Derrick Rose lands potential $200M shoe deal

Derrick Rose lands a potential $200M shoe deal with Adidas. It’s confirmed that Rose’s contract with Adidas is 14 years and $250 million dollars.

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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Kyrie Irving leads Team Chuck to Rising Stars game win

Kyrie Irving won the MVP of the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

Source: ESPN

Jim Calhoun of Connecticut Huskies plans to return next Saturday, source says – ESPN

Jim Calhoun plans to return to the bench next Saturday against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Source: ESPN

Top 5 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Dunks of All Time

With the NBA Slam Dunk Contest coming up, I thought it would be a good time to put out a top 10 NBA Slam Dunk Contest dunks of all time. There are so many candidates that could be on this list; and if some of those players do not make this top-five list, it is in no way disrespecting them. It is pretty difficult to comprise such a list with so many great dunks. This list might not be the dunk that won the individual the title, but simply the best dunks of the contest. I would love to see LeBron James vs Blake Griffin in a dunk contest, but I doubt we will ever see that.

1. Vince Carter: Reverse 360 Windmill Dunk, 2000

No. 1 on this list is Vince Carter’s reverse 360 windmill. This was just spectacular dunk. This was in the first round. He would wow the crowd a couple more times in this contest, but this dunk was simply ridiculous. During the broadcast, TNT announcer, Kenny Smith uttered the words “Let’s go home! Let’s go home!” When you pull a dunk like this in the very first round, then you probably deserve to win the contest, which is what Carter did. I remember watching this live, at nine years old, and simply having my jaw drop in amazement. This is regarded as one of the best dunk contests of all time.

2. Michael Jordan: Free Throw Line Dunk, 1988

His Airness, Michael Jordan, graces my list at the No. 2 spot. A lot of people will argue that this should be No. 1, but not in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, whoever thinks it could be number one has a very strong case. This is one of the most memorable dunks of all time, not just in dunk contests. When people think of a dunk from the foul line, they think of MJ. This was the 1988 dunk contest, and he needed a score of 48 to tie Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks. Jordan ran from the opposite end of the court, and then took off from the free throw line. While in the air, he pumped the ball, before slamming it home. Jordan received a score of 50, and thus won the contest.

3. Jason Richardson: Alley-Oop, Through the Legs, Reverse Dunk, 2003

In the 2003 NBA Slam Dunk Contest finals, Jason Richardson squared off against Desmond Mason of the, then Seattle Supersonics. Richardson was looking to repeat as champion, but he needed a 48 to tie and a 49 to win. He got a 50 on a remarkable dunk. He often, and still to this day, passed to himself, and that was the case here. He started from the baseline corner, threw the ball up, caught it, put it between his legs, and dunked it reverse style with his left hand. This was something new, and he pulled it off perfectly.

4. Andre Iguodala: Behind the Backboard Alley-Oop, 2006

Andre Iguodala had the other A.I., Allen Iverson, assist him with this dunk. He ran from behind the baseline, caught the ball off the back of the backboard, where Iverson had thrown it, then ducked under the backboard and dunked the ball backwards. One of the greatest dunks I have ever seen. It took him a couple tries, but when he finally got it, it was awesome. He should have won this dunk contest, as Nate Robinson, who is listed at 5’9”, won, but took 18 tries to complete his dunk. One of the most memorable dunks I have ever watched live.

5. Vince Carter: Between the Legs off a Bounced Alley-Oop, 2000

Once again, Vinsanity makes the list. In the same dunk contest as his dunk on the number one spot, Carter would have all sorts of spectacular dunks. To me, this was the second best. He was assisted on this dunk by his cousin and then-teammate, Tracy McGrady. T-Mac stood in front of the hoop, bounced the ball in the air, and then VC15 leaped, grabbed it, and put it between his legs and dunked it home. After finishing the dunk, Vinsanity mouthed the words “Its over.” This was another jaw dropping dunk. Carter assisted McGrady earlier in the contest, so this was really fitting.

Originally, I was going to make this a top 10 list, but I decided to reduce it to top 5. There are a ton of dunks that could have gone in my top 5, but these, in my opinion, are the five best dunks from the NBA Slam Dunk Contests.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Isaiah Rider- 1994
Spud Webb- 1986
Dwight Howard- 2008
Nate Robinson- 2009
Tracy McGrady- 2000
Larry Nance- 1984
Michael Jordan -1987
Dominique Wilkin- 1990
Kobe Bryant- 1997
Dee Brown- 1991
1988 Slam Dunk Contest
2000 Slam Dunk Contest

Top 10 NBA Players to Never Win an NBA Title

There have been many players to play in the NBA. There are a handful of players to never win an NBA championship. He is my list for the top 10 NBA players of all time to never win an NBA championship.

  1. Karl Malone– The Mailman is second all time on the NBA scoring list, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was part of one of the best coach/player trios of all time. It was him, John Stockton, and Jerry Sloan. All three are Hall of Famer’s, but they are all missing one thing: a NBA Title. Malone and Stockton are considered, by some, to be the best duo to never win a championship, and I agree. They made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, but were upended by, maybe the greatest coach/player trio in the history of the NBA. They were the Chicago Bulls, and the trio was, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, and some guy who was pretty good at putting a ball through a hoop, Michael Jordan. Malone joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003, alongside Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jackson. The Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons, denying Malone and Payton for that matter, a championship. He averaged 25 points per game and 10.1 rebounds a game.
  2. Charles Barkley– To me, Sir Charles is the second best NBA player to never win a championship. I could make an argument for number one, but that honor is all Malone’s.  He was an undersized power forward, but still managed to be a beast on the boards. He was a MVP in 1993, leading his Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals, only to lose to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 6 games. He was an 11-time NBA All-Star, a 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist, and was voted as one of the NBA’s Top 50 players of all time. He was relentless down low and did not back down from anyone. He ran his mouth and backed it up. He averaged 22.1 points per game, and 11.7 rebounds per game.
  3. John Stockton– John Stockton is the greatest point guard to never have won an NBA championship. He and Karl Malone dominated the game for years for the Utah Jazz. Karl Malone could not have scored without great, or even simple, passes from Stockton. Assists were Stockton’s specialty, as he is the NBA’s all-time leading assist man with 15,806. Stockton could score the ball as well, especially from the free throw line. He shot 82% from the charity stripe. He was also known for hitting clutch three pointers. Stockton also leads the NBA all time in steals with 3,265. He was a 10-time all-star, an Olympic gold medalist (twice), and voted a top 50 NBA player of all time.
  4. Elgin Baylor– He led the Los Angeles Lakers to 8 NBA Finals and could never obtain the championship.  In 1958, when he was a rookie, he led them to the finals only to lose to the Boston Celtics. The numbers he put up in his career were insane. From 1960-1963 he averaged 34.8, 38.3, and 34.0 points per game, including a 71-point performance against the New York Knicks in 1961, he also pulled down 25 rebounds. He put up 61 points in game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals. He finished his career with a 27.4 point per game average. He was also voted a top 50 NBA player of all time.
  5. Allen Iverson– The Answer comes in at number 5 on my list. From the time he came into the league he was a star. Picked number 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was supposed to be their franchise player that would turn them around, and he did just that. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 and had some pretty memorable moments. One of the biggest accomplishments he had during his rookie year was crossing over Michael Jordan. His career playoff numbers are of the charts. He averaged 29.7 points per game during the playoffs, and only Jordan himself has a higher career playoff average. He made only one NBA Finals appearance, but his 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games. Iverson scored 48 points and that led the 76ers to steal game one from the Lakers, after the Lakers were previously unbeaten in those playoffs. He put up 23, 35, 35, and 37 respectively in the next 4 games of the finals. He was an 11-time all-star, and a two time NBA MVP (2001, 2005). He ranks 6th all time in points per game at 26.7, and he did all this at just 6-feet tall.
  6. Reggie Miller– Miller is considered one of the two best 3-point shooters in NBA history. Ray Allen passed him for 3-point makes last season, but that doesn’t take anything away from his Hall of Fame career. He made 2,560 career 3-point field goals. Miller had many memorable games, but his most memorable game, in my opinion, was when he scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds to defeat the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He and Spike Lee would have verbal battles throughout the game. Miller made it to just one NBA Finals, but his Indiana Pacers were no match for the Los Angeles Lakers. Miller might be the best 3-point shooter in the history of the game without a championship.
  7. Patrick Ewing– In the 1990’s, when you heard the New York Knicks, you instantly thought of the big man from Georgetown University. His numbers are ridiculously good. He shot 50% from the field for his career, scoring 24,815 points, to go along with 11,607 rebounds, 2,215 assists, and 2,894 blocks. Those numbers are good. In 1999, Ewing became just the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 11,000 rebounds. He made two finals appearances, but came up shit both times. In his first go around in the finals, him and the Knicks lost to the Hakeem Olajuwan led Houston Rockets. He did not return to the finals until 1999, where the Knicks fell to the San Antonio Spurs, who were led by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, two of the NBA’s greatest players.
  8. Pete Maravich– “Pistol” Pete might be the best college player of all time, but that didn’t translate to and NBA championship. He averaged 40 points per game (with no 3 point line) at LSU and is still the NCAA all-time leading scorer. In his 10 year NBA career year, Maravich averaged 24.2 points per game. He made one last run at an NBA title with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, but to no avail. His career was riddled with injuries, which is a large part in why he only played 10 seasons.
  9. Dominique Wilkins– The Human Highlight Reel was one of the best dunkers of all time. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990, and took Michael Jordan to the limit in 1988, which is regarded as the best dunk contest of all time. He averaged 24.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He scored 26,688 career points, which puts him 10th on the all time list. He never made it to the NBA Finals in his illustrious career.
  10. Chris Webber– Webber is one of only 6 players in NBA history to average 20+ points, 9+ rebounds, and 4+ assists per game. The 5 players that Webber joins on that list? Larry Bird, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlin, Billy Cunningham and Kevin Garnett. That is a pretty good list to be on. He has his best season in the 2000-2001 season averaging 27 and 11. He was the leader of the Sacramento Kings during their playoff runs. If it wasn’t for Robert Horry’s game winning three pointer, Webber might have himself a ring. He will be forever known as part of the Fab 5, who were paid over $200,000 illegally to play basketball at the University of Michigan. He will also forever be remembered for calling a timeout, when his team had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul, in the NCAA Championship game against North Carolina in 1993.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant needs 24 to pass Shaquille O’Neal on scoring list – ESPN Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant needs 24 to pass Shaquille O’Neal on scoring list – ESPN Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Clippers’ Mo Williams not trade bait, GM says – ESPN Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers’ Mo Williams not trade bait, GM says – ESPN Los Angeles.

Lakers’ Mike Brown Suspended, Fined For Bumping Ref

Mike Brown suspended, fined for actions in Los Angeles Lakers loss – ESPN Los Angeles.

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love Suspended 2 Games

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love banned 2 games for stomp – ESPN.

Phil Jackson working on memoir, publisher says – ESPN Los Angeles

Phil Jackson working on memoir, publisher says – ESPN Los Angeles.