Posts Tagged ‘New York Knicks’

Kristaps Porzingis is having a block party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On their recent four-game road trip, Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis continued to showcase the skills that have made him one of the NBA’s breakout rookies. And while his scoring and rebounding are obviously huge, his ability to block shots has also been important. On that four-game road trip, Porzingis contributed 16 blocked shots. And the Knicks rounded up all those shots into one video…

VIDEO: Porzingis blocks

Robin Lopez asks Orlando mascot to bop him with a hammer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen Knicks center Robin Lopez attack mascots around the NBA, so with the Knicks in Orlando, Magic mascot Stuff went on the offensive. He had Lopez read from a series of cards that, at least if you close your eyes, ends with a request for stuff to hit him with a hammer. And so Stuff had no choice, really, other than to hit Lopez with a hammer.

Robin Lopez takes out Clutch the Bear

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For all the ways we have seen Robin Lopez tangle with mascots around the NBA, a tip of the hat to Houston’s Clutch the Bear, who waited until halftime the other night and then went after Lopez with a novel approach: Clutch sprayed him with a fire extinguisher.

You can guess how that turned out…

Jose Calderon gets left hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New York Knicks are hot right now, winning back-to-back road games over the Thunder and the Rockets, and looking as though their rebuilding project is working about as well as could have been hoped. In fact, the only time anyone was able to slow down the Knicks last week came off the court.

Check out this Vine from Friday night, where Jose Calderon is leaving the floor and a fan offers up a congratulatory pound…only to yank it away at the moment of impact, leaving Calderon bubbling…

Kids ask NBA players the darndest questions

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players have to deal with the media all the time — at shootaround, at practice, at games — and they can get pretty good at answering questions without actually saying much. But a couple of NBA teams may have discovered the secret to getting their players to open up and show some emotion: replace the media with children. In these videos, the Knicks, Wizards and the Kings sent their kid reporters out to get the answers to some hard-hitting questions…

VIDEO: Knicks kid reporters

VIDEO: Wizards kid reporters

VIDEO: Kings kid reporters


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Finally, congratulations to last week’s winner, Andrew Wiggins!

Now, let’s go to the posters!


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets


VIDEO: AD on Knicks


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee


VIDEO: Parker on Love


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics


VIDEO: Whiteside on Favors

Kevin Seraphin wears his support for Paris

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While the recent terror attacks in Paris were a shocking occurrence to everyone, spurring shows of support from around the NBA, they resonated in a uniquely personal way with the NBA players who have ties to the French capital.

Knicks center Kevin Seraphin, for instance, was born in French Guiana but moved to Paris when he was 16, and now lives there during the NBA offseason. Seraphin considers Paris his adopted hometown, and on Friday as the attacks were unfolding, Seraphin told Yahoo that it all still was hard to comprehend…

“It’s kind of sad, because… there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Seraphin who played for the French national Olympic team in 2012. “Think about how some people went to see a soccer game and went to see a [concert] and you don’t really expect that. It’s just scary, now people are scared to go out and just do anything. I couldn’t believe… killing us as a human. For sure, we don’t want to see people living like that.”

Seraphin said he was too young and too detached to understand the affect the 9/11 attacks had on New York and the United States, but Paris has now dealt with two traumatic situations in the past 11 months. Last January, 12 people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Paris satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and Seraphin – then, still a member of the Wizards – honored the victims by wearing a shirt that read, “Je suis Charlie” – French for “I am Charlie” – before a win against Chicago.

“I’m scared that this is starting to be often,” he said. “At one point, just like, I live in Paris. You don’t want that to start to be something that happens every two months. If you don’t feel safe anymore in the country like you want, you don’t want to be there, so it’s kind of sad. It’s really sad.”

Today, for the Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Seraphin showed up with his support for Paris on display for everyone to see…

Update: Kevin Seraphin played his best game as a member of the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 12 points (6-8 FG) in 14 minutes. After the game, he dedicated the win to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris:

Kristaps Porzingis can’t stop dunking on people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the New York Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, fans at the arena in Brooklyn booed loudly. But it didn’t take him long to turn those boos into cheers, as just two weeks into his rookie season, Porzingis has been the toast of New York, for his relentless approach to the game. He still has a lot to learn, but thus far he’s used his athleticism to excel, most notably when he attacks the boards for put-back slams. (He even hit a buzzer-beater last night that ended up not beating the buzzer.) But to keep fans happy, the Knicks released this supercut of Porzingis’s best follow-up slams…

And as our friends at SB Nation noted, perhaps Porzingis is the ultimate clean-up solution…

Robin Lopez takes mascot battle international

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve chronicled Robin Lopez‘s long-running war against NBA mascots. Now Lopez is taking his campaign beyond the borders of the United States, and making it an international battle. Last night, before the Knicks got a win in Toronto, the Raptor mascot innocently displayed a list of his favorite Lopezes. When Robin noticed he didn’t make the list, we saw a violent side of RoLo that was, frankly, scary to witness…


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So we’re now a few weeks into the NBA season, and we’ve reached a critical mass of dunks and, more importantly, people getting dunked on. So let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner…

Kristaps Porzingis on Kevin Love

VIDEO: Porzingis on Love