Playing the Field: USA basketball bloopers … sorta

LeBron James is funny. Or at least the NBA wants you to think so.


The NBA nicely released a clip package of behind-the-scenes basketball action from the Olympics this weekend. And guess what? Rich people are just like you. Except rich.

To be fair, the video isn’t exactly the best you’ve ever seen, but you do get a chance to see LeBron making a fool of himself. (Ya know, not in the final five minutes of a game. Can I still make that joke?) There’s also plenty of shots of Anthony Davis, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Love.

Surprisingly, there’s no Kobe Bryant in the video. Interesting.


And a sick dunk

Speaking of LeBron, the reigning NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist is part of a group of NBA players spreading the goodwill to China the last few weeks.

But it was Indiana’s Paul George, one of the more underrated players in the league, who stole the stage with a 360, between-the-legs dunk that has to be seen. And yes, even LeBron really got into the excitement.

The best part is that his warm-up dunk was a 360 windmill. He immediately calms the crowd down to unleash the between-the-legs version. LeBron is the one in the red hat and white T-shirt if you couldn’t tell.

George was actually in the Slam Dunk contest this year and was fairly unexciting. (Here’s super super slo-mo versions of his three dunks if you care.) He tried jumping over Roy Hibbert, but he had to push off his shoulder and still clipped him in the back of the head. In fact, the warm-up dunk he did in China was his second dunk in the contest.

Break out the big stuff in the contest Paul, come on!

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He used to be able to dunk. But is now lazy and out-of-shape. So kinda like Baron Davis.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

In third year, Occupy Wall Street a "leaner,…

Three years after thousands took to the streets and camped out in lower Manhattan, Occupy Wall Street members were out in Zuccotti Park on Wednesday…

National

PHOTO: Photographer comes face-to-face with deadly crocodile

A deadly crocodile comes face-to-face with a courageous photographer, who manages to take a set of jaw-dropping pictures of the teeth-baring reptile.

Local

Brooklyn packed for annual West Indian Day Parade

Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway was packed Monday with an estimated one million people showing up on Labor Day to celebrate West Indian culture.

Local

James Michael Tyler on Gunther, Central Perk and…

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."

Movies

Review: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' is insane even for…

Kevin Smith returns to the horror genre, only with more jokes this time, with "Tusk," in which Michael Parks wants to turn Justin Long into a walrus.

Movies

Fall Arts Guide: NYC's repertory film scene boasts…

Among the best repertory film series in NYC this fall include old subway movies at BAM, Capra at Film Forum and actual celluloid at the IFC Center.

Music

Needtobreathe's revival: From broken up to resurrected

Needtobreathe talks about breaking up and reuniting while recording their latest album, "Rivers in the Wastelands."

The Word

The Word: John Travolta stands by 'Battlefield Earth'

John Travolta doesn't seem too bothered about the pending lawsuit from his former pilot, Doug Gotterba, who claims he also had a six-year romantic relationship…

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL

Fantasy football: Run with Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson,…

Fantasy football: Run with Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson, Donald Brown

MLB

5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.

College

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…

Career

Here's why the newly-crowned Miss America deleted her…

Miss America pageant winner Kira Kazantsev quietly deleted her LinkedIn profile this week after her work history came under attack by conservative critics. Many of the…

Career

Zosia Mamet explains why leaning in is not…

Zosia Mamet is living proof that even if you don't think you can get a job you're going for, you should still try. Along with…