Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Rush’

NBA Players in Halloween costumes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Halloween has come and gone, which means it’s time once again to see what some NBA players went dressed as this year. We already checked in on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but let’s check out the costumes of some other NBA players…

LeBron James went as Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads…

Carmelo Anthony was…I don’t know what this costume is…

Happy Halloween #OfficerFriendly

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Paul Pierce was Captain America…

Deron Williams and his wife went as Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from “Game of Thrones”…

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Kansas



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We continue the Sweet 16 in the West region, where two towers of college basketball power square off for a chance to move on to the Elite Eight.


VS

UCLA Bruins

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 30.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.4 steals
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: 11.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.8 steals
Kevin Love, Timberwolves: 27.2 points, 20.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.8 steals
Baron Davis, Cavaliers: 21.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 steals
Jrue Holiday, Sixers: 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.1 steals

Missed the cut: Matt Barnes, Lakers; Darren Collison, Pacers; Jordan Farmar, Nets; Dan Gadzuric, Nets; Ryan Hollins, Cavaliers; Jason Kapono, Sixers; Trevor Ariza, Hornets; Earl Watson, Jazz; Arron Afflalo, Nuggets

Team synopsis: As the school with the most current players in the NBA, the UCLA Bruins will be a tough out. Several different players could make the starting lineup, but I went with Mbah a Moute’s all-around contributions over those of rising studs like Collison and Afflalo. When Davis is nearly left out of the starting five, you know you’ve got some firepower to work with. Love’s per-48 rebounding stats are absurd, and Westbrook’s scoring is only a few ppg behind his scoring-champion teammate, Kevin Durant. (more…)

Channing Frye, how do you rate on the Horry scale?

by Micah Hart

The Horry scale got a nice break during All-Star Weekend, but now it’s back to business courtesy of Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns. After the Pacers’ Danny Granger missed his own chance to join the ranks at the end of regulation, Frye made the most of his opportunity in overtime to give the Suns a 110-108 win in Indy.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

How did Channing do? Let’s dip our toes:

Difficulty

The shot was from deep, but Frye is an excellent marksman from outside so that’s no big thing. Credit to Channing for the headfake on Brandon Rush to create the room he needed to get the shot off, and also credit to Jared Dudley for setting a screen on Frye’s man to free the big man for the look.

Game Situation

A tie game, so a miss would have meant nothing more than a second overtime period.

Importance

We are deep into the second half of the season, and with both the Suns and Pacers fighting for a spot in the postseason (the Pacers fell back into a tie for 8th in the East with the loss, while the Suns moved within 1.5 games of Memphis for 8th in the West), neither of these teams can afford to lose.

Celebration

The Suns congregate by the scorer’s table to mob Frye after the make. And though the video above doesn’t show it, Frye gets a to give Steve Nash a celebratory piggy-back ride. That’s gotta count for something.

Grade

2.5 Horrys. Don’t get me wrong, it was a sweet finish by Frye, but that’s a shot he can hit pretty regularly and it was a tie game. I give it an extra half star for the fact that both teams are chasing playoff berths.

What do you think?

Josh Can’t Dunk

by Micah Hart

We referenced this a few weeks back, but the long-awaited spoof of White Men Can’t Jump featuring Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush, made to help promote McBob’s inclusion in the dunk contest, is finally live. Check it out:

As we all know, McBob’s is not currently slated to compete in the dunk contest, but there is still a month until the event, and already one contestant has been lost to injury. I am certainly not rooting for any of the participants to get injured* — just saying, there’s still a chance Josh could see his dreams realized.

*Be careful Blake!

Either way, I applaud the creativity. There’s always next year.

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McBob prepares his media campaign for Dunk contest inclusion

by Micah Hart

You may recall a few weeks back we had Pacers PF Josh McRoberts on the Hang Time podcast to discuss his desire to be a contestant in this year’s dunk contest during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Well as much as we like to think his appearance on our podcast alone would do the trick, it appears McRoberts is going to continue to try to build more buzz for his candidacy. According to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, McBob and teammate Brandon Rush have teamed up to film a scene from everyone’s favorite white-guy-playing-basketball movie, Teen Wolf White Men Can’t Jump.

Writes Wells:

McRoberts played the part of Woody Harrelson‘s character, Billy Hoyle, and Rush was Wesley Snipes‘ character, Sidney Deane.

“We’re trying to get our man Josh into the contest,” Rush said. “It was fun taking part in it. Everybody should like it.”

Apparently they filmed a version of the movie’s final scene, where the two characters are standing against a graffiti wall. Any scene from that movie is great as far as I’m concerned, but I’m a little surprised they didn’t film a re-imagining of when Hoyle bets Deane his share of their winnings that he can dunk*, only this time he comes through and slams it home with authority. But that’s just me. Everyone’s a critic.

* Every time I see this movie (and that’s a lot of times), there is still a part of me that secretly hopes that Hoyle will actually dunk the ball and not lose his share of the winnings from the Two-on-Two for Brotherhood Basketball Tournament (also known as the TTBBT). He never does though, and it somehow disappoints me every time.

Surely video of the spot will be live in the near future, and we’ll make sure to post it here.

I don’t know if McRoberts will make it to the field or not, but it’s important that he remembers that sometimes when you lose, you actually win. And sometimes when you win, you actually lose. And sometimes…I could go on all day.

Good luck Josh!

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

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