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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Did someone mention change?

We’ve got a few changes to the KIA Race to the MVP Ladder this week, changes at the top and bottom and elsewhere that will surely raise some eyebrows here at the hideout and beyond.

LeBron James is in at No. 1, taking over from Kevin Durant, who drops to third behind James and new No. 2 man Dwight Howard.  Injured Heat star Dwayne Wade, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Utah’s Paul Millsap all stepped out of the 10 this week.

The middle of the pack remains largely unchanged, but the bottom three spots are occupied by newcomers this week. Denver point guard  Ty Lawson, Memphis forward Rudy Gay and Indiana forward David West have all played their way into the mix this week.

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LeBron James jumps over John Lucas for the dunk!

Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls: January 29, 2012

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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The Dallas Mavericks finally have championship rings for their first NBA title!

Dallas Mavericks received their ring Wednesday night before tip-off.

According to a spokesperson at Jostens, the company that made the ring, this championship ring contains 250 diamonds, 10 karats. Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki, and Jason Terry helped design the ring.

On the top of the ring, which is made of 14-karat white gold, the edges read “World Champions”. The middle of the ring is the Mavericks horse with “31 princess-cut diamonds — one for each year the Dallas Mavericks have been in Dallas and the NBA.

 

One side of the ring holds the player’s name and jersey number; the other side says the team name, the year (2011), and “The Time Is Now,” the team’s motto.

The inside of the band features the Mavs’ first logo in honor of Don Carter, the team’s first owner. It also lists the win/loss results from their four playoff series.

They went all out for this ring; well deserved!!!!

CONGRATS TO THE DALLAS MAVERICKS!!!

 

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Miami Heat rock old school 70’s jerseys

Paying tribute to the ABA as part of “NBA Hardwood Classics Night”, the Miami Heat rocked their throwback Miami Floridians jerseys this weekend, for games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami beat the Sixers 113-92. And fall to the Bucks tonight 91-82.

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Miami Heat: All Black Everythingggggg

Miami Heat debuts their New All Black Jerseys

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20 Finalists Selected For 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

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NBA: The last of the undefeated teams. OKC, Heat handed their first loss.

And ironically enough, it happened on the same night.

Last night the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat each lost for the first time this season, leaving the NBA with no unbeaten teams. The Thunder and Heat now have 5-1 records. Defending NBA champs, Dallas Mavericks, downed the Thunder 100-87 Monday, shortly after the host Heat lost 100-92 to the Atlanta Hawks.

Tracy McGrady scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks handed the Heat their first loss of the season.

In Miami, the Hawks used an effective zone defense later in the game. They opened the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run outscoring Miami 33-21 in the final quarter to hand the Heat their first loss of the season. The Heat seemed to rush shots, and let the zone defense get to them. They definitely need to get through a tough zone defense, it’s what Miami’s Big Three had a difficult time handling during the finals last year.

 Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 21 points. Tracy McGrady of the Hawks scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter—his biggest fourth quarter, scoring wise since 2008.

LeBron James scored 28 points for the Heat. James now has 176 points on the season, his most points scored through his team’s first six games in any  season of his career.

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In Dallas, Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Dirk and the Mavs. Their fourth game in five days, and last night the Dallas Mavericks (2-4) seemed to finally click as a team. The Mavs played great defense against OKC, remising of the defense they played in the finals last year against Miami. They outscored the Thunder by 13 in the second and third quarter, only letting OKC score a mere 18 points in the third quarter.

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 26 points, to beat the undefeated Kevin Durant and OKC, 100-87.

 

This just was not the best game for the Thunder; shots were not falling and for the first time this season, they allowed a team to shoot above 45 percent. (Mavs 48.8%). This is not the downfall of the Thunder, but this might be the rise of the Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 26 points.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points.

-JA (@jessicaa323)

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Quinnipiac’s Marquis Barnett: A Life On The Rebound

Quinnipiac’s Marquis Barnett: A Life On The Rebound.

Moving story about Quinnipiac’s freshman forward Marquis Barnett.

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Nation’s Top Player

You’ve probably never heard of Elena Delle Donne, and probably never will until the University of Delaware breaks the top 10. With her height enabling her to post-up, and her ability to step back and hit the 3 has helped her average nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, Delle Donne is somehow overlooked in women’s college basketball. With all of the talk surrounding Brittany Griner and #1 ranked Baylor, Elena and her Blue Hens are flying under the radar. Once the most sought after player in America during 2007-2008, the 6’5″ wing was being recruited by elite contenders. She signed with UConn but took a leave-of-absence from the team due to a burnout after the second day of the summer school program. She then enrolled at U.Delaware to be closer to home, and closer to her older sister who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism as sensory complications.

Entering U. Delaware as a freshman she walked on to the school’s volleyball team where she also excelled as the team appeared in its second straight NCAA tournament. After her hiatus from the hardwood, Delle Donne returned to the court and picked up where she left off. She posted a 54 point game against James Madison, was named an All-American, was a finalist in the John Wooden Player of the Year contentions. Amongst receiving other numerous accolades Elena averaged over 26 points and collected almost 9 boards a game in her debut year on the court. The awards only increased the next season, as she battled being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Now in her junior year, Delle Donne is posting unbelievable numbers as her team is moving up in the rankings. By the end of the year Elena Delle Donne will be a household name. I’m predicting that she will be Player of the Year and the Blue Hens will finish the year in the top 10. Depending on how the seeding plays out for the NCAA tournament, I might even have them breaking into the Sweet 16 as long as the team remains healthy. Look out for the university of Delaware to make some noise this year.

L to R: (f/g) Elena Delle Donne, (g) Trumae Lucas, (g) Lauren Carra

-Curlyy

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When was the last time you heard a rookie receive MVP chants during his second NBA game?

WHO IS NORRIS COLE?

Miami Heat President Pat Riley and Rookie Norris Cole

The 6’2 23-year-old was a multi-sport star at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. He was even recruited to play football on a scholarship at Walsh University, before joining the Cleveland State basketball program.

Cole earned some significant honors during his time at Cleveland State, amongst them are included being the first person in Horizon League Men’s Basketball history to simultaneously be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, earning AP All-America Honorable Mention, and making the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 First Team.

Norris Cole was the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. The pick belonged to the Chicago Bulls, but they traded his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves who then dealt him to the Miami Heat. The cousin of NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, has already begun to make a name for himself in the NBA.

The Miami Heat rookie stole the show in the game against the Boston Celtics recording 20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals—14 of his 20 points came in the 4th quarter.

As the Celtics began to chop away at Miami’s 20-point lead down to 3, it was Norris Cole, who in the final minutes, scored 9 straight points, assuring the Miami victory; 115-103.

Cole makes things happen for Miami off the bench. He is very active on the court, he shows little fear and immense confidence, which is just what the Heat needs—great productivity aside from the Big Three. He is an effective playmaker, with vast athleticism and speed, which makes me wonder if he will take Miami’s starting PG spot. Even so, with Miami being a fast-paced team and quick in the transition, Cole is a perfect fit. It may still be too early to tell, but I expect great things from this rookie.

JA (@jessicaa323)

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