Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

Please give Wesley Matthews his space

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA player is waiting to check into an NBA game, they’re usually asked to take a seat in front of the scorer’s table, so that the timekeeper can remember to blow the horn and let the refs know there’s a sub waiting to check in. During Wednesday night’s Portland/Milwaukee game, while Wesley Matthews was waiting to check in, a referee stopped by the scorer’s table to ask a question, and from Matthews’ reaction, the ref may have gotten a bit too close for comfort.

Wesley Matthews did not appreciate how close this ref got. (h/t Guy Haberman)

A video posted by Bleacher Report (@bleacherreport) on

After the game, Matthews confirmed his incredulous reaction…

(via B/R)

Tracy McGrady is back to being a rookie?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was speculation this week that Tracy McGrady wanted to return to the NBA, a rumor that McGrady himself debunked yesterday on Facebook. But two years ago, McGrady spent a season in China, and even though he was in his 30s at the time, he was still a rookie. And as we see in this new commercial from Foot Locker starring McGrady and Portland’s Damian Lillard, rookies have to do their rookie duties, no matter how old they may be…


VIDEO: Rookie Life

Harry the Hawk stands up for mascots, challenges Robin Lopez

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we examined the disturbing serial hatred Portland center Robin Lopez has for mascots all over the NBA. Well, one NBA mascot has seen enough and has thrown down a public comically oversized gauntlet to Lopez. Atlanta’s Harry the Hawk posted the following video to Instagram last night, showing that he’s ready for Lopez when Portland rolls into Atlanta on January 30. That may be over a month away, but the anticipation is building.

You don't bully mascots and get away with it, Robin Lopez!

A video posted by Atlanta Hawks (@atlhawks) on

Robin Lopez continues reign of terror against NBA mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We need to talk about Robin Lopez. Specifically, we need to talk about how the Blazers center has something against NBA mascots. Almost exactly a year ago, Lopez had a run-in with Hooper, the Detroit Pistons mascot. And then a few months later, Lopez admitted his mascot hatred, singling out the Toronto Raptor as his least favorite with the ominous words, “He knows.”

So with Lopez and the Trail Blazers in Detroit last night, Hooper decided to confront Lopez, in a way, by putting out a sign challenging Lopez to not add a drawing of Hooper’s head to a caricature of Lopez.

Passive aggressive? Perhaps, but after getting body-slammed a year ago, Hooper may have felt vindicated in doing so. Either way, Lopez took the bait and completed the drawing…

And before tip-off, to add injury to insult, Lopez found Hooper and delivered a modified belly-to-belly suplex…

By now, NBA mascots should know better than to mess with RoLo…

A video posted by Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) on

You’ve been warned, NBA mascots. Avoid Robin Lopez at all costs!

Fans get (really) close look at Blazers blimp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Attending an NBA game these days is a true spectacle — loud music, flashing lights, floor projection systems, and during timeouts, some teams use inflatable blimps to fly around indoors and drop gifts to the fans below.

Last night in Portland during the Blazers/Pacers game, an inflatable car blimp was deployed to soar over the stands…until things got a little out of control.

The Blazers — thanks to Robin Lopez — know The Avengers

By Jeff Case

Comic book movies as a part of the summer blockbuster schedule have become a regular affair and next May, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will hit theatres. One player who is surely looking forward to that flick has to be noted comic book fan/Nerdsketball expert Robin Lopez of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The team took to asking the squad how well they knew The Avengers and, well, if it weren’t for Lopez being on the team, Portland wouldn’t have done so hot at this quiz …


VIDEO: The Blazers know The Avengers

Russell Westbrook dressed to impress last night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — First of all, let’s make one thing clear: Russell Westbrook was incredible last night. Leading a Thunder team riddled with injuries, Westbrook was nearly unstoppable, finishing with 38 points and 6 assists against Portland in a losing effort.

But that performance was a bit overshadowed by his style performance off the floor, including this Mylar jacket Westbrook wore to the game.

And as often happens, Twitter went in on Westbrook’s gear…

Damian Lillard visits Conan O’Brien

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA regular season literally right around the corner, last night Conan O’Brien welcomed Portland point guard Damian Lillard to talk about the upcoming season, Lillard’s #4BarFriday and Lillard’s poise after his series-winner over Houston…


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 1


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 2


VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 3

Robin Lopez is awesome at Nerdsketball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we’ve previously seen Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez and his love for all parts of nerd culture. Recently, Lopez was a guest on the Portland-based variety radio program “Live Wire Radio,” where they decided to test Lopez’s knowledge on everything from Disney princesses to “Game of Thrones.” Results were mixed…


VIDEO: RoLo trivia

Damian Lillard makes most impressive assist yet


VIDEO: Lillard proposal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you aren’t yet married but think that might be something you’d be interested in, here’s a pro tip: Just asking someone to marry you may not be enough. How you ask someone to marry you is just as important as the actual ask. Sure, some people come up with elaborate schemes to surprise their significant other, while other people appeal to sentiment and romance.

And then there’s this dude in Portland, who came up with a novel plan: Have Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard help him put a ring on it. Before last night’s preseason game, Lillard strolls up to the couple courtside and hands over the engagement ring, which obviously caught the man’s girlfriend off-guard. Nicely done by all…