Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Nets’

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…

Paul Pierce was Captain America…

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

(more…)

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