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Top Underrated Stars

Every team has their superstar. The guy who gets buckets when it counts, forces turnovers in the clutch and makes plays us mere mortals can only dream of pulling off. Cleveland have LeBron. The Lakers have Kobe. Houston have Harden and the Thunder have Durant. But what about the others on the roster? The ones who go unnoticed by the casual observer but are game changers to those in the know. These are the underrated stars. Their stats may not be great but it’s the little things they do that endear them to coaches, players and fans alike. Here are my top underrated stars thus far in the 2014/15 season. (more…)


2015 NBA All Star Starters Announced

The 2015 All Star Game is just around the corner, and the results of the fan vote are now in! We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the players on their well deserved selections and we look forward to watching them battle it out on the hardwood in just a few weeks! 


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Rivers’ Ideaology Questioned As Clippers Make Moves

The Clippers have been the team to beat in Los Angeles in recent times. Undoubtedly one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the NBA, and a class above their older brothers across the hall since the later’s title run in 2010. While the Clippers have never reached the giddy heights they so desire, they have made their mark as a team on the rise in the league after years of mediocrity and failure. But they’ve never managed to get over the hump, and their latest move has brought up some very interesting view points of the current state of the franchise. 



Patty Mills, Spurs Debut New Advert [Video]

Patty Mills and his Spurs team mates have debuted in a new commercial for barbecue hamburger company H-E-B Specialty Burgers.

Hilarity ensues.

Watch the full commercial below:



Thanks for the memories Vince!

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

This marks the first step in my process as a Toronto Raptors fan to finally burying the hatchet.

This being the 20th Anniversary of the franchises existence and the Memphis Grizzlies coming to town tonight, the club have decided to give its former superstar Vince Carter a video tribute to honour all that he accomplished in his seven seasons. A career that saw him average 23.4 ppg, 3.9 apg, 5.2 rpg, 44% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc while also winning individual honours, 1998-99 Rookie of the Year, 1998-99 FirstTeam All-Rookie, 1999-00 Third Team All-NBA and 2000-01 Second Team All-NBA.



Frank Vogel and his merry band of misfits

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Paul George out for the season, Lance Stephenson signed by the Charlotte Hornets, early injury issues to David West and Roy Hibbert being shopped around like a used car at a clearance sale… we all knew the Indiana Pacers and more specifically Frank Vogel would be in tough this season and it has been a rocky start to say the least.



Believe it or Not: NBA Season 2014/15 Predictions

This is one of my favourite times of the year. The NBA season is here. You’ve drafted players into your own world beating fantasy squad. Players have been chopped, changed and drafted all over the league. And it is also the perfect time to make predictions about the NBA season. My personal belief is that if your predictions are said loudly, told to many people and said with a great deal of overconfidence that they just might come true. Here are my Top 5. Believe it or Not.



Kamal’s Top League Pass Teams to Watch

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

I don’t know about you guys, but one of the first things I do when a new NBA season starts is to circle all my “League Pass Teams to Watch”.

I’ve been a NBA League Pass (or NBA Game Time) subscriber for quite a while now and follow it religiously, just being able to scour the league for those hidden gems or late night thrillers gets me amped!



MJ’s Cons Go To Auction

ESPN and Darren Rovell are reporting that a pair of old, worn 1980’s Converse basketball shoes are going to Auction in the United States, and the bidding starts at over $5,000! 

The catch? they were worn by His Airness, Michael Jordan, during the 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medal match. The shoes were reportedly signed and given to a ball boy that day by MJ himself, after receiving his medal post game.

The seller, who prefers to remain anonymous, has now decided it is time to part with his prize possession, and sell them to the highest bidder. 

While at college in North Carolina, Jordan was given a $10,000/year contract with Converse, and these are the very same shoe Michael wore throughout his senior year at UNC.


As if these shoes could be any more priceless, after the 1984 Olympics, Michael indicated his decision to elect for the NBA Draft, going on to be selected with the third pick by the Chicago Bulls. This makes this pair of shoes the final sneakers the greatest player of all time ever wore as an amateur baller. 

Pretty cool huh? 

The starting bid is a stock standard $5,000, but you can expect that number to fluctuate greatly if the sale of the shoes from the famous ‘Flu Game’ are anything to go by (they sold for a cool $104,765 in December last year). 

Now, everyone start looking for that loose change you dropped in the couch last week.  

(Source: ESPN/Darren Rovell)


Senegal the surprise package so far at FIBA World Cup

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

When the final horn sounded emotions were written all over the players faces, jubilant celebrations were shared with the traveling supporters and the dancing moves were busted out.

The scenes following a hard fought 77-75 victory over balkan giants Croatia showing just how much it means for these Senegalese players to be at the FIBA World Cup, this after qualifying as the third place team in 2013 AfroBasket and 24 hours after picking up its first win in a major FIBA tournament in  16 years by defeating Puerto Rico 82-75.

Typically not fairing well in on the big stage, that last win in a major FIBA event came against South Korea in 1998. An illustration of just how poor the team plays when the lights shine brightest was at the 2006 edition of this tournament in Japan,  finishing bottom of Group D with an 0-5 record behind USA, Italy, Slovenia, China and even the same Puerto Rican side that they beat on Sunday (whom also didn’t qualify for the next round).

Few could have envisioned their start to the 2014 World Cup and even fewer had seen them going toe-to-toe with a historically successful and basketball crazed nation like Croatia.

Led by Minnesota Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng’s outstanding performance, the 6-foot-11 center finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. That said, the Lions elevated their game on the defensive end and received strong performances from other less heralded players.

Point guard Xane D’Almeida logged 36 minutes and had a player efficiency rating of 18, his final stat line was 15 points, five assists, one steal and going 3-for-4 from three point range including this buzzer beating three in the third quarter.

However its the aspects of the game that don’t show up in the numbers were his biggest contribution, the 31-year-old handled the ball with confidence, outlasting strong on-ball defence from talented guards like naturalized American Oliver Lafayette and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Two other players that stepped up were forwards Mouhammad Faye and Maleye N’Doye, contributing with strong defensive displays and making it difficult for Croatian players not named Dario Saric to settle into a rhythm.

Coach Cheikh Sarr will be preparing his group for another big test and another potential giant slaying when they take on South American powerhouse Argentina before finishing the group stages against the Philippines.