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Rockets’ Howard Waits Out Storm With Fans After Game 4

By Nick Margiasso IV

Was it that the win was so sweet one Rockets big man hung around the arena to take it all in? No, but he was at the Toyota Center until all hours anyway.

Awful weather in the Houston area caused many fans caught up in the glee of a Game 4 win to get smacked right in the face with arena authorities advising them to stay inside the stadium due to safety concerns related to bad thunderstorms and the like. The thing is, their pal Dwight Howard stayed, too. (It could be just that he was looking for some extra court time in case his Flagrant I on Andrew Bogut is upgraded by the league)

EJ, Shaq featured on Hawks’ kiss cam

By Jeff Case

The Atlanta Hawks are in the Eastern Conference finals and the series is being broadcast on TNT, which makes for an in-town jaunt to cover the Hawks’ home games in the series for the “Inside the NBA” crew of Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. That quartet had a perch in Philips Arena to watch and broadcast the game and, as is tradition at Hawks games between quarters or during timeouts, the “Kiss Cam” was had its moment in the sun.

The Hawks had a great Kiss Cam moment in the East semifinals against the Wizards, but they may have one-upped it when they got Johnson and O’Neal on there last night and, well, just watch below …

(h/t SI’s Extra Mustard)

 

David Letterman sure loved the NBA

NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Basketball legends Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) talk with Dave (right) about their friendship and their rivalry on the court when they visit the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. This photo is provided by CBS from the Late Show with David Letterman photo archive. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) are interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2012 (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

By Jeff Case

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something the last week or so, here’s an update: The “Late Show with David Letterman” is nearing the finish line and, tonight, David Letterman will host his final show. For 33 years and across two networks, the “Late Show” forever changed the face of late-night TV talk shows behind Letterman’s unique sense of humor and style. Amazingly, when he walks off the stage tonight, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts.

(The Indianapolis Star has a great look at the life and times of the TV icon here.)

Letterman, an Indiana native, is also a well-known sports fan and, in particular, a basketball fan and Indiana Pacers fan (he even did a Pacers-themed Top 10 once). Everyone from Reggie Miller to Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jordan (who gave Letterman some guff over wearing adidas shoes) appeared on the show, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of Letterman’s best NBA-related interviews …


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Michael Jordan in 1986


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Patrick Ewing in 1989 (FF to the 30 minute mark)


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Isiah Thomas in the late 1980s


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Reggie Miller and Spike Lee in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Grant Hill in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dennis Rodman in 1997


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Charles Barkley in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dwyane Wade in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

(more…)

NBA players share their Mother’s Day thoughts via Twitter


VIDEO: LeBron James and other NBA stars wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

By Jeff Case

In last year’s Kia MVP ceremony, Kevin Durant delivered a touching, memorable tribute to his mother as he was honored for his on-court exploits. (In case you forgot about it, here’s the video).

As folks around the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day, NBA players were not remiss in making their gratitude for mom known on social media. Here are some of the best tributes we saw today …

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors after Game 4


VIDEO: The Starters give their takes on Paul Pierce’s trolling

By Jeff Case

The Washington Wizards ousted the Toronto Raptors from the playoffs last night with a 125-94 thrashing to complete a 4-0 series sweep. Throughout this first-round series, Paul Pierce — whom the Wizards added in the offseason — paid huge dividends with clutch shots in Game 1 and Game 3. Considering that Pierce was a villain for the Raptors in their first-round series loss to Pierce’s Brooklyn Nets, they’ve probably had just about enough of him for a while.

Pierce can’t get enough of ribbing the Raptors, it seems, and took to social media after the Game 4 win to get a few not-subtle-at-all digs in on the team/franchise. (h/t FTW)

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Paul Pierce's Facebook post

Paul Pierce’s Facebook post

 

 

The Bucks talk fashion

By Jeff Case

A few weeks ago, Jared Dudley, O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless hung out at a restaurant and talked massages, boats, swimming, Don King and more.

If you were a little sad that’s all we got from them, don’t be. The Bucks have a new chat between the teammates on fashion — specifically suits, vests, wearing something more than once, watches and more.


VIDEO: Jerryds and Juice, Episode II

Bulls fans really want playoff tickets

By Jeff Case

Getting tickets to a Chicago Bulls home game is no easy task. In fact, entering tonight’s Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks (8 ET, TNT), the Bulls have led the NBA in home attendance for six straight seasons. They have sold out every game since April 13, 2010 (a streak of 205 games) and led the league with an average home attendance of 21,866.

But, the team isn’t about to leave would-be supporters out in the cold. Before one of the Bulls’ home playoff games against the Bucks, the team held two different contests to test the mettle of fans with the winner scoring seats for a game.

(Hopefully, the fan who did the cupcake challenge got REALLY good seats …)


VIDEO: Bulls ticket challenge, Episode I


VIDEO: Bulls ticket challenge, Episode II

Meet the Warriors ‘Gold Suit Man’

By Jeff Case

Some NBA teams have entire sections of their stadium dedicated to loyal fans: the Area 55 crew at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Pacers, the Red Rowdies at Toyota Center for the Rockets, the Kia 6th Man section at Philips Arena for the Hawks and many others that we’re probably missing.

Oracle Arena is best known for its raucous cast of Warriors supporters, but one fan in particular stands out at home games, a gentleman known as “Gold Suit Man”. A college student by day, Oliver Wald has, in recent years, become one of the best known Warriors fans around.


VIDEO: Warriors Gold Suit Man

Proof Paul Pierce really doesn’t want to return to Canada

By Jeff Case

The Washington Wizards have a 2-0 series lead on the Toronto Raptors in their first-round series, winning both games North of the border. After the Game 2 win (and as the series shifts to D.C.), the Washington Post reported Wizards forward Paul Pierce was overheard saying he didn’t want to make a return trip to Canada. Why? Because he didn’t want to go through customs.

As players headed to the locker room after the game, Pierce shouted, “I don’t want to go through customs no more!”

Thanks to the Wizards, we have video proof of Pierce saying that — although what the team captured isn’t the same exact quote as what the Post had.

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J.J. Watt has a blast at Game 2 of Rockets-Mavs series

By Jeff Case

The Houston Rockets are expecting a big playoff run in 2015, what with their fancy, new pregame intros and whatnot. Tuesday night’s Game 2 moved Houston to 2-0 in its series with the rival Dallas Mavericks and delighted the fans at Toyota Center — one of whom was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.

Before the game, Watt and his fellow Rockets fans were treated to a masterful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by 12-year-old Nicholas Connors:

After which Watt congratulated Connors on his rendition (and clearly shocked him in the process):

And lastly, Watt soaked up the Rockets’ win with some celebratory dancing:


VIDEO: J.J. Watt dances after the Game 2 win