Posts Tagged ‘Blake Griffin’

The Clippers do some Lawler-isms

By Jeff Case

For 37 years, Ralph Lawler has been the voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. For many years, he plied his craft in a form of NBA anonymity as the Clippers were routinely one of the worst teams in the league. But since Blake Griffin’s debut season in 2010-11, the Clippers have risen in profile and many of Lawler’s trademark calls (such as “the lob … the jam!” and “Bingo!” after made 3-pointers) have become more popular.

The Clippers paid tribute to Lawler on what was called “Ralph Lawler Day” and, as such, Griffin and teammats such as Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich did a few Lawler-isms …

VIDEO: Clippers imitate Ralph Lawler

For comparison’s sake, here’s Lawler doing the originals …

VIDEO: Ralph Lawler-isms

… and while we’re at it, here’s a look at the great feature did on the man behind the mic:

VIDEO: Ralph Lawler Day tribute

A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…


Basketball rims are mad at the Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul, and started throwing alley oops to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, “Lob City” was born. Fun was had by all! Well, not quite all. As it turns out, rims across the NBA were not so thrilled. In this video from Funny or Die and the Clippers, the fictional National Association of Rims asks you not to vote for the Clippers for the All-Star Game, to ensure we have an All-Star Game that’s full of jump shots.

VIDEO: Clippers Rims

Chris Paul turned into a dunking machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERChris Paul is about six feet tall, and unlike his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Paul’s game has always been played closer to the floor than to the rim. But for some reason, last night in Washington, Paul couldn’t stop dunking. First he got a breakaway dunk in the first quarter, his first dunk of the season, where he finished with a two-handed flush that brought the Clippers bench to their feet. Then, a quarter later, apparently feeling emboldened, Paul drove to the basket and #POSTERIZED rookie Kelly Oubre, drawing a foul.

These were such momentous occurrences that Paul himself took to Instagram following the game to commemorate the evening…


A video posted by Chris Paul (@cp3) on


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!

Last week the POSTERIZED POLL went on a bit of a forced hiatus, as I had to spend POSTERIZED TUESDAY going back and forth to Philadelphia for Kobe Bryant‘s final appearance in his hometown. Which means we have more dunks than usual to sort through, which is a good thing.

And in honor of Kobe’s retirement announcement, let’s take a throwback look at the time Kobe #POSTERIZED the great Yao Ming

VIDEO: Kobe on Yao

Finally, before we get to all the latest dunks, congratulations to last week’s winner, DeMar DeRozan!

Now, let’s go to the posters!


VIDEO: Howard on Porzingis

Blake Griffin breaks out alley-oop three-pointer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, we’re kinda used to Blake Griffin doing things we’re not used to seeing other people be able to do. Most of the time, though, that means dunks or other above-the-rim antics. But last night against Denver, Blake made another incredible play, however this time it happened out beyond the three-point line. We know Blake can finish alley-oop dunks. Now we know he also has the alley-oop three-pointer as part of his game…

VIDEO: Blake Alley-Oop Three

Blake Griffin is in the zone

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We hear all the time about an athlete being “in the zone,” but what does that actually mean? According to Clippers forward Blake Griffin, it’s a lot like sitting in a comfy chair in the clouds, reading a newspaper, talking to a guy in a car…before resuming dunking all over people. Don’t let him get in his zone…

VIDEO: Blake Zone

Blake Griffin shows off amazing ballhandling skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Clippers showed off their new uniforms a few weeks ago, but apparently there are other new things in the works, such as Blake Griffin becoming a ball-handling genius. In this video Blake posted on Facebook, he does his best Globetrotter and keeps the ball off the ground using his head and shoulders and arms. Let’s hope he tries this in a game once the season starts…

Blake Griffin has the dunk to end all dunks

VIDEO: Blake dunk to end all dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin is a former NBA Slam Dunk Contest champ, and we’ve seen him throw down over seven-footers in NBA games. So competing in a dunk contest against someone three feet tall? Griffin says it shouldn’t be a problem. If that three-footer is Marvin the Martian? Well, Blake has a little something up his sleeve…even against a Martian, as we see in this new spot from Jordan Brand.

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars

VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.

Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!