Andrew Wiggins throws down alley oop from Ricky Rubio (Video/GIF)

On Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave their fans a glimpse of what to expect for the upcoming season when Ricky Rubio threw the alley oop to Andrew Wiggins, who finished with a slam dunk.The Timberwolves opened their training camp with a “Dunks After Dark” event at Minnesota State University, which featured three 12-minute scrimmages followed by a 10 minutes of freestyle dunks. Similar to Midnight Madness, only on an NBA level. A fun way to start the 2014-15 season.Video via NBA. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Nike throws Durant a Redskins-themed birthday party

On Monday, Kevin Durant will be turning 26, but Nike decided to throw him an early birthday party. Earlier this month, Durant signed a new contract with Nike that is worth about 300 million dollars. At the party, Durant had a cake with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s basketball court, one of his signature shoes, and a Redskins jersey with his name and number on it. Kevin Durant was also given a pair of Nike shoes in Redskins colors, so don’t be surprised if he shows up to a Skins game sporting his new shoes or if some of the Redskins players show up to the locker room with a pair. Durant even had his own personalized pinata, which every little kid dreams of for their birthday party. Lets just say that it looks like Kevin Durant had an awesome birthday party!   Follow us on Twitter: @DCSportsKings Follow us on Pinterest: DCSportsKings

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Joakim Noah Bounces 1st Pitch at White Sox Game, Throws Strike on 2nd Chance

Most people don’t get two shots at the “first” pitch, so it pays off to be a professional athlete.

Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah received the honor of throwing out the first pitch before the Oakland A’s-Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.

The 6’11″ center warmed up before the game.

However, when he took the mound, he needed more than one shot to get the ball over the plate.

Somewhere out there, 50 Cent is probably wishing he got a second chance earlier this year.

[Chicago White Sox]

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James Harden Throws a No-Look Alley-Oop to Kenneth Faried vs. Slovenia

Team USA had its way with Slovenia in the third quarter of its 2014 FIBA World Cup quarterfinals game and was even able to show off just how much athleticism is on the team during a fast break.

In the third quarter, James Harden led a fast break and finished the play by feeding Kenneth Faried with a no-look lob that turned into two easy points. 

It was a close game at the half, but the United States pulled away in the third quarter thanks to plays like this.

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WATCH: Anthony Davis throws down sick one-handed alley-oop

During USA Basketball’s beat down of Turkey at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, Anthony Davis threw down a sweet one-handed alley-oop jam courtesy of Klay Thompson, who found him while he was cutting. Coach K’s squad didn’t quite score 100 points, but they did win 98-77 after surprisingly trailing by 5 at the half. [@cjzero] The post Anthony Davis Throws Down Ridiculous One-Handed Alley-Oop Jam Against Turkey appeared first on Diehardsport.

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Derrick Rose Drives to Rim, Throws Down Two-Handed Dunk vs. Finland

Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA may not be playing against top-tier talent on Saturday in their game against Finland, but it’s nice to see the Chicago Bulls star show off his explosiveness once again.

During the game, Rose crossed over the Finnish defender on his way to the basket, then threw down the two-handed slam dunk. Rose had seven points, two assists and two steals at halftime with Team USA up 60-18.

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Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell Throws Down Nasty One-Handed Alley-Oop

Top high school prospects from all over the nation gathered at the Elite 24 Under Armour basketball game on Saturday, which naturally led to a slew of jaw-dropping highlights.

This dunk by Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell was the best one of all.

On a lob from half court, the 6’3″ guard rose up,  gathered the ball with one hand and threw it down with authority.

Mitchell, a rising senior, won’t join the Cardinals until the 2015-16 season. Until then, Louisville fans can just watch this clip on loop. 

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WATCH: Andre Drummond throws down big alley-oop

.embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 100%; height: 0; overflow: hidden;} .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } The only thing sweeter than Andre Drummond’s ridiculously sweet alley-oop from DeMar DeRozan during Team USA’s thrashing of the Dominican Republic was the reactions from announcers Steve Smith, Marv Albert and Grant Hill. The three of them lost all capacity to speak intelligibly and basically all blurted out the first thing that came to mind: “OOOOoohhhoOOOhhhhhOOOOooooHHHhhh.” To be fair, that reaction summed up Drummond’s dunk far better than even the most eloquent of soliloquies could have. [For the Win] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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Terrance Ferguson Throws Down Smooth 1-Handed, 360-Degree Windmill Dunk

Seventeen-year-old Terrance Ferguson isn’t lacking in the athleticism department, to say the least.

The 6’7″ high school junior threw down a smooth one-handed, 360-degree windmill slam for his teammates at USA Basketball camp. He was so smooth that he even made a missed attempt look good.

Ferguson is a 5-star recruit who’s considering Oklahoma State, Florida, Baylor and SMU, among others, according to 247Sports. It’s not hard to see why he’s so highly touted after watching this clip.

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WATCH: James Harden throws out shaky first pitch for Astros

Earlier today, we posted an video of Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker throwing out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers game but Jabari wasn’t the only NBA notable to throw out a first pitch. Houston Rockets guard James Harden got the opportunity to throw out the first pitch of today’s Houston Astros-Detroit Tigers. Check out Harden’s first pitch that had a high release but ends up crossing the plate: Your browser does not support iframes. *** Harden image courtesy of Getty Images

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