Posts Tagged ‘Pau Gasol’

Pau Gasol dances with Elmo and friends

By Jeff Case

Chicago Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol is one of the more dependable low-post performers in the NBA and, also, one of the more personable guys in the league, too.

In the past, we’ve seen him tackle a couple of different things off the court, such as singing karaoke, doing good deeds for UNICEF, holding in a beard-growing contest with his brother, Marc, throwing out the first pitch at a White Sox game and more.

So what’s Mr. Gasol up to now? Why, dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Murray Monster on the set of Sesame Street, of course … (more…)

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…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

JOAKIM NOAH
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

PAU GASOL AND NIKOLA MIROTIC
Two new Bulls stopped by a White Sox game and tossed consecutive first pitches. Both went pretty well…
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Pau Gasol And Kendall Marshall Actually Go Way Back

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the StevesNash and Blake — as well as Jordan Farmar all injured, the Lakers signed free agent point guard Kendall Marshall. Marshall had spent last season with the Suns and a short time this season in the D-League, and in just 14 games with the Lakers, Marshall is averaging 10 points and 9 assists per game.

If Marshall looks like he’s met some of these Lakers before, it turns out that’s because he has…a really long time ago. Check out the photo Marshall posted on Twitter today, from a moment at the 2003 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta when he met a 22-year-old Pau Gasol. As Gasol tweeted in response, “Time flies!!”

Los Angeles Lakers Attempt To Name Santa’s Reindeer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re not already in the holiday season, here’s video of a reporter (apparently from the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles) asking members of the Lakers if they can name all nine of Santa’s reindeer. Some players do pretty well, some have a little more trouble with the question. I agree with Pau Gasol — Rufus has always been one of my favorite reindeer.


VIDEO: Lakers Name Reindeer

Pau Gasol Loses Bet, Shaves Beard

By Jeff Case

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Pau Gasol is known for his smooth footwork in the low post, a reliable jump shot and, to a lot of Lakers fans, his up-and-down play throughout his 5 1/2 seasons in Los Angeles. Another thing Gasol is well recognized for, perhaps, is his combination of flowing locks and a beard that he’s sported since before the 2005 season.

Gasol’s beard/hair combo last season was pretty tame compared to some of the levels it has gotten to over his years in L.A. For example, check out how he looked when he first arrived in Lakerland in 2008

That look may be a distant memory come 2013-14 as Pau recently had to shave off his beard after losing a bet to his (equally bearded) brother, Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies. As part of Marc and Pau’s Gasol Foundation charity, the pair started a campaign called “The Healthy Competition” that ran from June 10-Aug. 2. Marc and Pau served as coaches, challenging children in L.A. and Memphis, respectively, to get healthy. The children were outfitted with Nike Fuel Bands and the coach whose team burned the most fuel would win the bet for their coach. The stakes of the bet? The loser shaves off his trademark beard, of course.

In the final leaderboard, Marc’s Memphis team edged Pau’s L.A. team, 1,352,639-1,328,320. Being a good sport, Pau Gasol busted out the clippers, shaving cream and a razor and took to YouTube to pony up.

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You can see more of Pau’s beard-shaving exploits on his YouTube channel if you so desire.

And in case you forgot what he looks like beard-less, we’ve got some photos of a clean-shaven Pau for you.

(H/T PBT)

The Return Of MUSCLEWATCH

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With summer winding down and players getting ready to report to training camp, I thought it was time that we went ahead and starting getting ready for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH(TM)!

What, you may be asking, is MuscleWatch? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that out local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of muscle. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MuscleWatch became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Last year’s winner was Thaddeus Young, who managed to add 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. (A close runner-up was Enes Kanter, who lost 51(!) pounds.)

Which is where you come in. My eyes and ears are trained to be on guard for MuscleWatch developments, but I can’t be everywhere all the time. So if you read about a development as it relates to MuscleWatch, hit me with an email or a tweet (there are links up above on the header). If you tweet, use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH. We will update developments on All Ball as necessary, and before the season starts we will have a full MuscleWatch 2013 compendium.

In the meantime, I leave you with Pau Gasol‘s video on Vine in which he pumps iron and seems singularly focused on one thing: Winning MuscleWatch 2013…
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(Pau via TNLP)

Kobe Bryant Tweets Thoughts On State Of Lakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, I wrote here about how skilfully Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had embraced Instagram since injuring his achilles’ tendon. Since that post, Kobe has continued his social media campaign, providing coverage of his trip to Brazil and then, after Dwight Howard announced he was leaving L.A., Bryant unfollowed Howard on Twitter and posted a photo on Instagram that seemed to make clear how he felt about the situation.

Late last night, word broke that the Lakers would use their amnesty provision to sever ties with forward Metta World Peace. Soon after, the Mamba returned to Twitter to make his feelings known.

Kobe Bryant Responds to Dwight Howard Leaving L.A.

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With Dwight Howard heading to Houston (or so it seems, at least for now), Lakers G Kobe Bryant took to Instagram to make his feelings known.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words? Yeah.

(via Instagram)

Talk Show: Ricky Rubio

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I first met Ricky Rubio back in 2007, when he was all of 16 years old. He was already playing in Spain’s top league, the ACB, holding his own against grown men. So I’ve followed his career closely since then, and watched with some interest as he’s started to make a name for himself in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Last week I caught up with Ricky in Los Angeles, where he was at an adidas event for his new shoe — the Crazy Light 3, which drops August 1. More than anything, I was surprised at how big Ricky’s shoulders and arms looked. The kid’s growing up (he turns 23 in October) and, for the first time in his career, has been making a concerted effort to hit the weight room to help fend off the physical guards he goes up against on a nightly basis.

The injury bug has bitten the Timberwolves hard the last two seasons, including taking a bite out of Rubio, who missed significant chunks of his first two NBA seasons after tearing his ACL.

Yet Rubio says for the T-Wolves, there are no more excuses: “It’s time for this team to show what we can do.”

ME: So how’s your summer going?

RUBIO: Been good, been good. I’ve been working out. Actually, I rested a little bit, which let my knee finally heal up. So I feel good.

ME: We’re here at this adidas photo shoot. I know last year was your first year wearing adidas, adizero Crazy Light 3 blue-electricity-white (Ricky Rubio) G66521 HEROand now you’ve got a shoe and your own colorway coming out.

RUBIO: They’re great shoes, very light. Actually, I don’t wear a lot of shoes. A lot of NBA players wear like one a game, or something like that. I wore like one pair every two months or something. When they get dirty, I change it, but I don’t want to change it. I don’t like to wear new shoes. I like when the shoe is broken in. I almost only use two or three each season, which means it’s a good type of shoe, you know?

ME: Because it holds up.

RUBIO: Right, because I play a lot of games. And it’s pretty light, which I like. I don’t like to wear a low top, because I kind of twist my ankle, and I don’t like to wear a high-high top, because it stop me from doing some things. So I think it’s the perfect size for how I feel comfortable playing.

ME: Wait, so you wear the same shoe in practice, too? You wear the same shoe every day for like three months?

RUBIO: Yeah, I do. Clayton [Wilson], the guy who is taking care of us and ordering shoes …

ME: The equipment manager?

RUBIO: Yeah, he’s always like, “You need new shoes?” And I’m like, “Not yet.” And he says, “Um…” He was wondering in the beginning, but I told him I’m not going to order new shoes until I feel like the shoes need to change. I like that way.

ME: Last time I sat and talked with you was last summer, when you had just had surgery and you were still on crutches, still icing your leg like five times a day. How long this season did it take you to feel comfortable?

RUBIO: It took me a long time, more than I thought. In the beginning I was playing, and I was ready. My knee was 100 percent, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t feeling in shape, because if you are 9, 10 months out of the game, you can do whatever, but the game speed is just different. So actually, I think it take me a while. I think the Charlotte game, the first time I scored more than 10 points, was actually the first game I feel like I was back, you know? After that I was playing pretty good. Actually, I think it was March, end of March, that I was feeling the best I felt in the NBA. And now that I’m working hard and trying to get stronger legs and all that stuff, I feel pretty good. I’m excited for next season. (more…)

NBA Style: Classic Uniforms #TBT



By the NBA.com Style Crew –

While the NBA is a League that has always had its share of individuals, the one unifying feature of all players is that everyone wears uniforms. But that doesn’t make them uniform. Some franchises have opted for simple jerseys with their team name in a stylized font, such as the Knicks or the Minneapolis Lakers, other teams have gone for more interesting expressions. Check out, for instance, the New Jersey Nets, with a red/white/blue stars and stripes motif; All-Star Game jerseys, with stars literally all over them; a Toronto Raptor jersey featuring an enormous cartoon raptor. Sometimes it’s in the details, like with the trim on the throwback Syracuse Nationals jersey. And then sometimes we’re drawn to the colors, like with the gorgeous baby blue and red of the old Sacramento Kings jerseys.

Whatever you like, for many of us uniforms can be much more than just a statement of which team we’re cheering for. We picked some pics in the gallery below of uniforms that caught our eye.

What is your favorite uniform of all-time? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle…
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