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SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine Presents KOBE

SLAM Magazine recently dropped what it called a “historic” cover – Issue 198, which featured Drake, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry on its front. Now, the respected basketball mag is back with a special edition issue, dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who just wrapped up his legendary 20-year NBA career. SLAM Presents KOBE – sure to be...
UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA Tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one? The team here at UPC will be running its third...
LeBron James' Best Career Dunks (Video)

LeBron James’ Best Career Dunks (Video)

The Cavaliers (46-18, first in Eastern Conference) are taking on the Clippers (42-22, fourth in Western Conference) today on ABC. The NBA recently released a highlight reel of LeBron James‘ best dunks, which can be viewed above. Check them out and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
Illinois Basketball Falls to Ohio State in Overtime, 68-63

Illinois Basketball Falls to Ohio State in Overtime, 68-63

With the game knotted at 58, Malcolm Hill stood between the halfcourt logo and the three-point line, watching the game clock dwindle. The Big Ten’s second-leading scorer dribbled twice through his legs and jabbed toward the lane with his right foot. Hill then stepped back for a three-ball over Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop, who got...
2016 NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced

2016 NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced

The NBA All-Star starting lineups have been announced. Check out the starting five for the East and the West below. Drop a comment to let us know which players you think should get the bench spots. The 2016 NBA All-Star festivities will take place in Toronto from Feb. 12-14. Eastern Conference All-Star Starters G – Kyle...
The SLAM Podcast - Episode 5

The SLAM Podcast – Episode 5

The SLAM Magazine team is back with another entertaining podcast. Via SLAM’s website: In the fifth episode of Respect the Game: The SLAM Podcast—our new podcast in conjunction with our homies at Winner’s Circle Media—host Peter Walsh, Associate Editor Abe Schwadron and Senior Editor Adam Figman discuss All-Star voting, LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry as the face of the...
Stephen Curry's Top 10 Plays of 2015

Stephen Curry’s Top 10 Plays of 2015

It’s safe to say Steph Curry had a successful 2015. He won the NBA MVP award, won a championship, had his second child and befriended the President of the United States. As a fan of the game, it was impossible to turn away from TNT, ESPN, ABC, League Pass, etc. any time the baby-faced assassin had the...
NBA Top 10 Crossovers of 2015 (Video)

NBA Top 10 Crossovers of 2015 (Video)

2015 is now in the books, and it’s now time to reflect on the past year. Courtesy of the NBA, we bring you the Top 10 Crossovers of 2015. Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, it’s a good bet you’ll enjoy these ankle-breakers from some of the league’s most dangerous ballhandlers – Steph Curry, James...
Jimmy Butler Breaks Michael Jordan's Single-Half Points Record (Video)

Jimmy Butler Breaks Michael Jordan’s Single-Half Points Record (Video)

The Bulls played the Raptors last night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and Jimmy Buckets lived up to his nickname by dropping 40 (!) points in the second half to lead Chicago to its fifth win in six games. Butler’s 40 points in a single half is a new Bulls record – previously held...
Stephen Curry Throws No-Look Pass Against Grizzlies

Stephen Curry Throws No-Look Pass Against Grizzlies

The Golden State Warriors are 3-0, and Stephen Curry is playing on a different level. Check out his flashy pass from last night to teammate James Michael McAdoo, who finishes with the And-1 dunk. The no-look dish is just a taste of what the 2014-2015 MVP has been serving up against Western Conference teams thus far....
NBA 2015-2016 Season Preview

NBA 2015-2016 Season Preview

Tell me a story … … is one of the earliest and most common phrases children utter to their parents. As October draws to a close, many kids want to hear stories of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Other youngsters are more interested in tales of game-winners, gym rats and Gasols. And storylines for the 2015-2016 NBA season are everywhere. Golden State looking...
A Fan's Perspective: Gearing Up For The Cubs 2015 Playoff Run

A Fan’s Perspective: Gearing Up For The Cubs 2015 Playoff Run

Sunday, the Chicago Cubs won their 97th game of the season — 8th straight — and finished in third place in the NL Central and in all of Major League Baseball. They would have won every other division in baseball by at least two games. The Cubbies struck out the most batters in the history of...