Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

How to make a Manute Bol bobblehead

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors are giving away 10,000 bobblehead dolls in honor of the late Manute Bol, the 7-7 center who had two different stints with the Warriors. Bobblehead dolls are a frequent giveaway at games, some better than others. But have you ever wondered how a bobblehead is made? The Warriors sent a camera crew to China to go behind the scenes of how the Manute bobblehead was made…


VIDEO: Bol Bobblehead

By the way, the Warriors also made a nearly life-sized version of the Bol bobblehead…

Stephen Curry has been ridiculous this season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In case you somehow missed last night’s announcement, the starters for the 2015 All-Star Game were announced, and the leading overall vote-getter was Golden State’s Stephen Curry. As I wrote in the voting recap, this season Curry has been the best player on the league’s best team. And as you can see from the Instagram video Curry posted last night, he was grateful for every vote…

Truly honored … again. Thanks everyone, especially #DubNation

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Just how good has Curry been this season? Just watch this video the Warriors put together of Curry’s highlights from this season. Crazy…


VIDEO: Best of Steph

Bill Walton sings the National Anthem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The National Anthem is performed prior to every NBA game. The National Anthem is not performed prior to every NBA game by Hall of Famer Bill Walton. But last night in Golden State, the National Anthem was performed by the San Francisco-based folk/Americana band The Fall Risk, and they were joined by none other than Bill Walton. Take it away, gentlemen…


VIDEO: Walton Sings

Miami’s Tyler Johnson beat the odds

Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a kid growing up in Mountain View, California, Tyler Johnson knew he wanted to be an NBA player. He figured his best shot of getting there was to learn from the best, so he targeted a basketball camp held by his local NBA team, the Golden State Warriors. There was on problem, though: Johnson’s family couldn’t afford the camp. So he put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Warriors asking for a scholarship to their camp. He got the free ride, kept putting in work, eventually got a college scholarship to Fresno State, this summer played for the Miami Heat’s summer league team, went to training camp with the Heat and then signed with Miami’s D-League team.

And earlier this week, all that work paid off when Johnson made his NBA debut with the Heat, in Oakland against the Warriors, with his family in the stands. As Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said, “Everything he’s got in this game, he’s earned. You can tell just from the little bit of time we’ve gotten to know him since Summer League, he’s an extremely hard worker and you root for those type of guys.”

No kidding. Here’s a video from the Warriors who got a copy of Johnson’s letter from his Mom…


VIDEO: Tyler Johnson letter

Throwback Thursday: Wilt Chamberlain traded


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s early days in life and the NBA

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 Topic: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

In the modern NBA, virtually no player is untradeable. That belief was true, too, in the early days of the NBA — even for a future Hall of Famer like Wilt Chamberlain.

Despite being named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first NBA season (1959-60) with the then-Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Chamberlain found himself on the trading block. In the middle of the 1964-65 season — one that would result in the first of three straight NBA MVPs for Chamberlain — he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 15, 1965 for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments as well.

Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

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Under Armour introduces first Stephen Curry signature shoe

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry is having quite a season. He seems to be in the mix regarding MVP talk. His Golden State Warriors currently have the best record in the NBA. He’s currently leading the Western Conference in All-Star voting.

And now he has his own shoe. Yesterday, Under Armour introduced the Curry One, Steph’s first signature kick. According to a release from Under Armour…

Inspired by Stephen’s journey from unheralded prep player to NBA superstar, the Curry One commemorates his journey and belief that with hard work and commitment he could break through every barrier in his path. The shoe’s precise and sharp design lines reflect Stephen’s unflappable on-court demeanor and electrifying style of play.

Two new innovations, Charged Cushioning and Anafoam, provide Stephen with performance benefits that his game demands.

Charged Cushioning: The ultimate advancement in energy. The new cushioning system absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst to give your first step and change of direction unmatched explosiveness.

Anafoam: After studying a pressure map of the foot to identify where to distribute support, EVA foam and mesh were molded together to anatomically fit essential pressure points.

Additional performance benefits include:
· An external heel counter that eliminates sliding and keeps your foot locked in place.
· A midfoot TPU shank underfoot for maximum stability.
· A multi-directional herringbone outsole delivering superior traction and control.
· A padded mesh tongue with synthetic suede offering protection and increased breathability.

The colors tell their own story about Stephen’s life on and off the court. The “Home” and “Away” colorways represent his love for the Bay area, his team and their fans. The Curry One “Home” features a Royal upper with Taxi and White accents. The Curry One “Away” has a Black upper with Taxi accents and a Camo print.

Additional launch colorways, “The Underdog,” “Candy Reign,” and “Father to Son,” tell their own unique stories that define Stephen as a husband, father, son, brother and on court game-changer.

The Curry One “Home” launches worldwide on February 13, 2015 at UA.com/CurryOne and select global retailers. The global release date for the Curry One “Away” is February 28, 2015. A collection of Curry One apparel and accessories will also go on sale this year. The Curry One will retail for $120.

For detailed photos, check the gallery below…

Let the little guys go


VIDEO: Archie Goodwin’s facial

A lot of times, players blessed with height absorb the spotlight when it comes to throwing it down. Then there are times when we are completely wow’ed when a diminutive guy (in basketball terms, anyway) gets up and lets loose on the basket.

Enter Suns guard Archie Goodwin. (You mean there’s more than Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas in the Land of the Sun?)

Not to be outdone, Stephen Curry recently got in on the airborne fun and added a little bash to his splash with an open-court slam that I’m sure most of us figured was going to be a simple layup. Way to keep us guessing.


VIDEO: Stephen Curry gets up

 

Golden State Warriors reunite military family

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The old song says that there’s no place like home for the holidays, and since we’re on the tail end of the holiday season, today seems like a perfect day for the following video from the Golden State Warriors. The video is self-explanatory, so no need for me to say much here, other than congrats to all involved. Grab a kleenex — you may get a little emotional watching this one…


VIDEO: Warriors welcome home

Spencer Hawes redefines NBA style

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Los Angeles Clippers center Spencer Hawes did not play in last night’s win over the Golden State Warriors as he recovered from injury, but that didn’t stop him from having a big impact on the game. It was Christmas Day, you see, and while that normally means ugly sweaters, Hawes instead showed up with what appeared to be a custom suit perhaps made out of wrapping paper. As Charles Barkley said on “Inside the NBA,” “I’d hate to see the suit he didn’t buy.”

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

You can’t leave Vlade Divac open from outside

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Los Angeles, while hosting the red-hot Golden State Warriors, the Lakers had one of those nights. Kobe Bryant may have missed the game to get some rest, but the rest of the Lakers didn’t miss a beat, shooting over 50-percent from the floor and beating the Warriors, 115-105.

But the most surprising moment of the night may have been when former Lakers center Vlade Divac took to the court to attempt a halfcourt shot for charity. And with the way things were going for the Lakers last night, of course Divac nailed it. The best part? The shot was worth $90,000, split between Divac’s and the Lakers’ charities…


VIDEO: Divac Halfcourt