Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’


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

Damian Lillard meets 92-year-old fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before last night’s Portland/Memphis game, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard interrupted his pregame routine…and he couldn’t have had a better reason for it.

First, a little explanation. The Oregon-based Vital Life Foundation exists to help support “programs that provide meaning and vitality in the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long term care.” A 92-year-old Portland woman named Merle was a lifelong Blazers fan, but had never been to a Blazers game. Which is where the Vital Life Foundation stepped in, and not only helped Merle get Blazers tickets, but started a social media campaign to try and help make sure Merle would get to meet her favorite Blazer, Damian Lillard.

Word got back to the Blazers and Lillard, and just before tip-off last night, he jogged up into the stands and spent a few moments with Merle…

POSTERIZED: Wiggins, Porzingis make their cases

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 throughout the season.

Last night there were a couple of nice entrants in our contest. But before we get to that, one bit of business to attend to: In my post yesterday, I posited that dunks over someone’s back shouldn’t count as being posterized — to me, being posterized means being chest-to-chest with the dunker and still getting dunked on.

HOWEVA, after discussing this last night at the Bucks/Nets game with my main man Ohm Youngmisuk from ESPN, I believe I have changed my mind. Sure, someone getting dunked on chest-to-chest is generally more spectacular, but you can still make a poster out of someone getting dunked on over their back. So, going forward, anyone getting dunked on is fair game for POSTERIZED.

To the dunks! First, one day after Avery Bradley sort of dunked on LaMarcus Aldridge, Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis definitely dunked over LA…

VIDEO: Kristaps poster

Also, up in Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins went baseline and dunked in between Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard. (And nice dish from Ricky Rubio, too.)

VIDEO: Wiggins poster

Thibodeau and Sloan catch a game together

By Jeff Case

Not sure what to make of this one, but when you’ve got a Hall of Fame coach (and former Bulls employee) and one of the better coaches in recent memory (and a former Bulls employee) watching a game, it’s pretty cool.

A fan at last night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz snapped a photo of former Jazz coach and HOFer Jerry Sloan taking in a game at EnergySolutions Arena. Who was sitting next to him? None other than former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Sloan, who coached the Bulls from 1979-82 before becoming a legend in Utah, often watches Jazz games and serves as a team consultant. Thibodeau coached the Bulls from 2010-15.




Pat Connaughton throws 90 MPH first pitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We can’t say that this is definitively the greatest ceremonial first pitch that anyone has ever thrown at a baseball game, but I can’t imagine anyone really topping this, especially another NBA player. It’s probably to be expected, since Portland guard Pat Connaughton played baseball (he was a pitcher) as well as basketball in college at Notre Dame, and was a fourth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles. But he chose to chase basketball as a career, which means at this point he’s just a great amateur baseball player. So when his teammate Meyers Leonard hit 82 mph on his first pitch for the minor league Hillsboro Hops, and then talked trash about it? Well, as Connaughton says, he “woke the bear.” He may not throw a perfect strike, but any time you break 90 on the radar gun, that’s pretty impressive…

VIDEO: Connaughton pitch

The Sacramento Kings join crop maze trend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welp, there’s a headline I never expected to write. The last few days, we’ve seen a trend develop, and it’s not a trend I can say that I ever saw coming. First, there was a crop maze tribute to Jerome Kersey. Then there was a corn maze tribute to Marc Gasol. And now, the Sacramento Kings have joined the crop maze trend.


According to, the 3.5-acre Kings logo is part of a regional corn maze at a pumpkin patch. Writes…

“This is a fun and unique way to both salute the best fans in basketball and celebrate our region’s world-class agricultural leadership,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “We’re looking forward to hosting special events and bringing Kings entertainment and energy to the maze for fans of all ages.”

In 2007 and 2014, the maze was certified as the world’s largest maze by Guinness World Records. This year’s maze will be 44 acres large and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Last year’s maze had thousands of visitors over the 51-day season.

Which NBA team will be the next to join the corn maze trend? I’m not sure, but this is clearly a trend.

Marc Gasol as a crop sculpture

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we saw a picture of a corn maze in Oregon created as a tribute to the late Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey. Well, perhaps there’s a trend in making NBA-related agriculture art. Today there’s a picture from the Agricenter in Memphis, of a crop field that is in its early stages, but is growing into a tribute to Memphis center Marc Gasol.

(via Friendly Bounce)

Portland corn maze pays tribute to Jerome Kersey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year, former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey passed away at the age of 52. And while the Trail Blazers honored his memory by wearing a “JK25” patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season, a local business has come up with a different, novel tribute. In this photo the Blazers posted on Instagram, the Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch has created a corn maze that, when viewed from above, displays a tribute to Kersey…

(via TBL)

Damian Lillard has some advice for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Young players who come into the NBA often find a mentor, an older player who has been around for a while, who understands how the NBA works and is able to show them the way. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Andrew Wiggins finds a mentor in Damian Lillard, who takes Wiggins to the playground and gives him something of an object lesson. It’s just too bad this Bobby Butter guy wasn’t able to find someone to show him the way…

VIDEO: Lillard/Wiggins

Scottie Pippen responds to Shaq, says count the rings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal took to Instagram to make his case that an all-time Lakers team would win easily against an all-time team of Chicago Bulls players. As you can read in the comments here, you guys had plenty of thoughts and ideas on the topic.

Well, so did Bulls legend Scottie Pippen. The former Bull took to Instagram to point out that while Shaq’s Lakers may have won three titles, Pippen’s Bulls came away with six rings…

Shaq responded in kind, employing something of a sarcastic hashtag. #youwereok

Pippen then went with the obvious about Shaq, invoking his free throw shooting…

Easy big fella… if only you were as good at free throws as you are talking smack! @shaq

A photo posted by Scottie Pippen (@scottiepippen) on

Shaq then walked back his previous criticism a bit, proclaiming Pippen the best sidekick ever…


A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

Pippen created a photo montage arguing that if anyone should know about being a sidekick, it’s Shaq…

Speaking of being a sidekick… if I recall correctly you know a thing or two about that as well. @shaq

A photo posted by Scottie Pippen (@scottiepippen) on

Shaq then finished the argument (for now) by invoking Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, when the Lakers came from behind to get a win to eliminate Pippen and the Blazers…