Posts Tagged ‘Denver Nuggets’

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.

Javaleft

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…

TravisWearAirballPutback

(via Dime)

DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi share a moment

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the waning minutes of tonight’s Kings blowout 131-109 win over Denver, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi shared a moment on the bench. This is what being teammates is all about…

Kings, Nuggets pioneer innovative “triple flop”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen some quality flopping around these parts, but what happened in last night’s Kings/Nuggets game was truly inventive. Late in the game with the score close, the Kings’ Rudy Gay set a pin-down screen against Kenneth Faried to try and free up DeMarcus Cousins. Faried barreled into the screen, and, well, basically everyone went flying…


VIDEO: Bowling Pins

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