Posts Tagged ‘Klay Thompson’

Golden State Warriors release “Splash” music video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors have shot their way into a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals thanks largely to the efforts of their backcourt combo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, also known as the Splash Brothers. To celebrate their achievements, as well as those of the rest of the Warriors, a local artist made a cool music video appropriately titled, “Splash.”


VIDEO: Splash video

Stance is now the official sock of the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For as long as anyone can remember, NBA players took to the court wearing white socks. That got a tweak a few years ago when some people mixed in black socks. Meanwhile, off the court, colorful socks are all the rage. We saw some of that around the All-Star Game when sock company Stance rolled out colorful East and West socks for the teams to wear. And yesterday it was announced that next season Stance will be the official sock supplier of the NBA.

According to a release from the NBA…

“We can’t wait to bring our innovative sock technology and unique style to the NBA’s global following,” said Clarke Miyasaki, EVP of Business Development at Stance. “It’s an unbelievable honor for Stance to become the league’s official oncourt sock, and we look forward to unveiling the entire lineup to NBA fans.”

Stance also announced the addition of Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson to its roster of brand ambassadors. Thompson, who helped lead the Warriors to the best regular season in franchise history, joins three-time NBA champion and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons as current brand ambassadors.

“Joining the Stance family as one of their NBA ambassadors is an exciting opportunity,” said Thompson. “Stance has found a creative way to make socks a fashion statement, and their unique designs make it fun to show off my personality both on and off the court. Along with the artistic style of the socks, the comfort and performance is extremely high-level.”

The Stance NBA Collection will feature its innovative Triniti Technology, which combines anatomical cushioning, targeted compression and superior moisture wicking. The traditional crew silhouette will debut at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine next month and will be worn by all players participating in the 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League in July. Stance will create team-specific designs as well as unique, limited-edition styles for marquee events and holiday games, including Hoops for Troops, Christmas Day, MLK Day and NBA All-Star.

Here are some early images of some of the initial designs. Looks like there will be some fancy footwork in the NBA next season…

Cleveland Cavaliers Stance NBA Sock Design

Golden State Warriors Stance NBA Sock Design

Miami Heat Stance NBA Sock Design

San Antonio Spurs Stance NBA Sock Design

Stance White & Black NBA Sock Design

Top Plays Spotlight: Treys up in the A

It’s rare when a heavyweight bout lives up to its billing, but that’s what we got when the NBA’s top teams met in Atlanta on Friday night. With NBA supremacy — at this point — on the line, folks circled this date weeks ago. Beyond the battle for the top record, the game featured five All-Stars on the court. Three of those All-Stars will participate in the Three-Point showdown next week in Madison Square Garden.

But to keep us company for now, they decided to give us a “exhibition” in Philips Arena. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver combined for 13 3s (both teams shot 27-for-60 from deep, good for a 45 percent clip) in the Hawks’ 124-116 win.

Neither team will be any less gun-shy in their rematch next month. Now is as good a time as any to circle March 18 on your calendar.


VIDEO: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver light it up in Atlanta

Talk Show: Stella

STELLA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA All-Star Weekend about to tip-off in New York City, we decided to talk to some celebrities who know both basketball and New York, to chat about what’s happening in the NBA, their advice for people visiting New York, and whatever else happens to come up in discussion.

Today we catch up with recording artist Stella. A native of the Bay Area and daughter of the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, Stella is a singer/songwriter now based out of New York. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram and check out her latest music on her Soundcloud.

We spoke last week during a snowy day in Manhattan…

ME: I am sorry to interrupt your snow day.

STELLA: Yeah! Really busy snow day. I went outside for a second and then I came back in. I might go back out again, and I’m gonna wear different shoes this time so I don’t fall. I didn’t fall but I was pretty close to falling, I’m not gonna lie.

ME: You grew up in California but now you live in New York City. It’s such a part of life here, but I’m guessing you didn’t get a lot of snow growing up?

STELLA: I grew up in the Bay Area and no, no snow then. Snow is kind of novel now. It’s still kind of exciting, like, “Look, it’s snow!” I still like it. I feel like I like seasons more. We don’t really get seasons out there. We get rain and sun and that’s pretty much it.

ME: I watched your latest video, and really enjoyed it. And I caught the Streetcar Named Desire reference.

STELLA: Yeah (laughs), some people are noticing it and some people are not noticing it, and it makes me realize I’m older. That video we just did and I’m working on another one for another song that I have out right now, that we’re gonna shoot here in New York.

ME: So the All-Star Game is coming up here in New York City. What would you tell people not to miss when they come to New York?

STELLA: I like museums. This may also make me seem old (laughs). I can’t be in them for too long, but there’s just so much cool art, and the museums and the galleries that are in Chelsea and stuff like that. I love art and seeing people create, and it’s just a great place to explore all different kinds. So I would say that, because you can pick and choose what your style is. There’s so many options, and the Brooklyn Museum is really cool, too. I’m an artist so I love the arts stuff. Also, the top of the Empire State Building is fun, if you don’t mind freezing for a little bit. It’s pretty cool at night, especially. It’s open until 1:30 A.M.

ME: Growing up in the Bay Area were you a fan of the Warriors?

STELLA: Yeah, Warriors for sure. We have the Raiders and the Niners, and the Bay is very separated over the two teams. Or the Giants and the A’s. But everyone kind of comes together over the Warriors. Which I really like, because I feel like we’re from the same place so we should support everyone. So yeah, I’m a big Warriors fan.

ME: You must have grown up during the Run TMC era, when they had Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond?

STELLA: Yes, I remember my brother had all the little figurines.

ME: The Starting Lineup figures? That’s great. So now that you’re an East Coaster, do you still pull for the Warriors? Or did you transfer your allegiance to the Knicks or Nets?

STELLA: No, no, no, no. I’m definitely still a Warriors fan. I don’t have League Pass, so that’s my excuse to go out to a bar and watch the games. I’ve always loved watching basketball. I remember growing up and my dad would always watch sports on mute, and then would be practicing guitar while watching the games. I remember laying in front of the TV listening to him play. So I’ve always loved, loved, loved watching basketball.

ME: Is your Dad a Warriors fan?

STELLA: Yeah, he’s definitely a Warriors fan. He was also a Bulls fan, because, like, Jordan and stuff, but he’s definitely a Warriors fan. I think he’s played the National Anthem a couple of times. He goes to the games sometimes.

ME: Do you think Klay Thompson should start alongside Steph Curry in the All-Star Game?

STELLA: Yeah, he had that amazing third quarter when he scored all those points.

ME: Right, he scored 37.

STELLA: Yeah, 37! That’s my number!

ME: Wait, is that really your number? That seems like a non-traditional favorite number.

STELLA: I mean, I just see it a lot in places. It just always shows up.

ME: It just seems like a very random number. No offense.

STELLA: It is a random number. That’s why it’s so weird.

ME: So the Warriors are basically destroying the rest of the NBA this season. You think they can win a title this season?

STELLA: Yeah, they’re killing it. I definitely think they can win a title. They’re doing so great, they’ve only lost two home games and have been amazing against the East Coast teams. I mean, come on. I have a lot of faith. I just feel like the Bay Area, when we have our teams that are doing well, there’s just a good spirit there. We’re scrappy and kind of hippie and peace-and-lovey, but we’ll come together and I feel that way about the Dubs.

ME: Maybe you were having a premonition with the number 37, and you were seeing it everywhere because you were foreshadowing Klay’s big quarter. And now maybe you’ll start seeing the number 1 all the time now for the Warriors winning a title.

STELLA: (laughing) Yes! Yes!

Don’t put Klay in a box


VIDEO: Klay Thompson serves up a facial

Apparently Klay Thompson likes a little bounce with his splash.

Yeah, the man, alongside fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry, can flat out shoot the ball. But when you see Thompson take the ball off the dribble and throw it down on Blazers big man Robin Lopez, it shows that Thompson may have more in common with Minnesota’s new Bounce Brothers (rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine) than we originally thought.

Plays like this could eventually force The StartersTas Melas to come around on Thompson. One dimensional? Not so fast, my friend.

Harrison Barnes tests Klay Thompson’s Iowa knowledge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year I spent a weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, with the D-League’s Iowa Energy. This was my first trip to Des Moines, and I had a lovely time there. Part of the reason I enjoyed my time so much was that before I got there, I got some sightseeing tips from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, an Iowa native.

So with the Barnes and the Warriors in Iowa to play an exhibition game, it only made sense to have Barnes quiz a teammate — in this case Klay Thompson — and see just how much he knew about some of the “celebrities” produced by Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines.


VIDEO: Des Moines?

Team USA busts a move after winning gold

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Team USA won gold in the final of yesterday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup with a decisive win over Serbia, 129-92. But before returning home, Team USA had to collect their medals and their trophies. And then, right there on the podium, they all broke into the “shmoney dance”…

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Well, everyone except Derrick Rose, who kind of just stood around on the right side there…

Also, Klay Thompson made a snow angel in the confetti…

(via SB Nation)

Klay Thompson is really dedicated to his fantasy football draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night a friend invited me to go with him to the Braves/Mets game at Citi Field. I’m a Braves fan, but because I live in New York, I don’t all that many chances to see them play in person. Normally, I would have jumped at the chance…but I hesitated because I remembered last night was also the night of my fantasy football draft. And as anyone who has ever played any fantasy sport — basketball, football, baseball, doesn’t matter — there really isn’t much worse than letting the computer auto-draft your team and winding up with a bunch of players you don’t want, or a bunch of guys who play the same position.

Lucky for me, I was wrong about my draft date — it is tonight — so I was able to get out and enjoy a baseball game on a nice evening. But being present for your fantasy draft sometimes takes extreme measures.

Take, for instance, Golden State guard Klay Thompson, who is currently in Bilbao, Spain, prepping for the FIBA Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA. Despite being half a world and about a dozen time zones from home, Thompson woke up at 5:30 AM in order to take part in his fantasy football draft. As he wrote in the caption, he doesn’t trust the auto draft. Smart man.

(via HP)

DeMarcus Cousins auditions to join Splash Brothers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At practice yesterday for USA Basketball, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins decided to show off his outside shooting range, while declaring himself a candidate to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as members of the sweet-shooting Splash Brothers. Luckily, Curry was nearby to witness Cousins’ audition…

@boogiecousins… the third Splash Bro, @wardell30?

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Curry gives fans show in Portland

If you didn’t see Sunday’s contest between the Warriors and Trail Blazers, cue up League Pass and grab some popcorn. It was a basketball game, folks.

Things got really good in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shined for 51 points in the second half and in the last five minutes, their beam was almost blinding. Thompson hit two dagger treys in the final minute to finish off a fantastic effort by Damian Lillard and Rip City, as Golden State escaped with a win.

But this play by Steph is worth the price of admission. He outbattles Wesley Matthews for the steal, races down court with the pill, then goes to work on Wes…and the always spunky Portland crowd.

His showmanship might surpass his shooting.


VIDEO: Stephen Curry gives Wesley Matthews work, then flexes to the raucous Portland crowd