Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Garnett’

Garnett, Mozgov throw out first pitches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve reached the part of the calendar where basketball and baseball overlap, and as we’ve seen in years past, NBA players are always popular choices to throw out the first pitch at baseball games. This happens with more regularity during the NBA offseason, when players have more free time, but we’ve already had a few NBA first pitches this season.

Let’s start in Minnesota, where Kevin Garnett has returned. KG recently visited a Twins game and threw a looping first pitch strike…

VIDEO: KG first pitch

And we should also go to Cleveland, where Timofey Mozgov walked across the street from the Cavs arena to the Indians’ stadium and threw out the first pitch at a recent game. Pretty good throw from Mozgov, considering his first practice pitch almost beans some dude hanging out in the batting cage…

VIDEO: Mozgov first pitch

Kevin Garnett took a rookie shopping

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics  - Game Four

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett wasn’t doing all that much with the Brooklyn Nets this season — he’s been in the NBA 20 years, and was averaging about 7 points and 6 rebounds a game. Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to trade for KG, because they have a young team and KG is known for being a terrific leader and teammate.

But what does Garnett do that makes him such a great teammate? Jessica Camerato from BasketballInsiders.com caught up with Lester Hudson, the journeyman guard who just signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. When Hudson was a rookie with the Celtics back in 2009, he was teammates with Garnett, who took Hudson under his wing.

As Hudson explains to Camerato, in a really fun story

“He was like a big brother,” Hudson told Basketball Insiders. “I felt it was genuine. You’ve got to respect him; he’s one of the greatest players in the league. I was focusing on what he was saying, I didn’t care if it was bad or good.”

Garnett referred to Hudson as “Train,” a nickname demonstrative of the strength Hudson used driving to the basket.

In December of that season while the Celtics were in Chicago to play the Bulls, Hudson received a directive from Garnett. It wasn’t the first time Garnett made a request – as a rookie, Hudson often ran errands for him and other veterans. This one was vague, though.

“‘Train, come to the store with me,’” Hudson recalled. “‘Meet me downstairs at this time.’ You can’t be late with KG. I was probably 10 minutes early. He was like, ‘Come on let’s go.’”

Hudson left the team hotel with Garnett, not knowing where they were headed. As they walked down the street, Garnett filled the conversation with more words of encouragement. The talk ended as they approached the destination.

Hudson gazed upon the building: the Louis Vuitton store.

“He told me to pick out whatever I wanted,” said Hudson. “I was like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ He said, ‘You work hard and I respect you. You help me out a lot.’”

Hudson was shocked. Soon, Garnett began making recommendations. Get a scarf, Garnett offered, it’s cold in Boston and Chicago. (Garnett often wore a designer scarves in his postgame interviews while on the Celtics). The store was Hudson’s for the picking.

“I got a couple scarves, skullies, a backpack, shoes, belts,” Hudson said. “I think he just got me everything.”

(via BasketballInsiders.com)

Kevin Garnett salutes shirtless dancing fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett made his big return to Minnesota last week, but he wasn’t the only one to make an important comeback.

John Sweeney owns a comedy theater in Minnesota, but he may be better known by the name “Jiggly Boy.” A decade ago, Sweeney made several appearances on the scoreboard during T-Wolves games, dancing shirtless. But as the Wolves rebuilt, Sweeney danced away from the game.

But when Garnett returned, so did Jiggly Boy, who had a special message scrawled on his chest just for KG. And even KG, who is famously focused and intense, had to crack a smile and give Jiggly Boy a wave. As KG said later…

Dance, Jiggly Boy, dance…


VIDEO: Jiggly Boy

Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — it wasn’t a huge move, but maybe the most emotional move at the NBA trade deadline was the Minnesota Timberwolves trading with Brooklyn to re-acquire their former franchise cornerstone, Kevin Garnett. KG isn’t the player he used to be, but he’s still a remarkable competitor and an unparalleled locker room presence, expected to provide a steadying veteran hand for the Wolves. He’ll make his home debut Wednesday against Washington (8 p.m. ET, League Pass), but first, earlier today KG showed up for a photo shoot in his old number 21 uniform. Almost feels like we should’ve saved this for #TBT…

The time Kevin Garnett arm wrestled Big Baby Davis

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett is famously one of the NBA’s most intense players — known for his ability to focus so deeply that it can devolve into things like headbutting the basket support or even (very occasionally) perhaps attempting to take a chunk out of an opponent.

KG is also intensely private, mostly eschewing interviews and photoshoots in favor of keeping a low profile off the court. But thank goodness for Brian Scalabrine, KG’s former teammate in Boston who did a spot on Fox Sports the other night and told a tale about a team flight where Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis squared off in an arm wrestling contest for the ages.


VIDEO: KG vs Big Baby

(via TNLP)

Shabazz Napier puts the Nets in a blender

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have yet to break out the Crossover Contest this season, but Miami Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier made a case for himself last night. While waiting for Chris Bosh to flash to the basket in the halfcourt offense, and momentarily faced with a Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams double-team, Napier did something remarkable.

There are actually two things to watch on this play…

First, just watch Napier, as he does what is essentially a triple crossover — right to left behind his legs, left to right behind his legs, and then right to left in front of his body, all in the course of about two seconds. Terrific dribbling by Napier.

Second, watch KG and D-Will perform a strange ballet as they negotiate with each other to stay with their defensive assignments. D-Will actually does a full 360, on purpose, because it’s probably the fastest way to get situated back in front of Napier.

And then the Heat turn the ball over. But whatever, it was a great moment. You can see the full video here, or be mesmerized by the Vine below…

Throwback Thursday: All-time rebounds leaders


VIDEO: Moses Malone career retrospective

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: All-Time Rebounds Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time rebounds leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-time rebounds leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Offseason Blockbusters


VIDEO: Relive some of Charles Barkley’s best plays as a member of the Phoenix Suns

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: Offseason Blockbusters

Just this week, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially introduced All-Star Kevin Love and with that move in mind, we take a look back at some of the biggest offseason trades to go down in recent history.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Offseason Blockbusters

Which of these trades do you remember most? Leave your comments below!

LeBron ready to bring back powder toss in Cleveland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments from the early part of LeBron James‘ NBA career came each game just before tip-off, when he would walk to the scorer’s table, fill his hands with talcum powder and heave it into the air. It was a move pioneered by Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett, who would clap talcum at the scorer’s table.

Yet LeBron added height to the practice and dedicated himself early on, and it has become something of a signature move for him. He stopped doing it in 2011, and then brought it back in 2013, though he didn’t resume it with regularity.

But over the weekend, LeBron posted a clip from NBA 2K and wrote, “I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness”

I swear I can't wait for this moment again!! #TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness

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Drake takes Raptors/Nets series to Instagram

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Brooklyn, the Raptors beat the Nets to tie their first round series at two wins apiece. After the game, Toronto’s “global ambassador,” Drake, took to Instagram to post a message for Brooklyn big man Kevin Garnett. As Drake wrote in the caption, “Mad…or nah? See you back at the crib”

Mad…or nah? See you back at the crib

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Also, remember the post last week about Drake using a lint roller during the game in Toronto? Drake had a funny sense of humor about it…

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