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Golden State Warriors Clinch First Pacific Division Title Since 1976

With just under 3 weeks left to go of the regular NBA season, the Golden State Warriors already have something to celebrate, as they clinch their first Pacific Division title since 1976.

The title became official after the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122 - 108 last night, off the back of 33 points and 10 assists from splash brother, Steph Curry.

The Warriors currently hold an NBA best record of 58-13, having won their last 7 games, and have a comfortable lead over the second-place Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference.

Ever modest, Steph Curry was laid back about the teams first division title in 39 years, saying; ''We might be a little subdued, but I think everybody is proud of what we've done. We still have 11 games left to keep getting better so I think everybody is focused on that, but I think everybody is pretty happy right now.''

The team was photographed in the locker room after last night's game, wearing pre-printed 'Pacific Claimed' t-shirts.

 The Warriors will play their closest rivals, the Grizzlies, on Friday night in Memphis, and we don't expect this to be the end of good things from the Warriors this season.

Written by Emma McMillan — March 25, 2015

Starter x Space Jam is Back! Monstar Edition

The Starter Black Label x Space Jam collaboration is back this month, only this time, they're bringing some Monstar heat.

So far there has been a Starter x Space Jam snapback release that sees a whole host of new colourways, patterns and themes being added to the range.

Last time out, the Tune Squad Jersey snapback was a big hit, and a similar theme is back this time with a Monstar Jeresy snapback (below, right). It features the original Space Jam logo in original colours on a black crown, with the Monstar's jersey number '0' on the side.

The contrasting yellow visor mimics the contrasting colour trim from the Monstar jersey's and features a basketball jersey material, making this a top addition to any Monstar fans collection.

Sticking with a yellow and black theme, the Space Jam Flipout snapback also got a Monstar make-over. This time out, the Flipout features a super slick grey crown, with a popping black and yellow, raised embroidered Space Jam logo and yellow visor.

Starter Space Jam Flipout Snapback Monstar

The best part though, is the screen printed undervisor that features a full print of the Monstar's bench from the original film. Bupkus, Blanko, Nawt, Pound and Bang looking super mean.

Taking the Monstar theme to the next level, Starter has produced a set of character-focused snapbacks that feature Nawt, Bang and Blanko. Each cap features a front embroidered portrait of each of those Monstars on a black crown, with contrasting colour visor, eyelets, top button and snap.

The undervisor of each cap features a screenprint of the Monstar in action from the film.

Starter Space Jam Character Snapback Bang

Starter Space Jam Character Nawt Starter Space Jam Character Snapback Blanko

To finish off the collection with a really nice, sneaker-centric / streetwear edge, Starter have pieced together a small series of snapbacks that feature a retro sneaker pattern that takes influence from the original Jordan VIII 'Bugs Bunny'.

The Hook Shot and Cross Over snapbacks feature a navy or white crown with a grey / red embroidered Space Jam logo. The Jordan VIII 'Bugs Bunny' inspired pattern is featured on the undervisor.

The 'Eight' snapback takes things a step further, with an all-over print on a six panel that features the same Space Jam logo as the other two snapbacks.

Starter x Space Jam Eight

Fans of the original Jordan VIII 'Bugs Bunny', which came out in 1993, and we re-released in 2013 got it's nick name due to the successful 90's collaboration between Michael Jordan and Warner Brothers franchise, which included advertising campaigns with Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian. The design of the Jordan 8 also had straps that were said to look like bunny ears.

The full set of above Space Jam snapbacks are available to buy now at Basketball Megastore, with a new range of Monstar's apparel due out in April 2015.

Written by Emma McMillan — March 18, 2015

Kyrie Irving Goes Off For Career-High 57 Points Over San Antonio Spurs

Kyrie Irving had an outstanding performance in the NBA last night, as he knocked down a career-high, and NBA season-high, 57 points against the San Antonio Spurs.

Irving's insane performance helped his Cavaliers win 128-125 in overtime against the reigning NBA champions, and left his teammate, LeBron James, in awe. "This kid is special, we all know it, we all see it." Said James. "For him to go out and put on a performance like he did tonight was incredible."

Those 57 points not only saw Irving set a new career-high and NBA season-high, but he also topped James' own Cavaliers record as well, which was 56 points, set against Toronto back in 2005.

To rack up a score like that, Irving was crazily efficient on the floor. He was 7 of 7 from 3-point range, made all 10 of his free throws and went 20 of 32 from the field overall. He scored 9 points in the final minute of regulation, including an off balance three over Kawhi Leonard to tie the game at 110.

In overtime, Irving scored another 11 points to ice the game and break the Spurs 6-game win streak. James added 31 points and 7 assists, meaning that he and Irving combined for 88 of the Cavs 128 points on the night.

The Spurs put on a solid performance, but Irving's crazy night trumped anything that the tried. Tony Parker had 31 points and Tim Duncan had another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Leonard had an opportunity to win the game near the end of regulation, but missed his two free throws with 4.3 seconds left to play. The Spurs were up 110 - 107 and Irving iced a 3 right after that to it the game. Leonard finished the game with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Check out the video replay. Enjoy!

Written by Emma McMillan — March 13, 2015

Damn! 11-Year-Old Girl Dunks In-Game

Check out the this video of 11-year-old fifth grader, Ashlyn Watkins, dunking in-game.

Written by Chris Green — March 10, 2015

Westbrook Scores Career-High 49 Points on His Way to 4th Straight Triple-Double

After missing one game following surgery to fix a facial fracture, Russell Westbrook dropped a career-high 49 points, and racked up his 4th triple-double in a row last night, as the Thunder knocked down the 76ers.

Having won the MVP award during All-Star Weekend back in February, Westbrook has been on fire. Oklahoma City Thunder have been missing Kevin Durant, but you would have hardly noticed with the way that Westbrook has stepped up and continued a run of crazy form.

Despite wearing a mask to protect his injured cheek bone, Westbrook held nothing back. With 3:23 left in the first quarter, Westbrook received the inbounds pass under his own basket, and charged his way to the other end of the court for a massive two-handed dunk, by-passing the whole Philadelphia team on his way.

Westbrook's 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists gave him is 4th straight triple-double, becoming the first NBA player to do that since Michael Jordan back in 1989. He's also the first player to have back-to-back triple-doubles with 40 or more points since MJ, and his 49 point tally is the highest since Larry Bird had 49 points as part of a triple-double in 1992.

Jordan had 7 straight triple-doubles in 1989, and 10 in an 11-game span. If anyone looked like they could have a run at that right now, it would be Westbrook.

The Thunder would clinch a 123-118 overtime win against the 76ers, and keep OKC in the play-off race. After a dire start to the year, the Thunder have been winning games off the back of performances like this and now have a 34-27 record, which puts them in the 8th spot in the Western Conference.

The Thunder are playing in Chicago tonight, where all eyes are likely to be on the masked man, to see what he does next.

Written by Emma McMillan — March 05, 2015

Russell Westbrook Suffers Face Fracture

Oklahoma City Thunder's star guard, Russell Westbrook suffered a face fracture in last night's 115-113 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

The incident occurred when teammate Andre Robertson accidentally kneed Westbrook in the head, while hustling for the ball as time was running out at the end of the game.

The hit to his face left a visible dent, which did later require corrective surgery. He will be re-evaluated over the next few days, but it looks like Russ could miss some games.

In Westbrook's last three games he has recorded a triple double, being the first to accomplish that feat since LeBron James in 2009.

Check out the video below of how he managed to get this horrible injury.

 

Written by Chris Green — February 28, 2015

Larry Sanders on Anxiety, Depression, Freedom of Speech and Walking Away From the NBA

Larry Sanders was recently bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving with just half of the $44 million that he had signed up for. Now Sanders has released a video to talk about the issues that have made his career difficult, and why he's walking away from the NBA. 

Sanders has chosen to walk away from the NBA, and he talks candidly about his issues with depression and anxiety, and how the pressures of the fame and the money in the NBA can have a seriously detrimental effect on person. He talks about how the people around you change and how the NBA strips you of your freedom of speech.

He makes note of how Twitter in particular can be a platform for great amounts of love, but also a lot of hate from complete strangers - a topic that has obviously had a great amount of media attention over the past year.

Sanders talks about how basketball is all-consuming, and that he's not in the right place to let that be the case at the moment, but that if he feels like he has it in him to return to the court at a later date, then he will.

About as real as it gets. Watch it.

Written by Emma McMillan — February 25, 2015

Derrick Rose Tears His Right Meniscus AGAIN | No Timetable for Return

Disaster has struck once again for the Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose, as it was discovered that he has once again, torn the meniscus in his right knee.

As a result, Rose will have to undergo knee surgery for the third time in three years.

Rose complained of pain in his knee after practice on Tuesday, and was given n MRI afterwards, where the tear was discovered.

It has been a tragic set of injuries for Rose, who was crowned as the 2011 NBA league MVP, with a bright future in the league ahead of him.

In the first game of the play-offs in the 2011-2012 season, he tore the ACL in his left knee, which kept him out of the entire 2012-2013 season. Then just 10 games into the 2013-2014 season, after the much anticipated 'Return', Rose tore the same medial meniscus in his right knee, that he will undergo surgery for this year.

Despite the problems, Rose had been playing reasonably good basketball this season, and while tentative at times, he also showed that he wasn't going to let his injuries slow him down too much, or take away his courage around the basket. Which makes this current injury all the more devastating for the point guard.

Once again, Rose is going to have to face a barrage of questions over whether he will ever stay fit enough to contend in the NBA, and whether he will ever be able to play at the level he did in 2011 to grab himself the MVP title.

While we wish him all the best, we also worry that one of the brightest point guard prospects of his generation might not have the chance to make the history in the NBA that he deserves.

Written by Emma McMillan — February 25, 2015

NBA Trade Deadline Part 2: Goran and Zoran Dragic to Miami | Brandon Knight to Suns | Michael Carter-Williams to Bucks

More news coming through from the NBA trade deadline...

GORAN & ZORAN DRAGIC to MIAMI HEAT

There was little doubt that Goran Dragic was going to be traded, but the question was where to. It's now been reported that the Phoenix Suns have traded both Goran, and his brother, Zoran Dragic to the Miami Heat.

In the trade, that involves three teams, the Suns have acquired Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Justin Hamilton, as well as two first-round picks from Miami.

The Suns have then traded Cole to New Orleans, for John Salmons.

ISAIAH THOMAS to BOSTON CELTICS

The Phoenix Suns have also traded Isaiah Thomas away to the Boston Celtics, while Boston will send Marcus Thornton and 2016 first round draft pick, via the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the Suns.

BRANDON KNIGHT to PHOENIX SUNS | MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS to BUCKS

The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns have agreed on a three-team deal.

Brandon Knight has been traded to the Phoenix Suns, while Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis are now with the Bucks. The 76ers have been sent draft picks.

K.J. MCDANIELS and PABLO PRIGIONI to HOUSTON ROCKETS

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded K.J. McDaniels to the Houston Rockets, in exchange for Isaiah Canaan and a second round draft pick.

The Houston Rockets have also picked up Pable Prigioni from the New York Knicks in return for two second-round draft picks.

Written by Emma McMillan — February 19, 2015

NBA Trade Deadline Part 1: Kevin Garnett to Minnesota | Reggie Jackson to Detroit | McGee to 76ers

Things always get a little crazy around the trade deadline in the NBA, and a few interesting things have certainly gone down in the last few hours.

KEVIN GARNET to MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Sources have reported that Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause in his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, so that he can return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Nets are going to be getting Thaddeus Young in the exchange.

Garnett was drafted as the 5th pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Twolves, and he spent his first 12 season with the team, taking Minnesota to the Western Conference finals in 2004. The Timberwolves haven't been to the play-offs since then.

REGGIE JACKSON to DETROIT PISTONS / KENDRICK PERKINS to UTAH JAZZ

The Oklahoma City Thunder have dived into the trade action by agreeing to send guard, Reggie Jackson, to the Detroit Pistons. Jackson had requested a trade from OKC, as he wants to look for a starting point guard position.

The Pistons recently lost point guard, Brandon Jennings, to a season ending Achilles injury, making Detroit a good destination for Jackson. OKC will get Kyle Singler from the Pistons.

The Thunder have also traded Kendrick Perkins to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Jazz centre Enes Kanter. Kanter will become a free agent after finishing out the season with the Thunder.

JAVALE MCGEE to PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Shaqtin' a Fool legend, JaVale McGee has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with a first round draft pick. Denver is unloading $11.3 million for this season, and $12 million for next season on McGees contract.

ARRON AFFLALO to PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Arron Afflalo from the Denver Nuggets in a 5-player trade. The Blazers also pick up Alonzo Gee, while sending Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver and Will Barton to the Nuggets.

Written by Emma McMillan — February 19, 2015

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Golden State Warriors Clinch First Pacific Division Title Since 1976

With just under 3 weeks left to go of the regular NBA season, the Golden State Warriors already have something to celebrate, as they clinch their first Pacific Division title...

Starter x Space Jam is Back! Monstar Edition

The Starter Black Label x Space Jam collaboration is back this month, only this time, they're bringing some Monstar heat. So far there has been a Starter x Space Jam...

Kyrie Irving Goes Off For Career-High 57 Points Over San Antonio Spurs

Kyrie Irving had an outstanding performance in the NBA last night, as he knocked down a career-high, and NBA season-high, 57 points against the San Antonio Spurs. Irving's insane performance...

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