Swaggy P life lessons: Left arm for tats, right arm for buckets

Yesterday Swaggy P posted this picture on Instagram of him getting some new ink and in the process dropped some of the best basketball life advice.

Previously he had only gotten tattoos with limited visibility e.g. under the jersey, but once the expansion into arm territory began, it was not without careful consideration.

Left arm, mainly used for catching, passing, hi-fives, dribbling……..useless stuff.

Right arm, for getting buckets. Shooting, 360 layups, fadeaways, scoring points. End of story

A quick scan around the league for the best “get buckets” guys or best shooters in the league, leads to some pretty conclusive evidence. KD, Steph and Ray, all great shooters/scorers/no tat right arm guys. The list goes on.

NBA shooters

As you can clearly see in the picture above, tattoo free right arms =  all the points and sweet jumpers you could want.

Swaggy is forever a student of the game.

via: Instagram

Aussie Update – Volume 29

julia gillard and the bird

By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.  

* Australia will play the United States in the gold medal game at the FIBA under-17 world championships in Dubai after a stunning comeback win against Spain overnight. You can catch the game live on Sunday morning at 3am Australian time at www.livebasketball.tv.

* Isaac Humphries is turning heads with his dominant play at the FIBA under-17 world championships. In a recent game against Canada, Humphries tallied a record setting 41 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks.  

Move over Ben Simmons/Thon Maker – this young fella wants a seat at the table.

* A DraftExpress interview with Isaac Humphries.

* In a recent NCAA coaches poll, when asked which current high school player has the brightest future in the NBA, Ben Simmons ranked No. 1 with 32% of the vote and Thon Maker came in at No. 2 with 19% of the vote. Here’s some of the comments: 

On Simmons: “I feel like physically and skillset-wise, he can play right now in the league.” 

On Maker: “If he stays injury-free, he is going to be the guy Anthony Davis worries about in the league in five to six years.”

* A Ben Simmons mixtape by PrepForce.

* Check out this sweet dish from Dante Exum in the Boomers win over the Ukraine.

* A couple of new episodes of ‘Inside The Huddle’ – here and here.

* An Inside Sport Q&A with Boomers assistant coach Luc Longley.

* Bleacher Report examines how new head coach Steve Kerr can more effectively utilise Andrew Bogut in the Warriors’ offense.

* Grizz and Tizz from Downtown chat to Brett Brown.

* The Sydney Kings have signed Josh Childress.

* The Perth Wildcats have signed DeAndre Daniels. Daniels was the Toronto Raptors second round pick (No. 37) in the 2014 NBA Draft.

* The NBA schedule has been released and Dante Exum’s Utah Jazz will host the Houston Rockets in their season opener on October 29.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

Episode 207 – Schedulizer



Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about today’s release of the 2014/15 NBA schedule & discuss what some of the ‘must-see’ match-ups of the season are. Furthermore, for every good NBA game, there’s probaby 10 gross games… So, the guys break down some of the NBA games they’re not looking forward to this year & why. Also, the boys chat about Greg Monroe’s situation, whether or not we’ll see Shawn Marion in Cleveland & answer some listener twitter & facebook questions!

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread & @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.


Off Season Instagrams – Blake Griffin

Like the majority of NBA players, Blake Griffin spends his off-season working on his game… Perfecting what he does well & adding a couple of new things into his game.

Blake’s always been known as one of the league leading funboys & he’s always had a strong photo-bombing game.

It’s good to see that during his off-season workouts, he’s spending some time perfecting the art of the photo-bomb with #BTHype’s favourite son, Sasha Vujacic.

Your move, Chris “king of the bomb” Bosh.


via: Instagram

Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (5th & 8th August)


#BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh jumps on with Steve Bortstein at Fox Sports 1340 AM 93.9 FM New Mexico to talk the latest news out of the NBA.

On Tuesday, Jamieson chats about Paul George’s injury & how that’s going to effect Team USA & the Indiana Pacers this year. Furthermore, Jamieson chats about whether it’s necessary for NBA players to play in FIBA & Olympic competition & the latest about Kevin Love’s potential move to Cleveland.

On Friday, Jamieson chats about the Kevin Love to the Cavs deal becoming agreed upon between Cleveland & Minnesota, Kevin Durant pulling out of the World Cup, the San Antonio Spurs signing Becky Hammon, Greg Oden’s arrest & how the Team USA roster may look like in Spain.

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

Episode 206 – Improving the Cav-alry


On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down all the latest news from the NBA & from World Cup preparations. Tom caught up with Dante Exum & Matthew Dellavedova this week for a chat about their World Cup preparations & the latest for them with their respective NBA teams, the Utah Jazz & Cleveland Cavaliers. Furthermore, the guys chat about all the major news out of Cleveland with the Cavs reportedly coming to an agreement with Minnesota in a trade to bring Kevin Love to Cleveland. The guys break-down what this trade would mean for the Cavs, Wolves & also the 76ers who may be a 3rd party, plus also why the Cavs persuit of Kevin Love may cause the NBA to investigate the trade further. Also, the guys chat about Kevin Durant pulling out of the World Cup & the subsequent inclusion of Rudy Gay in the 16 man USABMNT roster, the Rockets recent signing of Kostas Papanikolaou & more!

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread & @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.