Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bulls’

Jimmy Butler got a boombox fish tank

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Jimmy Butler recently signed a long-term extension to stay with the Chicago Bulls, and now that he can put down roots long-term, he decided to get a huge fish tank in his new home, as one does. So Butler called in the guys from the Animal Planet show “Tanked,” who create custom-themed fish tanks, and asked them to make him something music-related.

So they apparently put together a 6,000-pound fish tank that plays music.

According to the Chicago Tribune

The 6,000-pound tank was set up by Wayde King and Brett Raymer, the stars of Animal Planet’s “Tanked.” The episode featuring the installation of Butler’s saltwater aquarium is scheduled to air 9 p.m. Friday.

The 9-feet-tall, 10-feet-long aquarium holds more than 600 gallons and 50 fish — for the Bulls’ upcoming 50th anniversary — including the Jordan’s tuskfish to honor Bulls star Michael Jordan.

The aquarium has a custom bubbler to make it look like it’s a boombox equalizer, but the feature Butler seemed to enjoy the most is the wireless speaker system on top so music can filter through the tank.

“My fish gonna be bumpin’ here,” Butler said.

Mike Dunleavy’s ’60s night outfit was incredible

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Chicago, as part of the celebration of the Bulls’ 50th anniversary, they celebrated the first of several “Decade Nights.” For the Thunder game last evening, it was dubbed ’60s night, which was observed in a number of ways, including the Bulls wearing throwback jerseys. And even though Mike Dunleavy Jr. was injured and unable to play, he still went all out and sat on the bench with his best ’60s look. (Which may be more of a ’70s look, but whatever. Good job, great effort.)

Derrick Rose puts his son on a t-shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season during the playoffs, Bulls guard Derrick Rose brought his son to the press conference podium during their series against the Cavs, and when his son gave the cameras a disapproving look, a social media star was born…

And if you didn’t think players aren’t aware of what’s happening on social media, think again, as after last night’s Bulls win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, D-Rose redefined #NBAStyle, breaking out a t-shirt that celebrates his son’s social media stardom…

NBA releases Christmas Day uniforms and socks

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Laydown Horizontal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Christmas Day has become one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar, with a marquee slate of games, the teams involved have started to wear increasingly special uniforms. And this year, adidas and Stance are really going all out, as you can see in the new images released today.

From the NBA’s release…

adidas and the NBA today unveiled the uniforms that all teams will wear during the league’s Christmas Day match-ups. Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms continue the tradition of introducing new and unique elements each season. This year’s uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones, while player names and numbers are showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching. A scarlet NBA seal is also displayed on the back of the jersey as a nod to holiday greeting cards.

The socks, Stance’s contribution to the on-court Christmas Day look, mirror the uniform’s design and feature classic holiday colors, winter-inspired imagery and pay homage to holiday sweaters.

The Season’s Greetings Collection includes a special-edition Swingman jersey, women’s Replica jersey, on-court shooting shirt, T-shirt, snapback and knit beanie. Items range from $28-$110 and will be available this weekend on and Jerseys will also be available at select team and other retailers.

The Christmas Day socks go on sale this weekend. They will be available at and other major retailers.

For more pictures, see below…

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Group


Carlos Boozer explains the “shoe polish” game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are things that have happened in NBA games that have never gone explained — fragments of history, bits of myth and legend that, perhaps one lucky day, will finally be explained.

One of those happened yesterday, as longtime NBA forward Carlos Boozer was a guest on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable,” and he was asked about the “shoe polish” game. What was the shoe polish game? Back in 2012, when Boozer’s Bulls were playing the Boston Celtics on national television, Boozer showed up with his hair looking like, well, shoe polish.


At the time there was no real explanation. Yesterday, Boozer finally set the record straight in the video below around the 3:30 mark…

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

METAIRIE, LA - SEPTEMBER 28: Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans poses for photos during NBA Media Day on September 28, 2015 at the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)


NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re all glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

Happy birthday to a few Hall of Famers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we like to wish the occasional happy birthday to NBA players of varying importance. And today just so happens to be a day where a trio of Hall of Famers (well, two are in and one is likely to be in) all share a birthday.

Let’s start with Chauncey Billups, a.k.a. Mr. Big Shot, a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons. Billups retired in 2014, and considering his extensive accolades, the Hall of Fame seems like it should be on the horizon sometime soon.

VIDEO: A look back at Chauncey Billups’ career

Also, happy birthday to Bob McAdoo! McAdoo won two NBA titles as a player with the Lakers, and then two more recently as an assistant with the Miami Heat. The NBA’s MVP in 1975, McAdoo was the NBA’s scoring leader three times and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

VIDEO: A look back at Bob McAdoo’s career

Finally, happy birthday to Scottie Pippen! One of the most versatile players of all-time, Pippen won six titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls. A member of the 1992 Dream Team and an eight time member of the NBA All-Defense First Team, Pippen was enshrined to the Hall of Fame in 2010.

VIDEO: A look back at Scottie Pippen’s career

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.


(via CBS Sports)

Fan gets Michael Jordan versus Kobe Bryant tattoos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen fans pay tributes to their favorite athletes in several ways, from the temporary (with a haircut) to the more permanent (in ink). But I don’t think we’ve ever seen a fan get tattoos of two of his favorite athletes, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, in what I guess is a permanent staredown.

Watch ‘The Shot’ from a new angle

By Jeff Case

Michael Jordan has a lengthy list of game-winners he drilled throughout his career. But perhaps his first/best known one was the basket he made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the decisive Game 5 of the first round in 1989.

Best known as ‘The Shot’, we can almost guarantee that you’ve seen the following clip before …

VIDEO: Michael Jordan dispatches the Cavaliers in 1989

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet/the Twitterverse, though, a NEW, court-level angle of MJ’s bucket is out there to delight Bulls fans (and further torment Cavs fans and Craig Ehlo) …

(h/t For The Win & @SneakerDave)