Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Is James Harden the new King James?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cavaliers and Rockets had a terrific game yesterday afternoon, battling into overtime and through several game-winning attempts. When the dust settled, the Rockets won 105-103 in overtime. And while several Rockets had great games, they were led by James Harden, who had himself a statement game, finishing with 33 points, 8 rebounds and, more importantly, one big-time win.

Of course, on the losing end of things were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by four-time MVP LeBron James, who finished with 37 points and, as usual, had a hand in everything the Cavs did on Sunday. And sure, he also missed two clutch free throws that could have given the Cavs a late lead. This time LeBron may have come up just a bit short, but considering his history of rings and trophies, he’ll get another chance and will take advantage of the situation.

Still, that didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from gloating a bit after the win. The Rockets official Twitter account tweeted out an image declaring Harden the “new King”…

After one win? Welp. As the saying goes, you come at the King, you best not miss…

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Happy Birthday Hakeem Olajuwon

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon played college ball at Houston as a member of the Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four three times. Hakeem “The Dream” was the first overall pick of the 1984 Draft by the Houston Rockets, and played the first 17 years of his career with the Rockets, winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and ’95. (Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP both times.) Olajuwon was remarkably versatile, one of the league’s best shot blockers but also one of the greatest post players of all-time — he still teaches post moves to current NBA players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

To celebrate Hakeem’s big day, let’s go the videos…


VIDEO: Olajuwon first pick 1984


VIDEO: Hakeem’s Top 10


VIDEO: Hakeem Highlights


VIDEO: Dream Trains Dwight

Poll: Which Orlando Magic player had the better dunk?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the last few days, the Orlando Magic have had two dunks that will probably endure and make the season’s best lists at the end of the year. Before we go any further, let’s take a look at each of them. First, earlier this week when the Magic played Chicago, Orlando forward Nikola Vucevic faced up against Pau Gasol, then drove to the hoop and dunked on him…


VIDEO: Vucevic dunk

Then, last night against the Rockets, Victor Oladipo broke free for a 360 dunk…


VIDEO: Oladipo 360

Today, the Orlando Magic asked a bunch of their players for their take on the dunks, including having them choose which one was most impressive.


VIDEO: Magic pick

And now it’s your turn. Rock the vote below and let us know who had the better dunk, Vic or Vuc?

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with Kristin Chenoweth

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. We’ve already spoken with John Leguizamo, Mario Batali and Anna Chlumsky, and today we wrap up by talking with Emmy and Tony award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth. An Oklahoma native, Chenoweth has starred on TV in shows such as “The West Wing” and “Glee!,” in movies like Rio 2 and on Broadway in shows including “Wicked” and “Promises, Promises.”

Chenoweth will next be seen on-screen in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, and in the animated Lucasfilm fairy tale musical Strange Magic, both set to be released on January 23. She’s also completed production on an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants,” in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. Chenoweth will also return to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 20-week limited engagement of “On the Twentieth Century” in early 2015.

Christmas2014ME: Hey Kristin! So I just wanted to talk basketball with you. You probably don’t get to do that that much, right?

KRISTIN: (laughing) Nobody thinks that I can talk basketball. This is a very good gift of a call for me to have.

ME: I know you’re originally from Oklahoma, but were you a basketball fan before the Thunder were there?

KRISTIN: I think I should tell sort of how it came for me, like, this love of basketball. I was always scared of basketball growing up. I was a cheerleader, but I knew I could never play basketball because I’m 4-11. But I always liked cheering at basketball games because they were exciting. I loved the game in and of itself, but I never played, and we never had a professional team, as you know. So, I started dating someone a few years back, six years ago, and he was a humongous L.A. Lakers fan. And I knew that I had to start watching the Lakers. So I did that so I got to know who he was talking about, and I started to fall in love with the players. I really liked Pau Gasol a lot. He’s no longer there, but anyway, we got the Thunder right after that. And my boyfriend was such a big basketball nut he would watch with me, and started to like the Thunder. I started to fall in love with Westbrook and Durant, and I’m still not over Harden. I feel a little bit badly about it, but my Dad tried to explain to me about it being a business decision, and I get that, but I don’t know, it was a little heartbreaking to see him leave. But since that I’ve become an even bigger fan and bigger fan, and I’ve really enjoyed watching basketball.

ME: Are you a Thunder loyalist?

KRISTIN: I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of a lot of teams, because I’m very loyal to my Thunder, but I have a little bit of love for the Spurs — a little bit, even though they’re in direct competition with us. I’m not really loving the Heat, and I’m a little torn about how I feel about LeBron. He went to the Heat and now he’s back in Cleveland, God bless him, but I’m not really a fan of the Heat. I’m not really a fan of the Nuggets. I can’t tell you why, either, other than I just feel like, No. I like the Clippers and the fact that we have an Oklahoman on that team — Blake Griffin. I’m just proud of the Thunder. I’m proud that Oklahoma has such a good team. The beginning of this year did not look good, and we had a lot of injuries and we’re kind of overcoming that. I think Coach [Scott] Brooks is very smart and is grooming the younger players. I’m pretty impressed with Reggie Jackson — I love him and Ibaka, and I love Perkins. Of course I love Westbrook and Durant, but I gotta give love to the entire team, because I see them coming together, and in the beginning of this season, even though we were losing without our guys, I was so proud of how they were learning and how quickly they were learning. To me, that’s the definition of a team, and I think that’s where Scott is so good. Even though he’s a California boy, I’m glad he’s embraced Oklahoma.

ME: I was wondering, because I know you spend a lot of time in New York, do you follow the Knicks as well?

KRISTIN: The Knicks are another team I have love for, because I’m a New Yorker as well. I live in New York and L.A. both, but I’m always gonna follow the New York Jets, Giants — even though that doesn’t really work for a lot of people — Yankees, Mets and Knicks. I’m always gonna do that — New York is like my second home. But if I had to pick, there’s no competition.

ME: You mentioned being 4-11, which made me wonder: Is Nate Robinson your favorite Thunder player of all-time?

KRISTIN: How tall is he? Isn’t he like 5-10?

ME: No, he’s like 5-8, 5-9.

KRISTIN: Nate Robinson is that short? Didn’t he win the dunk contest? Yeah, I loved him. What happened to him? Where is he now?

ME: He’s on your not-favorite Denver Nuggets now.

KRISTIN: That’s! Right! That is right! I still have love for him. He’s short — well, for a basketball player. But it just goes to show, to me, that it doesn’t matter how tall you are. He has the heart of a basketball player and he’s so good. I’m sad to see him with the Nuggets, but again, you lose some and we’re training these awesome players. Like Jeremy Lamb, he’s a baby, but in five years what’s he going to be doing? I’m excited to see.

ME: So do you feel like this is the year for the Thunder to finally break through and win a title?

KRISTIN: Well, that’s a tough one. Because I’m always going to want to say yes. I think there’s still time to prove ourselves, yes, I do. I think that we have to overcome a lot. I think we have to overcome injury. If we can do that, and we don’t lose anybody, then yeah, I think we have a shot. The Spurs are making me nervous. Of course, any team that LeBron plays on makes me nervous. Two years ago was really painful. And I was on tour and they had said if we make it to the Finals will you sing the National Anthem? And I had said, ‘Hell yeah! I’m in the middle of tour but I’ll move a show.” I might have cried, I’m not going to say. But I have these really high heels, these Oklahoma City Thunder pumps, but I wore them on stage, just to show my love. I think like three of my shoes could fit in Kevin Durant’s shoe.

ME: So let’s get your Christmas Day picks. First game is Washington Wizards at New York Knicks.

KRISTIN: I’m gonna have to go with the Knicks.

ME: Second game is Oklahoma City Thunder at the San Antonio Spurs. No contest here, I’m guessing.

KRISTIN: The Thunder all the way. We’re gonna kick San Antonio’s [butt]. I predict it. Take that, San Antonio [laughs].

ME: Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat?

KRISTIN: Oh man, you know I’m watching that game. Um, I’m gonna have to go with the Cavs. A) I’m not a fan of the Heat, and B) LeBron’s on the Cavs.

ME: Two more. The Los Angeles Lakers at the Chicago Bulls?

KRISTIN: The Bulls, they’re gonna win. They’re having a good year, I forgot about them.

ME: And then the last one is the Warriors against the other team from Los Angeles, the Clippers.

KRISTIN: I like the Clippers, I like the Clippers. By the way, the first game you mentioned…

ME: Wizards at the Knicks?

KRISTIN: The Wizards are better than I thought they would be. Is that new this year?

ME: They were pretty good last season, made the second round of the Playoffs, but this season they’re better than they’ve been in a long time.

KRISTIN: I know, right? I caught a little bit of their game and I forget who they were playing, but I was like, What the hell is going on here? They’re not bad, not bad. Well, let’s see how close I get, I may have just called all five games.

ME: You did pick the Knicks.

KRISTIN: I know, I know, but I did that out of loyalty.

ME: Understood. Last thing: On Christmas Day will you actually sit at home and watch the games?

KRISTIN: I’ll watch the Thunder because I’m going home to Oklahoma, and everything stops in Oklahoma when the Thunder play, as well it should. So I’ll be watching with my Dad and my cousins and everybody. And I really want to see the Cavs/Heat game.

Chandler Parsons debuts sock collaboration with Stance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERChandler Parsons has had an eventful few months, becoming one of the offseasons most coveted free agents with his move from Houston to Dallas. And apparently he’s been busy off the court, as well.

In the video below, Parsons discusses his newly minted partnership with Stance Socks, the brand NBA fans may know from their collaboration with Dwyane Wade. Parsons — an avowed sockaholic who says he actually plans his outfits around his socks — recently got a sock deal with Stance, and has a signature sock coming soon.

To that end, Parsons spent time with Stance recently to film a short flick about his love for Stance Hoops, the brand’s basketball collection. Here’s the world premiere of that video…


VIDEO: Parsons Stance

The Houston Rockets celebrate Dwight Howard’s birthday

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was Dwight Howard‘s birthday — the Houston Rockets center turned 29 years old. And in order to celebrate the day, the Rockets brought cake and cupcakes into the locker room. And somehow, thanks largely to the efforts of Francisco Garcia and Trevor Ariza, Howard goes from looking like this…

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To looking like this…

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Check the full video of the birthday incident below…


VIDEO: Dwight Day

Joakim Noah, amateur dermatologist?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back we checked on regarding the NBA’s new swingman jerseys, and saw a commercial where Dwight Howard met his match, so to speak.

In these latest adidas Swingman jersey spots, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Denver’s Kenneth Faried introduce us to their doppelgangers, one a dermatologist, another a perfume-selling manimal.


VIDEO: Joakim Swingman


VIDEO: Faried Swingman

Nobody misses a dunk like Joey Dorsey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston’s Dwight Howard missed last night’s game against the New York Knicks, his third straight game out after straining his knee. One of the players to get minutes in Howard’s place was forward Joey Dorsey, who came off the bench to play 13 minutes. And while he was on the floor, Dorsey had at least one play that brought the bench to its feet…although probably not in the way he intended.

As you can see in the clip below, Dorsey’s dunk attempt — and yes, he was fouled during the play — came up just a bit short. And the guys on the Houston bench, including Dwight, seemed to think it was rather hilarious…


Video: Dorsey Dunk

(via r/NBA)

James Harden makes bold NBA Style choice

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Lakers last night on ESPN, and James Harden was not about to let the opportunity slide. With a nationally televised game against one of the NBA’s marquee franchises, on the same day as the debut of his hilarious Foot Locker commercial, Harden decided to show off his NBA Style with a bold sweatshirt.

And as often happens in matters of NBA Style, some people on Twitter were willing to share their opinions…

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