Posts Tagged ‘Paul George’

The NBA Nae Nae dance-off!

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The nae nae is a dance that has been growing in popularity for the past few months. (Deadspin provided some pretty good background on it here.) And as it has expanded, it has crossed over into the NBA several times. So we all know what that means…time for another dance-off!

Who performed the best version of the nae nae? Vote at the bottom…

DWIGHT HOWARD

JOHN WALL AND PAUL GEORGE

VIDEO: Wall and George

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MASCOT BETSY ROSS

DWYANE WADE

BEN MCLEMORE AND THE SACRAMENTO KINGS

VIDEO: MCLEMORE NAE NAE

George casually nails absurdly long trey

Anybody in the whole free world with half an NBA eye knows the Pacers are struggling. Those with a whole eye see their superstar Paul George as being in the vanguard of the struggle, as illuminated by Sekou Smith here recently.

So what does Mr. George do to get folks off his back? He launches a 3 from the half-court logo in a one-point game with a little over three minutes to play, that’s what. It wasn’t a buzzer-beater either, although he may have thought it was…


VIDEO: Paul George goes YOLO — or gets desperate — and sinks ridiculous 3

Indiana ended up winning 101-94. Does this shift their season for the better? Who knows. One thing for sure: Uncle Pauly hasn’t lost his confidence.

Paul George got five on it

Here at the All Ball lair, we put a heavy spotlight on the offensive exploits of NBA players. Defensive prowess gets love too, mainly in the form of a monstrous block or chicanery.

When the Pacers visited Chicago for their second matchup in three nights Monday, Paul George added another dimension to the Top Plays Theatre. His weapon of choice: long arms, quick feet and insatiable persistence.

In a sequence early in the game, he attempted to pilfer the Bulls’ rock not once, not twice, not thrice, but five times before he emerged successful. To say it’s one of the best defensive efforts of the season is an understatement:


VIDEO: Ever the opportunist, Paul George uses five attempts to get the steal and score

Clippers Cap Sunday’s Bona Fide Jam Fest

Every night, the NBA yields a jaw-dropping play, or 10. But certain nights give you more. With “only” eight games on Sunday’s slate, the leapers — particularly in Brooklyn — loosened their limbs and decided to occupy more space on the Dunk HQ and Top Plays Theater. From All-Stars to bench warmers to the guys in L.A., many hoopers around the Association ascended high and crashed hard:


VIDEO: Poster dunks abound from a eight-game Sunday in the NBA

Paul George Visits Jimmy Kimmel

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there was ever any doubt, we can officially put it to rest: Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is having a breakout season. Not only is George one of the best scorers and defenders in the league, but George was recently named an All-Star starter for the first time, and his Pacers have the best record in the NBA. And now, to truly cement his status, George is making the late night TV rounds, as last night he stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to talk about his 360 dunk, his wardrobe, and what it’s like when Larry Bird is hanging around at practice…
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VIDEO: Paul George On Kimmel, Part 1
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VIDEO: Paul George On Kimmel, Part 2

PG Vs. VC


VIDEO: Compare Paul George and Vince Carter’s slams

Yep, we’re still pretty pumped over Paul George‘s sick 360-degree windmill jam. We definitely don’t see those kinds of dunks on a regular basis, especially during a game.

But we have seen it before.

For many of the younger NBA fans, Vince Carter didn’t earn one of the best NBA nicknames, “Half-Man, Half-Amazing”, for nothing. (Wonder how that would look on the back of today’s nickname jerseys…) Vinsanity was easily one of the best dunkers of his heyday, if not the very best. (Is 2000 really that long ago? Geez.) And his epic 2000 Slam Dunk Contest performance is every reason you need to believe that kind of declaration.

Let’s just hope that George isn’t too big for this year’s Dunk Contest and can hopefully inspire a high-flyer down the line in the same fashion that Carter probably did for him.

As always, check out the Dunk HQ, your home for the countdown of the best jams of the season! Of course PG is in the mix!

Paul George Isn’t Out Of Dunk Contest Yet


VIDEO: George’s 360 Dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Indiana’s Paul George has become one of the best all-around players in the NBA, but it wasn’t long ago that he was known for his dunking — he finished second in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. And of course, just a few days ago he threw down one of the best dunks of the season (see the video above).

So it was a bit disappointing late last week when it was reported that George would be skipping this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

But not so fast my friends! As George clarified yesterday to Pacers.com, he may still throw down after all…

The chances of him competing are slim, as he would prefer to rest and enjoy the weekend in The Big Easy. He is still open to the idea of taking part in at least one event and plans to decide in the next few days.

When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.”

In particular with the dunk contest, George, who fans would love to see be involved after he showed off a 360-degree slam in Saturday’s win, would like to see it taken more seriously.

“It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.”

(via EOB)

George Hill Treats Pacers To Practice Feast

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A sure sign of a team that is on the same page is when a player voluntarily buys food for his teammates. And while the Pacers were on their big road trip the last few weeks, George Hill decided to step it up and give his teammates a taste of something that reminded him of home — well, a second home. Hill, who is originally from Indianapolis, was drafted and broke into the NBA with San Antonio, where he played for three seasons before being traded home to Indy. So with the Pacers coming off their day of travel mess, Hill stepped it up and had one of his favorite San Antonio restaurants cater a grand post-practice spread for the team. Let’s eat!
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VIDEO: George Hill’s Practice Feast

Paul George Plays HORSE With Justin Timberlake

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you had any doubts about the relevance of the Indiana Pacers, doubt no more. They are a contender, for sure, and as they’ve established themselves as a team to be reckoned with, their stature in popular culture is rising in equal measure, from magazine covers to NBA Fan Night appearances.

Last night the Pacers hosted (and beat) the Heat on Fan Night, and in attendance was none other than Justin Timberlake, who is not only a huge NBA fan, but a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. I don’t know if JT was there on a scouting mission or what, but after the game he took to the court with Paul George for a round of HORSE, as we see in the video below…
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(via B/R)

Paul George Loves Grapes (UPDATE)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last season’s Playoffs, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George made himself known to a much wider audience than was perhaps previously aware of him. He’s continued that echelon leap this season, and is currently fourth in the NBA in scoring at 23.8 points per game, with his Pacers sitting at a remarkable 16-1.

Of course, you play great and the fame will follow, from magazine covers to…ads for George’s favorite fruit? Yep. And if you ever wondered what Paul George’s favorite fruit was, the answer is grapes…
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VIDEO: Paul George Loves Grapes

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitter, we also have discovered that Pacers guard George Hill loves strawberries…
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VIDEO: George Hill Loves Strawberries