Posts Tagged ‘Russell Westbrook’

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Feb. 5

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!

I missed last week’s #POSTERIZED poll because I was traveling, working on a cool piece for NBA TV (coming soon!). Which means more dunks than usual this week!

Let’s get to the dunks. Special shoutout to the previous winner, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo!
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Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Russell Westbrook revives feud with Nuggets mascot Rocky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some of the NBA’s greatest rivalries have endured for years, and this feud between Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is no different. Two years ago during a game in Denver, seemingly randomly, Westbrook decided he didn’t want Rocky to make any of his halfcourt shot attempts.

Well, last night in Denver, after two years of detente, their differences flared again. Watch Westbrook here, as he says something to Rocky, who threatens to go all Daniel LaRusso on Westbrook…

Considering the result, Rocky might want to figure out a way to end this feud. Because just moments later, Westbrook did this…

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Russell Westbrook performs his own instant replay


VIDEO: Westbrook replay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Euro Step is a move NBA players utilize from time to time to zig-zag through traffic and get to the basket. We’ve seen it from everyone from Manu Ginobili to James Harden, and last night against the Grizzlies, Russell Westbrook broke it out to get to the hoop. Not only did it get Westbrook a bucket, but Westbrook then performed his own instant replay of the move right there on the court…

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Thunder fan gets in on haircut portrait action

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I hesitate to call the gentleman in the following video a Russell Westbrook fan, because even though he has an image of Westbrook shaved into his hair, he also is wearing a Kevin Durant jersey. Traditionally, we’ve seen Spurs fans dominate in the hair portrait space, as well as a recent appearance from a Lakers fan, but this Thunder fan with a Westbrook portrait makes a pretty compelling debut…


VIDEO: Westbrook hair

Russell Westbrook makes fan’s wish come true

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This summer in Oklahoma, 13-year-old Janneh Britton was shot and injured while riding his bike near his parent’s business. Local TV station KOCO recently did a piece on Janneh’s arduous recovery from spinal cord surgery, explaining how he had just one wish: To meet Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

And so on Monday, an off day for the Thunder, Westbrook made Janneh’s dream come true by showing up unannounced at the hospital

Russell Westbrook gives back to UCLA

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is one of the NBA’s most dynamic players on the floor. Now he’s showing he can be just as impactful off the court. Westbrook has always spoken highly of UCLA, where he played two seasons of college ball before being drafted by the Thunder in 2008. Today the school announced that Westbrook had agreed to donate the largest amount of money any former basketball player had ever given to UCLA.

From a release via UCLA

The UCLA Athletic Department is pleased to announce a significant financial contribution from NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook to its Mo Ostin Basketball Center project – the largest by a former basketball student-athlete in school history. In honor of Russell’s gift, the UCLA Men’s Basketball practice floor inside the program’s new state-of-the-art facility will be known moving forward as Russell Westbrook Court.

UCLA will formally recognize Russell’s generosity and welcome him back to Pauley Pavilion when the Bruins face the Arizona Wildcats on January 7. Russell, along with wife Nina (Earl) Westbrook – a former UCLA women’s basketball student-athlete – and parents Russell and Shannon Westbrook, will be sitting courtside and honored at the Bruins’ Pac-12 Conference home opener. Additionally, to commemorate the evening, all fans in attendance will receive complimentary eyeglass frames, a trademark of Russell’s at post-game NBA press conferences, courtesy of Wescom.

“Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “While his Why Not? Foundation’s mission is to inspire the lives of children and teach them to never give up, the fact of the matter is, having witnessed firsthand and from afar his growth over the years, Russell himself is an inspiration. We could not be more proud of his leadership both on and off the court since he left Westwood, and I know the Bruin faithful will be excited to welcome him back home next month and thank him for this tremendous gift.”

Westbrook, who played in all 75 games during his two-year career at UCLA, helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2008, averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a sophomore before being selected by the Seattle Supersonics with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Named to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team following UCLA’s victory over Stanford in the conference championship game, the Leuzinger HS (Lawndale) alum led the Bruins to a 35-4 overall record, regular season Pac-10 title and the school’s first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 1995.

“I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” said Westbrook. “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”

The NBA gives back on Thanksgiving

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Thanksgiving, a day when the U.S. takes a moment to reflect and be thankful. In the videos below, players and teams from around the NBA took some time to give back to the communities that support them throughout the year…

RUSSELL WESTBROOK


VIDEO: Westbrook Thanksgiving

BROOKLYN NETS


VIDEO: Brooklyn Thanksgiving

CHARLOTTE HORNETS


VIDEO: Hornets Thanksgiving
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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

POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

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. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…


VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.


VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.


VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…