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Just when we thought the NBA Slam Dunk Contest was becoming a snoozefest, Zach LaVine woke us up with his acrobatic, high-flying throwdowns the last two years. The two-time reigning NBA Slam Dunk champion not only grabbed our attention but also snagged the attention of one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history: Dr. J.
We've seen what Julius Erving is capable of around the rim, but The Doctor may have just placed the 21-year-old LaVine on the same level as dunking royalty. In Dr. J's interview with Complex sports, he shares his admiration for the Minnesota Timberwolves guard.
"I'll tell you, Zach has put on a show the last couple of years. He has to get kudos," Erving said. "I don't know if the surprise factor and the timing coordination dunks that he does are as impactful as what Vince Carter brought to the scene when he did a few things that hadn't been seen before. I think with Connie Hawkins, myself, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, there's a lineage there, and I think Vince shook it up a little bit there with a couple of dunks there. I'm gonna let him reside in that spot right there."
The New Orleans Pelicans have made no secret about how they plan to rebound from one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history: In the place of high-profile, high-earning scorers, they spread their cash around this summer to a cadre of hard-working, self-made players.
Indeed, while former franchise stalwarts Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson banked approximately $133 million courtesy of the Houston Rockets, the Pelicans signed or re-signed six free agents this offseason, with not a single lottery pick among them. In fact, their highest drafted signee -- Terrence Jones, the No. 18 pick in 2012 -- will make the least of all of them next season.
None, perhaps, embodies the shift in taste more than E'Twaun Moore.
Asi Taulava could only watch the game at home and tweet when NLEX played against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday night.
The 43-year-old center was suspended by the league after his slapping incident with David Semerad in the Road Warriors' loss to San Miguel Beermen on Friday.
Taulava, however, was only summoned to the PBA office on Tuesday, a day before the game against the Gin Kings.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has begun to explore potential sites for a new Clippers arena, multiple NBA sources said.
The Clippers would neither confirm nor deny they are actively searching for a location, but one NBA source said that an area that piques the franchise's interest is Los Angeles' west side.
The Clippers have been co-tenants of Staples Center, owned and operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings since the facility opened in downtown Los Angeles prior to the 1999-2000 NBA season. In January 2013, the Clippers agreed to a 10-year extension of their lease that would keep the team at Staples Center until June 2024. Sources say any move by the Clippers would come after they fulfill the term of the current lease.
James White carried Mahindra to a 105-103 victory over San Miguel Beer of Wednesday night, finishing with 34 points and 11 rebounds in front of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.
It was the first time for Pacquiao, Mahindra's head coach, to watch his team play in the Governors' Cup, having been newly elected as a senator.
White, though, said he has already gained a lot from the boxing legend from meeting him in team practices.
San Miguel import Arizona Reid maintained he did the right thing in refusing to heed his coach’s call for a time out during the final seconds before they got beat by Manny Pacquiao’s Mahindra on Wednesday night.
Reid refused to call a timeout while the Beermen were down by two points with 15 seconds to go despite coach Leo Austria’s instruction.
In the end, the import missed his three-point attempt and allowed the Enforcers to take a 105-103 win over the Beermen.
Philip Paniamogan was mobbed by his teammates as the horn sounded signaling the end of Racal’s dramatic win over Phoenix.
Paniamogan had just sank the game-winning shot, a contested step back triple from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds left that he cooly made as if it was shootaround.
It was a heroic moment for Paniamogan, but for the former Jose Rizal University star, there wouldn’t have been a celebration on the floor with him at the center of it if not for one of his teammates.
MANILA -- Senator and Mahindra coach Manny Pacquiao paid his team a visit on Wednesday while the Enforcers were playing against San Miguel Beer at the PBA Governors' Cup.
It was the first time for the boxing superstar-playing coach to personally see his team play this season.
The boxing star was accompanied by his wife, Jinkee.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel returned to the winning track, needing a fourth quarter rally to trounce the NLEX Road Warriors, 85-72, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee scored 24 points and 14 rebounds to help Ginebra recover from its last loss and improve to 2-1.
Japeth Aguilar finished with 14 points and also contributed huge baskets down the stretch that ignited Ginebra’s late rally.
Point guard Demetrius Jackson, the 45th pick in the 2016 draft, will sign a four-year, $5.5 million contract with the Boston Celtics, a league source confirmed to ESPN.
The Boston Globe first reported the details of Jackson's rookie contract.
In earning an average annual salary of $1.38 million, Jackson will essentially be paid similar to the No. 23 overall pick, assuming that player earned 100 percent of the league's rookie scale. Depending on the structure of Jackson's deal, his guaranteed first-year salary could rival that of a pick in the late teens.