Posts Tagged ‘Denver Nuggets’

Watch your drinks around Randy Foye

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s no better view than sitting courtside at an NBA game, being close enough to the action to feel the floor shake as the players sprint past, hear the guys yelling at each other, even have someone bring food and drinks to your seat. Of course, there can be downsides, too, as we saw last night in Denver. Early in the game as the Nuggets hosted the Spurs, Randy Foye dove into the sideline seats trying to save a loose ball. He did not save the ball, but he did go right into the courtside waiter holding a tray of beers. Well, the guy was holding a tray of beers…


VIDEO: Foye Spills

Also, shoutout to Nuggets mascot Rocky for helping out with the clean up…


VIDEO: Rocky cleans

Danilo Gallinari does Italian play-by-play

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is currently sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery, but instead of staying home and chilling out, Gallinari went to last night’s Nuggets/Mavericks game. At one point the game, Gallinari joined the Denver television broadcasters, and just as they asked Gallo to do some play-by-play in his native Italian, J.J. Hickson threw down a monster dunk.

Turns out excitement sounds about the same in any language…


VIDEO: Gallo call

Lou Williams shows love for those “on our side”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Toronto Raptors won a game in Denver, Colorado, over the Nuggets, 116-102. And just because the Raptors were on the road, that didn’t keep Raptors fans from coming out and cheering their team on. Because if there’s anything we’ve seen about Raptors fans, they are all-in when it comes to their squad, even if that means showing up in an opposing arena.

Check the video below to see a clip of Raptors guard Lou Williams leaving the floor after the win. As he walks down the tunnel and back into the locker room, he gives a fan a finger point, but then stops and says “You’re on our side, my bad,” and turns around and goes back over the fan to give him a high five. They the north…

If you're on our side, Lou Williams has got you. #WeTheNorth #RTZ #NBA #Toronto #NBABallot

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The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with Kristin Chenoweth

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. We’ve already spoken with John Leguizamo, Mario Batali and Anna Chlumsky, and today we wrap up by talking with Emmy and Tony award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth. An Oklahoma native, Chenoweth has starred on TV in shows such as “The West Wing” and “Glee!,” in movies like Rio 2 and on Broadway in shows including “Wicked” and “Promises, Promises.”

Chenoweth will next be seen on-screen in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, and in the animated Lucasfilm fairy tale musical Strange Magic, both set to be released on January 23. She’s also completed production on an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants,” in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. Chenoweth will also return to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 20-week limited engagement of “On the Twentieth Century” in early 2015.

Christmas2014ME: Hey Kristin! So I just wanted to talk basketball with you. You probably don’t get to do that that much, right?

KRISTIN: (laughing) Nobody thinks that I can talk basketball. This is a very good gift of a call for me to have.

ME: I know you’re originally from Oklahoma, but were you a basketball fan before the Thunder were there?

KRISTIN: I think I should tell sort of how it came for me, like, this love of basketball. I was always scared of basketball growing up. I was a cheerleader, but I knew I could never play basketball because I’m 4-11. But I always liked cheering at basketball games because they were exciting. I loved the game in and of itself, but I never played, and we never had a professional team, as you know. So, I started dating someone a few years back, six years ago, and he was a humongous L.A. Lakers fan. And I knew that I had to start watching the Lakers. So I did that so I got to know who he was talking about, and I started to fall in love with the players. I really liked Pau Gasol a lot. He’s no longer there, but anyway, we got the Thunder right after that. And my boyfriend was such a big basketball nut he would watch with me, and started to like the Thunder. I started to fall in love with Westbrook and Durant, and I’m still not over Harden. I feel a little bit badly about it, but my Dad tried to explain to me about it being a business decision, and I get that, but I don’t know, it was a little heartbreaking to see him leave. But since that I’ve become an even bigger fan and bigger fan, and I’ve really enjoyed watching basketball.

ME: Are you a Thunder loyalist?

KRISTIN: I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of a lot of teams, because I’m very loyal to my Thunder, but I have a little bit of love for the Spurs — a little bit, even though they’re in direct competition with us. I’m not really loving the Heat, and I’m a little torn about how I feel about LeBron. He went to the Heat and now he’s back in Cleveland, God bless him, but I’m not really a fan of the Heat. I’m not really a fan of the Nuggets. I can’t tell you why, either, other than I just feel like, No. I like the Clippers and the fact that we have an Oklahoman on that team — Blake Griffin. I’m just proud of the Thunder. I’m proud that Oklahoma has such a good team. The beginning of this year did not look good, and we had a lot of injuries and we’re kind of overcoming that. I think Coach [Scott] Brooks is very smart and is grooming the younger players. I’m pretty impressed with Reggie Jackson — I love him and Ibaka, and I love Perkins. Of course I love Westbrook and Durant, but I gotta give love to the entire team, because I see them coming together, and in the beginning of this season, even though we were losing without our guys, I was so proud of how they were learning and how quickly they were learning. To me, that’s the definition of a team, and I think that’s where Scott is so good. Even though he’s a California boy, I’m glad he’s embraced Oklahoma.

ME: I was wondering, because I know you spend a lot of time in New York, do you follow the Knicks as well?

KRISTIN: The Knicks are another team I have love for, because I’m a New Yorker as well. I live in New York and L.A. both, but I’m always gonna follow the New York Jets, Giants — even though that doesn’t really work for a lot of people — Yankees, Mets and Knicks. I’m always gonna do that — New York is like my second home. But if I had to pick, there’s no competition.

ME: You mentioned being 4-11, which made me wonder: Is Nate Robinson your favorite Thunder player of all-time?

KRISTIN: How tall is he? Isn’t he like 5-10?

ME: No, he’s like 5-8, 5-9.

KRISTIN: Nate Robinson is that short? Didn’t he win the dunk contest? Yeah, I loved him. What happened to him? Where is he now?

ME: He’s on your not-favorite Denver Nuggets now.

KRISTIN: That’s! Right! That is right! I still have love for him. He’s short — well, for a basketball player. But it just goes to show, to me, that it doesn’t matter how tall you are. He has the heart of a basketball player and he’s so good. I’m sad to see him with the Nuggets, but again, you lose some and we’re training these awesome players. Like Jeremy Lamb, he’s a baby, but in five years what’s he going to be doing? I’m excited to see.

ME: So do you feel like this is the year for the Thunder to finally break through and win a title?

KRISTIN: Well, that’s a tough one. Because I’m always going to want to say yes. I think there’s still time to prove ourselves, yes, I do. I think that we have to overcome a lot. I think we have to overcome injury. If we can do that, and we don’t lose anybody, then yeah, I think we have a shot. The Spurs are making me nervous. Of course, any team that LeBron plays on makes me nervous. Two years ago was really painful. And I was on tour and they had said if we make it to the Finals will you sing the National Anthem? And I had said, ‘Hell yeah! I’m in the middle of tour but I’ll move a show.” I might have cried, I’m not going to say. But I have these really high heels, these Oklahoma City Thunder pumps, but I wore them on stage, just to show my love. I think like three of my shoes could fit in Kevin Durant’s shoe.

ME: So let’s get your Christmas Day picks. First game is Washington Wizards at New York Knicks.

KRISTIN: I’m gonna have to go with the Knicks.

ME: Second game is Oklahoma City Thunder at the San Antonio Spurs. No contest here, I’m guessing.

KRISTIN: The Thunder all the way. We’re gonna kick San Antonio’s [butt]. I predict it. Take that, San Antonio [laughs].

ME: Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat?

KRISTIN: Oh man, you know I’m watching that game. Um, I’m gonna have to go with the Cavs. A) I’m not a fan of the Heat, and B) LeBron’s on the Cavs.

ME: Two more. The Los Angeles Lakers at the Chicago Bulls?

KRISTIN: The Bulls, they’re gonna win. They’re having a good year, I forgot about them.

ME: And then the last one is the Warriors against the other team from Los Angeles, the Clippers.

KRISTIN: I like the Clippers, I like the Clippers. By the way, the first game you mentioned…

ME: Wizards at the Knicks?

KRISTIN: The Wizards are better than I thought they would be. Is that new this year?

ME: They were pretty good last season, made the second round of the Playoffs, but this season they’re better than they’ve been in a long time.

KRISTIN: I know, right? I caught a little bit of their game and I forget who they were playing, but I was like, What the hell is going on here? They’re not bad, not bad. Well, let’s see how close I get, I may have just called all five games.

ME: You did pick the Knicks.

KRISTIN: I know, I know, but I did that out of loyalty.

ME: Understood. Last thing: On Christmas Day will you actually sit at home and watch the games?

KRISTIN: I’ll watch the Thunder because I’m going home to Oklahoma, and everything stops in Oklahoma when the Thunder play, as well it should. So I’ll be watching with my Dad and my cousins and everybody. And I really want to see the Cavs/Heat game.

The Manimal meets the Minimal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver’s Kenneth Faried, a.k.a. the Manimal, plays basketball kind of like a superhero — all energy and action, with his hair trailing in the wind behind him. So it makes sense that at the Nuggets/Clippers game on Friday night, Denver will give out Kenneth Faried Action Figures to some fans. In this new spot from the Nuggets, they take a page from Li’l Penny and the Manimal meets the Minimal…

VIDEO: Manimal/Minimal

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Gary Harris


VIDEO: Arena Link: Gary Harris

By Gary Harris, for NBA.com

Hey everyone! Trying out my first blog for NBA.com. I feel like I started off the season well in my NBA debut about a month ago. My first minutes came against my hometown team, the Indiana Pacers. I always play well against teams from Indiana, so I knew I had to really step up in front of all my family and friends. I couldn’t believe how many people came to the game! I saw friends I hadn’t seen in years who bought tickets and came to support me, even though they were Pacers fans. I felt really proud seeing so many people in Indiana wearing Denver Nuggets colors and cheering for me, so I knew I had to have a big game as my way of saying thank you.

Getting my first minutes in an NBA game in my hometown meant a lot to me. I have been preparing for my first NBA game since I was a little kid, so playing in front of my family and friends came as a small reward for all of the hard work I’ve put in since childhood. I dreamed about playing in front of the most important people in my life in my home town for years. Seeing my dreams come true definitely was a humbling experience that made me appreciate all of the ups and downs throughout my career.

During our win against the Pacers, I had probably my most exciting play of the year. I drove by my defender and dunked on two defenders in traffic, which made Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day. All of the Nuggets fans cheered pretty loud except for my mom. She wasn’t paying attention during the play and missed the whole thing, but they showed her face on TV when she realized she missed a big play. I will never let her live this one down…

We started off the season a little slow as a team, but we’ve picked up the pace considerably the last few weeks. It takes a lot of time to fully gel as a team and get on the same page with everything we do. I think teams will see a completely different Nuggets squad by the end of the season because we have so much room to grow. We have shown that we can compete with anyone in the league. Now it’s time to start building on the teaching points throughout the year so we can see some concrete evidence of progress from the beginning of the season.

Adjusting to the NBA lifestyle definitely takes some time to get used to, but I think I’ve handled it pretty well so far. We travel way more than I ever did in college, so that is also an adjustment. I’ve got a good group of teammates to learn from, so they make the transition a lot smoother for me. Having another rookie (Erick Green) to go through the process with also helps ease the stress a little bit. Knowing I’m going through the same issues with another person makes my issues more manageable because we can figure out solutions together. All in all, the transition is going well, and I’m really lucky to be in this position.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my diary. For updates on everything about our journey this season, be sure to follow me on twitter @thats_G_ and tune in for our games throughout the year. I know we have a lot of great basketball ahead, and I’m very excited to see where this season takes us!

Joakim Noah, amateur dermatologist?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back we checked on regarding the NBA’s new swingman jerseys, and saw a commercial where Dwight Howard met his match, so to speak.

In these latest adidas Swingman jersey spots, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Denver’s Kenneth Faried introduce us to their doppelgangers, one a dermatologist, another a perfume-selling manimal.


VIDEO: Joakim Swingman


VIDEO: Faried Swingman

Ty Lawson puts Kirk Hinrich on the floor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we continue to build up enough plays to build the first Crossover Contest of the season, we had a play last night that will almost definitely qualify. Watch as Denver’s Ty Lawson pretends to cross the ball over against Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich. The brilliant thing is Lawson doesn’t cross him over — he goes with one hard dribble on the left side and then cuts right. And all Hinrich can do is take a seat.

(via TNLP)

JaVale McGee remains the best

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During this weekend’s Pelicans/Nuggets game, Denver center JaVale McGee chased after a loose ball and dove into the stands trying to save the ball. He did make the save, but unfortunately tipped it directly to the Pelicans.

But that’s not why we’re here. We are here to observe what happened in the aftermath of JaVale going into the stands. Take a guess what happens when he lands in the stands. Does he…
A) Take a sip of a fan’s soda
B) Sign an autograph
C) Run back down the floor and block a shot
D) Land in an empty seat next to an older woman, smoothly put his arm around that woman, lean over and give her a kiss on the cheek, and then sprint back down the floor in time to defend his man

If you chose D, I’d guess you’re a fan of Shaqtin’ A Fool…


VIDEO: JaVale kisses a fan

Knicks, Nuggets display airball proficiency

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday’s Nuggets at Knicks game was 109-93 win for the Knicks, a result they desperately needed. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for us, neither team really put their best foot (or shot) forward.

Let’s start with Shaq’s favorite forward, Denver’s JaVale McGee, who is back from injury and yet to make an appearance on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” this season. That is likely to be changing soon, however, after this free throw attempt from McGee yesterday. Nice form, bad distance.

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But that wasn’t even the worst airball of the day. Later in the game, Knicks forward Travis Wear grabbed a rebound and whiffed from literally right next to the rim. Somebody get Shaq on the phone…

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(via Dime)