The 1992 US Olympic basketball team, the “Dream Team,” is considered by most to be the greatest team ever assembled. But there is at least one sign that the current U-16 crop may be close to as dominant.
The U.S. men's U16 national team has downed one of the Dream Team’s most impressive records with a 130-31 opening round victory over Mexico at the FIBA Americas Championship on Tuesday.
The young Americans 99-point victory is the largest ever for any American national basketball team, besting the Dream Team’s 76 point drubbing of Cuba in 1992. The team also tied national records for most points in a game, and set new marks in field goals made (56) and rebounds (69).
Ten days ago, Jason Kidd announced he was retiring. Today, the Brooklyn Nets introduced him as its new head coach.
Kidd's career spanned 19 years and four teams — the Mavericks, Nets, Suns, and Knicks. He is second on the all-time assists list, and third all-time in 3-point field goals. He made 10 All-Star games and won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. as a member of the Nets, when they were based in New Jersey, he led the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The Nets haven’t made it back to an NBA Finals since Kidd got them there. He could be the right man for the job, just like he was a decade ago. Brooklyn is a young and talented team, and the players could use Kidd’s knowledge of the game.
Kidd isn't the first former player to become a head coach. But all-time greats have a dodgy history moving from the court to the bench.
The Spurs were blown out by the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and last night they responded by returning the favor. San Antonio ripped Miami, 113-77, to take a 2-1 series lead.
At one point during the game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was captured giving his team some inspiring advice: “All the shots are great. If you feel confident, let it fly! Get your name in the paper.”
And boy, did the Spurs let it fly! They sank 16 three pointers, scorching their names into the newspapers and the record books. The Spurs’ 36-point margin of victory was the third largest in NBA Finals history, and their 16 threes set a new Finals record, (The previous record had been 14.).
After dropping Game 1 on Thursday night, the Miami Heat evened up the NBA Finals by blowing out the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84. The game was close heading into halftime, with the Heat holding a slim lead. But then Miami decided to obliterate the Spurs, going on a 33-5 run in the second half that included another sick block from LeBron.
Tiagop Splitter looked like he had a sure-fire dunk. But LeBron, roaming under the net, broke from his coverage, timed his jump, and said "No you don't."
The 2013 NBA Finals begin tonight in Miami between two of the premier franchises in the league. This series will be the battle of the Big 3s, with Miami's defending champion triumvirate of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh taking on San Antonio Spurs threesome of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. More »
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After a hot summer day of amusement park rides or playing AAU basketball, Russell Westbrook loved indulging in slushies while growing up in Los Angeles, California. "Drinking them was my favorite way to cool off," Westbrook recalls. "It was a nice treat after being so hot."
Nowadays, slushies can't cool down the sizzling fifth-year Oklahoma City Thunder point guard. Although a knee injury sidelined the three-time All-Star during this year's playoffs, Westbrook's dynamic style of play has earned him praise around the league and propelled the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. Westbrook shares some of his fondest summer memories with SI KIDS.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat would have to endure a Game 7 before getting to the NBA Finals, I would have called you crazy. With a 27-game win streak and an innovative, position-less, high-scoring offense, the Heat looked unstoppable. More »