Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

Matt Bonner selects official car of Matt Bonner

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMatt Bonner may be a career NBA player who has made plenty of money throughout his career, but above all else, he’s a practical dude. He likes playing chess (above), sandwiches, baby carrots — the simple things in life.

So it’s no surprise that when it came time for Matt Bonner to get a new ride, he didn’t go with a fancy sedan or some luxury vehicle. After trying a few foreign cars, the new official car of Matt Bonner is… an American-made 2014 Chevy Impala. He gave his reasons to the San Antonio Express News

“The leg room is far superior, which is basically No. 1. No. 2, it has over 300 horse power, which is plenty for me. And it still gets 29 MPGs, which is pretty good for a mid-size model. It had all the same technology packages. It has ventilated seats. It’s very luxurious.”

Bonner is obviously completely satisfied with his new car. Until, that is, a media member who shall remain nameless floated the idea of having his semi-famous red mamba snake head painted on the hood.

“Wow, I didn’t even think of that,” he said. “That’s awesome. I feel if I did that my car would be stolen in a week, though. Everyone would want it.”

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1990s


VIDEO: Relive the top 10 plays from the 1993 Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1990s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1990s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 2000s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1990s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of the 1980s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1980s


VIDEO: Relive the top moments from The 1983 Finals between the Sixers and Lakers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1980s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1980s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1990s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1980s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Michael Jordan loses shooting game to Kawhi Leonard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we checked in with Michael Jordan at his eponymous basketball camp, where we saw that he still has a sweet shooting stroke. Well, today video has emerged of MJ at that same camp, teaming up with a camper and playing a two-on-two game of hot shot against another camper and his partner, gulp, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. It really gets going around the four-minute mark…


VIDEO: MJ vs Kawhi

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Kyle Anderson shows off new Spurs title jersey patch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent all day yesterday at the NBA rookie photo shoot filming interviews with the rookies, and we’ll have plenty more from that in the days and weeks to come. The event is a great way to get access to the incoming rookie class — at one point John Schuhmann and I were in the lunch line in between a couple of guys in uniform, and it felt like one of those ESPN commercials.

Another neat feature is the chance to see for the first time all the uniforms teams will wear next season. This season there are a few completely new uniforms (Charlotte) and some tweaks here and there, but the most prevalent uniform design change is that every franchise that has won a championship now has a little gold tag on the back of the jersey. It’s an idea with a nod to soccer, where teams and countries who have won domestic or international titles traditionally get a small gold star on their jersey. In the NBA’s iteration, the teams get a patch with a number showing how many times they’ve won an NBA title.

Yesterday, San Antonio rookie Kyle Anderson took a moment at the rookie photo shoot to post an image of what the Spurs jerseys will look like next season, now that they’ve won five championships…

San Antonio Coyote named mascot of the year

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog, we love keeping an interested eye trained on NBA mascots, who spend night after night providing entertainment for NBA fans in arenas across North America. It’s a mostly thankless job, one done under the cover of faux fur, where your true identity is sublimated in order to become a character.

But occasionally a mascot is singled out, as happened yesterday when The Coyote, the mascot for the San Antonio Spurs, was voted NBA mascot of the year by his fellow mascots. The Coyote — a wild-eyed, pants-less canine — joins his franchise atop their respective divisions.

To honor The Coyote, here are some of his highlights from the 2013-14 season…


VIDEO: Coyote highlights

Kawhi Leonard visits the Fantasy Factory

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRob Dyrdek is involved in many things — he’s a skater and a businessman among other things. But Dyrdek might be best known as a TV show host, with his show “Ridiculousness” still airing regularly on MTV. Previously, “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” was in heavy rotation on MTV, a show where Dyrdek and his pals basically got into misadventures inside a gigantic warehouse filled with toys. With a seventh season supposedly being taped now, yesterday Dyrdek post a photo of a celebrity visit with the caption, “Mega Ballin with the NBA Champion and the Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard at the Factory today.”

Boris Diaw is living the life

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals shifted irrevocably when Gregg Popovich inserted Boris Diaw into the San Antonio Spurs’ starting lineup for Game 3. After two games that were rather close, including a Miami win in Game 2, Diaw helped space the floor and move the ball, and the Spurs won three straight games in decisive fashion to win the championship. Kawhi Leonard may have been the Finals MVP, but Diaw was unarguably crucial to what the Spurs accomplished.

This summer, Diaw became a free agent, and without much drama he agreed to a three-year extension to remain a member of the Spurs. He announced the extension via Instagram with a photo of “GO SPURS GO” spelled out on a beach…

Then yesterday, Diaw actually signed the contract…while on a boat. As Diaw wrote in the caption, “Could i find a better place to sign my extension with the spurs? #gospursgo” No, I don’t think you could, Boris.

T-Mac hangs up the cleats

By Joe Boozell

Former scoring wizard Tracy McGrady was last seen in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, riding the bench in their 2013 Finals loss to the Miami Heat. T-Mac decided to exchange his sneakers for spikes in 2014, beginning an independent league baseball career with the Sugarland Skeeters. “Inside Stuff” had this short feature on McGrady’s quest to the mound a few months ago.


VIDEO: Tracy McGrady on “Inside Stuff”

Unfortunately, like his basketball career, McGrady’s baseball career has ended quite abruptly. CBS reports that McGrady is calling it quits after four appearances, a 6.75 ERA and an abnormally high walk rate. Sabermetrics talk aside, T-Mac is sure to be missed on baseball diamonds and basketball courts everywhere.

 

Patty Mills and Aron Baynes videobomb live tv report with Larry O’Brien trophy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat spent a large chunk of the Big Three era perfecting the videobomb during postgame interviews. Looks like the San Antonio Spurs have once again lifted things to another level.

Spurs players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are in their native Australia with the Spurs’ championship Larry O’Brien trophy, on something of a world victory tour. While at an Australian Rules Football stadium, they happened upon a reporter doing a live shot, so they ran into the picture, trophy and all, and celebrated.

The reporter didn’t recognize them, and he shoves Mills and urges them to move on, which they do. The best part is later when the reporter realizes what just happened.