Posts Tagged ‘Harrison Barnes’

Dirk Nowitzki, tennis star?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s a fun video from down in Dallas, where Dirk Nowitzki hosted a charity tennis event to raise money for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. Dirk called in some of his famous celebrity friends (Ben Stiller, Andy Roddick) and teammates (JJ Barea, Harrison Barnes) to hit the courts and play some “average tennis”…

DeMarcus Cousins and Harrison Barnes show off soccer skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With Team USA in their final days of preparation leading up the Olympics, the guys took some time yesterday in Chicago to meet some fellow world-class athletes, although from a different sport. (Maybe Dirk could have used some tips.) Check the tape below of DeMarcus Cousins and Harrison Barnes having a kick about with a few ballers from Bayern Munich, including Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso. DMC is a really effective goalkeeper…

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And at the end of the day, it looks like DMC has decided to stick with what he knows best…

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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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The Warriors meet Harry Potter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Well, not Harry Potter, exactly, but while in Orlando earlier this week, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Leandro Barbosa from the Golden State Warriors spent some of their off day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is set to open in April at the Universal Studios theme park. As Thompson and Barnes note, they grew up reading the books and couldn’t wait to spend some time in Diagon Alley. Of course, the last thing the Warriors needed was more magic, but it looks like they’ve got it. Alohomora!


VIDEO: Warriors Potter

Untied shoes can’t stop Golden State Warriors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How impressive are the Golden State Warriors right now? Not only are they steamrolling almost every opponent they go up against, they’re doing it in increasingly impressive ways. Last night in a win against Chicago, for instance, the Warriors were able to score even when two pairs of shoes revolted at the same time.

Check out this play, where Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both stop on a play to deal with loose laces, and instead of burning a timeout, the Warriors just got the ball to Harrison Barnes, who went one-on-three and scored, no sweat.

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Harrison Barnes surprises Warriors fans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Warriors forward Harrison Barnes enjoys interacting with his fans, like we saw last year when he opened a post office box just to send and receive mail with them. This year he switched it up a bit, and surprised a bunch of fans with tickets to the Warriors home opener, and then a meet-and-greet after the game. Pretty cool stuff, HB…


VIDEO: HB Fans

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…

Harrison Barnes does the splits

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I don’t think this will qualify in our Crossover Contest, because Courtney Lee doesn’t actually do a crossover dribble, but Harrison Barnes almost definitely breaks something here. During last night’s Golden State/Memphis game, Lee dribbles toward the basket, stops short, and Barnes slams on the breaks. The only problem for Barnes is, one foot stops, and the other just keeps going…

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…

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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?