Posts Tagged ‘los angeles clippers’

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…

Watergate 2: Blake Griffin vs. Fan

By Nick Margiasso IV

Maybe NBA franchises just need to buy less-slippery cups.

After fouling out of Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game late, Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin made it two controversial drink spills in the NBA this season. This time, there was a victim. This time, it was water. Call it “Watergate,” but that’s already been taken. Purposely or not, Griffin doused a Golden State fan positioned directly behind him at the scorer’s table as the L.A. star reacted by throwing his arms back in disbelief upon seeing the replay of his last foul on the arena jumbotron.

And, oh yeah, he had a cup full of water in his hand. So, this happened…

VIDEO: Blake Griffin of the Clippers douses fan with water

Remind you of anything?

VIDEO: Jason Kidd, coach of the Nets, spills drink on court mid-game

 

Paul McCartney enjoys NBA games

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about being a worldwide superstar must be getting the great sports tickets. Front row? No problem! Be our guest! The trade off is that usually the celebs sitting up close try to act too cool for school. They know they’re being watched, so they sit there and generally don’t get too worked up. Sure there are exceptions — Spike Lee, Jack Nicholson — but most celebs just can’t be bothered.

And then there’s Paul McCartney. Not only is McCartney one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time as well as one of the world’s most famous celebrities, he also knows how to have fun at an NBA game. Check out Sir Paul yesterday at the Lakers/Clippers game, twisting and shouting…

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And don’t forget when he was at a Brooklyn Nets game a few months ago. Even big-timers want a free t-shirt…

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Blake Griffin meets his biggest fan

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just before halftime during last night’s Bucks/Clippers game in Los Angeles, a loose ball bounced over to the front row along the sideline. When Clippers forward Blake Griffin came over to collect the ball, the lucky fan who ended up holding the rock decided she’d rather take a picture than give Blake the ball. Hey, the picture will last longer than the memory.


VIDEO: Blake’s biggest fan

The long-named rookie strikes again

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

Giannis, Giannis, Giannis. Throughout the Bucks’ seasonal march toward futility, the 19-year-old neophyte from Greece has kept the league us drooling over his youth, coachable mien and propensity for otherworldly hardwood feats.

His chasedown swat and Statue of Liberty yam against the Celtics earlier this season has been firmly ensconced on the Top Plays Theatre. Monday night in the land of the lobs, his springs and hustle decided to grace us again.

Once he got the block, you knew what he was going for. Fortunately, Zaza Pachulia knew what time it was and fed the young buck on cue:


VIDEO: Giannis Antetokounmpo gets busy on both ends

The house of Mutombo is still the house of Mutombo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Clippers/Nuggets game was notable in that not only did Denver snap L.A.’s 11-game win streak, but it was also a throwback night in Denver. Both teams played in cool retro uniforms, as the Nuggets recognized the 20th anniversary of their 1994 team that upset the Seattle SuperSonics.

With several former Nuggets on hand, including Reggie Williams and LaPhonso Ellis, it only made sense for Denver mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion to bring out Dikembe Mutombo to help with a dunk attempt. What happened next was pure Mutombo


VIDEO: Mutombo/Rocky

JJ Redick’s tips for your NCAA bracket

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before making a name for himself as one of the best shooters in the NBA, Clippers guard J.J. Redick had a long career at Duke, where he played in several NCAA Tournaments. So really, who better than Redick to tell us how to approach filling out our brackets? In this video from Funny Or Die, Redick really breaks it down and shows his expertise…

J.J. Redick's Guide to the Perfect March Madness Bracket from Funny Or Die

Chris Paul follows up Clippers win with extra practice

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: CP3 Does Extra Work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game between two of the better teams out West. The Clippers led throughout and finished with a 111-98 win, but that apparently wasn’t good enough for all of the Clippers. Following the game, Chris Paul went back out to the court to put in more work. Paul, who finished 5-15 from the floor (and 1-3 on threes) apparently wasn’t satisfied with the win. Perhaps you’ll recall Kobe Bryant once did the same thing after a Lakers loss game in Miami. In the video above, Paul explains that he feels like the Clips have a special team this season and he has to do his part.

Baron Davis: To Live And Try In L.A.

By Nick Margiasso IV

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, we saw Baron Davis explore the possibility of taking his “game” overseas on his NBA comeback quest.

In the latest edition of the ongoing saga, Baron’s last good shot at stardom comes (and goes?) twofold on a trip to Los Angeles…


VIDEO: Baron’s comeback stops in L.A.

Jamal Crawford Has Played For A Lot Of Coaches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two years ago, I was having breakfast one morning in Atlanta with Jamal Crawford, who was playing for the Hawks at the time. While we were talking about his career, he casually mentioned that he’d had a different head coach every season of his NBA career. I’d never realized this, and it sounded too amazing to be true. But when I pressed him for details, he ran them all down, one by one. A few months after we spoke, he signed with the Clippers and played a season for a new coach, Vinny Del Negro. Then last summer the Clips went a different way and hired Doc Rivers, meaning Crawford again had a new coach.

During yesterday’s Clips/Thunder game on ABC, Lisa Salters asked Crawford if he could name all the coaches he’s had through the years even in the middle of a game. As Jamal said, he thrives under pressure…


VIDEO: Crawford Names Coaches