Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Pistons’


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So we’re now a few weeks into the NBA season, and we’ve reached a critical mass of dunks and, more importantly, people getting dunked on. So let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner…

Kristaps Porzingis on Kevin Love

VIDEO: Porzingis on Love

Detroit basketball goes around the world

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Detroit Pistons tipped off their season with a win in Atlanta, and then went back to Detroit for last night’s home opener against Utah (they won that one, too). Of course, you can’t have a basketball game without a basketball, and for last night’s home opener, the basketball took a bit of a circuitous (although enjoyable to watch) route.

VIDEO: Detroit basketball

Nuggets, Suns get hyped up for 2015-16

By Jeff Case

With a little less than two weeks to go from the official start of the 2015-16 NBA season and, frankly, we are pretty pumped up here at All Ball central for a new season. Now is the time of year when all 30 teams are dreaming big, getting fired up and reflecting on their past.

A month or so ago, the Pistons released a hype video to gear up for the new season and now, the Suns and the Nuggets have gotten into the act. Give ’em a watch and let us know: whose hype video do you like better?

VIDEO: Phoenix Suns’ season hype-up video

VIDEO: Denver Nuggets season hype-up video


Detroit Pistons roll out new “chrome” uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we get closer to the start of the regular season, teams are unveiling their newest uniforms to be broken out this season. The Detroit Pistons last season had cool “Motor City” unis, and this year they’re again nodding to the city of Detroit’s automobile heritage by introducing jerseys that they’re calling “Detroit Chrome.”

According to the Pistons…

The inspiration for the Detroit Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit is universally known as the auto capitol of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create. The uniforms feature a matte chrome base color with clean simple lines inspired by the classic muscle cars that have roared up and down Woodward Avenue for decades. The navy trim and Detroit emblazoned across the chest represent the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry and region was built on.

Here’s a view of the jersey as modeled by Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. What do you think?


Happy birthday to a few Hall of Famers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we like to wish the occasional happy birthday to NBA players of varying importance. And today just so happens to be a day where a trio of Hall of Famers (well, two are in and one is likely to be in) all share a birthday.

Let’s start with Chauncey Billups, a.k.a. Mr. Big Shot, a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons. Billups retired in 2014, and considering his extensive accolades, the Hall of Fame seems like it should be on the horizon sometime soon.

VIDEO: A look back at Chauncey Billups’ career

Also, happy birthday to Bob McAdoo! McAdoo won two NBA titles as a player with the Lakers, and then two more recently as an assistant with the Miami Heat. The NBA’s MVP in 1975, McAdoo was the NBA’s scoring leader three times and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

VIDEO: A look back at Bob McAdoo’s career

Finally, happy birthday to Scottie Pippen! One of the most versatile players of all-time, Pippen won six titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls. A member of the 1992 Dream Team and an eight time member of the NBA All-Defense First Team, Pippen was enshrined to the Hall of Fame in 2010.

VIDEO: A look back at Scottie Pippen’s career

Detroit Pistons debut new hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Detroit Pistons are a few years into their rebuilding campaign under Stan Van Gundy, and in this new hype video the Pistons released today, they point out the connections between the hard-nosed style of play Van Gundy is espousing, and the way the city of Detroit is rebounding from their economic troubles. Pretty cool stuff…

VIDEO: Pistons Hype

2015 NBA Summer League Marathon

7:02 a.m. ET — Here we go again. It’s that time of year when the stars are aligned, when the moon is in its proper season, and when, for one glorious day, we get a full day of live NBA action. That’s right, it’s the day when the Orlando Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League overlap, when we get almost 17 consecutive hours of live NBA action. Like we’ve done a few times in the past, I’ll be here live-blogging along all day. Well, almost all day.

First up! We get the final games of the Orlando Summer League, and the day’s action will build to something of a crescendo tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with what should be a great primetime match-up of 2015 lottery picks, as D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just for the heck of it, after that game we get an NBA Finals rematch, as the Cavs’ and Warriors’ summer league teams will square off at 10:30 PM ET.

So settle in, get your popcorn ready (or your oatmeal or cereal or whatever appropriate breakfast foods you prefer) and let’s watch some basketball! I’ll be checking in throughout the day, up until tonight, when my shift ends at 5 p.m. and I’m replaced by some fresh fingers here on the live blog to carry you through the evening hours.

Leading off the morning, we have the Clippers against the Thunder at 8 a.m. ET on NBA TV, in is the battle for fifth place in Orlando. You have questions? Comments? Thoughts? Drop them in the comments below and let’s talk. Either way, we’ve got a marathon ahead of us. Let’s watch some NBA Summer League action. See ya again here in about an hour or so …

7:28 a.m. ET — So what should you be watching for when Summer League play gets rolling in Las Vegas tonight? We’re glad you asked …

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

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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)