Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’


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

Draymond Green’s bobblehead is all about winning

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure he won an NBA championship and got a nice new contract with the Golden State Warriors, and sure the Warriors are off to an historic 15-0 start, with the chance to make it 16-0 tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST, TNT), but you know what really gets Golden State’s Draymond Green excited? That his new bobblehead, which the Warriors are giving away tonight, isn’t focused on scoring or rebounding, or anything in particular other than one thing: Winning.

VIDEO: Draymond bobblehead

Stephen Curry gets a taste of his own medicine in new Foot Locker ad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we did a post about how athletes can occasionally be reticent to talk to the media, and we highlighted how a few teams used kids to get some of these guys to loosen up a bit. Well, in a new commercial for Kids Foot Locker, some kids do exactly the opposite to Golden State’s Stephen Curry. As Curry tries to talk to a couple of kids following a pick-up basketball run, these kids break out the same rote quotes we often hear from pro athletes following big games…

VIDEO: Curry Stonewall

Warriors unveil throwback uniforms, court tonight on NBA TV


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen many NBA teams celebrate their heritage by wearing throwback uniforms, which is always a fun way to bring back classic styles. But for their game tonight against the Toronto Raptors on NBA TV (10:30 p.m. ET), as part of their Hardwood Classics series, the Warriors are not only wearing throwback uniforms, they’re also playing on a throwback court.

The jersey is above. Here’s a look at the court.

According to the Warriors, this is a nod to the 1966-67 season

Originally released during the 1966-67 NBA season, the Warriors’ “The City” jerseys will be worn for a total of eight games this season, with the team’s original center court logo returning to Oracle Arena during all five home games the team will host a Hardwood Classics Night.

Below are additional Hardwood Classics Nights the Warriors will wear “The City” jerseys this season:

Tuesday, November 24 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, December 8 at Indiana Pacers
Saturday, January 9 at Sacramento Kings
Monday, January 18 at Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday, March 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday, March 29 vs. Washington Wizards
Tuesday, April 5 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Warriors last wore Hardwood Classics jerseys on four occasions during the 2010-11 season, posting a 3-1 record when donning the retro threads. The Warriors last sported “The City” throwbacks in 2006-07, when they wore the alternate uniform in all seven of the team’s home games during the month of March and recorded a 6-1 record in the jerseys as part of the 16-5 finish to the regular season that netted the Warriors the eighth seed in the 2007 Western Conference Playoffs.

James Michael McAdoo is loving it

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA Rookies are traditionally assigned chores and tasks that veteran players don’t have to do or want to do. This apparently also applies for second year players who didn’t play much as rookies, such as Warriors forward James Michael McAdoo, who was on the team last year but only played in 15 games. This season, McAdoo has been in the rotation from the start of the season, and as such he is being asked to perform rookie duties. Which explains why yesterday he had to drop over $100 at a local McDonald’s before Warriors practice.

And McDonald’s took notice, reminding JMM that he was once the co-MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game…

Stephen Curry has been incredible this season

VIDEO: Curry cooks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, Stephen Curry was named the MVP of the NBA. He averaged almost 24 points per game, close to 8 assists per game, shot 44-percent from three-point land, and eventually led the Warriors to an NBA championship. Curry was just great, in every definition of the word, and played the best basketball we had ever seen him play.

And here’s a scary thought: This season? Curry has been even better.

Including last night’s win over the Clippers, through five games Curry is averaging 35.8 points per game, making 52-percent(!!) of his three-pointers, and dishing almost 6 assists per game. He not only takes shots we’ve been conditioned to believe are “bad” shots, he makes those shots. Check the video above. Or just look at this…

The thing is, we probably shouldn’t be surprised. Throughout his career, even going back to his college years, Curry has showed consistent improvement from season to season, sometimes by leaps and bounds, sometimes incremental. Either way, Curry is always moving forward. So after his incredible 2014-15 season, it may have been natural to assume that this was as good as Curry could get. He was playing, after all, at a level that seemed consistently incredible. Could he be any better?

Apparently, he could. And he can. And he is. Can he keep it up? Well, this level of play seems unsustainable, but then, the thought that Curry would ever even reach this level seemed improbable as recently as a week ago. But here we are.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Curry and the Warriors, it’s been incredible to watch.

POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…

VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.

VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.

VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…

NBA releases Christmas Day uniforms and socks

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Laydown Horizontal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Christmas Day has become one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar, with a marquee slate of games, the teams involved have started to wear increasingly special uniforms. And this year, adidas and Stance are really going all out, as you can see in the new images released today.

From the NBA’s release…

adidas and the NBA today unveiled the uniforms that all teams will wear during the league’s Christmas Day match-ups. Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms continue the tradition of introducing new and unique elements each season. This year’s uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones, while player names and numbers are showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching. A scarlet NBA seal is also displayed on the back of the jersey as a nod to holiday greeting cards.

The socks, Stance’s contribution to the on-court Christmas Day look, mirror the uniform’s design and feature classic holiday colors, winter-inspired imagery and pay homage to holiday sweaters.

The Season’s Greetings Collection includes a special-edition Swingman jersey, women’s Replica jersey, on-court shooting shirt, T-shirt, snapback and knit beanie. Items range from $28-$110 and will be available this weekend on and Jerseys will also be available at select team and other retailers.

The Christmas Day socks go on sale this weekend. They will be available at and other major retailers.

For more pictures, see below…

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Group


Who is Stephen Curry?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season tipping off tonight, and with reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors hosting the Pelicans tonight (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET), there are probably more questions than answers right now. Which is why it makes sense that the game show “Jeopardy!” had an entire category dedicated to Curry last night.

How well do you know Curry? Here are the ques…er, here are the answers, with questions to follow…

$400 answer
Steph dishes out thank yous to cafeteria workers who he thinks made a special meal for him in an ad for this network.

$800 answer
When Steph is making an assist, AKA “dropping” this coin, he’s dishing it to someone else for the score.

$1,200 answer
If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with 10 points & 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat.

$1,600 answer
One of Steph’s best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Maverick big man, AKA the Dunking Deutschman.

Steph dished & dealt in the NCAA, leading this Southern state’s Davidson College to the Elite Eight.

$400: What is ESPN?
$800: What is a dime?
$1,200: What is a triple-double?
$1,600: Who is Dirk Nowitzki?
$2,000: What is North Carolina?

(via FTW)

NBA 2K16 simulation predicts Warriors repeat

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning the 2015 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015-16 NBA season tips off tonight, with the defending champion Warriors beginning their title defense against the Pelicans (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET). And while we don’t know for certain who will win the championship this season — it’s why we play the games!! — the people at 2K Sports tried to figure it out.

Last year they had the Warriors winning the NBA Finals over the Cavaliers in six games, which is exactly what happened.

Using the powerful engine that drives the popular NBA 2K16 video game, according to 2K the Warriors will repeat as NBA champs, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7 game series.

Other things the 2K season simulation predicted: Oklahoma City winning the West in the regular season; Chicago and Miami finishing second and third in the East; Kevin Durant winning MVP; Anthony Davis winning Defensive Player of the Year; D’Angelo Russell winning Rookie of the Year.