Posts Tagged ‘Chris Webber’

Damian Lillard wants rings

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the world of Foot Locker commercials, famous athletes randomly hang out together like it’s an everyday occurrence. In this new spot from Foot Locker, we find Portland’s Damian Lillard sitting around a mod house chatting on his phone, when he offhandedly mentions he would like to win a championship ring at some point in his career. This is a perfectly acceptable feeling to have, unless perhaps you express that feeling aloud within earshot of Barry Sanders, LaDanian Tomlinson, Chris Webber and Karl Malone.


VIDEO: Lillard Foot Locker

Nuggets’ Unique Gallinari Celebration

By Jeff Case

If you haven’t heard Chris Webber‘s dramatically elongated (and hilarious) pronunciation of Danilo Gallinari‘s last name (which Webber also does with a mock Italian accent), well, here you go:

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Now that we’ve established that Gallinari (who, for the uninformed, was born in Italy) and his heritage are a talking point for Webber, NBA fans, television announcers and more, it appears the Nuggets’ bench also likes to have a little fun with their second-leading scorer’s birth place. Check out this bit of Italian gesturing between Gallinari and the Nuggets’ bench after he nails a back-breaking 3-pointer against Utah last night:

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After nailing the shot, Gallinari (according to this web site on Italian gestures) gives his Denver teammates the “Eccellente!” (aka bringing the fingers to the lips with a kiss), which they respond with the “Ma che vuoi?” (Fingers bunched together, tips touching and pointing upward while holding your arm about a foot from your body and moving the hand up and down at the wrist, which means “What do you really want?”).

Fantastic celebration that we’re sure to see more of as the playoffs get closer

Kevin Hart Drops The Funny On TNT crew

by Zettler Clay IV

Comedian and two-time Sprint Celebrity All-Star Game MVP Kevin Hart visited the Inside crew for halftime of the All-Star Game. The results weren’t too kind for Kenny Smith and Chuck:

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Introducing the Bragging Rights Bracket

by Micah Hart

Here’s a popular conversation around this time of year:

Sports Fan A: Oh man, imagine how good School A would be if Player X had just stayed one more year. They might have won the NCAA Tournament!

Sports Fan B: Tell me about it. And look how good School B could have been this year. Player Y and Player Z would both be seniors!

If you watched the two amazing basketball documentaries last weekend — ESPN’s “Fab Five” and HBO’s “Runnin’ Rebels” — you know what I’m talking about.

Nowadays, Chris Webber would never have called his infamous timeout in the NCAA title game because he’d almost certainly have left after his freshman year — as would have Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Stacey Augmon — all of whom were first-round picks in 1991 — returned to UNLV after winning the 1990 national championship. The only guys who have done that recently were Florida’s ’04s of Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Taurean Green — and even then, everyone knew they were the exception.

While we’ll never know if Syracuse could have repeated as national champs in 2004 had Carmelo Anthony stayed, or what kind of ridiculous stats Kevin Durant might have put up had he stayed four years at Texas, we do know they became stars in the NBA.

Which leads us to a new series we will be running on All Ball over the course of the next few weeks:

Bragging Rights: The Ultimate Battle for School Pride

The premise is simple:

We want to know which school has the best NBA players. Over the next few weeks, we will pit every school with at least five players currently on active NBA rosters against each other in a hypothetical, March Madness-style, single-elimination bracket.

We’ve seeded the teams (see below), and we’ll roll out a few games each week. You vote for the winners.

We’ll start this afternoon with Stanford vs. LSU.

Why spend your time wondering how good your favorite college team could have been when your favorite players are still in action today? Once a Dukie, always a Dukie, right?

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