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These Miami Heat Karaoke Videos Are All You Need Tonight
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Shane Battier is a role player for the NBA's star-laden Miami Heat. But after organizing a team-wide karaoke session on Monday night, he's got our vote for team MVP — because how else are you going to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Pat Riley and the rest of the team laying down sterling renditions of classic tunes?

Held in Miami Beach, Fla., the event was actually the third annual fundraiser to benefit Battier's Take Charge Foundation, which aims to provide education resources for underprivileged youth

Now without further ado, let's get into the musical magic. Read more...

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January 19 2014

How Big Data Makes Being an NBA Fan Better Than Ever
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Who's the most clutch player in the NBA? It's the source of thousands of bar-stool and barbershop arguments. And it's the sort of subjective, hard-to-quantify question that will never really get resolved. Right?

Maybe not.

Most basketball fans probably aren't the type to spend time voluntarily poring over a spreadsheet—but what if that spreadsheet could tell you that the Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson really is "Joe Jesus"? (You don't always feel his presence when you call on him, but he's always there when you really need him.)

You see, with his team trailing by three or fewer points and less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Johnson is a remarkable 11 for 15 the past two years. Need a late three? Portland's Damian Lillard is 3 for 4 from long-range at the end of close games this season. Read more...

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January 17 2014

A Pro Sports Team Now Accepts Bitcoin
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If you're looking to buy Sacramento Kings tickets or apparel online, you'll soon have a new payment option: Bitcoin

The NBA franchise announced on Thursday that it now accepts Bitcoin for purchases made at its brick-and-mortar team store and will introduce the same policy for online ticket and merchandise sales by March 1

While major businesses including Overstock and The Chicago Sun-Times have embraced the popular crypto-currency of late, the Kings appear to be the first major pro sports team to do so

The Kings were purchased last May by basketball fan and longtime tech executive Vivek Ranadivé, so the franchise becoming the sports world's first team to hop on the Bitcoin bandwagon makes sense Read more...

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January 15 2014

Theatrical 'LeBroning' Meme Roasts NBA's King of Flop
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Let's get this out of the way first: Flopping (that's exaggerating the effects of contact to elicit a foul call from officials, for you noobs) is an NBA epidemic. Name a star — pretty much everyone does it.

But LeBron James flops are the funniest flops, as evidenced in the video atop this post. Is it his hammy, awkward overacting? The sheer ridiculousness of the best player on the planet trying to con his way into an extra edge? Either way, the LeBron flop has birthed a comedic new sports meme

It's called "LeBroning" and it's simple and easy to try for yourself. First, walk up to an unsuspecting stranger. Then make the lightest contact with their person (advanced LeBroners can make no contact at all but create the illusion of contact). Then, finally, fall to the ground in as ostentatious a manner as possible, as if felled by an invisible bullet. But don't forget the most important step: Filming your flop then posting it to the Internet for all to see! Read more...

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January 13 2014

NBA Player Trolls LeBron in MVP Twitter Performance
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Mirza Teletovic is a fringe NBA player — but he's an All Star Internet troll

LeBron James flew into an abbreviated on-court rage on Friday night after a hard foul (video above) by Teletovic, who plays for the Nets. The two players had to be separated by teammates when James — who rarely loses his cool on the court — got in Teletovic's face following the cheap shot

James quickly moved on, and play resumed. But Teletovic, it seems, wasn't quite ready to let go of his brush with greatness and took to Twitter after the game to do some MVP-caliber trolling Read more...

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January 09 2014

Is This the Worst Travel Non-Call in NBA History?
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The NBA has a long and famous tradition of being a bit extremely lax about enforcing basketball's traveling rule. But this takes it to unprecedented new heights

Watch the video, above, as Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade takes a full-on stroll between catching a pass and dribbling the basketball. In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, "I'm not even mad; that's amazing."

The clip comes from a game against Portland last month, but has just now been making the Internet rounds after popping on Reddit Wednesday. NBA fans have even mashed the clip up with other soundtracks and augmentations; here's another version, below: Read more...

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January 08 2014

Untying Rivals' Shoelaces Just Cost an NBA Star $50,000
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The NBA has fined J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks $50,000 for what may be the most ridiculous transgression in NBA history: repeatedly trying to untie opponents' shoelaces during games.

To reiterate, this is the NBA, not middle school

The NBA announced Smith's hefty fine on Wednesday, terming it as "recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct."

Smith is an ultra-talented player, but his years of bizarre antics have made him something of a laughingstock among many fans and drawn the ire of multiple coaches and general managers. He first tried the shoelace stunt on Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday during a free throw attempt: Read more...

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Meme Becomes Mantra for NBA's Hottest Team
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Back on Dec. 27, the NBA's Golden State Warriors stood on shaky ground. Their record was 17-13 and they'd just recently begun crawling out of a mini-slump that already had some fans pining for trades and the firing of coach Mark Jackson

Then All-Star forward David Lee took a local blogger to task, a meme was born and — as if propelled by some potent Internet mysticism — the Warriors haven't lost since. Today they're the NBA's hottest team

The Warriors had been beset by injuries throughout the early part of this season, disappointing fans who entered the season anticipating high-scoring fireworks displays from the team's talented full roster. So, after the Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns on the night of Dec. 27 with their entire core available, Lee took the opportunity to point out to blogger Jordan Ramirez of the WarriorsWorld fan site that Golden State's season had actually gone quite well when playing with their full squad: Read more...

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Dennis Rodman Freaks Out in North Korea CNN Interview
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Dennis Rodman lost his cool during a CNN interview about his latest "basketball diplomacy" mission to North Korea on Tuesday

The former NBA star's outburst at host Chris Cuomo is the latest chapter in a story that was simply absurd at first, but now grows darker and more surreal at every turn

During the interview shown Tuesday, Cuomo takes Rodman to task over his self-described "friendship" with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, pointing out the fact that Kim is known as a ruthless tyrant who had his own uncle executed last month

"I don't give a rat's ass what in the hell you think!" Rodman, flanked by fellow former NBA players who are part of his current exhibition tour, bellowed at Cuomo from North Korean capital Pyongyang during the interview Read more...

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January 03 2014

Even NBA Players Are Crippled by FOMO
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Of course you know the feeling. You're enjoying a quiet night ... until you decide to fire up your Facebook or Instagram app for a quick digital hit. There, backlit before you, are several of your good friends. Or, at least you thought they were your friends until you saw them on your little screen doing fun things to which you were apparently not invited

But FOMO (that's Fear of Missing Out, for the uninitiated) doesn't just affect the plebeians of our social media age — even multimillionaire celebrity NBA players get their feelings hurt by being left out

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December 21 2013

Relive the Year's 50 Greatest Sports Plays in 1 Mesmerizing Video
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Think back over the past 12 months. Amazing touchdowns, so many jaw-dropping dunks and that ridiculous Auburn field goal return—that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the incredible sports plays 2013 has brought us

So how can you watch the 50 greatest all in one place, preferably with a banging soundtrack? Right here, right now:

The compilation comes via World Wide Interweb, and we're grateful for all their legwork. So take a four-and-a-half-minute trip down sports memory lane, then check out 50 of the year's most stunning sports photos here:

Image: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Read more...

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December 20 2013

Rodman's North Korea Trip: Hilarity at What Cost?
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Have you heard? Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea! It's hilarious and bizarre, and the Internet at large has had plenty a good laugh over the whole thing in recent days

But a powerful open letter penned by a former prisoner in a North Korean labor camp balances the fatuous lark we all mock on Twitter against the harsh reality of life in Kim Jong-un's secretive dictatorship

The details of the letter, which was published by the Washington Post this week, are sad, grim and unsettling. We'll get into the them soon, but first some backstory on Rodman's trip and why it holds such bizarre appeal Read more...

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December 19 2013

A Cocky Kid's Dream Crumbles in Sobering 'Lenny Cooke' Film
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Before YouTube provided endless mixtapes of teenage basketball stars, before LeBron James changed amateur basketball forever to fuel a 24/7 appetite for online updates on hot prospects, Lenny Cooke was basketball's next big thing

Cooke, a 6-foot-6-inch swingman out of Brooklyn, was the nation's top player, seemingly on the fast track to NBA fame and riches. But he never made it

That disconnect is the subject of Lenny Cooke, a powerful documentary exploring the dark reality of prodigious promise gone unfulfilled

Seeing a bloated Cooke rationalize his basketball demise is sobering indeed after watching him confidently interact with future NBA stars including James and Carmelo Anthony as a teen. The film is aided tremendously by the fact that directors Ben and Joshua Safdie are able to use prime footage of Cooke as a high schooler that was shot by Adam Shopkorn in the early 2000s for a never-completed documentary about the young star Read more...

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December 18 2013

Dennis Rodman to Train North Korea National Basketball Team
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Eccentric former NBA star Dennis Rodman's budding bromance with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has taken its next step, with Rodman reportedly traveling to the country's capital city of Pyongyang to train its national basketball team

Yes, you read that correctly

The occasion this time around? A supposedly star-studded exhibition game between the North Korean national team and an "NBA all-stars team" to commemorate Kim's 31st birthday in early January. The match is sponsored by an Irish online betting company called Paddy Power. Rodman will train the North Korean squad for its matchup against the NBA side Read more...

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December 16 2013

NBA Star Honors Sandy Hook Victims With 26-Name Tribute
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Blossoming NBA star Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons became a prized high school recruit at the St. Thomas More School, less than 90 minutes' drive from Newtown, Conn. He played his one year of college hoops at the University of Connecticut, also located within easy driving distance from Newtown, where last December a lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children and six adults.

Drummond paid tribute to the shooting victims on Sunday by writing all 26 names on the sneakers he wore for the Pistons' game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He shared this photo on Instagram with the hashtag #CtTogetherWeStand before Sunday's game: Read more...

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December 13 2013

NBA Star Plays Spontaneous Santa for Young Fan With Special Needs
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A spontaneous touching moment between NBA star Zach Randolph and a young fan with special needs will get you in the holiday spirit

Randolph is known as something of a tough guy around the league. But he showed his softer side on Wednesday night, when his Memphis Grizzlies took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. He made like an overgrown, basketball-playing Santa Claus when giving the young fan the shirt off his back — literally — upon request

You can see the heartwarming YouTube clip, which has been making the rounds Thursday, above

That's not the only adorable interaction between pro sports stars and kids to hit the web recently. The NHL uploaded this clip starring Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild to YouTube on Sunday. The reaction a simple wave from Coyle provokes in one young fan is well worth watching: Read more...

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