Posts Tagged ‘Matt Barnes’

Fergie inspires Steve Ballmer dance performance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has only been the owner of the Clippers for a few months, but he’s already made quite a splash with some of his courtside reactions. Last night things went to a whole new level.

For last night’s Clippers/Lakers game, Ballmer sat in his courtside seat next to pop singer Fergie. In between the first and second quarters, someone handed Fergie a microphone for a quick performance of her new single “L.A. Love.” This made Ballmer pretty happy.

As Fergie sang her song, Ballmer went into DANCE FEVER MODE…

VIDEO: Ballmer Dances

Here’s a Vine of the moment…

Later, the Clippers reacted to their owner’s funky moves…

Blake Griffin inspires circular photobomb

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something new. The Miami Heat have given us dozens of variations of the photobomb, but last night the Clippers came up with a totally new innovation on the photobomb. After defeating the Magic, 114-86, while Blake Griffin was doing the postgame interview, Clips players Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan came out and photobombed Griffin with what appears to be an orbital photobomb. They circled him several times as he spoke, leaving me to wonder if perhaps this was a tribute to NASA’s impending Orion launch, or maybe it’s just whatever they thought of in the moment. Whatever it is, your move, Miami.


(via r/NBA)

Make a steak sandwich with Matt Barnes

VIDEO: Barnes Cooking

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players burn a ton of calories during the season, since they run on average dozens of miles each week. In the video above, Clippers forward Matt Barnes notes that while he tries to eat a little healthier during the season, during the offseason he gets to cut loose a bit, and he and his wife, Gloria, really enjoy eating this BBQ steak sandwich. Whatever you do, though, don’t try to put cucumbers in Matt’s salad — his visual disdain for adding cucumbers to his salad may be my favorite part of this video.

Clips & Slide: Summer Fun With Your L.A. Basketball Team

By Nick Margiasso IV

If, by now, you don’t know that the Clippers have a roster full of players that like to have a good ol’ rollicking time, well then you don’t follow enough DeAndre Jordan hijinx.

Speaking of … here’s the infamous Charles Barkley impersonator himself, having some old fashioned backyard fun with Matt Barnes’ kids as general managers everywhere collectively cringe.


NBA Style: Jill Martin’s Fashion Breakdown

by Jill Martin

Rules are meant to be broken, as long as you do it with style. In 2005, when the new NBA dress code was enacted, the players were asked to change their look from hoodies to haute couture. Since then, the tunnel from the locker room to the court has turned into a veritable runway. Cameras are rolling, Twitter pics are taken and fashion magazines are fighting for NBA players to grace their covers. Celebrities have even been replaced by NBA stars in the front row at Fashion Week, while Vogue editor Anna Wintour (below) hosts the league’s biggest names while she sits courtside during NBA games.

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

Prior to 2005, players were able to (pretty much) wear what they wanted. Sports jerseys were prevalent, jeans were worn low, and “regular” sneakers could be seen in the tunnels and at the podium. But in the eight years since Commissioner Stern put the dress code in place, the NBA’s fashion landscape has changed dramatically. Many players took the new rule very seriously and at least initially chose to err on the conservative side, while others have used it as a way to bolster their names in the fashion world—and in turn gain high-end endorsements. For example, in 2011 Steve Nash launched a line of designer suits with a Vancouver-based apparel brand Indochino, a far cry from the look he donned on Draft Day…

Phoenix Suns

NBA charity events are even turning into fashion galas. Heat star Dwyane Wade recently held his first “Night on the Runwade” to benefit his “Wade’s World Foundation.” The entire production was centered around a runway, with involvement from fashion designers and auction items. I had the honor of hosting the event (we both wore Louboutins.)


Here are some details of the dress code that you probably don’t know about:

• General policy is business casual-attire, which means a long or short-sleeve collared (or turtleneck) shirt and/or a dress sweater. LeBron James recently wore an interesting holiday-like top during a press conference—so is that cause for a fine? Well, only by the fashion police!


• On the other hand, Russell Westbrook wore a sleeveless top during Round 1 (pre-injury). I assume he knew he would likely have to pay up for that “Mr. T”  look, but sometimes a fashion statement is worth the investment. At least Russ seems to think so.


• As far as shoes go? The 2005 dress code calls for “appropriate shoes and socks (dress shoes or boots) or other presentable shoes. This does not include sneakers, sandals, flip-flops or work boots.”

How this has evolved? Designer sneakers have now become acceptable. Because these high-end brands are now making sneaks that look like they can be worn to a black-tie affair, the players have made this part of their look and the league has not complained. As fashion evolves on the runway, it seems the league is rolling with the changes. By not fining players for these designer duds, the League is acknowledging the difference between a casual sneaker and a designer pair, as Matt Barnes models below.

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• And it seems diamonds are no longer just a girl’s best friend—accessories have become just as important as a player’s outfit. Jewels, designer hats and flashy pieces have become part of the post-game uniform.

A few other interesting notes when checking out the NBA fashion show:
— When a player is sitting on the bench, a jacket is required, as are dress shoes and socks.
— Team issued warm-up suits are also acceptable coming in and out of the arena.
— In addition, a team can enforce its own rules as long as the minimum dress code is adhered to.

So the next time you see a pair of luxe loafers or Louboutins step off the bus, remember that it’s important to many of your favorite players to get off on the right foot.

Jill Martin is the MSG New York Knicks Reporter and Today Show Style Correspondent.

NBA Style: Spotlight On Trends

By The Style Crew —

While many NBA players have brought their unique style to the podium during the 2013 playoffs, some trends have popped up multiple times throughout the first week.

DENIM: This postseason, players have embraced the utilitarian fabric to make bold statements. In the gallery below, Blake Griffin and Raymond Felton wear tailored denim button down shirts, while James Harden has an edgier take with a distressed shirt and plaid vest. Brandon Jennings looks summer-ready with a faded chambray shirt and white ankle pants, while LeBron James mixes it up by pairing a crisp denim button down with a black tie under a shawl collar sweater.

PINK: The color has range. Brandon Jennings spruces up a classic tan blazer with a warm pink button down, and Deron Williams wears the same shade under his gray jacket. For bolder variations, Caron Butler’s pink shirt pops under a gray suit and muted blue tie, while Matt Barnes pairs mauve pants with a black jacket and tie.

Let us know who wore these trends best, and if you could imagine them in your closet, tell us about it on Twitter using the hashtag #NBAStyle…

Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Kansas

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We continue the Sweet 16 in the West region, where two towers of college basketball power square off for a chance to move on to the Elite Eight.


UCLA Bruins

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 30.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.4 steals
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: 11.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.8 steals
Kevin Love, Timberwolves: 27.2 points, 20.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.8 steals
Baron Davis, Cavaliers: 21.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 steals
Jrue Holiday, Sixers: 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.1 steals

Missed the cut: Matt Barnes, Lakers; Darren Collison, Pacers; Jordan Farmar, Nets; Dan Gadzuric, Nets; Ryan Hollins, Cavaliers; Jason Kapono, Sixers; Trevor Ariza, Hornets; Earl Watson, Jazz; Arron Afflalo, Nuggets

Team synopsis: As the school with the most current players in the NBA, the UCLA Bruins will be a tough out. Several different players could make the starting lineup, but I went with Mbah a Moute’s all-around contributions over those of rising studs like Collison and Afflalo. When Davis is nearly left out of the starting five, you know you’ve got some firepower to work with. Love’s per-48 rebounding stats are absurd, and Westbrook’s scoring is only a few ppg behind his scoring-champion teammate, Kevin Durant. (more…)