Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Seraphin’

Kevin Seraphin is clearly not afraid of snakes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are a few important things to note before you view this content featuring Indiana Pacers center Kevin Seraphin.

1) Kevin Seraphin is listed at 6’10”. So he’s tall.
2) Seraphin is on the record as being an animal lover, particularly snakes.

So with those things in mind, check out this video Seraphin posted to Twitter featuring him laying in what is essentially a gigantic pile of what must be gigantic snakes at a place called Prehistoric Pets. While I appreciate Seraphin’s attempts to be an evangelist for the often-reviled snake, you’re on your own here, buddy.

Kristaps Porzingis sings Happy Birthday to Robin Lopez

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of being a rookie in the NBA means having to do things for the veteran players — carrying luggage, bringing breakfast to practice, and, occasionally, singing. It was recently All Ball favorite Robin Lopez‘s birthday, and to celebrate the day in style, Knicks rookies Jerian Grant and Kristaps Porzingis were asked to give a postgame performance of “Happy Birthday.” As Porzingis says in this video captured by Kevin Seraphin, he gave it his all because that’s what he does…

Kevin Seraphin wears his support for Paris

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While the recent terror attacks in Paris were a shocking occurrence to everyone, spurring shows of support from around the NBA, they resonated in a uniquely personal way with the NBA players who have ties to the French capital.

Knicks center Kevin Seraphin, for instance, was born in French Guiana but moved to Paris when he was 16, and now lives there during the NBA offseason. Seraphin considers Paris his adopted hometown, and on Friday as the attacks were unfolding, Seraphin told Yahoo that it all still was hard to comprehend…

“It’s kind of sad, because… there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Seraphin who played for the French national Olympic team in 2012. “Think about how some people went to see a soccer game and went to see a [concert] and you don’t really expect that. It’s just scary, now people are scared to go out and just do anything. I couldn’t believe… killing us as a human. For sure, we don’t want to see people living like that.”

Seraphin said he was too young and too detached to understand the affect the 9/11 attacks had on New York and the United States, but Paris has now dealt with two traumatic situations in the past 11 months. Last January, 12 people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Paris satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and Seraphin – then, still a member of the Wizards – honored the victims by wearing a shirt that read, “Je suis Charlie” – French for “I am Charlie” – before a win against Chicago.

“I’m scared that this is starting to be often,” he said. “At one point, just like, I live in Paris. You don’t want that to start to be something that happens every two months. If you don’t feel safe anymore in the country like you want, you don’t want to be there, so it’s kind of sad. It’s really sad.”

Today, for the Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Seraphin showed up with his support for Paris on display for everyone to see…

Update: Kevin Seraphin played his best game as a member of the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 12 points (6-8 FG) in 14 minutes. After the game, he dedicated the win to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris:

John Wall and teammates take Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, first lady Michelle Obama introduced a resolution called #GimmeFive, asking people to post videos giving five ways to be healthier. There have been a few celebrities who have taken the challenge, mostly from the world of entertainment, like Beyonce and Kelly Ripa.

But now the challenge has drifted over a few blocks from the White House to the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards. First up, John Wall, Garrett Temple and the Wizards dance team took the #GimmeFive challenge…

Then, Wall passed it on to Kevin Seraphin, who brought his own version of style to the proceedings…

Washington Wizards play FIFA on the really big screen

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The bigger the screen, the better the television, right? Sure, but particularly if you’re using that TV to play videogames against a friend. Forget about playing on a 46-inch screen, because yesterday a few of the Washington Wizards got larger than life.

Nene, Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin played a little FIFA against each other using the scoreboard in Washington’s Verizon Center. According to the Wizards’ website, the scoreboard is almost 15 feet high and over 25 feet wide! This larger-than-lifesized session was filmed and will air soon on the Wizards’ Magazine show. Good luck finding a screen big enough to watch it on.

(via WaPo)

Kevin Seraphin will autograph anything

By Jeff Case

We like Washington Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin around these parts, what with him once having a pet snake named Snakey, his remote-control helicopter, being a part of our YOLO All-Stars and hilarious answers on the Wizards’ version of the $20,000 pyramid.

Seraphin, like his fellow NBA players, is often asked for his autograph and as Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Blog reports, Seraphin will autograph just about anything you give him, including money, iPhones and (hopefully one day) pets:

Noted quirky person and professional basketball player Kevin Seraphin was recently asked about some of the more unusual things he has autographed in his NBA career.

“The coolest thing for sure is my contract,” he said.

That was a joke.

“The worst is a $100 bill,” Seraphin went on. “I’m like, ‘Dude, you don’t want to use it?’

“Also, the screen on an iPhone,” Seraphin said. “I’m like, ‘But what you gonna do?’ They just said ‘Well I won’t use it anymore.’ I don’t know what you’re gonna do with it, but yeah, that was the worst. I was like wow. But the $100 bill was [impressive?]. He said ‘I’m going to put it on the wall.’ I said ‘Well okay.’ ”

That seemed to end the interview. But then Seraphin thought of something else.

“I’ll sign anything,” he said. “Bring your dogs; I’ll sign your dogs too.”

Ricky Bobby, you may have met your match.

 

 

John Wall And Kevin Seraphin Play $25,000 Pyramid

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen a lot of Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin this season on the All Ball Blog. He may still be developing on the court, but off the court, he’s clearly capable of producing some terrific highlights.

This latest entry comes to us courtesy of the D.C. Sports Bog, and it shows Seraphin teaming up with John Wall to play a game of $25,000 Pyramid. Which is awesome.


There might be some cultural differences between Wall and Seraphin — for instance, Wall didn’t seem to immediately seize upon creme brulee as a clue — but the two of them obviously have a connection. For a bonus clip, check out this footage from last year of Wall and Seraphin watching a game together…


VIDEO: Wall and Seraphin

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Kevin Seraphin’s New Toy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already know Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin has (or rather, had) a pet snake named Snakey, as well as a skeleton that can ride a Segway. And in this video promo for Inside Stuff, we see Seraphin playing with a remote control copter that looks pretty cool, right up until Seraphin almost flies it right into the camera…


VIDEO: Seraphin’s New Toy

Kevin Seraphin, Snakes and Skeletons

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the history of NBA players with awesome pets, it will forever be tough to top Mike Miller, who as a rookie in Orlando had a pet monkey that once escaped from his house and rode up and down his street on the back of his dog. (That might be the greatest first sentence to a blog post of all time.)

But Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin is apparently attempting to give Miller a run for his money. Late last season it was discovered that Seraphin had a bird named April and a snake named, naturally, Snakey. Unfortunately, as Seraphin explained at the Wizards media day on Friday, Snakey is no longer a member of the Seraphin family, having apparently made a run for it…

And if a rogue snake wasn’t enough trouble around the house, according to a recent Instagram post from Seraphin, a skeleton that he owns has recently learned how to ride a Segway, and is now wreaking havoc around his apartment.

(Snakey via NBC Sports)