Posts Tagged ‘Blake Griffin’

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!

Emojis at heart of the chase for DeAndre Jordan

VIDEO: NBA Emoji Battle?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, DeAndre Jordan announced he’d be leaving the Clippers for the Mavericks. Today, all heck broke loose, as it was reported that Jordan was being still being pursued by the Clippers.

The Clippers and the Mavericks are all apparently trying to get in another meeting with Jordan, which means they all need to travel to his hometown of Houston. How do you get to Houston?

If you’re Chandler Parsons and you’re in Dallas, maybe you hop in a plane…

But if you’re JJ Redick and you’re in Austin, Texas, you could take a car…

Or if you’re Blake Griffin and you’re vacationing in Hawaii, it may be a more involved process…

Newest Clipper Paul Pierce went with a clip art picture of a rocket, instead of an emoji…

But Clips assistant Mike Woodson is apparently swimming to the meeting…

And then there’s Chris Paul, who 24 hours ago was photographed riding a banana boat, but is also apparently on the way…

Either way, emojis are winning the day in NBA social media. Just ask Draymond Green

And the Warriors, well, they can sit back and watch since they’ve got a trophy to hang onto…

Oh, and Kobe weighed in as well…

Don’t forget about Jordan:

And even in the middle of Wimbeldon action, Roger Federer got in on the fun:


Blake Griffin takes batting practice at Dodger Stadium

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers have had an interesting summer, as they lost DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks, and now are now trying to find someone to replace Jordan. So while the Clippers are in transition, big man Blake Griffin spent a day taking some swings at the ballpark. Dodgers infielder Justin Turner became friends with Blake at a charity event and invited him over to take batting practice, and here we can see that BG actually has a pretty nice swing …

this may or may not have been a home run….. on a little league field.

A video posted by Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) on

Blake Griffin, Steve Ballmer show off rejected Clippers logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night on “Conan,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer showed off the team’s new logo. But what he didn’t show was all the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating that new logo. And apparently, this is the blood, sweat and tears of graphic design enthusiast Blake Griffin, who took on this project and came up with something new…

VIDEO: Clips logo

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pay tribute to Blake Griffin dunk victims

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but there’s never a bad time to hear “Crossroads,” their 1995 hit song paying tribute to their departed friends and family.

In this case, however, Bone Thugs turned up on ESPN’s “SportsNation” to sing the song in tribute mostly to Spurs center Aron Baynes, who got got three times by Blake Griffin in Game 1 of their series.

I wonder if he has an Uncle Charles, y’all?

VIDEO: Bone Thugs

Blake Griffin shows off crazy reverse block

VIDEO: Blake reverse block

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Blake Griffin goes and pulls off something like this. My favorite part of this play might be the way Boston’s Jonas Jerebko responds, with his hands out in almost a shrug, as if to say, Did that really happen?


(GIF via r/NBA)

The Muppets take the Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen the Muppets take Manhattan, but it looks like they’ve finally made it out West. Yesterday in Los Angeles, as the Clippers hosted the Houston Rockets, the Muppets were all over the Staples Center.

For instance, Kermit took over the player introductions, which meant the frog was on the mic when Blake Griffin made his return to action…

Kermit and his long-time friend Miss Piggy made an appearance on the Kiss Cam…

And perhaps not surprisingly, Animal hung out with the Clippers Dance Team…

Next time, I kind of wish we could get mics on these dudes to call the games…

Kevin Durant hits Chris Paul with classic scoreboard burn

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a rough few days for the Los Angeles Clippers. They’re on an extended road trip while the Grammys were held back in their home arena, the Staples Center. After looking like they’d found their groove, they’ve lost 5 of their last 6 games. And to add injury to insult, now Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with a staph infection in his elbow that will require surgery.

All of those factors apparently came together yesterday in the Clippers game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder were winning big in the second half, coasting to a win, when Clips All-Star point guard Chris Paul knocked down a midrange jumper to cut OKC’s lead down to 20. The cameras caught Paul staring at Kevin Durant after the shot, and Durant seemed to say something about Paul now being “down 20 now, homie” in response, a variant of the classic “check the scoreboard” burn.