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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

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pay tribute to Blake Griffin dunk victims

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but there’s never a bad time to hear “Crossroads,” their 1995 hit song paying tribute to their departed friends and family.

In this case, however, Bone Thugs turned up on ESPN’s “SportsNation” to sing the song in tribute mostly to Spurs center Aron Baynes, who got got three times by Blake Griffin in Game 1 of their series.

I wonder if he has an Uncle Charles, y’all?


VIDEO: Bone Thugs

Warriors fans give Monty Williams some help

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The fans at Golden State Warriors games have long been known for creating one of the loudest in-game environments in the NBA. Opposing players and coaches are well acquainted with this, as nobody seems to relish having to play in Oracle Arena, a.k.a. Roar-acle Arena.

But it was still stunning to hear Pelicans coach Monty Williams admit this yesterday before Game 2 of the Pelicans/Warriors series. As Williams said

“I’m not so sure that the decibel level is legal there, and I’m serious. They’ve done studies on that. Being on the competition committee, there’s got to be something to that because it does get a little out of hand. I’ve talked about it for years, they’ve got some of the best fans in the league here, and they show up early. The music before the game, they’re playing old school music, and it’s right above your locker room. And you’re like, ‘These people are crazy, man. This is pretty cool.’ So I’m sure it has an effect, but after a few minutes, it’s just basketball.”

If Williams was looking for a way to further motivate Golden State’s already rabid fans, he found a proper avenue: Last night the fans were louder than ever, cheering on Golden State in their Game 2 victory.

But Warriors fans didn’t forget about Williams. To make sure he was properly protected, some helpful Warriors fan left a little gift on the scorer’s table right next to the Warriors’ bench…

(via B/R)

An inside look at Cleveland’s Game 1 win over Boston

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers were the Eastern Conference’s best team in the second half, posting a Conference-best record of 22-9 after February 2. So expectations were high yesterday when the Cavs hosted the Boston Celtics to begin their latest postseason run. The crowd was hyped, and LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were each special in their own ways, as they helped the Cavs to a 113-100 win.

Here are a couple of videos from yesterday in Cleveland. First, here’s a slow-mo look at the game…

VIDEO: Slow-Mo Cavs Game 1

Also, here’s LeBron James mic’ed up during the game…

VIDEO: LeBron Mic’ed Up

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…

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Stephen Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One thing about the NBA that gets overlooked is that almost every NBA player is a really good shooter. Even guys who don’t score a lot of points in games are generally great shooters when wide open and left alone. Go early to an NBA game and watch the players shoot around in warm ups, and you’ll see guys sink more shots than they miss.

That said, the best shooter in the NBA is probably Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who basically went crazy in practice yesterday. During a shooting drill when he took ten jumpers from ten spots around the three-point line, Curry sank 77 consecutive threes, and finished by making 94 out of 100. The Warriors also posted a short video of Curry doing work. Stand back…

Jason Sudeikis teaches you how to dominate at HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I always figured Jason Sudeikis was a basketball guy back when he was a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” not only because he was playing pick-up ball in the opening credits, but also because he always wore cool sneakers. As this video from the Brooklyn Nets shows, Sudeikis is not only a baller, he’s a hustler, too…


VIDEO: Sudeikis HORSE