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Hornets GM tries eating scorpions, snake and other Shenzhen cuisine

By Jeff Case

The Charlotte Hornets recently completed their trip to China to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game held at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, China. The trip was a success for the Hornets in the fact they won the game itself (106-94) and also in the fact they got to get to take in the local culture as well.

We showed you the video last week of Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams shopping in China, which is a must-see. Today, we bring you video of Hornets GM Rich Cho sampling the dining fare in Shenzhen.

Don’t ever call Cho timid about what he eats as he bravely samples scorpions, snake and other unique fare.


VIDEO: Rich Cho samples unique food in Shenzen

 

 

 

Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams go shopping in China

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is my favorite kind of thing to post in the All Ball blog, because there isn’t anything spectacular happening in this video. Instead, we get to tag along as Charlotte Hornets Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams go out shopping in Shenzhen, China. They discuss travel, look for a pair of gym shorts (you’d think the Hornets may have extra gym shorts but whatever), take a picture with fans, chat about fast food, basically just bro out. My favorite part might be when the guy hands them souvenir ties, and they’re so genuinely appreciative. I’m pitching a travel show with Al and Marv right now…


VIDEO: Al and Marv

Horry Scale: Walker’s Walk-Off


VIDEO: Walker’s Winner

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New York Knicks were off to a franchise record-worst start. The Charlotte Hornets had lost ten in a row. But despite initial appearances, tonight didn’t do anything to remedy the situation for the Knicks.

Twenty-four hours after losing a close game at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, tonight in Charlotte the Knicks mounted an impressive comeback to hold a one-point lead with four seconds left, only to see their win float away with a lay-up from Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.

And it’s not like the Knicks, off to a 4-17 start and losers of six consecutive coming in, were the only team struggling here. The Hornets, a team tabbed by many to compete for a Southeast Division title, came into this game riding a 10-game losing skid with a 5-15 record. But it all ended in the capable hands of Kemba Walker. (And not for the first time.)

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.

Let’s get to the game-winner…

DIFFICULTY
To be honest, it should have been harder. With 4 seconds left on the clock, the Hornets had the ball out of bounds along the sideline, down one. The Knicks had J.R. Smith — not noted for his defense — guarding the inbounder. And Hornets center Al Jefferson set what was basically a cursory screen on Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni, as Kemba Walker popped free to receive the pass.

And then — and this is the weird part — Walker just dribbled directly down the left side to the basket and shot a lay-up to win it. Amar’e Stoudemire tried to help out and contend against the shot, but his defense seemed more unintentional than anything.

Did Prigioni think he had help behind him? The Knicks had a foul to give, did they think someone was going to take that foul? Did Knicks coach Derek Fisher try to call a twenty-second timeout from halfcourt before the play?

There are more questions than answers. All we know is that Kemba Walker got a layup to win the game.

GAME SITUATION
Both teams needed — desperately — a win tonight. And the Knicks mounted an epic comeback, losing at one point by 21, and entering the fourth quarter down 16, 85-69. But despite the comeback, on that last play the Hornets just seemed to want it more.

IMPORTANCE
Like we said, it was huge for both teams, but Charlotte arguably needed this more than the Knicks. (Ten game losing streak > six game losing streak.) After adding Lance Stephenson in the offseason, the Hornets were supposed to be better than they were a year ago. Instead, they’ve struggled mightily. Someone had to lose, and tonight it was the Knicks. Again.

CELEBRATION
Walker ended up on his back under the basket, after extending himself to get the shot up and over Stoudemire. When the ball dropped through, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams jumped atop Walker and helped him to his feet, and Lance Stephenson arrived moments later. In the clip above, we even get one of those cool long-range crowd shots where you see the entire arena rise to their feet as one when the game-winner drops.

GRADE
It was a nice play, a nice shot, and nice win for a Charlotte team that needed a win. But it was also incredibly simple, and came during a regular season game. Prigioni seemed to think he had help coming from behind, as Walker basically walked directly to the rim for the winning bucket. I don’t want to discount the skill required to get a shot off over a big man, but to be honest, the Knicks couldn’t have defended the play much more poorly.

So I’m giving Kemba Walker’s game winner 2 Horrys.

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What say you? How many Horrys would you give Kemba Walker’s GWBB?

Charlotte Hornets introduce biggest burger ever


VIDEO: Lang at Barclays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This summer the Charlotte Hornets went out and, building on last season’s success, signed Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams, setting themselves up as contenders on the court. And they’re also stepping up their game in the…kitchen?

Food options at NBA games is a big deal, as you can see in the video above from Barclays Center in New York. And the Hornets may have jumped into the lead among people seeking calorie explosions with their new option, Hugo’s Boss Burger, which features 8(!!!) pounds of meat and costs $70…

The Hornets’ main competition for NBA food supremacy may come, ironically enough, from the defending champs Spurs, who late last season introduced a sandwich covered in onion rings.

Your move, Cleveland…

The Epic Return Of Marvin Williams

After much speculation, when it was finally time for Kobe Bryant to make his return for the Los Angeles Lakers, he announced his return via a Facebook video that showed his jersey enduring through various elements in an appropriately epic video called “Seasons Of Legend” …


VIDEO: Kobe Returns

Last night marked the return from injury of another NBA player, Utah’s Marvin Williams. Kobe missed months with a torn Achilles. Williams missed a few games with inflammation in his foot. Kobe has scored over 31,600 career points. Marvin has just over 6,200. So, obviously, we’re talking entirely different levels of impact here. But this didn’t stop one Utah Jazz fan from making his own video touting an epic return from Williams, who went for eight points and five boards in a win over the Kings last night.


VIDEO: Marvin Returns

The All Ball Posterized Poll (Vol. 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re into the NBA’s most devastating dunks, we’ve got you covered over at the new and improved Dunk HQ. But because we’re the All Ball blog and we like to look at the NBA from nontraditional angles, we will focus on the flip side of the NBA’s best dunks: Who got got?

So welcome to volume one of The All Ball Posterized Poll. We will check in from time to time and examine the worst of the best, and use a highly scientific polling method to determine which NBA player got dunked on (a.k.a. posterized) the most egregiously. And at the end of the season we will determine who it is that most belongs on a poster.

To start us off, we have four nominees from the first few weeks of the season, and we checked in with NBA.com’s own slam dunk specialist, LeMont Calloway, for his informed perspective on the matter. “What I’ll say most about these defenders is that at least they’re trying to show help-side D,” LeMont notes. “There’s a defender or two around the league who wouldn’t even dare, let alone probably couldn’t even make the proper rotation. (Calling you out Boozer!) But, it’s like Bill Walton used to say: What are big men doing trying to take charges anyway?”

1. Marvin Williams (as nominated by JJ Hickson)
LeMont’s Take: “Personally, if you ask me, is this the one? This is the one! The way Marvin falls reminds me of a video game animation. Hands down, one of the nastiest falls after getting dunked on that I’ve seen in a while.”


VIDEO: Hickson dunks on Williams

2. Jason Maxiell (as nominated by Jeff Green)
LeMont’s Take: “Jeff has had a knack for kicking off seasons lately with a poster. Remember, he got Al Jefferson good last November.”


VIDEO: Green dunks on Maxiell

3. Jeff Withey (as nominated by Xavier Henry)
LeMont’s Take: “I’m always going to be a fan of any dunk where the ball is cocked back. Like LeBron’s go-to dunk from his Cavs days. Whether with one or two hands, it doesn’t matter. Those dunks always signify bad intentions to me. Especially with a defender in the way. But what sets Xavier’s apart from the rest is he’s a lefty. It just gives it that added unusual flair and bang to it.”


VIDEO: Henry dunks on Withey

4. Ryan Hollins (as nominated by his own teammate, Blake Griffin)
LeMont’s Take: “Blake’s just running out of league casualties that he’s got to turn to his own team now? Hilarious!”


VIDEO: Griffin dunks on Hollins

Now, we need your vote! Who has been dunked on the worst so far this season?

The Posterized Poll

Rudy Fernandez Leads Lip Dub of Party Rock Anthem at Basketball Camp

by Micah Hart

Confession: I have an irrational affinity for Rudy Fernandez. I felt legitimate sadness when he announced he was headed back to play in Spain, and I still believe (much as I do for Marvin Williams, but more so) that given the right circumstances he could have blossomed into a very productive NBA player, if not an outright star.

This video of Fernandez leading his basketball camp in a lip dub of LMFAO‘s Party Rock Anthem isn’t making me like him any less, I’ll tell you that much:

My favorite part is the cameo by the hefty kid showering* at about the 1:20 mark with a “What on Earth is going on here?” look on his face as they pass him by.

*As anyone who went to camp knows, YOU MUST SHOWER OFF BEFORE ENTERING THE POOL!

Outside of practicing for this performance, the kids totally learned to play basketball at Rudy’s camp, right?

H/T TBJ

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Syracuse



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We now continue in the East region, with No. 2 seed UNC taking on The Cuse.

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North Carolina Tar Heels

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Marvin Williams, Hawks: 16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.0 steals
Raymond Felton, Nuggets: 20.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.2 steals
Tyler Hansbrough, Pacers: 24.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.3 steals
Vince Carter, Suns: 23.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.5 steals
Ty Lawson, Nuggets: 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 2.0 steals

Missed the cut: Ed Davis, Raptors; Wayne Ellington, Timberwolves; Brendan Haywood, Mavericks; Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers (injured); Brandan Wright, Nets

Team synopsis: With Jamison hurt, Hansbrough rides his recent hot streak into the starting lineup for the Tar Heels, which is a good thing for UNC because this team lacks an inside presence otherwise. Lawson and Felton take turns at the point in Denver, but share the backcourt here. Vinsanity may not be the force of nature he once was, but North Carolina will still need him to be the go-to scorer on this team.

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