Posts Tagged ‘Marc Gasol’

The Sacramento Kings join crop maze trend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welp, there’s a headline I never expected to write. The last few days, we’ve seen a trend develop, and it’s not a trend I can say that I ever saw coming. First, there was a crop maze tribute to Jerome Kersey. Then there was a corn maze tribute to Marc Gasol. And now, the Sacramento Kings have joined the crop maze trend.

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According to Kings.com, the 3.5-acre Kings logo is part of a regional corn maze at a pumpkin patch. Writes Kings.com…

“This is a fun and unique way to both salute the best fans in basketball and celebrate our region’s world-class agricultural leadership,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “We’re looking forward to hosting special events and bringing Kings entertainment and energy to the maze for fans of all ages.”

In 2007 and 2014, the maze was certified as the world’s largest maze by Guinness World Records. This year’s maze will be 44 acres large and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Last year’s maze had thousands of visitors over the 51-day season.

Which NBA team will be the next to join the corn maze trend? I’m not sure, but this is clearly a trend.

Marc Gasol as a crop sculpture

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we saw a picture of a corn maze in Oregon created as a tribute to the late Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey. Well, perhaps there’s a trend in making NBA-related agriculture art. Today there’s a picture from the Agricenter in Memphis, of a crop field that is in its early stages, but is growing into a tribute to Memphis center Marc Gasol.

(via Friendly Bounce)

Marc Gasol is all Memphis

By Jeff Case

The Memphis Grizzlies are hoping and wishing that their all-world/All-NBA center and defensive anchor Marc Gasol sticks around in free agency this summer and re-ups with them. Pretty good timing by the team, then, to debut a cool video yesterday that plays up how Gasol — a native of Spain — is a real “Bluff City” native like anyone actually born in the city itself …


VIDEO: Marc Gasol is as Memphis as they come

Marc Gasol as a matador

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has spent a lot of time in Memphis — he went to high school there when his brother, Pau, playerd for the Grizzlies, and then Marc has spent his entire 7 year NBA career in Memphis. He’s developed into one of the NBA’s best centers, and he’ll be a hot property this summer when he becomes a free agent. So what better way for Grizzlies fans to show their appreciation for what Marc brings to the team than by painting a larger than life version of Marc Gasol on the wall of a building, while also paying tribute to his Spanish heritage? Here’s artist Kyle Taylor, via Choose 901, doing his thing…

(via SBNation)

Marc Gasol rips open jersey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol has one of the best jump shots in the NBA, and he’s generally automatic from midrange. But when he missed a jumper the other night against Sacramento, Gasol was so frustrated that he tugged on his jersey and ripped open his shirt. Guess he doesn’t know his own strength…

(via TNLP)

Marc Gasol changes the game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol grew up between Barcelona and Memphis, where his older brother Pau was playing basketball. And while Marc also gravitated toward basketball, during last night’s Memphis/Orlando game, Marc briefly switched from NBA to La Liga with a few header attempts. He missed, but in many ways, he definitely made it.


VIDEO: Gasol Soccer

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Volume 4, Episode 8


VIDEO: Holiday edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool

With Christmas here, Shaq gives us a fresh batch of holiday love! Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!

And if you missed it, don’t forget to check out the old school Shaqtin’ special ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool: Old School‘ episode.

J.J. Dynamites Clippers In Showdown


VIDEO: James Johnson crushes Willie Green’s layup attempt

When the Clippers marched into Memphis for a Friday night clash, the stakes were obvious. Prior to the contest, defensive stalwart Tony Allen was on the shelf for 21 straight games with a sprained left wrist. But when the Clippers, the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff opponent the last two years, came calling, he wasn’t going to sit out any longer.

The game lived up to its physically demanding, plenty of trash talk billing. Z-Bo, Marc Gasol and Allen made an impact, for sure, but it was the guy who was signed out of the D-League in December who beat the loudest drum.

A man who is no stranger to the spectacular, James Johnson arrived into the Grizz’ locker room December and has been wowing since. He is a nightly highlight machine, giving a hard-hat bunch a creative playmaker from the wing, thus another dimension as they get set to make a playoff push in the second half.

On a night the organization honored him by giving fans a temporary “GRIZZLIES” neck tatoo (Johnson has his son “NAYMIN” inked around his neck), he flat out showed out, executing a play that will be remembered in the Top Plays Theatre for the foreseeable future:


VIDEO: James Johnson gets creative and throws down dunk off backboard

Welcome To The NBA: Vitor Faverani

No matter how well a rookie plays in his first season, there invariably comes a moment where he gets somewhat humbled on the court by an NBA veteran. Here at All Ball, we’ll do our best all season to keep track of these moments, which we’re calling “Welcome to the NBA” …

By Jeff Case

Undrafted rookie big man Vitor Faverani has been a nice find for the Celtics in the season’s early going. He had two solid, early performances, including 13 points and three blocks in the season-opener vs. Toronto and 12 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks against the Bucks on Nov. 1. His minutes have dried up a bit of late — due mostly to the improved play of veterans Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger — but he logged 27 minutes against the Grizzlies and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol.

Faverani got a good look at why Gasol is one of the more polished offensive post players in the NBA, though, the other night. Gasol catches the ball after setting a pick for Mike Conley, fakes a jump shot and then backs down Faverani. Gasol then turns into the paint and puts up a nice scoop shot under the outstretched arms of Faverani.


VIDEO: Marc Gasol puts a nice post move on rookie Vitor Faverani

Can’t fault Faverani too much here … he played Gasol about as well as you can play him. And, barring something worse than this, his Welcome to the NBA moment has come and gone.

Pau Gasol Loses Bet, Shaves Beard

By Jeff Case

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Pau Gasol is known for his smooth footwork in the low post, a reliable jump shot and, to a lot of Lakers fans, his up-and-down play throughout his 5 1/2 seasons in Los Angeles. Another thing Gasol is well recognized for, perhaps, is his combination of flowing locks and a beard that he’s sported since before the 2005 season.

Gasol’s beard/hair combo last season was pretty tame compared to some of the levels it has gotten to over his years in L.A. For example, check out how he looked when he first arrived in Lakerland in 2008

That look may be a distant memory come 2013-14 as Pau recently had to shave off his beard after losing a bet to his (equally bearded) brother, Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies. As part of Marc and Pau’s Gasol Foundation charity, the pair started a campaign called “The Healthy Competition” that ran from June 10-Aug. 2. Marc and Pau served as coaches, challenging children in L.A. and Memphis, respectively, to get healthy. The children were outfitted with Nike Fuel Bands and the coach whose team burned the most fuel would win the bet for their coach. The stakes of the bet? The loser shaves off his trademark beard, of course.

In the final leaderboard, Marc’s Memphis team edged Pau’s L.A. team, 1,352,639-1,328,320. Being a good sport, Pau Gasol busted out the clippers, shaving cream and a razor and took to YouTube to pony up.

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You can see more of Pau’s beard-shaving exploits on his YouTube channel if you so desire.

And in case you forgot what he looks like beard-less, we’ve got some photos of a clean-shaven Pau for you.

(H/T PBT)