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Behind the Back

Behind the Back

William Byrd High School player Marvey’o Otey pulled off this incredible (or incredibly lucky) behind the back shot as he tried to keep the ball from going out of bounds. His forward momentum sent him clear out of the gym.

NBA: Welcome Back Kobe

NBA: Welcome Back Kobe

NBA welcomes its aging superstar back to the fold, the future hall of famer and five-time champ Kobe Bryant, who just recovered from a career-threatening injury. The tribute is worth watching even if you’re not a fan of the Black Mamba.

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Nike Kobe 9 Elite

Nike Kobe 9 Elite

The Kobe Elite 9 has a single piece Flyknit and Flywire upper, Lunarlon midsole and a carbon fiber heel counter. The idea for the ultra high cut kicks came to Kobe while watching boxer Manny Pacquiao train. Available 2/8/14.

NBA 2K14: Momentous

NBA 2K14: Momentous

Crossovers, clutch shots and comical celebrations abound in the latest commercial for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K14, giving us the number one reason to get with the next-gen: Kent freakin’ Bazemore.

Leather Head Lace-up Basketball

Leather Head Lace-up Basketball

A great gift for hoops fans, the Naismith-style lace-up ball is a replica of early basketballs. It has a leather shell, a rubber bladder and a rawhide lace. It’s a bit bigger and heavier than today’s balls, but it’s perfectly functional.

The Shot Clock Chant

The Shot Clock Chant

Michigan State students fooled their basketball team’s opponent into committing a shot clock violation twice by incorrectly counting down the shot clock. Trolls? Sure, but it’s not like the actual clock is hidden from players.

Longest Basketball Shot

Longest Basketball Shot

Harlem Globetrotter rookie Corey Law proves the teams’ hoop skills are nothing to laugh at. He managed to hit the basket dead on from 109 ft., 9 in. While we’ve seen longer unofficial baskets, Corey’s was vetted by Guinness World Records.

NBA 2K14: Uber Trailer

NBA 2K14: Uber Trailer

A look at the features available in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of NBA 2K14. Enjoy updates about actual events in the league, more in-depth Career and General Manager modes and of course the sweet new graphics.

Jingle Hoops

Jingle Hoops

By rigging a couple of nets with bells an all-star lineup of NBA players are able to ring in the holiday season and the announcement of Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms becoming available at the NBA Store.

Sky High Putback Dunk

Sky High Putback Dunk

College of Central Florida’s 6’7″ Javonte Douglas jams in an insane putback dunk. His neck went above the freakin’ rim. Looks like the players below him accidentally gave him a boost, but he couldn’t have planned that.

Uncle Drew: Chapter 3

Uncle Drew: Chapter 3

Kyrie Irving’s alter ego tries to recruit his fellow point guard Lights, but the man’s wife won’t allow it. They need to teach the youngblood though, so they go out and ball anyway. Also starring Nate Robinson and Maya Moore.

The Awkward Handshake Report

The Awkward Handshake Report

A couple of years ago Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson exchanged the infamous awkward handshake. It turns out the Wolves actually “looked” into it. This is some The Onion-level stuff right here.

Bad British Basketball Commentary

Bad British Basketball Commentary

After totally befuddling us with their commentary on baseball, the Brits from TheExplodingHeads appear to have no idea how basketball works either. Though we will forever refer to field goals as “figs” from now on.

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NBA 2K14: Next-Gen Characters

NBA 2K14: Next-Gen Characters

Of course what really matters is if the gameplay is solid, but if you’re handing over the next-gen basketball crown strictly on the basis of realistic character models and physics, NBA Live 14 is gonna have a tall hill to climb against 2K14.

NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14

The king of basketball games teams up with the King of basketball. NBA 2K14 features improved passing, shooting and low post offense and defense. It also has a story mode where you help LeBron James get his coveted seven rings.

Adidas D Rose 4

Adidas D Rose 4

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is finally ready to play. The D Rose 4 will be helping him in his comeback season. It has a lightweight synthetic leather upper, padded ankle and midsole and insole cushioning.

Hoop Tracker

Hoop Tracker

The Hoop Tracker is a smart watch for basketball players. It tracks your shot percentage with the help of a wireless shot detector that you attach to the basketball rim. It can provide both real-time and long term feedback.

How to Basketball

How to Basketball

We’re not sure how anyone can toss basketballs this fast, let alone put almost every one in the hoop. It’s too bad that all he could probably afford with the tickets he won was a pack of temporary tattoos and a Beanie Baby.

Adidas D Howard 4

Adidas D Howard 4

New season, new team, new shoes (and hopefully a new attitude as well). The Adidas D Howard 4 will be available starting 11/01/13, although you can take your chances on eBay right now. Check it out in Rockets’ colors here.

Adidas Mutombo

Adidas Mutombo

The signature shoes of 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the league’s second best shot blocker Dikembe Mutombo. First released in 1993, the shoes carry his jersey number and the colors of Congo. Drops 8/24/13 for $105.

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Blake and Drain

Blake and Drain

The commercial for the Jordan Super.Fly 2 sees Blake Griffin looking for an extra man for his team. Enter Dr. Drain. He can play ball like a butterfly can sing. Forget the shoe, we want that Dr. Drain tank top.

Google Glass at the NBA Draft

Google Glass at the NBA Draft

The Verge followed Indiana University alumnus Victor Oladipo as he wore a Google Glass at the 2013 NBA Draft. Check out how this important day unfolded from his point of view. Come on NBA; the WNBA has Ref Cams already!

NBA Bad Lip Read

NBA Bad Lip Read

(NSFW: Language) YouTuber itsreal85 makes its own hilarious NBA editions of bad lip reads. Though we have to admit, this montage has a lots of playoff scenes that are great on their own. The Joakim Noah clip is priceless.

Mean Tweets: NBA Edition

Mean Tweets: NBA Edition

Jimmy Kimmel ran a special NBA edition of his show’s mean tweets segment, where celebrities read the nasty things that people say about them on Twitter. We want more, these ones were kinda tame.

Trick Shot Titus vs. Kobe Bryant

Trick Shot Titus vs. Kobe Bryant

The 2-year-old sharpshooter “Trick Shot” Titus Ashby managed to beat 4-time NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal in a shootout. Can he do the same against Shaq’s former partner? Release the Black Mamba!

Trick Shot Titus 2

Trick Shot Titus 2

2-year old sharpshooter Titus Ashby is back with more basketball trick shots. He even has a couple of celebrity guests. It also seems like he’s becoming a complete basketball player. Keep shooting little guy!

Best 14-Year-Old Baller?

Best 14-Year-Old Baller?

His name may be Seventh, but Hoop Mixtape claims that he’s the best 14-year-old basketball player in the U.S. That’s subjective. What’s not subjective is that he’s just fourteen. Kids these days are mutants. (Thanks Alex!)

Sick Slam Dunk

Sick Slam Dunk

Detroit Titans’ 22-year old forward Doug Anderson won the 2013 College Slam Dunk Contest. Here’s his last dunk, a 360 between the… behind the.. it’s a Doug Anderson. Let’s just call it a Doug Anderson.

Carlos Boozer Punches Ref

Carlos Boozer Punches Ref

Here’s another NBA player who accidentally turned a fist pump into a ref punch. Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer got the basket, a bonus free throw and referee Danny Crawford’s prized possessions, all in one smooth motion.

6ft 6in Lamp

6ft 6in Lamp

A sculptural lamp with gangly legs rocking wooden Jordans and packaged in a wooden shoebox. 6ft 6in is an homage to His Airness made by artist Kimou Meyer aka Grotesk. It’s really just 30″ tall though.

Dunk of the Year

Dunk of the Year

It’s been a bad month for Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight. First Chris Paul owns him at the All-Stars, then DeAndre Jordan temporarily wipes him from his existence. And now this.

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