Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’


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!

I missed last week’s #POSTERIZED poll because I was traveling, working on a cool piece for NBA TV (coming soon!). Which means more dunks than usual this week!

Let’s get to the dunks. Special shoutout to the previous winner, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo!

Draymond Green cools down Stephen Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Golden State’s Stephen Curry had himself a game last night against the Washington Wizards. He scored 25 points in the first quarter, including 7 three-pointers, and finished with 51 points on 11 threes, as the Warriors basically outscored the Washington Wizards, 134-121. Curry was hot all night, and no matter what the Wizards tried, they couldn’t slow him down. As Wizards guard John Wall said after the game: “It’s like Kobe (Bryant) when he had 81. He couldn’t miss. You keep defending the best way you can. We challenged some shots. He didn’t have too many open looks. He just made them.”

Curry was so hot, the only person who could manage to cool him off was his teammate Draymond Green, who had to resort to the old ice water trick during Curry’s postgame interview…

Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena 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 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Even Warriors’ Triple-Double Machine Green In Awe Of Kobe

By Nick Margiasso IV

Kobe is Kobe, people. So when The Black Mamba hits the road for his retirement tour, even the best NBA players of the day pay respect and lineup like kids in candy stores.

Cue Draymond Green, the NBA’s season triple-double leader, who seems to have waited his whole life to get Kobe Bryant’s John Hancock on his collectible kicks.

Follow Draymond Green on Twitter here.

Help the Sacramento Kings make their new court


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Next season the Sacramento Kings will move into the new Golden 1 Center, and they want your help in constructing a new court…as long as you’re not a fan of one of their rivals.

The Kings are asking fans to donate their used basketball shoes, which the Kings will use to create a cushion for their new floor…

A key piece in making the portable court for the in-arena game surface is a special foam underneath the base layer of wood.

That foam is essential in creating a cushioned environment for players and greater distribution of weight.

To help create it, the team is asking fans to donate their used basketball shoes, which will in turn be utilized in the foam’s manufacturing.

There are several ways you can donate, which are listed on the site. And of course, don’t miss the editor’s note…

*Editors Note:
This is a unique opportunity for fans to be a part of an important element of the new arena, so we kindly ask fans not to donate any Kobe’s. ;)

Boston fans chant Kobe’s name

VIDEO: Boston fans chant Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the latest installment of the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, we check in from Boston, where last night Kobe and the Lakers beat the Celtics, 112-104. Just the other day we heard from Kobe as he talked about how much inspiration he drew from losing in Boston. And for his final game in Boston, the crowd last night chanted his name throughout the evening. in the video above, a Kobe chant breaks out even as the Lakers finish off the Celtics. And to make sure Kobe had a keepsake from Boston, the Celtics gave Kobe a piece of the parquet floor from the 2010 Finals…

Michael Jordan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant farewell tour rolled into Charlotte last night, the city that originally drafted Kobe before trading him to the Lakers. Today the Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, the man who influenced Kobe both on and off the court. And while Jordan was unable to be in attendance at the game last night, he recorded the following video tribute to Kobe that was played on the scoreboard before the game.

As Kobe said after the game, he fully enjoyed the video

“It was awesome. It was awesome,” Bryant said. “He and I — as he said in the video — we talk pretty often. But it was pretty funny to see some of the reactions of my teammates. I was sitting next to Julius Randle before the game. He was like, ‘Yo, that’s amazing!’ I was like, ‘What?’ [He said] ‘That was Michael Jordan!'”

Bryant added, “We talk fairly often. I know he’s enjoying a little vacation time. I told him I was a little jealous. He said, ‘You’ll be here soon enough.'”

Also, Nick Young had an appropriately swaggy take on the tribute…

Kobe Bryant Can’t Stop Believing

BOSTON - JUNE 17: Fans of the Boston Celtics support their team behind (bottom L-R) Chris Mihm #31, Kobe Bryant #24 and Pay Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant‘s competitiveness is legendary. Nobody works harder, nobody is more motivated to win. But where does he find that motivation? The answer might surprise you.

With the Lakers getting ready for Kobe’s final appearance in Boston, Kobe talked about the 2008 NBA Finals, which the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. The deciding game of that series was Game 6, which took place in Boston, where after wins, the Celtics blast Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believing” over the PA system. And to find motivation to get back to the NBA Finals, Kobe recently told reporters that he cued up “Don’t Stop Believing” every day for two years, until the Lakers were able to get revenge during the 2010 Finals…

“It was a tough two years in between. I remember when we were losing, they played that song, that Journey song, and the whole arena started singing that song, and I hated that damn song for two years. Seriously, man. But I listened to the song every single day because it just reminded me of that feeling.”

Hold on to that feeling, Kobe…

VIDEO: Don’t Stop Believing

Kobe Bryant picks his top five opponents

ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 9:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Eastern Conference All Stars talks with Kobe Bryant #8 of the Western Conference All Stars during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game at the Phillips Arena on February 9, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The West won 155-145 in the first double-overtime All-Star game.  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 2003 NBAE  (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As the Kobe Bryant farewell tour picks up steam, Kobe faces more questions where he’s asked to put his career in some sort of perspective. Yesterday, Kobe had a conference call with international media, the largest global conference call the NBA has ever hosted.

During the call, Kobe was asked to select his five toughest opponents. And while Kobe acknowledged it was difficult to select only five players, here was Kobe’s list…

Kobe Bryant is a hero and a villain

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re a fan of the Lakers or Kobe Bryant, he is most likely your hero. If you’re a fan of whatever team Kobe is playing against on any given night, he is most likely your villain. When you’re playing the game, you want to channel the villain and unleash the hero.

It seems as though the Mamba has embraced this duality, as he recently put up merchandise for sale on his website featuring a “Hero/Villain” logo. And the Lakers tweeted out a video that explains it all…