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10 seconds of FIBA goodness

Just 10 more days and the 2o14 FIBA World Cup will kick off! The best of the best teams in the world will converge in Spain to determine who has the best team in the world! Teams from Spain, France, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Lithuania and many more will battle it out for gold and a shot at a spot at thenext Olympic games in Rio. To get the masses pumped for the games, check...
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Photo: Anyone seen this over-the-top Kobe Bryant ‘Achilles’ sculpture?

I do not even know where to begin with this! The fine folks of Taiwan really like Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. I mean reallllllllyyyyy like Kobe. But after seeing this sculpture of Bryant depicted as “Achilles” (see what the artist did there?) I have to say his fans in Asia worship him as a god. Check out this sculpture of Kobe as “Achilles” complete with a mamba (again see what...
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NBA officiating mainstay, Dick Bavetta, retires at the ripe old age of 74

Since the 1970s, much has changed in the sport of basketball and the NBA. The three-point line has been instituted for more than 30 years, 30 (up from less than 20) teams are now in the league and players command salaries that dwarf what the stars of the day used to make. The NBA has become a cash cow and has never seen its popularity be higher than it is right now. But what really...
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Tim Duncan gets the Ice Bucket Challenge from his girlfriend

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping the world and everyone is getting in on the act to raise ALS awareness. And by everyone, I even mean Spurs’ Tim Duncan’s girlfriend challenged him after she got doused with ice cold water herself. Now the question is… will we see TD answer the challenge? The world awaits your answer big man! Don’t let us down.   Post by San Antonio...
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Home has a bigger pull now

It was not too long ago that some intrepid blogger thought up what it would be like for teams only to have players from their designated areas. There was Kevin Durant on the Wizards, and LeBron James on the Cavaliers (things that could really happen), Derrick Rose on the Bulls (wait…) and Dwight Howard on the Hawks. It is a fun experiment. Except the experiment is becoming more...
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Watch a young Kobe Bryant take over a high school game in this rare footage

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has done it all in the NBA. Titles, scoring barrages, dunks, MVP performances, and clutch moments. But where did it all begin? Where did Kobe develop this never-say-die attitude that made him one of the best ever to play in the NBA? At Lower Merion high school that’s where. Kobe took over the a high school game scoring 18 points down the stretch to carry...
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Let LeBron James answer the biggest coaching connundrum

Coaches wonder all the time whether to go for the three and the tie or the quick two and foul. As analytics seep more and more into coaching decisions, it is important we all understand just what the numbers say about these situations to inform ourselves. Coaches should at least. A while back, LeBron James wanted that answer and so he and his foundation posed the question to the...
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer yells like a madman at pep rally

Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer met the fans at the Staples Center recently to usher in a new era of Clippers basketball as well as introduce himself to the masses. And right off the bat Ballmer amps up the energy level by yelling at the top of his lungs as if he is gearing up to introduce WWE wrestlers before a match. Seriously take it down a notch Steve! As if starting off the...
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Andrew Wiggins, you are in good company

Some of the trades in the NBA are amazing. Frankly, that is one of the reasons the NBA is so intriguing. The off-court action can be as active and interesting as the on-court action. It certainly makes July and August more interesting. More than any other sport, no contract is immovable and any player can get moved. Wilt Chamberlain was traded twice. Shaquille O’Neal three times...
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Tony Parker challenges “Coach Pop” to Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the entire social media world. We have posted a few NBA players taking the plunge, so to speak, to raise awareness for ALS. Few have offered a challenge that seems so bold. I mean, LeBron James challenged President Barack Obama. But Tony Parker may have taken the cake: That is right, Gregg Popovich. You have 24 hours “Coach Pop.” Do not disappoint.
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The changing Kevin Durant

The marketing campaign around Kevin Durant the last few seasons has been around his niceness or lack thereof. Durant has always been a baby face. A mild-mannered, humble guy who is a lethal assassin with a basketball court without all the show-boaty, teammate-ruining glory of some of the other superstars player. He was a superstar without an ego, in so many ways it seems. Certainly...
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Nate Robinson is dunking again

Not quite the dunks that won him the Slam Dunk contest twice, but it is good to see Robinson hopping up and flying in for a jam. Robinson, of course, is recovering from a torn ACL from last season and there is always concern that a player with his athleticism and leaping ability will not be the same. Robinson has told the Denver Post (h/t Nick Jhabvala) that he hoped to be playing...
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Check out the LED reactive court from Nike and prepare to be amazed!

What do you get when you cross a basketball court and the latest technology? This! Nike showed off its reactive (yes you read that correctly) basketball court named the “House of Mamba” after Kobe Bryant which features LED tech that will have your mouth drop to the floor. From the video, it seems players can run drills, hit shots from markers on the court and display a wide...
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FIBA World Cup News: De Colo out for Team France

As if Team France needed more bad news. On paper, Team France should be a power in international play. With a roster that boasts Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw, Nando De Colo, Kevin Seraphin, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, and Ian Mahinmi, France has it all. However, that is on paper. Heading into the 2014 FIBA World Cup, France will be without Parker, Noah, Seraphin and, now...
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Ticket Demand For Cavaliers Road Games Higher Than In Cleveland

When LeBron James announced that he’d be returning to Cleveland to after four years with the Miami Heat, the basketball world was immediately turned upside down.  The Cavs, who had not made the playoffs in the four years since his departure, became instant favorites to win the NBA championship.  The Heat, who had for years been the defacto 800-pound NBA gorilla, became a long...
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Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi airballs two free throws in a row for Team France

I get it. All pro-basketball players won’t ever be perfect. Not even Michael Jordan was perfect. But there’s missing the occasional shots, a turnover here and there or a blown defensive assignment, then there’s airballing two free throws… in a row! As the 2014 FIBA World Cup draws near, Indiana Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi (playing for Team France) probably would like to have these...
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Team USA takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Someone challenged Team USA to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Who are they to decline? Apparently Kyrie Irving and Miles Plumlee decided not to participate. Team USA challenged President Barack Obama, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Oprah Winfrey to take the challenge and raise awareness for ALS. More on that in a second. The next person to take the challenge was former Team USA and...
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Five teams poised for a Suns-like surprise

Every year in the NBA, some team proves the experts wrong and becomes the darling of basketball heads that buy League Pass the year long. Teams that were supposed to be tanking suddenly become playoff contenders and, while they rarely compete to win a championship, they become darlings for trying so hard just to reach the Playoffs and hit mediocrity. Surprise can be a powerful motivator...
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Metta World Peace throws some hard elbows Venice Basketball League

It may seem we here at Crossover cannot get enough of Metta World Peace aka The Pandas Friend but how can we ignore his offseason antics? As if putting on a panda costume wasn’t enough, Peace decided to show that he still can lose his cool during games. While playing at the Venice Basketball League, Metta was caught up with some of the players trying to rebound a ball. A player...
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Dunks from the Drew League will get you pumped

Who says the best dunkers come from the NBA? During the offseason, the Drew League out in L.A. put on a dunk contest and from the look of the video below, dare I say better than the NBA Dunk Contest? The eventual winner of the contest was Young Hollywood because he basically laughed in gravity’s face with one outstanding dunk. Check out some of the best dunks from the Drew League...
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10 games we CANNOT wait for

The NBA released its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday getting us officially super excited for the 2015 season. Is it October yet? No? Dang. Two months just seems like too long a time to wait. Especially with so many games to look forward to. This season is just going to be way too much fun. Seriously, is it October now? No? Until the games start, we will just have to wait for the games...
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How good is your owner?

Clippers fans are rejoicing at the fact Donald Sterling is no longer the owner of the Clippers. His tenure as owner was long and painful. He scrimped on players and fielded a losing team for most of his 20-plus years as owner. Just how bad was he? This chart from Buzzfeed should show you just how bad: Yes, Sterling has the longest tenure as an owner and also the worst record as...
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Crossover Chronicles Podcast Episode 5: We have a 2015 schedule!

On this episode of the Crossover Chronicles Podcast, Philip Rossman-Reich and Jeff Garcia discuss Wednesday’s release of the 2014-15 schedule and the storylines they want to watch through the 2015 season. They then turn their attention to Team U.S.A. and the FIBA World Cup. Will Team U.S.A. actually lose the gold? There are some flaws that make you wonder.
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Metta World Peace decided to dress like a panda. Anyone else not shocked?

Ron Artest… err… Metta World Peace… err… The Panda’s Friend felt the need to put on a panda mask while walking on Venice Beach. The thing is seeing how this is Metta, why am I not shocked? Metta will be playing in China next season so I get why he did it but still, this is just Metta being Metta. Or should I say The Panda’s Friend being The Panda’s Friend.   Yes,...
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A raw deal for John Wall

To hear some of the criticism and lack of accolades heading John Wall, makes you think he is not one of the growing young stars in the league. The former top overall pick was recently cut from the guard-heavy U.S. Basketball Team which was not a humongous surprise considering teams can zone and Wall is still an improving jump shooter. Still, the process irked Wall some. His public...
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