Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

Mavericks, Pelicans Unveil New Alternate Uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The season is just weeks away, but today two teams announced new uniforms, one for this season one for next season.

Let’s start with this season. The New Orleans Pelicans got new uniforms last season when they changed their name to the Pelicans. This season they’re introducing an alternate red uniform.

According to Pelicans.com…

The Pelicans’ new red uniforms capture the culture and character of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region as, similar to the team’s current jerseys, the word mark is inspired by French Quarter street signs. The uniforms will feature “Pelicans” on the front of the red jerseys, different from the team’s current jerseys. The lettering on the jerseys is white with navy outline and features the NBA logo on the back of the neck of the uniforms.

“With the second season as the New Orleans Pelicans approaches, we are thrilled to introduce our latest addition to the best looking uniforms in the NBA,” said Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “The feedback we have received from our fans on every element of our Pelicans branding and identity has been tremendously positive and we are particularly pleased with how our new alternate uniforms turned out. The red signifies the passion our players have for the game and our fans have for their basketball team, we can’t wait to see both on display when we debut these new uniforms on opening night.”

The Pelicans’ partial logo is featured on the side of the red shorts, as well as gold and navy stripe detail. At the center of the waistband of the shorts sits a unique ligature that combines the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ to form a basketball. This new mark, created specifically and exclusively for the Pelicans, will be used selectively by the team and incorporated into Pelicans’ branding.

Also, in Dallas, the Mavericks introduced an alternate jersey for next season, the 2015-16 season, which was designed by a Dallas native named Geoff Case. His design was selected out of a thousand entries. Here are a few looks from today’s press conference…

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

CHANDLER PARSONS
CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)


VIDEO: Parsons pitch

JAMES HARDEN
Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…
(more…)

Are The Spurs The Ultimate Team?

San Antonio Spurs Championship Celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs won last season’s NBA championship, but are they the ultimate team in all of the major North American sports leagues? A new poll from ESPN the Magazine says yes, they are.

According to ESPN, they surveyed over 1,000 fans to form 25 areas of criteria, then polled over 100,000 fans and asked them to rate their hometown teams in each of those categories. From there they created a weighted average and incorporated “bang for the buck” and…well, you can read all the criteria for yourself.

As it turned out, out of the 122 teams considered, the San Antonio Spurs finished first overall. And they weren’t the only NBA team to rate highly: the Memphis Grizzlies finished fourth, the Oklahoma City Thunder finished seventh, and the Dallas Mavericks ninth. If you want to dig deeper, check out the entire poll here.

Dirk Nowitzki Covers David Hasselhoff

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDirk Nowitzki is a talented dude. He’s a franchise player, an MVP, and as we see below, he does a mean David Hasselhoff cover.

The backstory for this clip below starts nearly a decade ago, when Dirk admitted that to help himself relax at the free throw line, he would sometimes sing to himself. The one song he singled out as a nerve calmer? David Hasselhoff‘s “Looking for Freedom,” which was a hit in Germany in 1989, when Dirk was growing up. The Hoff performed the song at the Berlin Wall as it was being dismantled, and the song stayed at number one in Germany for two months.

So this week, while on a German talk show to promote a documentary about himself, Nowitzki was presented with a guitar and asked to sing along. The Hoff must be proud…


VIDEO: Dirk Freedom

(via TNLP)

Dirk Nowitzki plays baseball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With some free time on his hands this summer, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki organized a celebrity baseball game to raise money for the Heroes Foundation and the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. Dirk managed to draw in some iconic athletes from the Dallas area, from Terrell Owens to Tony Romo to Jason Terry. In the video below you can see Dirk beat out an infield grounder, score from second on a base hit, and lay down a bunt during the home run derby, among other things. As a baseball player, Dirk’s a pretty good basketball player.


VIDEO: Dirk plays baseball

(via TNLP)

When Popeye Jones was a movie reviewer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s all stop for a moment today to wish the happiest of birthday wishes to Popeye Jones. Today Mr. Jones turns 44 years young, so it seems like as good a time as any to get into the internet wayback machine. While today Jones is an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers — as well as the father of top NHL prospect Seth Jones — Popeye had a long career in the NBA, logging almost a dozen years with five different teams.

But he played his longest stretch in Dallas, from 1993-96 and then again in the 2002-03 season. (He also spent a few years in Dallas after retiring as a player development coach.) But what I didn’t know is that while he played for the Mavs, Jones teamed up with then-teammate Tony Dumas to record these movie reviews. The people at Ballislife have uncovered a couple of these classic videos.


VIDEO: Jurassic Park review


VIDEO: Blue Chips review


VIDEO: Hoops Dreams review


VIDEO: Above the Rim review
(via BIL)

Throwback Thursday: Top Finals Upsets


VIDEO: The 2010-11 NBA Finals

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: Top Finals Upsets

On June 12, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first championship in franchise history. The newly assembled “big-three” of LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made the Heat heavily favored over the Mavericks coming into the series. But Dallas rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to pull off the upset.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the top upsets in NBA Finals history.

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


Gallery: TBT: Top Finals Upsets

Which upset do you think was the most surprising? Leave your comments below!

No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

We’re just eight hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

The84Draft
The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon

Otis Thorpe (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon won a title together in 1994.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Jerome Kersey, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Ohio State (Campbell), Longwood (Kersey), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 20th overall by Detroit Pistons (Campbell), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey), 70th overall by Boston Celtics (Carlisle)

Draft fact: Players from the 1984 Draft combined to win 13 NBA championships. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (six championships), Hakeem Olajuwon (two), Otis Thorpe (one), Kevin Willis (one), Tony Campbell (one), Jerome Kersey (one) and Rick Carlisle (one).


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon guides the Houston Rockets to the 1995 championship

We’re just 13 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 15 – Stansbury a Dunk Contest regular

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Terence Stansbury

Terence Stansbury was used to the Dunk Contest stage.

Name: Terence Stansbury

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 27, 1961

College: Temple

Drafted in 1984: 15th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Terence Stansbury, who was the 15th player selected at the 1984 Draft, finished third in three consecutive NBA Slam Dunk Contests.


VIDEO: Terence Stansbury put on a show during the 1987 Dunk Contest

We’re just 15 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.