Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Hawks’

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

A complete history of Robin Lopez fighting mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw what happened when Atlanta mascot Harry the Hawk faced off against Portland’s Robin Lopez. But because we want the “Inside Stuff,” NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow went behind the scenes on Lopez vs. stuffing, and got the true story on why Robin Lopez had hates mascots so much.


VIDEO: RoLo Inside

Top Plays Spotlight: Treys up in the A

It’s rare when a heavyweight bout lives up to its billing, but that’s what we got when the NBA’s top teams met in Atlanta on Friday night. With NBA supremacy — at this point — on the line, folks circled this date weeks ago. Beyond the battle for the top record, the game featured five All-Stars on the court. Three of those All-Stars will participate in the Three-Point showdown next week in Madison Square Garden.

But to keep us company for now, they decided to give us a “exhibition” in Philips Arena. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver combined for 13 3s (both teams shot 27-for-60 from deep, good for a 45 percent clip) in the Hawks’ 124-116 win.

Neither team will be any less gun-shy in their rematch next month. Now is as good a time as any to circle March 18 on your calendar.


VIDEO: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver light it up in Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks make a mixtape for their fans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Atlanta Hawks lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, snapping their epic 19-game win streak. Today, they said thanks to the fans in Atlanta who rallied behind the team through the streak by tweeting a link to a Spotify playlist which, at first glance, may not make sense. But if you read the song titles from the top down, it creates a letter from the Hawks to their fans…

Robin Lopez loses staring contest to Harry the Hawk, reacts poorly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we’ve noted many, many times before, Portland center Robin Lopez has a long-standing (and hilarious) anti-mascot policy. This did not escape the notice of Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk, who recently publicly announced he was ready for RoLo when the Blazers visited Atlanta.

Well, the reckoning came last weekend as the Blazers visited Atlanta, where Harry the Hawk organized a group of pro-mascot protesters to greet Lopez, and then challenged RoLo to a staring contest. (Side note: Should you be allowed to be in a staring contest if you don’t have working eyelids?)


VIDEO: Harry vs Robin

Air Korver, cleared for launch


VIDEO: Korver dunks — again!

In case you’ve missed it, the Hawks have been nothing to play with as the Pacmen have racked up 16 straight wins and counting.

They’ve been getting the job done with everything from top-notch ball movement to lock-down defense to lights-out shooting.

And then Kyle Korver happened.

No, not from downtown like we’ve come to expect from the sharpshooting deep threat. Instead, Korver took to the air and stole the show with a rare jam.

But wait! There’s more!

Who knows if Korver popped in Jay-Z’s “Encore” before the Hawks’ Jan. 23 game against the Thunder. But as if his comfort level with the sky was on the rise, he served up a second helping of Korver Slam for good measure. And this time he threw it down with two hands, no less.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest may be more of a calling for Korver in a few weeks, but after these two jams, it would be something else if the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest invited Korver after his aerial display of, uh, “excellence”.

 

Kyle Korver dunked last night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How well are things going for the Atlanta Hawks these days? Last night’s win over Indiana pushed them to an eye-popping 35-8 on the season. They have won 14 games in a row, and won 28 of their last 30 games. But maybe the most clear sign that the Hawks are rolling? Kyle Korver dunked a ball last night.


VIDEO: Korver Dunk

Now, it’s no surprise that Korver was able to dunk a ball last night — he’s 6-7 and in terrific shape, so being able to dunk probably is no problem. The big surprise here is that Korver chose to dunk the ball. The last time Korver dunked in an NBA game? November 16, 2012, over two years ago.

How big a deal was this? Well, first just listen to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins freak out when Korver dunks. Then take a look at the players on the Hawks bench. Think they loved it?

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Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the federal holiday paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we already checked out the NBA’s spot paying tribute to barrier breakers. But down in Atlanta, MLK Day has always had a special meaning, as Atlanta was Dr. King’s hometown and his base of operations; today he is buried just a few miles from Philips Arena and downtown Atlanta.

The Hawks play each year on MLK Day, and yesterday they used the pregame introductions to pay a special tribute to Dr. King using their 3D court projection system and a full gospel choir made up from people from a number of different churches to sing the player introductions. Really well done, Hawks…


VIDEO: Hawks intros

NBA mascots are running wild

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s agree on this: Someone needs to do something. Because NBA mascots seem like they’re starting to get a little full of themselves. They’re running wild, their behavior unchecked, and we don’t know where they will strike next. Well, actually, we have a pretty good idea where they may turn up next — messing with an NBA announcer. Here are two examples from the past week, where the San Antonio Coyote popped up behind Spurs radio broadcaster Bill Schoening, and then in Chicago, Benny the Bull does something similar to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins. So NBA broadcasters, watch your backs. The mascots are coming for us all!


VIDEO: Coyote surprise

Happy Birthday Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And who better to begin with than the man known as the Human Highlight Film, legendary Atlanta Hawks forward (and NBA Hall of Famer) Dominique Wilkins?

Nique, a 10 9-time All-Star, played 15 NBA seasons and scored 26,668 points, which has him currently in 12th place all-time. Of course, Nique was also one of the great dunkers of his era, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990. Dominique is currently the Atlanta Hawks’ vice president of basketball, and works as a color commentator for Hawks games.

To celebrate Nique’s big day, let’s go the video…

Dominique wins the 1985 Dunk Contest

VIDEO: 85 Dunk

Dominique vs. Larry Bird in the 1988 Playoffs

VIDEO: Nique vs Bird

Dominique’s Top 10 Dunks

VIDEO: Nique Top 10