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In His Head, Derrick Williams Was About To Hit The Dunk Of The Year

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Sacramento Kings star Derrick Williams went for an off-the-backboard alley-oop to himself and ended up looking like your 12-year old cousin. Epic, epic fail

AMARE STOUDEMIRE

Internet Artist of the Day of the Week: Double Scribble's NBA Fan Art

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I’m a big sucker for fan art – well, appropriate fan art – and that’s why I’ve been pounding my desk all morning over the news that the <a href="http://gigaom.com/2012/05/15/patent-troll-tries-to-mangle-hand-craft-site-etsy/">world’s biggest patent troll is going after Etsy’s new $40 million investment</a>.

CHASE BUDINGER

A Kid Asks The $6M Question: Why Won’t LeBron Enter The Dunk Contest?

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Given a choice between my girl texting me "we need to talk" or receiving an e-mail from Sam with "LeBron James" in the subject line, about 90% of the time the former wins out.

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LeBron James Should Have Hired This Kid To Handle His PR

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This year's NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest has very few people excited.

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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest’s Death Rattle

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Chances are if you even squinted at a Twitter feed yesterday, you saw a million or so people bitching about this year’s NBA All-Star Game slam dunk contest lineup, and they were all justified in doing so.

DUNKS

Get Used To This: Ricky Rubio To Derrick Williams

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While formulating <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/12/12-predictions-for-the-nba-season#page/1">our predictions</a> prior to the season, one that was thrown around - that ultimately didn't make the cut - was Kevin Love, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/ricky-rubio">Ricky Rubio</a> and the Minnesota Timberwolves being one of the more exciting teams this season to not make the playoffs.

BLAKE GRIFFIN

12 NBA Young Guns To Watch (If There’s A Season)

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Graphic: <a href="http://missdimplez.com/">Dimplez</a> As the NBA lockout passes its 25th hour, TSS faithful (writers and loyal visitors alike) continue to hold a candlelight vigil outside league offices every night.

SMOKE BREAK

NBA Lockout Report: Derrick Williams Dunks On People

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What did these random guys do to the world.

DUNKS

Derrick Williams’ One Shining Moment Against Duke

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/fiv-unforgettable-sporting-events-i-witnessed"> Somewhere last night, Jalen Rose cried crocodile tears of joy. I sat in Bar Louie near the Verizon Center last night taking in the Sweet 16 contests. After two of my Final Four selections advanced to the Elite 8 (Florida and UConn), I was somewhat allowed to breathe easy watching the latter two games square off (although I had Butler and Duke winning). The Arizona game was intriguing though. The Wildcats were talented and led by freak-of-nature Derrick Williams, but Duke was Duke and they always tend to win games of this ilk. Plus, the return of Kyrie Irving had everyone penciling them in to repeat as national champs and the logic was there to support that. But as a great man once said, "this is why you play the game." Man, that boy Williams came out the gates throwing haymakers in the first half which included a downright disgusting put back dunk over "Powder" (that's Kyle Singler) and a three pointer to bring Arizona within six at halftime. After intermission saw a completely different story. Duke had no answer, or rebounds for that matter, and the final twenty minutes became more of a celebration than two teams fighting to get to the round of eight. The Wildcats star did manage to kill two birds with one stone though. Not only did his squad get the victory making for one hell of match up on Saturday against Kemba Walker and UConn, but his draft stock became even more appealing. He was already a high lottery pick to begin with, but mark my words, if the Wizards land the first pick again this year (which is highly possible), they will jump at the opportunity to add a versatile forward to pair alongside John Wall, Nick Young and JaVale McGee. With all that being said, the Austin Rivers era in Durham starts now. Respect: <a href="http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2011/03/video-derrick-williams-dunks-on-duke/">SLAM</a>.


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