Posts Tagged ‘Funny or Die’

Baron Davis Saves The Last Dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — From the funny people at Funny Or Die comes this latest sports-centric video. This one stars Baron Davis in a parody of the recent film Save The Last Dance. According to Wikipedia, in the original, Sean Patrick Thomas and Julia Stiles “work together to help the main character, played by Stiles, train for a dance audition.” In Baron’s version, he teams up with actress Emily Strachan to tell the tale of a guy who teams up with a girl to teach her how to be great at basketball. Only she’s terrible at basketball.

Save The Last Dunk with Baron Davis from Baron Davis

VIDEO: Save The Last Dunk

(via TNLP)

All Ball Fave Five: Players Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

You may not know this about me, but if you have read enough posts on All Ball you’ve probably seen enough links to surmise that I am a big fan of Saturday Night Live.

And with the start of the new season just around the corner, it got me to thinking: When will the next NBA player get a chance to host of the show?

Historically speaking, SNL invites a “sports figure” on average about once a year (this includes broadcasters, professional wrestlers, etc). Last year our own Charles Barkley became the first athlete to host for the third time, but overall basketball representation on the show has been sparse. Aside from the Chuckster, only Michael Jordan and LeBron James have ever hosted. Clearly, Lorne Michaels does not think much of the NBA’s collective comedic talents. But is that deserved, this allegation I’m making up on the spot?

It seems to me in this day and age there are more NBA players being funny than ever, and it’s just a matter of time before someone else gets a crack at being not ready for primetime.

But who? In this week’s Fave Five, we rank the top candidates to take to the stage in Studio 8H:

5. Roy Hibbert

The bonafides: A rising star on the NBA’s comedy scene, Hibbert has aligned himself with some very funny people in his burgeoning career. He’s guested on Parks and Recreation (the funniest show on TV for my money), hung out at Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles with comedian Chelsea Peretti, and topped it off with Ben Schwartz‘s hilarious audition video for Hibbert’s cheering section. He seems pretty comfortable on camera — here he is from last year’s playoffs on Jimmy Kimmel:

Has he been featured on Funny or Die or Taiwanese animation? Not yet, but given who he hangs out with, it can’t be too long.


Steve Nash Posits An Alternate Origin Story For Batman

by Micah Hart

I know everyone is all abuzz about Steve Nash‘s move from Phoenix to Los Angeles to join the Lakers, with most of the attention being focused on the impact it will have on the basketball court. Me? All I can think about it the opportunities it will provide for him off the court, where Nash has developed quite a little taste for making viral videos.

Here is his latest offering, a retelling of the Batman mythology (complete with over-the-top, Christian Bale-era voice huskiness), starring, directed, and written by Nash:

Nash found the time to make several hilarious shorts while in Phoenix, where the closest thing to a local celebrity is The Gorilla. Imagine what he can pull off now that he’ll be playing in Tinseltown?

Watch your back, Blake Griffin. Funny or Die may have a new NBA sheriff in town.

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Catching up: Blake Griffin edition

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin most certainly did not rest on his laurels after bursting onto the NBA scene with one of the most impressive and memorable rookie seasons in league history. While I’ll assume Must See BG worked on improving his on-court talents over the summer, I have no proof of it. What we do have, instead, is proof that Griffin worked hard to improve his off-court talents, particularly in the realm of comedy. For example:

— Griffin took on an internship with the comedy website Funny Or Die, participating in several comedy shorts. His capstone project, if you will, was this piece he wrote and directed (talk about multitalented!) called Flight of the Griffin: Voyage of the Sky Trader. He also had a web-cam focused on him during working hours. And, in case you were wondering if he got special treatment as an NBA-superstar-turned-intern, he did not (slightly NSFW language).

— It wasn’t all laugh for Griffin though, who served up his sculpted physique for ESPN’s body issue.

— And, in case you forgot that Griffin likes to dunk over cars, here’s his new spot for KIA:

That’s all well and good, and I’m glad Griffin has shown he has some comedic chops. But I’m just ready to see him get back on the court and destroy some people, ya know?