Local Ads

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since being traded from the Denver Nuggets, Timofey Mozgov has only been in Cleveland for a few weeks. The good news, though, is that Mozgov appears to have found a home away from home in The Land, at a local establishment called The Brew Garden. In this local ad for the Brew Garden — and you know we love local ads here at the All Ball blog — Mozgov literally wipes out a competitor and delivers a stern tribute for the restaurant…


VIDEO: Mozgov local

Steven Adams has some banking tips for you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oklahoma City big man Steven Adams hails from New Zealand, where they speak English but have a collection of their own phrases and sayings. These are obscure enough that when Adams breaks them out in this new ad for an Oklahoma bank, we need subtitles to keep up with him. Adams seems kind of presidential in this spot, doesn’t he?


VIDEO: Adams bank

(via CBS)

Pelicans offer ticket deals with “No Problem”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New Orleans Pelicans have an exciting young team, lead by All-Star starter Anthony Davis, who is just 21 years old. And to make sure the people of New Orleans keep coming out to see them play, the Pelicans have introduced a new ticket plan: For $24, you can get tickets to any three games. Heckuva deal, for sure.

What’s really interesting is how the Pelicans are promoting this deal. We love local ads here at All Ball, and the Pelicans have chosen to recreate an old local ad for this new local ad. According to a press release from the Pelicans…

The spot included Anderson as the lead role, re-creating Frank Trapani’s persona in the original television spot for his store, Frankie & Johnny’s Furniture. Trapani, who stood just 5’ tall compared to Anderson’s 6’10 frame, passed away in July of 2012. Pelicans center Omer Asik and guard Tyreke Evans also make appearances in the series of spots.

Davis, donning a Stetson-looking hat and holding a plastic Mardi Gras cigar, reprised “The Special Man” role originally performed by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at Frankie & Johnny’s who passed away in 2001.

“It was a lot of fun recreating the ‘Special Man’ commercial and I hope the employees and owners of the store would enjoy us reprising their roles,” said Davis. “At first when I saw it, I thought it was funny, but didn’t really get it. Some of the Pelicans staff who are from here were explaining to us how popular it was and it was fun to see their reactions as we were filming. We hope the fans enjoy it – it was fun for us to do.”

Here’s the Pelicans ad, starring Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans

Special Man Spot 1-26-15 from NBAPelicans on Vimeo.

And for some context, here’s the ad it’s based on…

Frankie and Johnny s Furniture See the Special Man from NBAPelicans on Vimeo.

OKC Thunder players inhale helium, sell cars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The players on the Oklahoma City Thunder are not only very good at basketball, they’re apparently great at selling cars. Last year we saw several of them doing their best to get you in a new vehicle, and this year’s version of the ad has a new wrinkle: Helium.

Now, officially, I strongly discourage you from sucking helium from a balloon, because it’s probably a bad idea or something, but it’s pretty funny to hear these guys talking like Smurfs…


VIDEO: Thunder helium

Bradley Beal in local car dealership ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Continuing our search for great local ads starring NBA players, here’s a clip from a Washington D.C.-area car dealership starring injured Wizards guard Bradley Beal. He’s not exactly singing — he’s lipsyncing. And he’s not exactly dancing either. But as far as local ads go, it has all the classic hallmarks.


VIDEO: Beal Syncs

(via DC Sportsbog)

Ben McLemore is Sacto’s new pizza guy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the joys of watching games via League Pass is seeing local commercials you might not otherwise come across. As such, it was fun last season watching Kings guard Isaiah Thomas star as the Pizza Guy.

But alas, Thomas left this summer and found a new home in Phoenix, meaning the coveted Pizza Guy slot in Sacramento was vacated. To fill it, the Pizza people looked no further than Ben McLemore, who apparently used to actually order the pizza.

And now he’s not just a customer, McLemore is the new pizza guy…


VIDEO: McLemore Pizza

(via HP)

Local Ads: Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Will Always Be With You

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Chicago Bulls might be in the midst of reconfiguring their roster, but that doesn’t stop the players still with the Bulls from being as consistent as ever. And that determination is displayed in this ad from a Chicago-area bank, where Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah show off what it must be like to have a Chicago Bulls bank card. Better than having Tom Thibodeau yell at you everywhere you go.


VIDEO: Bulls Bank Commercial

(via TBL)

Local Ads: LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez Want To Sell You A Car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We love local ads here at the All Ball blog, and this latest spot from Portland starring LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez is indicative of all the reasons why. First of all, the acting chops are nothing short of…well, hey, at least they’re trying. The music, strangely, is the same music as in the epic Norman/OKC Thunder commercial from two years ago. And the final shot where Aldridge and Lopez stand back-to-back and gingerly swivel toward the camera is just sublime…


VIDEO: Lopez and Aldridge local ad

And as a bonus: Bloopers. Because everyone loves bloopers…


VIDEO: Lopez and Aldridge bloopers

(via TNLP)

Local Ads: The OKC Thunder Are Back Selling Cars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we found several members of the Oklahoma City Thunder trying to help move some cars in a hilarious ad that aired in and around the Oklahoma City area. Well it’s a new season, and the Thunder players are back with a new commercial. Different dealership, a few different players, but mostly the same guys and a similarly wacky concept.

As Kendrick Perkins asks, “Why do I always get these silly songs?”


VIDEO: Edmond Hyundai Thunder Commercial

(via Daily Thunder)

Danny Green Is Quite A Shooter


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs F Danny Green took a while to find a home in the NBA, but he’s now firmly established in San Antonio as a three-point sharpshooter. That apparently carries over off the court as well, as we see here in this video that suspiciously resembles a viral spot from BurgerFi, a burger chain committed to natural ingredients and environmentally sustainable practices.



(via r/NBA)