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Happy Birthday Steve Smith

. A big happy birthday to @nba champion and Olympic gold medalist Steve Smith. In addition to his on-court achievements, Smitty was recognised during his playing career for both his professional integrity and contribution to the community. Oh, and he is also remembered for doing the best thing ever. @steve21smith @nbatv @msu_spartans #stevesmith A video posted by Downtown (@downtownball) on… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Ronny Chieng Likes Randy Wittman's Face

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: Ronny Chieng Likes Randy Wittman’s Face

Grizz, Tizz and BT are joined by comedian Ronny Chieng as they break down all the latest news, notes and quotes from the NBA. The boys discuss the MVP race and debate the championship credentials of the LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards. All that plus BT in the Box, Studs & Duds, #DearGandT, the Truth Hurts… Read more →

Don’t Talk Smack to Danny Ainge

During Game 3 of the ’94 Western Conference semifinals, Mario Elie had a few  choice words for Danny Ainge after an and-1. Ainge, a former professional baseball player, saved his retort for the game’s dying moments. . Danny Ainge played professional baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. @jeskeets @treykerby @leighellis A video posted by Downtown (@downtownball) on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:34pm… Read more →

Building a Champion: 5 Players to Start Your NBA Franchise

Building a Champion: 5 Players to Start Your NBA Franchise

‘If you were starting a new NBA franchise today, who would be your first selection in each position?’ It’s a regular debate conducted between NBA fans across the globe. Obviously, these days most players have the ability to slide through a number of different positions. Interior players in the modern game, for example, are usually PF/Cs rather than strictly one… Read more →

Music of the Traffic – Week 23

I know we say this every year, but it really seems as if this has been a terrible year for injuries in the NBA. Kobe, Melo, DRose, Paul George, Jennings, Dwight, Griffin, Bosh, Matthews, Varejao, Jabari, Randle, Rubio, Jrue, Collison. All these players have either been lost for the season or missed significant time at some point. Another player bit… Read more →

Thank You, Steve Nash

Thank you, Steve Nash. Thanks for choosing basketball over soccer. Thanks for beating Arizona. Thanks for creating your own moves. Thanks for keeping your dribble alive and coming out the other side. Thanks for passing it through Bynum’s legs.  And Hollins’ and Cunningham’s and Boozer’s. Thanks for making the Suns so fun to watch. Thanks for losing (and winning) graciously…. Read more →

Who is the Real MVP? The Race by Advanced Metrics

When Kevin Durant made his famous MVP acceptance speech last year and called his Mother the “Real MVP”, it was a heartfelt moment that served to recognise the sacrifices made to get KD to where he was. There was no question based on the numbers that Durant was the deserving recipient last year. He dominated offensively, leading the league in… Read more →

Gimme Dat

Can you name each of the players responsible for these blocks? . GIMME DAT Common and not so common examples of the blocked shot. #basketball #nba A video posted by Downtown (@downtownball) on Mar 25, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT  

The 1.5 Blueprint

This season will almost certainly yield a Lakers franchise record. However, in the minds of the organisation and its fans, it will be quickly forgotten. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1959, the fewest wins the Lakers have captured in a season is 27. Currently, the total sits at 18. Barring a late inning win-surge that would rob them of their… Read more →

Starting Five: Sixth Man of the Year Candidates

Each week NBA Australia‘s stable of experts - which includes Downtown’s Liam Santamaria and Michael Collins - takes a close look at the big issues in the NBA. As we get to the pointy end of the regular season, the Starting Five assess some of the candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.   Liam Santamaria: Isaiah Thomas Despite playing for… Read more →