Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Nets’

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with Mario Batali

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. Today we check in with one of the world’s great chefs, Mario Batali. Mario owns restaurants around the globe, has written nearly a dozen cookbooks (his latest is America — Farm to Table) and is a co-host of “The Chew.” All Ball readers already knew Mario was an NBA fan, so it’s worth taking a moment to exchange emails with him about the upcoming NBA Christmas Day slate…

ME: Last year you told us you root for both the Knicks and the Nets. How do you feel about the state of the two franchises right now?

MARIO: Not ideal, but I am still a supporter.

ME: You told us you take your sons on an NBA road trip each year. Where have you yet to see a game that you’d like to visit?

MARIO: This year for Leo, it will be the Pelicans, because we love New Orleans.Christmas2014

ME: All-Star Weekend in New York City is a few months away. Any don’t-miss stops you have for people visiting town?

MARIO: Eataly, Pearl Oyster Bar, Buvette, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Otto, Babbo, Lupa, Casa Mono.

ME: What Christmas gift would you give to the Knicks? To the Nets?

MARIO: Bourbon to drown their sadness and linguine with clams to build them back up again.

ME: What Christmas Day traditions do you and your family share?

MARIO: Presents, brunch, NBA hoops, winter beach walk, ham and biscuits.

ME: What’s your go-to snack/food to eat when watching NBA games on Christmas Day?

MARIO: Snacks will be salami and cheese from Eataly, smoked whitefish from Carlson’s in Leland, hard cider from Tandem in Suttons Bay, and Goat Cheese from Idyll Farms in Northport.

ME: Give us your predictions for the Christmas Day lineup. First up, Washington Wizards at New York Knicks?

MARIO: Knicks will give me a Christmas Day win, by 5.

ME: San Antonio Spurs at OKC Thunder?

MARIO: Spurs by 4.

ME: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat?

MARIO: Cavs will finally have it together and win by 2.

ME: Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls?

MARIO: Bulls by 5.

ME: And finally, Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors?

MARIO: [Stephen] Curry will dust them — Warriors by 12.

Brooklyn Nets fire up truly epic air ball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you haven’t noticed, one big trend in the NBA right now is for teams to find “stretch fours,” which is to say power forwards — the “4” position — who can step outside and make three-point baskets. Having a stretch four is not only helpful with spacing on offense, but it also scrambles the opponent’s defense, forcing their big men to play away from the basket.

Notice that I said stretch fours are players who can step outside and “make” three-point baskets; just being able to go to the three-point line and shoot the shot doesn’t do anything for anyone if you can’t actually make the shot.

So on that end, if last night’s Chicago/Brooklyn game was any indication, we’d say Nets big man Cory Jefferson probably has some work to do. Because this three-point jumper wasn’t just short, it wasn’t even close. On the plus side, while he didn’t make the shot, he probably made Shaqtin’ A Fool…


VIDEO: Epic Air

The time Kevin Garnett arm wrestled Big Baby Davis

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett is famously one of the NBA’s most intense players — known for his ability to focus so deeply that it can devolve into things like headbutting the basket support or even (very occasionally) perhaps attempting to take a chunk out of an opponent.

KG is also intensely private, mostly eschewing interviews and photoshoots in favor of keeping a low profile off the court. But thank goodness for Brian Scalabrine, KG’s former teammate in Boston who did a spot on Fox Sports the other night and told a tale about a team flight where Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis squared off in an arm wrestling contest for the ages.


VIDEO: KG vs Big Baby

(via TNLP)

NBA and adidas unveil 2015 All-Star Uniforms

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today in New York City, the home of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA and adidas unveiled a first look at the uniforms for the 64th annual All-Star Game, to be played on February 15, 2015. To see more images, check the gallery at the bottom.

But first, a bit more on the design of the uniforms, via a press release from the NBA and adidas…

The jerseys feature a side panel of five stars, each representing New York City’s five boroughs with a unique pattern:

*Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park

*Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters

* Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city

*The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City

* Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough

“The NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of the host city and basketball culture, and this year we created our most detailed and sophisticated uniforms to date that pay homage to New York and All-Star weekend,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. “We took inspiration from all five boroughs, in addition to the rich basketball and cultural heritage of the city, to provide a memorable collection for players and fans.”

The Eastern Conference NBA All-Star uniforms feature black name lettering and blue numbers while the Western Conference uniforms bear white name lettering and red numbers. Herringbone detail on the East/West patch and jock tags pays homage to the Barclays Center court, and the New York Knicks font is used for player name and number. For the first-time in an NBA All-Star Game, player first and last names are featured on the back of the jersey.

The All-Stars will wear black, gray and white fitted warm-ups that feature satin accents and military-style star patches to celebrate the number of NBA All-Star appearances for each player. Each player’s jacket will be customized with patches to represent the game’s top individual accolades including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP and NBA Championships.

The on-court warm-ups also include a three-quarter-sleeve shooting shirt and tapered pant. NBA All-Star jerseys ($80 – $110) will be available on NBAStore.com and NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in January in addition to a full range of NBA All-Star apparel from adidas including adult and youth t-shirts ($22 – $30), track jackets ($80 – $250) and headwear ($16 – $26). Select NBA All-Star merchandise will also be available internationally on NBAStore.eu, NBAStore.cn, NBA.JD.com and LojaNBA.com.

 

To see more images, check the gallery below…

Shabazz Napier puts the Nets in a blender

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have yet to break out the Crossover Contest this season, but Miami Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier made a case for himself last night. While waiting for Chris Bosh to flash to the basket in the halfcourt offense, and momentarily faced with a Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams double-team, Napier did something remarkable.

There are actually two things to watch on this play…

First, just watch Napier, as he does what is essentially a triple crossover — right to left behind his legs, left to right behind his legs, and then right to left in front of his body, all in the course of about two seconds. Terrific dribbling by Napier.

Second, watch KG and D-Will perform a strange ballet as they negotiate with each other to stay with their defensive assignments. D-Will actually does a full 360, on purpose, because it’s probably the fastest way to get situated back in front of Napier.

And then the Heat turn the ball over. But whatever, it was a great moment. You can see the full video here, or be mesmerized by the Vine below…

Hulkamania runs wild in Oakland


VIDEO: Hulk Hogan gets the crowd pumped up in Golden State

By Jeff Case

Pregame festivities at NBA games are usually wrought with fireworks, fancy on-court projection systems, player introductions or some combination thereof. How can you make that sorta thing better? Add a little dose of Hulk Hogan, of course. Such was the case last night as the Brooklyn Nets visited the Golden State Warriors as Hogan got the crowd worked up with his usual trademark flair.

(And, props to the Warriors for pumping in Hogan’s theme song, “I Am A Real American”, during his speech.)

The fun didn’t stop there with the Hulkster, though, as he took over the team’s Twitter feed during the second quarter (and, not coincidentally, the Warriors went on a 22-6 run during that stretch):

Vote: Who had the better block, Noel or Lopez?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s election day here in the United States, so let’s have a poll that allows everyone to vote. This all started last night when I was at the Nets/Thunder game, and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez made a nice play blocking an alley-oop attempt from OKC’s Lance Thomas. You can watch that play here…


VIDEO: Lopez Block

Moments later, via Twitter, those of us in the media seats saw another nice block, this one from Philly’s Nerlens Noel on a drive against James Harden. You can watch that play here…


VIDEO: Noel Block

(Also, just for what it’s worth, I had nothing to do with that play being labeled as the “Block Of The Night.”)

At some point later in the evening, I got into a discussion on Twitter with my NBA Digital co-workers Jared Greenberg and Brent Barry about which play was the better block. (I also roped The Brooklyn Game’s Devin Kharpertian into the mix.)

So, let’s get out the vote. I have tried to describe both plays as plainly as possible so as to avoid any accusations of voter fraud or polling place chicanery from Mr. Greenberg.

You’ve seen both plays, now please make your selection…

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…

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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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Goodbye, BrooklyKnight

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we saw the Charlotte Bobcats, as part of their rebranding into the Charlotte Hornets, say goodbye to their mascot, Rufus. It was a sad, bittersweet farewell, one that won’t soon be forgotten.

Turns out, Rufus was not the only one. Earlier this week, Grantland’s Zach Lowe broke news that the axe was dropping in Brooklyn.

We only had two seasons to get to know BrooklyKnight, the oddly named, superhero-themed mascot. Which, to be fair, was longer than any Brooklyn coaches have lasted.

And now BrooklyKnight is gone.

Goodbye, dear friend. We hardly knew ye.


VIDEO: The BrooklyKnight had a bit of an epic fail last season

LeBron James gets animated GIF treatment

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve enjoyed the work of artist Patrick Truby around here many times. With the Miami Heat sending the Brooklyn Nets fishing last night, now seems like a good time to check in on Patrick’s latest, an animated GIF he created exclusively for us of LeBron James hopping onto the scorer’s table and celebrating the Heat moving on to the Eastern Conference finals …

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