Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…

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Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…

McCollum, Plumlee celebrate March Madness

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re a college basketball fan, today is your Christmas, or at least part one of your Christmas. Today is the first full day of March Madness with dozens of games on live all day long. You can not only see which teams are ready and prepped for the college hoops marathon, but also which players are ready to make a splash in the NBA.

For instance, back in 2012, one of the great upsets in NCAA Tournament history occured when C.J. McCollum and his Lehigh team, which was a 15-seed, beat a 2-seed Duke team featuring McCollum’s current teammate Mason Plumlee.

McCollum responded with a note of affirmation, tagging his teammate Mason Plumlee…

Taking the debate offline, Plumlee sent a picture to McCollum reminding him that a few years earlier, he won a championship with Duke…

Allen Crabbe’s golf debut doesn’t go so well

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In this week’s Morning Tip column by David Aldridge, Blazers guard Damian Lillard talks about how before the season started, he helped organize a team outing to San Diego to promote camaraderie. And just because the season started, it doesn’t seem the team outings have stopped. Yesterday, Lillard posted this video of Blazers forward Allen Crabbe along with several teammates at Topgolf, where Crabbe steps to the tee and, well…

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In his defense, Crabbe says this was his first-ever attempt at swinging a golf club…

Never doubt the Portland Trail Blazers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers entered this season with many NBA experts predicting a tough road. They had only recently traded Nic Batum, plus lost Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, so it seemed as if this could be a rebuilding campaign. The Blazers, however, had other ideas, and, led by their dynamic duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, are currently 34-31 and in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Blazers released this commercial today to remind people that just when we thought they were out, they pulled us back in…


VIDEO: Never doubt Rip City

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