An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Russell Westbrook's running "lay-up" from the free throw line topped the NBA's list of the best circus shots from the 2011-12 season.
With the Thunder and Lakers tied at 70 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Westbrook took off on a breakaway. He was fouled just inside the free throw line, and heaved up a finger roll from the elbow that dropped.
Oklahoma City went on...Read more »
Metta World Peace made no secret how he felt about teammate Andrew Bynum in an interview set to air tonight on WLIE 540 AM:
"Andrew is the best center in the NBA."
World Peace -- who made no mention of Dwight Howard -- pegged Bynum as the league's best as part of a wide-ranging interview with Siddique Farooqi and Ammad Sheikh of the South Asian Sports Network.
On the...Read more »
Simply put, Danny Green was a shell of his regular season self in the playoffs.
After taking advantage of increased playing time to show remarkable development during the regular season, Green saw his numbers and minutes freefall during the Western Conference finals. The North Babylon native had averaged 23.1 minutes and shot 43.6 percent from three in the regular season, and didn't let up...Read more »
Metta World Peace was on television in Vancouver recently.
Naturally, he made his appearance as a weatherman.
World Peace talked about quite a bit in his 70 seconds of airtime, including the rainy weather, the dangerous parts of the Lower Island, and his affinity for tofu.
He didn't talk about passing to Kobe, though.
(h/t @KTLincoln)...Read more »
Did you know that David Robinson has the most Olympic medals of any American men's basketball player in history? Or that Carmelo Anthony is tied for the second-most in history?
Newsday.com rolled out a new database earlier today that gives users the ability to search through every American to win an Olympic medal in the history of the Games.
Robinson, for example, won three Olympic medals;...Read more »
At the end of January, it looked like it was time to stick a fork in Kevin Garnett.
The 17-year veteran was averaging just 13.5 points per game -- on pace for the lowest average since his rookie year, when Garnett came off the bench for half the season -- on worse than 50 percent from the floor. The low mark had Garnett tracking toward a scoring average worse than 15 points for the third...Read more »
Bring on the memes.
Following a home loss to the Boston Celtics last night, ESPN cameras followed the dejected Miami Heat walking through the tunnel toward the locker room.
Mike Breen, after finalizing his call with "A stunning result here at the American Airlines Arena," stopped talking for just a couple of seconds, letting Miami's defeat sink in. Just as Breen pulled away...Read more »
According to ESPN's John Hollinger, entering last night's Game 5 against the Spurs, Thunder guard James Harden hadn't hit a shot this season in the final three minutes of games within five points.
That changed in a big way.
Harden, who finished with 20 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, drilled a contested three with 28 seconds left in the game, pushing the Thunder to a 106-101...Read more »
The NBA is teaming with Right Guard for a documentary on the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team, set to air June 13 at 9 p.m. on NBA TV.
For basketball fans and Olympic fans, the documentary should be must-watch theater. According to the NBA, "The Dream Team" includes recent interviews with all 12 members of the team, covers the 1992 men's basketball team from early practices through...Read more »
Oklahoma City crushed San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals 102-82 Thursday night, but it didn't stop Spurs forward Tim Duncan from making history.
Duncan's fourth block of the night gave him 477 career playoff blocks, the most in NBA history. The veteran added one more block to bring his postseason total to 478.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously held the record with 476...Read more »