Posts Tagged ‘Al Harrington’

Ricky Rubio, Iman Shumpert, DeMarcus Cousins Celebrate The Finer Things

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just because pro athletes make a living with their bodies — just because they are jocks — doesn’t mean they can’t have an appreciation for the finer things in life. Why can’t someone like, say, Sacramento C DeMarcus Cousins, teach a class in the works of Shakespeare? Why can’t Minnesota PG Ricky Rubio explain the connection between art and love while working on his latest painting? What about Orlando’s Al Harrington teaching a cooking class?

Well, the people at Relativity Sports set out to prove that these guys can do exactly these things. Because as Charles Barkley once said, anything less would be uncivilized…

(via NBC Sports)

The Poster Child Learns From His Mistakes

by Zettler Clay

Earlier this season, about a month ago, the Clippers visited the Nuggets and played to a closely-contested finish. During the matchup, Al Harrington performed an old-school okie doke move on Blake Griffin:


Tonight, the Nuggets visited L.A. for another (the two teams met again earlier this month) rematch. Surely Al wouldn’t try the same move again. Right?

Fool Blake once, good for you. Fool Blake twice? Not in the cards for Harrington (who landed a ‘bow to Griffin’s chest afterward for good measure).

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Three For All: Denver Nuggets, Part II

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Denver Nuggets, who for the second time this season played three straight, this time from Feb. 2-4.

The Nuggets are the first team this season to take on the three for all challenge twice (12 teams will do it more than once this season). The first time around they put up six points, due in large part to winning the last two games of the challenge, and were a Danilo Gallinari bunny away from sweeping the thing altogether. We’re a month longer into the season, and the Nuggets have played pretty well overall. Could they do even better this time around? Let’s take a look.

Game 1: Nuggets 112, Clippers 91 – A terrific start, getting a win at Staples Center against the up and coming Clippers. Denver’s rep this season is as one of the deepest teams in the league (thanks in part as we all know to the Carmelo Anthony trade, which they seem to have gotten the better of so far and by a longshot), and they used that depth against LAC, putting five players in double figures, led by Gallinari’s 21, and three more chipped in with eight.  3 points (1 for the win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

Game 2: Lakers 93, Nuggets 89 – In a weird schedule quirk, the Lakers comprised 50% of the Nuggets’ three for all challenges — Denver played them twice the first time around and once in this edition. Once again it came down to the wire, but Al Harrington missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds and the Lakers held on. -1 point

Game 3: Blazers 117, Nuggets 97 – The Blazers have been nearly unbeatable at the Rose Garden this season, and with Denver gasping for air in the last night of the challenge it’s no real surprise how this one turned out. Nicolas Batum hit nine 3s on his way to a career-best 33 points for Portland. 0 points

So we see almost a perfect negative of the Nuggets first threeplay — a win followed by two losses instead of a loss followed by two wins. 2 total points for Denver, and thankfully no more back-to-back-to-backs for the rest of the regular season.

Up next: The Utah Jazz and Miami Heat both play three straight Feb. 12-14.

Three for all Top Ten:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets I (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)

Full Three for all standings

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Blake gets a dose of the old school

by Zettler Clay

As much as the NBA showcases larger-than-life athletic monsters on a given night, the line of demarcation between the showy and substance rests in the strategy.

Rick Mahorn demonstrated such a while ago.

Fast forward to Sunday night, when the Clippers visited the Nuggets in a matchup of two of the most exciting — if not up-and-coming — franchises in the league. Blake Griffin’s renowned power game has been duly noted by Al Harrington, who makes the proper adjustment.

Ouch. Insert another bullet point to the “defending Blake Griffin” scouting manual.

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Catching up: NBA players playing other sports

by Micah Hart

Have you ever wondered which athletes in which sports are the best at other sports? With time to kill, many NBA players tried their hands at a little cross-platform action, with some varied results. Here were our top five favorites:

5. Kevin Love tries his hand at volleyball

Love should have gotten some pointers from fellow NBA’ers Chase Budinger and Josh Childress, both of whom were promising volleyball players in high school.

4. Kobe scores on a PK

From halftime of a Manchester United-FC Barcelona exhibition. Not bad, but he probably shouldn’t quit his day job.

3. LeBron is afraid of heights

Honestly, I don’t blame him. That’s a pretty high dive.

2. Al Harrington knocks a guy out

I don’t know the guy Harrington is sparring with here, but frankly he seemed like he deserved it. Hitting a guy that hard makes a man pretty hungry, by the way.

1. Dirk throws out the first pitch at World Series

I’m guessing, with the way the World Series turned out (Go Cards!), that Nowitzki is even more beloved in the Metroplex.

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