Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

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:


Dirk Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, we probably take Dirk Nowitzki for granted. After all, the seven-footer has been around the NBA for close to two decades, and has won an MVP award, a Finals MVP, and been an All-Star thirteen times. And he’s still doing it — Nowitzki will return this season and team up with new signee DeAndre Jordan for another run at the postseason.

How does Dirk do it? How did he go from the small town of Wurzburg, Germany, to becoming a global NBA superstar? There are answers to be found in a new movie called Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The movie will be in theaters starting Friday, July 10, but for now, here’s the trailer…

VIDEO: Nowitzki: Perfect Shot

Blake Griffin takes batting practice at Dodger Stadium

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers have had an interesting summer, as they lost DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks, and now are now trying to find someone to replace Jordan. So while the Clippers are in transition, big man Blake Griffin spent a day taking some swings at the ballpark. Dodgers infielder Justin Turner became friends with Blake at a charity event and invited him over to take batting practice, and here we can see that BG actually has a pretty nice swing …

this may or may not have been a home run….. on a little league field.

A video posted by Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) on

Dennis Schröder mixes soccer and hoops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder is a native of Germany, where despite the best efforts of NBA players like Dirk Nowitzki and Schröder, soccer remains king. After all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So leave it to Schröder to figure out a way to combine soccer and hoops in this Instagram video, where he shouts out German National Team member Jerome Boateng

Yo @jeromeboateng !!! What You got next 😎😎 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TheGoldenPatch #NiceWithIt

A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on

Bryce Cotton can jump through the roof

VIDEO: Cotton alley-oop

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late in the regular season, the Utah Jazz picked up point guard Bryce Cotton, who ended up playing 15 games and was rewarded with a long-term extension. His most memorable moment, however, may have been the play above, where Cotton skied to catch an alley-oop over the Dallas Mavericks.

Even though the Jazz season is done, Cotton has continued putting in work. And as we see in the clip below, while working out at P3 Sports Science, Cotton showed off a 45-inch vertical leap, besting Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine‘s 44-inch leaps.

Rick Carlisle is a terrific piano player

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We tend to think of NBA coaches as one-dimensional robots — men who stroll sidelines and call plays and yell at people and are one-million percent focused on basketball. But that sells them short, because these guys do have other interests and pursuits away from the game. For instance, I knew that Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was a world-class ping-pong player, as you can see in the very long video here…

VIDEO: Carlisle ping-pong

And it don’t stop: This weekend, a video emerged of Carlisle onstage at a Bruce Hornsby concert, sitting in on the piano. And I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but Carlisle can go, man…

VIDEO: Carlisle Hornsby

Cavaliers fan gets ‘2015 NBA Champs’ tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals are still four days away, but at least one Cleveland fan feels pretty good about the Cavs’ chances. A user on Twitter posted a photo of a new leg tattoo of the Cavs logo along with the words “2015 NBA Champs.” It’s a bold prediction, to be sure, but there’s a positive history: Jason Terry got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy months before the Dallas Mavericks won a title. Terry didn’t put the year on there, though. Either way, this Cleveland fan will have a great memento of the season…

J.J. Watt has a blast at Game 2 of Rockets-Mavs series

By Jeff Case

The Houston Rockets are expecting a big playoff run in 2015, what with their fancy, new pregame intros and whatnot. Tuesday night’s Game 2 moved Houston to 2-0 in its series with the rival Dallas Mavericks and delighted the fans at Toyota Center — one of whom was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.

Before the game, Watt and his fellow Rockets fans were treated to a masterful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by 12-year-old Nicholas Connors:

After which Watt congratulated Connors on his rendition (and clearly shocked him in the process):

And lastly, Watt soaked up the Rockets’ win with some celebratory dancing:

VIDEO: J.J. Watt dances after the Game 2 win

Warriors fan revises, relaunches familiar ‘We Believe’ slogan

VIDEO: The Warriors stun the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs

By Jeff Case

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended for Mavs fans)

Remember back in the 2006-07 season, when the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and took on the No. 1-seeded (and 67-win) Dallas Mavericks? It was perhaps the greatest first-round upset in NBA playoff history as the Warriors ousted the defending Western Confernce champion Mavs in six games.

In that series, Golden State built a 3-1 series edge thanks to a raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena. Back then, the team rallied behind a “We Believe” slogan that was started by a season-ticket holder and loyal fan, Paul Wong. Although that wasn’t the official slogan of those Warriors, that crew led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson came to be known as the “We Believe” Warriors to many.

As Golden State embarks on what it hopes will be a run to The Finals, Wong has updated that familiar slogan: “We Believe Championship”. Wong unveiled that phrase on placards — about 250 of them — during last night’s Blazers-Warriors game and is hoping it will catch on like the ’07 slogan did.

Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group has more on Wong’s new campaign. And, here’s an image of the new signs, too …



NBA players react to Steve Nash retiring

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today, former two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Nash, an 8-time All-Star, had been riddled with injuries the last few seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. As news spread of Nash’s retirement, players around the NBA took to social media to say goodbye and show respect…