Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Hawks’

8-year-old Hawks fan figures out how to stop LeBron James

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you stop LeBron James? It’s a question that has vexed coaches and players around the NBA since LeBron’s debut back in 2003. But maybe, just maybe, an 8-year-old Hawks fan has figured out how to stop the King.

According to a letter sent to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, while reading a book about the Cavs and LeBron, an 8-year-old named Eli discovered that LeBron’s eponymous website contained a section that listed LeBron’s strengths and weaknesses. And if you’re looking to stop LeBron, like the Hawks may want to do, perhaps employing strategies to exploit those weaknesses is a valid idea.

(via Reddit)

Atlanta Hawks debut Dikembe Mutombo-themed court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at halftime of their win over the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo‘s number 55. But really, the entire evening was a tribute to Mt. Mutombo, with the players wearing a “55” patch on their jerseys and Mutombo himself back in the House of Mutombo. And to start things off the right way, the Hawks began the night with a Mutombo-themed court projection video, which was pretty awesome…

VIDEO: Mutombo court projection


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.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So we’re now a few weeks into the NBA season, and we’ve reached a critical mass of dunks and, more importantly, people getting dunked on. So let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner…

Kristaps Porzingis on Kevin Love

VIDEO: Porzingis on Love

Mike Budenholzer coaches like nobody’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Toward the end of last night’s Miami/Atlanta game, with the Hawks clinging to a lead and the Heat desperately trying to mount a comeback, the Hawks called a late timeout to draw up an inbounds play. And as you can see in the clip below, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was so focused on drawing up the perfect play, he didn’t really notice that the rest of his team had left him alone…

Atlanta Hawks debut incredible new court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, having a court projection during your starting lineups is nothing new — several NBA teams use one, as we’ve seen before. But last night for their home opener, the Atlanta Hawks debuted a court projection animation that really took things to a new level…

VIDEO: Hawks projection

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 2)


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?

LeBron takes a mid-game selfie

VIDEO: LeBron selfie

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last year’s Hang Time Road Trip, when Sekou Smith, Rick Fox and I spent a week visiting NBA teams, we learned at least one important lesson: When taking a group selfie, let the former NBA player with long arms take the photo. This helps with making sure the camera is as far away as possible, so many people can fit comfortably into the picture.

Last night in Cincinnati, during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks, when there was a break in action, LeBron James took a seat on the scorer’s table and found a stray phone, so he picked it up and got the people behind him involved in taking a selfie.

As LeBron said after the game: “The refs were looking at a play and we had time in between. Just being cordial with the fans. Like I said (Wednesday morning) these guys (in Cincinnati) don’t get an opportunity to see us all the time. It just popped into my head.”

You can see video of the funny moment above. And as for the picture? Not bad, King James…

Atlanta Hawks unveil new ad campaign

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the heels of last season’s 60-win campaign, the Atlanta Hawks are still aggressively courting new fans. In this new ad campaign for their 10-game season ticket flex package, the Hawks take advantage of a recent hacking scandal and a name that was in the news to ask new fans to give them some attention…

Congratulations, Dikembe Mutombo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend, Dikembe Mutombo is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. I thought I’d share a story.

Two years ago, on Saturday afternoon at the All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, I swung by a hotel ballroom that adidas had transformed into a lounge for the weekend. You spend so much time running from event to event at All-Star, finding a place where you can just sit and chill for ten minutes is honestly a real treat.

So I strolled into this room, with a DJ spinning in the corner and dark, dramatic lighting, and made for a big couch I spotted in the corner. As I approached, I realize there was already someone sitting on this couch: Dikembe Mutombo.

I covered the end of Mutombo’s time as an Atlanta Hawks center when I was just beginning my career, and always enjoyed getting a chance to catch up with him.

Mutombo was holding an oversized muffin, and was just taking his first bite as I sat down next to him.

“What’s up, Deke?” I said.

Mutombo, his mouth full, silently nodded greetings back.

“Have you been running around all weekend?” I asked.

More nods and chewing. No words.

“Wow, you must really be hungry. You’re really doing work on that muffin.”

Another nod. Another bite. Chewing.

“Well, I’d shake your hand but I’m afraid I might lose a finger.”

And at that point, Mutombo reached up his right hand and gave me his signature “no” finger wag. And we both laughed.

Here’s a claymation tribute the Atlanta Hawks posted to Twitter. Congrats on getting elected to the Hall of Fame, Dikembe. Couldn’t happen to a better person.