Posts Tagged ‘Mark Jackson’

Mark Jackson Defeats Steph Curry In Shootout

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA practices frequently devolve into shooting contests — from halfcourt, from full court, between teammates, whatever. And when your team’s coach is a former NBA point guard, it just gives the players one more competitor to go up against in any shooting contest. That’s what happened yesterday in Indianapolis, where the Golden State Warriors had practice on an off day, and where Steph Curry and coach Mark Jackson got into a post-practice shootout.

Even though Curry is arguably the best shooters in the game today, Coach Jackson gave him all he could handle. Hand down, man down.


VIDEO: Jackson Vs. Curry

Andre Drummond Channels Bill Russell

Doc Rivers recently said that his starting center DeAndre Jordan carries qualities of legendary center Bill RussellThough it’s no surprise for coaches to veer into the realm of hyperbole to unlock potential of their players (think of Mark Jackson’s declaration of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being the best shooting backcourt in NBA history), Rivers isn’t wrong. DJ is springy, he lives on the glass and deters weak and strong forays to the basket alike.

There was another element about Russell. The Lord of the Rings is praised for his ability to turn a block into a turnover, making defense offensive and piling on assists from the defensive end. More than anybody, in the process of altering shots his own way, Russell altered the way practitioners and fans viewed defense on the hardwood.

On Monday night, there were plenty of stout rejections, but it was the Pistons’ young pivot Andre Drummond who demonstrated to a new generation the art of turning a block into a quick two:


VIDEO: Andre Drummond swats Nando De Colo’s attempt to the running Brandon Jennings

Stephen Curry on Harden, Health, Warriors


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular NBA-related commercials this summer stars Houston’s James Harden and Golden State’s Stephen Curry in an ad for Foot Locker, where Curry tries to stop Harden from recording an R&B track that is, well, rough. (And you can check Harden’s full track here.)

Curry’s commercial success comes on the heels of his incredible postseason run with the Warriors — the Warriors, thought to be rebuilding, finished the 12-13 season a dozen games over .500, knocked out the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs and pushed San Antonio to 6 games before finally being eliminated. As great as the Warriors were, they went as Stephen Curry went. Curry, who had a 54-point game at Madison Square Garden and a 47-point game at Staples Center during the season, had several equally blazing performances through the Playoffs.

This summer, the Warriors made a surprising play for Dwight Howard, and then ended up with Andre Iguodala, adding yet another versatile option to coach Mark Jackson‘s lineup. it was the kind of move that seemed to say the future is now.

I caught up with Curry last week at Foot Locker’s flagship store in New York City to talk about all this stuff, as well as why he is the perfect person to produce Harden’s R&B record.