Posts Tagged ‘andre drummond’

Andre Drummond goes to prom

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.

She ended up just a few tweets shy of 12K, but Drummond went along anyway…

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.

(via B/R)

Lance Stephenson dances like everyone’s watching

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…

Pregame dance lol

A video posted by Lance Stephenson (@stephensonlance) on

(via TNLP)

Pistons fans celebrate return of Dee-troit Basket-ball

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…


VIDEO: Pistons back

Andre Drummond dances like nobody’s watching

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…

(via B/R)

Buzzer-beaters take over the night

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.


VIDEO: It was buzzer-beaters galore Tuesday night

Why NBA players shouldn’t bowl …

By Jeff Case

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) …

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DeMar DeRozan dribbles through Walmart

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.

Caution jacket: Late night HandleLife Walmart… @dribble2much lol

A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on

(via TNLP)

UConn Huskies and Andre Drummond celebrate trip to Final Four

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

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 …

Big win!!! #Final4 #bleedblue #huskynation

A video posted by Andre Drummond (@andredrummondd) on

(via TNLP)

Which Bench Celebrated Better: Pistons Vs. Warriors

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.


VIDEO: Drummond dunks on Brand

And how about that Pistons bench? Coaches and players alike went wild, although it’s always hard to top Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace

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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.


VIDEO: Thompson On Singler

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.)

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So what say you? Which bench had the better reaction?

Andre Drummond Channels Bill Russell

Doc Rivers recently said that his starting center DeAndre Jordan carries qualities of legendary center Bill RussellThough it’s no surprise for coaches to veer into the realm of hyperbole to unlock potential of their players (think of Mark Jackson’s declaration of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being the best shooting backcourt in NBA history), Rivers isn’t wrong. DJ is springy, he lives on the glass and deters weak and strong forays to the basket alike.

There was another element about Russell. The Lord of the Rings is praised for his ability to turn a block into a turnover, making defense offensive and piling on assists from the defensive end. More than anybody, in the process of altering shots his own way, Russell altered the way practitioners and fans viewed defense on the hardwood.

On Monday night, there were plenty of stout rejections, but it was the Pistons’ young pivot Andre Drummond who demonstrated to a new generation the art of turning a block into a quick two:


VIDEO: Andre Drummond swats Nando De Colo’s attempt to the running Brandon Jennings