Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Robin Lopez takes out Clutch the Bear

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For all the ways we have seen Robin Lopez tangle with mascots around the NBA, a tip of the hat to Houston’s Clutch the Bear, who waited until halftime the other night and then went after Lopez with a novel approach: Clutch sprayed him with a fire extinguisher.

You can guess how that turned out…

Jose Calderon gets left hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New York Knicks are hot right now, winning back-to-back road games over the Thunder and the Rockets, and looking as though their rebuilding project is working about as well as could have been hoped. In fact, the only time anyone was able to slow down the Knicks last week came off the court.

Check out this Vine from Friday night, where Jose Calderon is leaving the floor and a fan offers up a congratulatory pound…only to yank it away at the moment of impact, leaving Calderon bubbling…

The Houston Rockets are on their Quest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA season is underway and the NBA on TNT is back with games (including a doubleheader starting tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET) as teams begin their quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. We’ve already seen “The Quest” spots starring the Cavaliers and the Clippers, and here’s another new “Quest” commercial featuring Houston Rockets’ stars James Harden and Dwight Howard.

VIDEO: Rockets Quest

Kevin Durant doesn’t need both shoes to score on you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is back and healthy, which is something any fan of the NBA should be excited about, whether or not you’re a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it’s a good reminder of just how great Durant can be, especially when he’s out here doing stuff like he did last night against the Houston Rockets. While iso’d against Trevor Ariza, Durant made a move to the basket that was so quick, he actually ran right out of KD 8s.

Normally, scoring a bucket in an NBA game is a rather difficult thing. Doing it while wearing one shoe? For Durant, at least, no problem.

VIDEO: Durant shoe

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…

NBA releases Christmas Day uniforms and socks

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Laydown Horizontal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Christmas Day has become one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar, with a marquee slate of games, the teams involved have started to wear increasingly special uniforms. And this year, adidas and Stance are really going all out, as you can see in the new images released today.

From the NBA’s release…

adidas and the NBA today unveiled the uniforms that all teams will wear during the league’s Christmas Day match-ups. Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms continue the tradition of introducing new and unique elements each season. This year’s uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones, while player names and numbers are showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching. A scarlet NBA seal is also displayed on the back of the jersey as a nod to holiday greeting cards.

The socks, Stance’s contribution to the on-court Christmas Day look, mirror the uniform’s design and feature classic holiday colors, winter-inspired imagery and pay homage to holiday sweaters.

The Season’s Greetings Collection includes a special-edition Swingman jersey, women’s Replica jersey, on-court shooting shirt, T-shirt, snapback and knit beanie. Items range from $28-$110 and will be available this weekend on and Jerseys will also be available at select team and other retailers.

The Christmas Day socks go on sale this weekend. They will be available at and other major retailers.

For more pictures, see below…

Christmas Day Jersey 2015 Group


The NBA Season Opening Hype Video Roundup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015-16 NBA season is not a few days underway, and if you’re not fired up already, we’ve got one last resort you can turn to: Hype videos. A bunch of different NBA teams released videos to get their fans properly fired up.

Which is your favorite? Watch them all and vote at the bottom…


VIDEO: Cavaliers Hype


VIDEO: Pistons Hype


VIDEO: Nuggets Hype


VIDEO: Warriors Hype


VIDEO: Rockets Hype


VIDEO: Pacers Hype


VIDEO: Clippers Hype


VIDEO: Grizzlies Hype


VIDEO: Heat Hype


VIDEO: Bucks Hype


VIDEO: 76ers Hype


VIDEO: Suns Hype


VIDEO: Kings Hype


VIDEO: Raptors Hype

James Harden vs Kenny Mayne for 200 lbs of spaghetti

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Houston, Rockets guard James Harden teamed up with Foot Locker to take on the best that Twitter had to offer. Fans challenged Harden to do all kinds of crazy stuff, like making a shot and then taking a selfie with a camel.

And to end the event, Harden played one-on-one against ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, with the loser getting 200 pounds of spaghetti dumped on their head. Want to guess how that turned out?

Dwight Howard fires up the Houston Texans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Houston Texans hosted Thursday Night Football, squaring off against the Indianapolis Colts. And who better to fire up the Texans than Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard, who we see here practicing his pregame speech. And when it came time to lead the team out onto the field, Howard did his best to get everyone pumped up…

Houston Rockets unveil new alternate jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some NBA teams might have an alternate jersey. Last night, the Houston Rockets unveiled not one but three alternate jerseys. With the help of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas and Sam Dekker, the Rockets rolled out the Clutch City “Pride” jersey, a silver alternate, as well as a “Space City” black alternate that will drop in 2016. Which is your favorite jersey?