Posts Tagged ‘Chandler Parsons’

Japanese fans select Chandler Parsons as NBA’s most handsome star

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A group of NBA fans in Japan have selected Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons as the NBA’s most handsome player. As Parsons posted on Instagram, they presented him with a certificate certifying his handsomeness, and even a drawing of Parsons in traditional Japanese dress. I’m not sure what organization presented this award, or how large this group of fans is, but Parsons seems pretty excited about it, so he’s got that going for him…

Japan voted me best looking guy in the @nba…I'll take it! #thanksjapan

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Dirk Nowitzki, interview stopper

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A couple of days ago, Mavs broadcaster Skin Wade was just minding his own business, recording an interview with Chandler Parsons, when Dirk Nowitzki strolled by and with a flick of the wrist made quick work of the whole situation. My favorite part might be the way Parsons reacts, with equal parts surprise and confusion.

Chandler Parsons debuts sock collaboration with Stance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERChandler Parsons has had an eventful few months, becoming one of the offseasons most coveted free agents with his move from Houston to Dallas. And apparently he’s been busy off the court, as well.

In the video below, Parsons discusses his newly minted partnership with Stance Socks, the brand NBA fans may know from their collaboration with Dwyane Wade. Parsons — an avowed sockaholic who says he actually plans his outfits around his socks — recently got a sock deal with Stance, and has a signature sock coming soon.

To that end, Parsons spent time with Stance recently to film a short flick about his love for Stance Hoops, the brand’s basketball collection. Here’s the world premiere of that video…

VIDEO: Parsons Stance

Need help? Try some ‘Maverick Justice’

By Jeff Case

The Dallas Mavericks have got a pretty good grip on what goes viral in the NBA world, as evidenced by some of their recent videos (like Dirk Nowitzki in Run DMC and him pumping up office workers, the team parodying “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Avengers”, asking fans to help design alternate unis, etc., etc.).

Their latest offering is “Maverick Justice”, which stars Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons as basketball players/lawyers (who quickly remind you they’re not really lawyers at all) …

“We do basketball, so you don’t have to.”

VIDEO: ‘Maverick Justice’ in Big D

(h/t Tim MacMahon)

The Dallas Mavericks are Run DMC

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about Dirk Nowitzki, maybe the best thing, is his apparent complete lack of self-awareness when asked to participate in goofy videos. He loves to sing and be silly, as we’ve seen again and again. And it don’t stop, because in this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk teams up with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons as some sort of new version of the seminal hip-hop group Run DMC, singing a remixed version of “Sucker M.C.’s.”



(via Skin Wade)

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…


CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)

VIDEO: Parsons pitch

Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…

Damian Lillard’s series-winner, from all angles

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I did not care who won Game 6 of the Portland/Houston series. I am not a fan of either team, and to me it didn’t matter which team won. I was up late on the East Coast watching the game, sure, because I love sports and I love basketball, and also because it’s my job. But was I cheering for either team? Nope, not at all.

I say all of that to give context to what happened next. When Chandler Parsons scored with 0.9 seconds remaining, I figured it meant we were headed for a Game 7 in the series. Which was fine by me, considering how great the games in that series had been. And then Damian Lillard came flying around the top of the key, caught the ball, calmly drained the game-winner, and the arena went crazy.

And I sat forward to the edge of my couch and thrust a fist into the air. Again, I didn’t care who won the game. (If anything, Portland winning meant more work for me because I was now on the hook for an Horry Scale post.) I just spontaneously felt like, as fan of sports, I needed to celebrate that moment, probably the best moment of the playoffs thus far.

What a shot, what a moment. Since that shot went down, more and more angles and versions of the shot have surfaced, and I thought we should compile them all in one place for posterity…

The original ESPN broadcast…

VIDEO: Lillard’s GWBB

Lillard’s shot via the phantom cam…

VIDEO: Lillard phantom cam

The Portland radio broadcast…

A Vine shot by a fan sitting courtside…

Video shot by a fan higher up in the stands…

VIDEO: Portland fan vid

And finally, a GIF from the great Patrick Truby

(Portland radio via Awful Announcing)

Horry Scale: Damian Does It

By Lang Whitaker,

VIDEO: Lillard’s GWBB

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier tonight I was at Brooklyn/Toronto Game 6, and I was talking with another media member about just how memorable the first round of these playoffs have been. A record number of Game 7s, tons of amazing finishes. HOWEVA, as I pointed out, there had been just one game winning buzzer beater thus far — Vince Carter against the Spurs. From my mouth to the basketball god’s ears, that all changed a few hours later, thanks to Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers, who eliminated the Houston Rockets with a dagger at the buzzer of Game 6 to end the series and give Portland a 99-98 win.

Before we go any further, what is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

One thing I’d like to clear up: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot. So when I gave Randy Foye a 3 Horry rating, that wasn’t only a reflection of his shot, which was admittedly remarkable, as I wrote, but also the play, which was awful. Taj Gibson’s lefty layup wasn’t the toughest shot, but that inbounds play was terrific. Basically, everything matters.

After 18 regular season entries, we now have our second of the postseason. Let’s break this down…

As a shot, it wasn’t the toughest, mainly because Lillard was so open. On the inbound pass, Lillard basically just outran defender Chandler Parsons to get to the ball. You may wonder why a forward was guarding a much faster point guard on the play. This is a valid question. It wasn’t like Parsons got picked or screened, he was just out-run by Lillard, who was able to catch a pass and turn and shoot. And I love how if you look closely, you can see how he calls for the ball as he runs toward it. “I squared up and snapped my wrist,” Lillard told ESPN’s Heather Cox in his postgame interview, giving Portland their first first-round series win since 2000.

This has been a series about as close as it gets. These teams had turned in three overtime performances in their first five games, and this seemed destined for another OT. On their final possession, the Rockets weren’t able to get a clear look, until a rebound fell into Parsons’ hands under the basket and he flipped it up and in an easy shot to give Houston the lead with 0.9 remaining. It seemed like this was destined to go to 7 games like so many other series. But on the ensuing inbound, Lillard broke free and send the Rockets back to Texas.

I’m going to let this Vine speak for me. Crank up the volume and check this out…

I took some heat earlier this season when I gave some shots lower grades than you guys felt some shots deserved. My rationale was that the moments weren’t as large as they would be late in the season or in the postseason. Like tonight. The last time someone made a GWBB to end a series?

So yeah. I briefly thought about giving this shot 6 Horrys. But no. I’m going 5 Horrys…


What say you? How many Horry’s would you give Damian Lillard’s GWBB?

Driver runs into Chandler Parsons, asks for his autograph

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The first time I visited Houston, Texas, was just after Christmas in 2002. I was there for SLAM magazine to write a profile on Yao Ming and Steve Francis, and I spent about a week hanging around the Rockets. I also saw one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen while driving.

The Toyota Center, their current home, was not yet built; back then they played in the Compaq Center, previously known as The Summit. On a Sunday morning while I was there, the Rockets held a shootaround at their arena. It was relatively early, and because it was a weekend morning, I remember how quiet things were on my drive to the arena. I was in no hurry, so I cruised along, looking out the windows and trying to get a feel for Houston.

And then I came upon a railroad crossing. As I pulled up to it, the light above it turned red and the crossing flags began to lower, blocking the road and signaling that a train was coming. I slipped my rental car into park and settled in to sip my coffee and wait for the train to pass.

In my rear view mirror, I noticed a late-model sedan coming toward me. This car was in the lane next to me, so it wasn’t in danger of hitting me, but it was coming fast, much too fast to stop in time for the train crossing, and it seemed to be accelerating. I looked ahead and saw the train nearing the intersection. I turned my head just in time to follow the car as it hit the wooden crossing flags at full speed, shattering the wood and sending shards flying. The car shot across the train tracks, bouncing as it hit the other side of the road. Maybe two seconds later the train barreled through the intersection, as I sat there, my heart pounding, wondering if I was being Punk’d.

(Initially I wondered if the car was being pursued by authorities, but no other cars ever came along. I just sat there, totally alone, at the intersection until the train passed. I combed the local papers the next few days but never saw any mention of what I’d witnessed.)

I bring all that up because we have another NBA-related driving story out of Houston. Last night on his way to the Toyota Center, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in a minor car accident. How do we know it really happened? The other driver asked Parsons for an autograph after hitting his car…

A driver outside Toyota Center ran a red light and hit Parsons’ SUV near the entrance to the loading dock. Parsons said he and driver were not hurt, though it made him a few minutes late for treatment before shooting to see if he would be cleared to play.

“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons said. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.”

I think we can say Parsons was fine — he played 40 minutes and scored 21 points.

Rockets teammates get a little bit of NCAA fever

By Jeff Case

ICYMI last night, the Final Four from Dallas, Texas had two classic games: No. 1-seeded Florida vs. No. 7-seeded UConn and, in the late game, No. 2-seeded Wisconsin vs. No. 8-seeded Kentucky. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s a UConn-Kentucky national championship game tomorrow).

As you’d expect, such great matchups weren’t lost on many of the NBA’s best players, some of whom took to Instagram to reveal who they were rooting for … or to show you which game they were attending.

The Florida-UConn game saw Houston Rockets stars Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons (an ex-Gator himself) in the crowd.

C'mon gators do it for @chandlerparsons

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Great time in the student section with @dmoswag and @dwighthoward !!

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Former Georgetown star Allen Iverson surprisingly had some nice words for the UConn Huskies after the win … mostly because Iverson’s former Sixers teammate (and an ex-Husky himself) Kevin Ollie coaches the squad. Here’s what AI had to say:

Congratulations K.O. this couldn’t happen to a better person. I’m very excited about you being in the National Championship game. I never thought I could pull for UConn, but I will this year because you’re there. Good luck and God bless you … #TheAnswer