*This cover is a remake of the original with Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett
The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t playing around this year. They’re done with being the laughingstock of the NBA (which now belongs to the Charlotte Bobcats, despite they’re 20-point comeback win over Orlando on Tuesday). And the homies over at SLAM recognized that. Ricky Rubio, although struggling as of late, busted onto the scene and instantly became mentioned in Rookie of the Year talks. As for Kevin Love, well, he’s been destroying every power forward in the league on his way to becoming the best inside and out player in the game right now.
Just this past week, Love’s dropped 42 points and 10 rebounds on LaMarus Aldridge (pretty sure that damaged his pride) and 39 points to go along with 17 boards on Blake Griffin and the rest of his supposed “tough” frontline with DeAndre Jordan, Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans. It’s time for everyone to step aside because Love is here to stay.
Jeremy Lin is an incredible story, except, he’s not really a story. He’s the real deal. A Harvard graduate and the second-coming off a Chauncey Billups type career during his early years in the NBA after he was bounced around by Houston and Golden State, Lin was given a chance in New York and never looked back. Against the Nets on February 4 (he did not start despite playing 35 minutes), Lin gave Deron Williams 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Fluke? Absolutely not. He led to Knicks on a 7-game win streak while averaging 24.4 points (He dropped 38 on Kobe and the Lakers!).
No matter how much we want to avoid it, but ever since Carmelo Anthony’s returned in the Knicks starting lineup, the Knicks have struggled. They’re not playing with the same excitement/swagger they once were when their best player was nursing a groin injury for two weeks. Anthony requires a lot of attention and a lot of time with the basketball, and he’s not a player who runs up and down on the court; he runs isolation plays. Melo’s having the worst year of his career and isn’t doing the things that New York traded their entire team for him to do, which is to take, and make, big shots.
Anthony may be the star, but Lin’s the one who revived New York.
A lot of folks are rooting against the Heat this year (I’m one of ‘em), but I don’t see anyone stopping them, at least right now. We’re only 5 games into the season. Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade look like they’re in excellent shape and it seems that they’ve figured out who to-go-to during the 4th quarter: the franchise player himself. Wade’s nailed two game-winning shops in 3 nights since the start of the season, and the second one came on a ridiculous alley-oop pass from ‘Bron.
While Ricky Rubio won’t be in the NBA next season, it’s not looking like Rudy Fernandez will be either so I’m sure we can expect a lot more of this duo catching sick alley-oops like this one.
If you didn’t watch this game yesterday, you fucking missed out! Even though it was only an exhibition, it was a classic! Ricky Rubio (dude is NOT hype, he is the real deal) and Spain gave Team USA all they could handle but in the end Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose held it down for the Americans with some clutch plays.
Gillette’s newest TV commercial features some of the world’s best athletes; baseball’s Derek Jeter, golf’s Tiger Woods, tennis’s Roger Federer, and basketball’s future star Ricky Rubio.
Dime Magazine and Levi’s have a suite for all the potential NBA draft lottery players to come up in and chill, eat food, get a haircut, play video games, and of course get interviewed by Dime.