Posts Tagged ‘golden state warriors’

Andre Iguodala drops defender with vicious crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a forward, Andre Iguodala sure does have a history of using his crossover dribble to shake free and drop defenders. I mean, we’re not even a year removed from this play, when Iguodala left Denver’s Quincy Miller in the dust.


VIDEO: Iguodala Miller

But if you thought that was nice, just wait until you see what Iguodala did last night. With the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers, Iguodala ran into Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova in transition, and Iguodala dropped another crossover dribble that literally took the feet right out from underneath Dellavedova, leaving him grasping for air…

Steph Curry visits the White House


VIDEO: Curry White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For most athletes, a visit to the White House happens only if you’ve managed to win a championship or a title. But with the Golden State Warriors in Washington D.C. earlier this week, Stephen Curry found time to stop by the White House one morning. Curry has long been involved in the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets anti-malaria initiative, and while in D.C., he joined several experts on the subject. After the conference, he managed to swing by the Oval Office to spend some time with President Obama, as you can see in the video above, and the President’s dogs, as you can see below…

Steph Curry is a dribbling wizard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I still remember going to basketball camps as a kid and being taught the importance of dribbling without looking down at the ball. Chin up, eyes up. After all, if you throw the ball at the floor, it should bounce right back into your hand whether or not you’re looking at it. So hours were spent dribbling without looking at the ball, unless you’re trying something particularly tricky.

This seems to be a lesson Golden State’s Steph Curry has learned well. Check out this video of Curry’s pregame warmup where he takes two basketballs and performs all kinds of sorcery…


VIDEO: Curry dribbles

(via r/NBA)

Dave Chappelle says the Warriors are the best

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everywhere you look at an All-Star Game, there are celebrities. For instance, I still remember last year when I got stuck behind Dikembe Mutombo in line at the concession stand. So it’s not much of a surprise that some of the Warriors’ social media team ran into Dave Chappelle. And right there on the streets of New York, Chappelle showed his allegiances…

Steve Kerr’s coaching never stops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At one point just before last night’s All-Star Game, I looked down from my seat in the media section and noticed Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, coaching the Western Conference All-Stars, reach down, grab a dry erase board and start scribbling a play. It made me wonder exactly what kind of plays an All-Star team would utilize. But apparently, as the broadcast uncovered, Kerr knew the best way to coach the All-Star Game was to look like you’re busy but not really do all that much…


VIDEO: Coach Kerr

The Warriors go bowling

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are in the dog days of the NBA season, meaning pretty much everyone is worn out. Competing in the NBA is exhausting, and the schedule is completely unrelenting. The Golden State Warriors, for example, tonight will play their fourth game in six days, all on the road, which means a lot of late night flights and bus rides and hotels and laundry. In order to keep things fun, the Warriors coaching staff threw the team a bit of a curve and took them all bowling. Check the video below for details. I noticed most of the guys are wearing the actual bowling shoes, but one dude was rocking Jordans. That would be my spirit bowler.


VIDEO: Warriors bowling

Mo’Ne Davis meets the Golden State Warriors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The breakout star of this year’s Little League World Series was Mo’Ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. She scored the cover of Sports Illustrated and helped the LLWS get the highest ratings it had ever received. In all the excitement, Davis said several times that she hoped to go on to become a WNBA player, and that her favorite NBA player was Stephen Curry. So last night, with the Warriors in Philadelphia, Davis got to meet Curry and get up some shots, as well as Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who hashtagged that he was actually jealous of Davis’s kicks.


VIDEO: Mo’Ne Curry

Top Plays Spotlight: Treys up in the A

It’s rare when a heavyweight bout lives up to its billing, but that’s what we got when the NBA’s top teams met in Atlanta on Friday night. With NBA supremacy — at this point — on the line, folks circled this date weeks ago. Beyond the battle for the top record, the game featured five All-Stars on the court. Three of those All-Stars will participate in the Three-Point showdown next week in Madison Square Garden.

But to keep us company for now, they decided to give us a “exhibition” in Philips Arena. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver combined for 13 3s (both teams shot 27-for-60 from deep, good for a 45 percent clip) in the Hawks’ 124-116 win.

Neither team will be any less gun-shy in their rematch next month. Now is as good a time as any to circle March 18 on your calendar.


VIDEO: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver light it up in Atlanta

Talk Show: Stella

STELLA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA All-Star Weekend about to tip-off in New York City, we decided to talk to some celebrities who know both basketball and New York, to chat about what’s happening in the NBA, their advice for people visiting New York, and whatever else happens to come up in discussion.

Today we catch up with recording artist Stella. A native of the Bay Area and daughter of the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, Stella is a singer/songwriter now based out of New York. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram and check out her latest music on her Soundcloud.

We spoke last week during a snowy day in Manhattan…

ME: I am sorry to interrupt your snow day.

STELLA: Yeah! Really busy snow day. I went outside for a second and then I came back in. I might go back out again, and I’m gonna wear different shoes this time so I don’t fall. I didn’t fall but I was pretty close to falling, I’m not gonna lie.

ME: You grew up in California but now you live in New York City. It’s such a part of life here, but I’m guessing you didn’t get a lot of snow growing up?

STELLA: I grew up in the Bay Area and no, no snow then. Snow is kind of novel now. It’s still kind of exciting, like, “Look, it’s snow!” I still like it. I feel like I like seasons more. We don’t really get seasons out there. We get rain and sun and that’s pretty much it.

ME: I watched your latest video, and really enjoyed it. And I caught the Streetcar Named Desire reference.

STELLA: Yeah (laughs), some people are noticing it and some people are not noticing it, and it makes me realize I’m older. That video we just did and I’m working on another one for another song that I have out right now, that we’re gonna shoot here in New York.

ME: So the All-Star Game is coming up here in New York City. What would you tell people not to miss when they come to New York?

STELLA: I like museums. This may also make me seem old (laughs). I can’t be in them for too long, but there’s just so much cool art, and the museums and the galleries that are in Chelsea and stuff like that. I love art and seeing people create, and it’s just a great place to explore all different kinds. So I would say that, because you can pick and choose what your style is. There’s so many options, and the Brooklyn Museum is really cool, too. I’m an artist so I love the arts stuff. Also, the top of the Empire State Building is fun, if you don’t mind freezing for a little bit. It’s pretty cool at night, especially. It’s open until 1:30 A.M.

ME: Growing up in the Bay Area were you a fan of the Warriors?

STELLA: Yeah, Warriors for sure. We have the Raiders and the Niners, and the Bay is very separated over the two teams. Or the Giants and the A’s. But everyone kind of comes together over the Warriors. Which I really like, because I feel like we’re from the same place so we should support everyone. So yeah, I’m a big Warriors fan.

ME: You must have grown up during the Run TMC era, when they had Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond?

STELLA: Yes, I remember my brother had all the little figurines.

ME: The Starting Lineup figures? That’s great. So now that you’re an East Coaster, do you still pull for the Warriors? Or did you transfer your allegiance to the Knicks or Nets?

STELLA: No, no, no, no. I’m definitely still a Warriors fan. I don’t have League Pass, so that’s my excuse to go out to a bar and watch the games. I’ve always loved watching basketball. I remember growing up and my dad would always watch sports on mute, and then would be practicing guitar while watching the games. I remember laying in front of the TV listening to him play. So I’ve always loved, loved, loved watching basketball.

ME: Is your Dad a Warriors fan?

STELLA: Yeah, he’s definitely a Warriors fan. He was also a Bulls fan, because, like, Jordan and stuff, but he’s definitely a Warriors fan. I think he’s played the National Anthem a couple of times. He goes to the games sometimes.

ME: Do you think Klay Thompson should start alongside Steph Curry in the All-Star Game?

STELLA: Yeah, he had that amazing third quarter when he scored all those points.

ME: Right, he scored 37.

STELLA: Yeah, 37! That’s my number!

ME: Wait, is that really your number? That seems like a non-traditional favorite number.

STELLA: I mean, I just see it a lot in places. It just always shows up.

ME: It just seems like a very random number. No offense.

STELLA: It is a random number. That’s why it’s so weird.

ME: So the Warriors are basically destroying the rest of the NBA this season. You think they can win a title this season?

STELLA: Yeah, they’re killing it. I definitely think they can win a title. They’re doing so great, they’ve only lost two home games and have been amazing against the East Coast teams. I mean, come on. I have a lot of faith. I just feel like the Bay Area, when we have our teams that are doing well, there’s just a good spirit there. We’re scrappy and kind of hippie and peace-and-lovey, but we’ll come together and I feel that way about the Dubs.

ME: Maybe you were having a premonition with the number 37, and you were seeing it everywhere because you were foreshadowing Klay’s big quarter. And now maybe you’ll start seeing the number 1 all the time now for the Warriors winning a title.

STELLA: (laughing) Yes! Yes!

Stephen Curry trains for the Three-Point Shootout

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the participants were announced for the upcoming NBA All-Star Saturday, which includes the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. As expected, Golden State’s Stephen Curry is one of the participants. Curry is one of the best outside shooters in the NBA, but he’s somehow never won a Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend. So rather than sit back and wait for another chance to fail, Curry decided to get in some practice with the help of Foot Locker, Robert Horry, Tim Legler, Steph’s Dad and a 10-year-old girl. He only loses once…


VIDEO: Curry Threes