ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!
This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Finding a date for prom can be nerve-wracking, but Raquel Smith, a high school student in Michigan had a great idea: Ask Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. Drummond agreed on one condition: She needed to get 12,000 retweets.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, Drummond’s footwear was more impressive than his car…
“He was absolutely amazing,” Watson said. “He stayed at prom almost two hours, was social with everyone, he was very nice. Of course even the adults wanted pictures and he was very accommodating. He was just an unbelievable.”
Still, Drummond’s Porsche had some stiff competition.
“He didn’t even have the nicest car there,” Watson joked. “We had a couple of Bentleys. My favorite was a convertible Rolls-Royce with Illinois plates. We had three students who came in Tesla cars.”
But Drummond’s Louis Vuitton footwear? That was a thing to admire, Watson said.
“All the kids were talking about the shoes,” he said.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Recently we caught up with Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who was caught on camera getting his groove on. Yesterday, Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson also got funky, although Lance had an idea of what was going on…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons were off to a 5-23 start and things were looking dire. Then the Pistons released Josh Smith, reconfigured their offense, and boom — everything turned around. Today the Pistons have won 9 of their last 10 games and, with a 14-24 record, and are two losses behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the East. There’s still a lot of season left to go, but after that dreadful start the Pistons are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA. And some fans from Detroit Bad Boys put together a pretty cool video celebrating that turnaround…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a moment last week. The Pistons were about to host the Hawks in a big game between two teams with winning streaks, and to help promote the game, Drummond was going to do a live hit on a local TV news show. And while he was waiting for the interview to begin, Drummond apparently forgot he was on camera and decided to just get out the jam…
Last night featured the biggest slate of NBA games since April, with 15 teams in action. The usual wonders of athleticism were on display from the usual suspects: James Harden, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, et al. Equally on display were the abnormal number of buckets swished right before end-of-the quarter horns.
Everybody who has put up shots alone has done it. “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …” Launch. In the Bulls-Pistons overtime affair, there were four buzzer-beaters to close a frame. And on and on it went, an endless loop of dramatic finishes, celebrations and dejection.
Another night like this and I don’t know if I can wait another three weeks for opening night.
We like Andre Drummond around these parts because he reflects a lot of what the All Ball Blog is all about — fun off the court, a flair for social media and a general sense of not taking oneself too seriously.
A frequent user of Vine, Drummond showed off in his latest video just why NBA players should steer clear of the bowling lanes (bonus points for including Sweet Georgia Brown, there, Andre) …
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players traditionally use their summer break to work on parts of their game that can use improving. Last summer we saw Detroit big man Andre Drummond and Nate Robinson employ unique strategies to improve their dribbling, as both practiced dribbling through crowded airports.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan appears to have borrowed this tact, and in this Instagram video he tries to perfect his handle as he dribbles up and down the aisles at his local Walmart.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Though he is just now in his second season in the NBA, Pistons big man Andre Drummond attended college for one season at the University of Connecticut. If he had stayed in college instead of joining the NBA, Drummond would just now be a junior. So many of his former teammates are still playing for the Huskies.
After playing at Philadelphia on Saturday, the Pistons had a day off on Sunday. Drummond swung by New York City to see his Huskies play in the Elite Eight against Michigan State.
And when UConn won and punched their ticket to the Final Four, Drummond couldn’t resist filming a selfie on the court …
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just as important as any great dunk is the celebration that follows. And we aren’t only talking about the way the dunker himself lets the world know he threw down, but the way his teammates get into the act and celebrate. To that end, let’s take a look at a couple of recent bench celebrations and see which bench celebrated best.
1. Detroit Pistons A few days ago the Pistons hosted the Atlanta Hawks, and Pistons big man Andre Drummond got a steal and a dunk on Elton Brand. It wasn’t a dunk on as much as it was a dunk around as Brand tried to deliver a foul. Still, Brand went reeling, making it look worse than it probably was. Either way, as it was down the stretch in a close game, the Pistons bench turned in a celebration for the ages.
And how about that Pistons bench? Coaches and players alike went wild, although it’s always hard to top Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace…
2. Golden State Warriors
Last night against the same Pistons team, Golden State’s Klay Thompson dunked on Kyle Singler. Singler’s legs got tangled or went numb or something, and following the dunk Singler did a stiff-legged stumble into the photographers along the baseline.
It’s a bit tougher to see the bench celebration on this one, but even without Kent Bazemore there to lead the way, the Warriors bench knows how to be explosive after a big play. Watch this GIF of the play and see how the bench shows out. (There’s also the great juxtoposition of the bench getting up as Singler goes down.)
So what say you? Which bench had the better reaction?