Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Pistons’

Draymond Green breaks out WWE championship belt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRasheed Wallace is responsible for many different things, but one of the best may have been making WWE-style championship belts for the Detroit Pistons after they won a title in 2004. Sheed often wore his belt to games the next season, to show people that the champ was here…

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 13:  Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit Pistons arrives with his championship belt prior to the start of Game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE  (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

The newest NBA champ is Draymond Green, who took to Instagram to show off his new title belt, which looks as though it came directly from the WWE. Now we need Draymond to wear it to games next season…

Touggghhhhh @wwe world champions #dubnation

A photo posted by Draymond Green (@money23green) on

Andre Drummond goes to prom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Finding a date for prom can be nerve-wracking, but Raquel Smith, a high school student in Michigan had a great idea: Ask Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. Drummond agreed on one condition: She needed to get 12,000 retweets.

She ended up just a few tweets shy of 12K, but Drummond went along anyway…

According to the Detroit Free-Press, Drummond’s footwear was more impressive than his car…

“He was absolutely amazing,” Watson said. “He stayed at prom almost two hours, was social with everyone, he was very nice. Of course even the adults wanted pictures and he was very accommodating. He was just an unbelievable.”

Still, Drummond’s Porsche had some stiff competition.

“He didn’t even have the nicest car there,” Watson joked. “We had a couple of Bentleys. My favorite was a convertible Rolls-Royce with Illinois plates. We had three students who came in Tesla cars.”

But Drummond’s Louis Vuitton footwear? That was a thing to admire, Watson said.

“All the kids were talking about the shoes,” he said.

(via B/R)

Happy Birthday Isiah Thomas

ISIAH THOMAS

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, Isiah Thomas.

Born in Chicago, Thomas played college basketball at the University of Indiana, winning the 1981 National Title. A 6-1 point guard, Thomas’s competitive drive was unmatched. He was drafted second overall by the Detroit Pistons, with whom he played his entire professional career. By the late ’80s, the Pistons had adopted their “Bad Boys” identity, and they went on to win back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. Thomas retired in 1994 as a 12-time All-Star and was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.

To celebrate Isiah’s big day, let’s go to the video…


VIDEO: Isiah In Focus


VIDEO: NBA Superstars Isiah

Stan Van Gundy leaves Dave Joerger hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story where the Memphis Grizzlies are concerned is their recent skid — they’ve lost four of their last seven games. And last night in Detroit, after losing to the Pistons, Zach Randolph was not thrilled with the way things are going.

But maybe Memphis coach Dave Joerger is the one who shouldn’t be thrilled. Because after the game, he shared a customary post-game handshake with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. But then, as Joerger tried to continue the conversation, Stan Van kept it moving, leaving Joerger standing there a bit…confused?


VIDEO: Stan Van Gundy blows off Dave Joerger

Lance Stephenson dances like everyone’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Recently we caught up with Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who was caught on camera getting his groove on. Yesterday, Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson also got funky, although Lance had an idea of what was going on…

Pregame dance lol

A video posted by Lance Stephenson (@stephensonlance) on

(via TNLP)

Pistons fans celebrate return of Dee-troit Basket-ball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons were off to a 5-23 start and things were looking dire. Then the Pistons released Josh Smith, reconfigured their offense, and boom — everything turned around. Today the Pistons have won 9 of their last 10 games and, with a 14-24 record, and are two losses behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the East. There’s still a lot of season left to go, but after that dreadful start the Pistons are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA. And some fans from Detroit Bad Boys put together a pretty cool video celebrating that turnaround…


VIDEO: Pistons back

Andre Drummond dances like nobody’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a moment last week. The Pistons were about to host the Hawks in a big game between two teams with winning streaks, and to help promote the game, Drummond was going to do a live hit on a local TV news show. And while he was waiting for the interview to begin, Drummond apparently forgot he was on camera and decided to just get out the jam…

(via B/R)

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: NBA’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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


Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Meet the Lakers new Swaggy sideline reporter, Nick Young

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons, giving the Lake Show their fifth win of what has been a challenging season. After the game, the Lakers broadcast chose to honor Jordan Hill, who finished with 22 points and 13 boards, by making him the postgame interview. But what nobody expected was that the interview would end up being conducted by Swaggy P himself, Lakers guard and All Ball All-Star Nick Young.


VIDEO: Swaggy sideline

Chris Paul pays tribute to fan’s late mother

Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., a time to give thanks for the things we have and the loved ones both in our lives and formerly in our lives. And in that spirit, there’s a story today out of Los Angeles about Clippers point guard Chris Paul that shows why he’s not only an All-Star on the court, but off the court as well.

Tonight in Detroit, the Pistons will host the Clippers. In the stands, Paul will play host to Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old fan from Pennsylvania who lost his mother, Lisa, in September to an aggressive form of brain cancer. Paul will play tonight with Lisa’s initial, L.E.G., written on his sneakers.

After seeing a video on Twitter about the family, Paul reached out and formed a bond. As Ben Bolch writes in the Los Angeles Times

The family videotaped and photographed nearly every moment so that Lisa could savor her final days with those who mattered most. A video of Jack discussing his mother’s devotion to his basketball career and of his desire to have Paul write Lisa’s initials on his shoes for an NBA game left Paul wanting to make his own gesture, however small.

“To know that someone cares about me that much to where his mom did that for him and to know he put that on his mom’s grave,” Paul said, “I got goose bumps, I got chills.”

Paul has wowed Jack since the boy started watching him on television three years ago. “I liked how he threw the alley-oops and everything and his ballhandling and his great vision,” said Jack, 13.

Jack had been a point guard until recently sprouting to 5 feet 9, a growth spurt that prompted his coach to start playing him at shooting guard and forward. He wears No. 3 this season — Paul’s number — in addition to a new pair of CP3s purchased by his father.

Jack may never want for shoes again after receiving the care package Paul intends to give him. But Paul will take possession of the more meaningful gift: a framed montage of photos showing Jack and Lisa along with a cutout of the tongue of the CP3s the mom had given her son.