Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

Dirk Nowitzki would like more cowbell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great sketches in “Saturday Night Live” history came a few years ago, when Christopher Walken was guest-hosting. In this skit, Walken played music producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” and during a session with the band Blue Oyster Cult, he kept requesting “More cowbell!” from Gene, one of the band members, played by Will Ferrell. (As I’m writing about the skit, I realize it’s probably funnier and makes more sense if you just go watch the original skit here.)

Anyway, here’s the Dallas Mavericks’ version of that sketch, with Dirk Nowitzki as Bruce Dickinson and, well, all the members of the Mavs as Gene. I gotta have more cowbell!

VIDEO: Mav Cowbell

NBA players dress up for Halloween


Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

It was a festive night around the NBA on Saturday as the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City held costume parties to celebrate Halloween. Players on both squads took to social media to show off their new looks:

Russell Westbrook as Steven Adams is just as scary as Adams as The Joker.


Could Dirk Nowitzki outrun Peyton Manning?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 2: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks runs up the court while Head Coach Rick Carlisle reacts during their game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 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 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the fun things about being on a team is the random arguments and discussions that happen along the way. You spend that much time with someone, all sorts of things get discussed.

For instance, as Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said on Twitter, an argument the Mavs had recently in their locker room brings up an interesting question…

I’m going with Dirk all day in this one, but we’ll give you the chance to weigh in as well…

German fans thank Dirk Nowitzki

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDirk Nowitzki has had a long and storied career with the Dallas Mavericks and with his National Team, Germany. As Nowitzki’s basketball career winds down, he played for Germany this month during Eurobasket 2015, which was held in Germany, trying to help his country qualify for a spot in the 2016 Olympics. That run came to an end last night, as Germany was eliminated after a 77-76 loss to Spain. While Dirk hasn’t made an official announcement, this is likely the end of his international career.

And following the loss, the crowd in Germany gave Dirk a standing ovation, which brought him to tears…

Rajon Rondo joins NBA/scooter trend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — And the trend continues. There’s only so much you can do while working out on a basketball court. So why not mix it up a little bit by using a self-balancing scooter? We just saw Wesley Matthews practicing his game on one, and now here’s a video from the Kings showing Rajon Rondo working out on a self-balancing scooter, with a few dancing moves thrown in…

VIDEO: Rondo scooter

Wesley Matthews takes NBA/scooter connection to next level

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just recently we saw yet another NBA player hit a shot — this time it was Amir Johnson — while on one of those self-balancing scooters. This made Johnson the latest in a long line of players to show off their prowess on a self-balancing scooter. But now new Dallas guard Wesley Matthews has taken the self-balancing scooter to the next level, and posted a couple of videos showing what it would be like if someone used one to actually do basketball moves. Here’s Matthews using a self-balancing scooter to run a pick-and-roll, and then using a the scooter for a mid-range post-up. These are against imaginary defenders, sure, but I imagine a defender on a self-balancing scooter wouldn’t have much more luck…

(via SB Nation)

Andrew Wiggins dunks on JJ Barea

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Canadian National Team played an exhibition against Puerto Rico, and on the play below, J.J. Barea ended up squaring off against Andrew Wiggins on a fast break. As it turned out, Barea didn’t stand much of a chance…

Here’s Rick Fox getting eaten by a shark

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night marked the debut of the third movie in the Sharknado canon, a pop culture phenomenon. These movies present an alternate in which the United States is routinely hit with tornados made out of sharks. And last night in Sharknado 3, there were a few NBA references. Besides Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban playing the President of the United States, former Lakers forward and NBA TV’s own Rick Fox played a Secret Service agent who got eaten by a flying shark. Next week’s Hang Time Podcast will be epic.

At least Rick got a punch in first…


(thanks @CJZero for GIF)

The Dallas Mavericks will have a big birthday celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are 15 roster sports on each NBA team, and there are 30 NBA teams, so at any given time there are roughly 450 players in the NBA. Which means there there is a wide variety of players born in different years, on different dates.

Which makes the current Dallas Mavericks backcourt all the more amazing. Not only do the Mavericks have three point guards — Deron Williams, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea — all born on June 26, but all three of those guys were born on June 26 in the year 1984. At least they can buy in bulk for the birthday party…

The Internet reacts to the DeAndre Jordan saga

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In case you missed it, last night was one of the weirder evenings in NBA history. To summarize: DeAndre Jordan had announced he was leaving the Clippers to sign with the Mavericks; as the deadline to actually sign a contract neared, Jordan apparently had second thoughts; Doc Rivers and several members of the Clippers descended upon Jordan’s home in Houston for a meeting; Mark Cuban was supposedly trying to get a meeting but couldn’t get in the house because the Clippers were still inside. At the end of the day, DeAndre Jordan signed a new contract with the Clippers.

All this craziness played out in real time on Twitter, a soap opera crossed with a reality show crossed with sports. And people on Twitter had a lot of fun with it…