Posts Tagged ‘Chris Paul’

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s 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. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

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


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

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

Emojis at heart of the chase for DeAndre Jordan


VIDEO: NBA Emoji Battle?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, DeAndre Jordan announced he’d be leaving the Clippers for the Mavericks. Today, all heck broke loose, as it was reported that Jordan was being still being pursued by the Clippers.

The Clippers and the Mavericks are all apparently trying to get in another meeting with Jordan, which means they all need to travel to his hometown of Houston. How do you get to Houston?

If you’re Chandler Parsons and you’re in Dallas, maybe you hop in a plane…

But if you’re JJ Redick and you’re in Austin, Texas, you could take a car…

Or if you’re Blake Griffin and you’re vacationing in Hawaii, it may be a more involved process…

Newest Clipper Paul Pierce went with a clip art picture of a rocket, instead of an emoji…

But Clips assistant Mike Woodson is apparently swimming to the meeting…

And then there’s Chris Paul, who 24 hours ago was photographed riding a banana boat, but is also apparently on the way…

Either way, emojis are winning the day in NBA social media. Just ask Draymond Green

And the Warriors, well, they can sit back and watch since they’ve got a trophy to hang onto…

Oh, and Kobe weighed in as well…

Don’t forget about Jordan:

And even in the middle of Wimbeldon action, Roger Federer got in on the fun:

 

LeBron, CP3, D-Wade and Melo on vacation together

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week I went on vacation to Florida, and I spent the week enjoying my time off, playing in the surf and sand by day, and then relaxing at night. My companions? My wife, my two-year-old son, and my parents.

So in other words, basically nothing at all like the vacation Dwyane Wade is apparently on right now. Here’s a picture Wade posted to Instagram last night of him enjoying the evening alongside a few NBA superstars: LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony

#BrotherHood

A photo posted by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on

And how do they spend their days? Riding around on a giant banana boat (along with D-Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union), of course…

Dwight Howard gives Chris Paul a ride

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets mounted an epic run over the last few games to come from behind and overtake the Clippers, and advance to the Western Conference Finals. But they nearly didn’t make it, as the Clippers tried to come back at the end of Game 7. That comeback included a fair amount of intentional fouling, which teams do frequently when Dwight Howard, a poor free throw shooter, is on the court.

So here’s a Vine of Chris Paul fouling Howard by hopping on his back and hanging on for dear life. And because this is the internet, this Vine is set to Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

Happy Birthday Chris Paul

NBA Media Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest point guards in the NBA today, Chris Paul.

Paul’s Clippers play the Rockets tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and while we’re not sure whether or not Paul will play, after suffering a pulled hamstring in Game 7 against the Spurs, we hope the Clips take a moment to recognize today being CP3’s 30th birthday.

Born in North Carolina, Paul made national headlines in high school when he scored 61 points in honor of his slain grandfather, who was 61 years old. Paul stayed close to home and went to Wake Forest University, where he followed in the footsteps of Tim Duncan.

Paul was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, by the New Orleans Hornets, and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the beginning of the 2011 season. In 10 NBA seasons, Paul is an 8-time All-Star and 4-time First Team All-NBA selection. He may be slight of stature — he is listed as 6-0, 175 pounds — but he’s a ferocious competitor, as we saw last week when he willed the Clippers to a win over the Spurs while basically playing on one leg.

To celebrate CP3’s big day, let’s go to the video…


VIDEO: CP3 Top Ten

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

Chris Paul nutmegs Carlos Boozer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s a term in soccer called a “nutmeg,” where a player with the ball kicks it through a defender’s legs, either as a pass or a shot. It’s equal parts embarrassing and impressive, and if you’re on the receiving end of the nutmeg, you’re left feeling pretty much helpless.

In last night’s Clippers/Lakers game, Chris Paul grabbed a ball and took off on a fast break, only to find Carlos Boozer blocking his way. What to do? How about this…

Steph Curry and Chris Paul get claymation treatment

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw Steph Curry put Chris Paul on skates. We’ve seen the move, and seen it in slow motion, but what would it look like if the play was remade using clay figurines? An enterprising fan decided to find out, and posted the results on Instagram…

STEPH FARM

A video posted by 💥 (@azxd) on

(via FTW)

Dahntay Jones figures out how to stop Chris Paul

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Portland, on the second half of a back-to-back, Chris Paul had himself a game. He led the Clippers from a 19-point deficit to beat the Blazers, 126-122. And Paul finished with a smorgasbord of stats: 41 points, 17 assists, four steals and just one turnover.

The Blazers obviously had no answers for Paul, but someone did find a way to stop him: his own teammate Dahntay Jones. Coming off the court late in the game, Jones celebrated by accidentally busting CP3 in the mouth…

CP's lip gets busted 4115 - Imgur

(via r/NBA)

Stephen Curry’s pregame routine is pretty awesome

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night I went to the Clippers/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While standing on the court during pregame warmups, I noticed Clippers point guard Chris Paul going through a series of pretty cool warm-up drills, so I pulled out my phone and took to social media…

.@cp3 doing work

A video posted by Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) on

Every NBA player has his own warm-up routines and rituals. The Warriors posted this video of Stephen Curry going through his pregame routine, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different things he can do, and how effortlessly he’s able to make all of them look…


VIDEO: Curry Warmup