Best Beards In Basketball Infographic

A big thanks to the fine folks at Wahl for sending me this fantastic infographic about the best beards in basketball.

One of my favourite stats is that in each of the past eight seasons, the league’s MVP has rocked a beard, in one form or another.

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Podcap: Raptors Beat Celtics 116-109

Here’s audio from DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Dwane Casey after Toronto’s 116-109 win over Boston.

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Observations From Toronto Raptors Locker Room

Here are some observations, notes and quotes from the Toronto Raptors locker room after the team beat the Boston Celtics 116-109:

  • Jonas Valanciunas was rocking a Mike Tyson shirt.
  • DeMar DeRozan: “Honestly, I don’t worry about nothing anymore. My confidence is that high. I feel like I can do anything once I’m on the court. I’m not trying to put any limitations on my game when I’m out there on the court.”
  • Bruno Caboclo was showing teammates a video of Leandro Barbosa crossing over an opponent. Terrence Ross couldn’t get enough of the video clip.
  • DeRozan gave Valanciunas some friendly ribbing over his beard.
  • Dwane Casey wasn’t ornery, but he wasn’t happy with the defensive effort from his team. I expect the team to go through a bunch of defensive drills during practice this weekend.
  • Kyle Lowry still has a sign that his son made for him last season hanging in his locker.
  • Greivis Vasquez on the Air Canada Centre: “This is the best atmosphere in the entire NBA.”

Official Hoops Addict Fantasy Basketball League

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Are you a fellow fantasy basketball geek? If so, I’d like to invite you to join the official Hoops Addict Fantasy Basketball League.

The fine folks at DUNKEST.com will be hosting the league this year. I’m hoping to give away some prizes at the end of the season to the top teams in the league. I currently have some books from Bobby Knight to give away and I’m still looking for some sponsors to help out with donating prizes.

The strength of DUNKEST.com is to offer a free and totally innovative Fantasy Basketball game. Through a graphical interface that allows direct interaction with the court, users can create their Fantasy Teams choosing their favorite NBA players.

The management of the team throughout the season is simple and fun: trades and substitutions are possible during each day of the Regular Season and Playoffs in order to select the best starting five for future matches.

DUNKEST.com is very attentive to the scoring logic in order to reward the more strategic users and not the luckiest ones. Users can also create private leagues to challenge their friends (like the Hoops Addict league).

Moreover, from this year DUNKEST has introduced several sections to engage even more its users: a Forum to discuss the performances of the game, a Lineups section to check the probable rosters of the games, and a Statistics section that will be useful to pick the best players available.

Here’s the link to join the league. Of, if you need to search for the legue fter you create your team, the league ID is 0141199740986929.

Photos From Nike’s Americas Team Camp

Here are photos of Jay Triano (Portland TrailBlazers), Eric Hughes (Milwaukee Bucks), Jama Mahlalela (Toronto Raptors) and Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors) working with campers at Nike’s Americas Team Camp.

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Bruno Cabolco dunking at Nike Team Americas Camp

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Eric Hughes working with campers at Nike’s Team Americas Camp.

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Jama Mahlalela observing a defensive drill at Nike Team Americas Camp.

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Jay Triano at Nike’s Team Americas Camp.

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Nike Team Americas Camp August 17, 2014.

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Bruno Cabolco observing a defense drill.

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Jama Mahlalela in a huddle at Nike’s Team Americas Camp.

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Jay Triano

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Bruno Cabolco

Cleveland Cavaliers Chat On SiriusXM

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I was a guest on SiriusXM to talk about the big summer the Cleveland Cavaliers have had. We talked about the trade for Kevin Love, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving butting heads in the past and how Cleveland’s current roster has some flaws.

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Kevin Durant Won’t Play In 2014 FIBA World Cup

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“This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities from both a time and energy standpoint. I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them.”

Kevin Durant