Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bulls’

Derrick Rose and son throw out first pitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While a couple of NBA teams are still playing, most of the league has gone fishing. And with the baseball season in full swing, we’ve reached that time on the calendar when we start seeing NBA players pop up with some frequency at major league baseball games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

This weekend in Chicago, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had his turn on the mound at Wrigley Field. D-Rose brought along his son, who was rightfully a bit overwhelmed, at least initially, by the moment…

But once they got out there, the kid threw a fastball…

And as the son of another Chicago sports legend pointed out, there were some definite similarities to another first pitch decades ago…

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…

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Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…

The NBA reacts to Golden State’s historic season


VIDEO: Warriors Numbers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With their win last night over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors pushed their record to 73-9, setting a record for the best regular-season mark in NBA history. They broke a record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who finished 72-10, and a record many people thought might never be broken. Here’s how people from around the NBA, including some Warriors themselves, reacted to Golden State’s record-setting evening…

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The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game


VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…

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A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…

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Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler play Password

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What is the best way to find out how well two teammates know each other? Pick-and-roll defense? Running a give-and-go? How about playing Password? Here’s Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose playing a round of the game, attempting to name things that are green, from jalapenos to Kermit the Frog.


VIDEO: Bulls Password

(via SBNation)

Drake helps cause five-second violation

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A lot of people like having Drake singing in their ears. But for the Bulls last night in Toronto, with the game on the line, Drake being in Justin Holiday‘s ear didn’t work out so well. Check the video below, as Drake clearly says something to Holiday to help Toronto’s cause. But at the end of the day, the Bulls got the final word, winning 109-107.


VIDEO: Drake 5 seconds

Pau Gasol introduced Kobe Bryant last night in Chicago

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were teammates on the Lakers for several years, winning titles together in 2009 and 2010, and becoming great friends along the way. Last night in Chicago, with Kobe finishing up his final season, the Bulls figured out a neat way to pay tribute to Kobe: During pregame introductions, when it was time for Kobe to be announced, the PA announcer handed over the microphone to Gasol and let Pau do the honors for Bryant…


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant gets a warm greeting in Chicago

Cavs, Jazz celebrate Australia Day

By Jeff Case

The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron BairstowMatthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.

Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.

The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …


VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words

… and had him address the crowd before the game.


VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd

Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.


VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem

(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)


VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem

And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …


VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day

 

Untied shoes can’t stop Golden State Warriors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How impressive are the Golden State Warriors right now? Not only are they steamrolling almost every opponent they go up against, they’re doing it in increasingly impressive ways. Last night in a win against Chicago, for instance, the Warriors were able to score even when two pairs of shoes revolted at the same time.

Check out this play, where Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both stop on a play to deal with loose laces, and instead of burning a timeout, the Warriors just got the ball to Harrison Barnes, who went one-on-three and scored, no sweat.

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(via FTW)