Posts Tagged ‘los angeles clippers’

NBA players in Pro-Am leagues roundup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA recently kicked off its Orlando Summer League, a training ground for players trying to prove they deserve a roster spot in the NBA. Meanwhile, some of the NBA’s more proven players spend the summer playing in various pro-am leagues around the country, getting in some work in a setting a little less structured than summer league, but often with just as much talent. Let’s check in on a few NBA players…

Brandon Jennings showed out at LA’s Drew League with a 57-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist performance.

• Also at the Drew League, Paul George did this.

Jabari Parker will be in Vegas with the Bucks’ summer league team, but before he left, he stopped by his hometown Chi League in Chicago to put up 20 and 10 in a game against NBA players such as Will Bynum and Draymond Green. (Video here)

Tony Wroten scored 53 points in the famed Seattle Pro-Am.

Jamal Crawford made scoring 30 look easy in the Seattle Pro-Am.


VIDEO: Crawford scores 30

(via BIL)

Spencer Hawes challenges Blake Griffin to arm-wrestling contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The numbers NBA players wear can be just as important as their shoes or their haircuts. Some players have worn the same number since childhood, or they have some deep attachment to the number. I know one former NBA player who’s phone number ends with his uniform number repeated over and over — and yes, he said he requested it that way. But when a player changes teams, sometimes his former number is suddenly in use by a different player or, worse, retired and totally unavailable. At least when a different player is wearing your number, you may be able to convince him to give up that number, whether through monetary recompense or, as newly acquired Clippers center Spencer Hawes suggested to Blake Griffin on Twitter, even a feat of strength…

Lob City visits Croatia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being able to jump like Clippers big men Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan must be an incredible feeling. It is a feeling I have never had, and barring some freaky science experiment, will likely never have. It would be useful not only when playing basketball, of course, but also if you found yourself on a tourist-filled beach in Croatia, like this video that recently surfaced featuring Griffin and Jordan on a beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia, having some fun in the sun…


VIDEO: BG and DJ at beach

(via TNLP)

Chris Paul posterizes Kevin Hart

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Comedian/actor Kevin Hart has always been a fan of the NBA, taking part in All-Star Weekends and joking around with the “Inside the NBA” crew.

Yesterday, however, Hart a little more NBA-related news…when Chris Paul posted an Instagram video of him dunking on Hart. Kevin Hart tries for the block, but doesn’t quite have the hops.

No. 14 – Cage wins ’88 rebound crown

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Cage

Michael Cage was in a rebounding zone during the 1987-88 season.

Name: Michael Cage

Position: Center/Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 224 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 28, 1962

College: San Diego State

Drafted in 1984: 14th overall by Los Angeles Clippers

Draft fact: When the 14th pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, Michael Cage, grabbed 30 rebounds in the last game of the 1987-88 season, it proved to be the difference and led to his lone rebounding crown. He averaged 13.03 rpg (938 rebounds in 72 games) to best Charles Oakley of the Chicago Bulls, who averaged 13.0 rpg (1066 rebounds in 82 games) in one of the closest rebounding crown races of all time.

We’re just 14 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 25 – Cage was no 3-point ace

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Michael Cage

Position: Center/Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 224 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 28, 1962

College: San Diego State

Drafted in 1984: 14th overall by Los Angeles Clippers

Draft fact: Bruising big man Michael Cage, the 14th pick of the 1984 Draft, holds the record for most 3-point field goal attempts in a career without a make (25).

We’re just 25 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

Chris Paul is Saved By The Bell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Clippers point guard Chris Paul has it all — great job, great family, great style. So for Paul, who recently turned 29 years old, what do you get him for his birthday? Turns out what he really wants isn’t something that costs a lot of money, rather it’s something that brings back great memories…like an autographed photo of former “Saved By The Bell” star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. As CP3 captioned this photo of his photo, “This is easily one of the best Bday gifts I’ve ever received in my 29yrs on this Earth!!! #KellyKapowski #My1stLove #WeWereTogether #SheJustDidntKnowIt #CuzImSavedByTheBell”

I’m guessing Cliff was more of a Jessie Spano man…

Kevin Durant gives his shoes to Bubba Watson

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There were several celebrities in attendance last night in Los Angeles for Game 6 between the Clippers and the Thunder. But when the game ended, to whom did Kevin Durant trot over and hand off his game worn shoes? Bubba Watson, the two-time (and defending) Masters champ.

For a little added intrigue, it’s probably worth noting that Watson is an avowed fan and friend of Chris Paul, and he’s even thrown some alley-oops to Blake Griffin. Looks like KD might be working his way into Watson’s framily plan…


VIDEO: KD gives shoes to Bubba

(via PGA.com)

Russell Westbrook almost runs over Clippers mop girl

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nobody said being an NBA ballboy was an easy job. Just two months ago we saw a ballboy in Brooklyn show great hustle when he nearly got run over by Tyler Hansbrough. Yesterday in Los Angeles, during the Clippers/Thunder game, a similar situation almost came to pass. As you can see in the GIF below from @JDonSports, after Russell Westbrook ripped the ball from Chris Paul, he took off to the other end of the floor, where a Clippers attendant was still mopping up the court. She noticed in time and managed to get out of there, dragging the mop behind her. Again, great hustle. (Also, check out the sneaky shove DeAndre Jordan delivers to his teammate CP3 to get him out of the way in case there’s a rebound to grab.)

westbrook

(via FTW)

Trend Alert: Blakeing

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the internet, it doesn’t take much to constitute a trend. So after Blake Griffin dumped a cup of water on a fan during the Clippers’ game one loss to the Warriors — perhaps by accident, perhaps not by accident — Michelle Beadle over at “SportsNation” decided to try making this into a a new trend: Blakeing.

So if you see Beadle around, maybe stay a few steps back…