Dennis Velasco

Founder of HoopDimes. Formerly of The New York Times, ESPN TrueHoop, Sports Illustrated, The Basketball Jones, amongst other internet basketball destinations.
HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 3: Battle of New York’s City’s Basketball Soul

HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 3: Battle of New York’s City’s Basketball Soul

DV and Frankie Buckets speak on the current tension between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, as well as each of their fans and culture. Both teams were recently featured on the cover of The New Yorker, which is a big deal and emphasizes both a rivalry and revival for both franchises. The dynamic…

HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 2:  LeBron James, 30-Deep, and the Nets

HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 2: LeBron James, 30-Deep, and the Nets

DV and Frankie Buckets talk about LeBron James thoughts this season on the play-in games, which they conveniently use as an excuse to curse on the podcast. Also, they speak on the possibilities for Los Angeles Lakers heading toward the postseason with the loss of Dennis Schroder, and the need for Anthony Davis to step…

HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 1: NBA MVP Contenders

HoopDimes Podcast – Episode 1: NBA MVP Contenders

DV and Frankie Buckets team up for their first podcast together, ever, as well as the premiere HoopDimes podcast episode. They pick their NBA MVP, as well as mention the contenders and pretenders so far. Can anyone catch Nikola Jokic at this point? Should we still consider Joel Embiid even though he’s missed a significant…

The Zion 1: Zion Williamson’s First Signature Sneaker Debuts

The Zion 1: Zion Williamson’s First Signature Sneaker Debuts

New Orleans Pelicans star, Zion Williamson is finally coming out with his own signature sneaker. Having been a part of Jordan Brand since his NBA journey began last season, Williamson will debut the Zion 1 tonight versus the Brooklyn Nets. The Zion 1 comes in four colorways, all of them with specific meaning to the…

Hoop Dimes Alley Oop: Zion Williamson to the New York Knicks?

Hoop Dimes Alley Oop: Zion Williamson to the New York Knicks?

Recently, Zion Williamson mentioned how much he loved playing in the New York Knicks’ building, Madison Square Garden. In fact, he was visibly elated. Could this be a sign of things to come? Watch the video below to hear Zion’s answer to a reporter’s question that could get Knicks fans excited. But, should they be?

NBA Super Teams Since 2000: Much Ado About Nothing?

NBA Super Teams Since 2000: Much Ado About Nothing?

The Brooklyn Nets have been a polarizing team this 2020-21 NBA season, and that really began in January when they traded for James Harden from the Houston Rockets to join fellow superstars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. To, you know, do something that’s never been done before – form a super team! Okay, I’m lying,…

NBA Trade Deadline Grades: Western Conference

NBA Trade Deadline Grades: Western Conference

The NBA trade deadline is always a harried and hurried day as teams attempt to get better in anticipation of the upcoming NBA playoffs or to go the longer view route, acquiring young players that may be projects or just need a change of scenery, or draft capital. Rumors have been flying around for weeks…

NBA Trade Deadline Grades: Eastern Conference

NBA Trade Deadline Grades: Eastern Conference

The NBA trade deadline is always a harried and hurried day as teams attempt to get better in anticipation of the upcoming NBA playoffs or to go the longer view route, acquiring young players that may be projects or just need a change of scenery, or draft capital. Rumors have been flying around for weeks…

The Better of the NBA Rookie of the Year Candidates

The Better of the NBA Rookie of the Year Candidates

LaMelo Ball’s recent wrist surgery seemingly closes the door on his hold over the NBA Rookie of the Year award. It was clearly his to lose up to this point, and his play was a boon to the Charlotte Hornets and its fans, the hardware would have just been sauce on the steak. If LaMelo…

LeBron James and His Case for More NBA MVP Awards

LeBron James and His Case for More NBA MVP Awards

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the middle of writing this article, the Atlanta Hawks’ Solomon Hill accidentally rolled onto LeBron James’ ankle. James is currently listed as out indefinitely, which means that LeBron’s chase for a fifth NBA MVP is seriously hampered. A few days ago, Los Angeles Lakers forward, Kyle Kuzma said that┬áLeBron James, should have…

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