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Ah, summer basketball, when pros can cast off the shackles of restrictive NBA offenses and flaunt their insane moves.
The latest highlight wizard: Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, who absolutely fooled his defender at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am with a sick Shammgod crossover (named, of course, for NYC playground legend and former Washington Wizards guard God Shammgod).
Video courtesy of BallIsLife.com
NFL bans goalpost dunks
Jimmy Graham will have to find another signature touchdown celebration, as he and other players will no longer be allowed to dunk a football over the goalpost. The move will be considered a foul, alongside other celebrations that involve dunks, although the fabled Lambeau Leap remains ''grandfathered in'' and will not be penalized. Graham's dunks did require the goalpost to be physically readjusted on at least two occasions, but is the so-called ''No Fun League'' overreacting?
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76ers' losing streak continues
As expected, the Philadelphia 76ers lost in Houston on Thursday, extending their streak of defeats to a NBA-record-tying 26. Only a home game against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday stands between them and their standing alone in history. Can Philly fight off this dubious distinction? Will it even win another game this season?
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NBA teams tanking or rebuilding?
"Tanking" has been a buzzword this season in the NBA, what with a talented 2014 draft class coming and teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers placing little emphasis on winning now. But new commissioner Adam Silver refuses to use the word, instead calling the process of trading veterans for picks, young players and cap room "rebuilding." No matter the term, it certainly is a polarizing subject. It's no fun to watch your team lose, but it's also hard to deny the success of some recent rebuild/tank jobs, not to mention the fact that certain moribund teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks) actually tried to make the playoffs. What say you?
Granger, Turner traded at deadline
Trade deadline day looked to be a bit of a disappointment, with only spare parts changing hands -- that is, until the Pacers made a huge deal. Indiana traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger had been a major part of the Pacers' return to prominence, but had struggled to find playing time after an injury last season. Turner seems to be getting the best part of the deal -- he's going from a bottom-dwelling 76ers team to one that could end up representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.