Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

The Portland Trail Blazers look a lot like other people

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA player is in uniform, it’s tough to mistake them for someone else — they have their name across their back, after all. But according to the members of the Portland Trail Blazers, they’ve each been told they look like other people, and mostly famous people. Now we just need to see CJ McCollum do the Steve Urkel dance…


VIDEO: Blazers Lookalike

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 15

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!

Quick second to send a shoutout to LeBron James. Not only did LeBron make a strong POSTERIZED appearance this week (see the poll below), but he also paid something of a POSTERIZED tribute to legendary power forward Karl “The Mailman” Malone. Check out this breakaway dunk against the Dallas Mavericks…

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LeBron didn’t exactly dunk on anyone, so for our purposes it doesn’t qualify for the poll. But LeBron did do a dunk that Karl Malone put on numerous posters throughout his career…

Anyway, there were a bunch of terrific POSTERIZING dunks this week. Special shoutout to last week’s winner, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…where one of Porzingis’ fellow rookies, Jahlil Okafor, didn’t have the best of weeks… (more…)

adidas introduces Black History Month collection inspired by Jesse Owens

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With February right around the corner, adidas has unveiled their Black History Month collection, inspired this year by the legendary track and field athlete Jesse Owens. As adidas notes, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Owens “became a groundbreaking athlete and symbol for social justice and equality after a historic performance where he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single games, all while under tremendous global tension.” And he did it while wearing a pair of spikes handmade by adidas founder Adi Dassler.

For Black History Month, adidas athletes will wear shoes that pay tribute to Owens. From a release via adidas…

James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose, among others, will debut the exclusive collection during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and continue to wear the commemorative editions in select games throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and honor African-American role models like Jesse.

Each model features cream tones, dark brown contrasts, gold accents and signature details including Owens’ 733 bib number treated with gold foil on the tongue and a 1936 graphic-print in the sockliner.

The D Rose 6 features an aged, tumbled leather upper that pays homage to the medal-winning cleats worn by Owens, contrasted by off-white hits and a clear outsole with gold flecks. He was the first American to claim four medals at the games and gold accents on the D Rose logo, heel straps, tongue detailing, lace lock and faceted eyelets celebrate the groundbreaking feat. The sneaker also features a subtle tribute to the crowd in attendance with a black-and-white photo printed on the collar lining and back of the tongue.

Inspired by Owens’ track uniform at the games, the D Lillard 2 is designed with an off-white color palette, while the upper’s cracked, gold foil texture and accents echo the medals won. The upper is also color blocked with cream suede and mesh paneling for clean, comfortable style on and off the court. The silhouette pairs Oak Print hits with a fresh coat of vintage-white at the midsole, eyelets and heel cap that seamlessly blend with a clear outsole.

The Crazylight Boost 2.5, worn by James Harden and Andrew Wiggins, features a mix of materials in the upper including off-white, gradient Primeknit and genuine leather with gold foil treatment. The 2.5 also includes a ‘Jesse Owens’ graphic print lace jewel and the elite sprinter’s name embroidered on the inside of the tongue. Gold accents on the silhouette’s lace tips and signature details deliver a true gold metal tribute.

The D Rose 6 ($140) and D Lillard 2 ($105) roll out in January at adidas.com. For detailed images, check below… (more…)

The Portland Trail Blazers don’t listen to a lot of Ed Sheeran

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We first found out about the television watching habits of the Portland Trail Blazers last year, when we discovered that they apparently don’t watch a lot of “Portlandia.” Now, further exploring their popular culture consumption, from watching them play Name That Tune with a song from Ed Sheeran, it would appear the Blazers don’t listen to much Ed Sheeran. Justin Timberlake should be thrilled, though…


VIDEO: Blazers Sheeran

The Spurs’ Coyote catches a bat

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The AT&T Center in San Antonio is a good place to watch a great basketball team, as it’s the home of the San Antonio Spurs. It is also, apparently, a pretty good place to see wild animals. You may recall a few years ago, when a bat flew too close to the action and was swatted from the sky by Manu Ginobili, a maneuver that eventually resulted in Ginobili receiving a rabies shot.

Then there was the playoff game in San Antonio two years ago, when the Portland Trail Blazers entered their locker room to find a large snake in Thomas Robinson‘s locker.

So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that last night in San Antonio, before the Spurs hosted the Timberwolves, another bat got loose in the arena. This time, however, instead of relying on their All-Star shooting guard to corral the bat, the Spurs mascot, Coyote, took to the floor dressed as Batman, of course, and caught the winged beast in under 90 seconds…


VIDEO: Spurs’ Coyote catches bat

Dennis Schröder loses tooth, puts it in sock

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hawks guard Dennis Schröder has submitted several breakout performances this season. During last night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, it was Schröder’s tooth that made a run for it. And it didn’t slow down Schröder one bit.

You can see all the gory detail in the video below: As Schröder hit the floor to grab a loose ball, he went mouth-first into Meyers Leonard‘s knee. That’s when his tooth got loose and actually bounced off the court a few times. Schröder’s solution? Well, he picked up the tooth, stuck it in his sock, and kept right on playing. Now that’s toughness…


VIDEO: Schröder tooth

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Nov. 17

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!

DEMARCUS COUSINS ON THE NETS


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets

ANTHONY DAVIS ON LOU AMUNDSON


VIDEO: AD on Knicks

KAWHI LEONARD ON MASON PLUMLEE


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee

JABARI PARKER ON KEVIN LOVE


VIDEO: Parker on Love

RUSSELL WESTBROOK ON THE CELTICS


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics

HASSAN WHITESIDE ON DERRICK FAVORS


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.