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Kobe and LeBron Debut New Nike Shoes on Christmas Day

Not only is Christmas Day bringing the first matchup of the season between the Heat and Lakers, it’s also delivering a clash of special shoes. Kevin Durant is wearing special shoes for his game against the Nuggets, and of course the two biggest superstars in the league — Kobe Bryant and LeBron James — each have their new Nikes. Kobe’s Christmas shoes are the grinch-colored ones on the left while LeBron’s are the Heat-colored kicks on the right:

The shoes will be available on December 26th — LeBron’s shoes will cost $160 while Kobe’s retail for $130. If you’re lucky enough, you might just receive a pair as a late Christmas present. Here are a few more pics in case you want to see all the details, including the lion on the tongue of LeBron’s, representing his nickname of “The King.”

That lime green color doesn’t do it for me, but then again I’m not the type to spend $130 on some wingtips. I suppose for the crowd dishing out those ducats, the more outrageous the better.

Pics of the shoes courtesy of Dime Magazine.

Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins Told Fans to ‘Shut the **** Up’

Oh boy, like the Grizzlies didn’t already have bad enough publicity, now they have to deal with their coach going all Bruce Boudreau on some fans. According to Chris Vernon via CBS Sports, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins told a group of 17-year-old kids to “shut the **** up” after they made noise questioning his decision to leave center Hasheem Thabeet in the game instead of replacing him with Zach Randolph.

It’s inappropriate for fans to use that sort of language, unacceptable by players, and unheard of for a coach to go off on fans like that. They’re supposed to be the level-headed leaders of a team, masters of public relations. Instead, you have Hollins cussing out some kids. I’m sure they were being jerks but he has to know better than that.

Making matters worse, apparently the fans are hardcore Grizzlies supporters who have six season tickets to Memphis games. Wrong people to mess with, Lionel. As much as everyone would love to unload on people heckling them, sometimes you just can’t. And I’ll also take the opportunity to reiterate a point I’ve made before: just because you’ve bought a ticket doesn’t give you the right to act like a jackass at a game. Normal manners and good behavior is still expected (though I know that’s asking a lot) for some people.

You Buying Hedo Turkoglu’s Excuse for Missed Dunk?

That Hedo Turkoglu hung on the rim moment brought to you by Sprite came on Tuesday night against the Mavericks. Hedo’s embarrassing play made its way around the intertubes Wednesday as expected. Naturally, reporters had no choice but to ask Hedo about the play, and of course he made excuses.

Turkoglu said Wednesday “I was fouled,” while motioning to his hip. Yeah, yeah, he was touched on his hip, but there’s no denying that he took off way too early for that dunk. After that play, his “Michael Jordan of Turkey” nickname may have to be rescinded. Luckily Andray Blatche happened Wednesday to take the pressure off Hedo because there’s really no excuse for that.

Kevin Love Could Join Exclusive 20-15 Club

Only eight players in NBA history have averaged at least 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in a season and all of them are in the Hall of Fame: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Bob Pettit (8), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4), Elgin Baylor (4), Walt Bellamy (4), Elvin Hayes (4), Moses Malone (2) and Bob McAdoo (1). If he can keep up his current pace, Kevin Love will be next on that list. Love is currently averaging 20.8 points per game and 15.5 rebounds per game — the highest average since Dennis Rodman’s 16.05 per game in 1996-97.

Love was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008, but was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for fellow 2008 draft pick O.J. Mayo. The Timberwolves definitely got the better end of this deal; Mayo’s first three years have produced a healthy 17.2 points per game, but that’s really it. He’s probably never going to be as famous for his play as he is for his one-year stint at USC.

Love, on the other hand, has seen his production rise incrementally each season — from 11 points and nine rebounds to 14 points and 11 rebounds to the historic pace he’s on this year. He’s got as many single-digit rebound games this season (5) as he does games with at least 20 boards. In what was probably his best game this season, on Nov. 12 against the Knicks, Love put up 31 points and brought down 31 rebounds — talk about glass cleaning.

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Blake Griffin Does it Again With Alley-Oop Against Timberwolves (Video)

Once again, Blake Griffin shows why he was the No. 1 pick a year ago and the front-runner for the NBA Rookie of the Year. In last night’s Clippers victory over the Timberwolves, Griffin scored 22 points — none more impressive than these two:

Griffin added 10 rebounds to record his sixth-straight double-double. This dunk was one of three high-flying slams on the night by Griffin — bringing his season total to somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 highlight reel plays. A guy Griffin’s size — 6 feet 10 inches, 250 pounds — shouldn’t be able to  do what he’s able to do, but he does it. Let’s keep our finger crossed in hopes that he does in fact participate in the dunk contest.

Thanks to youtube user RedBullgakov for the video.

Magic Roster Makeover: Trade Lands Gilbert Arenas, Brings Back Hedo Turkoglu

The Orlando Magic were dominating the NBA to begin the season, and then December came.  Something has gone wrong for the Magic lately, and it has resulted in five losses over the last six games.  We’ve known for a while that the Magic were interested in acquiring Gilbert Arenas, but we didn’t know they were going to blow up their roster to make it happen.

Pro Basketball Talk called our attention to a lot of dealing the Magic did on Saturday.  First, Orlando sent Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark.  When that deal was finished, the Magic then traded Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards to get their boy Gilbert Arenas.

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Dwyane Wade Thinks Knicks Only Wanted LeBron James, Not Him

It seems like forever ago that LeBron James was going through free agency and visiting with the Nets, Knicks, Bulls, Cavs, and Heat. All along it feels like a plan was agreed upon for the King to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, but they all still went on free agent visits. That includes Wade, who has been a lifelong Miami player.

Wade actually said on Friday ahead of the Heat-Knicks game in New York that he feels like the Knicks never wanted him in free agency. “I don’t think they ever really wanted me here, anyway” Wade said. If Wade was merely a supplemental player in New York’s mind then that was the Knicks’ loss. Either that, or maybe they felt Dwyane was only using them for an interview and leverage with the Heat so they didn’t give their full push.

Whatever the reason, we sure know it was a mistake by the Knicks. People, including our own Danny Lee, have ridiculed the Heat because of their struggles to start the year. I’ve maintained confidence in them and it seems to be rewarded; the Heat have won 11 in a row, 10 of which have been by a wide margin. Even though both star players’ numbers seem to be down, they appear to be finally meshing. New York’s loss certainly was Miami’s gain. Tell me the fans at the Garden Friday night don’t realize that.