ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During this weekend’s Pelicans/Nuggets game, Denver center JaVale McGee chased after a loose ball and dove into the stands trying to save the ball. He did make the save, but unfortunately tipped it directly to the Pelicans.
But that’s not why we’re here. We are here to observe what happened in the aftermath of JaVale going into the stands. Take a guess what happens when he lands in the stands. Does he…
A) Take a sip of a fan’s soda
B) Sign an autograph
C) Run back down the floor and block a shot
D) Land in an empty seat next to an older woman, smoothly put his arm around that woman, lean over and give her a kiss on the cheek, and then sprint back down the floor in time to defend his man
If you chose D, I’d guess you’re a fan of Shaqtin’ A Fool…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week while I was on vacation, my intrepid colleague Jeff Case served up a link to a story about NBA-themed “ugly” sweaters, which you can order from the NBA Store. Yes, these sweaters are ugly, but intentionally so, as they mock/pay tribute to the tradition of wearing “festive” garb around the holiday season.
One team has decided to aggressively embrace the ugly sweater. The Sacramento Kings recently announced plans for an ugly sweater night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks a week before Christmas.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The bigger the screen, the better the television, right? Sure, but particularly if you’re using that TV to play videogames against a friend. Forget about playing on a 46-inch screen, because yesterday a few of the Washington Wizards got larger than life.
Nene, Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin played a little FIFA against each other using the scoreboard in Washington’s Verizon Center. According to the Wizards’ website, the scoreboard is almost 15 feet high and over 25 feet wide! This larger-than-lifesized session was filmed and will air soon on the Wizards’ Magazine show. Good luck finding a screen big enough to watch it on.
According to a press release, the “freeD” technology works like this:
Replay will work with the Mavs to distribute 360-degree video footage of key plays from all live game action within the arena. This is the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to install the freeD™ ARENA System and integrate the technology into their broadcast of the game. The replays will be presented in 5K video resolution, the highest quality viewing experience for fans.
This is the largest freeD™ system ever installed across all international sports properties – consisting of 26 cameras, six of which allow for enhanced zoom capability. The system can navigate the entire court through 360-degree coverage and view any perspective of the action. This is a huge leap in terms of production capabilities, which “frees” the video, allowing viewers to watch any play from any angle.
Cuban’s been talking it up to the local media, and while it sounds cool in theory, what’s really awesome is how it looks in practice…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During an important moment in last night’s San Antonio/Cleveland games, the Spurs needed to inbound the ball along the sideline. In order to try and disrupt the pass, the Cavs had seven-footer Anderson Varejao defend the passer, Kawhi Leonard. And in order to make the pass as tough as possible, Varejao was very awkwardly active. Which meant he did this…
Later, just to make sure the moment was commemorated perfectly, “Inside Stuff” host Kristen Ledlow took to Twitter to suggest someone put Varejao’s moves to music. After we discussed a few options — I knew Ledlow would initially gravitate toward Grizzlies fanJustin Timberlake — a Twitter user came up with what just may be the perfect soundtrack to Varejao’s funky moves. Thank you, internet…
Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!
Today’s TBT topic: Red Holzman
Red Holzman was a player in the NBA during its early days as the Basketball Association of America and after his six-year NBA playing career was done in 1954, he didn’t stray far from the league. He became a player-coach, a coach, an scout and found his greatest success as coach of the New York Knicks from 1967-77. Under his leadership, New York reached three Finals, won two championships and had perhaps its greatest era of success.
On this date in 1979, Holzman defeated the Houston Rockets 130-125 in OT to become the second coach in NBA history to win 500 games. In honor of his accomplishment years ago, we look back on Holzman’s career:
(NOTE:Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Things are not going well for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. They have played 11 games, and they have lost all 11 games. This is not a surprise — the Sixers have been very open about their plan to be bad in order to get a top pick in the draft. They have some nice young talent on the roster — Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid — and you’d think they’d steal a win here or there. But looks can be deceiving, and the Sixers have been awful…which at least gives us something to talk about.
So last night against the Celtics, when MCW pulled up for a long three-pointer, then stood there holding his arm high on the follow-through, it looked like it was going to be a great shot! Instead, he got nothing but air. :(
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While Paul George is out recovering from his broken leg, we’ve seen him pop up a fewtimes. But in between rehabbing his leg and working out, what has he been doing to fill the time? Well, apparently he found a new job in the Pacers’ public relations department. Yesterday Pacers PR chief David Benner posted a photo of the credentials they made up for George — who don’t forget has taken to calling himself “Young Trece.” Funny stuff, and if George works hard enough, George may one day get his photo posted in the press room like my colleague Sekou Smith.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Lakers last night on ESPN, and James Harden was not about to let the opportunity slide. With a nationally televised game against one of the NBA’s marquee franchises, on the same day as the debut of his hilarious Foot Locker commercial, Harden decided to show off his NBA Style with a bold sweatshirt.