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All Ball Fave Five: Players Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

You may not know this about me, but if you have read enough posts on All Ball you’ve probably seen enough links to surmise that I am a big fan of Saturday Night Live.

And with the start of the new season just around the corner, it got me to thinking: When will the next NBA player get a chance to host of the show?

Historically speaking, SNL invites a “sports figure” on average about once a year (this includes broadcasters, professional wrestlers, etc). Last year our own Charles Barkley became the first athlete to host for the third time, but overall basketball representation on the show has been sparse. Aside from the Chuckster, only Michael Jordan and LeBron James have ever hosted. Clearly, Lorne Michaels does not think much of the NBA’s collective comedic talents. But is that deserved, this allegation I’m making up on the spot?

It seems to me in this day and age there are more NBA players being funny than ever, and it’s just a matter of time before someone else gets a crack at being not ready for primetime.

But who? In this week’s Fave Five, we rank the top candidates to take to the stage in Studio 8H:

5. Roy Hibbert

The bonafides: A rising star on the NBA’s comedy scene, Hibbert has aligned himself with some very funny people in his burgeoning career. He’s guested on Parks and Recreation (the funniest show on TV for my money), hung out at Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles with comedian Chelsea Peretti, and topped it off with Ben Schwartz‘s hilarious audition video for Hibbert’s cheering section. He seems pretty comfortable on camera — here he is from last year’s playoffs on Jimmy Kimmel:

Has he been featured on Funny or Die or Taiwanese animation? Not yet, but given who he hangs out with, it can’t be too long.


Blake Griffin Gets Up Close And Personal With Courtside Fans

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin is like Conan O’Brien — he can’t stop. He’s going max effort after the ball all day every day, and if that means ending up in the seats, well, so be it:

I don’t think I’d ever get food if I were sitting courtside. Too much can go wrong. I gotta say though, the woman who absorbs the bulk of the collateral damage reacts infinitely better than I assumed she would.

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Blake Griffin Takes To The Air, But Not The Way You Think

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin is arguably the most exciting player in the NBA, and here at we’ve shown you almost nothing but BG highlights since he first set foot on the floor for the Clippers. But if we are going to poke fun at guys like JaVale McGee and … well mostly JaVale, it feels like we have to show this as well.

I’m going to go on record and say that Blake may have several of the best dunks in NBA history, but this is also probably the worst pair of FTs of all time. See what I mean:

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that before in an NBA game. I have a feeling this week’s episode of Shaqtin’ a Fool will hit a little close to home for the Diesel.

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Blake Griffin, two-sport athlete?

by Micah Hart

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a true two-sport professional athlete. Blake Griffin is just the kind of freakishly-talented athlete to make that sort of thing happen, which is why it should be no surprise that Must-See BG spend the offseason working on his game in another sport, with the intentions of going pro. Let’s see how it turned out:

I believe I’ve written this before, but I’ll say again, you’d be surprised at how good NBA players are at ping-pong.

NEW IDEA! There should be a contest All-Star Weekend, where the champion of each team represents the franchise to determine the League’s table tennis champ. TELL ME THIS WOULDN’T WORK!

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Blake Griffin, the latest NBA Superstar to lose to a busboy

by Micah Hart

Yeah, Blake Griffin is the Rookie of the Year, and can hold his own on the comedy scene. But you didn’t really think he could beat “Busboy Ricardo” at pop-a-shot on Jimmy Kimmel Live, did you?

To Griffin’s credit, he comes much closer than some of Ricardo’s past victims, though he did get a little help from the blindfold handicap.

I would love to see a full-scale NBA pop-a-shot competition. Strangely, I think Andrei Kirilenko would be the favorite. He’s got long arms, and his new tattoo would distract the competition.

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If anyone can do it, Blake Griffin can

by Micah Hart

There appears to be a friendship blossoming between NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin and comedian Norm MacDonald. First Griffin made an appearance on the premiere episode of Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, then Norm showed up yesterday to grill Griffin during his award press conference. Roll it!

He jests, but I gotta say, if any player can find a way to win two ROY trophies, Blake Show seems like the guy to do it.

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A look back: The Blake Show

by Micah Hart

Though he won’t be in the playoffs this year (and who knows about the future – it is the Clippers after all), we couldn’t turn the page to the postseason without taking one last look back at the havoc created by Blake Griffin in his rookie season. Here are each and every one of his 214 dunks in 2010-11. Enjoy responsibly:

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Norm Macdonald goes undercover as Blake Griffin

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin has impressed in many ways in his rookie season, but the most surprising to me has been his surprisingly deft sense of humor. He proved it once again last night by appearing with his partner-in-crime DeAndre Jordan on the premiere episode of Comedy Central’s Sports Show with Norm Macdonald. Roll it!

If you are a fan of basketball and comedy as I am, you have to like the recent forays into the sports arena by Comedy Central, first with the Onion SportsDome and now with Norm Macdonald, whose Weekend Update segments on Saturday Night Live in the ’90s will always be my favorite.

Another job well done, BG. We’ll miss you during the playoffs.

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Blake Show hits New Jersey

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin had one of his worst performances of the season on Wednesday against the Celtics, but the Clippers came out on top. Unfortunately, the reverse was true last night in New Jersey. Must-See BG had 23 points and nine rebounds, but the Clippers blew a 14-point halftime lead to fall 102-98 in New Jersey. Still, that off-hand alley-oop was pretty sweet.

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Blake Show lights up Charlotte

by Drew Packham

With their 92-87 win over the Bobcats on Tuesday, the Clippers have won three straight — and Bad Blake had his fingerprints all over this one.

Griffin notched his 54th double-double — eighth straight overall — with 17 points and 15 rebounds and did his thing through the air as well. Check out the highlights:

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