Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Messi has a present for Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Steph Curry, who injured his knee on Sunday against the Houston Rockets and is currently sidelined while he recuperates. But at least one person is looking out for Steph and trying to help lift his spirits: Barcelona’s dynamo Lionel Messi, who took to Instagram to leave a gift for Curry…

Stephen Curry plays football, soccer, baseball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry is one of the best basketball players in the world, and as such he has reached a point where he’s playing basketball about as well as anyone has ever done it. So perhaps that explains why, before Golden State’s Game 1 matchup against Houston, Curry warmed up by trying out some different sports that he’s yet to master…

FOOTBALL

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SOCCER

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BASEBALL

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The NBA reacts to Golden State’s historic season


VIDEO: Warriors Numbers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With their win last night over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors pushed their record to 73-9, setting a record for the best regular-season mark in NBA history. They broke a record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who finished 72-10, and a record many people thought might never be broken. Here’s how people from around the NBA, including some Warriors themselves, reacted to Golden State’s record-setting evening…

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Stephen Curry really wanted Jordan Spieth to win The Masters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry has become one of the most popular players in the NBA today, and Curry’s popularity is so strong that it can be easy to forget that Curry also has athletes and people he roots for. Golf, for instance, is one of Curry’s main hobbies, and one of his favorite golfers is last year’s Master’s champ Jordan Spieth.

Steph is such a fan, in fact, that he tweeted his support for Spieth a few days ago…

And this weekend, even as the Warriors were in the final days of their chase for 73 wins, Curry clearly had golf on the brain…

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Meet the ‘Most Interesting Man In The NBA’

By Jeff Case

There’s a good chance you probably don’t know who actor Jonathan Goldsmith is on name recognition alone.

But there’s also a good chance you do know him based on the suave, stylish and, most notably, interesting, character he played in commercials for Dos Equis beer over the past nine years — the “Most Interesting Man in the World.”

Dos Equis announced in March that Goldsmith wouldn’t be back in his role and his final commercial aired during Super Bowl 50Still, Goldsmith’s has made a pretty solid mark in American pop culture nonetheless.

The Golden State Warriors took on the “Most Interesting Man in the World” concept with a video that was shown during a recent film session of Player Development Coach Bruce Fraser (known as “Q” to the players), who has some Goldsmith-like qualities, apparently …


VIDEO: Bruce Fraser, aka “The Most Interesting Man in the NBA”

The Warriors mascot that once was

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Thunder, the mascot of the Golden State Warriors,  pumps up the crowd before the game against the Houston Rockets on December 14, 2005 at the Arena in Oakland, California.  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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Former Golden State Warriors mascot “Thunder”

By Jeff Case

We are nothing if not lovers of mascots and mascot news around these parts, so this story today about the Golden State Warriors and their long-ago mascot, Thunder, caught our eye.

Scott Cacciola of The New York Times details the origins and, ultimately, the end of “Thunder” the Warriors mascot. The short version: once the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City before the start of the 2008-09 season (and were renamed the Thunder), the other “Thunder” was done in Oakland.

As the Warriors run rampant through the league and push for the single-season wins mark, Cacciola thought it the right time to look back on the mascot that once resided in Oakland:

Once upon a time, Sadiki Fuller made his living by dressing up in a skintight bodysuit. Foam-enhanced muscles formed mountain peaks on his arms, and he wore a blue mask framed by a lightning bolt that swept toward the heavens.

Fuller played the role of Thunder, the onetime mascot of the Golden State Warriors — a fading and sometimes forgotten piece of franchise lore.

Fuller, who was inside the costume when Thunder made his grand entrance in 1997, entertained fans for five seasons before he left to pursue a career in comedy. Playing the role of Thunder was fun, Fuller said, but not without its challenges. The Warriors back then were not the record-breaking deities that they are now. Their overall record during his tenure was 97-281.

“Steph Curry would have made my job so easy,” Fuller said in a recent telephone interview from his home in the Los Angeles area. “You know how hard it is to get 18,000 people to scream when they feel like the team is just going to lose again?”

Interestingly, the Warriors also had a second mascot during the “Thunder” era, too:

As a part of its travels, the squad made regular appearances at Warriors games. During the 1996-97 season, the Warriors relocated to San Jose Arena while their facility in Oakland, now known as Oracle Arena, underwent renovations. The team tried to draw new fans — or at least distract the old ones from the on-court mess — by unveiling a mascot named Berserker, who did not exactly dazzle crowds. It was a brief experiment.

“Berserker died after one season,” said Brett Yamaguchi, the Warriors’ director of game operations.

Fuller felt obliged to help sell people on the team, he said, because the Warriors were not — how to put this mildly? — setting the region ablaze. He recalled running into the lobby of a bank near the team’s offices — in full costume, no less. That alone was a startling sight, and then Fuller opened his mouth and said, “This is a stickup!”

In hindsight, Fuller said, it was not the most judicious way to build a connection with the community.

“I was overzealous when I first got the job,” he said.

Nobody making a deposit that day recognized Thunder as an N.B.A. mascot. Most were under the impression that a less-than-sane person in a superhero outfit was attempting to rob the bank until Fuller backflipped out of the lobby while shouting, “Go Warriors!”

When Fuller returned to the team’s headquarters, he was met by several members of the team’s front office. They had received word of his marketing ploy.

“They were like, ‘Listen, it’s great that you’re doing everything with so much enthusiasm, but you can’t run into banks,’ ” Fuller said. “I was young. I didn’t get it.”

Thunder was often responsible for the game’s few highlights. He was like an action figure come to life. While the Warriors occupied themselves by bricking jump shots, Thunder spent timeouts soaring for dunks. The aesthetics of the costume itself were a stark departure from industry standards, and fans were receptive.

“He was sleek and muscular,” Yamaguchi said. “Up to that point, most teams had these mascots that were fluffy and huggable and kind of clumsy.”

A decade of the NBA on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday, and over the last decade the social media platform has become an invaluable tool to use while following the NBA. Not only can fans and teams interact in real time, but NBA players and front office members have also taken to Twitter as a way to communicate with fans.

So, to celebrate Twitter’s tenth birthday, we got into the wayback machine and checked out some of our favorite NBA people’s first tweets…

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Kristaps Porzingis continues honing Steph Curry shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a few days ago we saw Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis hitting a shot and sitting down before the ball even went in, Steph Curry-style. Well, with the Knicks in Oakland to play the Warriors tonight (10:30 p.m. EST, League Pass), I guess Porzingis figured it was as good a time as any to continue working on his Curry-inspired shots, and he attempted the same shot from the tunnel that has become a part of Curry’s pregame warmups…

The Harlem Globetrotters have figured out how to stop Steph Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteph Curry is the NBA’s leading scorer, so there’s not really any NBA team this season that has been able to stop him. But what about a team that’s not in the NBA? Last night, the Harlem Globetrotters took to Twitter and showed that they have found a way to stop Stephen Curry…

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Kristaps Porzingis channels Steph Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry has become known this season for celebrating even before his shots go in. And as we saw earlier this week, that has started to spread to his teammates, as Andrew Bogut demonstrated. And now it may be spreading to other teams. Check out this Vine of Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis at practice, as he sinks the shot from behind the backboard, and turns to sit down even before the ball has gone in…

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