Tweet of the Night: NBA Players Are Getting Into The Halloween Spirit


Whether by mere coincidence or divine providence, the start of the NBA season and Halloween coincide, with tip-off just two days before trick-or-treaters terrorize neighborhoods across the US.

That being said, whether for a party, at a party or in preparation for spooky festivities, many NBA athletes took to social media to display costumes—of others or their own.

Tweet of the Day: Jason Richardson Gets A Laugh From Vine

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Recovering from a serious surgery isn’t fun. It can be agonizing. It takes forever. You can spend a lot of time just wishing you were back on your feet again.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson spent most of the summer incapable of doing much with his left leg. After having a relatively new procedure called Denovo performed on his knee to repair the meniscus, he has spent most of the offseason in a loader brace.

He is in the midst rehabilitating his knee, but the long road to better health has not kept him from having a sense of humor.

Clearly, the guy dribbling in the Vine video must think he’s cool. He just wasted six seconds dribbling in place. He even starts to drift backwards towards the end of the video clip.

While he may think he has handles, his dribbling would not make it in the NBA.

First of all, no reasonable coach would let a player wast so much time off of the shot clock in this manner.

Secondly, his dribbling technique is far from sound. At least twice he bounced the ball high enough it was near his shoulder, which leads to the final point.

Lastly, there is a reason why—fundamentally—players are taught to dribble low to the ground…any perimeter defender worth his salt should be able to pick that kid’s pocket with ease.

However, his completely aggressive demeanor and his dribbling is what makes this Vine so humorous to look at.


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No, not the popular television show, Rutgers basketball. The Scarlet Knights are making waves Wednesday after firing their head coach Mike Rice.

Rice, who appeared in a video on ESPN’s Outside the Lines abusing his players during practice, was terminated by the school today.

A few NBA players spoke up about the scandal on Twitter, including Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson.

I have to applaud the kids on the Rutgers team 4 having self control during those practices. If it was me would of been a diff story on SC.
Jason Richardson

Richardson may have responded to an abusive coach differently than the Rutgers players (had it happened to him), but some of the parents (according to Boston Celtics reserve center Jason Collins) may share that sentiment.

Glad @ finally did the right thing. I'm sure some parents of those kids will help give him a memorable farewell in the parking lot
Jason Collins

Of course, that’s all hypothetical conjecture. Only time will tell what happens from here.

The OTL video (below), which aired Tuesday, elicited an almost immediate outpouring of opposition to the school’s pior decision to merely suspend coach Rice. Even New Jersey governor Chris Christie spoke out in disgust.

“The way these young men were treated by the head coach was completely unacceptable & violates the trust parents put in [Rutgers]. All of the student-athletes entrusted to our care deserve much better.”

While some, like Atlanta Hawks player development instructor Nick Van Exel, may have hoped that the video was some sort of April Fools prank, the truth of the matter is that the video was footage from a practice during the regular season—a few months ago.

Hopefully this type of coach conduct will not crop up again somewhere else.


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Marks: Collins’ Philadelphia Story Not Turning Out As Planned

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NEGA-DELPHIA—That’s how a former local pro football player turned talk show host refers to this town, which never met a glass filled to the brim without thinking there’s still something missing.

Of course, with one championship from its four major pro sports teams in the last 29 years (the 2008 Phillies), there’s good reason for skepticism. Especially when it comes to pro hoops, where the 76ers have been mired in mediocrity for most of the past two decades – other than one brief Allen Iverson-led ride to the 2001 NBA Finals.

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NBA players react to All-Star Slam Dunk Contest


The Slam Dunk contest mostly turned out to be a snooze fest of sorts.

Saturday night actually kicked off with a promising reverse dunk off the side of the backboard from former champion Gerald Green, but took a dive from there, as the contestants repeatedly failed to convert their attempts on the first couple of tries. Green was surprisingly the biggest culprit, as the high-flyer ultimately failed to covert his double-dunk attempt in the allowed time.

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