Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Gordon’

Kid beats Russell Westbrook with halfcourt shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since it’s summertime, NBA players are hosting eponymous basketball camps all around the world. And these things tend to devolve into a one-on-one contest between the NBA star and an unlucky camper. For instance, we already saw Aaron Gordon drop a camper, and James Harden embarrass another kid with a trick dribble.

So this time it was Russell Westbrook‘s turn, except things turned out differently this time. With the game tied at 2 and the game on the line, this camper named Kyle drove to the basket and saw his shot get blocked. He then decided to try the halfcourt jumper for the win, and Kyle managed to finally turn to tide for all the embarrassed campers out there…

Aaron Gordon drops camper with nasty crossover

By Jeff Case

The offseason is here in the NBA and the tradition of star players hosting camps (and victimizing campers who think they can guard them) has begun. We’ve already seen James Harden leave a poor camper’s ankles in shambles about a month ago. Now, Orlando Magic forward (and Slam Dunk Contest runner-up) Aaron Gordon is doing likewise …

Aaron Gordon dunks on “Ellen”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you didn’t get enough of Aaron Gordon‘s incredible dunking ability a few weeks ago during the All-Star break, you’re not alone. And with the Magic on a West Coast road swing, Ellen DeGeneres invited Gordon to swing by her talk show and show off some more amazing dunks. Gordon did just that, even dunking on Ellen’s executive producer along the way. And to help heal the pain of that second-place finish in the dunk contest, Gordon gets his own trophy from Ellen…


VIDEO: Gordon/Ellen

Aaron Gordon posterized Bradley Beal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At some point this season, perhaps once we reach a critical mass, I will break out the Posterized Poll, where we vote on which player was posterized — a.k.a. dunked on — the most mightily. For now, even though we are only days into the new NBA season, we have a contender for the list.

Last night in Orlando, Magic forward Aaron Gordon caught a buzzer-beating put-back dunk, which was pretty nice on its own. What made it posterizable? Unfortunately for Washington’s Bradley Beal, he got caught standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it’s weird because Beal didn’t really get “dunked on,” at least not in the traditional definition of what it means to get dunked on. But thanks to Beal’s reaction, as he gets sent stumbling into the photographers, I think this qualifies as getting posterized.


VIDEO: Gordon Beal

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 2)


VIDEO: Starters MUSCLEWATCH

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s that time of year when we have to ask, are you strong enough to be our man?

MUSCLEWATCH season is upon is, and we are nearing the time when we declare a champion. Kyle Lowry and Andrew Bogut seem to be frontrunners, with no true winner decided as of yet.

But first, before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Let’s go!

• As we learned this week, MUSCLEWATCH can be divisive. Our friend(?) Tas Melas from NBATV’s “The Starters” announced in the clip above that he was done with MUSCLEWATCH, sadly, before eventually relenting and halfheartedly announcing he was back in. SMH.

I guess our favorite member of “The Starters” needs to be Trey Kerby, who reported his own MUSCLEWATCH update a few weeks ago. MUSCLEWATCH salutes you, Taco Trey!

• For many NBA players, keeping weight on is just as hard as adding weight, considering how much running they do throughout the course of a season. In this article about Hawks big man Mike Muscala, he details his daily eating schedule during the season. Don’t forget to eat your breakfast!

• We may need to consider some sort of lifetime MUSCLEWATCH achievement award for Mike Conley, who didn’t actually gain any muscle, but did get a weight room named after him at his alma mater, Ohio State. That’s got to be worth something, right?

• We’re still looking on an exact number of weight lost from Kyle Lowry, who clearly dropped a lot but has thus far refused to give an exact amount. Lowry has looked amazing in the preseason, averaging 30 points a game, so obviously it’s working.

Can we do some detective work? Last season Lowry was listed at 205 pounds, and this year he’s being listed at 196. He certainly looks as though he lost more than 9 pounds, but maybe that’s just because he’s not seven feet tall. I was considering Lowry a front-runner for a MUSCLEWATCH title, but perhaps that was just all the MUSCLEWATCH in my eyes.

• As we mentioned before, Andrew Bogut lost 22 pounds by cutting out processed sugar. Now he’s leading fast breaks and pulling dribbling tricks…

• Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is back from a broken jaw, but he lost 10 pounds while on a liquid diet.

• Nets big man Cory Jefferson has added the magic “15 pounds of muscle”!! Congrats, CJ…

• Does Kawhi Leonard belong in MUSCLEWATCH? Perhaps we will never know.

• Also a few vague updates on a couple of Knicks players. We need details!!

Zach LaVine has added 10 pounds. Couldn’t find five more, huh?

Aaron Gordon loses a shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s unclear exactly what has happened in this clip. I’ve watched it in slow motion about five times and am still unsure how this happened. Either way, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is out on the perimeter when all of a sudden his right shoe shoots off his foot and flies from the three-point line, into the paint and ends up down under the basket. While the shoe is doing its thing, Gordon drives into the paint wearing one shoe and takes a shot. And as Gordon is driving, Miami’s Chris Andersen delivers a swift kick to Gordon’s bouncing shoe and boots it out of the lane. Crazy play.

(via SB Nation)

Aaron Gordon puts on his own dunking show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we saw video of Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine putting on an incredible dunking exhibition at the Seattle Pro-Am. Not to be outdone, Orlando rookie Aaron Gordon posted the following video on Instagram with his own highlight reel of dunks. Your move, LaVine…

Light work.

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