Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Bogut’

Bogut, Dellavedova not intimidated by the Haka

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend the national teams of Australia and New Zealand played basketball against each other. Whenever New Zealand’s national teams play, they preface the games by performing the Haka. What is the Haka? According to Wikipedia, the Haka is “a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.”

While New Zealand performed the Haka, the Australian team, led by NBAers Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills, linked arms and stood along the midcourt line and did their best to look unintimidated.

(via CBS)

Andrew Bogut will not share a towel with you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the heat of battle, basketball players are sometimes forced to share things that under normal circumstances perhaps wouldn’t be shared — water bottles, for instance. During last night’s Warriors/Jazz game, Golden State big man Andrew Bogut got tossed a towel that he used to wipe himself down. But when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tried to share Bogut’s towel, Bogut refused and took a stand, both for himself and for hygiene…

Golden State Warriors Get Out The All-Star Vote

Kid Warriors Get Out Vote

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best way to get fans to vote for your players for the NBA All-Star Game? Use kids to get out the vote, obviously. Because everyone loves kids. The Golden State Warriors are clearly a step ahead of some other franchises when it comes to mobilizing their base.

Andrew Bogut Will Dominate You In The Post

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors surprised a lot of people last season when, even after a run of late-season injuries, they made a deep run into the postseason, marking themselves as a team to watch going forward. And this season, as the Warriors demonstrate in their newly released commercial, we see that the Warriors are not only going to dominate you, particularly when there’s a mismatch in the post, but that they’re also willing to lend a hand when needed.

MUSCLEWATCH 2013 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — MUSCLEWATCH 2013 is really heating up, you guys. Players are showing up in their cities and starting to talk to the press about their offseasons, and we’re discovering who has put on weight, who has lost weight, and who has put on…wait for it…muscle! We’ve got a couple of updates for today, and for all your MUSCLEWATCH needs, be sure to check out our previous posts on the topic. And as always, if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news, drop me an email or hit me on Twitter (using #MUSCLEWATCH).

On to the latest and greatest…

• It’s just not MUSCLEWATCH without a superstar involved, and yesterday Chicago’s Derrick Rose jumped into the conversation. In an interview with the homie Adam Figman at SLAM magazine, D-Rose casually threw out there that during his injury rehab, he’s managed to pack on some muscle…

“Right now I’m in training, and I’m getting a lot stronger. I gained 10 pounds of muscle. I don’t know how that’s going to carry over to how I play on the court, but I know it’s going to be very weird. I’m shooting a lot of shots right now, working with Rob, just putting memory back in my leg.”

Rose went on to talk about how he believes the added muscle may help him finish stronger at the basket this season. True, but more relevantly, Derrick, it will get you into MUSCLEWATCH. Congrats!

• Mixed news out of Boston, where Avery Bradley has spent the entire summer working out and has apparently added the magic number: 15 pounds of muscle. Bradley, however, may miss the beginning of training camp after the tragic recent passing of his mother.

• Out in the Bay, it seems like the Warriors are heading in similar directions. Not only has Draymond Green apparently lost 15 pounds since last season, but this article kind of casually mentions that David Lee and Andrew Bogut are also sporting “leaner looks.” It is unclear if that means they’ve actually lost weight or gotten stronger or are just wearing better-fitting clothes so that they appear thinner. Guess we’ll have to wait for media day to get some official numbers.

• And finally, Metta World Peace is on his grind…

A look back: Top Horry Scale moments from 2010-11

by Micah Hart

With the regular season behind us and the playoffs set to tip off this weekend, it’s the perfect time to do a little looking back at some of the fun we had during the past six months.

One of our favorite things to write about on All Ball has been the Horry Scale breakdowns of every GWBB (game-winning buzzer-beater) from the season, of which, in the end, there were 16 during 2010-11. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable:

Best Executed Horry

One of the most unlikely endings to a game all season, as Nic Batum scores four points in the last 0.9 seconds to beat the Spurs, the last two of which came on this picture-perfect lob off the inbounds pass from Andre Miller to ring up the Horry Scale breakdown. Portland’s Rose Garden would be my choice for where all GWBBs would take place, if I had my druthers. Where does one get druthers, I wonder?
Runner-up: Andrew Bogut – really this should be a tie, I just love Portland celebrations.

More Horry highlights after the jump.


Some people have different reactions to inclement weather

by Micah Hart

Tonight’s game between the Bucks and Hawks, originally scheduled for 7:00 at Philips Arena, has been postponed because of the crazy weather we are experiencing here in Atlanta.

There is always a good laugh to be had when cities not used to a particular climate, particular warm-weather cities dealing with snow and ice*, are forced to come face-to-face with the unfamiliar. And while no one in Atlanta is surprised to see tonight’s action rescheduled (the game is now set for March 15th), apparently the cold-weather denizens of Milwaukee are unimpressed. Or at least Andrew Bogut is. What say you, Andrew?

* Does anything happen when cold-weather cities get unseasonably warm weather? Other than shouts of joy and praise?

I am sure in Milwaukee people would barely take note of the weather conditions we have in Atlanta right now. Maybe people ice-skate down the main streets there all the time. But with almost the entire city forced indoors, this was a pretty easy call.

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Last night in a … sweet montage

by Micah Hart

By the way, Derek Fisher and Andrew Bogut weren’t the only late-game heroes last night (just the only ones to get the Horry treatment) — there was nearly a buzzer-beater epidemic, as Rudy Gay and Raymond Felton also came up big in the clutch.

In case you missed any of it, our brethren on the multimedia desk here at put together a pretty sweet round-up of all of last night’s fireworks. Roll it!

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Andrew Bogut, how do you rate on the Horry scale?

by Micah Hart

After several GWBB jumpers to start the season, last night we got our first of the tip-in variety when Andrew Bogut deflected the lob pass from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute into the net as time expired to give the Bucks a 97-95 win over the Pacers.

We are keeping Robert Horry busy in the early goings of this season.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

Let’s put another crawfish on the barbecue grill and see how this one rates:

Difficulty: Now we’re talking. Melo, Rudy, Mo, your shots were nice — but they were jumpers. With the Bucks only left with :00.5 left to play in the game, their options were limited. There was time for a catch and shoot logistically, but barely. Most likely, they were going to have to get a tip of some kind.

I gotta give it to Milwaukee here — the Pacers had to know that something around the basket was the Bucks’ best hope, yet Mbah a Moute was still able to find Bogut flying towards the rim. You can fault Indy some for not defending it better, but Brandon Jennings does set a nice back screen on Jeff Foster to give Bogut just the amount of separation he needs to get a hand on the pass. Any time you have such little time, there is little room for error. On this play, the Bucks executed to perfection.

Game Situation: The game was tied, but when there is only half-a-second left, the score of the game only matters if a team trails by three. There are no discussions of strategy with 0.5 on the clock, no conversations about waiting for the last shot or making your move early enough to get a rebound, you just do whatever you can to get a hand on the basketball heading towards the basket and hope for the best.

Importance: The Central Division is up for grabs, Carlos Boozer‘s return to the Bulls nonwithstanding. The Pacers are proving surprisingly feisty so far, and though Milwaukee hasn’t shown their form from the end of last season, they could still factor in the race. It’s early, but wins in December count just as much as ones in April.

Celebration: Obviously the home crowd erupts, and I especially like Bogut’s Euro-style two-hand fist-shake after the ball drops.


4 Horrys. Very high marks for difficulty, and the division aspect of the game raises the stakes.

What do you think?

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Bogut’s beasts

by Micah Hart

Andrew Bogut is a pretty cool dude. Ever since bringing a copy of his resume and wearing a suit to his first interview with the Bucks (can’t argue with the results, they did pick him #1 in 2005 after all), he’s always come across as a guy who takes his game seriously yet still has a little fun with being a professional athlete.

After a successful debut last season, Bogut is bringing back Squad 6, a group of 100 hand-picked fans he donates lower-level season tickets for to rile up the crowd at Bucks home games. Auditions were held recently in Milwaukee for the Squad, and here are a couple highlights:

Just a couple more reasons to fear the Deer.

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