Posts Tagged ‘Nate Robinson’

DeMar DeRozan dribbles through Walmart

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players traditionally use their summer break to work on parts of their game that can use improving. Last summer we saw Detroit big man Andre Drummond and Nate Robinson employ unique strategies to improve their dribbling, as both practiced dribbling through crowded airports.

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan appears to have borrowed this tact, and in this Instagram video he tries to perfect his handle as he dribbles up and down the aisles at his local Walmart.

Caution jacket: Late night HandleLife Walmart… @dribble2much lol

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Nate Robinson’s Pregame Dance Routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver’s Nate Robinson is out for the season while recovering from surgery on his ACL, but he has kept his social media game tight. Yesterday, Nate posted this video of his usual pregame dancing routine, set to Deion Sanders‘ classic hip-hop anthem “Must Be The Money.” (I’m not the only person who immediately recognized that as Prime Time’s song, am I?)

Nate Robinson Loves XXL-Sized Tacos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver guard Nate Robinson may be short for an NBA player — or “pint-sized,” as he’s referred to in this new ad for Taco Bell — but being small doesn’t seem to have made his appetite any less potent. Anyway, in this new ad, Nate eats one of these big steak tacos in the locker room while wearing warmups, suggesting they might be in a pregame situation. I guess the Taco Bell people didn’t check with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw


VIDEO: Nate Eats Tacos

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!

Nate Robinson Creates Super Bowl Preview In Snowy Parking Lot Using Pineapple

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson is a native of Seattle, and a huge football fan — he actually played football in college at University of Washington. He is also a vocal and avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks. Which means the last week or so may have been a bit awkward, as Robinson’s Seahawks prepare to play in the Super Bowl this weekend against the Denver Broncos. Still, Robinson can’t go against his hometown team, as he recently explained to the Denver Post

“Even though I’m with the Nuggets, I can’t go against the grain. I’m going with Seattle… Pete [Carroll] recruited me when he was the head coach at USC, and I actually gave him a verbal (commitment),” Robinson said. “I’ve been to a couple of practices this past summer, and Coach Carroll said that he’ll have me hoist the ’12th Man’ flag next season.”

If there was any question where Nate’s loyalties lie, Nate and his friends filmed a couple of Instagram videos that serve as an unofficial Super Bowl preview. These videos represent what Nate thinks Seattle’s defense (and New York’s weather) will make life like for Denver QB Peyton Manning. Also, these videos represent what life would be like if Peyton Manning was somehow forced to use a pineapple instead of a football…
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#Part1 #GroceryStorePineappleFootballLeague #GSPFL @teejayregan @bornforgreatness lol

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Denver Continues Its Obsession With Food

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back, we noted that since Denver coach Brian Shaw banned junk food from the Nuggets’ locker room, the Nuggets had gone into a tailspin. Of course, since that post they’ve gone 6-3 and apparently turned things around. There is no official word on whether the junk food ban has been lifted or not, but judging from the recent culinary focus of some of the Nuggets’ social media accounts, it seems food remains on their minds.

JaVale McGee, for instance, recently celebrated a birthday, and at his party he was presented with a birthday cake. But not just any cake — this one has a mustache on the side, as well as a jug of water, since we all know Javale is about that #juglife.

THANX @aristobratb SICK AZZ CAKE #STACHE #JUGLIFE #BDAY #BOWTIE

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And then going one further, at least when it comes to using food as a personification device, is Nate Robinson, who got a pizza with his face on it. Amazing …

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Kyrie Irving Returns As Uncle Drew

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pepsi and Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving have been teaming up for a while now to produce videos in which Irving stars as Uncle Drew, an old soul who comes alive on the court and, more than anything, understands how to get buckets.

With the new NBA season very nearly upon us, it was only fitting that Uncle Drew also makes a return appearance…alongside a couple of perhaps familiar faces…
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Andray Blatche Works On His Eurostep

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some people practice on the court, some people practice wherever they can get work in. We saw Andre Drummond putting moves on people in the airport, as did Nate Robinson, while we found Steph Curry working on ball fakes around the house, and JaVale McGee zig-zagging around a bunch of stools.

Now we find Brooklyn C Andre Blatche putting in work in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue. (Also, kinda love that he seems to be wearing his Nets sweatsuit while out walking around Fifth Ave.)
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Game time

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Which Nickname Would You Want On An NBA Jersey?

'Pistol' Pete Maravich of the New Orleans Jazz

‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich wore this jersey during a 1971 game as a member of the New Orleans Jazz.

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — News broke last night that the NBA was considering allowing some players to wear nicknames on their jerseys. Now, before the Fun Police show up and try to ruin this for everyone, let’s make clear that according to the story, this is just a one-time thing — one game, two teams (Miami and Brooklyn), for only one night. But it’s clearly indicative of an idea that the NBA is at the very least open to considering, even if only on a limited basis.

Nicknames on jerseys has happened in other sports — soccer players around the world do it now, and closer to home, former Braves owner Ted Turner once tried to give pitcher Andy Messersmith the nickname “Channel” so that his jersey would read “Channel 17,” a free ad for Turner’s nascent broadcasting business.

This has also taken place in the NBA and ABA, back in the day, as seen in the photo of “Pistol” Pete Maravich up top on this post. But as the NBA has grown in popularity and become more corporate, the wiggle room for fun stuff like nicknames on jerseys has been squeezed out.

As a person who is an avowed opponent of the Fun Police, I am one-thousand-million percent in favor of this idea, if only because I’m sure fans of different players would love to rock jerseys with nicknames on the back. Above and beyond the jerseys we night see in a Miami/Brooklyn game — KING JAMES, for instance — off the top of my head, here are some nicknames that would be neat to see on the back of official NBA jerseys…

BIRDMAN BIRDMAN — Chris Andersen

BIG SHOT — Chauncey Billups

BONES — Brent Barry throwback edition

MAMBA — Kobe Bryant, or…

VINO — Kobe Bryant

BIG BABY — Glen Davis

FUNDAMENTAL — Tim Duncan

MANIMAL — Kenneth Faried

BOOBIE — Daniel Gibson

AK-47 — Andrei Kirilenko

LINSANITY — Jeremy Lin

KRYPTO-NATE — Nate Robinson

Now you tell us, which nickname jerseys would you like to see?

Ben McLemore And Ray McCallum Get Lifted

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So it looks like trampolines are becoming a thing with NBA players. A few weeks ago we saw Nate Robinson and Deron Williams take to the trampolines and jump around, jump around. Now we have video of Kings rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum at one of those trampoline facilities in Sacramento working on their air games.

Better than snakes in a fast food bag? That’s arguable. Either way, be safe guys.
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Saturday night at skyzone with @raymac3 I believe I can fly✈️ #skyzonesac #crazybounce

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