Posts Tagged ‘Mike Conley’

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

Harden, Bosh Headline All-Lefty Squad


VIDEO: Lefties dominate throughout as Grizzlies cruise past Pistons

At tipoff of the vaunted meeting between Grizzlies and Pistons today, there were six left-handed players at center court.

Michael Conley, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, and Josh Smith played a part in history. Never before has there ever been this many non-right-handed players to start an NBA game.

OK, maybe that’s not true. But if it has happened, I’ve never seen or heard of it. As a fellow left-handed practitioner, I won’t complain. It’s about time.

So how did the lefties fare? As the 112-84 score indicates, the odd ones in Memphis reigned. The Grizzlies’ southpaw quad — Conley, Ed Davis, Prince, Randolph — combined for 63 of their 112 points. The Pistons’ trio — Jennings, Monroe, Smith — put up 36 of their 84 points. Jennings struggled, scoring four points, but led both teams with 11 assists.

To cap off the seminal clash, Davis gave a lefty send-off to the diminished Detroit crowd:


VIDEO: Ed Davis finishes “lucky” dunk with left hand

Who starts on your 2013-14 All-Lefty team? My starting five: Conley (slight edge over Goran Dragic), James Harden, Manu Ginobili (maybe a stretch to play at the 3, but I’ll chance it), Randolph and Chris Bosh. There are a few to choose from in addition to the names above, including David Lee, DeAndre JordanIsaiah Thomas and Thaddeus Young.

Who starts for you?  

NBA Style: Spotlight on Trendspotting

NBA Style

by The NBA.com Style Crew

The 2013 playoffs have provided many fantastic memories and moments, on and off the court. Players have had a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest stages, and show off their personalities at the podiums. While there have been many unique looks, there have also been a few trends embraced by multiple players. In this spotlight, we’ll take a look at “Stars in Stripes” and the red/pink/orange color scheme that seems to continually pop up in arenas across the country.

As always, keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

Mike Conley, featured in last week’s spotlight, pairs a modern beige jacket with a casual black and white striped shirt.

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Carmelo Anthony looks classic in a white sweater with thin red and blue stripes.

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NBA Style: Spotlight On Mike Conley

NBA Style

by The NBA.com Style Crew

The Memphis Grizzlies put together the most successful season in franchise history, making their first trip to the Western Conference Finals. Sixth-year point guard Mike Conley, Jr., was a large part of that success. During the regular season, Conley averaged a career-high 14.6 points per game to go along with 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals. The Grizzlies won a franchise-record 56 games and Conley was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.

During the Playoffs, the public embraced the team’s “Grit and Grind” style, and their unique combination of a dominant front court and defensive-minded guards. The Playoff run also gave Conley the opportunity to showcase his versatility off the court, as he experimented with a wide range of styles.

Check out some of the different looks of Mike Conley during the 2013 playoffs, and let us know which one was your favorite using #NBAStyle.

Round 1 Game 1: Conley starts off the playoffs making a statement, mixing patterns with a striped shirt under a double-breasted blazer, abstract tie and plaid pants.

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NBA Style: Spotlight On Round Two

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By the NBA.com Style Crew –

With the Conference Finals underway and the NBA Finals around the corner, let’s take a look back at the fashion of Round Two. Carmelo Anthony made the hat his wardrobe staple, Mike Conley continued to experiment with a spectrum of different styles, and Stephen Curry kept his look simple, letting his spectacular performances on the court do the talking. As always, keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

Carmelo Anthony pairs his signature hats with different outfits ranging from a colorful printed shirt to a maroon blazer. After Game 6, he loses the hat and dons a printed blue tee.  [PHOTOS 1-4]

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NBA Style: Wooden Bow Ties

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A couple of weeks ago while watching Inside the NBA, I sat up straight when I heard something about Mike Conley wearing a wooden bow tie…
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The reason this segment riveted me was because a few weeks earlier, I’d been in Oklahoma City and met a guy named Tim Paslay, who co-owns a company called Two Guys Bow Ties. He and his partner have been hand-making wooden bow ties since the fall, and Tim showed me a sample of their product. I told him at the time that it seemed natural they should get a few ties to Ernie Johnson, who wears a bow tie on TV every night. So when Ernie mentioned hoping they would get in touch, I connected Tim and Ernie.

A few nights later, well, you can watch what happened…
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I emailed Tim over the weekend and asked where he got the inspiration for the custom ties for the Inside guys.

“As soon as I heard Chuck say it looked like a dog bone I knew I had to incorporate Mango and Yoohoo into his ties,” Tim said. “It took some time, but I was able to track down a clip where they showed their faces and capture those to adorn the tie. The funny thing about Shaq‘s tie is that I wanted it to be hilariously over sized so I made it is AT LEAST twice the size of our normal ties. I was shocked that when he held it up in front of his neck tie that it looked just about right for him. His hand dwarfed it when he grabbed it from Ernie. I know he is big, but that blew me away.”

NBA Style: Spotlight On Playoff Shoes

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

A player’s shoes always make a statement. Pregame, many choose to go with high-fashion dress shoes or sneakers. During games, a player can have career-defining moments that get memorialized by the shoes he wore. A player’s in-game sneakers often represent more than athletic performance. Notes can be seen scribbled across the sides, or logos crafted specifically for the player become globally recognizable symbols that represent the growth and influence of the game. In fact, the global aspect of basketball extends to shoes, as several NBA players now endorse Chinese shoe companies.

In this spotlight, we will highlight both the sneakers worn during the game, and the shoes that made the biggest statements during arrivals. As always, keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

James Harden is a known risk taker, and goes all-out with multi-colored studded sneakers, which he pairs with a printed button down.

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NBA Style: Spotlight On The Modern Suit

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By the NBA.com Style Crew

While many NBA players have different interpretations of high fashion and the latest trends, some are sticking with basic suits, while still mixing it up a bit. Perhaps the most important facet of today’s suit is an ability to break up the pieces and wear them with other items in your wardrobe. Let’s take a look at several different styles, including trends that can become part of any closet. Keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

THE EXPERTLY TAILORED SUIT
Derrick Rose
, Amar’e Stoudemire and Zach Randolph are in favor of finely tailored, slim cuts.

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NBA Style: First Week Playoff Fashions



By the NBA.com Style Crew

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER Part of the fun of the NBA Playoffs is that everything is amplified, from the intensity to the passion to the very stakes everyone is playing for. it is win or go home, and frankly, win or go home, NBA players want to look as sharp as they can while doing either.

Check out some of the looks these NBA stars put together over the first week of the Playoffs, from the fashion forward styles of guys like Russell Westbrook and James Harden, to LeBron James‘ sweater/blazer combo, to the classic suits on players like Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. Skinny ties are worn by several players, and dudes like Mike Conley (cardigan) and Harden (plaid vest with a pocket square) displayed popular recent trends. And also, Russell Westbrook wore a leather shirt.

All these players and more are featured in the gallery below. Who wore it best? Give us your thoughts in the comments section, and keep the conversation going on Twitter by using #NBAStyle.

Happy Valentine’s Day From the Memphis Grizzlies

by Micah Hart

Looking for the right way to tell your loved one how much he/she means to you this Valentine’s Day? I’m pretty sure a card from one of the Memphis Grizzlies is exactly what you are looking for:

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Nicely done Memphis. I choo-choo-choose to watch you play basketball tonight against the Rockets at 8 ET.

H/T Chris Vernon

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