Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Drake makes seated halfcourt shot on Hawks practice court

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We recently saw Steph Curry drain a halfcourt shot while sitting down, which seems like a really hard thing to do. Perhaps Curry’s shot served as an inspiration for the hip=hop artist (and Raptors ambassador) Drake. While at Philips Arena in Atlanta on his current world tour, Drake somehow ended up on the Hawks practice court, and like Curry, he swished the seated halfcourt heave…

FOR THE KIA!!!!! @highlighthub @bleacherreport

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Kevin Durant doesn’t believe Jimmy Butler would be a great NFL wide receiver

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA finished their journey yesterday in Rio, beating Serbia 96-66 to win the gold medal. And as they return home, here’s a fun video that surfaced that shows the camaraderie that developed within that team. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler said that given the chance, he could be the best wide receiver in the NFL. When he heard about Butler’s comments, Kevin Durant had something to say…

Steph Curry perfects halfcourt seated shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most impressive things about Stephen Curry these last few seasons as he’s shot his way to MVP awards and championships is he way he’s improved his game by leaps and bounds every summer. And while he’s not playing with Team USA this summer, Curry is clearly putting in work, as this video that turned up this week shows. From halfcourt? Seated? No problem…

USA Basketball cheers on Phelps, Ledecky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a night off last night in Rio, what should the members of Team USA do? For a group of guys like Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry, they took advantage of the downtime by attending one of the night’s biggest events, swimming, which featured a couple of the biggest stars of the Olympics, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Not only did the USA Basketball guys have a chance to cheer Phelps and Ledecky on toward gold medals, they got to spend some time with them post-race, as well…

Witnessed greatness tonight🏅 #20 #21

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It's just a Maryland thing!! #swimunited @kledecky

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Draymond Green learns how to stand out

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green plays alongside some of the NBA’s biggest stars, including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. So it’s no surprise that from time to time Green might get overshadowed by some of his better-known teammates. But in this new commercial from Foot Locker, Green gets some advice from a couple of other people who may understand what it might be like to be overlooked…

Steph Curry dances with Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since Stephen Curry is taking the summer to rest and recuperate, he’s had time to indulge in one of his true passions: Golf. And this weekend while playing in a celebrity tournament, Curry got paired up with singer (and Grizzlies co-owner) Justin Timberlake and actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who is perhaps best known as Carlton from “The Fresh Prince.” The trio not only hit the links, they indulged in a couple of signature dances, including “The Carlton” and the old Jones BBQ and Foot Massage classic…

Stephen Curry teams up with Chance the Rapper

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two of the most popular performers in their respective fields teamed up last night prior to the ESPY Awards. Before the terrific Chance the Rapper took to the stage to perform a moving tribute to Muhammad Ali, Golden State’s Steph Curry showed Chance how he warms up for a big event. We saw Curry in the playoffs getting his groove on to a local ad known as “Jones BBQ and Foot Massage.” So to make sure Chance was prepped for his moment, Curry and Chance did their dance. No wonder blessings keep falling in their laps…

A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

KEVIN DURANT
In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

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Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle 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 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Stephen Curry surprises hoops campers

By Jeff Case

The offseason is well underway and some star players between now and the start of the 2016-17 season will host basketball camps for youngsters around the country.

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry just wrapped up his camp in Laie, Hawaii (it ran from July 2-5) and as an added bonus for campers: he provided a surprise wake-up call that left them stunned to see their NBA idol face to face.

Warriors.com captured the moment, which was an instant classic …