 120 - 103, thanks to yet another 20-20 game from Andre Drummond and career-high 40 points from Reggie Jackson.

Jackson made the move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Pistons so that he could take a leading role at a franchise that needed him, and boy did Detroit need him last night.

He scored 26 points in the fourth quarter alone on his way to a high-flying 40 on the night. Stick 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals onto that and you can see how important this guy is to his team.

Another guy that Detroit couldn’t be without is Drummond, who had 29 points and 27 rebounds last night, meaning that he’s averaged a crazy 20.3 points and 20.3 rebounds so far this season.

These two have been instrumental in getting the Pistons off to a 5-1 start this year - their best start to a season since 2007-08, and last nights game was the first time that Detroit had won in Portland since 2007.

Check out the game highlights below, and be sure to keep an eye on these two for the rest of this season.

Molten BBL Player & Coach of the Month Awards Announced for October November 04, 2015 12:07

With the first month of the BBL season under our belts, the first player and coach of the month awards have been announced.

Molten BBL Player of the Month - TrayVon Wright

Leicester Riders TrayVon Wright wins the Molten BBL Player of the Month award after helping his side remain undefeated in their first 6 games of the season.

Averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds and a league leading total of 16 blocks so far, Wright has put on a dazzling performance for basketball fans by infusing his game with flashy handles and high-flying dunks.

As good as he his around the rim, he’s also been getting buckets from deep, going for an impressive 50% from 3-point range.

Molten BBL Coach of the Month - Fab Flournoy

The Molten BBL Coach of the Month award has gone to the Newcastle Eagles' Fabulous Flournoy, who’s team is also unbeaten so far this season.

Flournoy has overseen an impressive start to the season for the Eagles, having won 9 straight games across the league and cup competitions, where the team has beaten opponents by an average of 18 points per game.

The Eagles head coach, who would usually be out on the floor playing alongside his players, has been sidelined since last season after rupturing his Achillies tendon, but that isn’t stopping the Newcastle side for going all-out to defend last years sweep.

LeBron James Becomes Youngest NBA Player to Reach 25,000 Career Points November 03, 2015 11:04

LeBron James Career Points

(Joshua Gunter/Northeast Ohio Media Group)

LeBron James became the youngest player in the NBA to reach 25,000 career points after the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a win against the Philadelphia 76ers last night.

James hit the 25k mark in the 4th quarter of the game, meaning he hits that milestone at just 30 years old. Both Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain were 31 when they hit the 25k mark, while Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan were all 33 years old.

Speaking about the achievement, James said “It just means I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, a lot of great coaches. I’ve been around some great groups and I’ve been able to reap the benefits. It’s a cool thing.”

James picked up 22 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds as the Cavaliers took down Philly 107-100 last night, taking Cleveland to 3-1 on the season.

James is now the sixth current NBA player to reach the 25k career points mark, with the older Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce all having surpassed that mark in their career. He sits 20th overall in the career-points leaderboard, with Jerry West as his next passing point at 25,192 points.

Spurs Trio Now Have Most Wins Together in NBA History November 02, 2015 11:52

Tim Duncan Tony Parker Manu Ginobili

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili made history yesterday after picking up their 541st win together as a trio. It seems almost poetic that they would get that win against the Boston Celtics, since it was a group of Celtics legends that they knocked off the top spot.

San Antonio's Duncan, Parker and Ginobili now have the greatest number of wins together in the history of the NBA, after passing Boston’s Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who had 540 wins while playing together.

The Spurs trio helped beat the Boston Celtics on Sunday 95-87, to edge them into the history books, contributing 26 points between them to the scoreline.

It’s great to think that we can still watch these guys do their thing on the court, when you consider the NBA royalty that they join in managing to play, and win, so many games together. After the second place Bird, McHale and Parish, there’s also the Lakers trio of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, who had 490 wins together in the NBA.

On top of the trio’s NBA record, Tim Duncan and Spurs coach Greg Popovich also have the most win in NBA history as a player-coach duo. They’re followed in that achievement by Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan, and Sloan along with John Stockton.

It speaks volumes about the Spurs, and this group of players, that they could stay together and have so much success along the way. A lot of players don’t make 14 seasons in the NBA, let alone be part of something bigger than their individual achievements.

Stay tuned for the rest of this season, as we see what these three, and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs can do in the battle to the play-offs and beyond.

Advertising to Feature on 2016 & 2017 NBA All-Star Game Jerseys October 30, 2015 15:56

NBA Jersey Adverts

Image mock-up by Chris Creamer /

The ad-pocalypse is coming to the NBA, and coming sooner than we’d hoped for, as a report in the Wall Street Journal this week confirms an on-jersey advertisement deal between the NBA and Kia Motors.

For the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2016 and 2017, the NBA will be putting a 3.25 x 1.6 inch Kia Motors patch on the jerseys worn by the players during the actual All-Star game, and the patch will also feature on the jerseys sold to the public.

The addition of the Kia advertising patch is the fruits of a deal between Turner Sports, who are the media rights holder, and well-known NBA sponsor, Kia. The companies haven’t disclosed the sum of money that’s changed hands for this to be happening.

The Journal states that this is the first time that one of the four major American professional sports leagues will allow a non-apparel related patch to appear on jerseys worn during an actual game, but author of, Chris Creamer, notes that this isn’t the first time. The MLB have done it several times in recent years, and it's snuck into the NBA a couple of times in recent years, but not on the actual game jerseys.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean our hearts haven’t sank at the news that the NBA is actually make moves to stick advertising on the jerseys in the very near future. Not only that the advertising patch will be here in 2016, but that it’s already confirmed to roll over to 2017.

Sigh. The beginning of the end is here.

Steph Curry Scores 40 in Season Opener | Warriors Pick up Championship Rings October 28, 2015 14:13

Reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, were in action on opening night in the NBA, taking on the New Orleans Pelicans, but not before they picked up their Championship Rings. Check them out.

Golden State Warriors Championship Ring

Pretty nice, right. Usually, there’s the excitement of the ring ceremony, and then the team puts up a deflated effort when they hit the court, but not the Warriors.

Golden State stormed to a 111 - 95 win over the Pelicans thanks to a thunderous effort by the reigning league MVP, Steph Curry. He didn’t hold back at all, scoring a career-high 24 points in the first quarter alone.

By the final buzzer, Curry had racked up a nice 40 points, to go with 7 assists and 6 rebounds, making that his 10th 40-point game. All-round, the Warriors looked like they were having fun - back to the Golden State-tone that they set last season.

People generally don’t know what to expect from the Warriors this year. They almost came out of nowhere last year to dominate the league and chalk up their first Championship in 40 years, and now the question is was it all a dream, or is this legit, and can they do it again. We’ll find out soon enough.

At the other end of the court, the Pelicans were fighting behind future-MVP candidate, Anthony Davis, but things just weren’t working out. Davis started the game 1 of 15 and would go on for just 4 of 20. Free throws allowed him to pick up 18 points in the game, to go with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

It was a tough ask for the Pelicans if history is anything to go by. The Pelicans haven’t won at the Oracle Arena since April 2012, and they have lost 11 of 12 regular season games against the Warriors.

The Pelicans will face the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, while the Warriors are in Houston on Friday, as Steph Curry faces up to last year’s MVP-runner-up, James Harden. We should be in for a good game.

In the meantime, let's enjoy Curry's 40 points from last nights game:

Pau Gasol Blocks LeBron In Final Seconds | Bulls Beat Cavs in Season Opener October 28, 2015 11:55

Pau Gasol Blocks LeBron James Season Opener

The NBA is back! Could we be any happier? I don’t think so. It’s been a long Summer.

First up, we had the Cleveland Cavaliers dropping by Chicago to take on the Bulls in the season opener. Both teams with lead players who weren’t 100% for this one. LeBron James spent a fair amount of time lying on the sideline, struggling with a back issue, while Derrick Rose was playing with more or less one working eye.

Nevertheless, they both battled through for their teams. LeBron James had a game-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Rose had 18 points and 5 assists.

Overall, it was a fast paced offence by the Bulls, and a serious block-party that got the Bulls the win over the Cavs in this one. The Bulls were playing a more open offence, under new head coach, Hoiberg, and were up on the Cavs by double-digits during the game.

The Cavaliers kept clawing things back though, and with less than 10 seconds left in the game they were down by 2 points, and had possession. James drove to the basket for the shot to tie the game but Pau Gasol stepped across for the Bulls and blocked the shot.

The Cavaliers tried to in-bound the ball to James again with 3 seconds left, but Jimmy Butler intercepted the pass and the Bulls kept their 2 point lead to win 97-95.

The Bulls had 10 blocks in the game, 6 of those belonging to Gasol. Check out his game-altering play below.

Man it’s good to have the NBA back!

Tristan Thompson and Cleveland Cavaliers Finally Reach a Deal October 22, 2015 14:59

Tristan Thompson Re-Signs With Cavaliers

It looks like things are finally going to get straightened out for Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as it’s reported that Thompson has agreed in principle to sign a five-year, $82 million contract.

Thompson was an integral piece of the Cavaliers puzzle last year, as they battled their way to the NBA Finals undermanned, but he became a restricted free agent over the Summer.

Thompson provided some drama for the Cleveland camp by turning down a 5-year, $80 million contract before demanding a 5-year, $94 million max deal in order to return to Cleveland. The Cavaliers rejected that.

After negotiations seemed to break down, it came to Thompson either agreeing to a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer, which would have seen him through to becoming an unrestricted free agent next Summer, or he could come to a new agreement with the Cavaliers.

The deadline under NBA rules for that would have been the 1st October, but that passed without either camp budging.

It was then unclear whether Thompson would remain a Cavalier, or end up elsewhere this year. He could have fielded offers from other teams after that deadline, but the Cavs would have had the opportunity to match any offer he received.

Now the Cavaliers have signed Thompson for $2 million over their original offer, but a good $12 million under Thompson’s counter-offer. Nevertheless, Thompson will still be one of the highest paid power forwards this season.

It’s thought that Thompson will put ink to paper today to close the deal, and will then be allowed to train with the team to get ready for the season ahead of the Cavaliers opener against the Chicago Bulls next Tuesday.

LA Clippers Dominate Golden State Warriors in Pre-Season | Chris Paul Ejected October 21, 2015 11:58

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan LA Clippers

The LA Clippers never got their chance to face the Golden State Warriors in last years play-offs, and words had been exchanged about that fact going into this pre-season, so the Clippers took their chance to exert some dominance over the reigning NBA champs, with a 130 - 95 performance last night.

Blake Griffin was on form for the Clippers, leading all scorers with 29 points, off a variety of shot types, showing that the big guy has some great versatility. Chris Paul also showed off some handles in the game, dishing out 10 assists before he was ejected during the 3rd quarter for asking the referee not to talk to him like a child.

DeAndre Jordan looked as happy as ever with his choice to remain a Clipper, going for a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, including some standard lob city play.

The Warriors rested Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala, leaving Klay Thompson to head Golden State’s offence with 21 points on 8-10 from the field. Shaun Livingston had 10 points and 4 rebounds, while Draymond Green had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

The Clippers dominated every aspect of the game, from shooting percentages (54.9% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range, to the Warriors 41% and 23.5% respectively) to rebounds (44 to 42), assists (27 to 22) and steals (13 to 11). They even turned the ball over less, with 17 to the Warriors 23.

The Clippers finished up with a 35 point win, leaving them in a good position to welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to LA on Thursday. The Warriors will play the LA Lakers again on Thursday, and this time they’ll be looking for a full 48 minutes and a win.

Check out the game highlights from last night:

Ryan Kelly Slams Home For the Lakers Win Over Portland October 20, 2015 14:12

The LA Lakers have almost looked like a team on a mission this pre-season, a mission to not suck as much as last year. They might be on to something. 

We had decent performance from the Lakers against the Warriors at the weekend, were Larry Nance Jr. announced himself to the NBA with some serious hops, but his dunk may just have been trumped by Ryan Kelly's game winner against Portland last night. 

Kelly turned over the basketball in the play prior to this, allowing the Trail Blazers to even up the scoreline, so for him to throw-down to win the game was as much about redemption as anything else. 

Check it out: