Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

Season over, San Antonio Spurs play paintball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs saw their season end a few days ago with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And with their season over, how better to celebrate and unwind than by going out and playing some paintball? Here’s a group shot of most of the Spurs (minus Kawhi and Manu, among others) all dressed up and ready to play some paintball. As Spurs Nation points out, the Spurs (and Tim Duncan in particular) have a long history with paintball.

Happy Birthday Chris Paul

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest point guards in the NBA today, Chris Paul.

Paul’s Clippers play the Rockets tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and while we’re not sure whether or not Paul will play, after suffering a pulled hamstring in Game 7 against the Spurs, we hope the Clips take a moment to recognize today being CP3’s 30th birthday.

Born in North Carolina, Paul made national headlines in high school when he scored 61 points in honor of his slain grandfather, who was 61 years old. Paul stayed close to home and went to Wake Forest University, where he followed in the footsteps of Tim Duncan.

Paul was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, by the New Orleans Hornets, and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the beginning of the 2011 season. In 10 NBA seasons, Paul is an 8-time All-Star and 4-time First Team All-NBA selection. He may be slight of stature — he is listed as 6-0, 175 pounds — but he’s a ferocious competitor, as we saw last week when he willed the Clippers to a win over the Spurs while basically playing on one leg.

To celebrate CP3’s big day, let’s go to the video…


VIDEO: CP3 Top Ten

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pay tribute to Blake Griffin dunk victims

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but there’s never a bad time to hear “Crossroads,” their 1995 hit song paying tribute to their departed friends and family.

In this case, however, Bone Thugs turned up on ESPN’s “SportsNation” to sing the song in tribute mostly to Spurs center Aron Baynes, who got got three times by Blake Griffin in Game 1 of their series.

I wonder if he has an Uncle Charles, y’all?


VIDEO: Bone Thugs

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

The Spurs made a music video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In retrospect, the ’80s were a strange time, when bands wore face paint and teased their hair and played aggressively dramatic pop songs. And who better to celebrate that era than a bunch of the San Antonio Spurs? Here’s a music video from Spuran Spuran, a Duran Duran tribute band composed of Matt Bonner, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, the Spurs Coyote mascot, and Kawhi Leonard on drums, in a tribute to Tim and Eric with their song, “Spurs!”


VIDEO: Spuran Spuran

Rockets mascot gives Spurs fan cake in the face

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season winding down and several playoff matchups still to be determined, tensions are running high. So perhaps we can forgive Houston Rockets mascot Clutch, who saw a Spurs fan at a Rockets game and greeted him in a less-than-friendly way. Oh sure, it was probably just a “mistake,” that Clutch just happened to fall into a Spurs fan while he was carrying a cake. But he did hit the man square in the face…

(via FTW)

Throwback Thursday: Thompson vs. Gervin for 1978 scoring title


VIDEO: A look back at George Gervin’s storied career

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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: David Thompson and George Gervin battle for scoring crown

The 1977-78 season featured two of the league’s most spectacular stars in a duel for the scoring crown that came down to the final day of the season.

All season long, David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets and George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs were locked in a close race for the NBA scoring title. On the final day of the season, Thompson scored 73 points against the Detroit Pistons to take hold of the scoring title. But, Gervin had yet to play that day. A few hours later, Gervin — needing 58 points to secure the scoring crown — roasted the New Orleans Jazz with a 63-point effort to claim the title.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor that down-to-the-wire scoring battle between “The Iceman” Gervin and the “Skywalker” Thompson.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Thompson vs. Gervin

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James Harden and Gregg Popovich compare beards

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs last night in a game between Western Conference teams with title aspirations. The Spurs won, 110-98, but that didn’t stop James Harden and Gregg Popovich, two hirsute men, from taking a moment to compare not their respective postseason fortunes but instead, their beards.

Tim Duncan hits a 3 to win a $100 bet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan has been in the NBA for almost two decades now, so without getting into too much detail, it’s probably safe to assume that Duncan has grossed a lot of money throughout his career. So for Duncan, a bet with $100 at stake probably isn’t a big deal. At least, the $100 part of it isn’t a big deal. Winning the bet? That might be where the motivation comes from.

Last night during the Spurs/Thunder game, with the Spurs up big and the shot clock running down midway through the third quarter, Duncan had to hoist up a long three-pointer from the corner.

And as Duncan’s girlfriend pointed out on Twitter, there was more to that shot than just beating the buzzer…

San Antonio Spurs get a new (weird) theme song

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular recent viral videos was “Too Many Cooks,” from the folks at Adult Swim. The video was a parody of the opening credits of a sitcom, that just went on and on and on. So Caleb Saenz at the Spurs site 48 Minutes Of Hell made his own parody video featuring “Too Many Cooks” set to the faces of plenty of former Spurs. This one is called, “Too Many Pops”…


VIDEO: Too Many Pops