Lance Stephenson has his own face on his shoes

, on December 9, 2013 , 5:00PM


We’ve seen this sort of thing before — most recently with Amir Johnson last season — but any time you can see a man wearing a pair of shoes with his own face on them is a special time. And when those shoes happen to be And 1 Tai Chis (a Tas Melas favorite), it’s even better.


But I guess it’s like they say, you can’t really know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes that have a cartoon picture of his face on them. Do that, however, and then you’ll pretty much know exactly what it’s like to be that guy. Plus, you’ll have his shoes and his face, so it’s a win-win-win.


(via George Kiel)

The Starters TV Clips: A tribute to Dana Barros

, on December 9, 2013 , 4:00PM


Now that Kyle Korver has erased Dana Barros’ name from the made-up record books, will people ever talk about the journeyman sharpshooter again? Maybe not, but if they do, hopefully they reference this very thoughtful tribute from his friends at The Starters.


Enjoy it!

Video: Out-of-costume Rockets mascot hits halfcourt hook while on an exercise ball

, on December 9, 2013 , 3:00PM


I don’t know what I’m more surprised about regarding this clip — that a person is able to make a hook shot from halfcourt while wobbling to and fro on an exercise ball or that the Rockets’ mascot was so willy-nilly about being out of costume? Both are kind of shocking, since we all know a) how hard it is to balance on something that is inflated and round, and b) that there are always cameras rolling at any time, no matter where you are.


Lucky for us, the Orlando Sentinel was on hand to capture this momentous occasion. Otherwise, we might never know that Chase Budinger found a backup gig.


(via Reddit)

Mon. Dec. 9: Imperial March

, on December 9, 2013 , 1:53PM


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On Monday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Kobe Bryant’s return, the Raptors-Kings seven-player trade, Kyle Korver’s new NBA record, the “Kyrie Don’t Leave” kid, and more NBA weekend winners and losers.


All that, plus a touching Dana Barros tribute, the latest Asik trade rumor, and Nene and Gortat’s bromance.




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NBA Happenings: Dec. 9, 2013

, on December 9, 2013 , 9:15AM



Shoutout: By far the biggest winner of the evening was Masai Ujiri, who traded Rudy Gay to the Kings in exchange for some biscuits and fish. That means he’s traded the two most objectionable Raptors of the final years of the Colangelo regime (Rudy and Andrea Barnyarni) within five months, which just might lock down his second straight Executive of the Year trophy. A back-to-back EotY winner hasn’t happened since ol’ Stan Kasten back in 1986-87, so get excited that we might be seeing some real NBA history pretty soon.


Not so much: The Knicks lost by 41 points. At home. To a team, the Celtics, that was 9-12 heading in to the game. Just two days after beating the Magic by 38, and just three days after beating the Nets on the road by 30. Weird few days. Sentence fragments.


A man who is back: Did you hear Kobe Bryant came back to the Lakers? He did. And he was introduced with “The Imperial March.”



Nine points on 2-9 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes for the Bean, who definitely should not have been on the court instead of Xavier Henry (17 points in 14 minutes on 6-8 shooting) in the game’s final minutes. Considering Kobe broke in to a full sprint once and couldn’t totally use his bad leg, maybe Mike D’Antoni should have gone with the guy who could actually do stuff.