Posts Tagged ‘Boris Diaw’

MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a Friday in the fall, which means it’s time for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? I really hope by now you’re not still asking that question. But basically, it stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and 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 Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, please tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

One question I saw on Twitter that’s worth addressing…

No. Despite my best efforts, it’s impossible to tabulate a precise number. Has anyone counted all the stars in the sky? Do we know how many broken dreams line Broadway? No, no we don’t. It’s better to just understand that there are thousands if not millions of pounds won and lost out there and keep it moving.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, there was a lot of sound and fury and MUSCLE, but not a lot of detail. Let’s get into the MUSCLE…

• Once again, actual NBA teams are using the #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag, as we saw in this tweet from the Toronto Raptors regarding Terrence Ross

That tweet was welcome, if a bit vague, so we also appreciate this clarification from Holly McKenzie, from which we learn Ross actually put on the MUSCLEWATCH gold standard of 15 pounds…

HOWEVER! Nobody actually specified if it’s 15 pounds of MUSCLE. And it matters, believe me, it matters.

• Last week we saw a few MUSCLEWATCH names in Minnesota, and we get more detail this, as Anthony Bennett, Ronny Turiaf and Shabazz Muhammad got into some, frankly, really weird workout stuff. Just read the beginning of this story

The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad’s back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire.
As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding hands help steady him but only for a moment. Regaining his balance and summoning some interior-laden surge of strength, he climbs his way to safety while the kids on his back remain unharmed.

They worked out using HELPLESS YOUTH! Children were SLIPPING DOWN HIS BACK INTO A DEATH TRAP WHIRLPOOL! OK, OK, this was all imaginary, but still, this is extreme MUSCLEWATCH. No wonder they call their guy Hell’s Trainer.

Despite the insane workout, Muhammad said he came into camp at 224, which is two pounds more than he supposedly weighed a year ago before the draft. And Bennett, according to the story above, lost “about 10 pounds.” So while they each may be in much better shape, for MUSCLEWATCH purposes they still have some work to do.

Kobe Bryant has had a love-hate relationship with MUSCLEWATCH through the years, and this year is no different. A few months ago, paparazzi photos seemed to suggest that Kobe had put on, well, a few pounds. But then Kobe showed up in camp looking svelte, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak suggested Kobe had lost 10-12 pounds.

How did Kobe do it? By eating “clean.”

I guess that means a lot of hand washing?

• We need to send a shoutout to Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy from the Deseret News, who has been all over MUSCLEWATCH, including several tweets…

And since we’re talking Jazz, we’ve had our first-ever announcer appearance on MUSCLEWATCH, as Jazz radio voice David Locke was reported to be in phenomenal shape…

I caught up with David this week and he confirmed that he is feeling good, although he noted that once the season begins his bicycling regimen will likely fall by the wayside. Still, a terrific showing all around in Utah. We salute you!

• Bonjour, Monsieur Diaw! Spurs forward Boris Diaw has had some ups and downs with his weight through the years. At Spurs media day this season, coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged Diaw’s struggle…

Boris used social media to respond, as one should, with the following photo and this caption: “No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!”

No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

Also, thanks to the San Antonio Express News, which put together a 117-photo gallery about which players are and are not arriving in shape in San Antonio.

• WE HAVE A CONTENDER! Add Kendrick Perkins to the long list of guys who have dropped weight this summer, and with Perk, unlike with LeBron and Melo, we actually have a concrete number…

• Up in Boston, Celtics forward Jeff Green has put on some MUSCLE…

And Kelly Olynyk is “definitely stonger,” with a #MUSCLEWATCH in the story!!

• And finally, in Phoenix, Alex Len has apparently added “10-15 pounds.” Of MUSCLE? Well, that’s unclear.

See you next week. Keep MUSCLING!

Patty Mills Can’t Stop Singing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hey, sometimes you can’t just turn it off. When you have the music in you, you have to let it our, whether you’re in the shower or on a road trip. Last year we saw Patty Mills (with help from Boris Diaw) giving karaoke a try. And yesterday Mills gave us a video of himself driving while soulfully singing “The Tracks Of My Tears.” He’s even got the fake microphone and everything…

Caught in the act

A video posted by Patty Mills (@balapat) on

Boris Diaw is living the life

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals shifted irrevocably when Gregg Popovich inserted Boris Diaw into the San Antonio Spurs’ starting lineup for Game 3. After two games that were rather close, including a Miami win in Game 2, Diaw helped space the floor and move the ball, and the Spurs won three straight games in decisive fashion to win the championship. Kawhi Leonard may have been the Finals MVP, but Diaw was unarguably crucial to what the Spurs accomplished.

This summer, Diaw became a free agent, and without much drama he agreed to a three-year extension to remain a member of the Spurs. He announced the extension via Instagram with a photo of “GO SPURS GO” spelled out on a beach…

Hey spurs fans, Good news i stay in san antonio for a few more years. Lets win it again #gospursgo

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

Then yesterday, Diaw actually signed the contract…while on a boat. As Diaw wrote in the caption, “Could i find a better place to sign my extension with the spurs? #gospursgo” No, I don’t think you could, Boris.

Could i find a better place to sign my extension with the spurs? #gospursgo

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

Boris Diaw and Tony Parker have been doing this for years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs played such a beautiful brand of basketball during the NBA Finals, sharing and passing and moving and always finding the open player. We heard them speak often about their trust in the system and, more importantly, their trust in each other. That trust is built over time, and while many of the Spurs have played together for several seasons, some of them have played together since they were kids. Like, actual kids.

Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were best friends growing up together in France, and they’ve wanted to play together in the NBA for years. That chemistry was evident in the NBA Finals, and it was evident even way back 15 years ago: Check out this video of Parker and Diaw at 17 years old, running through drills together at the French Institute of Sport. Once you got it, you got it…


Boris Diaw et Tony Parker à l'INSEP à la fin… by BASKETUSA

VIDEO: Boris and Tony

(via r/NBA)

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Worst Of Round 2

VIDEO: Shaqtin A Fool: Worst of Round 2

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment from the Conference semifinals and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin.

Don’t forget to tune in to NBA TV on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET for a special 30-minute edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool that will culminate in the naming of the 2013-14 #ShaqtinMVP!
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Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Tim Duncan Will Only Talk About Boris Diaw

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs forward Tim Duncan has a reputation for being something of a boring hoops robot — he is a man without emotion or feeling who cares only about playing perfect basketball. In reality, Duncan is an interesting dude with a funny, dry sense of humor. Not that he displays it very often.

Which is why I really like this interview Duncan did following the Spurs win against Dallas on Wednesday, in which Duncan randomly decided he would only answer questions about Spurs reserve Boris Diaw.


VIDEO: Duncan Only Talks Diaw

(via r/NBA)

Boris Diaw And Patty Mills Attempt Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs organization is known for taking a no-nonsense approach to basketball: They win and they go home. Or! Maybe they win and then head to their local karaoke bar, where, say, Patty Mills and Boris Diaw grab a couple of mics and croon a version of The Fugees’ cover of “Killing Me Softly.” There’s nothing soft about the Spurs’ version. Take it to the bridge, Patty…
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VIDEO: Spurs singing karaoke

(via Ball Don’t Lie)

Boris Diaw Adds Flair To Harlem Shake

by Zettler Clay IV

Just when you thought the Harlem Shake was dead and buried, another athlete takes a stab at it. Earlier, Boris Diaw tweeted his contribution to the cultural meme and whadayaknow…this piece of brilliance happens:


Things we have learned today:

1) When Boris Diaw isn’t on the other end of Gregg Popovich’s glare and exhortations, he has time to deliver an original take on a (now) unoriginal craze.

2) Popovich is probably thrilled by this video.

3) Everything looks five times cooler when depicted through legos and stop motion.

The boys in Miami, Inside crew and thousands of videos have joined the fun. Executive producer Diaw not only gets a pass for being late to the party, but wins extra points because, well, these are legos in stop motion (see No. 3).

It’s clear from this production that Diaw has a penchant for the ornate. If this is any indication of his creativity, I might find myself rooting for more Spurs off days.