Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

NBA teams celebrate Friendship Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday, apparently, was National Friendship Day, a day for celebrating friendship around the world. I say apparently because none of my friends let me know, SMH. Anyway, in honor of #FriendshipDay, several NBA teams sent out tweets to commemorate the day…

Stop! (Becky) Hammon Time!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has had a pretty good year, becoming the first female assistant coach in the NBA and then coaching the Spurs’ Summer League team to a championship. But yesterday, to celebrate #TBT, Hammon posted a video on Instagram showing her tribute to MC Hammer. Can’t touch this…

Tony Parker driving a car while being chased by a tiger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you’re trying to find a point guard to lead your team, one attribute that’s important is finding someone who is level-headed, who can keep their wits about them even in the midst of chaos. Chaos like an NBA game or, perhaps, being chased by a live tiger on a French game show.

The clip below comes from a French TV game show called “Fort Boyard,” where contestants apparently have to complete some pretty wild tasks. Here Tony Parker “drives” a metal-reinforced car around and tries to collect water to spray into a container, all while being chased by a tiger. Parker’s teammates in the endeavor include fellow Frenchmen Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf and Nic Batum, although they are safe and sound high above. TP is ground-level with the tiger.


VIDEO: TP Fort Boyard

Becky Hammon, Spurs celebrate Summer League title

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By coaching the San Antonio Spurs in the Las Vegas Summer League, Becky Hammon not only became the first woman to serve as head coach in an NBA summer league, but she coached the Spurs all the way to a championship. And after beating the Phoenix Suns in the Summer League championship game, the Spurs retreated to their locker room and celebrated the way champs are supposed to celebrate: By dousing their coach with Gatorade. Check out the video the Coach Hammon posted to Instagram…

Drenched! #summerspurs #spurs #nbasummerleague #nba #gospursgo #lasvegas #sanantonio #gatoradeshower @spurs @nba @nbasummerleague

A video posted by Becky Hammon (@officialbeckyhammon) on

Spurs fan makes portrait of Boris Diaw out of pushpins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here is a portrait of Boris Diaw that an artist made over 20 days by using 11,750 pushpins, according to Reddit user “shelocksme.”

I think that sentence sort of explains it all. You can see how the project came together here.

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(via r/NBA)

Boris Diaw wrote a children’s book

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of what makes Boris Diaw such an important part of the San Antonio Spurs is his versatility, which apparently extends to his off-court interests as well. Turns out, Diaw isn’t just a basketball player, he’s also a wildlife photographer, which has led to him to now also becoming an author.

This week Diaw released his first book, Hoops to Hippos!, a National Geographic book aimed at kids and featuring Diaw’s wildlife photography. According to National Geographic, the book “takes young readers on safari as [Diaw] explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ.”

Here’s a video with Diaw explaining the book…


VIDEO: Diaw Hoops to Hippos

(via MySA)

Spurs fan gets LaMarcus Aldridge portrait shaved into his hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve previously noted the work of Rob the Original, a barber in the San Antonio area who gives Spurs fans various Spurs-related haircuts. So with the Spurs adding LaMarcus Aldridge through free agency, at least one Spurs fan celebrated the addition by getting a portrait of Aldridge shaved into his hair, alongside a Spurs logo…

Tony Parker nails halfcourt shot, gets mobbed by kids

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At a camp for kids this week in San Antonio, Spurs point guard Tony Parker was given the opportunity to hit a halfcourt shot. Not only does Parker nail the shot, he gets mobbed in response…


VIDEO: Parker halfcourt

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

NBA Media Day

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