Posts Tagged ‘Memphis Grizzlies’

The Mike Conley Show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMike Conley has established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. And with videos like the one below, he is also establishing himself as one of the worst interviewers in the NBA. Unless it turns out Conley is just a huge Chris Farley fan, in which case, you know, yeah, that was awesome.


VIDEO: Conley Show

Memphis Grizzlies Step Up Their Giveaway Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies had one of the more unique in-game giveaways when they handed out temporary neck tattoos in honor of swingman James Johnson.

This season, the Grizzlies are continuing the interesting giveaways. There’s a list of all the swag here, but here are a few nights worth singling out…

• Nov. 11 vs. Los Angeles Lakers — Ashley Furniture Military Salute Night, where the first 5,000 fans in attendance will be rewarded with a Grizzlies Camo Hat.

• Dec. 19 vs. Chicago Bulls — The Grizzlies will be helping fans prepare for the holiday season with fan-favorite Grizzlies Wrapping Paper, presented by Mercury Printing, to the first 5,000 fans.

• Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder — Grizzlies Wrestling Belts will be given to the first 3,000 fans as part of Wrestling Night.

• Feb. 27 vs. Los Angeles Clippers — Grizzlies Flip Flops will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans.

• Mar. 27 vs. Golden State Warriors — The first 5,000 fans will receive a Tree Sapling at the Grizzlies Go Green Game, presented by International Paper.

• Mar. 14 vs. Milwaukee Bucks — First 5,000 fans in attendance receive the Marc Gasol Growth Chart, presented by First Tennessee.

• April 3 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder — The first 5,000 fans will be given the Super Grizz Cape Set.

• April 4 vs. Washington Wizards — Z-Bow-Ties will be given to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

(via Friendly Bounce)

Are The Spurs The Ultimate Team?

San Antonio Spurs Championship Celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs won last season’s NBA championship, but are they the ultimate team in all of the major North American sports leagues? A new poll from ESPN the Magazine says yes, they are.

According to ESPN, they surveyed over 1,000 fans to form 25 areas of criteria, then polled over 100,000 fans and asked them to rate their hometown teams in each of those categories. From there they created a weighted average and incorporated “bang for the buck” and…well, you can read all the criteria for yourself.

As it turned out, out of the 122 teams considered, the San Antonio Spurs finished first overall. And they weren’t the only NBA team to rate highly: the Memphis Grizzlies finished fourth, the Oklahoma City Thunder finished seventh, and the Dallas Mavericks ninth. If you want to dig deeper, check out the entire poll here.

Memphis Grizzlies owner slam dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m pretty sure that Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera is the youngest majority owner in the NBA — he was born in 1978, making him just 36 years old. Which also means Pera is within the top tier in terms of physical shape of the NBA majority owners. We already know Pera loves playing basketball — remember last season when he challenged Tony Allen to a one-on-one match that ended up never happening? And last week upon joining Instagram, Pera posted a video of him throwing down a rather powerful two-handed dunk. (The only question from me: Is that a 10-foot goal? until proven otherwise I feel like we have to give Pera the benefit of the doubt.)

Nobody boxes out like Kendrick Perkins

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Thunder/Grizzlies game, Kendrick Perkins and Mike Miller both went after a rebound. Perk managed to tap it to a teammate, and then just to make sure Miller couldn’t continue his pursuit of the ball, Perkins sat on him. Hey, whatever works.

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(via JDonSports)

POLL: Which Nick Young 360 was the swaggiest of them all?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Nick Young has been one of the few bright spots this season for Lakers fans. The Lakers may have missed the postseason, but Young, who calls himself Swaggy P, has provided a steady stream of entertainment, both on the court and off the court.

During last night’s game against the Grizzlies, Young drove baseline and completed a 360 layup. It was an awesome shot, the kind of singular, creative, athletic move that we’ve come to expect from Young. But as we look back through Young’s history, we realized the 360 is a staple of Young’s arsenal.

So we put together a Swaggy sampler of some of Nick Young’s greatest spinning hits. Vote for the swaggiest of them all in the poll at the bottom…

1. Last night against the Grizzlies

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 against Grizzlies

2. 360 dunk last season

VIDEO: Nick Young 360 dunk

3. 360 denied by Andris Biedrins

VIDEO: Biedrins blocks 360

4. 360 against the Grizzlies two years ago

VIDEO: Other 360 against the Grizzlies

5. 360 against the Lakers

VIDEO: 360 against the Lakers

6. 360 over the backboard

VIDEO: 360 over the backboard

Your turn. Rate the swag, please…

The Memphis Grizzlies introduce bongo lady

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During breaks in the action at Memphis Grizzlies games, the scoreboard occasionally plays a little game where they put a fake bongo on screen and encourage their fans to get up and “play” the bongos. The fans seem to enjoy it just fine until around the one-minute mark, when Bongo Lady literally plays her way into the picture …


VIDEO: Bongo Cam

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

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Memphis Grizzlies To Give Away Neck Tattoos

Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It took him until his fifth NBA team, but forward James Johnson seems to have finally found an NBA home this season with the Memphis Grizzlies. As an energy/hustle guy off the bench, Johnson perfectly illustrates what the “Grit And Grind” Memphis Grizzlies are all about.

At first glance, one thing stands out about Johnson: He has a huge tattoo on his neck that reads “NAYMIN 3.9.13.” Johnson got the tattoo in honor of his son born on that date, six weeks premature. After fighting to survive, his son pulled through and is now coming up on his first birthday. As Johnson told ESPN.com: “Life changed for me after that. Life wasn’t about only me anymore. After that day, the head on my shoulders was different from what it was before.”

So to honor Johnson and his contributions to the Grizzlies, the team will give away 5,000 “GRIZZLIES” neck tattoos before their home game on February 21. As Grizzlies COO Jason Wexler told ESPN, “The tattoo he got wasn’t a symbol of toughness. It was a transformational moment in his life, and that resonates with our fans and fits in with everything we are.”

An image of the faux tattoo is below…

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