Posts Tagged ‘Nick Collison’

The Oklahoma City Thunder are selling cars again

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I haven’t been to Oklahoma City in over a year, but thanks to some of the Thunder’s reserves, I can’t stop hearing about a local car dealership. We’ve seen Edmond Hyundai’s funny advertisements in the past, and this year’s latest ad, starring Nick Collison, Andre Roberson and the beautiful singing voice of Mitch McGary, doesn’t disappoint…


VIDEO: Dating Game

Oklahoma City Thunder introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: New Thunder jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder have played it mostly safe when it comes to uniform designs, with white home uniforms, blue road uniforms, and then a navy blue alternate kit they would break out occasionally. But yesterday the Thunder introduced a new look they call their “pride” jerseys: White sleeved jerseys with the team’s logo on the chest, so you get a huge OKC on the front. I particularly like the shorts, with the orange and blue stripes criss-crossing.

OKC Thunder players inhale helium, sell cars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The players on the Oklahoma City Thunder are not only very good at basketball, they’re apparently great at selling cars. Last year we saw several of them doing their best to get you in a new vehicle, and this year’s version of the ad has a new wrinkle: Helium.

Now, officially, I strongly discourage you from sucking helium from a balloon, because it’s probably a bad idea or something, but it’s pretty funny to hear these guys talking like Smurfs…


VIDEO: Thunder helium

Oklahoma City Thunder players love Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every year around Halloween, it seems as if we see a lot of pictures of members of the OKC Thunder in full costume, ready to go door to door for candy. I’m sure many teams do it, but the Thunder sure seems to have a high rate of participation, as we saw last year. We’re still a week away from Halloween, but the Thunder started getting dressed up early, as a bunch of Thunder players posted pics from a Halloween party on social media this weekend.

Russell Westbrook as Officer Mendez from Orange Is The New Black

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Mendez is the man!!! Lol

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Steven Adams as Tom Hanks in Castaway

Nick Collison and Andre Roberson as Ghostbusters…

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Mitch McGary as Bane and Lance Thomas as Finn…

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Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world

2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On last week’s Hang Time Podcast, we had Thunder big man Nick Collison as a guest, and I asked him who would win in a no-holds-barred tables, ladders and chairs match between his teammates Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams. Nick basically refused to answer my question — a smart move when faced with a no-win situation — but did allow regarding Adams’ mind that it may be “a little dark in there.”

Adams finished his rookie season last week with a reputation as something of an instigator — he was constantly getting tangled up with opponents — and in his exit interview with the Oklahoma City media, he confirmed his place in my pantheon of the NBA’s most interesting players by dropping all kinds of awesome quotes. Some of my favorites…

• “What surprised me? Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

• “Then he just yelled at me: ‘I’m the only silverback!’ I was like ‘What the…?’ So that was a big check, it was like, ‘We got some animals in the NBA.'”

• “I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy.”

• “I got a lot of restaurants I like to eat at, smash out some food.”

• “But the weather here is ridiculous. The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man’. I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.”

Takewaways? I got two…

1. Someone should start a Steven Adams blog called “Tables On Planes.”

2. Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world.

NBA Players Celebrate Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are just like anyone else, and end up celebrating Halloween by dressing up in wacky costumes. Here’s a sampling of images they’ve shared of them in costume via various social media thus far…

Serge Ibaka as Coming To America‘s Prince Akeem, and girlfriend Keri Hilson as Lisa McDowell…

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Local Ads: The OKC Thunder Has A Car For You!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our continuing hard-hitting series celebrating the best in local advertising, let’s take a moment to say farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing star PG Russell Westbrook in the first round to injury, the Thunder soldiered on without him, even winning a game against the Grizz in dramatic fashion, but eventually, the Grit-N-Grind Grizz sent the Thunder fishing.

But before they go home, let’s take a moment to recognize the Thunder supporting cast who did their best even if it wasn’t quite enough — guys like Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Reggie Jackson. They may not be headliners like Kevin Durant and Westbrook, but that doesn’t mean they can’t move product, as we see from their performances here in this ad from a few months back for Norman Chrysler Jeep and Dodge.

And hey, I’d like to see you try to get Perk to sing “that goofy song.” Good luck with that.

Nick Collison Details Trip To Kenya With Dikembe Mutombo, UNICEF

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Thunder forward Nick Collison, along with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute is in Kenya representing the NBA as part of a UNICEF field trip. Collison has filed this travelogue for NBA.com.

Entry 1: Making my way to Kenya

I previously attended Basketball without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2008, so this marks my second trip to Africa. I had a great experience and wanted to return, so when I was approached by the NBA to come to Kenya as part of a UNICEF field trip followed by another BWB in Johannesburg, I jumped at the opportunity.

Friday morning I left New York on a flight to Johannesburg then on to Nairobi.  The total travel time was over 20 hours. After relaxing Saturday we had a day to spend in Nairobi. A small group of us toured Kibera which is one of the largest slums in the world, located in the middle of Nairobi. Walking through Kibera was a powerful experience. The living conditions are awful. Children are playing barefoot in the dirt roads among the sewage and garbage. Like many other parts of Africa, HIV and AIDS is a major problem. Families have taken in orphans into their already overcrowded homes. I visited a similar neighborhood in South Africa in 2008. Both times I came away feeling sad for the people, but also inspired by them. Despite their struggles, life goes on. I met people who are working to help others through churches and small health clinics. The children were playing with smiles on their faces. It is a great experience to see how other people in different parts of the world live. It gives perspective and appreciation for what is important in life.

The journey continues today as I am on a plane to Kakuma.  I am part of a UNICEF team going to visit a refugee camp that is the home of over 100,000 refugees displaced by conflict or famine. I will fill you in on what comes next…

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Nick Collison’s Mom Needs Better Autocorrect

by Micah Hart

Thunder big man Nick Collison tweeted this hilarious screen capture of a text-message conversation with his mom gone awry:

The, ahem, “nazi” Collison’s mom is referring to is Nick’s Thunder teammate Nazr Mohammed, a Kentucky alum, whose Wildcats will be facing Collison’s Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA championship game on Monday night.

Moms. Gotta love em.

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Kevin Willis enjoyed himself some rookie hazing back in the day

by Micah Hart

No eye contact, rook.

Thunder forward and friend of the Hang Time Podcast Nick Collison is blogging for GQ this season, and in his latest column he tackles one of my favorite subjects here on All Ball — the art of rookie hazing.

Most of the time it’s pretty tame stuff, like competing in dance contests or wearing goofy outfits, and Collison says it often depends on what kinds of stuff veterans went through during their own rookie seasons. Not everyone gets it easy though, as Collison relates in this story about teammate Royal Ivey‘s rookie season with the Hawks:

On road trips, Kevin Willis would call Royal’s room at 2 A.M. and say “Rook, I need you to go get me a carton of cigarettes.” Now, Kevin Willis didn’t smoke, but Royal still would have to get out of bed and find a convenience store to get him his cigarettes, then knock on his door and deliver them. All that Royal would get for his troubles was a “Thanks Rook,” as he watched the grinning veteran throw the cigarettes in the trash.

Man that is cold — and also hilarious. Take it from someone who was in a fraternity, the kinds of physical punishment (branding and paddling and whatnot) you think of when hazing comes to mind are dangerous and meanspirited, whereas mind games like this have way better payoffs and get you in much less trouble.

The Exquisite Art of Rookie Hazing [GQ]

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