Posts Tagged ‘Manu Ginobili’

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

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the 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 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…


(via r/NBA)

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

The latest round of Spurs HEB commercials are here, and they are hilarious

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In what has become a fun annual tradition, each fall the San Antonio-based supermarket chain HEB releases a series of commercials starring members of the Spurs. While traditionally these starred the big three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, last year we saw Kawhi Leonard added to the mix. In this new batch of ads, Patty Mills (and his accent) get involved…

VIDEO: Spurs toga


VIDEO: Spurs organic

Manu Ginobili statue unveiled in Argentina

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili may have missed out on playing with his native Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup while he recovers from injury, but from the looks of his Twitter account, he’s still having a pretty nice summer. Ginobili posted a photo over the weekend of a statue of himself that was unveiled in Buenos Aires. His caption, loosely translated, reads, “Mom: I didn’t become a doctor, but I got a statue in Argentina!”

Here’s a song about Manu Ginobili

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Winning an NBA title comes with all kinds of perks, from parties to popping bottles, but here’s one perk you probably weren’t aware of: Someone might write a song about you. Here’s a video of Texas-based artist Kevin Russell, from the band Shinyribs, performing a pretty self-explanatory song called, “Manu Ginobili.” (He even ends it with a bit of a Barkley tribute.)

VIDEO: Manu song

The San Antonio Spurs and the beautiful game

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you hadn’t noticed, the San Antonio Spurs are doing it again — quietly, efficiently, ruthlessly winning their way toward another trip to the NBA Finals. They play their system, they keep pounding that rock, and they never, ever deviate from what got them here. While this has proven to be an effective strategy in terms of winning games, it’s not always all that exciting to watch for casual fans. This video does a terrific job highlighting exactly what makes the Spurs so good and so worth your time. You don’t have to be a fan, but if you love hoops, you should respect the game…

VIDEO: Spurs beautiful game

Horry Scale: Vince’s victory

By Lang Whitaker,


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we looked at the regular-season Horry Scale in full. Now, with the playoffs in full swing, it took just at a week to have our first postseason Horry Scale entry.

What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

One thing I’d like to clear up: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot. So when I gave Randy Foye a 3 Horry rating, that wasn’t only a reflection of his shot, which was admittedly remarkable, as I wrote, but also the play, which was awful. Taj Gibson’s lefty layup wasn’t the toughest shot, but that inbounds play was terrific. Basically, everything matters.

Counting the regular season, this gives us a record-setting 18 Horry Scale entries this season. Let’s take a closer look at Vince Carter‘s game-winning three in Game 3 against San Antonio from earlier today…

The corner three-pointer is supposedly the “easiest” three-pointer. Which doesn’t mean it’s easy, obviously. But it is a shorter shot than a straight-away or wing three. But what if you’re shooting from the corner and you’re fading away? And what if you’re covered as tightly as a smedium shirt by Manu Ginobili, with inches to get the shot off?

And what if you have less than 2 seconds left to release the shot? Well, add all those factors together and you’ve got a nearly impossible shot. Thing is, nobody told Vince Carter.

PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS! The pressure doesn’t get any higher than in the postseason. As for the play itself, Dallas had the ball down two, after Ginobili scored on the other end to give San Antonio the lead. You’d think Dallas might go either Dirk or Monta, both of whom have made visits to the Horry Scale this season. You would, however, be wrong. Because, of course, the Mavs went to Vince Carter instead…

To get Vince open on the inbound play, the Mavs stacked up Vince, Dirk and Brandan Wright, then ran Monta Ellis off the triple screen. As Ellis popped free at the top, Vince ducked to the corner, caught, spun and drained the shot. Good defense from Manu, better shot by Vince. Catch, spin, shot, bottom. Win.

Probably the best all-around celebration of the season. This is partially a function of it happening in the playoffs, when the intensity is already ratcheted up high. When the shot went through, the American Airlines Center went crazy. The Mavs all surrounded Vince and celebrated with him. Two other things that we should note? Right in the center of the Mavs celebration was owner Mark Cuban

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Hey, if I owned an NBA team and we won a playoff game on a last-second shot, I’d be up in that celebration, too.

Also, as the Mavs celebrated, we got a quick glimpse at stoic Popovich

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This is when it all counts. Heckuva situation, heckuva shot. As far as a grade, this one really had it all. I was thinking somewhere between 4 and 5 Horrys. And you know what? We’re going with 5 Horrys for this one, our first five Horry shot of the season…


Now it’s your turn! How many Horrys would you give Vince Carter’s shot?