Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

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.

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

“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.

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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

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

Anybody need a T MOBILE SIDEKICK. I GOTTa PRETTY GOOD ONE #BESTSIDEKICKEVER

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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

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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…

The Breakdown: The Shrug


VIDEO: The Shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The 2015 NBA Finals begin tomorrow night, but 23 years ago today was Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers, which marks one of the great moments of Michael Jordan‘s career: The Shrug.

If you don’t remember The Shrug, the video is above. Let’s go to the tape for a moment-by-moment breakdown…

0:18 — We see fans streaming into the building, let by a screaming young man wearing a tank top and shorts, who may or may not be dressed to actually play in a basketball game instead of watch it.

0:30 — The Portland Trail Blazers are taking the court, which apparently entails them walking up a few flights of stairs in an old stairwell with wires and cables hanging poking out. Which is quite a juxtaposition to what we normally see these days, with refined architecture and squeaky-clean arenas.

0:36 — The Bulls huddle up and just in front of the camera, Cliff Levingston puts his left hand over Michael Jordan‘s right ear. At first I thought he was just messing with MJ, but Jordan didn’t recoil, which suggests this is something he’s used to. Suddenly, it all makes sense, when Levingston barks out, “WHAT TIME IS IT??” right in Jordan’s ear. So the hand over the ear move is purely practical. This may be one of Levingston’s most important contributions to the Bulls.

1:28 — The Blazers open the game red-hot, making their first seven field goal attempts and jumping out to a 21-15 lead. It is here we get our first glimpse of a younger and sleeker Phil Jackson, looking like a crooked politician in one of the Michael Keaton “Batman” movies.

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1:42 — The Bulls players circle up, and while several players are talking, there’s one Bull who isn’t saying a word: Michael Jordan. He comes out of that huddle focused, chomping his gum so hard. You just know bad things are about to happen to the Blazers.

1:47 — Oh man. Danny Ainge tries to get the ball to Clyde Drexler in the post. Jordan jumps the entry pass, steals it, dribbles directly up the court at Ainge, then he avoids Ainge while somehow making him sail into the scorer’s table. No wonder the Celtics won’t make any trades with the Hornets.

1:57 — This is just a peak ’90s moment. These may be the male leads from a Paul Reiser vehicle. (Also, one high five wasn’t enough. GIVE ME TWO HIGH FIVES FOR THAT FADEAWAY JUMPER. Also, my man in the background has an awesome mustache.)

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2:09 — Jordan is starting to cook. Meanwhile, Ainge is sooooooo mad. How mad? Mad enough to pound his fist! That’s really, really angry, you guys!

2:25 — OK, game reset: The second quarter is beginning, with the Bulls leading 33-30.

2:37 — Welp, Drexler isn’t giving in. He get a steal and goes coast to coast, and finishes with a nasty dunk in traffic. Drexler was always a much more spectacular dunker than I felt he got credit for. I kinda feel like this Bulls fan after seeing that dunk…

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3:05 — Jordan hits a couple of threes, which leads to a shot of Levingston on the bench waving a towel and screaming, “He. Is. Hot. Whooo!” If there were a spiritual successor to Levingston in this year’s Finals, I’d have to go with Draymond Green.

3:11 — Love this from Johnny Bach, Bulls assistant coach: “I said to Phil, ‘Phil, do you sees what’s happening?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ (laughs) We couldn’t believe it.”

3:36 — This is how you know MJ is cooking: Scottie Pippen misses a layup on the break and MJ’s right there for the follow-dunk. The Blazers are also leaving him room to shoot, which is probably a topic for a different day.

3:49 — Cover that man! I mean, look at this…

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On this play, Jerome Kersey‘s actually pulling up his shorts to prepare to defend MJ as Jordan is sticking a three in his face…

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4:08 — And then right after we hear that MJ has set an NBA Finals record with 5 three-pointers in a half, he goes and hits his sixth three pointer — again, wide open — and as he runs back down the court next to Cliff Robinson, Jordan throws up The Shrug.

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Why is he shrugging? Because he can’t believe all of these shots are going in? Or because he can’t believe they aren’t really defending him, much less double-teaming him and making him give up the ball?

Anyway, it’s all downhill from there, mostly literally for the Blazers. Jordan had 35 in the first half, and finished with 39 in a 122-89 blowout win. The Bulls went on to win the series in Game 6, their second consecutive Finals win (and second of six).

Michael Jordan made a career out of giving us moments. But this one may have been his greatest moment of all of them.

The Trail Blazers apparently don’t watch much “Portlandia”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “Portlandia” is a comedy set in Portland and filmed in Portland. So it’s no surprise that the Portland Trail Blazers have been featured on the show previously, several times.

But that doesn’t mean they watch the show regularly. In this video, several of the Trail Blazers play a little Name That Tune with the theme song of “Portlandia.” They all obviously know the show. The song? Well…


VIDEO: Portland Portlandia

Grizzlies mascot goes full WWE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m a little fuzzy with the details on this video, so “bear” with me, if you will.

I think it does like this: Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first round series. The Grizzlies mascot is a bear named Grizz. Grizz has a sidekick named Natch. At some point in the game last night, Natch pulled a heel turn and revealed himself to be fan of the Trail Blazers. Of course, Grizz couldn’t stand for this, so he hit him with the RKO, and then turned things into a tables, ladders and chairs match…


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I guess the Grizz really are going for that championship belt…

A bird’s eye view of the Trail Blazers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days we have NBA players mic’ed up and cameras all over the place, so there aren’t many surprises remaining. Until I saw this video from the Portland Trail Blazers, where they mounted a camera high in a hallway outside their locker room and captured about 90 seconds of what it’s like just before the team takes to the court. This is what having teammates and being a team is all about…


VIDEO: Bird’s Eye Blazers

Dahntay Jones figures out how to stop Chris Paul

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Portland, on the second half of a back-to-back, Chris Paul had himself a game. He led the Clippers from a 19-point deficit to beat the Blazers, 126-122. And Paul finished with a smorgasbord of stats: 41 points, 17 assists, four steals and just one turnover.

The Blazers obviously had no answers for Paul, but someone did find a way to stop him: his own teammate Dahntay Jones. Coming off the court late in the game, Jones celebrated by accidentally busting CP3 in the mouth…

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