Posts Tagged ‘Enes Kanter’

The Oklahoma City Thunder are bonded by mustaches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we head into the playoffs, NBA teams are looking to come together for their final postseason push. Sometimes we’ll see teams wear matching shoes, or maybe they all shave their heads as a show of unity. Down in Oklahoma City, big man Enes Kanter has an idea to get everyone on the same page: huge mustaches. OK, so maybe Photoshop has to be invoked, but still, pretty good idea…

The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game

VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…



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!

By the way, welcome to 2016! I’m thinking we’ll continue with weekly #POSTERIZED polls until we get a little closer to the All-Star break, and then we’ll round up all the previous winners and crown a first half champ. We can do the same with the second half of the season, and then have a poll to select an overall winner as well.

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Utah’s Alec Burks, as he goes for back-to-back wins this week. And let me say right here, I understand that Burks’ dunk this week generated some controversy — was it technically a dunk? Did he just throw the ball through the basket?

The beauty of the #POSTERIZED Poll is that it doesn’t even really matter. Did a player put someone else on a poster? Then that’s good enough for us!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…

Enes Kanter’s full court shot has no shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the clock is running down at the end of a quarter, you might as well throw it up at the basket from wherever you are on the court and see if you can get lucky. Last night in Oklahoma City, Thunder big man Enes Kanter found himself with the ball in his hands and the clock ticking toward zero. As it turned out, he didn’t get his shot off in time, although it doesn’t really matter anyway, because his shot wasn’t even close to going in.

It’s hard to tell exactly from this video clip, but I believe his shot ended up in about the fifth row, on the far right aisle. And the best part might be how when Kanter returns to the huddle, everyone has a smile on their face, from Kevin Durant to Cameron Payne to even the coaches and staff.

Enes Kanter is Kanter Klaus

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holiday season is upon us, which means NBA teams and players are doing things out in the community and with kids to help make the season bright. And it’s not just for the kids — take this video from the Utah Jazz, for instance, where center Enes Kanter takes a group of kids to a Build-A-Bear Workshop and seems to get as much or more out of the experience as any of the kids. #FatSanta

VIDEO: Kanter Klaus

Enes Kanter and a huge gingerbread house

By Jeff Case

It’s not quite Thanksgiving yet here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some retailers and other folks from already busting out the Christmas decorations and such already. Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter apparently found one of the biggest gingerbread houses around and took a photo next to it. Keep in mind that Kanter is 6-foot-10 and this thing — even if it were taken off its platform — would be AT LEAST as tall as Kanter is (if not taller) …

(h/t TNLP)

Enes Kanter Trash Talks To Al Jefferson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just because NBA players may become friendly with one another, that doesn’t mean they can’t find the motivation necessary to get fired up when taking on an opponent…particularly if it’s an old friend. When the Jazz took on the Bobcats over the weekend, it meant a return match-up for former Jazz big Al Jefferson, who signed as a free agent with the Bobcats this summer.

To make sure everyone was in the proper frame of mind, Jazz center Enes Kanter left a trash-talking note in Jefferson’s locker (complete with a reference to Jefferson’s super-sized bed) to ensure he was properly motivated.

(via FTW)

Karl Malone Begins Coaching (Without Hunting Equipment)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year in Houston for All-Star weekend, we did a live episode of “The Jump” on NBA TV. We had our regular crew of myself, Brent Barry, Jared Greenberg and Dennis Scott, and then we were joined for most of the show by KarlThe MailmanMalone, perhaps the greatest power forward of all-time and the second-leading scorer in NBA history. While we were on the air — and you can see this in the video clip right here — I asked Malone if he had ever thought about getting into coaching, to tutor some of the young bigs around the league.

As you can see, the answer was yes, he had thought about it and was willing to do it, but no teams or players had reached out to him. Which, honestly, he was a bit surprised about.

But for the benefit of everyone, that changed this season, as the Jazz have finally delivered the Mailman to work with some of their young bigs, like Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. As Malone told…

“The first day it was tough and trying. I think our big guys don’t know the severity of what is in front of them and how serious this is. I wasn’t a happy camper. Then — it’s amazing — they came back, they’re here early; they want to do things. That’s rewarding to me.”

Malone also added that he was able to keep his attention on helping out by doing his best to forget his most beloved hobby, hunting: “I didn’t bring my [camouflage], gun or a bow. I left them home so my focus was to come here every day.”

Wonder if he brought his mule to camp?

(via PBT)


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With summer winding down and players getting ready to report to training camp, I thought it was time that we went ahead and starting getting ready for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH(TM)!

What, you may be asking, is MuscleWatch? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that out local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of muscle. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MuscleWatch became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Last year’s winner was Thaddeus Young, who managed to add 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. (A close runner-up was Enes Kanter, who lost 51(!) pounds.)

Which is where you come in. My eyes and ears are trained to be on guard for MuscleWatch developments, but I can’t be everywhere all the time. So if you read about a development as it relates to MuscleWatch, hit me with an email or a tweet (there are links up above on the header). If you tweet, use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH. We will update developments on All Ball as necessary, and before the season starts we will have a full MuscleWatch 2013 compendium.

In the meantime, I leave you with Pau Gasol‘s video on Vine in which he pumps iron and seems singularly focused on one thing: Winning MuscleWatch 2013…

(Pau via TNLP)