Posts Tagged ‘Manu Ginobili’

Russell Westbrook performs his own instant replay


VIDEO: Westbrook replay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Euro Step is a move NBA players utilize from time to time to zig-zag through traffic and get to the basket. We’ve seen it from everyone from Manu Ginobili to James Harden, and last night against the Grizzlies, Russell Westbrook broke it out to get to the hoop. Not only did it get Westbrook a bucket, but Westbrook then performed his own instant replay of the move right there on the court…

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Boris Diaw has become a barista

SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 28:  Boris Diaw #33 of the San Antonio Spurs poses for a portrait during media day at the Spurs Training Facility on September 28, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs forward Boris Diaw is well known for his wide range of interests, from karaoke to wildlife photography, as well as his irrepressible continental flair, so this latest tale probably shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Still, it provides a pretty awesome mental visual: According to reports out of San Antonio, Boris Diaw has installed a cappuccino machine in his locker.

Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Express News tells the tale

Fast forward to Saturday, when Spurs players arrived at the AT&T Center before a game against Utah to find Diaw had done arguably the most Diaw thing ever.

He had installed a working espresso machine in his locker, completing the set with three tiny cups with saucers. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Since no still photography is allowed in the locker room, you’ll have to take our word for it).

Asked if Diaw’s new addition to his locker set-up represents the peak example of Boris being Boris, teammate Manu Ginobili laughed.

“With Boris, it is hard to tell,” Ginobili said. “There are so many.”

At least the latest caffeinated developments have perhaps another new nickname for Diaw, courtesy of a few clever heads on Twitter: The Borista.

The Spurs’ Coyote catches a bat

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The AT&T Center in San Antonio is a good place to watch a great basketball team, as it’s the home of the San Antonio Spurs. It is also, apparently, a pretty good place to see wild animals. You may recall a few years ago, when a bat flew too close to the action and was swatted from the sky by Manu Ginobili, a maneuver that eventually resulted in Ginobili receiving a rabies shot.

Then there was the playoff game in San Antonio two years ago, when the Portland Trail Blazers entered their locker room to find a large snake in Thomas Robinson‘s locker.

So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that last night in San Antonio, before the Spurs hosted the Timberwolves, another bat got loose in the arena. This time, however, instead of relying on their All-Star shooting guard to corral the bat, the Spurs mascot, Coyote, took to the floor dressed as Batman, of course, and caught the winged beast in under 90 seconds…


VIDEO: Spurs’ Coyote catches bat

The new San Antonio Spurs HEB commercials are here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a tradition unlike any other: With the start of a new NBA season comes the release of several new commercials for HEB, the San Antonio-based grocery chain, starring various members of the San Antonio Spurs. This newest batch of commercials doesn’t disappoint, as new Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge joins Spurs stalwarts Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Patty Mills and mascot The Coyote.


VIDEO: HEB Spurs LaMarcus


VIDEO: HEB Spurs Chicken
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Everybody knows the San Antonio Spurs’ names

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The classic TV show “Cheers” was set in Boston and featured a familiar cast of characters who frequented the same establishment so often that everybody knew their names. The Spurs may play in San Antonio, but at this point the same crew has been together for so long (along with new additions LaMarcus Aldridge and David West) that everybody knows their names, as we see in this video from Spurs fan site 48 Minutes of Hell….


VIDEO: Spurs Cheers

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the NBA.com blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our NBA.com list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

Season over, San Antonio Spurs play paintball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs saw their season end a few days ago with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And with their season over, how better to celebrate and unwind than by going out and playing some paintball? Here’s a group shot of most of the Spurs (minus Kawhi and Manu, among others) all dressed up and ready to play some paintball. As Spurs Nation points out, the Spurs (and Tim Duncan in particular) have a long history with paintball.

San Antonio Spurs get a new (weird) theme song

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular recent viral videos was “Too Many Cooks,” from the folks at Adult Swim. The video was a parody of the opening credits of a sitcom, that just went on and on and on. So Caleb Saenz at the Spurs site 48 Minutes Of Hell made his own parody video featuring “Too Many Cooks” set to the faces of plenty of former Spurs. This one is called, “Too Many Pops”…


VIDEO: Too Many Pops

Manu Ginobili calls technical foul on referee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What if NBA players could call technical fouls on referees? Probably not a great idea. But if it were allowed, I think Manu Ginobili would have a pretty good case in this instance from yesterday’s Spurs/Wolves game…

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Are the San Antonio Spurs actually a special forces squad?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs are often criticized for having no personality, for being boring, for playing a style of basketball that doesn’t command big ratings.

But what if it was all just a cover? What if in actuality the Spurs were a precision special forces team that only played boring basketball to throw people off their trail? That is the question asked, and answered, in the hilarious video below…


VIDEO: Spurs Forces