Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

Karl-Anthony Towns has always been ready for stardom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re a regular listener of the Hang Time Podcast, you’ve certainly heard me talk about how I was certain that Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns was going to be a really good NBA player for a really long time. Because, as I’ve explained, from what I had seen, I knew his head was in the right place.

Why was I so sure? Let’s rewind back to February of 2012. I was, at the time, working as an editor at SLAM magazine, and one night I found myself in Philadelphia to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game, a television producer I was familiar with approached me and asked if I had a free moment. I said sure, and he said he wanted to introduce me to an accomplished high school freshman from a nearby high school who was a SLAM reader, and who was at the game working on a piece for the MSG Network’s high school channel.

So I walked over and met this kid. His name was Karl-Anthony Towns. I sat and talked for a while with Towns and his father, who was just as nice and engaging, and I’ve never forgotten that moment. Karl-Anthony was a kid, and he was so composed and curious and mature, and I somehow innately knew right then that Towns was destined for big things.

And the segment Towns was working on? TNT dug it up and showed it last night, the time when Towns interviewed Kevin Durant. See what you think…

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

NBA 2K16 simulation predicts Warriors repeat

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: The Golden State Warriors celebrate winning the 2015 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015-16 NBA season tips off tonight, with the defending champion Warriors beginning their title defense against the Pelicans (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET). And while we don’t know for certain who will win the championship this season — it’s why we play the games!! — the people at 2K Sports tried to figure it out.

Last year they had the Warriors winning the NBA Finals over the Cavaliers in six games, which is exactly what happened.

Using the powerful engine that drives the popular NBA 2K16 video game, according to 2K the Warriors will repeat as NBA champs, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7 game series.

Other things the 2K season simulation predicted: Oklahoma City winning the West in the regular season; Chicago and Miami finishing second and third in the East; Kevin Durant winning MVP; Anthony Davis winning Defensive Player of the Year; D’Angelo Russell winning Rookie of the Year.

NBA players dress up for Halloween


Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

It was a festive night around the NBA on Saturday as the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City held costume parties to celebrate Halloween. Players on both squads took to social media to show off their new looks:

Russell Westbrook as Steven Adams is just as scary as Adams as The Joker.


Kevin Durant, JJ Watt cheer on their fans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Fans spend a lot of time cheering for their favorite athletes. But this new commercial flips the script, as Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defender JJ Watt turn into cheerleaders for some of their biggest fans. Some pretty great reactions from the fans here…

VIDEO: Durant and Watt

Ty Lawson posts awesome #TBT picture

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — #TBT is the hashtag for “Throwback Thursday,” which is really just kinda of an excuse for people to post old photos on social media. But Rockets point guard Ty Lawson has historically been great at #TBT, and the photo he posted yesterday is no exception. Some of the guys who went on the have NBA careers, besides Lawson: Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, Brandan Wright, Spencer Hawes. Not a bad collection of talent…

Now that's a #TBT.

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Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp (again)

By Jeff Case

Two years ago, we brought you video of Oklahoma City Thunder star and NBA MVP Kevin Durant blocking little kids’ shots at his summer camp. Last season was mighty frustrating for Durant as he missed two-thirds of 2014-15 with nagging foot injuries/surgeries. But, good news — he recently told our Fran Blinebury that he’s feeling good, is on the mend and looking forward to 2015-16.

So, shouldn’t KD take it easy on the kiddos at his camp this summer. Not a chance, apparently …

Kevin Durant is better at basketball than baseball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is a former NBA MVP, a guy who can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But as we saw this weekend, while playing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman‘s Celebrity Softball Game, Durant’s outfield skills could seem to use a little work…

VIDEO: Durant Softball

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars

VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

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.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.

Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!