Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

The NBA gives back on Thanksgiving

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Thanksgiving, a day when the U.S. takes a moment to reflect and be thankful. In the videos below, players and teams from around the NBA took some time to give back to the communities that support them throughout the year…


VIDEO: Westbrook Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Brooklyn Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Hornets Thanksgiving


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, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

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…


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

Karl-Anthony Towns has always been ready for stardom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re a regular listener of the Hang Time Podcast, you’ve certainly heard me talk about how I was certain that Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns was going to be a really good NBA player for a really long time. Because, as I’ve explained, from what I had seen, I knew his head was in the right place.

Why was I so sure? Let’s rewind back to February of 2012. I was, at the time, working as an editor at SLAM magazine, and one night I found myself in Philadelphia to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game, a television producer I was familiar with approached me and asked if I had a free moment. I said sure, and he said he wanted to introduce me to an accomplished high school freshman from a nearby high school who was a SLAM reader, and who was at the game working on a piece for the MSG Network’s high school channel.

So I walked over and met this kid. His name was Karl-Anthony Towns. I sat and talked for a while with Towns and his father, who was just as nice and engaging, and I’ve never forgotten that moment. Karl-Anthony was a kid, and he was so composed and curious and mature, and I somehow innately knew right then that Towns was destined for big things.

And the segment Towns was working on? TNT dug it up and showed it last night, the time when Towns interviewed Kevin Durant. See what you think…

Mike Dunleavy’s ’60s night outfit was incredible

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Chicago, as part of the celebration of the Bulls’ 50th anniversary, they celebrated the first of several “Decade Nights.” For the Thunder game last evening, it was dubbed ’60s night, which was observed in a number of ways, including the Bulls wearing throwback jerseys. And even though Mike Dunleavy Jr. was injured and unable to play, he still went all out and sat on the bench with his best ’60s look. (Which may be more of a ’70s look, but whatever. Good job, great effort.)

Derrick Rose puts his son on a t-shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season during the playoffs, Bulls guard Derrick Rose brought his son to the press conference podium during their series against the Cavs, and when his son gave the cameras a disapproving look, a social media star was born…

And if you didn’t think players aren’t aware of what’s happening on social media, think again, as after last night’s Bulls win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, D-Rose redefined #NBAStyle, breaking out a t-shirt that celebrates his son’s social media stardom…

DJ Augustin debuts 6-step layup attempt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Things in the NBA don’t always go as planned. Sometimes guys come up with great ideas, but something gets lost in the execution and things go awry. Take this layup attempt last night from Oklahoma City’s D.J. Augustin. He was running full speed toward the basket, and when it came time to gather the ball and go up for the shot, something got lost in translation. And instead of a made layup, we got a Shaqtin’ A Fool nominee…

Kevin Durant doesn’t need both shoes to score on you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant is back and healthy, which is something any fan of the NBA should be excited about, whether or not you’re a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it’s a good reminder of just how great Durant can be, especially when he’s out here doing stuff like he did last night against the Houston Rockets. While iso’d against Trevor Ariza, Durant made a move to the basket that was so quick, he actually ran right out of KD 8s.

Normally, scoring a bucket in an NBA game is a rather difficult thing. Doing it while wearing one shoe? For Durant, at least, no problem.

VIDEO: Durant shoe

POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…

VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.

VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.

VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…