Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick Perkins’

OKC Thunder players inhale helium, sell cars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The players on the Oklahoma City Thunder are not only very good at basketball, they’re apparently great at selling cars. Last year we saw several of them doing their best to get you in a new vehicle, and this year’s version of the ad has a new wrinkle: Helium.

Now, officially, I strongly discourage you from sucking helium from a balloon, because it’s probably a bad idea or something, but it’s pretty funny to hear these guys talking like Smurfs…


VIDEO: Thunder helium

OKC hosts block party for Houston


VIDEO: OKC get three rejections in one possession against the Rockets

There was a brick fair of enormous magnitude in Oklahoma City on Sunday and it was all in Chesapeake Energy Arena. James Harden missed 12 of 17. Dwight Howard missed 10 of 14 — 19 of 27 if you count free throws. Houston’s stars weren’t the only culprits. In fact, nobody shot 50 percent from the field. Nobody.

The Rockets shot 28.7 percent from the field, undoubtedly helped to that figure by the ridiculous rim protection from the trio of Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Fourteen blocks combined, they threw six offerings from Howard. Credit the Rockets for continuing to challenge the Thunder, but their intrepidity in the paint was likely necessitated by their abysmal launching from deep (7-for-35 out there).

Despite Houston’s shooting woes, it got the 69-65 win (read that score again slowly) because OKC wasn’t much better (29.4 percent). It was a physical affair, replete with four technical fouls, a Pat Beverley sighting and more trash talk than a little bit. Win or no win, the Thunder, particularly young big man Adams, gave the Rockets a rim party to remember.


VIDEO: OKC swats 15 shots in Sunday’s narrow loss to the Rockets

MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a Friday in the fall, which means it’s time for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? I really hope by now you’re not still asking that question. But basically, it stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, please tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

One question I saw on Twitter that’s worth addressing…

No. Despite my best efforts, it’s impossible to tabulate a precise number. Has anyone counted all the stars in the sky? Do we know how many broken dreams line Broadway? No, no we don’t. It’s better to just understand that there are thousands if not millions of pounds won and lost out there and keep it moving.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, there was a lot of sound and fury and MUSCLE, but not a lot of detail. Let’s get into the MUSCLE…

• Once again, actual NBA teams are using the #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag, as we saw in this tweet from the Toronto Raptors regarding Terrence Ross

That tweet was welcome, if a bit vague, so we also appreciate this clarification from Holly McKenzie, from which we learn Ross actually put on the MUSCLEWATCH gold standard of 15 pounds…

HOWEVER! Nobody actually specified if it’s 15 pounds of MUSCLE. And it matters, believe me, it matters.

• Last week we saw a few MUSCLEWATCH names in Minnesota, and we get more detail this, as Anthony Bennett, Ronny Turiaf and Shabazz Muhammad got into some, frankly, really weird workout stuff. Just read the beginning of this story

The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad’s back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire.
As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding hands help steady him but only for a moment. Regaining his balance and summoning some interior-laden surge of strength, he climbs his way to safety while the kids on his back remain unharmed.

They worked out using HELPLESS YOUTH! Children were SLIPPING DOWN HIS BACK INTO A DEATH TRAP WHIRLPOOL! OK, OK, this was all imaginary, but still, this is extreme MUSCLEWATCH. No wonder they call their guy Hell’s Trainer.

Despite the insane workout, Muhammad said he came into camp at 224, which is two pounds more than he supposedly weighed a year ago before the draft. And Bennett, according to the story above, lost “about 10 pounds.” So while they each may be in much better shape, for MUSCLEWATCH purposes they still have some work to do.

Kobe Bryant has had a love-hate relationship with MUSCLEWATCH through the years, and this year is no different. A few months ago, paparazzi photos seemed to suggest that Kobe had put on, well, a few pounds. But then Kobe showed up in camp looking svelte, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak suggested Kobe had lost 10-12 pounds.

How did Kobe do it? By eating “clean.”

I guess that means a lot of hand washing?

• We need to send a shoutout to Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy from the Deseret News, who has been all over MUSCLEWATCH, including several tweets…

And since we’re talking Jazz, we’ve had our first-ever announcer appearance on MUSCLEWATCH, as Jazz radio voice David Locke was reported to be in phenomenal shape…

I caught up with David this week and he confirmed that he is feeling good, although he noted that once the season begins his bicycling regimen will likely fall by the wayside. Still, a terrific showing all around in Utah. We salute you!

• Bonjour, Monsieur Diaw! Spurs forward Boris Diaw has had some ups and downs with his weight through the years. At Spurs media day this season, coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged Diaw’s struggle…

Boris used social media to respond, as one should, with the following photo and this caption: “No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!”

Also, thanks to the San Antonio Express News, which put together a 117-photo gallery about which players are and are not arriving in shape in San Antonio.

• WE HAVE A CONTENDER! Add Kendrick Perkins to the long list of guys who have dropped weight this summer, and with Perk, unlike with LeBron and Melo, we actually have a concrete number…

• Up in Boston, Celtics forward Jeff Green has put on some MUSCLE…

And Kelly Olynyk is “definitely stonger,” with a #MUSCLEWATCH in the story!!

• And finally, in Phoenix, Alex Len has apparently added “10-15 pounds.” Of MUSCLE? Well, that’s unclear.

See you next week. Keep MUSCLING!

Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world

2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On last week’s Hang Time Podcast, we had Thunder big man Nick Collison as a guest, and I asked him who would win in a no-holds-barred tables, ladders and chairs match between his teammates Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams. Nick basically refused to answer my question — a smart move when faced with a no-win situation — but did allow regarding Adams’ mind that it may be “a little dark in there.”

Adams finished his rookie season last week with a reputation as something of an instigator — he was constantly getting tangled up with opponents — and in his exit interview with the Oklahoma City media, he confirmed his place in my pantheon of the NBA’s most interesting players by dropping all kinds of awesome quotes. Some of my favorites…

• “What surprised me? Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

• “Then he just yelled at me: ‘I’m the only silverback!’ I was like ‘What the…?’ So that was a big check, it was like, ‘We got some animals in the NBA.’”

• “I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy.”

• “I got a lot of restaurants I like to eat at, smash out some food.”

• “But the weather here is ridiculous. The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man’. I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.”

Takewaways? I got two…

1. Someone should start a Steven Adams blog called “Tables On Planes.”

2. Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world.

Big men on Thunder, Spurs get animated (literally)

By Jeff Case

The Spurs-Thunder series is all tied up after OKC’s 105-92 rout in Game 4. One of the key stories in the West finals (of late, anyway) has been how Thunder coach Scott Brooks has changed up his rotations to give youngsters like Steven Adams, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb more burn. Adams’ increased role has come at the expense — at times — of Thunder stalwart big man Kendrick Perkins.

And, Adams has made quite a name for himself in the playoffs with his physical play around the basket (Perkins is traditionally no slouch in this department, either).

Internet artist Chris Edser decided to pay a bit of a homage to the physical play of that OKC big man duo with two animated GIFs:

Edser also made one for Spurs legendary big man Tim Duncan, who has a bit of a history himself of being in disbelief whenever he’s called for a foul:

You can find more of Edser’s NBA work on his Tumblr site, Ron Artist.

(h/t BallisLife.com)

 

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Worst Of Round 2

VIDEO: Shaqtin A Fool: Worst of Round 2

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment from the Conference semifinals and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin.

Don’t forget to tune in to NBA TV on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET for a special 30-minute edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool that will culminate in the naming of the 2013-14 #ShaqtinMVP!
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Shaqtin’ A Fool: Worst Of Round 1 & #ShaqtinMVP

VIDEO: Shaqtin A Fool: Worst of Round 1

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment from the First Round of the playoffs and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin.

Don’t forget to tune in to NBA TV on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET for a special 30-minute edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool that will culminate in the naming of the 2013-14 #ShaqtinMVP!
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Nobody boxes out like Kendrick Perkins

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Thunder/Grizzlies game, Kendrick Perkins and Mike Miller both went after a rebound. Perk managed to tap it to a teammate, and then just to make sure Miller couldn’t continue his pursuit of the ball, Perkins sat on him. Hey, whatever works.

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(via JDonSports)

Don’t Forget About Kendrick Perkins

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in January, several members of the Oklahoma City Thunder were hanging out, and Hasheem Thabeet posted a photo of them hanging out together. Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins was not hanging out with them, apparently because he wasn’t invited, and he left a comment on their picture (using NSFW language) expressing his disappointment at not being invited.

Over the weekend the Thunder participated in a community event, and Thabeet posted another photo of him hanging out with all of his teammates…

Well, almost all of his teammates. Once again, Perk seems to have not made the cut. This time, however, Perk took to his own Instagram account to register his disappointment. Why should Thabeet get all those “likes”?

The Thunder visit the zoo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You’re an NBA player, it’s the middle of a long NBA season, and you have a day off. So what do you do? If you’re Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher or Kendrick Perkins, over the weekend you visited the Oklahoma City Zoo to lend a hand at the sea lion exhibit. There’s a lot to like here. My favorite part might be where a sea lion kisses Kendrick Perkins and he says he’s hopeful he can get a picture of the moment to put up in his office.


VIDEO: OKC’s day at the zoo