Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Nets’

Goodbye, BrooklyKnight

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

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 …

LeBron

Drake takes Raptors/Nets series to Instagram

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Brooklyn, the Raptors beat the Nets to tie their first round series at two wins apiece. After the game, Toronto’s “global ambassador,” Drake, took to Instagram to post a message for Brooklyn big man Kevin Garnett. As Drake wrote in the caption, “Mad…or nah? See you back at the crib”

Also, remember the post last week about Drake using a lint roller during the game in Toronto? Drake had a funny sense of humor about it…

Raptors mascot eats Nets fan

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Emotions definitely run pretty high during the postseason. And not just among players — I’m talking fans and mascots as well. Check out what happened last night in Toronto, where a Nets fan was blindfolded and essentially fed to the Raptors’ inflatable Raptor mascot. I’m not saying this wasn’t set-up in advance, but, well, either way it’s pretty funny…


VIDEO: Raptor eats Nets fan

(via TNLP)

Watergate 2: Blake Griffin vs. Fan

By Nick Margiasso IV

Maybe NBA franchises just need to buy less-slippery cups.

After fouling out of Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game late, Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin made it two controversial drink spills in the NBA this season. This time, there was a victim. This time, it was water. Call it “Watergate,” but that’s already been taken. Purposely or not, Griffin doused a Golden State fan positioned directly behind him at the scorer’s table as the L.A. star reacted by throwing his arms back in disbelief upon seeing the replay of his last foul on the arena jumbotron.

And, oh yeah, he had a cup full of water in his hand. So, this happened…

VIDEO: Blake Griffin of the Clippers douses fan with water

Remind you of anything?

VIDEO: Jason Kidd, coach of the Nets, spills drink on court mid-game

 

That time when Jason Kidd was a rapper

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last summer, Jason Kidd made the rare move of going from being an active NBA player to an NBA coach. And while there were some bumps in the road, overall Kidd has done a nice job, being named Eastern Conference coach of the month for both January and March.

As it turns out, Kidd’s non-traditional route to becoming a coach had one mostly-forgotten detour through hip-hop music. Back in 1994, Kidd was part of a compilation album called B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, which featured several NBA players — including Shaquille O’Neal, Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros — showing their skills as rappers. (Funnily enough, Brian Shaw, who is also in his first season as a head coach this season, also had a track on the record.)

The New York Times caught up with Kidd this week to talk to him about his experience recording, “What the Kidd Didd.” As Kidd told the Times, “That’s something on my bucket list that I can say I’ve done, because I’d never do it again.” The whole story is a fun one, well worth a read.

And as for the song? Well, you be the judge…


VIDEO: What the Kidd Didd

Something Stinks On Brooklyn’s Bench

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Knicks/Nets game, cameras caught several members of the Nets looking as though…well…let’s just say something appears to smell bad. Shake your head, Joe Johnson…

brooklyn-nets-bench

(via The Big Lead)

Alan Anderson asks fans about March Madness

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I do not watch much college basketball at all, but as today marks the start of March Madness, I will be tuning in like many other casual college hoops fans to take in the excitement and pageantry of the college games. This means seeing players I’ve never seen before, not to mention seeing teams I’ve never seen play. Although I do know most of the teams that are playing.

Still, it appears I’m not the only person who tunes into March Madness without knowing much about the teams that are playing. But as Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson found out in this video for SI.com, many of the fans will root for any team…even colleges that don’t actually exist…

VIDEO: Alan Anderson in Times Square

Brooklyn ballboy shows good hustle

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I just spent about ten minutes trying (in vain) to find a video clip of a play from 2001, when then-Hawks guard Jacque Vaughn made a steal during a game in Cleveland, and had to forearm shiver an unsuspecting ballboy out of the way while sinking a lay-up. (There is a written recap of it here, though.)  This happens from time to time in the NBA, when a ballboy runs onto the court to do his or her job, and then the run of play suddenly reverses and the ballboy finds themselves caught out there.

This is exactly what happened last night in Brooklyn, where a ballboy ventured onto the court to clean up the floor and found himself in crosshairs of a Tyler Hansbrough fastbreak. What do you do when Psycho T comes crashing down on you? You dive off the court as fast as you can, that’s what you do …


VIDEO: Nets ballboy hustles to avoid Tyler Hansbrough

(via BDL)

No Garnett, No Matter to Kelly Olynyk

Even though Kevin Garnett couldn’t be in uniform as the Nets hit the floor of TD Garden tonight, it doesn’t mean his presence wasn’t felt. Thanks to the truculence of Kelly OlynykShaun Livingston found out how much of his teammate’s ghost still resides in Boston.

Livingston’s chagrin was palpable, but the fans paid praise to a familiar sight:


VIDEO: Kelly Olynyk channels his inner Kevin Garnett on Shaun Livingston