In the lead-up to the 2013-14 NBA season, Grantland will examine key players — X factors — for contending teams. Shea Serrano talked to James Harden and Jeremy Lin about Lin’s role this season.
Me: Yo. Harden: Nope. Me: Dude, come on. Real quick. Two things: Harden: go fast Me: got it. One: Do you have Jeremy Lin’s number? I’m working on this thing and I need to ask him some questions. Harden: Is it weird? Me: what? No. it’s about the x factor on championship contenders, which you guys are this year. Harden: OK. I’ll send you the card. Me: thank you. And the second thing. Harden: uh-huh Me: how many times have you been in the middle of lovemaking and had a small woodland creature crawl out of your beard? Me: does that happen a lot? Me: and when it does happen does the girl freak? Me: or is she cool about, like, “oh hey. What’s up, tiny adorable squirrel?” Me: because my dad always said that a girl that’ll stand by after an animal has crawled out of you is worth marrying. That’s how him and my mom got together.
[No response.] Me: hello?
[No response.] Me: OK cool. Thanks for Lin’s number.
Just a quick one to end the day after a long week of NBA preview stuff from our end. Check out the Triangle All-Stars, The X-Files, Bill and Jalen's NBA Previews, and all of Zach Lowe’s stuff getting you ready for the NBA season. It's almost here, brothers and sisters. Last night the Rockets beat the Spurs by 17 in a preseason contest and I got legit euphoric at the thought of these two Texas teams clashing all year long. We'll leave you with some Harden and Howard highlights. Four more days!
A sterling combined effort from a trio of rookie pitchers led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, evening up the World Series at a game apiece. The game hinged on the Cardinals' aggressive baserunning and a clutch hit from veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran, once again proving that the same things that won big games in the mid-'60s will still win them today.
We're still two weeks away from Halloween, but Dwight Howard already found his costume. He's going as Dwight Howard, Midseason Destroyer of Team Morale and Media Carnival Freak Show. All he has to do is open his mouth and he looks exactly the part.
We've been getting in the mood for basketball for a few weeks now, but the NBA season doesn't officially begin until Media Day.
That's when everything that's amazing and ridiculous comes back at once. The photos, the quotes, the trash talk, the outrageous predictions. It's all there. And it's been even better the past few years, because Twitter makes it easier than ever to share all the best moments. With the help of Danny Chau and the rest of the NBA Internet, let's run through some important moments from around the league.
What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NBA season? Well, you're in luck! The Triangle is counting down the days for all of us.
By now you've probably heard about the Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant feud, but let's review exactly what happened and why it's so wonderful. First ...
How did the Durant and Wade feud start?
Durant did a video interview with something called Cinesport, and they read him a list of Sports Illustrated's top 10 players in the NBA. "I think you're missing James Harden," Durant said. They asked who he'd take off the list.
James Harden and Kevin Durant talk to Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose about how close they were before the trade, how they keep in touch, and how it is like they got divorced and Durant got to keep Russell Westbrook.
When Dwight Howard made his move to Texas, it gave the Houston Rockets the second star the team had been hoping to acquire since last season’s trade for James Harden. The presence of the seven-time All-Star center is certainly a boost to the organization’s title aspirations, but because of Howard’s arrival, incumbent starter Omer Asik — a vital part of last season’s success — now finds himself in basketball limbo, unsure of whether his next stop is a new team, a new role, or a new position. How the Rockets proceed with the Turkish big man will determine how, and most importantly how well, the team will play next season.
In case you haven't been following the Drew League the past few weeks — and really, what else could you have been doing? — the Money Gang is the Drew League superteam assembled by rapper The Game, and all summer long they've been dominating. But the playoffs began this weekend, and the Money Gang didn't even last through the first round. And we have highlights.
Drew League? DREW LEAGUE. Above, check out Kevin Durant, who returned to LAUNFD and dropped 25 points and 12 rebounds in a victory, even though Austin Daye of the Toronto Raptors responded with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
The second clip concerns James Harden and the Money Gang, which is on a roll to end the regular season. Harden had 25 points and seven rebounds despite showing up to the game midway through the first quarter. I guess timing isn't everything. The Game scored 20, while DeMar DeRozan added 12 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Drew League? Drew League! Don't say the Grantland Channel never gave you anything. WE GIVE YOU DREW LEAGUE. Don't know what we're talking about? Read Andrew Sharp's piece here. Want to watch other vids from L.A.'s most storied summer basketball competition? Ch-ch-check ’em out here. Below you can watch Darren Collison going nuts against the Money Team (featuring James Harden and L.A. rapper The Game) and JaVale McGee doing JaVale McGee things. Drew League!
You know what Grantland's been doing with its summer vacation? Hanging out at the Drew League! Yep, we can't stay away from L.A.'s best basketball summer league. You can read about the whole experience in Andrew Sharp's piece. And you can get caught up with some of our older videos from the league here.
But today we've got some heat for you, so check out the videos below. There's a longer video of James Harden testing his range with some 3s, plus shorter clips of Jordan Richardson, Kwame Alexander, and L.A. hip-hop legend The Game.
At the famous Los Angeles summer basketball Drew League (which you can read all about here), the stars come out to play. Mixed in with D-League upstarts and playground legends, you get some highly recognizable NBA names and faces of the recent past and present. Below, check out some videos of high-wattage stars like James Harden, Nick Young, and Gilbert Arenas. Yes, Gilbert Arenas. If you missed the previous Grantland Channel Drew League Extravaganza, you can check out DeMar DeRozan and the gang here. Peep the videos below.
This past weekend, Grantland went to the Drew League. You can read all about the most storied summer league in L.A. in Andrew Sharp's report. Suffice it to say, the sight of Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young playing on the same team, Baron Davis holding court on the court, and West Coast rap icon The Game throwing alley-oops to James Harden melted his mind. Now it's time to melt yours with these Grantland Channel videos from Sunday's action.
On Friday afternoon as I was leaving the Grantland office, someone mentioned that James Harden was going to be at the Drew League this weekend. This left me with a choice: I could spend my Sunday doing responsible adult things like buying plates for my new apartment in L.A., and getting a real trash can beyond the paper bags that my roommate and I have been using for the past week ... OR, I could look up the address to the Drew League, e-mail Jacoby for details, and then spend my Sunday watching basketball in a gym somewhere in the middle of Los Angeles. Fast-forward to Sunday morning and I was with a friend, weaving across a few different freeways on the way to South L.A.