Posts Tagged ‘Chris Paul’

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with John Leguizamo

Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. Today we check in with the multihyphenate (writer-actor, producer-director, and on and on) John Leguizamo. Though he was born in Colombia, Leguizamo’s family moved to New York soon after, and a lifelong love affair with basketball and the New York Knicks began. His latest project is the loosely-autobiographical film Fugly!, out now on demand and on iTunes.

ME: I’ve seen you at lots of Knicks games through the years. Did being a fan of the Knicks start as soon you and your family moved to New York?

LEGUIZAMO: Yeah, definitely. I love basketball — that’s what I played growing up. You know, the sport you play is the sport you end up loving to watch. Somehow, it’s reliving the childhood and the life you never had. So yeah, I was a big Knicks fan back in the day — Clyde and up to Patrick Ewing, Sprewell, Starks, LJ, and up to now, the triangle offense, I’m here.

ME: Even these days, when the franchise is rebuilding, are you still fully invested?

LEGUIZAMO: It’s tough. The triangle offense is a tough thing to figure out. I mean, I guess it worked for Phil Jackson in Chicago and L.A., but how is it going to work on these cats who’ve played so differently all their lives, man? I don’t know, it’s a tough thing to watch. It’s like…(laughing) sending troops into war without weapons. I don’t know. It’s like, “Try and use your fist this time instead of a bayonet!”

ME: Also, to be fair, Phil had Jordan and Pippen in Chicago and Shaq and Kobe in L.A. So there may be a bit of a personnel issue with this Knicks team.

LEGUIZAMO: You mean you don’t think Carmelo is Kobe Bryant? (laughs) I mean, who was Michael Jordan anyway? No athlete will ever equal the excellence of that cat, but Kobe was pretty close, man.

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ME: Let’s get your predictions for the Christmas Day games. First up is your Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards.

LEGUIZAMO: Aw man. I mean, the Knicks will surprise you out of nowhere man, and maybe this is the time they’ll all come together — J.R. Smith and Shumpert — and maybe they’ll still come together for that. So I’ll give it to the Knicks. I mean, they come out of nowhere sometimes and they figure it out, and somehow the triangle offense comes together and somehow they’re loose and free. Or they get totally shut down, I don’t know.

ME: Right, sometimes it’s more like the Bermuda Triangle offense.

LEGUIZAMO: (laughs) Definitely the Bermuda Triangle. I think the Aztecs used The Triangle when they fought the Conquistadores. And what happened to the that empire?

ME: Yeah, didn’t work out so well. What do you do on Christmas Day? Will you watch games, or what’s your plan?

LEGUIZAMO: Well, we travel far. Our families are gypsies, so last year we went to Peru, and this year I’m going to be in Africa on a safari, not a shooting safari but shooting with my camera.

ME: Sounds amazing. OK, next up is the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LEGUIZAMO: Thunder didn’t show up the other night. I mean, Kevin Durant is back, but I’m gonna go Spurs.

ME: Yeah, it’s hard to pick against them. Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat.

LEGUIZAMO: Aaahhhhhh! Oh dear, that’s gonna be wild. I love LeBron now that he went to the Cavs; somehow he regained my respect and love. But that’s gonna be tough, Look at Dwyane who came in the other day with crazy points. I don’t know, I’m gonna go with the Heat.

ME: Two more. Lakers at the Bulls.

LEGUIZAMO: Bulls. Derrick Rose. That’s all I gotta say, two words: Derrick Rose.

ME: Last one, Los Angeles Clippers at maybe the surprise team of the season, the Golden State Warriors.

LEGUIZAMO: Wow, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love the Clippers, man, I love CP3, and after all they went through, I’m going to do the emotional choice instead of the smart choice (laughing), I’m going to go Clippers.

Chris Paul just wanted to talk to his guinea pig

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Chris Paul was a kid, all he wanted to do was to fly. At least, that’s apparently what Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul would tell you if you asked. Just don’t ask him in front of his mom, Robin, who in this new ad for Kids Foot Locker, is only too willing to snitch on Chris and admit in actuality, what CP3 really wanted was the ability to talk to…Mr. Peeps the guinea pig?


VIDEO: CP3 Fly

Chris Paul pays tribute to fan’s late mother

Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., a time to give thanks for the things we have and the loved ones both in our lives and formerly in our lives. And in that spirit, there’s a story today out of Los Angeles about Clippers point guard Chris Paul that shows why he’s not only an All-Star on the court, but off the court as well.

Tonight in Detroit, the Pistons will host the Clippers. In the stands, Paul will play host to Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old fan from Pennsylvania who lost his mother, Lisa, in September to an aggressive form of brain cancer. Paul will play tonight with Lisa’s initial, L.E.G., written on his sneakers.

After seeing a video on Twitter about the family, Paul reached out and formed a bond. As Ben Bolch writes in the Los Angeles Times

The family videotaped and photographed nearly every moment so that Lisa could savor her final days with those who mattered most. A video of Jack discussing his mother’s devotion to his basketball career and of his desire to have Paul write Lisa’s initials on his shoes for an NBA game left Paul wanting to make his own gesture, however small.

“To know that someone cares about me that much to where his mom did that for him and to know he put that on his mom’s grave,” Paul said, “I got goose bumps, I got chills.”

Paul has wowed Jack since the boy started watching him on television three years ago. “I liked how he threw the alley-oops and everything and his ballhandling and his great vision,” said Jack, 13.

Jack had been a point guard until recently sprouting to 5 feet 9, a growth spurt that prompted his coach to start playing him at shooting guard and forward. He wears No. 3 this season — Paul’s number — in addition to a new pair of CP3s purchased by his father.

Jack may never want for shoes again after receiving the care package Paul intends to give him. But Paul will take possession of the more meaningful gift: a framed montage of photos showing Jack and Lisa along with a cutout of the tongue of the CP3s the mom had given her son.

Doug McDermott photobombs CP3, Blake Griffin, Kid Ink


VIDEO: Kid Ink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of stars at Lakers games through the years, but don’t forget about the Clippers, who get their share as well. Last night, for instance, with the Clippers hosting the Bulls, rapper (and Clippers fan) Kid Ink was at the game. In the video above, he talks about being a Clippers fan and how much that means to him. And at the very end of the video, you can see him pose for a photo with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and…Bulls rookie Doug McDermott?

Above is video evidence of McBuckets’ epic photobomb. If you look at the group photo, McDermott seems perfectly happy to be involved…

But look at the photo taken just seconds later, and you can see Blake giving him the business…

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to star in sketch comedy special

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin and Chris Paul are not only partners on the court, but off the court as well. They’ve each proven their acting chops, so now they’re joining up with comedian Neal Brennan, to create their own sketch comedy special, titled “BGCP3TVinHD.” Really. Brennan, who co-created “Chapelle’s Show,” gave the stars rave reviews in an interview with USA Today: “Both Blake and Chris took notes really well and played off of each other in a fantastic way. Blake’s humor is a little more dry while Chris is a bit of a cluckster. Best part of all this is that everyone knew Blake was funny already, now they’re gonna know Chris is funny too.”

You can check out the teaser trailer below. The first episode will debut on Adult Swim on October 24 at 12:12 AM.


VIDEO: BGCP3TVinHD

Buzzer-beaters take over the night

Last night featured the biggest slate of NBA games since April, with 15 teams in action. The usual wonders of athleticism were on display from the usual suspects: James Harden, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, et al. Equally on display were the abnormal number of buckets swished right before end-of-the quarter horns.

Everybody who has put up shots alone has done it. “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …” Launch. In the Bulls-Pistons overtime affair, there were four buzzer-beaters to close a frame. And on and on it went, an endless loop of dramatic finishes, celebrations and dejection.

Another night like this and I don’t know if I can wait another three weeks for opening night.


VIDEO: It was buzzer-beaters galore Tuesday night

NBA Musicians

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Finals are over. The draft is over. Most of the free agents have agreed to terms. Summer League is over.

And now, before the FIBA Basketball World Cup gets going in September, we have a little bit of NBA down time. Which doesn’t mean the NBA talk stops — instead, it just takes a turn toward the…strange.

For instance, last night on Twitter, somehow the hashtag #NBAmusicians started trending. What was this hashtag? Basically, people took NBA player’s names and mashed them up with band names. And it’s still going this morning!

How did all this start? That’s not important. What’s important is that it did start, and then the Twitter accounts of actual NBA teams started playing along, and next thing you know you’ve got a trending topic. Here are some of the greatest hits…

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Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Blake Griffin’s NBA Summer League debut in 2009

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.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. The event has rapidly grown over the past few years and now includes a championship tournament during the action in Las Vegas (which begins tomorrow on NBA TV).

This Throwback Thursday we look back at some of the best players to ever play in the Summer League.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Chris Paul posterizes Kevin Hart

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Comedian/actor Kevin Hart has always been a fan of the NBA, taking part in All-Star Weekends and joking around with the “Inside the NBA” crew.

Yesterday, however, Hart a little more NBA-related news…when Chris Paul posted an Instagram video of him dunking on Hart. Kevin Hart tries for the block, but doesn’t quite have the hops.

Chris Paul is Saved By The Bell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Clippers point guard Chris Paul has it all — great job, great family, great style. So for Paul, who recently turned 29 years old, what do you get him for his birthday? Turns out what he really wants isn’t something that costs a lot of money, rather it’s something that brings back great memories…like an autographed photo of former “Saved By The Bell” star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. As CP3 captioned this photo of his photo, “This is easily one of the best Bday gifts I’ve ever received in my 29yrs on this Earth!!! #KellyKapowski #My1stLove #WeWereTogether #SheJustDidntKnowIt #CuzImSavedByTheBell”

I’m guessing Cliff was more of a Jessie Spano man…