Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

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…


VIDEO: NBA WWE

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…

CP's lip gets busted 4115 - Imgur

(via r/NBA)

Blazers fan wears nightmare fuel Chris Kaman shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you were a fan of, say, Portland Trail Blazers center Chris Kaman, what are some of the ways you could show people that you were a Kaman fan? You could wear a Chris Kaman jersey, perhaps, or maybe you could get one of those t-shirts with Kaman’s name and number printed on the back.

Or you could do what this enterprising fan did last night for the Portland/Phoenix game, which is show up in a sweatshirt with Chris Kaman’s face blown up larger than life on both sides of the shirt. Imagine sitting somewhere near that fan at the game and never being able to avoid to gigantic glassy-eyed, soulless stare of Chris Kaman.

Lillard is no small wonder


VIDEO: Damian Lillard’s top dunks

We are clearly in a golden age of point guards in the NBA.

There’s explosive floor generals like Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose. Slick distributors like Chris Paul. Sharpshooters like Stephen Curry.

And then you have Damian Lillard, a well-rounded point guard who hasn’t met a paint he can’t penetrate, nor a rim he can’t detonate.

Just take a look at what he’s been able to do this season when he puts himself in position to finish at the basket. I’m sure every opponent’s game plan makes the note, but it begs repeating: You have to keep Lillard out of the paint. Or trouble awaits.

The Portland Trail Blazers have taken some bad vacations

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you ever taken a bad vacation? Hey, sometimes it happens — perhaps there’s a travel snafu, or you get to the beach and it rains the entire time, or maybe your hotel room is right by the elevator and you can’t get any peace and quiet. Then again, a vacation is a vacation — sometimes just getting away from home is worth any amount of trouble. Several members of the Portland Trail Blazers were asked if they had ever taken a bad vacation, and some of these stories are pretty awful. I mean, Damian Lillard almost dying has nothing on the stuff I mentioned above…


VIDEO: Portland bad vacations

Fans get another close look at Blazers blimp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers have a car-shaped blimp that flies around inside the arena and presumably drops gifts (t-shirts, coupons, etc.) to the crowd. Which is fun and a blast, except when it isn’t. Like a few months ago, when the car crashed into the stands, giving fans a very, very close look at the blimp.

And if there were any fans who didn’t get a great look at the blimp then, hopefully they were at the Moda Center last night when the Blazers hosted the Warriors, because the blimp once again decided to take a seat and watch some basketball…

Oh no, not again! #PORvsGSW #blazers #blimpcrash

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(via SB Nation)

Angry Robin Lopez continues mascot attacks with renewed vigor

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The long-running battle between Robin Lopez and mascots around the NBA reached some sort of a breaking point last week, when the mascots, fed up with being beaten down by Robin Lopez, struck a stinging psychological blow. As we saw then, Cavs mascot Moondog attempted to drive a wedge within the Lopez family by befriending Robin’s brother Brook. When he saw the evidence, Robin reacted angrily on social media…

And it didn’t take Lopez long to start taking out his aggression on NBA mascots. A few days later, in Orlando, after light provocation from Stuff, the Magic mascot, Lopez hit him with a modified belly-to-belly suplex…

Then, in Memphis during pregame warmups, Grizzlies mascot Griz offered Lopez an olive branch…accompanied by a “KICK ME” sign on his back.


VIDEO: Griz vs Lopez

This battle clearly hasn’t reached its zenith. Let us hope for peace.

Trail Blazers fans get married before a game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers may have lost Wesley Matthews for the rest of the season and postseason, but they’re hanging in there, 7-3 in the last 10 games. Regardless of how they’re playing, the Blazers have always had some of the League’s best fan support, because of fans like the ones in the video below. At a recent Portland game, a couple of lifelong Blazers fans held a surprise wedding ceremony as the players warmed up on the court a few feet away. Congrats to them, and watch for the surprise guest appearance at end of the ceremony…


VIDEO: Blazers fans marry

Mascots turn to psychological warfare in battle against Robin Lopez

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve dutifully chronicled the story of Portland’s Robin Lopez and his long-running hatred of mascots. These furry friends have tried their best to make nice, but Robin just keeps bringing the pain to mascots around the NBA.

The mascots have attempted to squash their beef with Robin Lopez, even organizing a staring contest, thus far with no luck.

So last night, Cleveland’s mascot, Moondog, struck a blow for mascots (and against Robin Lopez), perhaps driving a wedge between the Lopez twins by buddying up to Robin’s brother, Brook

If the mascots can’t get Robin on their side, perhaps they can at least cause a schism within the Lopez family and cause psychological trouble? A strategic masterstroke from the mascots? A one-time letdown from Brook?

We’ll keep following this story …