Posts Tagged ‘Denver Nuggets’

Taylor Swift and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — OK, you’re asking, understandably, what does pop star Taylor Swift have to do with the NBA? Surprisingly, a good amount, at least for today. Two things…

1. For some reason she was at Madison Square Garden yesterday wearing a throwback jersey and hanging with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire

Not to mention the Junk Yard Dawg, Jerome Williams

2. Swift’s latest hit is a song called “Shake It Off,” but as we all know, a song isn’t a real hit until it gets parodied by an NBA mascot and some players. Take it away, Denver Nuggets. And you go, Timofey Mozgov


VIDEO: Denver Swift

Denver Nuggets mascot makes unsanctioned political appearance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sports mascots are, at their core, a conduit for fun. They are their team’s common denominators, a representative of every fan, from the front row to the cheap seats. But out in Denver, longtime Nuggets mascot Rocky the mountain lion made an off-court appearance this week that caught some people by surprise, apparently including his employers.

Earlier this week, Rocky made an appearance at a Colorado Republican rally. As the Denver Post reports

Nuggets marketing manager Graham Wincott, who handles Rocky and his appearances, said the team’s mascot showing up at the GOP event was “an unsanctioned, unpaid appearance that we had no knowledge of.”

Denver sports figures have been to political events in the past, but sports teams and organizations typically stay away from any kind of political endorsements or appearances, which is why the Kroenke brass was surprised by the appearance.

“As a sports team, we want to be apolitical,” Wincott said. “Two things we never touch on are politics and religion.”

The Nuggets’ mascot was bouncing around at the Colorado Republican Party rally Monday at Heritage High School. Top players on the Colorado GOP ticket were at the event, which included 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Wincott said the KSE management team met Tuesday “with the actor who plays Rocky to figure out exactly how it happened and what transpired and get to the bottom of how all this occurred.”

If nothing else, this gives us a chance to check out some of Rocky’s greatest hits, like his recent dust-up with Russell Westbrook or, as in the video below, a classic run-in with his longtime nemesis, Charles Barkley


VIDEO: Rocky vs Lakers/Barkley

Steph Curry wins shooting contest from bench

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the reasons USA Basketball has people around with cameras filming everything is just in case a situation like the one below breaks out. At a Team USA practice in Barcelona, an impromptu shooting contest happened between Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry and James Harden. That in and of itself isn’t all that rare. But in this case, their shooting station was the bench.


VIDEO: Bench shooting

Ty Lawson pokes fun at James Harden and the Dallas Cowboys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJames Harden is one of the best offensive players in the NBA. His defense, however, has sometimes left something to be desired.

So who better to joke about coordinating the Dallas Cowboys defense, the team that yesterday gave up four touchdowns to the San Francisco 49ers? Someone online created an image of Harden wearing a Cowboys headset, and Denver’s Ty Lawson posted it to Instagram with the caption, “Cowboys defensive coordinator”…

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1980s


VIDEO: Relive the top moments from The 1983 Finals between the Sixers and Lakers

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: Best Teams of 1980s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1980s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1990s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1980s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

JaVale McGee dunks in his dreams

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It wouldn’t be an NBA off-season without a visit from JaVale McGee, the Nuggets center recovering from injury who is in many ways a master of social media, as he’s shown us previously. In this latest video, JaVale shows us exactly what his sweet dreams are made of…

(via TNLP)

No. 82 — Nuggets’ White has memorable stats

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.

Name: Willie White

Willie White

Willie White of the Denver Nuggets

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

Birthday: Aug. 20, 1962

College: Tennessee-Chattanooga

Drafted in 1984: 42nd overall (No. 18 in second round) by Denver Nuggets

Draft fact: Willie White was selected by Denver with the 42nd pick in the 1984 Draft. In an odd case of synergy in his stats, he recorded 82 assists in his 82-game NBA career.

We’re just 82 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.

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…

Andre-Iguodala-shakes-Quincy-Miller

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…

(gif via Gifsection.com)

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!”