Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Nobody flops like Lance Stephenson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we’ve chronicled in this space, Lance Stephenson has done some impressive work on the court the last two seasons, particularly when it comes to flopping. (See here and here, for example.) But his latest maneuver may be his best one yet.

In a game against the Warriors this weekend, Lance ran into a screen set by Harrison Barnes. And in what appears to be an attempt to draw a foul, but in actuality is a play for the ages, Lance Stephenson slapped himself in the face…

(via FTW)

Hulkamania runs wild in Oakland


VIDEO: Hulk Hogan gets the crowd pumped up in Golden State

By Jeff Case

Pregame festivities at NBA games are usually wrought with fireworks, fancy on-court projection systems, player introductions or some combination thereof. How can you make that sorta thing better? Add a little dose of Hulk Hogan, of course. Such was the case last night as the Brooklyn Nets visited the Golden State Warriors as Hogan got the crowd worked up with his usual trademark flair.

(And, props to the Warriors for pumping in Hogan’s theme song, “I Am A Real American”, during his speech.)

The fun didn’t stop there with the Hulkster, though, as he took over the team’s Twitter feed during the second quarter (and, not coincidentally, the Warriors went on a 22-6 run during that stretch):

NBA Players in Halloween costumes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Halloween has come and gone, which means it’s time once again to see what some NBA players went dressed as this year. We already checked in on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but let’s check out the costumes of some other NBA players…

LeBron James went as Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads…

Carmelo Anthony was…I don’t know what this costume is…

Paul Pierce was Captain America…

Deron Williams and his wife went as Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from “Game of Thrones”…

(more…)

Sacramento Kings troll Golden State Warriors during pregame introductions

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA team goes on the road, they know better than to expect a friendly welcome. I mean, sure, the home teams may offer a smile and handshake, but the road team is there to beat the home team, so the home team will certainly attempt to create some sort of advantage. The Celtics under Red Auerbach famously fluctuated the temperature in the visitor’s locker room. Even today, many visiting teams are given much smaller locker rooms than the home teams, with just the essentials provided.

So let’s credit the Sacramento Kings with coming up with a novel way to troll the Golden State Warriors. During their home opener on Wednesday night, while the Kings went through a perfunctory pregame introduction of the Warriors players, they cue’d up the theme song from “Full House,” the saccharine-sweet ’80s sitcom that, like the Warriors, was set in San Francisco.

It didn’t seem to have much effect — the Warriors won by 18 — but it was highly enjoyable. Let’s hope the Kings keep this up all season with city-specific music for each opponent.


VIDEO: Kings troll

(via TNLP)

Golden State Warriors take rookie hazing to new level

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being a rookie in the NBA is serious business. Not only are you worried about your place in the rotation and establishing yourself on the court, but you have to prove yourself off the court as well to the team’s veterans by carrying luggage, bringing coffee and donuts to workouts, and doing other inane stuff.

Normally those things happen on the team bus or in the locker room, but the Golden State Warriors figured they might as well make their rooks do it in public. So at an open practice recently, rookie Aaron Craft dressed like a bear and sang a Miley Cyrus song…

James Michael McAdoo selected the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”…

And Mitchell Watt performed the theme from Aladdin

Harrison Barnes tests Klay Thompson’s Iowa knowledge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year I spent a weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, with the D-League’s Iowa Energy. This was my first trip to Des Moines, and I had a lovely time there. Part of the reason I enjoyed my time so much was that before I got there, I got some sightseeing tips from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, an Iowa native.

So with the Barnes and the Warriors in Iowa to play an exhibition game, it only made sense to have Barnes quiz a teammate — in this case Klay Thompson — and see just how much he knew about some of the “celebrities” produced by Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines.


VIDEO: Des Moines?

Ronnie Price employs novel defensive strategy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Lakers/Warriors game, Lakers guard Ronnie Price had a little equipment problem: While driving to the basket, Warriors defender Andre Iguodala stepped on Price’s shoe, causing it to pop off Price’s foot. As Iguodala made the steal and sprinted the other direction, Price grabbed his shoe and did, in the moment, perhaps the only thing he could really do: He threw the shoe at Igoudala. He picked up a technical foul on the play, sure, but he did also stop the fast break.


VIDEO: Price Shoe

Mark Jackson Personally Calls Record Buyers


VIDEO: Strip Promo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hand down, song down?

Mark Jackson‘s wife, Desiree, is a gospel recording artist who also goes by the name Kadesh. We’ve seen her sing the National Anthem at Warriors games when Jackson was coaching there, and she recently released a new single called “Strip.” (You can watch the promo video above.)

To help get the word out about the new single, Jackson took to Twitter…

And then, yep, he kept his word…

(via FB)

Stephen Curry never misses

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While most people thought Team USA would struggle in the FIBA Basketball World Cup without players like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George, Team USA managed to mostly sail through the competition behind strong performances from the players on the perimeter, from James Harden to Kyrie Irving to Klay Thompson.

And then there was Stephen Curry. We already knew he was one of the best shooters in the NBA, and Curry cemented that status in Spain, shooting 44 percent on threes. Check out this video below from the NBA’s Youtube channel, in which we see one of Curry’s off-day workouts in Madrid. There’s a reason why he never seems to miss…


VIDEO: Curry shooting

Steph Curry wins shooting contest from bench

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the reasons USA Basketball has people around with cameras filming everything is just in case a situation like the one below breaks out. At a Team USA practice in Barcelona, an impromptu shooting contest happened between Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry and James Harden. That in and of itself isn’t all that rare. But in this case, their shooting station was the bench.


VIDEO: Bench shooting