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Warriors fan revises, relaunches familiar ‘We Believe’ slogan


VIDEO: The Warriors stun the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs

By Jeff Case

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended for Mavs fans)

Remember back in the 2006-07 season, when the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and took on the No. 1-seeded (and 67-win) Dallas Mavericks? It was perhaps the greatest first-round upset in NBA playoff history as the Warriors ousted the defending Western Confernce champion Mavs in six games.

In that series, Golden State built a 3-1 series edge thanks to a raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena. Back then, the team rallied behind a “We Believe” slogan that was started by a season-ticket holder and loyal fan, Paul Wong. Although that wasn’t the official slogan of those Warriors, that crew led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson came to be known as the “We Believe” Warriors to many.

As Golden State embarks on what it hopes will be a run to The Finals, Wong has updated that familiar slogan: “We Believe Championship”. Wong unveiled that phrase on placards — about 250 of them — during last night’s Blazers-Warriors game and is hoping it will catch on like the ’07 slogan did.

Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group has more on Wong’s new campaign. And, here’s an image of the new signs, too …

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Eric Bledsoe draws foul, gets ejected

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s something you don’t see every day. During last night’s Suns/Hawks game, Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe was leading a fast break when he got slowed down by a foul from Hawks big man Pero Antic. But then, before he could even go to the free throw line, Bledsoe was ejected. As he said later in the Arizona Republic, “I said something else that was inappropriate,” said Bledsoe, who had nine points, five assists and five turnovers in 26 minutes. We were struggling. I don’t know what it was. We just got a little frustrated. We just weren’t in it. We’ve been struggling since the break. Trades just happen.”


VIDEO: Bledsoe tossed

Marc Gasol rips open jersey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol has one of the best jump shots in the NBA, and he’s generally automatic from midrange. But when he missed a jumper the other night against Sacramento, Gasol was so frustrated that he tugged on his jersey and ripped open his shirt. Guess he doesn’t know his own strength…

(via TNLP)

Kyle Korver had an awesome 65 seconds

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that has made the Atlanta Hawks so tough to defend this season is that offensively, the Hawks are completely committed to finding the best possible shot they can find. This means that you often see players give up good shots in order to find a teammate with a great shot. Which means you might get multiple players who are named All-Stars, but there may also be nights where those guys don’t score a ton and instead act as facilitators for the other players.

This was the kind of game Kyle Korver was having last night for the Atlanta Hawks, acting most as a decoy and making life easier for his teammates. Then, all of a sudden, halfway through the third quarter everything opened up for Korver and he got 4 consecutive long jumpers (three threes and one with his foot on the three-point line). Before you watch this clip below, remember that Korver had not scored at all in the game when this stretch below happened. He didn’t score after this stretch. And the Hawks won by 13.


VIDEO: Korver threes

Remember when Hakeem Olajuwon posted a quadruple-double?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.

This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.

So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…


VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double

Andrew Bogut will not share a towel with you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the heat of battle, basketball players are sometimes forced to share things that under normal circumstances perhaps wouldn’t be shared — water bottles, for instance. During last night’s Warriors/Jazz game, Golden State big man Andrew Bogut got tossed a towel that he used to wipe himself down. But when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tried to share Bogut’s towel, Bogut refused and took a stand, both for himself and for hygiene…

Stan Van Gundy leaves Dave Joerger hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story where the Memphis Grizzlies are concerned is their recent skid — they’ve lost four of their last seven games. And last night in Detroit, after losing to the Pistons, Zach Randolph was not thrilled with the way things are going.

But maybe Memphis coach Dave Joerger is the one who shouldn’t be thrilled. Because after the game, he shared a customary post-game handshake with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. But then, as Joerger tried to continue the conversation, Stan Van kept it moving, leaving Joerger standing there a bit…confused?


VIDEO: Stan Van Gundy blows off Dave Joerger

Brandon Bass loses his shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Say this for Brandon Bass: He just won’t quit. Take this play last night in the Celtics/Heat game. Somehow, after making a wild shot, Bass lost a shoe. As everyone ran to the other end of the floor, Bass went with them, shoe in hand, playing with one stockinged foot. Luckily for Bass, the Heat didn’t really take advantage of this, and Bass almost grabbed a one-handed rebound in the process.


VIDEO: Bass loses shoe

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

Kyrie Irving is ready for bigger roles

By Jeff Case

The Hollywood Reporter has a big story in its Feb. 20 edition about how Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hopes to one day hopes to build an empire in Hollywood after his playing days are done.

Surely, James is going to go the traditional route in finding roles for himself and aligning with other actors. His teammate, Kyrie Irving, may have hopes of finding his way into a TV show or movie someday, too, especially if you believe his latest bit of “acting” in his new Foot Locker commercial.


VIDEO: Kyrie Irving, actor