Posts Tagged ‘Denver Nuggets’

Andre Iguodala drops season’s best crossover

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have a leader for the next Crossover Contest. Last night’s Warriors/Nuggets game turned out to be wildly entertaining, as a team well out of the playoff race put together an epic comeback from down 20 to beat the Warriors in Oakland. And while Denver’s Timofey Mozgov put together one of the best stat lines of his life, finishing with 23 points (not 93) and 29 rebounds, the play of the game, and maybe the season, belonged to Golden State’s Andre Iguodala.

It happened in the first quarter, with Denver’s Quincy Miller guarding Iguodala in transition. Andre had the ball in his left hand, and then crossed over to his right hand. At this point Miller seemed ready to make a play for the ball, and at that exact moment, Iguodala crossed it back to his left hand, leaving Miller in a pile on the court…

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The only way that could have been better would have been if Iguodala just put the ball on the floor and walked away. The best part about all this? Quincy Miller seemed to take it all in stride after the game on Twitter…

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That time when Jason Kidd was a rapper

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last summer, Jason Kidd made the rare move of going from being an active NBA player to an NBA coach. And while there were some bumps in the road, overall Kidd has done a nice job, being named Eastern Conference coach of the month for both January and March.

As it turns out, Kidd’s non-traditional route to becoming a coach had one mostly-forgotten detour through hip-hop music. Back in 1994, Kidd was part of a compilation album called B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, which featured several NBA players — including Shaquille O’Neal, Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros — showing their skills as rappers. (Funnily enough, Brian Shaw, who is also in his first season as a head coach this season, also had a track on the record.)

The New York Times caught up with Kidd this week to talk to him about his experience recording, “What the Kidd Didd.” As Kidd told the Times, “That’s something on my bucket list that I can say I’ve done, because I’d never do it again.” The whole story is a fun one, well worth a read.

And as for the song? Well, you be the judge…


VIDEO: What the Kidd Didd

How to grocery shop like JaVale McGee

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s JaVale McGee in a grocery store, riding on a scooter, with Eazy-E’s “Boyz N The Hood” as background music. What more could you want? Oh, how about a caption? As JaVale wrote, “HOW TO GROCERY SHOP LIKE A BOSS!”

Best of times, worst of times for mascots

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we noted the reported retirement of Bango the Buck as well as the return of The Raptor in Toronto. This week we check back in to find a mascot missing his eyes, as well as a mascot with a penchant for making amazing shots…

Let’s start in Denver, where Nuggets mascot Rocky shows off his ability to make all sorts of incredible trick shots…


VIDEO: Rocky scores

Meanwhile, down in San Antonio, Spurs mascot Coyote bounced off of Denver’s Aaron Brooks, and the collision caused his eyes to pop out. Which has to be a bummer.


VIDEO: Coyote loses eyes

(Rocky via TNLP)

The house of Mutombo is still the house of Mutombo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Clippers/Nuggets game was notable in that not only did Denver snap L.A.’s 11-game win streak, but it was also a throwback night in Denver. Both teams played in cool retro uniforms, as the Nuggets recognized the 20th anniversary of their 1994 team that upset the Seattle SuperSonics.

With several former Nuggets on hand, including Reggie Williams and LaPhonso Ellis, it only made sense for Denver mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion to bring out Dikembe Mutombo to help with a dunk attempt. What happened next was pure Mutombo


VIDEO: Mutombo/Rocky

Denver Nuggets forever

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the season of their discontent in Denver. After finishing last season 57-25, but also making their fourth consecutive first round exit, the Nuggets parted ways with reigning coach of the year George Karl and embarked upon a new campaign. But after injuries sidelined JaVale McGee and Danilo Galinari for basically the entire season, and new coach Brian Shaw butted heads with Andre Miller, the Nuggets have basically stumbled into rebuilding mode.

They aren’t far from being back and contending — time and health and the Draft should make huge differences next season — but in the meantime, Denver poet Ken Arkind has written and narrated a tribute to the history of the Nuggets that is a lot of fun to watch. Well done, Denver…


VIDEO: The Scripture Of The Mile High

Nate Robinson’s Pregame Dance Routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver’s Nate Robinson is out for the season while recovering from surgery on his ACL, but he has kept his social media game tight. Yesterday, Nate posted this video of his usual pregame dancing routine, set to Deion Sanders‘ classic hip-hop anthem “Must Be The Money.” (I’m not the only person who immediately recognized that as Prime Time’s song, am I?)

Nate Robinson Loves XXL-Sized Tacos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver guard Nate Robinson may be short for an NBA player — or “pint-sized,” as he’s referred to in this new ad for Taco Bell — but being small doesn’t seem to have made his appetite any less potent. Anyway, in this new ad, Nate eats one of these big steak tacos in the locker room while wearing warmups, suggesting they might be in a pregame situation. I guess the Taco Bell people didn’t check with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw


VIDEO: Nate Eats Tacos

OJ Mayo Picks Inopportune Time To Tie Shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, we’ve heard since we were kids that there’s nothing more dangerous than running with your shoes untied. So it’s understandable that when Milwaukee guard O.J. Mayo‘s shoelace became untied during last night’s Bucks/Nuggets game, he needed to get it re-tied as quickly as possible. But deciding to re-tie the shoe during the middle of a defensive possession, while play was going on all around him, seemed to be a curious choice. Luckily Mayo’s man wasn’t involved with the play.

Wait, anyone seen J.R. Smith?


VIDEO: Mayo Ties Shoe

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!