Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

The Spurs celebrate their season with a costume party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Even though they won 67 games in the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs’ season ended before they wanted it to end, with a second round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that doesn’t mean they hung their heads in shame. According to the Instagram account of Boris Diaw, the Spurs held a costume party to say goodbye to what was a truly special season. Pretty good King Tut costume, Manu Ginobili

Still celebrating an historical season with the team. It was a great ride!!! #sundayfunday #madmonday

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Happy Birthday George Gervin

SAN ANTONIO, TX - 1980: George Gervin #44 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during a game circa 1980 at the HemisFair Arena in San Antonio, TX. 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 1980 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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 great scorers in NBA history, George “Iceman” Gervin.

Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, and ended up playing college ball at Eastern Michigan University. His first professional experience was in the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by the American Basketball Association. After becoming an All-Star in the ABA, Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA. Gervin would eventually win four NBA scoring titles and become a nine-time NBA All-Star. He played his final NBA game in 1986, having scored 26,595 career points.

Iceman turns 64 years old today. Happy birthday, George!

Happy Birthday Tim Duncan

NEW YORK - 1997:  Tim Duncan poses for a photo after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges 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 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

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 perhaps the greatest power forward in NBA history, Tim Duncan.

Born in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan grew up a competitive swimmer. As a teenager, Duncan took up basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Wake Forest. After four years at Wake Forest and numerous accolades, including being named the national college player of the year as a senior, Duncan graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Over nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships, won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP awards, and been named an NBA All-Star 15 times. Duncan is the leading scorer in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, and is currently 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list with 26,496 points.

Tim turns 40 years old today. Happy birthday, TD!


VIDEO: Happy 40th Tim Duncan

Memphis Grizzlies mascot breaks out wrestling moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Memphis Grizzlies lost Games 3 and 4 to the San Antonio Spurs this weekend, finally bringing to an end to what had been a rather improbable run to begin with, considering all the injuries they’d been through this season.

But you can’t say they didn’t end the season with a bang. On Friday night during Game 3, Grizzlies mascot Grizz paid tribute to Memphis’s pro wrestling heritage and delivered a table-busting splash off a ladder to a supposed Spurs mascot. Here are a couple of videos to walk you through it…

First, Grizz used a steel chair to drop a couple of opponents…

Then, after positioning his foe on a table, Grizz climbed up a ladder and ended up standing right next to where I was sitting, then dove into the oblivion…

Where did he end up? Well, here’s a video of the end of the sequence. And yeah, Grizz stuck the landing…

#SuperGrizz does it again! This time from way way way up! 👀🐻

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Stephen Curry really wanted Jordan Spieth to win The Masters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry has become one of the most popular players in the NBA today, and Curry’s popularity is so strong that it can be easy to forget that Curry also has athletes and people he roots for. Golf, for instance, is one of Curry’s main hobbies, and one of his favorite golfers is last year’s Master’s champ Jordan Spieth.

Steph is such a fan, in fact, that he tweeted his support for Spieth a few days ago…

And this weekend, even as the Warriors were in the final days of their chase for 73 wins, Curry clearly had golf on the brain…

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San Antonio Spurs get in on baby race craze

By Jeff Case

To date, we know the Sacramento Kings are pretty much trying to corner the market on baby races this season. They’ve had two of them that we saw and both of them were awesome.

The San Antonio Spurs used to be in the baby race game as well, but apparently haven’t done it much of late (here’s one they did in 2015). But, in honor of the team’s mascot, Coyote, celebrating his birthday on Friday, they brought the races back.

And once again, it was fantastic …


VIDEO: San Antonio Spurs baby races

Nelly helps Hornets celebrate win over Spurs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, and earned a lot of headlines for their terrific play, but right there on their heels all season have been the San Antonio Spurs, who entered last night’s game against the Hornets with a 59-10 record. But the Hornets showed they while may have been down, they were not out, coming back from a 23-point deficit to beat the Spurs, 91-88, thanks in large part to 29 points from Jeremy Lin. And during Lin’s postgame interview, who better to deliver the postgame photobomb than Hornets minority partner, the rapper Nelly?

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Boban Marjanovic shows off some dance moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic has become popular in his rookie season, as much for his skill and ability as for his enormous size. And now we can say that Boban has really made it: He’s in a local car commercial in San Antonio. In this ad we discover that when Boban is looking for a car, what’s really important is a booming sound system. Can’t really disagree with that…


VIDEO: Boban Car

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Kobe Bryant plays Gregg Popovich one-on-one

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here’s something you may not have known: Long before he became known as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich spent years as an actual basketball player. Pop played college basketball while at the Air Force Academy in the late ’60s, serving as team captain his senior season.

Since then, of course, Pop has gone on to become the wonderfully grumpy leader of the Spurs, and this weekend he’s been running the Western Conference All-Stars. And while Pop’s teams have squared off against Kobe Bryant dozens of times over the years, we’ve never actually seen them go head-to-head…until now. Saturday morning during the Western Conference’s All-Star practice, Pop tried to play some D on the Mamba before his last All-Star Game. As Pop learned, that can be easier said than done…

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Cavs, Jazz celebrate Australia Day

By Jeff Case

The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron BairstowMatthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.

Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.

The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …


VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words

… and had him address the crowd before the game.


VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd

Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.


VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem

(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)


VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem

And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …


VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day