An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
As Team USA's final roster for the 2012 Olympics was announced, the Drib compiled a gallery profiling each NBA player who will represent a foreign country in London.
So far, 23 NBA players have clinched spots at the Games; five for Team France, five for Team Spain, four for Team Argentina, four for Team Brazil, and one each for Teams China, Australia, Great Britain, Lithuania and Russia.
There...Read more »
Serge Ibaka had some big trash talk for LeBron James, arguably the league's best defender:
Step up your game.
Ibaka told the Palm Beach Post's Tom D'Angelo that "LeBron is not a good defender."
Can he play tight defense in spurts? Sure, Ibaka told D'Angelo, "but not [for] 48 minutes."
Ibaka took it a step further, too, saying that teammate Kevin Durant...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 »
In a highlight dominated by rejections, who better to lead the way than the NBA's top shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka?
Ibaka, who led the league by averaging 3.65 blocks per game -- the highest single-season mark since Theo Ratliff averaged 3.74 blocks per game during the 2000-01 season -- had the top defensive play of the year, according to a countdown released by the NBA.
During a 96-90...Read more »
Wrap your head around this one: Tyson Chandler, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, didn't make the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.
The voting panel, which consists of the league's 30 head coaches, gave Dwight Howard the nod over Chandler as the starting center for the first team.
Members of the media voted Chandler the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
Howard was joined...Read more »
It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.
Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.
Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched...Read more »
There aren't many other 6-9 power forwards in the NBA that can lead a break like Josh Smith did last night.
During the Hawks-Celtics game, Smith took the ball up court, evading a Boston defender with a pretty behind-the-back dribble, before finding point guard Jeff Teague with an even prettier behind-the-back pass, who finished the fastbreak with a layup.
Smith finished with 20 points,...Read more »
You can't stop Jamaal Tinsley. You can only hope to contain him.
The 34-year-old veteran point guard was No. 1 in the NBA's top 10 plays last night after going five-hole against Nazr Mohammed.
With the Jazz leading Oklahoma City 78-72 in the fourth, Tinsley dribbled through Mohammed's legs and pulled up from just inside the elbow, draining the short jumper.
Tinsley finished with...Read more »