Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bulls’

Never make Michael Jordan mad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You know the phrase, “Don’t wake a sleeping giant?” Back in the early ’90s, a few members of the Charlotte Hornets learned this lesson the hard way in a game against the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. As former Hornets guard Kendall Gill posted on Instagram, here’s what happened…

“Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn’t give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn’t know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman’s cape unless you’re absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman?”

According to Deadspin, this is the game when it happened. And as for the play? Watch out, Zo!

Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn't give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn't know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman's cape unless you're absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman? @nba @nbatv #illini #illinination #illinibasketball #boxing #basketball #boxingaddict #chicagosports #allamerican #maypac #mayweatherpacquioa #allamerican #athlete #hornets #nba #nbastories

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Joakim Noah says the darndest things

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kids say the darndest things, which basically means that sometimes kids say things that don’t make much sense. So leave it to Bulls center Joakim Noah to turn the tables in this new Foot Locker commercial and say some things so wacky that even these kids seem to understand that maybe they shouldn’t listen to him. He does have a point about the chair and the dogs though — had never really considered that…


VIDEO: Joakim Foot Locker

Pau Gasol tells us how to get to Sesame Street

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I have a two-year-old son, and he wakes up pretty much every morning before I am used to waking up. So there are plenty of mornings when we get up and stumble into the other room, and I get him some milk and some breakfast and we sit and watch “Sesame Street.” And while “Sesame Street” is great for kids, it’s also interesting for adults, with all sorts of random celebrities popping up from day to day. Recently, Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol showed up on The Street, not his first trip, where he taught Abby Cadabby about wordplay and homonyms. Now we just need an NBA presence on Super Grover 2.0…


VIDEO: Pau Gasol Sesame Street

Throwback Thursday: MJ’s return in 1995


VIDEO: Take a look back at Michael Jordan’s career

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Michael Jordan returns to the NBA

On June 20, 1993, Michael Jordan scored 33 points on 13-for-26 shooting as the Bulls beat the Suns 99-98 in Game 6 of The Finals to clinch a third straight championship. Several months after that win, Jordan retired from the NBA to pursue a career in baseball and the Bulls tried their best to carry on without their marquee star. Chicago reached the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals losing in a Game 7 to the New York Knicks behind the MVP-caliber play of Jordan’s old sidekick, Scottie Pippen.

Then came March 17, 1995 and things became right again in the NBA world for the Windy City. With a simple faxed message stating “I’m Back”, Jordan was on his way back to Chicago once again. Two days later against the Indiana Pacers, Jordan suited up (albeit in a No. 45 jersey instead of his usual No. 23) and had 19 points on 7-for-28 shooting in a 103-96 road loss.

With Jordan’s return to the court in mind, we take a look back on the career of perhaps the greatest player ever in NBA history.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan’s career

What’s your most lasting Jordan memory? Leave your comments below!

Gatorade remixes “Be Like Mike” ads

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in 1991, after Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won the first of six NBA titles, Gatorade celebrated Jordan’s accomplishment with a commercial that still resonates today.


VIDEO: Like Mike

This week, to celebrate Gatorade’s 50th anniversary, Gatorade brought the commercial back with three new spins. The three new ads — “Groove Like Mike,” “Move Like Mike” and “Dream Like Mike” — play off the original song and visuals, with a newly updated feel. You can check out all three below. It may be nearly twenty-five years later, but plenty of basketball fans still want to be like Mike.


VIDEO: Groove Like Mike


VIDEO: Move Like Mike


VIDEO: Dream Like Mike

Jimmy Butler pledges $10,000 to school if kid can hit one-handed three-pointer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is out for a few more weeks while he waits for a sprained left elbow to heal. But instead of just sitting around, Butler is using his down time to make a difference in and around Chicago. Yesterday, Butler paid a visit to the Chicago-area Phoenix Military Academy to increase awareness of eating a healthy breakfast. He ended up leaving $20,000 lighter.

According to the school’s website

Butler wagered that for every junior who made a free throw shot he would donate $50 towards the school. The class came up with a total of $550. Soon after that he then went on to say that if he made a 3 point shot with one hand he would donate $10,000 to the school. He made the shot easily and then challenged junior Jabaree White to do the same for another $10,000. Butler offered to gave White 3 tries to make the shot but he nailed it in one which got the class real whipped up and screaming in joy.

“I feel like I contributed to the school” after making the two three point shots and one free throw,” said White.

The junior class raised a whopping $20,000 from Butler, which was a generous donation. Jimmy Butler also accepted an invitation to become an “Honorary Firebird” and to wear the Phoenix PT uniform at Bulls Practice at least once.

Here’s video of the event — first Butler’s three, then Jabaree’s big shot…


VIDEO: Butler three

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Otto Porter may be slow to react defensively

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Wizards/Bulls game was close down the stretch, close enough that every possession was important. So with the Bulls clinging to a three-point lead, 95-92, with about 9 seconds remaining, and the shot clock near the buzzer, the Bulls ran a play for Tony Snell. Washington had Otto Porter defending Snell, although if you watch the clip below, Porter doesn’t react very quickly — or at all — as Snell sprints across the lane to come off a pick on the other side. I like how Porter stands rock-still until someone yells, “OTTO!”

And I know Snell misses the jumper, but watch closely: With Snell breaking wide open, Marcin Gortat leaves his man, Pau Gasol, to cover Snell. Snell misses the shot, but who gets the rebound, gets fouled and makes both free throws to seal the game for the Bulls? Pau Gasol.

Bismack Biyombo feeds, clothes homeless man

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBismack Biyombo is in his 4th season with the Charlotte Hornets, and while the 22-year-old Congolese power forward is still learning the NBA game, he obviously has his priorities in order off the court. With the Hornets in Chicago this week to take on the Bulls, Biyombo apparently used his night off on Tuesday to walk around the city, where he met a homeless man and, well, let’s let Biyombo tell the story…

Good morning people! Was Bless last night in Chicago to spent time with this great homeless person, who I so sleeping outside as I was walking around the city, he was cover with few things and I spoke to him and after we spoke, I ask him if he want it to get food and he said man I will love to but I can't go into a restaurant. I ask him why? He said because of the way I'm dressing and the way I look.. I could believe it or no? But I want it to experience that myself, as we walk around the mall before we go get some food, officers had to ask if he was with me until we get to the restaurant!! The amazing thing is that I had a great diner and great time and some great conversation and what we did after is between God of this universe and I… This guy read books and is recommendation was this Book call the secret that going to be my next Book!! So people I will just ask you to help because you want to not because you have to.. Help build a better society, be part of something special!! God bless #Godwill #Biznation

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NBA players react to Derrick Rose injury news

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose would undergo knee surgery on his right knee for a second season in a row. A timetable for his return won’t be established until after the surgery, but considering Rose’s injury history — he’s played just 95 regular season games over the last four seasons — this is another unfortunate setback in Rose’s continuing to try and regain the MVP form he displayed in 2011.

As news of Rose’s latest injury spread last night, players from around the NBA reached out via social media to offer their best wishes…

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Pau Gasol screams a lot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For many years, Bulls forward Carlos Boozer was known for his willingness to yell “AND ONE” pretty much any time he shot the ball near the basket, whether or not a foul actually occurred. Boozer may be gone to Los Angeles, but he’s been replaced by Pau Gasol, who, it turns out, has his own vocal theatrics. Check out this video from Bulls fan Dylan Connolly, who cut together Gasol screaming from a few games. AHHHH!


VIDEO: Pau screams