An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Philly fans may boo Santa Claus, but they have nothing but love for arguably the greatest basketball player in city history.
Allen Iverson was on hand for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Sixers and Celtics. He delivered the game ball to the floor prior to the game's start, and was met by thunderous applause from the fans.
Later, Iverson was interviewed...Read more »
Last night, for just the second time in Dwyane Wade's career, the Miami Heat shooting guard was held to less than 10 points in a playoff game.
The first time was in the 2004 postseason. Wade shot 1-for-8 from the field, finishing with two points, as the Heat lost to the Hornets, 77-71. Then a 22-year-old rookie, Wade's Heat were up 2-0 heading into the game, and wound up winning the series...Read more »
James "Big Daddy" Brister Jr. is one of the 76ers' biggest fans.
In more ways than one.
Following the Celtics' 107-91 win against the Sixers last night, Brister put on a show for TNT's cameras, performing a prolonged belly dance.
Brister, referencing the Charles Barkley-Shaquille O'Neal shirt-off from two nights ago, greeted the TNT postgame show by saying, "Hey...Read more »
On last night's "Inside the NBA," Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal wrapped up their long-awaited "shirt-off" competition.
The two former NBA stars walked on stage and disrobed, competing to see who was looking slimmest.
Barkley was first, calmly unbuttoning his dress shirt. Shaq followed, Hulking off a tank top to display a painted-on six-pack.
What better...Read more »
There are three types of plays in the NBA that draw the loudest "oohs and ahhs" from the crowd: a thunderous jam, a big rejection, and a nasty crossover.
The NBA released its top 10 list of the latter yesterday, featuring several expected guards -- Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook -- and a few surprising players -- Sebastian Telfair, Jameer Nelson.
Of coure, the most important...Read more »
In the second quarter of yesterday's Lakers-Thunder game, Metta World Peace landed a hard elbow on Thunder guard James Harden while celebrating an emphatic slam.
Harden fell to the court for a minute, before being helped off and into the locker room. He didn't return.
World Peace was issued a flagrant foul 2, and was ejected from the game.
In the replay, you can see the elbow hit...Read more »
What has gotten into Andrew Bynum?
After pulling down 30 -- THIRTY -- boards in the Lakers' 98-84 win over the Spurs last night, Bynum inexplicably tried to steal the ball from Steve Blake in the final seconds, presumably to take his favorite shot: a three.
Blake prevented Bynum from getting the ball, and time expired.
After the game, Bynum spoke about shooting the ball...Read more »
Sure, we've seen Dennis Rodman in drag. But Charles Barkley?!
Sir Charles, in the latest ad campaign released by Weight Watchers, sported a wig, heels and a little black dress. He even mused at the end of the spot, "I'm up here guys."
Instead of analyzing the strut, the head tilt or the hair flips, here's the video for you to "enjoy."
(h/t @ESPN)...Read more »
Jason Smith received a standing ovation from Hornets fans last night . . . for the wrong reason.
With the Hornets up 89-83 on the Clippers, Smith hip-checked Blake Griffin on a Los Angeles fastbreak. Griffin hit the ground hard, and took a few seconds to get back up.
The foul was ruled a Flagrant 2, meaning Smith was ejected from the game. While he was walking into the locker room, Hornets...Read more »
Earlier this season, the New Orleans Hornets welcomed Will Ferrell by allowing him to introduce the game's starting lineups. Last night, it was Samuel L. Jackson's turn.
While Jackson didn't follow Ferrell's lead by making fun of the Clippers starters, he did bust out one of the most iconic lines in movie history.
As he did as Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction," Jackson quoted...Read more »