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Ray Allen feels the energy at Quai 54

Under the Eiffel Tower, in front of the International Streetball Community they run, Celtic Ray Allen and Fabolous were celebrity duns, Jordans, everywhere for the eye to see, the emcee on the plug-one, and at the end France won. Mike Reckford from King of Hoops Atlanta shares his experience with Bounce on his journey to France and speaks frankly about his second consecutive loss to the French at the event.

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My esteemed colleague in the bouncemag.com cipher, the inimitable, intelligent professor of hoop-ology who goes by the moniker of Funkalot, suggested that this lovely soundtrack should accompany any discussion of the Chicago Bulls’ Manchild in the Promised Land, Derrick Rose, from here on out. Read More »

Here at Bounce, we appreciate the style/substance combination. This season, there are a few pro and college cats that will be fighting their way back from injury or other circumstances, players who possess the swagger, skills and “IT” quality that make you shiver in your seat when they’re playing their game at full capacity. One such player, who I’m itching to see back at full strength, is the Bucks’ Michael Redd.

To be quite honest, there’s a Love/Hate element that exists here. I’ve never truly forgiven Michael Redd for giving St. John’s the bizness in the 1999 Elite Eight with his 20 points and stellar play, which, for all intents and purposes, signified the end of the Red Storm’s relevance. As Ohio State marched into the Final Four, the St. John’s legacy, inclusive of the remarkable college accomplishments of Louie Carnesecca, Chris Mullin, Willie Glass, Malik Sealy, the McGuire boys, Walter Berry, Mark Jackson, Felipe Lopez and Ron Artest, among others, staggered into oblivion. Read More »

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Thanks to the historic rampage that the Lakers went on last night in their 89-67 victory, the basketball universe will be treated to a delicious winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow evening. The last time we saw Kobe Bryant in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden, he was fighting by himself, seemingly buck naked, like the Asian dude in the movie, The Hangover, when he hops out of the trunk and causes some bodily harm before escaping into the desert to bring back re-inforcements.

After Game 5, it was apparent that if the Lakers had any chance of successfully defending their title, Kobe would need his entire supporting cast to step up and be counted. And in Game 6, that’s just what happened. And then some! Read More »

While Kobe Bryant did everything in his power to send Los Angeles back to the west coast with a victory in hand, he received as much help from his teammates as New Orleans got from FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Thus far, the 2010 Finals has been ripe with ancillary storylines – the rugged toughness, exemplified by Ron Artest, exhibited by L.A. in Game 1, Rondo’s triple-double masterpiece coupled with Sugar Ray Allen’s sweet stroke in Game 2, Derek Fisher’s late-game heroics in Game 3 and and the Celtics Killer B’s (Big Baby and the bench) making all the difference in Game 4.

But last night, it was all about the Return of the Macks, as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rondo re-established their top billing in Boston’s 92-86 Game 5 victory. Read More »

For the majority of this game, this series seemed to finally be defining itself. The Lakers looked to be the superior team, with the two best players on the court, Kobe and Pau Gasol, mesmerizing aficionado’s with their mastery of the most difficult moves. At various turns, Kobe and Pau made their Picasso-like brilliance look as simple as finger painting.

But the nuance and texture of this championship, and possibly the season, morphed into something entirely different in the fourth quarter. It was then that the Celtics unlikely pair of heroes, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and little Nate Robinson, led their team to victory, assisted by the key contributions of Tony Allen and Rasheed Wallace, with a game changing swarm. Read More »

With the Lakers wobbling down the stretch and trying to hold on to their slowly disappearing lead, it wasn’t Kobe or Pau, Odom or Ron-Ron that secured the series advantage for Los Angeles in Game 3. The hero was none other than Derek Fisher, who had that feeling in the fourth quarter, where his 11 points, as the sand slipped out of the hourgalss on the Celtics, propelled his team past Boston’s furious late-game rally. Read More »

So, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum put up 46, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could only be found, offensively, on the back of a milk carton and the Lakers attempted 15 more free throws than the Celtics. And Boston still walked away with the victory?

That was due, largely in part, to Ray Allen’s superfluous shooting performance. In case you missed it, you missed one for the record books. In addition, we were again treated to the emergence of Rajon Rondo, who has officially crashed the penthouse party of the league’s premier floor generals. Read More »