Posts Tagged ‘Nikola Mirotic’

Kemba Walker welcomes Nikola Mirotic to the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You can play in the NBA, but you’re not really an NBA player until an opponent dunks on you or drops you with a dribble. So I guess it’s safe to say Bulls rookie big man Nikola Mirotic is now officially an NBA player. Mirotic, who entered the NBA this season following a storied career in Europe, has been terrific early this season for the Bulls, as a big man who is physical but also able to shoot from the outside.

What Mirotic probably should not do, we learned last night, is step outside and try to defend point guards on the perimeter. Or maybe just not Kemba Walker. Because last night the Hornets guard got solo’d up against Mirotic following a defensive switch, and Walker put a behind-the-legs crossover dribble on Mirotic that sent him skidding backward, with nary a touch.

It was so good that, A) Following the game, even Mirotic tweeted about it.

B) At the end of the play, Hornets owner (and former Bull) Michael Jordan gave his visual assessment of the play, with his best I better not laugh face.

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And of course, you can watch the clip here…

VIDEO: Kemba Walker crosses up Nikola Mirotic

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…


There has been a strong Bulls presence on the mounds. We catch Joakim first at a White Sox game, where he took two tries to get it right. Because it’s important to get it right.

VIDEO: Noah White Sox

Then, a few days later, Noah tried it again across town at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, where things went much better…

VIDEO: Noah Cubs

Two new Bulls stopped by a White Sox game and tossed consecutive first pitches. Both went pretty well…