Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

Choose the best Trail Blazers opening

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers seem to really appreciate fan involvement. A few weeks back they allowed fans to vote on their favorite court design to help choose the floor they will play on next season. Now they’re opening the polls again to allow fans to vote on their favorite version of the pregame intro. Fans can vote here, and the winning video will be played tonight against the Clippers. As for the choices, you’ve got four to choose from…


VIDEO: Sabotage edition


VIDEO: Rip City edition


VIDEO: “Hands” edition


VIDEO: Comics edition

Damian Lillard wants rings

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the world of Foot Locker commercials, famous athletes randomly hang out together like it’s an everyday occurrence. In this new spot from Foot Locker, we find Portland’s Damian Lillard sitting around a mod house chatting on his phone, when he offhandedly mentions he would like to win a championship ring at some point in his career. This is a perfectly acceptable feeling to have, unless perhaps you express that feeling aloud within earshot of Barry Sanders, LaDanian Tomlinson, Chris Webber and Karl Malone.


VIDEO: Lillard Foot Locker

Can the Portland Trail Blazers name all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We recently saw the Blazers attempt to name all seven of Snow White’s dwarfs. Now they are put back on the spot and asked to try and name all four members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Hint: There’s not one named Ralph.)


VIDEO: Name the TMNT

Choose the new Trail Blazers court

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Next season the Portland Trail Blazers will debut a new look on the court, and I mean that literally — they will be playing on top of a newly designed court. But what will make that court special is that they are letting their fans not only design the court, but pick which one they will use. After allowing fans to mix and match colors and word choices, they’ve narrowed it down to three options. You can see a sliver of each above, or click here to vote and explore in depth the different choices available.

(via FTW)

Can the Trail Blazers name the Seven Dwarfs?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful…

Well, that was my attempt at naming the seven dwarfs, you know, as in from the classic Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”? I did OK, getting four out of seven, but I missed out on some of the lesser-known dwarfs that the Portland Trail Blazers came up with when asked, such as Nosy, Droopy, and…Stinky?


VIDEO: Name the Seven Dwarfs

(via TNLP)

Wesley Matthews can’t miss

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I once heard a story about a coach who told his team to go get some shots up from the place on the court they expected to be shooting from during a game. And one guy ran over and took a seat on the bench and began firing up shots.

Blazers guard Wesley Matthews is in no danger of that happening to him, but just to be safe he got up a shot from the bench during last night’s pregame warm-ups…and he drilled it. (By the way, Matthews absolutely had the proper reaction here: When you make an amazing shot, just run right off the court, because it’s basically impossible to top it.)

(via TNLP)

Robin Lopez Loves Portland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Trail Blazers released a video yesterday that involves All Ball favorite Robin Lopez, as well as Bill Walton, superheroes, dancing and Darth Vader. Not really sure how we can not post this.


VIDEO: Rip City Legacy

Robinson Sends Rip City Into Frenzy


VIDEO: Thomas Robinson shines in his opportunity off the bench

Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and is on his third NBA team. It’s safe to say his career hasn’t gotten off to the start his draft position demands. Robinson’s 11.1 minutes per game this season is filled by 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.

But with LaMarcus Aldridge on the mend with nagging groin pains and Kevin Love coming to town Sunday, the Blazers needed every able body on the oak to chip in.

Enter the former Jayhawk T-Rob, who played over 33 minutes against the Wolves, a season-high, and recorded 14 points and a game-high and career-high 18 rebounds. He did it in electrifying fashion, treating the Moda Center to a brand of power not often seen from their frontcourt.

In the fourth quarter with the game very much in the balance, Robinson began hawking down notorious speed demon Corey Brewer, who got loose on the break. Few foresaw the pandemonium that would follow. If we didn’t know before, we know now that the Portland faithful has no problem going insane with the right nudge:


VIDEO: Thomas Robinson obliterates Corey Brewer’s layup, leading to an oop on the other end

Check Out This Animated Version Of Damian Lillard In The Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we checked out an awesome animated, illustrated drawing of John Wall‘s winning dunk that Portland-based artist Patrick Truby created exclusively for Turner Sports/NBA Digital. Well, just in case you missed it, Truby also did a drawing of Damian Lillard‘s sick between-the-legs dunk yesterday for Deadspin

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The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!