Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Anderson’

Pelicans Unleash New Threads

by Zettler Clay IV

A few months ago, New Orleans came forward with a new team mascot, opening the door for Michael Jordan to make a similar move with the Bobcats.

Since jettisoning “Hornets” for “Pelicans,” New Orleans made a few changes on the roster front as well. With newly acquired All-Star Jrue Holiday and 2012 No. 1 pick Anthony Davis in tow, there is reason for fans in the bayou region to carry a little excitement going into the 2013-14 NBA season.

On Thursday, Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson, Holiday and Davis looked to stretch that fervor and unveiled the franchise’s new uniforms to the world.

pelicans uni screen shot

Based on the reaction of the Twitter-sphere, the new work gear of Davis and Co. stands firmly in fashion purgatory. It doesn’t engender aversion, but it doesn’t yell “come see us play” either. As pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Benjamin Cruz, the unis lamentably bear a certain likeness to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Either way, this is another step in a new direction for a rising franchise. What sayeth you?
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Harrison Barnes Dunks On Ryan Anderson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRyan Anderson should have had an idea that this might happen. After all, Harrison Barnes spent most of his rookie season with the Warriors putting people on posters, giving his teammates something to Bazemore about from the bench.

Still, during last night’s USA Basketball scrimmage in Vegas, when Barnes iso’d on Anderson on the wing and started to drive, I guess all that went out the window and Anderson thought he would be fine. Right? He went up like he could block Barnes’ shot, or at least get a piece.

Instead, he got dunked on.
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And even though they weren’t there last night, let’s see how the Warriors’ bench probably would have reacted…
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Three for all: Orlando Magic

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Orlando Magic, who played three straight from Jan. 16-18.

I’ll be honest. I haven’t paid that much attention to Orlando’s on-court product so far this season, as I assumed like most of you the only thing anyone cared about with the Magic is if and/or when Dwight Howard gets traded. However, wouldn’t you know they decided to play their games anyway and remind everyone they can still play this game a little?

Game 1: Magic 102, Knicks 93 - Also drowned out by the speculation over Howard’s potential whereabouts? Ryan Anderson‘s impressive start. Anderson knocked down seven 3’s on his way to a career-high 30 as the Magic knocked off the Knicks at MSG. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for road)

Game 2: Magic 96, Bobcats 89 - 25 and 17 for Superman, but Orlando leaves points on the board (for our purposes) in what should have been a much easier home win over the hapless Bobcats. 3 points

Game 3: Spurs 85, Magic 83 - Oooooh, this one had to sting a little. The Magic came justthisclose to becoming the third team (after the Bulls and Thunder) to sweep their three-play, but J.J. Redick‘s three-pointer came a split second after the final buzzer sounded. Can’t fault Orlando for running out of gas in an overtime game at the tail end of the trip. Also of note: It was the first road win of the season for the Spurs. 0 points

The Magic are having a nice season so far despite all the distractions, but they fall to the bottom half of the table with 5 total points.

Up next: The L.A. Clippers also played three straight Jan. 16-18.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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Ryan Anderson, grape-catcher extraordinaire

by Micah Hart

We’ve seen our fair share of trick shot videos here at All Ball, mostly featuring basketballs, but also footballs, frisbees, and soccer balls. Now it appears we’ve got a new strain of the genre, with food taking the place of athletic equipment. Specifically in this case, Magic forward Ryan Anderson and his amazing grape-catching skills:

Impressive stuff Ryan. But if you really want to wow me, let me see you do that with peanut M&Ms. The stakes get a little higher at that distance…

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Ryan Anderson, master time waster

by Micah Hart

Let’s be honest. Being an NBA basketball player requires a ton of dedication to your craft. Most players spend hours upon hours working on their game, lifting weights, studying film; the margin of error is slim, and there are hundreds of other players out there dying to get a chance to take their spot.

Having said that (cue Curb Your Enthusiasm)…

There is a LOT of downtime. There is a reason professional athletes are great at video games, ping pong, and the like, because there is a lot of time to kill in between practices, games, flights, and the like.

Like many with an interest in competition and a lot of time on their hands, Orlando’s Ryan Anderson has used his time wisely, creating a new game he calls Snoggle, which he plays at the end of Magic practices. We’ll let him explain how it works. Roll it!

It’s the simplest things that are often the most fun.  I so badly wish I had an expensive practice facility and two ball-racks right now, I’d totally start working on my skills.

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