Darko Milicic loves pounding brews & being a jock, you guys

YouTube: Darko rules everything around me, DEAM, dolla dolla bill y'all.

Former NBA Champion and now sub-par kickboxer Darko Milicic is really loving life back home in Serbia.

Today, a video emerged of him at a party celebrating in true jock style… pounding brews and singing folk songs.

In the video, a shirtless Darko starts passionately singing along to the song… Then skolls a beer with no hands… Then gets another beer and goes halvsies with his tattoos on the consumption of said beer.

This is Darko’s world. You’re just watching it.

via: BDL

Paul Pierce is King of the North‏… deal with it

By Roscoe Whalan

After completing a first round sweep of the Raptors on Sunday night, Paul Pierce anointed himself “King of the North”.

Fair enough too — it’s the second consecutive year he’s been instrumental in sending the Raptors packing.

In Game 4, he played just 22 minutes, twisting the knife a couple of times in the third quarter with a couple of timely threes, before watching the rest of the Wizards soldiers finish off Toronto.

“I don’t know if anyone really had picked us really beating Toronto in this series — especially without home court advantage,” Pierce said after the game, “So to go out there and not only be the underdog but to sweep I think it does send a message that, ‘Hey, you can’t take Washington lightly'”.

But while Pierce has played the villain in this series (as well as Photoshop extraordinaire) the Raptors’ troubles through all four games began with Wizards’ star point guard John Wall.

Wall tore the Raptors defense to shreds, dropping in 42 dimes in Games 2, 3 and 4 while also sitting out most of the second half in the decider with the game already in the bag.

“We’re playing the right way… We’ve just got to stay hungry and humble,” Wall said after the game.

The Wizards played nearly a complete basketball game on Sunday night and for once, Wall wasn’t expected to shoulder most of the offensive load.

In fact, it was the first time ever where the Wizards have won with Wall taking just five shots in a game.

A lot of that success is thanks to a change in strategy in this series, moving Paul Pierce over to the 4 and playing small ball.

During the regular season, the Wizards were in the bottom five teams in the league in terms of three point field goals attempted and made — on Sunday the Wizards shot 15-26 from deep, a new regular season high.

“I think it makes us extremely dangerous…When we’ve gone to that line up in this series, we’ve shot more three pointers on average in this series then we’ve done all season long,” Pierce said.

“So that’s just shown that we’ve opened up things for the guards to get into the lane, penetrate, John is doing a good job, we’re swinging the ball, moving the ball, getting the ball to our shooters”.

The Wizards also shortened their rotation to just eight in this series with Otto Porter, Drew Gooden III and Ramon Sessions coming off the bench.

“I continue to stay ready and work and if my name was called I was going to produce and the situation was there for me to go out there and play,” Drew Gooden said.

But after opening up a 30 point lead by three quarter time, Coach Randy Wittman emptied the bench.

For Toronto, the most successful regular season in franchise history becomes irrelevant — they still haven’t won a seven game series and a long summer full of questions awaits.

Meanwhile, it’s the first time the Wizards have ever swept a seven game series but their work is far from done — they’re now awaiting their second round opponent — the winner of the Atlanta-Brooklyn series.

“We lost 3-0 to Toronto, we also lost, I think, 3 or 4-0 to Atlanta and we got blown out a couple of times by Brooklyn. So, either one of those teams, we’ve got to see either one of those teams, they’re going to see a different ball club,” Pierce said.

Let’s just hope for the newly anointed King of the North that series is not the Red Wedding.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7

Dispatch from Washington: Paul Pierce doesn’t want to go back to Canada

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By Roscoe Whalan

“Our goal right now is to make sure that we don’t go back through customs,” Paul Pierce said with a smirk post-game on Friday night.

He really doesn’t want to go back to Canada.

Canadians probably don’t want him to come back either — nor will they likely have to after the Raptors fell into 0-3 hole in their first round match up with the Wizards.

“I love playoff basketball. I love everything about it,” Pierce said.

It looks like it too — the 37-year-old king of talking trash continues to back it up on the court, dropping in 18 points in Game 3 including 4/7 from beyond the arc in 27 minutes of action.

The “this is why they got me here” Pierce has so famously barked on the court multiple times has been on full display in Games One and Two of the First Round.

Last night, he did it again.

“I mean, that’s why we brought him here,” Coach Randy Wittman said after the game — perhaps not completely aware that he was quoting Pierce’s now famous phrase, “In these kinds of situations he’s not scared of the moment.”

In a series between two teams that entered the playoffs struggling, Pierce, one of the few remaining players in the NBA from the 90s, has helped spark the Wizards and some life into the series.

Not surprisingly, Pierce’s impression has come since being slid back over to a stretch 4 position — a spot where he found similar success in the playoffs last year as a Brooklyn Net, also against the Raptors.

Moving Paul Pierce over to the four has opened up the floor for John Wall who is dishing out dimes like he’s just won the lottery (32 assists in the last two games).

It begs the question though — where was this Wizards during the regular season?

“We were saving it for the playoffs,” Pierce said with a laugh.

The Wizards have seem to have found their rhythm at the right time — as for the Raptors well, it’s nearly over.

As for Pierce and the Wizards, they’re hoping there’s still a long way to go.

“You got all summer to party — right now it’s the playoffs.”

Gooden Gets Going

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Pierce wasn’t the only old dog pulling tricks out there in Game Three — Drew Gooden III also chipped in, yes, you read that correctly, with 12 points off the bench.

“I got the green light from the coaches and my teammates, I mean the neon green light — they actually get mad at me if I don’t shoot it,” Gooden III said after the game.

Gooden’s a survivor in the NBA, playing for 10 teams in 13 years but just 18 months ago he was unemployed.

“I’m just fortunate and I think that time being away from the game really just showed me that this is not promised,” Gooden said adding, “the next day is not promised”.

Gooden has reinvented himself as a stretch 4 in the late stages of his career too. He’s only made 81 threes in his career — 30 of those have been in his last year and a half with the Wizards.

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The third overall pick from the 2013 NBA Draft has taken his time to find his feet in the NBA but he’s doing it at the right time.

After a year of Russian roulette in Wittman’s hunt for a back-up swingman, he’s finally landed on Porter, with Rasual Butler and Martell Webster taking their place at the end of the bench (I didn’t say it was necessarily tough competition).

Porter dropped two huge triples in the final quarter: first to give the Wizards a three point lead, and then another just a minute later to stretch that lead to five.

“He’s growing up right before our eyes,” Gooden III said after the game.

Just a couple of weeks after Pierce said he might punch Porter to get him fired up — the threat appears to have paid off with Porter coming to life on the court.

Not only did he hit key shots down the stretch but he also locked down DeMar DeRozan in the second half. DeRozan had 20 in the first quarter and 23 at half-time but finished with just 32.

“He’s starting to play with a little more fire,” Pierce said after the game about his apprentice.

In fact, early in the third quarter, when Porter stared DeRozan down after an emphatic block.

When asked about it after the game, Drew Gooden III laughed, “I don’t believe that!”

“He’s growing up right before our eyes”.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7

Episode 282 – ALL CAPS STEPH CURRY

USA Today Sports: Steph Curry is basically the mayor of New Orleans now, you guys.

USA Today Sports: Steph Curry is basically the mayor of New Orleans now, you guys.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about Stephen Curry‘s huge 40 point performance to help the Golden State Warriors come from behind to beat the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead, the impact that Derrick Rose is having as the Chicago Bulls look to close out the Milwaukee Bucks, LeBron James and Kevin Love‘s big game 3 against the Boston Celtics and how the Cavs were able to shut down Isaiah Thomas, Scott Brooks‘ firing and potential OKC Thunder coaching candidates and Kawhi Leonard taking out Defensive Player of the Year over Draymond Green in a super close vote.

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.

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Iman Shupert drops Cavaliers playoff anthem

The playoffs are officially here, because Iman Shumpert has dropped his Clev Cavs playoff anthem.

With every Cavs players getting a shoutout, these are easily my three favorite lines.

1. “Delly is the Man” (facts only)

2. “Late shot clock hit Swish up for the 9-1-1.” (always give it to J.R. Smith)

3. “Coach got that look in his eyes cause this playoffs”

I think coach has that look in his eyes because Shump is mixing rap beats instead of practicing corner threes, but hey, whatever)

Back in 2012, Shumpert hit us with this Knicks Anthem, which I think is still some of his best work, you decide.

It’s on you now Cleveland arena people to play this track for the pre-game intros.

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Episode 281 – Smoove Radio

Getty Images: This is Josh Smith's world now. Deal with it.

Getty Images: This is Josh Smith’s world now. Deal with it.

Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about the first awards being announced in Mike Budenholzer winning Coach of the Year and Lou Williams winning Sixth Man, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard‘s huge games as the Rockets take a 2-0 series lead over the Mavericks, whether or not the Raptors can come back against the Wizards, the importance of the Warriors bench to their title hopes and more!

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

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The Aron Baynes roasting continues

The internet has no chill.

We know this, but after Aron Baynes was on the receiving end of three monster Blake Griffin jams, ESPN’s SportsNation even got in on the action.

Michelle Beadle brought out Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to perform “Crossroads” on set, with the highlight reel playing in the background.

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A true sign of the damage is when Wikipedia gets in on the action.

Baynes is a tough, physical dude. I expect the bug Aussie won’t be letting things go that way in Game 2.

via: Complex Sports